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28 July 2010 @ 05:23 pm
go figure.  

Teh Intarwebs, upon being asked, explained how one dyes a synthetic wig (answer: with permanent ink markers, as most dyes are meant for natural fibers). I have for aaaages wanted to do a Chiana (or at least a Nebari) costume for Halloween. Getting a white wig (maybe something like this?) and coloring it appropriately with a marker wouldn’t really be that hard. A bit time consuming, but since it’d be short and only the roots need ‘dying’, not that bad.

Going to the trouble of a Nebari costume, however, really requires a Halloween party to *go* to. Or perhaps to provide. Is late July too early to begin planning a Halloween party? And I need to figure out when to have my first Dessert Party, too…

We went to the Democrats Abroad meeting last night. Craziness, being out in Dublin city centre on a Tuesday night! It was pleasant–there are both Americans and Irish who attend, all of the Irish being people who’ve lived in the States for years. A *whole bunch* of the Americans moved over here about five years ago. “What,” I said, “did you guys all say, “If Bush gets elected again, I’m leaving”, too?” A woman who is 7 months pregnant with twins said, “I said that.” So yeah. It was a pleasant evening out, and they’re talking about doing a monthly movie night, with the first one being in…a couple weeks, I think, so we may do that too.

I did not go to the baby cinema today. I’ll have to go 2 weeks from now, but today I went forth to try to find masonry paint instead, because I really, really want to get that wall painted. And mylescorcoran was very helpful and used the magic of Google Maps and found a paint & DIY shop less than a kilometer from where I live. However, I should have taken his advice about calling ahead to make sure they had what I needed, because in fact it turned out the shop is no longer there. *wry look* Oh well, it got Young Indiana and myself out of the house for a while. I guess I’ll try again tomorrow, though I may actually, y’know, call ahead to a few places first. And if I find some I’m going to have to paint the wall tomorrow, because they’re calling for rain for the rest of eternity.

I have not finished the proposal for RAVEN CALLS. This does not please me. And yet I’m writing a blog entry instead of working on it. Perhaps I should change that. *goes to work*

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
irishkateirishkate on July 28th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Perhaps we can do fancy dress for some event in Octocon?
dsgood on July 28th, 2010 06:33 pm (UTC)
I wonder if Republicans Abroad similarly got new members after Obama's election?
kit: politics_obamasmilesmizkit on July 29th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
I think Republicans Abroad are more commonly known as the US military. :)
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on July 29th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
No longer there? Curses! That'll teach you to trust teh Interweb and dashingly handsome adopted Corconians with plausibly advice.
Myles Corcoranmylescorcoran on July 29th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
And lousy proofreading. *Plausible* advice, obviously.
Amiamidoji on July 29th, 2010 08:15 am (UTC)
With the wig, remember to rinse it very well after marker dying it. Also, rinse in cold water. Warm water will melt the fiber and flatten/straighten the wig. And if you need to style it, don't use a blow dryer or a curling iron as you will simply melt your wig.

I work with wigs as part of my cosplay hobby. I just wanted to warn you of a few other beginner styling mistakes. And good luck!
kitmizkit on July 29th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
I'd read about the needing to rinse and to use cold water, and I suppose the not using heat makes obvious sense in styling. How does one style a wig without heat? :)
Amiamidoji on July 29th, 2010 07:50 pm (UTC)
Hair spray and patience. XD

Actually you can use warm water if you need to straighten your wig, or to curl it. If you dip the wig in lukewarm water then put it in curlers and let it dry. It will keep the curl.

And depending on how anime crazy the wig (and I've had a couple) you simply use things you would never use on your own hair. Like silicon bath tub caulk. You also then never reuse that wig for any one else.
kitmizkit on July 29th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Hair spray and patience.

I was afraid of that. :)