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Cricket last won the day on January 9

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About Cricket

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  • Birthday March 2

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    Peachtree City, Georgia

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  • 501st ID
    10401
  • Name
    Christine

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  1. No Reaction Icons?

    Anyone on the tech end of the Krayt Clan able to help me?
  2. No Reaction Icons?

    I can see all of your reactions, I can't make any myself. See attached pic taken from my phone. It's the same on my phone as on my desktop computer. What's odd is that I used to be able to make reactions to posts before. I don't know what changed.
  3. No Reaction Icons?

    Here's an example what I'm seeing. Or rather, what I don't see.
  4. Hey Support Denizens, On most of the 501st and other related forums, I usually see a small icon on the lower right side of the screen that allows for a "reaction" to a post. When I sign in to the Krayt Clan forums, I don't see that option available for me. It should look like the image below: When I've logged into the Krayt Clan forums, I don't see anything in that space. It's just blank. I can see that other are 'reacting' to the post here in the forum, but I can't 'react' myself. Have I lost my 'reaction' privileges? Help!
  5. Microflame/ Torch Welder leather carry case.

    Very nice! Where do you attach it? Would love to see how you wear it.
  6. Krayt Clan Access (Includes 501st access)

    Cricket here, reporting in with my newly approved Jawa and requesting Krayt Clan access! https://www.501st.com/members/displaymemberdetails.php?userID=23755 Jawa DZ-10401 Thanks! ACCESS GRANTED! Already on 501st roster.
  7. Cricket's Jawa Build

    Haha! Yes, my bin needs the new knocked off of it in a very bad way. Stickers would be good. But I am considering using the same spray paint (as what I used to weather my costume) on the bin, because it's got all sorts of grit mixed in with the paint. So I would turn it into kind of a weathered crate that you would find on Tatooine. I don't know how long that kind of paint job would last, but I think it would look cool! I worked on v2.0 of my gloves today. These are much more comfortable than my last ones, and I think they look a little more like the screen jawa hands (although not perfect!). Here's a screen shot with some hand detail: I found some longer craft fur at JoAnn's and sewed it on just the back part of the hands. Here's what I ended up with: I sprayed these with flat black paint to reduce any shine in the fur and make it look more animal-like. It also helps to mat up the fur a bit and reduce shedding. I will probably thin out the fur a bit more, but I'm much happier with these over my previous gloves.
  8. Cricket's Jawa Build

    One of my Garrison mates found a really small bin on wheels for their Jawa, so I had to get one, too. It's perfect for everything and takes up very little space! I found mine at Home Depot. It's called a 25 in. Cantilever Mobile Job Tool Box. It's got lots of storage for little repair items, too!
  9. Cricket's Jawa Build

    Thank you! Glad you like the pic with BB8. I think my hubby did a good job getting the lighting right in the pics. (His hobby is photography and he's just learning about how to properly light subjects.) After looking at the pics, I noticed that the sides of my robe were longer than the front and back. That's because I cut straight across the bottom of the robe. When the robe hangs naturally, the edges end up longer. Hanging off a hanger, I made rough lines with tailor's chalk to estimate where I needed to trim the bottom in order for the robe to fall evenly along the bottom. Then I went further and added pins along where it looked like the bottom of the robe should be modified. This took a little time to get right. I was trying to keep things even with the center of the robe. And ended up with the bottom looking like this. Then I made a zig zag stitch along where the pins were located, and frayed to that stitch. Which made things look like this: The fraying isn't even along the bottom, but I don't mind at all. It won't be all that visible, actually. What's important is that the robe falls evenly along the bottom now, which looks a lot better! Here's a before and after of the robe while hanging: OMG, yes it does! I didn't notice how prominent it was until after we'd taken the photos. I ironed it down really good, but it still came back. Then I applied extra heavy starch to it (from the inside), and ironed the heck out of it again. Which worked for about 5 minutes, then the fold came back. It's like a horror movie: "The Return of the Monk's Cloth Fold" The only areas that didn't show the fold were where I had applied a heavier coating of paint/weathering. So I took it outside and added more weathering along the fold lines in the front and back. Here's how it turned out: The fold is still hiding in there, but it's under much more control now. Not nearly as visible as it once was. It won't drive me as crazy as it did before, that's for sure!
  10. Cricket's Jawa Build

    Thanks for the paint feedback, MJ! I added some paint clumps to things... and submitted to our GML! Fingers crossed! And then some fun! Utto nye usabia atoonyoba?
  11. Cricket's Jawa Build

    I need more paint! Well, not much more, but enough to weather my improvised Jawa bag (as seen a few posts up). I used a textured spray paint for my weathering (Rustoleum Carribean Sand and Rustoleum Rustic Umber), and I really love it. It not only adds sandy color, but also sandy, dirty texture to the fabric. It really is covered in sand now! So here are my boots. And the robe. I had a difficult time getting the images to accurately show the weathering, but this is as good as I can get it for now. What shows up as white is really a sandy color. I suppose that I'm wondering if I should add more paint to things or not. I was going for a more subtle sandy effect, but if I should add more, please let me know!
  12. Cricket's Jawa Build

    Finally knocked the new off of my bandoliers! My kids were eager to help me sand the leather. It's nice to have some hands-on assistance! They were a huge help. I forgot to take 'before' pics, but I assure you, these looked super shiny and brand-spankin'-new when we started. I used a combination of acetone with 100 grit sandpaper to rough up the surfaces. Then to help protect the leather, I rubbed everything down with leather conditioner when finished. It wasn't enough to just have them look old, I wanted them to look dirty. So off we went to the only part of our lawn that has no grass. My kids had a blast stomping and rubbing these bandoliers into the dirt. Next to get the rest of the Jawa dirty, too!
  13. Cricket's Jawa Build

    Thanks! Time to work on gloves now. I know that the CRL says this about the gloves: "Gloves For 501st approval: The gloves are constructed of black cloth or black leather. Gloves cover the hands and entire wrist. Optional: Black short fur may be attached to the gloves on top of the hands. :" I picked up some faux leather elbow-length gloves off of Amazon so my entire forearm can be covered. They fit pretty well and are comfy. I had some extra fake black fur fabric laying around, so I decided today to make some furry Jawa arms. Just me, some hot glue, scissors, fur, and about 90 minutes later, I had this: Now, I know that the fur on the ANH Jawas was more sparse and longer, but hey... it looks better than just plain ol' fake leather opera gloves. I might thin out the fur somewhat. And I still may change to another glove type because I think these will be kind of warm, even without the fur. I'll be dirtying these gloves up once I get to the weathering part of the build. Which reminds me... everything is built, so now I think I'm ready to weather my stuff!
  14. Cricket's Jawa Build

    Thank you so much!!! I've received tips from Leigh and Kanya, and their feedback has been invaluable. Oh, so yesterday while cleaning up my sewing area (fraying is messy business!), I discovered a large piece of scrap monk's cloth leftover from my initial costume cutting. It was long- about 80 inches or so- and about 18 inches across at the widest point where it folded, narrowing a bit at the other ends. I looked at it for a few minutes, and then I had an idea. This would make a perfect Jawa bag! I left the fold at the bottom, and sewed up the sides about 18 inches or so. The long parts of the straps were sewn together at the ends. I zig zag stitched along the lengths of the straps and fringed them. And here's the result! It's just the right size to stash goodies to trade with Imperial Citizens. Or to hide an acquired droid part or two.
  15. Cricket's Jawa Build

    Before I finished my TK, I had always planned on building a Jawa. I mean, seriously, Jawas have fun anywhere they go! So, let’s build it, then, shall we? I started with a pattern I found here in the Krayt Clan forum. I found pre-dyed Monk’s Cloth online (one less step, yay!), and cut it larger than I thought I would need it. Always easier to hem than to add, right? I traced the shape I wanted with tailor's chalk, making sure that the fold was at the shoulders. Then I cut it all out with a cutting wheel. Easy! All the pieces cut out and ready for sewing. Then I jumped into a Mouse Droid build. Which sidelined my Jawa for a month or so... And then I took time to go out trooping (because that's fun, too!). Next thing I knew, my other TK arrived to build! I've got this Jawa going at the same time as my TK build, so if my jawa build goes slower than expected, it's not because I'm not working on it. For my mask, I picked up an assortment of different style masks: a costume hockey mask, simple eye masks, paper full face masks... but I ultimately chose a Batman half face mask that I snagged from Kroger for less than $5 at Halloween (see, I told you that this has been taking a while!). I cut the 'horns' off so that the mask has more of a rounded shape. I removed the nose as well to allow for better air flow. And I opened up the eyes a bit as well so I could have a better field of view. Then I took an extra hard hat liner I had from my first TK build and glued it inside the mask. It's very comfy, secure, and provides a lot of support for everything! Oh, and another very nice thing about the Batman mask is that there is plenty of room to install two fans (one on each side) on the cheeks. Sweet! I hot glued two waterproof tea lights onto the mask. Off. And on! There were parts that were sticking up in the back of the hard hat liner. So I used duct tape to secure it all down. Then I put all the hood pieces together. I used speaker cloth to line the hood and also for my mask cover. This is before adding the coaxial cable in the front. I glued on some cheap plastic domes after painting the inside with alcohol ink and stuffing a bunch of butterscotch candy wrappers inside. The color of the lit eyes is amber, but they show up as yellow on my camera. I sewed in the cable, which improved the shape of the hood opening, but I didn't like how floppy it still was. This was before I made cuts for the eye domes. And after the speaker cloth was cut for the eyes. Even with the hood velcroed to my mask, the hood still liked to shift down a bit and obscure my vision. Annoying! I found some heavy fabric stabilizer from another costume build in my supplies and thought that it might help to give the hood a better form. It sticks to fabric when you iron it on. I chose to iron it to the inside lining, not the monks cloth. Yay, it worked! Here you can see the hood before adding the stabilizer on the left, and after adding the stabilizer on the right. So you can see a bit of the profile and the back ties. And while I like the newer 'stable' hood more than the previous version, it looks too 'perfect' to me. Since the photos were taken, I've crumpled up the hood a bit, which has creased and wrinkled the stabilizer inside of it. It looks much better now, and still prevents the hood from dipping near the front. I had already sewn my robe together, so I figured I would throw it all on and show my hubby my creation. The robe and sleeves were still too long, and I didn't have my gloves or boots, but it was super exciting getting it all on! He was so impressed that he pulled out his camera. And I embraced my inner jawa... I ended up removing a lot more than this from the bottom of the robe! Thankfully, I was able to use that extra stuff removed for my boots. I made a zig zag stitch all along the areas that need fraying (bottom of the robe, ends of the sleeves), and pulled out enough to make a few centimeters of fringe. Next I tackled my boots. I found these on Amazon for somewhere around $10. Just used the extra cloth scraps from trimming and hot glue! I covered the bottoms with Shoe Goo. One tube per shoe! And that's it for now. Still have to weather everything (including my bandoliers!). Any feedback is greatly appreciated! Oh, one more thing... I love electronic stuff, and I found a voice modulator system that will work to make my voice higher pitched as a jawa and also to deepen my voice when in TK. I'm already memorizing phrases from the Jawa Trade Language so I can interact with people and actually sound like a real jawa. hee hee... It's one more thing to build, but will totally be worth it. Stay tuned!
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