The Making of Nora Valkyrie - The Corset



This is the second part of my The Making of Nora Valkyrie costume tutorial. This walk through focuses on what I have dubbed the “battle corset” or the armored under-bust corset that Nora wears over her dress. This is my step by step process of making the corset. This can be a bit trial and error so, here we go!

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This guest blog post is by Squishable fan Danielle Nicole F.(danicosplay here on Tumblr! Thanks Danielle! If YOU would like to write a guest post on the Squishable site, email us!Your squishable is sad, dingy, and smells funny. What do you do? I’m here to tell you how to give your squishy pal a spa day all his own! All you will need are the following:
Any brand of body or baby wipes (I use Scott’s)
Baby powder or baking soda
A brush (preferably one with the soft bristles or fine-toothed)
Vacuum cleaner with brush attachment
Spot cleaner such as Oxy Clean (optional - used for tough stains more than regular maintenance)
First, wipe down your squishable with the body/baby wipes. This will rid him or her of most of the oils, smells, and dirt particles attached to the fur. You may need to use more than one wipe if your squishable is particularly dirty. Afterwards, it will be a little damp, so if there are any stains - or if you just want to brighten the white on your squishy - this is the perfect time to use your oxygen cleaner. Just follow the instructions on the container for spot cleaning.

You will need to wait a bit while your squishable air dries. Don’t use a blow dryer or any artificial means of heat drying as this will melt the fur. You can brush him while you wait. It helps to brush a few times to really separate all the fur strands.

Once your squishable is dry, apply baby powder or baking soda all over its body. Don’t use too much, or the smell will be overwhelming! Just a little bit goes a long way. This will break up any remaining oils and dirt, and make him smell even fresher!  Be sure to brush it all through his fur. Remember to always be gentle while brushing so you don’t pull out any fur or tear any seams. Brushing also is a good weekly regimen to keep your squishable looking fresh.

Once you have thoroughly brushed all the powder through his fur, use the brush attachment on the hose of your vacuum cleaner to go over every inch of your squishable. This will suck up all the remaining powder and dirt, and will “re-fluff” him too! It also helps smooth down the fur strands.

Voila! You have finished cleaning and pampering your squishable. Sometimes, the vacuum can scare them, so be sure to give your squishable extra snuggles when you are done!

Stay squishy, my friends!

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