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 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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Hello, I'm a cis female thats interested in cosplaying males. I was wondering if you or your followers would think its wrong for me to cosplay a male without using a binder? I have fairly large breasts and would feel incredibly uncomfortable in one. Should I cosplay a male without a binder, suck it up and use a binder, or just cosplay fem! versions? Thank you!

This is a fairly complicated question. If you’re not going to bind, I would just genderswap the characters, that’s what I do. If you do not bind and choose to do the male characters, it will be noticed.I don’t think it’s wrong, but I feel like you should put in the most effort you can as well. So I would say do a fem version or just bind. 

Mind you, this is just my opinion.





you see these binders? They may not look much, but these fucking things bind like the CHAINS OF HELL THEMSELVES. I’ve got HUGE tits, up in the DD range, but this simple little binder works some goddamn MAGIC on them. It’s comfortable, it binds, it provides perfect support and whatever the hell else. 

These are perfect for both trans* and crossplay-related purposes! What’s the catch though, right? They’re probably super expensive?



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We’ve been asked a lot about how we made boot covers for our Satsuki cosplay, so we decided to scrap together the (unfortunately) few photos we’ve made during the process and try to say something helpful about it.

First thing first: There are many ways for making boot covers, but what’s really vital for Satsuki’s boots is the right fabric choice. I highly suggest looking for a fabric with nice stretch, so that in the end it wraps tightly around your legs, kinda like a stocking. This is a rare case where I absolutely wouldn’t recommend leather for boots, it’s usually too thick of a material for this job. 

I would love to tell you what the fabric we used is called, but I honestly don’t know T.T Some weird glossy synthetic with a touch of rubber, or so it seems. It could be possible to find something of this kind in a place that sells fabric for theatre or carnival costumes.

Now to the making process. My preferred method for boot covers uses duct tape. For Satsuki it went down as following: 

1. Tightly wrap your base shoe with something (e.g. newspaper, cellophane etc) to prevent damage and then cover it with duct tape

2. Cut the duct tape off your shoe as you can see in the photo – and now you’ve already got your pattern for the shoe itself. You can just go and use it on your fabric – go for it.

3. Now for the boot-leg you could either (1) cover your own leg in cellophane and do the same thing with duct tape (I don’t do this, but why the hell not) or (2) just fetch a measuring tape and get down the measurements for the desired length + leg girth on the widest and the slimmest part of your leg

4. Get your boot-leg on paper and adjust it to your leg again if you used the method (2). Don’t forget that now that you’re using a fabric with lots of stretch you’ll have to adjust your boot-leg again anyway to sit really tight ;)

5. Cut the fabric for your boot-leg out (1 boot-leg consists of 2 parts – right and left), sew the two parts together along the front seam, NOT the back seam for now. 

6. Connect your boot-leg with the shoe-part that you’ve already completed after step 2 (if not, now’s the time)

7. Now you should do the long blue line that covers the front seam of Satsuki’s boots. IMPORTANT: the fabric you use for the blue parts MUST have approximately the same amount of stretch as your white fabric. Otherwise it’ll screw the whole thing up. 

8. After getting through all of this you’ll have to fit the boot-leg to your leg - now for real, on actual fabric. Here I don’t think you’ll get by without someone who lends you a hand. Fetch someone and let them pin down the back line of your boot-leg while you’re wearing your boot cover. Be sure to get it as tight as possible.

9. Now sew your boot-leg together along the back seam. Try it on again, adjust if needed.

10. There’s still the blue line on the back that you should get to after you’re completely satisfied with how your boot-leg fits. You’ll probably need to sew the line on by hand. After that, complete the blue line around the upper part of the boot-leg

11. Don’t forget to add a holder so your boot covers don’t “jump up” from the base shoe. The easiest way is to close your boot covers under the hill of your shoe, e.g. using velcro

PS: With the right fabric you won’t need a zipper, so that’s a big plus in this otherwise annoying work that is Satsuki’s shoes :D

I hope that was at least somewhat comprehensive. Again: CHOOSE YOUR FABRIC WISELY and you’ll get it done.

Our Kill la Kill cosplay progress:

Ready Kill la Kill cosplays on our cosplay tag :3

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New video is out! This is a tutorial for animal ears: cats, dogs, goats, whatever~~ Enjoy :)

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Hi, I'm looking to cosplay Bayonetta's new outfit and I'm going to make it myself. However, I'm stuck at the very basics... I don't know what color to make it since it seems black in some pics, gray in others and blue in some! I'm very confused and would like someone elses opinion. Thanks!

If it was me, I’d go with black.


Hello, im planning on cosplaying trickster!jane crocker at otakon 2014 next summer, and i was wondering if you have any suggestions of bright blue contacts for medium brown eyes?

I actually don’t know much about contacts, but I would suggest Acuvue. They’re a reputable brand. I’m not sure if they sell no prescription though.