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What's the strangest request you've had??

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 6:55 pm
by Tuppence
Was just thinking of some of the wierd and wonderful things I've made over the years.

So, question- (mentioning no names if necessary!!) -
what's the oddest thing you've ever been asked to make (or obtain)??
And did you do it??

For me the two that spring to mind would be:

the bunny girl outfit (yes I did)
the rip-stop nylon SS officer uniform (no I didn't).

Just wondering...


Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:06 pm
by Shadowcat
I made costumes for the wolves in "Company of Wolves". They were eighteenth century costumes, and my friend took measurements from a very large alsatian! It was the worst job I ever had, and I nearly gave up there and then It was the first film job I ever had, and put me off for a long time. I should never have taken it on. (You can actually see them in the movie, for about a minute - they did not need to be properly made at all, but I didn't know that at the time.)


Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 7:14 pm
by agesofelegance
Having done panto and a lot of the chorus then the oddest are probably trees, cockerels, lions and monkey's not to mention rosy radish and billy bean and panto dames.

For unusual non panto I did teddy bears for EH's teddy bears picnics a few years ago for the team to wear and then a silver leather padlocked corset fro a model to wear for a car alarm advert. As she was a FHM girl of the year you can imagine what type of ad and where it was placed.

I also kept quiet about making the purple and gold Lycra hose for Julian Clary in Carry on Columbus as i was researching proper hose fabric etc at the time at the MOL and felt it was best they didn't know, but they were made to a proper pattern so as authentic as possible :wink: and spent several hours making the feathers cloaks for the natives.

There was also the showgirl bird costume for Bjork

But and this is a biggy.....
my biggest claim to fame and oddest job is dying Phil Collins undies his bottom colour for the bedroom scene in 'Buster' so he wasn't naked. After that it has to be downhill all the way :wink:

don't you just love the variety and glamour of this job 8)

Posted: Mon Apr 03, 2006 9:37 pm
by Neibelungen
Did a set of padlocks and hasps for Dawn's metalic corset. (beats eyeletting I guess)

A steel bridle for a catwalk model for Alexander Mcqueen for some hideous leather dress (talking 1/4" thick moulded like a glove with a hood and umbrella skirt)

And my favorite... a copper bust for a lady........ literally. Lots of fun polishing it and making the mould was fun. :lol:

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:49 pm
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
Silver and garnet mail shirt - sadly unfinished as I ran low on funds. (over a kilo of silver wire is in it so far, and about 2000 set garnets and garnet beads...

Most unusual request? I was asked to find a Medus stone - here is a description from a medieval Lapidary:

Medus is found among the Turks. It bestows life and death if it is ground on a green grindstone and mixed with a woman's milk. If the powder is administered in water, whoever drinks it will vomit up his lungs and die; and if he bathes his eyes with it, he will go blind. Its colour is black.

I actually found a natural stone which has these properties, called an Ekanite, which I keep in my collection. Now, I have a list of "friends", I wonder if they will like a drink of water.....

Posted: Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:26 pm
by Lord High Everything Esle
I made some things for me

A surgeons ring with a scaple that pops out to let blood

and a double heria truss a la Ambrose Pare that everone thinks I got from ...... a certain S@X shop.

sorry no photo .. but if someone wants to model it....

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:18 pm
by lawrence
Somebody once asked me if I could do a mosaic of their whippet.
Noooooo! (not that I was being snobby you understand)

Posted: Wed Apr 05, 2006 8:23 pm
by Scraggles
Mad Monk of Mitcham wrote:I actually found a natural stone which has these properties, called an Ekanite, which I keep in my collection. Now, I have a list of "friends", I wonder if they will like a drink of water.....
quick google

Radioactive a- and b-particles, g-rays.
Crystals are probably metamic.
Sometimes used as a gemstone.

not one to keep in your pocket ?

Posted: Thu Apr 06, 2006 8:59 pm
by Mad Monk of Mitcham
I keep it in a box wrapped in lead foil. But if you re-enact the 1920's and 30's, you can wear radioactive underwear, which was believed to act like viagra! The watches with luminous dials also glowed with more than light.

Also beware of yellow glass, as most of it was coloured by uranium and still registers on a G-M tube.