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"Old Ben" WIP
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks good dude

I am looking forward to the finished product
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

10 yards of dark brown wool suiting has arrived! I'll be carting that to the tailor on Saturday. Might do a fitting f my under robes etc too... It's getting there. I told my tailor friend I'm going to want all the edges unfinished and tattered and he thinks I'm nuts.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Way to go, Dave!

That looks great. My boots suck too, but I am generic at this point.

Visit Diego and friends at COW forum.......

http://www.crazyoldwizards.com.ar/www/cow/boards/default.asp

Glad to see you over here!

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh I am over there. Their discussions of Old Ben are a touch old tho. Looks like nobody does the poor old guy.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe when I'm older. Then I've got a costume to takle ... in some 40 years. xD

I really like your hair dye test, Witness. Its a good comparison.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to Rob's influence, I've spent the last two weeks lurking on eBay and scored these today for $20. Vintage Frye boots in my size, the correct color and pre-beaten up. Just need to beat em up a little more and seal them and dye the soles a little more black. So happy with these!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks awesome! Nothing like used ebay boots for Jedi costumes! Ben
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have a pair identical to those as well as a pair of vintage FRYE Campus boots, which have the square toe. I wear them occasionally, but am keeping them around for future costume usage. Old Ben is a great fit for this boot style. not to mention that Frye boots are super durable and comfortable.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2010 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice boot score. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Final test fitting to set last measurements and make any last second changes. I will spend the next week weathering the inner robes and dying them in an uneven pattern with various brewed teas.



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may wish to explore weak blends of fiber reactive dye. Tea is corrosive and can continue to eat away the fibers even after the first washing. This example is a little more extreme, but I do paintings where I use rust dyeing of the canvas. A rust "tea" will eat all the way through canvas in six hours or so.

If you do go ahead with the tea, though, let me know how it holds up. I'm thinking of dyeing my Qui-gon tunics.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks damn fine
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DragonStar wrote:
If you do go ahead with the tea, though, let me know how it holds up. I'm thinking of dyeing my Qui-gon tunics.


I've used tea dye before on Biker Scout costumes. It works quite well and was used on a lot of materials by costume designers in Star Wars and throughout Hollywood. It is not technically as permanent as dye, but will fade and even out nicely over time, looking more and more like wear and tear.

With regards to the tannic acid in tea, I understand it will break down the material a little over time as well. That will actually be a bonus, the fibers on the inner robe, tabbard and obi cotton osnagard I used altho having a nice texture, could afford to loosten up a little. The tea will help me with this a little.

I won't be using a large quantity of tea (soaking), so the damage from the acid, even over a long period should be minimal. I will be brewing teas, and putting them in spray bottles, lightly misting them on the fabrics and then letting them dry before adding more. The base silk linen used on the movie Old Ben was a very "natural" color and color was used to give it an aged look. it was more than likely tea or some form of light dye.

The outer robes already have frayed edges, but my tailor friend asseembled the wool in particular orientations that will limit the fraying and seperation of the edges without me pulling them apart manually.

I'll be wearing this to an event on September 25th and will have my wife take pictures.

Thank you all for your comments, you have all been most helpful through this build.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2010 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great explanation, thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2010 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've submitted my application today. Fingers crossed.



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