DIY Arrow Head Jewellery

Arrow Jewlery DIY

This is probably one of the simplest DIY videos I have done, and I was half tempted to just keep it to a blog post, but I knew the minute I used these in the next Zodiac look (sagittarius) I would have people asking how I did it.

You can wear this as a necklace or do what I did and turn them into earrings

Ideally you should use earring hooks which are the right colour. I want that mixed metals look for Sagittarius, so there is a reason for me using copper, silver and bronze, but if you want these to look a little more uniform then it’s quite important to match the colours you are using.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

Real Life Disney: Hades

Hades

There’s something about bad guys that is so unbelievably fun to do, you get to look a little crazy, act a little crazy and you don’t have to explain yourself. That is until a cold caller knocks at the door. On the plus side he took one loot at me (I was grinning like an idiot) said I wasn’t interested and he just left no questions asked.

Today I decided I would do one of the villains

If I end up extending my Real Life Disney series to just animations in general (Edna Mode and Princess Mononoke) then one of the first villains I want to do is Eris from Sinbad Legend of the Seven Seas. She is my absolute favourite villain! I mean how could she not be, she’s cool as a cucumber and voiced by Michelle Pfeiffer who is one of my favourite actresses.

Real Life Disney Hades

The only prop I really had to make for this was the scull pin which was ridiculously easy to make, not like the horns I’ve made for Aires which I’ll be filming next week for the Zodiac series. Those took forever to make!

If you want to see how I made the scull pin you can read my blog post here

Some people were asking if I’d quit the Zodiacs series, no, I haven’t. It just works out quite nicely if I alternate between series so that I have time to make props for looks like Capricorn, Aires and Taurus which will requite quite a lot of props.

Zusie I'm Home

I feel a little sorry for my Instagram followers who got to see a sneak peek of this look at something like ten or eleven o’clock at night. Not the kind of thing you want to see right before you go to sleep.

I hope you like the tutorial :)

DIY: Hades Badge

Hades Pin Badge

Not the pretties prop I’ve ever made but Hade’s outfit was pretty simple, grey skin, yellow eyes, blue hair and a scull pin. I was going to keep it clean and neat but then I figured that since we are talking about the god of the underworld I’d scuff it up a little.

Making this is simple, just a little clay, some sculpting tools and a little bit of paint

I used some white modeling clay (**) at first, rolled it into an oval shape and then flattened it a little. Next take a sculpting tool (you can use the rounded end of a pen or a cocktail stick if that’s all you have to hand) and mark out the shape of the eyes and teeth.

What I Did

Once you have cut off the sides next to the teeth and round the edges, just go over everything and neaten it up. Push the eye sockets a little deeper,  sharpen the lines on the teeth and then just wait for it to dry.

Once the clay has dried you can paint it with several different mediums

You could do a wash over it with black or brown ink so that the colour settles in the cracks and sockets. You could also use acrylic paint or water colour (which is what I used) or even spray paint. Once I’d painted over it I brushed a nail file over the surface to roughen it up a little.

Pin

The last thing I did was glue gun a little loop of ribbon at the back so that I could pin it to my shoulder, you might also need to superglue it down a little so it doesn’t unstick from the clay. Especially if the clay is quite heavy, it can have a little trouble sticking to the hot glue since the surface isn’t very porous.

And that’s how you make the Hades pin. Simple!

My Favourites: no. 4

Monthly Favourites

Good thing I never decided to name these monthly favourites or I would have failed big time. This month it’s a mash up of different things as usual, a little bit of art, some jewellery (of course), clothes and a bit of a re-stock on supplies.

I’ve already done a blog post about my kindle and the case here

I’ve tried to list everything I mentioned in the description box, but some of the items I mentioned I bought before Christams so they were sold out. I hope you like the video and I’ll be back next week with a DIY video :)

Outsider Art: Jarl Sketch

Drawing Jarl

I should have drawn Jarl ages ago, especially since each time I draw any character from Outsider I get so many people asking me to draw him. But now that I have, judging by the reaction I got on my Instagram, I think half of you fell in love with him.

What I used: Mechanical pencil (**), Powder Puff, Makeup Brush, Rubber Pencil (**), Paper Tortillion(**) Graphite Pen(**)

You’re probably thinking why on earth I have a makeup brush listed as what I used, well… a concealer brush is actually amazing for blending. Especially with a graphite pen. Especially if it’s those annoyingly stiff concealer brushes. I hate them for makeup but they are perfect for blending pastels, pencil or charcoal.

Finished

When I drew the sketch he didn’t look old enough, so once I’d transferred the sketch I added a few more wrinkles and aged him up a little. I still need to do a proper drawing like the ones I’ve done of Knud and Astrid, but that will have to be another time.

You can read Outsider here

How I Made the EP Cover

Making The Malumi EP Cover

This one took a while to make! Over the past year I’ve had various ideas pop up in my head but none of them seemed to work with the dream-like look we were going for. When I was at Uni for graphic design one of the projects we were meant to do was on paper art, for some reason the module was dropped and I remember being absolutely gutted at the time.

After a little bit of research on paper art on Pinterest I  started planning out the cover

While we were shooting the Lullaby music video there was this amazing oak tree with two swings at the location, Sara put this lovely black and white picture of it on our Instagram, and I though it would be just perfect for the cover.  For the most part this cover just involved a lot of cutting. It ended up taking the entire day to cut up all the little pieces and take the perfect photograph.

I spent about 2 hours experimenting with the lighting and camera angles until I got the perfect shot

After that it was just a lot of time in Photoshop experimenting with different looks till I finally settled on the perfect cover. And the best thing is that after this I got to use everything I cut out for the lyric video of Lullaby. I’ll be making that live on the Malumi YT channel  in the next few weeks, since the EP was released yesterday I can’t wait to see what you thought of it!

Which song was your favourite? 

Music Sunday: Eurielle

Eurielle

I’ve decided to change the Music Monday posts to Sunday since Malumi has taken up the Monday upload slot, and I would like to blog about my music a little more on those days. It’s quite funny because these blog posts have ended up being a fantastic way for me to remember the music I love to listen to while I’m writing. I have this really horrible habit of finding a song that I like, listening to it on repeat till I’m sick of it, moving onto another song and then a few months later I can’t remember the name when I want to listen to it again.

I found Eurielle on You Tube around the time The Hobbit was coming out

Normally for writing I avoid listening to songs in English as I find them slightly distracting, but Eurielle is one of those rare exeptions. I think at least half of the views on Song of Durin are from me just refreshing the page. It’s inspiring and heartbreaking music all in one.

Which one is your favourite?



DIY: Helmet

Helmet 1

Of course there was a glue gun involved in making this helmet, but for the most part it was tin foil (yes, tin foil),  tape, gold card and a few staples. First thing I did was use the tin foil to make a cast of my head. So you want to wrap your head (head not your face) in tin foil and then, while you’re still wearing it, cover it in small strips of tape so it holds it’s shape when you take it off.

Take the foil wrap off and cut an upward arch in the back above your neck and a curve just over your ears

Next I used my favourite craft tool, a hot glue gun, and covered the underside and top of the tin helmet with lines of hot glue to made it stronger. If you can try and line the hot glue so it’s in an organic patten. Not just splattered all over the place, it’ll look a lot better spray painted if the hot glue is applied nicely rather than all over the place.

Helmet 2

The next part sounds tricky but really it isn’t , take gold card and cut it into strips. Round the edges and then layer them over the tin helmet. For the very end of the helmet cut a v-shape and and fold it down the middle. For the very edges of the card staple them down but make sure the ends are folded so that they don’t poke you when you’re wearing the helmet.

I used two spray paints for the helmet, first a matte white and a gold

For the pattern at the front of the helmet I used a glue gun and then spray painted the whole thing white. Once the white paint dried I painted the edges of the strips gold and then gave the whole thing a dusting of gold paint.

Virgo Helmet Finished

And before I forget, the edge were made with circlular strips of gold card cut in three different sizes, large, medium and small. I stuck them to the side just over where my ears would be and the edges lined with a glue gun. And that’s it, that’s all I did!

You can see the tutorial I used this for here

Small Special Effects Giveaway! :D

Giveaway

You know how I normally go to IMATS London? Well it looks like this year I’ll be going to IMATS New York! :D Yea, a little off topic but I thought I’d mention it since I’m sure quite a lot of you will be going.

This week I’ll be giving away a small special effects kit

The rules?

  • Leave a comment saying what your favourite blog posts are to read (requests count too)
  • One comment per person (it’s ok if you accidently post twice. It happens :)
  • The giveaway is international as usual
  • Ends on the 20th of Feb

Good Luck! :D

Review: Lush Shampoo Bar | Brazilliant

Brazilliant Review

I really should have reviewed this one a few months ago when I bought it. But my previous Lush shampoo bar (Jumping Juniper) seemed to resent potentially being replaced and decided to last as long as possible.

Lush have recently released a whole new series of Shampoo bars

Since I’m a shampoo bar addict don’t be surprised if one by one I review them on my blog. I can’t remember the last time I used liquid shampoo, and my hair (and skin) thanks me for that. Even though this shampoo bar does still have sodium lauryl sulfate my skin doesn’t react as badly to it as it does with liquid shampoos. I find it very mildly irritating but for the moment I haven’t found a SLS free solid shampoo that can replace it.

Brazilliant

I probably don’t need to point out one of the more obvious pros of this shampoo bar, it’s increadibly handy for travel. No risk of exploding bottles of shampoo in your bag (been there, done that) and, as I’ve already mentioned they last for ever! Mine, on average, will last between one month to a month and a half, and that’s with washing my hair twice a week.

Basics: 16 ingredients • £5.75 • 55g • Cruelty Free • Citrus Scent • Moisturising • Vegan

 I was a little worried when the shop assistant mentioned it was moisturising, since the last lush bar that did that made my hair more heavy and oily than moisturised, but then to be fair I had very long hair at the time. This bar however is AMAZING! I can’t say if it’s my favourite quite yet, I still need to try out Honey I Washed My Hair, but it’s definately in my top five favourites.

Brazilliant Shampoo Bar

It’s moisturising (without leaving your hair feeling heavy and oily) and at least for short hair it really gives it a real nice amount of volume. And before I forget, this shampoo bar smells incredible, a strong citrus-y smell, though as far as I can tell the smell doesn’t really stay in your hair after you’ve washed it for long.

You can get it here