Halloween is just around the corner, which for many people means that it’s costume time.
Sure, you could head to a big box store to buy a mass-produced costume, but where’s the fun in that? True makers know that nothing beats the satisfaction of making your own costume, whether you’re throwing together a hilarious low-effort costume or creating a picture-perfect cosplay.
But making those costumes can take work...and tools that you might not have just lying around.
That’s where we come in. Here are a few ways that our makerspace can help you make the best costume ever this Halloween.
Custom Made Clothing
Sometimes, a subtle costume can go a lot further than a loud, over the top ensemble. Take for instance Jim Halpert’s understated costumes on The Office.
But not everyone is as pop culture savvy as you. There’s a good chance that your The Dude costume will be misinterpreted as “Bathtub Hippie.”
To get the point across, you might need to enlist the aid of a custom printed t-shirt, jacket patch, or hat. The screenprinting studio can be used to make custom prints of anything, but unless you’re doing a group costume, the vinyl cutter and heat press would be way less hassle.
You could also order a custom mug, towel, or the like from a site like Custom Envy to really hit the nail on the head.
And of course, you can also use our sewing area to design your own elaborate costumes.
3D Printed Accessories
Many characters have instantly recognizable accessories, such as Ash William’s Chainsaw arm or Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet. If you want to recreate these characters, you’re going to need to nail these accessories.
Often, this means buying a replica online. But thanks to the modern miracle of 3D printing, you can create accurate recreations of just about anything and create it yourself, from belt buckles to pendants to signature weapons to sidekicks—even masks!
You can design your own model in a 3D modeling software or find something from Thingiverse’s enormous database. Just make sure you give yourself enough time—some of these prints can take a while, especially if they require multiple pieces.
While some characters are known for a weapon or helmet, others have an unforgettable piece of jewelry, such as Jareth the Goblin King’s pendant, Holly Golightly’s famous Tiffany necklace, or The One Ring to Rule Them All. Matching that jewelry can make or break the entire costume.
You could head to Goodwill to see what you can find that looks sorta close, or you could come to our shop and make your own replicas. Use our metalworking tools, polymer clay, and even stained glass to recreate iconic jewelry yourself!
Having a great Halloween often comes down to having the right costume.
This year, don’t rely on a cheap, store bought costume. Make your own costume here in our shop and get fewer tricks and more treats!
There are a lot of reasons people stay at their day jobs when they’d rather do something they’re passionate about.
But not all of those reasons are worth a darn.
Here are a few common—terrible—reasons people give for staying at a job, and why they don’t actually matter.
You’ll Lose Your Health Insurance!
Health insurance is a touchy topic these days. It’s dominating the debate cycle during this election, just like it did in 2016, and 2012, and 2008, and…
Yes, healthcare is a necessity. And for many people with a full-time job, that healthcare is provided by your company. Losing that would cost too much.
But there are two things you have to remember.
First: you can find insurance on your own without a company’s group plan.
Second: you’re already paying for your own insurance. It’s just being taken out of your paycheck before you see it.
What If You Need To Verify Your Income?
There are a lot of instances where you’ll need to verify your income. When you apply for a car loan or a mortgage, the lender will want to see proof of your income so they can make sure that you make enough to afford the payments.
In most cases, you’ll provide the bank with a pay stub from your employer verifying your salary. The people telling you not to quit your day job will tell you that without an employer, you won’t have any pay stubs to show. How can you get a pay stub without a payroll department writing it up for you?
And yeah, a pay stub is a much neater method of income verification than a spreadsheet with all of your various PayPal transactions, Square reports, and cash deposits from craft shows.
But you can turn all of that documentation into a pay stub of your own at a site like PayStubs.net, and it will work just the same.
Your Job is Stable!
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…
Stability is one of the biggest reasons people settle for a non-dream job. It might not get their heart racing, but it’s stable.
But the fact of the matter is, even a “stable” job isn’t unshakeable. Speaking to a graduating class at Maharishi University, Jim Carrey told graduates that his father decided to ignore his dream of being a comedian and take the “safe job” to be an accountant. But then one day, he was laid off—from a job he didn’t even want.
You can fail at something that you don’t want to do, so you might as well do find what you love.
If You Do What You Love For a Job, You’ll Hate It
There’s something toxic about Americans’ relationship with work. Work is that thing that you hate, and there’s no other way around it.
Many of us are so tied to that mindset that we think that if we get a job doing what we love, we’ll end up resenting it. The second we get paid for our passions, it sours and is ruined forever.
But the good news is, that’s not a necessary part of work. That’s more a symptom of poor stress management than an intrinsic part of monetizing your passions.
So don’t be afraid to get paid for doing what you love. That should be the ideal, shouldn’t it?
Do What You Love
There are a thousand reasons not to do something. But sometimes, those reasons don’t hold much weight.
If you’re tired of starving creatively while you slave away in an unfulfilling job, head over to Killer Creators to see how our webcourse can set you up for success.