Thank You

I want to thank you all for following me.

I also want to apologize. I’m not holding up my end of the bargain. I don’t know how many messages are in the inbox that I’ve looked at and just not answered. I hardly ever think about or promote this blog anymore.

Truth is, I can’t cosplay anymore. My fiance and I both work full time while I’m full time in school too. We’re busy. When I get home at the end of the night, all I want to do is go to bed and I struggle to get up in the morning and do it all over again. We live below the poverty line and can’t get any assistance. I’m thousands of dollar is debt to my parents let alone my credit card, my car loan, and my fiance’s credit card. We’re a couple hundred dollars behind making ends meet each month, and that’s if we don’t buy any food. Before, we were doing okay, but the stress got to me and I screamed at a coworker and lost my job. My new job not play pays $3 less per hour, but I get less hours and no tips either. My fiance and I can’t afford the knee replacement he desperately needs, and we can’t afford to send me to the doctor to find the cause of almost 15 years of constant joint pain. Cosplay doesn’t even show up on any list anymore. It’s just boxed up in the closet next to all my crafts and the empty aquarium.

There is no money, there is no time. I’ve tried to find someone to help me run this blog, but haven’t found a single one that even wants to, let alone knows enough about cosplay to do so. And to be quite honest, it’s hard for me to find the desire to do anything on my days off except lay on the couch and stare at the ceiling all day.

So I’m sorry to you all, who asked for help from me and received nothing in return. I’m sorry that that’s unlikely to change any time soon. It as great, before this all happened, that you all were here and I loved answering your questions, but the truth is, that was then, and things have changed.

Sincerely yours,

Monica



officiallynotaconspiracy:

So this is a basic cosplay armor tutorial. I’d say its about beginners level. 

Things you’ll need: 

  1. Ruler/measuring tape(3$)
  2. Craft Foam (10$ for 15 pages)
  3. Spray Paint 9 (4$ per can)
  4. Elastic (2$)
  5. Hot Glue gun (15$)
  6. Glue sticks (5$)
  7. Painters Tape (3$)

Step one: 
So first off you need your 
reference picture(s). Usually like 3-4 is a safe bet. 

Step Two:

Pick your armor piece. I started with the arm. 

Use your reference picture to determine where approximately where it should start. I assumed it started about 2-3 inches on the hand and extended about 3-4 inches past the elbow. From there I measured that distance out.

After I measured it, lets say it was 15 inches(I have no idea how big it was). I drew a 15 in straight line on the foam. Some people like to use paper first to test out how the design will go. I say fuck that and just go for it. But if you want to be safe use news paper or some other type of paper first.

After I drew the straight line, I determined the 3 spots I wanted to use to help me draw out the shape: Wrist, elbow, and tip of the armor. I measured out how far they were apart, then drew that distance on the 15 inch line by marking a dash where each one was.

After that I measured what I assumed to be the distance on my body, by using guess and check methods. After measuring it out, I drew the general shape of the armor. 

My arm had 3 layers. the large lower golden layer. The inner lager layer, which is about half an inch in. Then the final Top decorative layer. 

I cut out what I made to be the inner layer then used it as a stencil. I made a second middle layer(because I have two arms).  Then I used the stencil part to make the bottom layer which is an half an inch bigger. And I used it to sketch how big the top layer should be. 

Step 3: 

After cutting out all of the pieces. I hot glued them together. 

Step 4: I DO NOT SUGGEST DOING THIS! 

Now I do not suggest doing this. With my Athena armor I wanted it to be hard and resistant to breaking. So I thought I should add a layer of resin to both sides. It did harden it. But it caused the armor to crack and have a weird texture. So I’m trying different hardening methods for future armor pieces. I’ll let you know them when I find out. I’d love to hear other suggestions.

Step 4: 

After you have it all glued together do your base level of spray paint. I chose to do gold first because I figured it would be easier to cover it with the tape. So I focused on the areas that were supposed to be gold and just sprayed away. Not caring if I got the places that were supposed to be white. (I also deiced to spray the back sides golden because I thought they might be seen and I wanted them to match)

After the gold dried, which took about 20 min. I used my painters tape to tape away all the places I wanted to stay golden. You can see the pictures up there with the blue tape. After they were all taped up I went wild with the white paint. When the white paint dried you just rip off the blue tape and walla.

Step 5:

Now its time to attach these to your body. What I did is I used the elastic and made it stretch as far as it could before I cut them. That way when they would hug against me and hold on tight. 

To attach it to the armor, I did one little line of hot glue, pressed one end to it, then when the hot glue line dried I covered the end in hot glue. Then copy paste the directions to the other side. One line, then drench it. 

Hopefully someone got something from this tutorial. I still think I need to get better at making these. Any questions ask.

(via learning-to-sew)


Q
Hello! I need to make a hair clip for the character that I'm cosplaying and I was wondering what types of clips work best on wigs. I'm thinking about using an alligator clip but I'm not so sure... Can you please help me?
Anonymous
A

An alligator clip with teeth is definitely your best bet :)

-Monica


How to… FTM Contouring:

ohsodirnty-tutorials:

Hello! This is my introduction tutorial which covers the basics on How to contour Female to Male, using all the knowledge I’ve collated with cross-playing!

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How would you all like this thing? I was cleaning out my craft stuff and I had this Lady Loki head thing that I started working on and don’t really have a use for and don’t want anymore, so I’ma put it up here and I’ll be glad to let someone have it for free if they are willing to pay for shipping on it. 

-Monica

How would you all like this thing? I was cleaning out my craft stuff and I had this Lady Loki head thing that I started working on and don’t really have a use for and don’t want anymore, so I’ma put it up here and I’ll be glad to let someone have it for free if they are willing to pay for shipping on it. 

-Monica


fallenwithstyle:

Thor-style sleeves— cosplay tutorial
This is for my Asgardian Elsa cosplay (which is why I used ice blue instead of straight silver), but it would work for Thor and probably for a number of other costumes too.

Make a sandwich out of a) metallic spandex b) fabric-backed foam (make sure it has a bit of stretch) and c) a knit lining (optional but more comfortable against your skin than the foam). Glue these layers together with temporary basting adhesive spray (can be found at quilt stores).

Draw your stitching lines on with a sharpie. Since we’re gonna use a sharpie to shade the lines anyway, you don’t have to worry about using erasable pens and all that.

Stitch on the lines and then go over them again with sharpie to add more shading to the sides of the diamonds—you can see the difference here between stitched and re-sharpied, and just stitched.
Then sew all your pattern pieces together! Please note that while this method still has some stretch, it’s a LOT less stretchy than just the spandex on its own (and also it makes a thick fabric) so I’d recommend adding more seam allowance. I  … kinda made mine too small and need to redo it, alas.

fallenwithstyle:

Thor-style sleeves— cosplay tutorial

This is for my Asgardian Elsa cosplay (which is why I used ice blue instead of straight silver), but it would work for Thor and probably for a number of other costumes too.

Make a sandwich out of a) metallic spandex b) fabric-backed foam (make sure it has a bit of stretch) and c) a knit lining (optional but more comfortable against your skin than the foam). Glue these layers together with temporary basting adhesive spray (can be found at quilt stores).

Draw your stitching lines on with a sharpie. Since we’re gonna use a sharpie to shade the lines anyway, you don’t have to worry about using erasable pens and all that.

Stitch on the lines and then go over them again with sharpie to add more shading to the sides of the diamonds—you can see the difference here between stitched and re-sharpied, and just stitched.

Then sew all your pattern pieces together! Please note that while this method still has some stretch, it’s a LOT less stretchy than just the spandex on its own (and also it makes a thick fabric) so I’d recommend adding more seam allowance. I  … kinda made mine too small and need to redo it, alas.

(via learning-to-sew)


How to… Facial Hair:

ohsodirnty-tutorials:

In this tutorial I’ll be going through the different methods I’ve personally tried and tested for creating facial hair!

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(via learning-to-sew)


shinykari:

How to (not) Fumble Your Way Through Fabricating a Metal Captain America Shield, OR Learn From My Mistakes Because Metal is Hard by shinykari cosplay

First things first: This tutorial would not be possible without the immensely helpful and brilliant Valor from therpf.com. He did this first (and better!) and posted all about it, including photos and diagrams. I would highly suggest reading through that whole thread before reading this tutorial or even attempting to make your own shield.

This tutorial assumes you have at least some experience working with power tools. I had never worked with metal before, but am relatively competent with wood (sawing, drilling, sanding, etc.). That translated pretty well to metal, though there were some hiccups. I’ve added links to products where possible, to make sure I’m 100% clear about what I’m discussing. Harbor Freight is a really great store that carries a large selection of budget tools, which are perfectly fine for this project; I’ve linked to their website whenever possible, because cosplay is already expensive enough!

One more thing before I get down to it: always wear eye protection and gloves. ALWAYS. I cannot stress this enough. I know it seems like no big deal, what are the chances that I’ll get a splinter in my eye or whatever, but it really really is. Safety glasses/goggles and gloves are inexpensive and save you from sharp edges and flying debris. You also may want ear protection, especially when using the jigsaw and/or grinder. Those puppies are loud.

Since this ended up being a very, very long post, I’ve put all the materials and instructions behind a cut. You should definitely read through the whole post before you start (and Valor’s post too).

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