Sunday, October 26, 2014

DIY Belivable Costume Braces.

After scrounging online, my friend [who I use in this tutorial], and I weren't able to find how to make believable, yet at all, safe, braces for her costume, or even find ones that were affordable, believable and custom fit, so we took it upon ourselves to figure out a way to create fake braces for her costume this year.
This tutorial, is actually pretty easy but it does take some time and effort, but it's completely worth it because not only is it sturdy but reusable for whenever you might need them to take a costume to the next level!
 What you will need:
Scarecrow brand vampire teeth, the shortest ones [specifically this brand because it comes with plaster, which is important to the braces]
26 gauge wire
Earring backings, 'butterfly' earring backs
Orthodontic wax, which you can usually find at drugstores
Sandpaper or file [not pictured]
Wire cutters [not pictured]

Let's get started!

1. Put the vampire teeth on the specified teeth, do not fit them yet, and eyeball how much you need to file the teeth down.

2.Use the sandpaper or a file to file the vampire teeth down as much as you need.

3. Follow the instructions, and fit the teeth.

4. KEEP THE LEFTOVER PLASTER, you will be using it later.

5. Use wire cutters and cut two long pieces of wire, with a bit of give... We didn't measure but eyeballing it, roughly between 6 and 10 inches, just to be safe.

6.Take one wire and 's' it though a bracket, pictured below.

 7. Take the second wire and 's' it the opposite way.
 8. Secure the bracket by twisting the ends of the wire a few times, pictured below.
 9. Repeat with the other earring backs to create more brackets. You will need a bracket for the two vampire teeth and the teeth in between.  [we only needed 6 brackets in total]
         -for note:
              Before doing the next bracket, check in the mirror with your wire and first earring back against your teeth and guesstimate where the next earring backing needs to be placed on the wire so your brackets are as well aligned as they can be. Repeat checking between every bracket.

10. Leave about an inch and a half of wire at the end, this will make the braces look like they continue though the whole mouth.

11. Add a bit of orthodontic wax onto the end of the wire to protect your mouth against sharp edges.

12. Put on your, now fitted, vampire teeth.

13. Align the brackets and wire to where they should be; a bracket to each tooth and the end brackets should be on your vampire teeth caps.

14. Shape the wires so the brackets lay as close as possible to each tooth, and fit comfortably to the curve of your teeth.

15. Apply a coat of left over plaster to the back of the two end earring backings [brackets]. Make sure the vampire teeth caps are dry and stick the brackets onto the two teeth.

16. Hold the plaster coated brackets in place to your teeth for at least 30 full seconds.

17. Keep the braces in your teeth for 2 minutes. Please keep your lips from covering the teeth and interrupting the brackets setting.

18. Just keep smiling, for those two minutes.

19. YOU ARE DONE.
 You now have a pair of reusable and believable costume braces!
Put in and remove your braces by using the vampire teeth to handle them, since they're the most secure section.

Please do not eat or drink with them on, unless you drink with a straw, otherwise you risk damaging the braces you created.

You can also store them in the case the vampire teeth came from, which is pretty helpful to keep them debris free.

Enjoy your new braces, and I hope this tutorial was helpful to you~
Have a happy and safe Halloween!

<3CarisseIris

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Long Time no see!! This is what I've been up to~

I've been working on my halloween costume, and parts for my friend's costumes, this whole month and a half~
Roxanne, from a goofy movie<3
[and her friends~ Pistol, Beret Girl, and Stacey]
4 years ago, my friend did Roxanne and Stacey and had such a great response that we wanted to remake it, and improve it~
So, last night we finally had our big night and got to wear our hard work to Mickey's Halloween Party, at Disneyland. And I was so happy at the reactions we got and the really amazing people we met! It was so worth the hard work and planning put into our costumes.


 I also have to say, the best reaction was from Chip and Dale, and it was amazing the love we got from them, and so extremely flattering!



I also shot my first photoshoot for the costume in Roxanne's 'Max's Nightmare' scene.
I'm happy to say my whole group, and the my other friend who was unable to join us as an extra special character will be shooting a legitimate photoshoot for our costumes in the coming month [when we have the time to], so we can have beautiful copies of our costumes.

But yeah, basically this was the reason of my impromptu hiatus. SO, it's nice to be back on my blog, and thanks for the patience!

<3CarisseIris

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Flower Crown~ DIY

I know, I'm a bit late to the flower crown trend, but with pretty things like this~ It's better late than never, right? Haha..
But I've been eyeing flower crowns since spring, but I kept putting off buying one because the really full and pretty ones are so expensive, and I don't have that cash to just spend on a seasonal accessory like that.
So, after watching so many tutorials on youtube, I decided to just make one myself since it will be cheaper, I have more control on what my flower crown looks like and I learn a new skill to put under my belt. It's a win win!
So, let's get started~

What you will need:
Thick floral wire~ mine is wrapped in a natural coloured twine.
Pliers
Scissors [strong enough to cut your wire and the plastic flower stems]
Fake flowers~15-30 flower heads per crown, is a good estimate if you want a very dense crown.
Hot glue gun

Optional:
Items like crystals, pearls [or starfish] to further personalize your crown.

Step one: Behead all the flowers. So, just take your scissors and cut off all their heads, or pull them off the stem if you can. 

Step two: Take your wire, and wrap it around your head, once you get that measurement, leave an extra two-three inches and cut it. 

Step three: Cut two other wires the same length as the piece you just cut~ You will want three wires of the same length.
Step four: Braid your wire, to form a secure base for your crown, when you're done, use your pliers to wrap the ends around each other, and tuck all remaining wire around it's self so you have no sharp pieces sticking out.

[Optional, you can cut a small 3-4 inch piece of wire to wrap around your end to make it look neater and to cover any sharp wire ends you can't conceal~ It can also serve to make the end even more sturdy.]
Step five: Now is the fun part, you can lay out your crown design, and map out how you want your crown to look!
Step six: Hot glue your flower heads to your crown~ This step takes the most time, and it's a lot of adjusting and probably burning yourself every so often.
I like to start where my crown is the most dense, which tends to be near the front, then work out.
I put my main flowers down first, then, if I fill it out with smaller ones, I do that after the crown is mostly covered.

Step seven [optional]: decorate your crown with bling or other accessories~ I attached all my extras with hot glue since it's fast to dry and pretty stable. If you want more stability, you can use epoxy, but that takes time to fully cure.

That's it!

It's a fairly simple process, but it can be a bit time consuming depending how voluminous and/or how detailed you want your flower crown to be.

I ended up making two crowns with how many flower heads I had. 

My mermaid crown^^

Then, my massive flower crown, with lots of embellishments^^

I am a bit more biased to my mermaid themed crown~ It makes me feel absolutely magical!
I think it goes quite well with my mermaid tee from Brandy Melville, haha..
Flower crowns are a pretty and delicate accessory for any season [probably with seasonal blooms and colour schemes for times like fall and winter]~ They can take any look to another level, and are real attention grabbers. Not to mention, they are pretty easy to make by yourself and to fit any budget.
 

                        
I'm so happy to finally have a flower crown to call my own!

I hope you could find the tutorial helpful!
Make a flower crown, not just for yourself but for the lovely people in your life, everyone enjoys a fun flower crown~~

<3CarisseIris


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Mini Vacation~ San Diego [picture heavy]


So, I guess if you follow me on my other social networks, you might know my friends and I went on our yearly San Diego stay for a small summer vacation type thing.
It's the one trip I look forward too since, a bunch of us gals pile into a car and pretend we're room mates for a week and just relax at the beach and pool.
This year, we had a bit more of an adventure, and it was well worth it.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Updated Room Tour

 Well, it's another room tour! Recently, I got a new couch and bed and it changed the feel of my room to a more mature girly feeling.
 My same shelf desk~ which I will be replacing hopefully before school starts in fall... I'm looking in antique stores for a 'gossip table' or 'telephone desk' that I want to update to match my aesthetic<3 But, I still make due with the desk I have.
 From the last room tour [link] I got rid of and replaced a lot of my stuffed animals, not only for more space, but to coordinate with the rest of my room. Also, my collection of molang plush is growing.
 My side table, equipped with my morning necessities..
 Detail of my 'new' bed... Honestly, it's not actually new, it's just my bed from my mum's other house.. During moving, the bed was missing parts so I had to make my own bed slats and use a box spring to ensure my mattress would be secure so my bed is a bit over 4 ft tall... I have to use a stepping ladder to get up on it since I'm just about 5'3" in height;; I'm still getting used to the height of it, but it kind of feels like a throne~
 My ever growing vanity.
 I have a new edition of shelving since I needed a place to organize all my books, magazines and little bobbles that were cluttering up my room.

 My plat de rĂ©sistance, my new couch and canopy.
I'm so glad I finally replaced my couch from the unformfortable wicker throne which kept snagging my hair,  to my lovely plush settee.
I then threw together a diy canopy made from ikea curtains on an embroidery hoop and hooked it up to my ceiling. 
 It's also been my 'go to' place to take pictures for blog posts and even my selfies.
 My final wall, that has my closet. Not seen are my bathroom and body mirror, that I usually use for ootds.
I'm still in the process of organizing my closet, but it's getting there. Also, if you can't tell, my clothing is very ill suited for California summer weather. I really have quite a growing collection of sweaters haha.

Hope you enjoyed my updated room tour!
[if anyone's curious this is my initial room before and after]

<3CarisseIris