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So You're Buying a 3D Print...
Jennifer Belgin

When I first started Darth Cleavage, the standard for costuming was largely resin cast and vacuum formed parts. The process of sculpting, molding, and casting or forming takes a lot of time and tends to be expensive so it somewhat limited the options. However, after a bit of trimming and sanding you had a paintable item. With 3D printing, the modelling still takes a substantial amount of time, but the production is faster, items are scalable, and this has allowed for a wider variety of options. However, if you want an item with the smoothness of something cast or formed,...

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The Star Wars Craft Book
Jennifer Belgin

While I've always been a fan of a galaxy far, far away, The Clone Wars allowed me to share the joy with my boys. I was pulled back into the wonderful world of Star Wars and discovered the larger community of fans through costuming communities and on social media. This eventually led me to Bonnie Burton's Star Wars Craft Book and opened up a whole new world of crafty activities. I didn't own a sewing machine at the time but that wasn't an impediment to making my boys a pair of bantha plushes. I can't say exactly how many of the...

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So you are thinking about moving your store...
Jennifer Belgin

My feeds have been filled with a great deal of angst today regarding Etsy's new advertising policy and many have expressed their desire to open up shop under a new platform. A good portion of those are considering Shopify so I wanted to take a moment and offer some details about why I made the switch and why I love it. I figured I'd also share my favorite apps as well. First and foremost, let me make it clear that I am not endorsed by Shopify in any capacity. Anything I'm saying here is simply because I appreciate what they...

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Baby Yoda Begins!
Jennifer Belgin

Even if you've never heard of Star Wars, odds are that you at least recognize this adorable little face. I don't know what it is about the little green nugget that makes him so adorable or appealing but he is and I just can't get enough of him. I actually started up a folder of all the memes I've found over the last few weeks and it's quickly surpassing all of my other albums. I guess none of you who follow me will be the least bit surprised that I decided to make my own as well as his original...

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Love, Death, and Robots
Jennifer Belgin

I am absolutely obsessed with this new Netflix animated series. I don't remember the last time I was so taken with a story to the point that I went back and watched it 7 or 8 times. Now I'm seeking out the inspirations and considering a crazy costume build. My favorite so far is Sonnie's Edge, and you can find the short story on which it was based here. Although, I suggest you watch the flick first and see what kind of questions it makes you ask yourself. The short story is slightly different but also weaves more information into...

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Proptober Day 31 - SELFIE TIME!
Jennifer Belgin

Woooohooo! We made it to day 31! Even though there were some stressful moments where I forgot I hadn't updated the blog post or rushed to the deadline to get something finished, it was really great to push myself to both write and make. Sometimes it's easy to get into a funk and I find that just doing something, anything, no matter how simple, is the key to getting back into the swing of things. I hope you enjoyed following or crafting along and that you picked up a trick or two along the way. Celebrate today by posting a...

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