Marcela helped me with this. We dumped all the powder (100g) from the Jamila bag into a bowl.
added a cup of lemon juice
and mixed it
and then covered and waited 12 hours.
The next day (after the 12 hour wait) I added in 1oz (the whole bottle) of cajeput essential oil
After another 24 hours, I poured the mixture into an ice cube tray.
Then I stuck it all in the freezer in a plastic bag inside aluminum foil (to keep the light out).
I offered henna at one of my parties. Ankur drew a narwhal
and Julian drew electrical engineering symbols / circuits. It’s shiny because we used a spray bottle filled with lemon juice and sugar (to make the lemon juice sticky)
This is what it looked like after a day (the darkest is day 2).
On my other hand Marcela drew a tree and I doodled a robot.
I felt a little awkward about it (someone asked me if I’d gotten these at a wedding… which was not the case).
I chose to apply it with a cake decorating bag and some reallly realllllly fine cake tips from karenscookies.net. The idea is that with the coupler, changing out tips would be very fast. The Ateco coupler worked with with the wilton tips and the ateco tips I got.
Ateco Tip 00 $1.39
Ateco Tip 000 $1.39
Ateco Coupler $.079
Wilton Decorating Tip #1 $1.39
However, in practice, I think in the future I would go with rolling my own cones to have more control over the tip. I’m told you can cut at a slant and that way, by controlling the angle and pressure of application, vary the line width a lot.
I also gave some thought as to the cultural appropriateness of doing this. In the end, I think I concluded that henna was used in enough different cultures that as long as I stayed away from traditional / religious designs that I didn’t understand / wasn’t a part of, it was ethically okay.
Nonetheless what I really want to convey is that the meaning behind cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation is being inappropriately used and instead of holding an angry, vindictive attitude towards others, we should be the wiser person and teach them and show them the beauty of culture.
and want to strive to be more in accordance with it. For a while I was offended at the idea of adding cheese to dumplings, until I talked to my dad who thought it was a great idea (just like easy tacos!) and realized perhaps my sentiment derived out of an insecurity about how Chinese I was.
Overall, I really liked the xojane article below.The basic idea here is that our parents had everything to gain by their culture being accepted, while as 1st generation (for me, “ABC” or “american-born chinese”) we may overcompensate for being “between cultures” (and others, not me, have had the experience of being mocked for their culture) and be hostile towards other people adopting our culture.
I bleached it once for 90 minutes and then again in three sections, the shortest section was 30 minutes and the longest 80 minutes.
The ombre effect didn’t really come out. I suspect the first bleaching needed to have been part of the gradient as well.
The bleach I did myself, but I had Holly J.’s help with the hair coloring. It didn’t look like much at first (wet)
But dry it looked pretty nice.
Joico Vero K-PAK Color Hair Color – Red 1 9.79
+ orange, yellow, peacock green, cobalt blue, amethyst purple (yes that adds up to a lot >__>). It was from sleekhair.com
(shipping took about a week).
I chose that after reading the reviews on this site
I was a little underwhelmed with the intensity of the colors (they’re not super BRIGHT), but they’re very nice colors (they look very … soft and natural in the sunlight). I choise Joico after reading the reviews on this site: http://fashionista.com/2014/10/rainbow-hair-dye
The hair bleach I got locally, from Sally Hansen’s Beauty Supply store near Target in Somerville / Union Square. It probably cost me around $25.
The hair looks really nice with a waterfall braid
Here for instructions:
Here’s how my hair looked after two days in french braids. So fluffy! Haha.
I wanted to replicate a dress I have for Open Hardware Summit (which I’m using as an excuse to start and finish a lot of projects, from heels to dress to earrings), but found it too difficult. Instead, I found this super-easy dress, which consists of just four pieces:
It is called an infinity dress because of all the ways you can wear it
My attempt came out more like a miniskirt due to some errors I made and lack of additional cloth. It also falls strangely on the front due to the lack of cloth pulling it down. So it goes.
To remedy it, since I have no more of that cloth and the store that sold it (Sew Low) is now closed (owner retired), I can 1) sew a different color underneath 2) wear a slip underneath 3) wear dark tights.
Additionally, the stretchy orange fabric causes… issues when it’s stretch thin. Ala wet tshirt problems. 🙁
It was all pretty straightforward. I’ll just document my measurements and cloth dimensions here.
chest center to armpit back 10.5”
bottom of ribcage to top of breasts 6”
For the circle, my inner radius was 4.25” and my outer radius was 19.75”. Here is a picture (with the inner circle unfolded to show that the cloth is folded into quarters). I made the waist smaller than intended and it fit fine on my waist without falling down or being too small (although it did get on the smaller end of acceptable after I finished sewing everything to it).
I mark it, I used a piece of chalk and a tape measure, then anchored my right hand at the center of the circle and swung the tape around.
My rectangular cloth was 10” by 28”.
My long straps were 10.5” by 97”. I pinned them extensively down their entire length and the cutting was straightforward, although extremely tedious. The mat actually helped a lot, since I could line up the clean edges on the mat and actually see through the fabric to the white lines on the mat and mark down the entire length.
I used a single stitch, the straight stitch, no zigzag stitch needed (the second row on the machine), because the orange fabric was super stretchy.
The only part I found tricky* was which side to sew the rectangle (turned into cylinder) on onto the dress. I almost sewed it on the wrong side. It should be sewn with the top part of the right side is facing you and the bottom part of the right side is facing the mat, and the wrong side is facing itself on the inside. That way, when you put on the dress, the right side is facing out. The right side of the cylinder is facing the wrong side of the straps. The right side of the straps is facing the right side of the skirt. The bottom part of the right side of the skirt is facing the mat.
*I messed up on the skirt mostly because I wasn’t really paying attention and was listening to a podcast 🙁 I folded it in half and cut out the quarter circle, instead of folding it into quarters. Unfolded, I got two useless halves of cloth instead of a circular skirt.
All told it took me 8 hours to go from first reading the instructions to wearing the dress.
I’ve been holding nail saloon parties at my place, the idea being it would be a place where people should feel welcome to ask questions about things they might feel awkward about normally, and also a chance for me to learn about other people’s experiences that I don’t know much of anything about.
Although it turned out to be mostly preaching to the choir, I’ve improved friendships through it, learned about other people’s lives, and also experimented with nail art with folks!
Here’s a few “pieces”. I drew this with the applicators that came on the bottle (and a toothpick, I think)
laser-etched stamping plates
I tried to make stamping plates (lasercut) — here’s how the professional ones look: https://youtu.be/HxIFgvfPC1c?t=1m29s — however, I think, because I was in a hurry, the etch depth was not deep enough
(and also, we were using test tube stoppers instead of soft round stamps that conform to your nail more).
newspaper toner transfer
One person successfully did newspaper transfer, but that was perhaps one successful one try out of ten…
Here’s the instructions, using rubbing alcohol.
And if you’re not having luck, just fake it with sharpie 🙂
aka, a color gradient. this is a simple technique, just take a cosmetic sponge, put two or three colors next to each other, and then dab away — tada, you have a gradient!
the middle finger is “ombre” here
magnetic nail polish
it works! turns out you need to get the magnet patterns.
the thumb and fourth finger have gold magnetic nail polish applied
Update 8/16/15: For those wondering about MRI compatibility — it so happens I had an MRI done recently with some magnetic nail polish still on my nails. It was totally fine (not even a slight pull), and they also have a nifty device that checks if you have metal things on you before you enter the MRI room.
these sadly only lasted maybe a few days, even with a topcoat applied on top of the stickers
I hunted around for a local source of things like dotting tools (for making dots) and eventually found them right at Target!
the sticker “masks” above did not work too great, but the dotting tool was handy 🙂
“I guess I never noticed how often I take off my socks in the presence of other people until now. An eye-opening find on it’s own! I think I shall paint them from now on. It’s like the personalization of a tattoo without the peril.” — K. S.
This is just dropping different colors into a cup of water and dipping your nails in it. I did this successfully (you want solid colors usually, and some nail polishes do not work (just dissolve into the water)). Here’s a friend’s:
Here’s the coolest water marbling of nails I’ve seen