welp, it’s finished. this took a stupidly long time to make, considering it’s the smallest thing i’ve made in at least a year. my dark blue wall is probably not the best background but oh well …
based on this:
my room in case anybody forgot that i am still 1000% HOMESTUCK TRASH
So, you kiddies want to learn how to make ear fins? Well, first you’re gonna need a couple things. Specifically:
- Wire Hanger (preferably white w/o plastic coating, but the plastic coated ones work just fine)
- Knee High Stockings (can be purchased in the lady’s underwear department at WalMart for 33 cents)
- Wire Cutters
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Scissors (not photographed)
- A Paintbrush
- And Gesso (I’ll explain this later)
Got everything you need? Okay. Let’s get started.
First, you’re going to have to cut the wire at the junction where it twists. Using the wire cutters, cut the wire at the junction.
Once the wire is cut, use the pliers to straighten it out as best you can.
With your straight wire, use the wire cutters to cut it in the middle and create two pieces of wire. Each will become one ear fin skeleton.
The first step when creating the skeleton of the ear fins is to make them fit to your ear. Create an ear cuff shape that fits around the back of your ear. Make it as tight or as loose as you need it so it sits comfortably on the ear but will still sit upright.
Once the ear shape has been created, bend the wire back the other direction to create the bottom of the ear fin skeleton.
Begin creating the fins by bending the wire into a zig-zag pattern while making sure that each fin is a bit longer than the other to create the optimal fin shape.
The last thing to do is create a little hook to wrap around the ear cuff and keep the skeletal shape intact for the rest of the process.
Now you create the “skin” or your ear fin. Using one of the two stockings in the pack, open it up and wrap it around the ear fin. My suggestion is to put the toe seam along the edge of the fin so as to hide it better and give a thicker edge to the fin. Tie off the stocking and cut off the end.
When creating the second fin, repeat the process but try and match up the wire as best you can so as to maintain symmetry in the fins when they are worn.
Now, how do you personalize these beauties and make them durable enough to withstand con after con? This is where Gesso comes in!
For those of you who don’t know what Gesso is, it’s magic in a bottle. Not really. :P Gesso is a surface preparation that artists use on untreated canvas to create a paintable surface. Also, when it dries on stocking material, it becomes hard almost like paper maché. Gesso can be found at any craft store that sells fine art supplies in the same section with oil and acrylic paints and brushes. (Also, it’s not necessarily important what brand you use either. I used one of the better brands and this small bottle costed around $8, I think.)
Paint both sides of the ear fin so it’s completely covered. You’ll notice little holes where the Gesso goes through the lacing of the stockings but don’t worry. Once both fins are completely covered, let them dry from 30 min to upwards to an hour. Either way, they need a bit of drying time. Once the layer is dry, paint another layer. The fins will be complete after 2 or 3 layers depending on how many you think are necessary.
And there you are! Ear fins that are relatively cheap and easy to make! Good luck, everybody!
Guess who spent the night with a special certain someone. ;)
Current progress on my fully functioning husktop, made with Instamorph. I’m going to need to heatgun it some to smooth it out, and paint the Gemini symbol, but I’m happy with how it’s going so far.
This will be so much fun to have at AX when I’m in Sollux cosplay.
Edit: At some point I will do another post detailing the birth of this lovely husktop, but I would like the record to stand that I was channeling my patron troll full force when I rebuilt this hukstop from the parts of two netbooks, and then installed my own slightly modified linux system on this. And that’s all before I made the custom husktop shell cover.
I’m just going to leave this here
here is almost all of my homestuck treasures!
most of them I’ve made by myself ;3
nice, isn’t it? ;D
(sorry 2 photos wasn;t so easy to connect together so it’s looks awful)
Ancient wallet + paint = empty captchalogue card