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State of the Geek Forge

Over the past few months, we’ve been busy geeksmiths, both with Geek Forge-related things and our day jobs.  But we’re back and recovered from vacation, and we’re ready to look at all the fun things coming up!  In our previous post, we mentioned our upcoming convention schedule.  As you can see, we’ll be starting 2015 off right!  But until then, we have some other fun things –

Our Store

We started our Etsy store a few years ago to handle the surplus of fun crafts we do, and get a little extra money for our cosplay costs.  We’re excited to announce we’ve added a few new types of items, with more to come!  So far, we’ve added men’s cufflinks and clip-on earrings, and there’s more to come! If there’s anything you’d like to see us make, let us know!

New Projects

We’ve been working to branch into even more geeky goodness, including video tutorials!  Since we’re learning how to do it ourselves, the process is a little slow-going.  We want to give y’all the best information we possibly can!

Old Projects

We still plan to do interviews, cover conventions, and show you all our behind-the-scenes things.

So thanks for sticking with us, and we promise there will be tons of more fun to come!  You can keep up with us over at our Facebook page, Google+ or Instagram.

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Our 2015 convention schedule!

It’s barely November, but we’re already excited about 2015! Check out our convention schedule:

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We’re planning to attend these conventions in some sort of capacity, either as vendors, attendees, press or even guests!  As the conventions get closer, we’ll have more details for you!  And we’re excited about MomoCon’s Cosplay on Ice coming up, so keep an eye out for those costumes, coming soon!

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Geeky Ironing Board Re-Covering

It’s fall, which means Jen is in the mood to sew!  We don’t have any costumes to work on right this minute, so we thought we’d make a fun Star Wars cover for our ironing board.  It was so quick and easy, we might have to make more!  Check out our step-by-step tutorial below:

 

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We bought the ironing board at Wal-Mart, and this is the cover that came with it. As you can see, it's been put through its paces.

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The Ultimate Closet Cosplay!

unnamedMore and more TV shows and movies are being filmed in Atlanta, especially of the superhero variety.  We got the following notice the other day:

CALLING ALL HEREOS!!!!!
What if I told you that you can become a superhero? Yes, just like the one from the comics that we’ve all come to love since the childhood years.“But how is this possible?”

I have a special opportunity for YOU……This Friday 9/12 and other days throughout our season of “Powers”, graphic novel by Bendis and Oeming, we need those who WANNBE a Super Hero!!! All you need to do is emailCLCastingComics@gmail.com. Include 3 pics (head, body and HERO), age, ht, wt, and all contact info.

Please come up with a costume. Don’t think Superman or Batman, YOUR style!!! If you were to look in your closet and put together some badass pieces of clothing in there, what could you come up with? Yes capes are welcome Please send a pics of what you think your INNER HERO looks like.

Can’t wait to see what you got!

Subject: WANNABE!!!

Please share so all your friends and family can let their inner hero shine!

Catrett Locke Casting
Rose, Jamie Lynn
Ressie, Jack and Astride

This is the ultimate closet cosplay (where you make a costume out of what you already have in your closet), and a great jumping in point for inexpensive costuming! So here’s our challenge to you – build your own costume from things you already have if you were to start fighting crime (or causing it!) today. There’s no wrong way to do it!

Submit your pictures between now and 9/18/14, and we’ll put together a photo album of our favorite people – you!  And if you end up submitting an audition, let us know!  Maybe we’ll see you there!

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We made it to Bleeding Cool!

If you’ve been following our costume-making progress over the past year, you’ll know that we made a total of seven new costumes specifically to be worn at DragonCon.  Much to our surprise and delight, five of our new costumes made it to Bleeding Cool yesterday!  Check out all the other great costumes here, and check out ours below!

Deadshot and Scandal Savage, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Deadshot and Scandal Savage, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Historically Accurate Disney, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Historically Accurate Disney, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Taskmaster, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
Taskmaster, courtesy of BleedingCool.com
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Superhero Gloves

Jen has been struggling with making gloves for the past few years.  Every pattern she tries ends in frustration, broken needles and last-minute trips to the fabric store for dye.  This year, since we started early with all our costumes, we decided to try making gloves once again.  Jen found this tutorial online, and was able to make some modifications to it to find a final form.

You can download the pattern (glove page 1 and glove page 2)Jen created (her first one!) in PDF – note you should download both pages.  You will need to trim the margins between the pages and tape the pattern together. We recommend using a spandex or spandex-like material, and each glove will need an 17″x17″ square of fabric.  Here are the directions:

1. Fold fabric and place fold line along the fabric fold.

2. Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut out.  For the lines between the fingers, cut to the edge of the line.

2014-07-15 16.06.433. Using a straight stitch, stitch as close to the edge as you are comfortable.  Jen recommends using the edge of the presser foot as your reference point.  When stitching at the bottom of the cuts for between the fingers, Jen recommends stitching straight under the cut (pictured right).  Take your time!  Going around the curves of the fingertips can be tricky!

4. Turn gloves right-side out and wear!

You can finish the top edges by folding under the top and using a zig-zag stitch.

Because this uses stretchy material, this pattern should fit a variety of hand sizes.  We’ll be using this on all our costumes this year!

Here’s the finished glove:

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Make a pair and let us know how they turn out!

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HomeGrown Studio Sale!

homegrown-decatur-transparent-logoIf you’re in the Atlanta area, you might have seen some of our jewelry in HomeGrown Decatur.  Between Saturday July 12 and Sunday July 20, there will be a studio sale.  You can find our regular pieces, plus discounts on our shoes!  And it’s not just us – other great local artists will have their work on sale as well!  So come on down, check it out.  Buy something?  Send us a picture – even if it isn’t something of ours!2014-07-11 08.22.45

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Temporarily Suspending Custom Orders on July 1

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It’s getting close to that time – DragonCon!  66 days, or a little over 9 weeks.  It’s time for us to kick the costume-making into high gear, so we will be temporarily suspending custom orders on our Etsy store starting July 1st.  Custom orders will resume after DragonCon, so don’t worry!  We just need more than 24 hours in our day to do our day jobs, work on costumes and props, AND do custom orders for the Etsy store.

Thank you all for understanding, and stay tuned for lots of progress photos!