Friday, March 6, 2015

Chris Gore Teaches Us About Comedic Cosplay and Upcycles Old T-Shirts

We've known Chris Gore for a few years now and we've admired that he's a man who knows his way around a glue gun. You may know Chris from his popular segment, DVDuesday on Attack of The Show on G4 or from the magazine Film Threat. These days, he's crashing people's podcasts from Delta Vega to Las Vegas on a show called PodCrash. He even crashed my DVD review show, DVD Geeks, twice!

Everytime I've been to Chris' place, I've noticed that he takes the labels off of products and replaces them with cool Batman labels. He also has an interesting way of converting plastic spray bottles into Star Wars and Batman icons. Chris has an Etsy account, he openly crafts and makes a lot of his cosplay pieces by hand, so Chris seemed like the perfect recruit to come aboard on an away mission with us.

Chris attends a ton of conventions and always has something creative on. In our 8th episode, he teaches us how to preserve the design of an old worn-out t-shirt by transforming in into a completely new outfit. At Glue Guns and Phasers we love a good upcycling project, so we beamed down to his "Bat-tio" for this fun tutorial and to hear about his work. 

Star Trek Tote Bags Coming Soon!

Hey folks!
We just wrapped an episode with the talented and lovely Brittnee Braun of Brittnee Braun Designs. I met her at Comic Con a few years back and was happy to hear she launched a new DIY business. She makes awesome geek-centric mini skirts for kids and adults of all ages and sizes. She even made my skirt that I'm wearing in the episode, which is pictured botton left. We don't want to share all her trade secrets, so in the episode Brittnee teaches our audience how to use scraps of fabric left from the skirts to make fun Trek tote bags. I find this to be an extremely practical craft as we have the plastic bag ban in the city of Los Angeles. I'm always looking for fun and festive bags to express my personality. Be on the lookout for this video in the coming weeks. You can check out some of Brittnee's work here and she'll be at Wondercon in April at the Annaheim Convention Center.



Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Phew! What a busy few weeks it's been

Finally back home and recovered from the 3 conventions I went to in one week. Kind of crazy right? I know. I can hardly believe I'm still standing. Alas, I am and it was a blast! Here are some photos from Star Trek Las Vegas and ScareLA (Twin Peaks Fest was just for fun!). I would like to take a moment to thank Los Angeles Hauntings and Scott Markus for letting us share booth space with them at ScareLA. We handed out a lot of postcards at the table and couldn't have done it without you! We tried out #popupcrafts at our table and it was a big hit.

I also want to thank my friend Christopher aka Sinful Celluloid for his help all weekend and a big shout out to Chris Gore for making the con that much more fun. He was a judge on our 90-sec-costume showdown. We hope to have our Chris Gore GGP episode up before too long, so be on the lookout for that. It's a funny one!

Boldly Glue….

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Thank you for joining us at STLV!

We're still recovering from Star Trek Las Vegas (and Twin Peaks Fest), but we'll be posting new photos from STLV soon of all of you. Keep an eye out for the full instructions for the craft we made in Vegas. Sorry we ran out of supplies and had turn some of you away. We hope you take an interest in making it at home. We promise, it's super easy!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Our very first Captain's Log

In an effort to simplify production and provide more content, we are putting out some casual videos that go beyond the world of arts and crafts. Captain's Log supplementals won't be official episodes of Glue Guns and Phasers, but they will give you a sense of our personalities and take you on some fun adventures. Don't worry, we'll still be shooting and releasing our craft videos regularly. This is just some fun content to fill the void in between those.

Whether it's decorating Connor's bedroom or shopping for supplies in unusual places, you'll be a part of the crew. In our very first installment, Gingi from Domestic Geek Girl asked us to review this brush set from T-mart. While we did a written review, we thought it might be fun to do a little Trek makeup tutorial as well. In a rare opportunity, you'll see us without makeup as we create the looks of the women of TOS and the holodeck character "Arachnia" from Voyager. Enjoy...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Trek Spa Day: Bonus Mission, Planet Bath Bombs!

J.J. Abrams isn't the only one who can blow up Vulcan...
You, too, can cause the destruction of planets, but in your very own bathtub while relaxing as if you're on Risa. 

Ingredients & tools for one planet bath bomb:
Two mixing bowls (non-metallic)
Whisk or fork
Ice cream scooper (optional)
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoon of citric acid (or 1/2 tablespoon cream of tartar)
1 tablespoon of cornstarch
1 tablespoon epsom salts 
1/4 teaspoon oil (you can use any light oil. Canola oil is fragrance free & doesn't compete with scents. We used almond oil.)
3/4 teaspoon of water (add a little more if too crumbly)
essential oil fragrance (optional)
food colouring
Step One:
Dump the dry ingredients (baking soda, cream of tartar, cornstarch, and salts) into a bowl and whisk together to remove lumps. 

Step Two: 
Combine the wet ingredients (oil, water, essential oil fragrance and food coloring) in a jar or separate little bowl. Use just a couple of drops of food coloring at first, a little bit goes a long way! Mix colors to achieve the planet surface shade. 

Step Three: 
Pour your wet ingredients into your dry mixture. Constantly move the ingredients around with your whisk or fork until evenly distributed. You'll notice a reaction happening, but the mixture should still be a little crumbly. If you add too much water or liquid, the mixture will start to foam and we don't want that until you add it to your bath water! 

Step Four:
Pack the mixture into your ice cream scooper and cup the top with your hand to form a ball as tightly as you can. You can release the scooper and hand form it further. Then, lay your "planet" on a plate to dry for a few hours. If packaging to give as a gift, let them dry out for about 24-48 hours. 

Step Five:
Add them to your bath water and enjoy a good soak! 
Tip: Many recipes for bath bombs call for citric acid, but actually it's hard to find and California will not sell it to you. You can get it at the pharmacy, but we found it just easier to use the cream of tartar. If going with citric acid you can buy a 100 g bottle and that will make you about 12 planet bath bombs. Citric Acid causes more of a fizz, but it's kind of a hassle to obtain. Remember to only use 1/2 a tablespoon for cream of tartar or 1 tablespoon of citric acid.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

On Thursday, we shot our "Upcycled Trek Shirt" episode with special guest, Chris Gore (Attack of the Show, Podcrash and Film Threat). Here's a sneak peak at some behind the scenes fun with Chris!