kathgruben

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    Katherine Schach
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    Ontario, Canada
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    Capital City Garrison
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  1. kathgruben

    TFE OPERATING COSTS - DONATIONS NOW OPEN!

    Donation sent! Confirmation number: 9S023278DG798870A
  2. Beautiful work, as usual Thank you for sharing all of your progress!
  3. kathgruben

    Ohio Ventress, never costumed before!

    Keep us posted!
  4. kathgruben

    Clone Wars Ventress

    I don't know if anyone has managed to figure this one out yet and have the hilts stay in place. Love to see what you come up with!
  5. Welcome Erika! Looking forward to seeing your build
  6. kathgruben

    Clone Wars Ventress

    The wraps are coming along nicely. One thing to note: the CRL states: "The edges of the wraps are cleanly cut and are not fraying" so be careful about that
  7. kathgruben

    Clone Wars Ventress

    Hello and welcome NightSister! Looks like you're well on track with your Ventress build I must say that the lightsabers you are having printed look amazing!! Most of the time my husband will airbrush my makeup on for me. The advantage is that you get very even coverage of the paint, and if you're using alcohol-based paints like I do, an airbrush works best. However, I have also seen great paint applications done with sponge or brush, so it's really up to you and what you find is the easiest way to achieve the best results. As for the fabric, the 501st standard states "The floor length skirt is made of a crushed velvet or chenille fabric". I would use the same fabric for the shirt and the skirt if possible - use the fuzzy side for the skirt to show the texture, and then use the smooth (back) side of the same fabric for the shirt. That way they are the same colour. Good luck and let us know how it goes!
  8. kathgruben

    Ohio Ventress, never costumed before!

    Hello nicseb and welcome! It's great to see some new Ventress builders making their costumes I wanted to check and see if it is your intention to have your costume approved for 501st membership? If so, make sure you thoroughly review the stardards required for AOTC Concept Ventress as you build your costume. There are some specific details in the skirt for example that you will need to have for successful approval, and I'm not sure I'm seeing them in the pic of your skirt For the shirt, the best advice I can give is to use a fabric that matches in colour to the standard and is stretchy, since the shirt must be form fitting. You can either make the shirt from scratch or use a purchased one and modify it, whatever is easiest for you. Good luck and keep us posted!
  9. kathgruben

    Ventress (night sister) for a 7 year old assistance

    If you don't have grey boots, make fabric covers for existing boots out of stretch fabric, like a giant sock. Use craft foam for the shin guards, attach to the socks with velcro. Use black elastic and painted on details for the fore arm strapping. Use a red scarf in a lightweight fabric for the sash. Make the medalions out of craft clay or craft foam. Hope that helps!
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    NEW FORUMS DONATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED!! - Ended

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  11. kathgruben

    AOTC Concept Ventress WIP

    I think those boots should be fine. As for the fabric, I can't seem to find where the CRL states the shirt needs to be a knit fabric? But it does say the fabric should be matte and stretchy so that the shirt is form fitting. I think the key thing about the textured fabric you're leaning towards is to ensure it doesn't show up as patterned in pics, since the grey should look solid and not patterned.
  12. kathgruben

    My Darth Talon Project

    Not that I'm a Talon expert by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like the new version of the top much better. I prefer the addition coverage this one has. The only thing I'm wondering about is that the bottom is thicker, like a long-line bra, and I'm just wondering if it might be a bit too thick? The CRL for Talon doesn't have any reference pics, so I'm not sure. Maybe the DL can provide some insight?
  13. kathgruben

    AOTC Concept Ventress WIP

    Wow, what a great first try/practice run! I think you did very well and I know you learned lots! The trickiest part I've found is around the ears, but be careful not to trim away too much. It's also the area that tends to tear because of the curves so watch for that. To keep little bits of hair out of the way, I use a bit of hair gel or hair spray to keep those suckers in place. I think you did a great job blending the edges, they are very difficult to see in your pics For the adhesive, I prefer to use pros-aide (www.pros-aide.com). The other benefit to having pros-aide is you can make pax with it - pros-aide mixed with artists acrylic - and stipple it onto the cap as your first layer which will give you a bit of texture and help add opaque coverage. The black makeup just takes practice Great job so far!
  14. kathgruben

    AOTC Concept Ventress WIP

    I prefer a pale grey skin tone to white. I also add low lights and high lights with makeup so as to look more realistic and less flat. Can't wait to see these new sabers! Good luck with your bald cap trial
  15. kathgruben

    AOTC Concept Ventress WIP

    For the bald head I use a bald cap. I've used both latex and plastic (Glatzan) and preferred the plastic.