March282014
xchrononautx:

fuckyeahviralpics:

It’s never too late to learn the right way to do things: button sewing technique via imgur → more…

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE

xchrononautx:

fuckyeahviralpics:

It’s never too late to learn the right way to do things: button sewing technique via imgurmore…

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE

(Source: fuckyeahviralpics, via miromantic)

March182014

Kanaya’s Chainsaw Tutorial

equiu5:

Here’s a tutorial on how I made Kanaya’s chainsaw.

Here is what you’ll need:

- 2” Insulation foam

- White/black spray paint

- Acryllic paint (optional for blood and touch ups)

- 1” Rigid foam

- 1/4” Foamies/foam sheets

- Hot Glue gun

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So first I took my trusty 2” insulation foam sheets - seriously, this shit is good for EVERYTHING. and I started mapping out my dimensions. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures before I cut them out nor for the chainsaw end, but, basically just look at a reference picture and imagine how big you want it to be, and how big the parts are in relation to each other. Also: DONT GUESS IT!! MEASURE IT!

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Ok, so here’s all the pieces cut out. I wanted it to be thicker than 2” so I cut two pieces of each and then shaved them down with a knife until they were about the same size.image

Before I glued them together, this is a rough estimation of what they’re going to look like minus the blade. Special note: I made the blade not out of insulation foam but of 1” rigid foam. There isn’t much difference that I can tell, I just needed a thinner piece of foam. It’s a little longer than the length of all the pieces added up.

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So another thing I didn’t have pictured was my PVC pipe which i planned on using to make the handles. I just got a 3/4” pbc pipe about 6 feet tall or so and then got these little elbows and caps. If we look at the picture of kanaya’s chainsaw:

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We can see that there is a big handle on top, and two small handles on either side that aren’t connected! SO I cut my pipe into 5 pieces and used those elbows to form basically a square, then attached the smaller handles and covered the ends with the caps.

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Here is it all put together. I used a low temp glue gun and then sat on the pieces so they would be put together without very visible seams. Also you can finally see the handle in this picture. I didnt have many pics of it because before I had a shitty version of this chainsaw where I had the handle covered in duct tape. DONT LET PEOPLE TELL YOU TO USE DUCT TAPE!! That shit stays sticky forever, the paint peels off, its just no fun. It’s better to use straight up foam in my opinion.You can also use gorilla glue to make foam hard or cover it in resin and sand it. Both  options are more expensive but definitely worth it.

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So here I spray painted everthing white, and as you can see it looks much better! Now I’m going to take some foam sheets I got at walmart for like $1 each and cut out he triangles for the blade. That’s another thing I don’t have pics of but basically I just drew a bunch of 1” tall triangles on the foam and cut em out. It was pretty easy.imageSo here are my triangles after spray painting. Also, I touched up those spots where the paint peeled (it started raining so I had to throw them in a little wet and they stuck together) with some acryllic paint.

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Okie okie, just glued them all on one by one with the hot glue gun, I was careful to keep them the same distance apart. I didn’t measure here just guessed, it ended up being fine.image

And here it is covered in some delicious Eridan blood. I just thought it would be a nice touch. It also covers up mistakes well. lol

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Annnnd here’s a size comparison as well as a view of the other side. YAY!!! 

You can use this method for pretty much any geometric-looking cosplay piece, which is most of the homestuck weapons. Insulation foam is awesome. You can get it at Lowe’s or Home Depot usually. Same with the rigid foam, which is thinner and sturdier and what I’d recommend for swords etc. There ya go! Enjoy!

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March42014

GIRLS! (and I guess guys too, I don’t judge)

the-cow-said-nothing:

IF YOU HAPPEN TO BE MAKING A DRESS OR DRESS LIKE THING AS PART OF YOUR HALLOWEEN COSTUME!

HERE IS A LOVELY TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE A TUTU!

HERE IS ANOTHER LOVELY TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE A PLEATED SKIRT!

HERE IS A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE A CORSET WITH BACKLACING!

HERE IS A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE A 50’S CRINOLINE! (SOMETIMES CALLED A PETTICOAT) 

HERE IS A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE A DRESS BODICE!

DO WITH THIS WHAT YOU WILL!

(Source: huggypandas, via littlelizardlicker)

February232014

Super long Wig Buying and Styling Master Guide For All Your Cosplay Needs

askarsenicgallows:

Wigs can make or break a cosplay, seriously. If you’re going to invest in one expensive thing for a cosplay, let it be the wig.

Sure you can get a cheap wig from party city, but trust me, you’ll regret it. Cheap wigs are impossible to style, the skeleton shows through, and the hair falls out like crazy. When buying a wig look for a heat resistant, lace top, and skin-top wig.

I’ve had people ask me about using their own hair instead of a wig. I do not recommend this at all, even if your hair is just like the character’s. Anime characters are extremely stylized, and over the top. Natural hair typically does not stand out enough to look that great for cosplay. It’s also a pain to have to style your hair each time you want to cosplay, and making sure it’s the right length.

Where to buy:

  • Cosplay Wig is my absolute favorite. I have been buying from them for 5 years and I always look here first.
  • Lucaille has an AMAZING selection. They have the biggest character-specific selection I have ever seen. They all look very accurate, and are extremely cheap. They also have some nice fashion/lolita cosplay wigs. 
  • Epic Cosplay Wigs has a very large selection, and they are recommended by lots of professionals. They are very soft and good quality, with minimum sheen. 
  • Insomnium wigs is great! (psst you can find many of their wigs for cheaper with a quick ebay search)
  • Amphigory has a large selection of wigs and extensions
  • The Five Wits has great character-specific wigs
  • Arda wigs is good overall, and they’re one of the few places that sells lace-front and pony tail/pig tail wigs
  • ebay user Agree518’s Fashion-Cosplay-Wigs shop has a humongous selection of wigs.
  • AnimeStuffStore on ebay has a great Cosplay wig section
  • Cosplay Wigs USA has some unique styles
  • Matchwigs are alright, but be warned: they all are VERY full and look a bit too poofy and unnatural. Good for super styled spikes. 
  • Cosplay.com Shopping I’ve heard mixed reviews about, though I’ve never bought wigs from them
  • I Kick Shins is great for extensions and styling supplies
  • Petting Zoo Wigs has extentions
  • Doctored Locks has extentions
  • Milanoo gets a lot of mixed reveiws since, unlike the other sites I have listed, their wigs come from many different sellers.
  • God Save The Queen does costume wig commissions

Here is my masterpost on what wigs to buy for every single Homestuck character

Styling:

- Products:

  •  Do not use gel in wigs
  • A Styrofoam mannequin head is essential for wig styling. They are $5 at hobby lobby.
  • Hair wax to style bangs, spikes, and to tease hair.
  • Spiking glue to style spikes

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February182014

spookycalliope:

steampoweredcheetah:

iamladyloin:

humunanunga:

Let me tell you about a site called Sock Dreams.
If you are a Homestuck and plan to cosplay a either Witch of any Aspect or, say, a Trickster, this may be the site for you.

They also have a plus sized section for those of us who get really disappointed when those cute socks won’t fit over our fantastic calf muscles.

I want some so bad now!

I have purchased 3 pairs of socks from this company and i can confirm that they are very comfy and oh so very cute. i was actually wearing my black and white striped ones today! i highly suggest these awesome socks.

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9PM

magic-disney:

kennadeek:

aelynn:

theartfullyartfuldodger:

Can’t believe I get to say this but… Elsa’s bodice is finally done!
Everything is hand-sewn and it’s taken waaaaay longer than I anticipated.

holy shmoly

I feel this person on a deep level.

*little Anna voice* THIS IS AMAZING!!!

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January262014
cosplaytutorial:

Yarn Tail Tutorial by  luthien368View the full tutorial here:http://luthien368.deviantart.com/art/TUTORIAL-Yarn-Tail-275993665(I think this is such a neat way to make a tail! Yarn gets so fluffy after brushing!)

cosplaytutorial:

Yarn Tail Tutorial by  luthien368

View the full tutorial here:
http://luthien368.deviantart.com/art/TUTORIAL-Yarn-Tail-275993665

(I think this is such a neat way to make a tail! Yarn gets so fluffy after brushing!)

(Source: cosplaytutorial, via thrdplanet)

10PM

cosplayingwhileblack:

Before we enter the new year, here’s a top 10 of the pics on the blog this year. (Ranked in order of most notes)

1. Characters: Batman & Robin Series: DC Comics Photographer: Andrew Browne Cosplayers: Unknown

2. Character: Super Girl Series: DC Comics/ Infinite Crisis MultiUniverse Photographer: Cory Nellon Cosplayer: T. Jakeru Frost

3. Characters: Wonder Woman Series: DC Comics Photographer: Unknown Cosplayers: Unknown

4. Characters: Lumpy Space Princess, Princess Bubblegum, & Marceline Series: Adventure Time Photographer: Andrew Browne Cosplayers:Alica FordeKarissa Harte and Crystal Derrell

5. Characters: Poca-han-solo & Anakin-Rapunzel Series: Star Wars/Pocahontas/Tangled Photographer: Sarah Guichard Cosplayers: Jennifer and Aleu Moana

6. Character: Korra Series: Legend of Korra Photographer: Ken AD Cosplayer: Luigigurl

7. Character: Rule 63! Garterbelt Series: Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Photographer:Teknoman Omega Cosplayer: Professor Rocket

8. Character: Audrey Ramirez Series: Atlantis: Lost Empire Photographer: Jamila Clarke Cosplayer: BlackBettie

9. Character: Inspector Gadget Series: Inspector Gadget Photographer: Ricardo X. Toombs Cosplayer: Unknown

10. Charater Nordic Carved Armor Series: Skyrim Photographer: Fev Studios Cosplayer: Fevereon

(If you have any sources for the unkown cosplayers/photographers please PM me. 

The rank only include pics that were uploaded and submitted to this blog. (No reblogs from other blogs were counted)

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January172014

kaijukaz:

Hey everyone! I wanted to share my technique for making Elsa’s bodice! I’ve seen a few discouraging posts in the Elsa cosplay tag discussing how expensive Elsa’s dress would be.

Well, I have a super tight budget, so I found went on a search for an alternative for sequins for the bodice. It would have required over 1000 cut sequins for me, and over 50 dollars just in sequins. If you can find sequins for cheaper, that’s still visually my favorite method, but I was out of options.

I wanted something iridescent like the sequins, so I ordered some iridescent paper. From this site: Mulberry Paper and More and ordered one sheet of “Ice Blue” Iridescent Paper and one sheet of “Purple Haze” Iridescent Paper For a total of $3.70.

You can see how the paper behaves here: Ice Blue Iridescent Paper

I promise it looks gorgeous on the bodice. I was weary of it looking “glittery” but honestly, I love it.

I then cut the paper into tiny strips and modge podged it directly onto the bodice in an overlapping, geometric pattern. 

I added rectangular AB Rhinestones for the little “mirrored” pieces on elsa’s bodice, and it gives it just a little extra sparkle that I love.

I ordered those from Ebay here: AB rectangle rhinestones 

Here’s the (Estimated) cost of the bodice:

Iridescent Paper: $4.00

Modge Podge: $5.00

1 Yard of cotton + thread: $1.50

Rectangle Rhinestones: $3.50

(Estimated) Total: $14.00

And honestly that total is on the higher end of the spectrum. It’s probably cheaper than that haha. 

But folks, the result is gorgeous and I’m pretty proud. 

Just an alternative method. Thanks for reading! 

Edit: I promise those wrinkles come out when in use. >.< Promise!

Edit Edit: I can’t math. Estimated total is $14.00

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January132014

spencerofspace:

Tip I use to help wigs look more realistic.

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