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Table of Contents Silhouette Embellish
Broke & Original
by Kate Bell
Statuesque: Many girls with your height have trouble finding dresses long enough, so err on the side of caution and go longer than you ordinarily would. An empire waist will balance out the longer skirt to keep you from looking stumpy. Gathered tiers and a fun color also keep this look fresh.
Silhouette Delicate: With your slight figure, a good rule of thumb is to keep it simple. Your frame is easy to overwhelm if too much is going on in your outfit. A strapless dress with a distinct, natural waistline keeps you cute and proportional. You can add some interest with a subtle print or texture.
Silhouette Bodacious: If you feel insecure with your curves, you can minimize them with a softly draped knit dress. The one-shoulder silhouette with a empire waist adds interest while lengthing your torso and disguising your waist. The ruffle hem balances out the whole look.
Silhouette Lanky: If you are concerned about your torso-tolimbs ratio, try a high waisted dress with a fun print. The well-defined empire waist helps lengthen your torso, balancing out your long arms and legs. Keep the skirt to just above your knees, and the effect will be complete!
Silhouette Powerhouse: If a feminine look is what you are going for, but still want to combine it with something sporty, try a belted dress with a fun skirt. Find a dress with a natural waist to give you curves, and metallic details to keep the overall look lively. A tank-like bodice will give you some spunk while minimizing your shoulders.
by Sam Silver
Want a new variation on your typical French braid? Take a twist on the classic and try this new waterfall braid. 1. Begin by spraying your hair with
hairspray and smoothing it out. This makes it easier to begin the braiding process.
2. Next, start by sectioning off part
of your hair on the top right corner of your face. Smooth this with your comb and maintain flyaways.
3. Now, take separate the hair into
three sections to begin French braiding. Braid across the back off the head going towards the left corner of your face.
Hair by Christina White
4. Instead of adding more hair to
the bottom piece as you braid, drop the bottom piece and pick up a new section of hair. This will result in the strips of hair appearing out of the braid.
5. After braiding around the head,
bobby pin the end in place. To add something extra, pin a flower clip over the bobby pin.
After you have mastered this braid, try making different patterns to add interest!
Hair & Makeup by Christina White
by Sam Silver & Kate Bell
Get a tear in your winter jeans? Salvage those pants and prepare for summer by turning them into a skirt! 1. Start by gathering up your
materials. Youâ€™ll need a pair of jeans, scissors, seam ripper, ruler, a sewing machine, and pins.
2. First, cut off the bottom portions
of the pant legs. Leave about 10 inches of pant leg measuring from the crotch down. This will ensure that the skirt is long enough when sewn together.
3. Next, rip the inseams,
the inner seam, of the pant legs open. This means, using the seam ripper, tear the threads connecting the front of the leg to the back. Make sure to be careful and only rip out the threads, not the actual fabric.
& Original 4. Rip the front center seam, starting at the crotch, up to the bottom
of the zipper. Then, rip the back center seam up to the bottom of the belt loops.
Lay the skirt flat on the floor to prepare for pinning. Overlap one front leg over the other and pin flat. Make sure to avoid bunching around the zipper area. Now, repeat this with the back of the skirt. The pants should now be in the shape of a skirt.
6. Finally, stitch along the pinned edges with your sewing machine.
After the sewing is done, cut off the excess fabric on the inside of the skirt. You can also hem the bottom edge if you like. Or stitch a line at the bottom of the skirt all the way around to avoid accidentally fraying too high.
Make your skirt unique by adding embroidery and fraying.
Designs by Sam Silver & Kate Bell
by Anthony Ayala and Amy Swenson
Just as important as the exercise itself is the stretching that precedes it. With the dynamic stretches demonstrated here, you can increase the effectiveness of your workout. Knee Stretch
While stand you pick up your knee and pull it up to the sky. This stretch will stretch out the gluteus maximus muscle. While you raise your knee up, you need to roll up on your toes on the other leg.
With this stretch you will cross your leg over the other and roll onto your toes with the leg that is not being stretched. This stretch helps work on the hip flexors. A lot of people sometimes have tight hip flexors, so performing this stretch can help loosen them up.
Condition Tin Soldiers
While walking, kick your leg up as high into the air as possible. While keeping it straight, reach with opposite arm and touch the toe. This drill works on stretching out your hamstrings. You are also allowed to use your hands under the leg that you are kicking up. Try to keep your other leg on the ground as you kick up the one leg.
Focus on moving your legs fast and freely, using a big and fast arm action. Remember that this exercise is as much about arm technique as leg technique. Try placing white tape or arm bands around your wrists to you can easily see if you are driving you arms up to your eye level. Keep an upright body posture throughout. All of these exercises are good for your running action and hip mobility. You can perform these going forward or backward. You do not need hurdles. You can place anything from coolers to bags on the ground, anything that will force to you step over.
Check out Anthony and Amyâ€™s video for a look at these stretches in motion, and get ready for wellwarmed up muscles!
with Kelsey Draus
by Mikah Wright
Kelsey Draus reveals the beauty of glass-blowing through her small art business. Kelsey Draus has always had a knack for creating different forms of artwork. After working on a seventh grade science fair project, Draus found an interest in dichroic glass and began fusing at the age of twelve. She was taught by an artist who made dichroic glass in his home. Draus is from St. Charles, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She began her adventure at Iowa State University two years ago and is now a sophomore in materials engineering. Draus began working in the Gaffers Guild at ISU and took a glass blowing class. “After I learned the basics, I was able to start doing my own thing and start experimenting,” Draus commented. Before Draus can start blowing glass, she must wear safety glasses. This is for protection purposes and so that she can see the bubble being blown. As a precautionary measure, in the Gaffer’s Guild each artist must have a partner with them while doing their work. To begin, she gathers the glass on an object called a punty. A punty is a solid, stainless steel rod. The glass must be distributed equally at all times on the rod and rotating the hot glass increases the size of the gather. It is heated in a special furnace or kiln to make it pliable. Once heated, a bubble can be blown inside the glass using a blow pipe. A blow pipe is a hollow, stainless steel pipe. A blowing piece may require several gatherings around the bubble before the process is over. Color and shape is then be gradually added to the glass. Shapes can be manipulated using tweezer-like tools called jacks and a sheet of metal called a marver.
Molten â€œAfter I learned the basics, I was able to start doing my own thing and start experimenting.â€? Once the process is complete, the glass must have time to cool. It cannot be cooled at room temperature because it will shatter. Instead, it is placed inside an annealing oven where it can cool gradually. One type of glass Kelsey works with is dichroic glass. This glass appears to have more than one color at the same time when viewed at different angles. For example, if you look at the glass from one angle, it may appear green. If you look at it from a slightly different angle, it will appear blue. The colors are simply created through a manipulation of light. It is reflective because there is a special coating treatment done to the glass. There are no paints, dyes, or other colors added in the process of making the glass itself and the coating does not have its own color attributes. This type of glass can be used as an element in glass blowing, bead making and glass fusing. The process of creating it is complex and requires high-tech equipment. To make it, Draus puts clear or black glass into a pressure chamber and sprays it with different types of metals. All of the different metals are what you see in the glass. It is then fused between two layers: clear and a background color. The glass is then cut, fused in a kiln and can be made into jewelry. Draus will also be teaching a class this summer at the Gaffers Guild. She does not know when it starts or how long it will last. She volunteered to teach the basics of glass blowing and safety measures. The classes are expected to hold eight to ten people and are open to the public to sign up.
Molten A One-On-One With Kelsey 4D: When you first started designing blown glass artwork, what was your biggest struggle? KD: I am left handed, which made things a lot harder at first. Lots of the materials in the studio are set up for right-handed people. It took time to get used to. Now, I am able to do shaping of the glass with my right hand and work on the design and small details with my left. 4D: Where do you draw your inspiration from? KD: I just go with the flow for the most part and play around with different colors and designs. After the first four or five weeks of the class, I learned most of the basics. From then on I was able to start experimenting.
4D: Do you sell any of your jewelry? KD: Yes, I do. I have sold jewelry at places like arts and crafts shows, county fairs and flea markets. My jewelry was also sold in two stores in my hometown.
4D: How much money does it cost to buy one of your pieces of jewelry? KD: It varies, but usually the necklaces range from five to twenty-five dollars, depending on the piece.
4D: Can you tell me a little bit about the necklace that you are wearing? KD: The necklace was made of glass that I fused, antique black glass buttons, parts from a 1960's vacuum cleaner motor, and a bunch of beads and wire mixed in with it.
For an in-depth look at Kelseyâ€™s process, check out our video interview! To look at more examples of Kelseyâ€™s work, or to purchase a piece, check out
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