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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

How to: Make a Chainmail Hood Out of Pop Can Tabs

Hey everyone! This is Leisha, Ellen's daughter. As you could probably guess, my mother has instilled in me a great love for Halloween and costume making. Naturally I always try to make my next costumes better than the last one. This year I wanted to make a knight costume for my husband and embroider his family crest on it. (So I can be his damsel in distress) That is pretty cool but it is missing something. Chainmail.

It needed to be something I could make at low cost. (Since I am a starving college student.) So I got to looking and found a blog on how to make Chainmail from pop can tabs. The blog gave me the perfect way to make a chain mail shirt, but I also wanted a hood to go with it. I looked around some more for instructions on how to make one to no avail. I found a picture of one someone had made, but there were no instructions on how it was done. Being that there were no instructions I decided that if I figured it out I would post one.
 So... *drumroll* 
Welcome to Enchanted Kingdom Creation's first "How to"

I messed around with it a bit and after a couple of failed attempts this is what I came up with:



 I will admit that it didn't turn out perfect... but I will show you what I did so if you have a similar project you can at least have a starting point.

I started with a strip of chainmail, that alternated between two and three tabs. 


Notice that in this picture the tabs are bottom up. I built it upside down so I could glue it with hot glue as I went. This would prevent the links from falling apart. 

After I made the chain I fitted it to my husbands head to make sure that the hood would actually fit.


I had him put a hat on to help hold the mail into place and to make sure that the hood would be a little more loose on him so he will be able to take it on and off easily. 

Next I built up the sides of the hood while my husband still had the hat on.

I built it on his head the right side out. this way I could see how it looked and not have to worry about prying glue off a segment if I wanted to change something. 

(Sorry for the horrible picture, I used my phone)
This insures that the dome/top of the hood will fit him the way I want. 
I used a key ring on the top. This will make it easier later when I close in the rest of the space. 

Filling in the rest of the space is where it got a little tricky. 
I had to wing it and just put the links on in a way that just looked good because at this point there needed to be some links missing to make the hood fit the way it needed to.
(This is where I got frustrated and lost patience. So it didn't turn out as good as I wanted it to.)

Please ignore the socks!
 


Once I was satisfied with the way it looked, I flipped the mail over on the hat and hot glued the links so that it wouldn't fall apart. After it was all glued together I added the sides of the hood. 
(I actually took the pieces from one of my failed attempts)



I from here it is pretty self-explanatory.  Make it as long as you want. Just make it v open in the back so it will be easier to put it on. 


Now you have yourself a chainmail hood!

Let me know what you think of our first "How to" on our blog and if you have any questions please ask. I will be more than happy to answer them!

Note: We normally use this blog to promote costumes that we are selling, but this project was difficult enough that we will be unable to produce it fast enough to sell them. 


Monday, June 3, 2013

Cotton Candy Pink Fairy Tale Princess Costume

As I have mentioned before, I usually have a slow period this time of year, which means that I have time to play around with some new creations! 
Here is one of them!


The bodice is made with pale pink satin and has an insert made with pink satin brocade and is trimmed with pink and silver gimp. The sleeves are made with pink organza. The fabulous skirt is made with over 10 yards of pink glitter tulle over pale pink satin.

It was so much fun to make! But it took A LOT of work!

I do have one for sale on my Etsy page, 
but it is first come first serve. 
(May the odds be ever in your favor) 

Cone Hats, Cone Hats, and More Cone Hats!

So late spring and early summer is normally my slow period when it comes to getting orders for costumes, but this year I have been getting orders for cone hats. 
And these orders aren't just for one or two hats, they are for multiple cone hats!
I had one order for forty-five, that's right 45, cone hats for a girls summer camp at Camp Wannacombac. Where they are hosting a renaissance fair!

  

This isn't the only large order for cone hats I have gotten recently.
I also got an order for 12 cone hats for a dance recital!


All of these cone hats that I have to make are sure keeping me busy!