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. 

"Tooling" Foam Accessories

captaincrapster:

Okay kiddos, enough of you asked, so here’s a tutorial. This is primarily for getting an engraved look on your props/accessories/etc, though I’m throwing in basic foam craft technique tips as well. 

Let’s use this bracer as an example:

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(via youcancosplay21)

Realized I gained about 5 pounds in the last few months….$@#& it! Guess I will not be down to my goal weight by Anime Weekend Atlanta. I’ll just have to make some sizing adjustments to my costume. Oh well…time to bake a cake!
Vanilla cake on home made strawberry jelly. Drizzled in home made cream cheese icing and topped with a chocolate covered strawberry. 

Realized I gained about 5 pounds in the last few months….$@#& it! Guess I will not be down to my goal weight by Anime Weekend Atlanta. I’ll just have to make some sizing adjustments to my costume. Oh well…time to bake a cake!

Vanilla cake on home made strawberry jelly. Drizzled in home made cream cheese icing and topped with a chocolate covered strawberry. 

dramaticthreads:

stainedglassboots:

Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two things you want to glue and lists what types of glue is best. (Because people have a need to glue things to other things!)

This is an incredibly awesome site.  Go check it out!

dramaticthreads:

stainedglassboots:

Let’s say you wanted to glue fabric to wood, but what do you use? What about glass to paper? This to That lets you choose two things you want to glue and lists what types of glue is best. (Because people have a need to glue things to other things!)

This is an incredibly awesome site.  Go check it out!

(via thecosplayrookie)

Con Etiquette in a nutshell! FYI a little bit of langue. Also, these guys filmed bits of this at Momocon, which is one of my favorite cons.

Happy one year anniversary!…sort of…and a confession.

 I just realized I’ve had this cosplay blog for over a year.  While I consider last December the real birth of Cosplaying on a Budget I was laying the ground work for it way back in May and June of last year. That was when I was publishing some of my really early tutorials and help post while still under my cosplay alias.

Confession time. I’m kind of scare of writing stuff that I know other people will read. I’ve always been very self conscious about this and the ridicule and venom that is heaped on you for getting  ”there”, “their” and “they’re” mixed up. 

I’ve spent the better part of my life dealing with the remnants of a learning disability. When I was in second grade they discovered that the muscles in my eyes were weak and wouldn’t tack properly when I tried to read. This would also give me headaches, I could barely read, and my spelling was atrocious. I don’t remember very much from that time in my life but I do remember going to a specialist and doing wacky strength training exercises to get my eyes to focus properly. It worked for the most part, but to this day I still have issues seeing what is actually written and will read thing incorrectly. Often I can’t discern my own spelling mistakes even if I check, double check, and even triple check my work. It’s a bit like having dyslexia. This problem gets worse the tireder I am. Unfortunately, I do most of my writing for the blog late at night after I get home from work. Often I re-read what I’ve written the next morning and many of the mistakes will appear but sometime spelling and grammar mistakes slide through and are published. 

With the increase in followers has come a wonderfully crazy amount of questions. I’m having to process so many at such a quick rate that I don’t get the chance to prof-read everything like I want to. Thank you to everyone who hasn’t judged me and has patiently read my posts without unleashing the grammar or spelling Nazi remarks. Tumblr has been a surprising friendly home for my little blog.  The internet is a very harsh place when you are someone like me. Thank you for being kind and understanding. I’m feeling a lot less shy about my writing these days :)

So, yeah! Happy Anniversary! 

The Making of Nora Valkyrie - The Dress

very-crofty-cosplay:

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Okay, so I’ve been doing my best to document my process as I am making this costume in the hopes that it will help some other cosplayers down the line. This is my how to and also a bit of how not to make a Nora Valkyrie, from the web show RWBY, cosplay.

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YEAH! Let’s get started. So here’s the rundown:

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I’ve had several questions regarding Nora cosplays. This is a wonderful WIP of the dress.