26 May

Imp Midna at Animemazement!

Saturday photo from Animazement of myself as Imp Midna and my good friend Mary as Wolf Link. This weekend was amazing and I love seeing my friends and hanging out with them in and out of epic costume time. The reactions I got were beyond wonderful and much photo mobbing was had.

The glow on my suit is more reflective tape. I haven’t seen any other Midna’s do it, and I’m looking forward to a real photoshoot (SOON) with my puppy in more convincing surroundings. The hair is a giant fleece ponytail that I gradient dyed. I really love the effect and am just completely thrilled with how it came out. I may replace it with a (lot of) real wigs bundled together but I kinda like it just the way it is.

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19 May

Midna Helmet, Complete!

I totally forgot to post this here!

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Finished Midna Helm!

6 May

Taking a break for myself.

Midna Helm Wip

WIP – Midna’s helmet.

I needed to take a break from working on commissions and to keep myself from going insane during a 7 day work week. I wasn’t able to work on my commissions, but I was able to throw time at the helmet while spending time with my husband. I probably should have kept better track of time, but I believe this is currently over 15 hours of work, possibly 20. The layers of sealant and paint won’t take up too much time, but it may depend on how I decide to finish the final layer of paint. I want shine, but not too much. The helmet in game is almost like ore – not shiny like metal, but not entirely rocky either. It’s a weird mix. The fact that there are broken bits and cracks makes me think it’s not pure metal, but it’s not polished granite either. That said, a granite type finish might be a good idea, with speckles. hmm..

This thing is HUGE. When I started on this journey (haha) I knew I wanted to make it as proportional as possible to the original Imp form of Midna, who is of course very small and stout. This helmet is about two feet wide and the crown is a full 40 inches around. I have a lot of extra space inside the helmet, so after this thing is painted and sealed, the next step will be adding interior padding so it’s comfortable, and of course, the ears need to be added. Looking back at the model, I should probably add a half inch rim all the way around the bottom edge of the top half of the crown. WHEE MORE GLUE.

… This thing is going to be HEAVY. I haven’t even added the wig yet. Which may be fleece.

Materials: Several butchered anti-fatigue floor mats, nearly 24 sticks of very large hot glue sticks (about 3 wasted and discarded), thick floral foam wire, some craft foam for raised areas, model magic for the rope snake and other raised puffy areas and elmers glue for sealant before painting. The white stuff was my first attempt to seal the helmet with spackle. It didn’t really work. The front piece of the helmet is lined on the outside edge with Worbla, for strength and to resist denting should I drop it. I had some gap issues with it though, so I decided not to use it on the rest of the crown.

I found the original textures and blew them up, by a lot. It messes with the details a bit, but I was able to cut an exact replica with the edges. The front piece is exactly the right shape. I do have a tiny bit of an issue where the crown is about an inch or so too high – you shouldn’t be able to see the blocks above the rim of the front piece of the helmet, but I think it looks okay. I can’t cut any more off the bottom edge, nor off the top and the only other option is remaking either the crown or the front piece, and neither of those is going to happen.

30 April

Hip deep in commisisons

I’m sorting out my schedule leading up to Animazement 2013, but I have a number of costume commissions to finish, including at least one of my own projects. Some time at the end of June, I’ll be starting on my Twilight Princess Zelda.

I feel like I’m spending all my free time sewing, but I’m really enjoying it. It gets me away from computers. If it paid well enough, I’d just sew all day instead. One commission is done, with 3 more to finish, and one stuffed animal before June 10th.

In snatches of free time, I’m playing the new Tomb Raider on PS3. It’s really quite fun, and satisfies my urge to Explore All The Things. I’m happy there appear to be no zombies in the game. I never finished the first uncharted due to unexpected super fast monster zombies. And the fact the area I’m in you have to start over from the beginning of a ten minute run when you die. I could jack it down to ‘easy’ I suppose and try to finish it that way.

10 April

How to make fake rivets!

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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.

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