A really nice and simple tutorial on how to get clean and precise detail work on foam.

JouninK has a really good tutorial about how to dreadlock a wig. Check it out.

charlottewhitsey.tumblr.com  ’s tutorial on Poison Ivy cosplay (so far) and video:)

Meet Mason

cosplaying-on-a-budget:

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Hi Everyone, this is Mason and he is huge fan of Velma from Scooby-Doo. Members of the fan force group Chattooine organized a scavanger hunt for him. My sister and me got to play the role of Fred and Daphne along with other members of the Mystery Gang who helped Mason solve the mystery of the missing pirate treasure. Mason is currently battling cancer, so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. You can follow updates on Mason’s progress here: LINK
And if you want to donate to his gofundme.com account you can find it here: LINK

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Meet Mason

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Hi Everyone, this is Mason and he is huge fan of Velma from Scooby-Doo. Members of the fan force group Chattooine organized a scavanger hunt for him. My sister and me got to play the role of Fred and Daphne along with other members of the Mystery Gang who helped Mason solve the mystery of the missing pirate treasure. Mason is currently battling cancer, so please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. You can follow updates on Mason’s progress here: LINK
And if you want to donate to his gofundme.com account you can find it here: LINK

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Cosplay Shoes for Cheap

Shoes are one of those unavoidable expensive. Most cosplay shoes need to be modified in some way or are encased in boot covers, but the base shoe is still sometimes $20-30 if bought brand new. I recently discovers the web site called “The $10 Mall” they have hundreds of men’s and woman’s cloths and shoes for $10 or less. I’ve been glancing through their merchandise and there are a lot of really good shoes that could be modified for many different costumes, particularly their boots. The carry a lot of knockoff Doc Martin looking boots.They also carry a lot of basic heels that are perfect for making covers for.   I plan on buying some stuff form them soon and will update on how good or bad the quality is  and what the shipping prices are like.

Why I’ve Disapeared For a While

Sorry for the lack of activity lately. I’ve been caught up with work, a large freelance gig, teaching sewing lessons, training for my Pharmacy Tech exam, teaching myself calculus (next semester is going to be a nightmare ), and just trying to stay sane.

The “ask” option is going to stay closed for a while. I apologize but it is necessary for now. Any questions already submitted will be answered but I can’t take any new ones till I’m caught up on the old ones. Sorry again. I’m working on finding some more people that I trust to help with questions but until then I’m going to have to keep doing what I;m doing.

abessinier:

Casting clear gems with EpoxACast

Video tutorial

Short, written tutorial [video has more information, this is just a little summary!]:

Materials

  • Chavant NSP Medium
  • Oomoo 30 
  • Ease Release 200 
  • EpoxACast 690 Clear

Tools

  • Cutter
  • Scalpel
  • Spatulae
  • hotglue gun
  • scoops

ATTENTION!! Your health and safety should always come first! Please read the safety instructions that come with the materials and follow them!

  1. The basic shape of the gem is cut from clay.
  2. The facets are cut into it and smoothened with water
  3. The silicone is being mixed. Attention! Please follow the safety instructions for working with silicone! Mixing ratio is 1:1 and you’re done mixing once there are no pink or blue stains in the silicone.
  4. Only when all air bubbles have vanished (yet before pot life expires), the silicone is poured in a thin stream from the deepest point of the moldbox.
  5. After 6 hrs the silicone has cured. Before mixing and pouring the resin, I used a release agent. When working with resin, you have to follow the safety instructions and protect your skin, eyes and respiratory system by wearing the necessary protection and working in a well ventilated area! Mixing ratio is 100 parts of epoxy to 30 parts of hardener. Use a kitchen scale to measure, stir carefully so there will be no bubbles, pour carefully.
  6. After 24 hours the epoxy is cured and hard. You can now demold it.
  7. Pro-tip: Put mirrorfoil behind it for le shine!

You can find aditional information about the materials and possibilities this technique gives you in my facebook-gallery on this topic!

(via learning-to-sew)

This is one of the best explanations on how to work with both foam and worbla. I really wish this had been around when I started working with foam, it would have saved me so much trouble. He does a really good job explaining how to curve foam.

Fullmetal Alchemist Boots

Do you know where or how I can get Fullmetal Alchemist military boots that DON’T cost like 50 bucks? I love your blog btw, I also cosplay out of thrift stores as much as I can

Shoes,  particularly costume specific shoes, are one thing that is difficult to cut the price on. You are probably aren’t going to find a new pair for cheaper but you might find a used pair that someone is getting rid of for half the cost. There are some Facebook groups that are dedicated to people looking to buy or sell used cosplay goods. Try one of these pages:
Also, Katrina-Crane has a tutorial on how to modify regular boots into Fullmetal Alchemist boots LINK.
Hope that helps :)

wessasaurus-rex:

Please, don’t take this “dress up” thing so seriously. I mean, be passionate about it (Lord knows I am) and be proud of what you do and your accomplishments. However, when it comes to the point where you start to find yourself getting upset over things it’s time to take a step back.

You’re not…

Well said. :)

This just burns me up! I was hoping it was satire but this guy is serious. I just got angrier and angrier the more I read. I thoroughly hate his treatment of woman and men in the article. Woman are just pieces of meat (sub-par meat at that) and men who are nice and defend woman from sexual harassment are emasculated. Both are considered to be mentally defiance in some way and the woman should be grateful that he graced the con with is “red piller” dick. What the hell is “red piller” and “blue piller”?!

Do you think I’ve spent thousands of dollars over the years just to gratify you? Do you think I stay home at night laboring over a cosplay just to draw the attention of an “alpha male” at a con, like some sort of warped mating call? Do you think I’ve burned my self, sweating my ass off, cried tear of frustration, and bleed from pricks and cuts just for your condescending attention and a one night stand? Hell no! I do these thing for myself, the love of the fandom, and craft! 

Oh, just so you know the tip for picking up woman in dealers room is a load of crap. Has this guy ever been in a dealers room on Saturday at a con? Good luck trying to pick up a girl when  the crowd is threatening to drag you in separate directions and you can barely hear anything because of the noise.