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Mushy the Mushroom

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About Mushy the Mushroom

Year 08
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  • Birthday 03/04/2001

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    Definitely not cutting up the curtains to sew clothes...or drawing on the walls...
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    Christianity
    Sewing & pattern design...despite a complete lack of training. Still learning a lot
    Painting & drawing
    A bit of shoemaking (mostly researching/learning)
    Cooking & baking
    Making stuff, mainly massive messes
    Lego
    IHOP’s Nannerpus
    A little bit of dance
    Pet ducks & chickens
    Giving stroller rides to dogs
    And coffee

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  1. First try at leather shoes + shoemaking with my lasts. Started them about five months ago but didn’t have the time/supplies to complete them until last week. Ballet flats don’t normally use welted sole construction, but I wanted to try the technique. Used the narrow German welt method. Made from a 20ish year old suede jacket (outer and lining), ¼” thick veg tan leather (insoles, outsoles, welt), faux leather (stiffener), ¼” wide leather reinforcement tape, ⅛ in thick cork (filler), bamboo shanks, Barbours 6 unwaxed cord (welting), coad/shoemaker’s wax/pitch, contact cement, neoprene glue, beeswax, shellac, and tiny wire nails. First, I completely covered the lasts in masking tape, drew the design on, cut and pulled the tape portions off and stuck them to paper. Then added seam allowances and tested a paper version. Then cut the uppers, sewed together and applied reinforcement tape at the seams. Then cut the veg tan insoles, marked and skived, and poked the awl through the feather/holdfast, marking the holes.(Attached with rubber bands- didn’t want to nail into the last until steel protector plates were added.)Next, dry lasted/stretched the leather with pincers, contact glued the lining layer around the feather/holdfast, glued in faux leather toe and heel stabilizers, smoothed out with the rasp, and lasted, glued and rasped the outer layer in place.Then made coad/shoemaker’s wax/pitch by melting pine rosin with beeswax, dropping the hot mixture into a water bucket and kneading it into little blobs (Recipe in sources). Made skived welts out of strips of veg tan. Waxed the thread with the coad/pitch/waxand started saddle stitching. Was initially painful and time consuming because of neglecting to wet the welt, and lack of a proper, sharpened awl needle. Ordered an 1840s curved awl needle which worked in a comparatively magical manner. (Excessive progress photos feat. my parched, lotion-hating fingers. XD ) I couldn’t find any suitable shoemaker’s bristles or needles online, but read that some used guitar strings instead. So I thought I’d try to use these floss threaders, which surprisingly worked. Then skived the wet welt a bit to smooth the fuzzies out. Added the cut-down bamboo shanks +leather covers and contact glued in. Then took the ⅛” thick cork sheets and contact glued and rasped two layers on. Then contact glued and hammered the rough-cut veg tan sole on. Trimmed excess off with the skive knife, Dremel sanded, and smoothed with a glass shard (Sorry mayo jar, you were a lovely sacrifice). Marked and cut the angled slits for stitching and saddle stitched through. Then closed the slits with neoprene glue (AKA Shoe Goo. Same stuff, just cheaper.) and hammered. Neoprene glued the heel layers on, cutting the excess off of each individual layer and rasping down. Then wet sanded the sole edges with the Dremel. (That protective masking tape was a terrible mistake. Had to remove the sticky residue with a freezer, a brush, a pencil eraser and suede cleaner. #fail ._.) Then made shellac for the soles from dewaxed orange shellac flakes and denatured alcohol. Sticks to skin very well. Should’ve worn gloves. (Recipe in sources) Applied the shellac to the soles, two coats. Then rubbed melted beeswax to the sole edges. For lack of a better system, I used the Sterno inferno to heat the heel edge iron and melted the wax to seal. Lastly, added little nails in the heel for extra security (Probably used too many, got excited.) Pretty rough, I have no idea what I’m doing, but I guess that failing = learning. Should hopefully be easier next time. I’m ecstatic about all the online tutorials for this stuff! *Tries to contain the INTENSE EXCITEMENT* Also so thankful my dad’s around more, so I can hassle him about tools and garagestuff. XD He gave me this old leather welding apron to prevent unintentional stab wounds, and I’m fan-girling over it. He also refinished and painted the rusty Cobbler’s anvil from my grandmother’s barn, and made the "heel edge iron". I couldn't find the latter for sale in the US, showed him a photo, and he was able to make it from an old mallet head and the end of a walking stick. Best. Gift. Ever. ;_; Here are source links in case anyone else desires to pursue a fading trade with wild abandonment. ...And also so I can remember this stuff next time.
  2. Aww, this is so sweet! The minifigure faces are perfect. Also like that they included so many of the characters. Hope it makes it into production!
  3. “The Wings of the Dawn” by Simon Khorolskiy.
  4. I’m really sorry you all are going through that, sending thoughts and prayers your way!
  5. I’m so sorry. If you have a photo of him, I’d be happy to do a pencil sketch/drawing and send you the image scan, if you’d like.
  6. “О, Если б Навеки/Oh, If Only Forever” by Simon Khorolskiy.
  7. Finally finished, five months after starting the initial drafting/ paper version, abandoning it a lot, and four test subjects later (sponsored by old jeans): Pattern made by tracing photos of the Kakama off of a monitor, lots of altering, and some initial regret for attempting it instead of a flatter mask. The finished mask. It consists of an outer Kakama mask that snaps onto a 3-ply under-mask with nose wire and filter pocket. Yes, excessive photos, sorry. Photo Tutorial Album and Pattern: https://www.flickr.com/photos/189713610@N04/albums/72157718198104108 Info: Note: I have no qualifications to make tutorials, this was a total experiment, and was my first attempt at some of these techniques/stitches. Made this one in size L to hopefully accommodate most faces. Under-mask can be sized up or down according to your preference (See extra “block” pattern pieces for all sizes. Just cut out the pattern along the labeled line with your desired size). *The measurements are in US customary units. *For personal/non-commercial use only, please. *All of the seam allowances are ¼” unless otherwise stated. Pre-wash all fabrics on warm or cold, prior to cutting to prevent shrinkage. Preshrink your interfacing in hot water before use. Color-fasting may be necessary if the fabric dye “bleeds” when wet. Iron fabrics before cutting. *Disclaimer: Mask has not been tested for effectiveness and does not replace personal protective equipment like medical or construction masks. This mask does not prevent, protect from, or reduce viruses or diseases. Size guide for under-mask: 2XL is for extra large faces and loosely fits on the neck. It was designed to accommodate facial swelling. 2XL dimensions: Length across center: 11” Width/height: 6.75”. XL is designed to fit males & females with larger builds. XL dimensions: H 6” W 8.5”. L fits average males and females. L dimensions: H 5.25” W 9”. Model shown is wearing size L. M fits average females, smaller males and teenagers. M dimensions: H 5” W 7.5”. Care Instructions: Hand wash cold, air dry. May be ironed after fully dry. Do not iron the straps. Terms, stitches, and knots used. Grain line: used to indicate that the pattern piece should be cut parallel to weft. Seam line: Line on which fabric is stitched. Notches: Small marks to align pieces accurately. Baste: Temporary stitches that are later removed. Buttonhole stitch. Running stitch. Lock stitch. Backstitch. Prick stitch. Tailors knot, abbreviated TK in tutorial. French knot. Time needed: Varies, I took 18.5 hrs to cut and assemble mine. Tools/Supplies needed: Sewing machine. Overlock machine/serger (Optional, zigzag stitching works too). Iron and ironing board. Towels and old pillowcase (for fusing interfacing). Press cloth (small piece of thin cotton fabric, laid over garment to prevent shine-marks during pressing). Tailor’s ham or towels wadded into a ball shape. Tailor’s clapper or a small, smooth block of wood. Scissors and pinking shears/zigzag scissors. Tracing wheel. Pins and hand sewing needles. Point turner or chopstick. Disappearing ink fabric marker and white chalk. Steam-a-Seam 1/4” tape roll. Fabri-tac. Fray-check seam sealant. Washable glue stick or Lapel Stick. Two 6” long, ⅛” or ¼” wide elastic pieces for ear straps (Or stretch tube straps) 1-1.5 yards of 5/8” soft elastic in a color of your choice. I used cream/tan. One nose wire. I use soft, plastic coated wires that are similar to twist ties. One metal, sew-on snap. Thread: Polyester sewing machine thread in white, a color that matches your under-mask, and one to match your outer-mask. 6 strand embroidery floss in a color that accents your mask outer color. 1 strand white embroidery floss or basting thread. Beeswax and paper towels for waxing your threads. Ruler or seam gauge. Fabric needed: For the Kakama outer-mask: 2 yards 100% cotton fabric in a color of your choice. This will be used for both the outer and lining. ⅛ yard of leather in accent color for the patch details. 2 yards ShirtTailor interfacing. For the under-mask: 1/4 yard 100% cotton in a color of your choice. I used a color similar to my skin tone. About ½ yard of white muslin for the lining and filter pocket. Hope this makes some amount of sense....If anyone has questions about the construction/techniques, I’ll try to help if I can/send you a source link. Best wishes!
  8. Mushy the Mushroom

    AMA

    Yaaaay, haven’t seen one of these entries in forever! Can we ask more than one question? What was your favorite year of being on BZP? A fictional character you wish existed? Your favorite herbivore? What superpower would you choose to have? Is water wet?
  9. Hope your cat feels well soon! I’m sorry that your year did not go as planned. I cannot imagine how stressful the college shutdowns must have been. Hope this year will be better for you.
  10. Cute sketch! I am sorry to hear about the distance learning, that sounds like a terribly difficult transition. (Also, I can totally relate to the sticky-note inspiration! )
  11. Interesting. I’m kind of surprised that anyone can keep up with what day it is anymore. Also: oh my gosh, the blog background, it is moving. Somuchbeautiful.
  12. Eye-catching cobalt blue. Also reminds me of Picasso's face designs.
  13. *Realizes the shocking lack of "97% of Bzpower does not X...if you are the 3% who does.. " signature thing. *

    1. Bambi

      Bambi

      97% of BZPower does not have fake statistics on their profile... If you are part of the 3% that still does, copy and paste this into your status.

    2. Mushy the Mushroom

      Mushy the Mushroom

      Do you know what the origin of the trend was? XD

    3. Bambi

      Bambi

      No idea. :P

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