10 April

How to make fake rivets!

rivets

Hint, the secret steps are spray paint and silver rub n buff

7 April

More notes from the world of costuming

I’m working on a couple of new commissions, so that’s exciting. I’ll have new photos to add to my cosplay section, including a Snowtrooper, Jinora from Avatar: Legend of Korra, and 2 Mara Jades. Oh, and Luke Skywalker.

I have a busy busy schedule, but I feel like I’m getting faster every time I make something. Panicy moments aside, and the time I stall to get started on. oh.. ANYTHING, I’m getting better. Having a serger really helps a lot too.

I’m looking into possibly getting a Cricut machine. If nothing else, it’d be really freaking useful for cutting out stencils. I could potentially add my Journey costume as an option for commissions – as of right now, there’s just no way. I’d have to charge $700 for it, as I made mine, and I seriously doubt anyone would pay that. Additionally, that means I’d have to make it again. Which I am SO not ready to do anytime soon. I’m going to replace the tights, since my attempt at tight-making more or less failed. I popped a number of stitches on photoshoot day, but was able to arrange myself so none of them show up in the final shots.

There’s a future potential of doing a Tangled/Rapunzel dress, which the cricut machine would basically make manageable. Otherwise, I don’t think she’ll be happy with the quote that I have in my mind.

I need to order more skin paint too.

I’m working on an idea for Mara Jade’s lightsaber, as a hilt prop only. I haven’t gotten around to really attempting to work with metal yet, but I am managing plastic pretty well. I picked up some PVC pipe and am looking into making something that can eventually be shipped off and chromed, then adding final details. I also picked up screw covers for the rivets, and a handful of fittings to try out. I may get a blank blade from ultra sabers, and try rigging an LED blade myself. The basic one will be just a hanging hilt though. If it turns out satisfactory, I might be able to add custom PVC sabers to my shop, which would be pretty cool.

1 April

Journey costume, FINISHED!

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Taken at Duke Chapel, in Durham, NC, by N3 Photography!

Journey Cosplay, with the Carolina D20 girls group! —

As always, thanks to TurnonRed for the tutorial!

20 March

Journey WIP, part 2

Or, more costume takeover of my blog.

WIP Journey

WIP Journey

This past Christmas, or my birthday, I forget which, my brother gave me a copy of Journey. I’d seen it before, a good friend played it for a bit to show it to me. Somehow the wonder of it didn’t really sink in until I got to play it myself, starting from the beginning. I played it over around three days. It was actually a very short game, maybe 5-6 hours in total length, if you aren’t trying to find all the trophies. My first play through, I did not go actively searching for trophies, but next time I will.

The game is stunningly beautiful in it’s simplicity. You only ever get two commands – ‘jump’ and ‘signal’, and that’s all you ever need. I can honestly say Journey surprised me greatly, both in story and in the act of traveling through the game itself.

I’ve pretty closely followed TurnonRed’s tutorial to make the cosplay, with a few of my own ways of doing things. http://turnonred.tumblr.com/post/22304756914/okay-that-took-forever-im-sorry-heres-the

I originally attempted to make the scarf above with just yellow fabric and iron-on backed red fabric for the details. I was not happy with the fact that I apparently cannot cut a straight line to save my life. In any case, after blanket stitching all the details on the cloak, I was DONE with blanket stitching the scarf. My second try, I tried painting with just a straight edge and a ruler, but I couldn’t keep the thicknesses of the lines quite right, and it just didn’t look that good, so I trashed it. For my third and final scarf, I hand cut stencils made from TurnonRed’s tutorial and PDF’s using an x-acto knife and copious amounts of freezer paper. I was able to reuse some of the stencils once – thank god – but for the most part they were all individually hand cut. The scarf is double sided, yellow Kona Gold cotton, stitched at the edges and left raw but Fray-checked to prevent over-fraying. Some fraying is good because of the style. The other side of the scarf has mirrored glyphs, reflecting how texture lays on single-layer polygons in games-the pattern goes straight through the scarf, rather than opposite, if that makes any sense. The light comes from silver safety reflective tape with a camera flash.

17 March

New skin color mix!

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So, I accidentally discovered the way to keep my face from flaking and otherwise losing color.

Last night -3/16, I was Aayla Secura with Rebel Legion at the FireAntz game in Fayetteville. I’m doing my usual routine when I realize that my blue bodysuit and headtails have faded a bit since I originally made them, and I’d need to alter my color a bit. I didn’t want to use straight liquid blue, but I couldn’t use my Ben Nye powder and have exactly the right color too.

What I used:

Moisturizer
Latex wedges (completely destroys them)
Ben Nye liquid medium blue – MagicColor liquie- Cosmic Blue
Ben Nye cake – MagicCake powder – Blue
Ben Nye Final Seal
Ben Nye Neutral Set powder
Makeup Brushes.

On top:
Blush, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, white shadow.

Make sure your face is clean, and layer on a fair amount of neutral moisturizer and allow to ‘soak in’ before applying makeup. Use a body moisturizer anywhere else you will be applying paint.

This only really works if you’ve used up enough of your cake to make a well in the container. Pour enough Cosmic Blue into the well to fill it, dip a wedge into the final seal in a separate container and wipe around until the cake is moistened and the Cosmic blue begins to mix in. Using the wedge and re-dipping into final seal and the cake/liquid mixture, apply your first and base coat. This coat will not be all that even, but it only needs to be a first, thin layer that will get your second layer to really work. Starting with your face, apply every where you need to, adding more final seal and liquid to the cake as you need it. Use gentle, short strokes and cover completly, even if it doesn’t look totally even.

Switch to your makeup brush, something with a good edge to get around your eyes, but allows good coverage. Use two brushes if you prefer. Paint on the same cake/liquid mixture on top of your base coat, saving insides of elbows and under your arms for last, if covering. Allow to dry, then liberally dust on the neutral set powder with a powder – fluffy brush. Go nuts with it, because anywhere you don’t use you risk it either rubbing off or sticking to yourself.

Now that this is done, you can use your regular makeup to do eyes, lips, ect. I ALWAYS use a lighter and darker blue or shade of base color to highlight and shadow my face and body where there should be natural lights and darks. I use a white or very pale blue shadow under my eyes, down my nose, center of forehead, and just above the lip. I use a darker blue/or shade just under my chin/jawline in my neck crevices, collarbone, near the ears, and below my blush. I typically have to use shadow to re-cover my eyelids, but this paint combo actually stayed on my eyelids pretty well on it’s own. Don’t forget to color in your eyebrows as well!

This will become my base method for everything from now on – I didn’t crack or flake all night. I only lost a little bit on the inside of my elbow, but I was impatient and didn’t let it try fully. I also forgot to moisturize my arms.

5 March

Journey Cosplay WIP

Work in Progress for a Journey full cosplay. I’m following Turnonred’s cosplay tutorial, more or less, plus adding a few tricks of my own, and making my own under-suit. Additionally, this will be fully lined.

journeywip

10 September

DragonCon 2012 and CNN

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Fighting off ConCrud. whoohoo. Not too bad though. I did call LifeSouth and told them they probably can’t use the blood I donated. I’m assuming they’ll double check it. The Red Cross called on the way down. They told me to ask for my THREE GALLON pin when I go in next time . DragonCon was my 31st donation, officially. DCon only had 2 donations on record, but I know I’ve donated at least 4 times previously.

DRAGONCON WAS AWESOME.

ALSO, I’M ON CNN. They used my photo on their before/after site. Apparently, I was also mentioned on air, but I haven’t seen the story yet.

http://www.cnn.com/2012/09/03/showbiz/gallery/dragon-con-cosplay-ireport/index.html

The crowds were really rediculous though. There were times we almost couldn’t move through the Marriott levels.

My glowing cloak was a huge hit, and bronies loved my Chrysalis w/ fangs.

Over all, I dragged most of the weekend. I nearly passed out Friday night and my anxiety level didn’t really start winding down until Sunday. For a change, i didn’t sleep well, even though we stayed in nearly the exact same room as last year (might have actually BEEN the same room. The adult sci-fi panel wasn’t as fun as last year – some stupid woman kept howling incessantly about every five seconds. Like, wolf howling, not laugh howling. The pony group apparently was a disaster. I missed being in the parade because I woke up late and thought ‘fuck it’ and didn’t bother costuming until later. I technically didn’t use 2 of my costumes, though one was meant to wear if the rained during the parade and one meant for if it didn’t rain.

The high points were great though – I got to see Morgan again and hang out a bit, meet some of Jason’s friends, have some great costume duos with Mary, and bought a bunch of t-shirts. I got to judge a Whedon-verse costume contest, and that went very fast and easy. We didn’t have time to really talk to contestants and there was no pre-judging, but it was pretty obvious who was winning and who wasn’t. The Firefly winners were the 2 guys who contacted the company that made the beads for the uniform jackets and had new beads cast just for their costumes. They made everything themselves, and researched the type of armor used by the troopers in Serenity. There was pretty much no disagreement, and I think it went really well.

I got told that I was the ‘best Midna EVER’, which I’m still super excited about. He sounded like he’d seen a few others. As far as I could tell, I was the only Midna of my type this year, but I could be wrong. I saw a few Imps around too. While I wish I’d had more energy this year, not pushing myself to stay in costume the whole con was kind of nice too.

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