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Unanswered questions from the last thread:Would it be possible to use the red maid dress pictured on the left to create the Maid Ichigo from TMM costume on the right? My plan is to use a matching fabric like: https://www.joann.com/symphony-broadcloth-solid-quilt-fabric/prd10006.html, to add the proper neckline, mandarin, and mandarin collar, then I would buy a white cotton fabric to sew on the white strip. The apron would be covering a majority of the awkward seam lines. If it works, it could save me a load of work in the process, but if the end result is going to look ugly, then it's not worth it. Should I sew my own from scratch or does this sound like a feasible plan?
First time dealing with EVA foam, and need help with some cutting it at an angle. I'm trying to cut the ends at a 45 degree angle so when I bring two peices together they come together evenly and make a 90 degree angle on the inside, basically making it a cube. My cutting is kinda choppy and rough though.
>>10274888When cuts come out choppy like that, it means the foam's dulled the blade. Happens really often because foam is abrasive, keep spares or a sharpener on hand.
>>10274888They sell a cutter
>>10274887It’s possible. But how good it’s going to look all depends on if that fabric really matches, also make sure the costume isn’t going to look badly or cheaply made. Another thing you could do is find a similar maid dress with a excess fabric you could cut out of it and use (a longer skirt or sleeve)
>>10274888There's some specific tools for perfect 45° cuts, but most people use a box cutter and do it manually. A sharper blade will make a cleaner cut. Same thing goes for the foam: the higher the foam quality is the better the cuts will look.Don't worry about it being rough, though. If the angle is decent it'll glue well. Contact cement is incredible. If that's not enough for your taste you can always send it until it's smooth/reaches your preferred angle.
So I've never done a cosplay in military attire before but I want to do Mads' character from death stranding. I was wondering if there was any good place to buy this kind of stuff for cheap since it all seems fairly pricey on amazon.
>>10275283I hate to promote china, but aliexpress has some really cheap off-brand costumes with free shipping (the delivery time is super high, though).Don't expect any high-quality stuff, but it's good enough for cosplay.
>>10274897This. Always start with a new blade or freshly sharpened one. Foam dulls blades quick.
>>10275128Thank you for the help. I'd definitely take that into consideration!
>>10274887Are you doing this because you already own that dress? Because your plan is way more complicated than making this dress from scratch and I doubt altering that dress will look good. I made this costume before and it’s super easy to draft the pattern (just a basic bodice and pleated skirt smashed together) and sew it. I even used the broadcloth from Joann that you linked. Imo your options should just be to make the whole thing from scratch or to buy a premade TMM maid dress from Taobao/Ali.
>>10275617No, I don't own it already. When I hatched this plan, I was feeling burnt out from my last project and trying to take some shortcuts.Thank you for sharing your opinion. I think you and the other anon are right, it'll probably look better and be easier if I just start from scratch. I'm glad that I at least made a good fabric choice!Also, you have good taste.
Does anyone have a free download link for Kamui Cosplay's books?
>>10275741Don't snub independent creators. She provides so many tutorials for free and her books are so cheap that it's cruel to pirate them.
>>10274897>>10275139>>10275036Got a new blade for my cutter and that defiantly works better. Need some help with it being a solid 45 angle all way through. I've just been using a protractor to measure the angle, then trying to cut it all the way down, but I tend to slip the cutter as it goes down.
>>10275741Most of the stuff in there you can find free online anyways
>>10275778Other than going very very slow when you work, you could try a bevel cutter like: https://youtu.be/yYKa2RZTifU?t=738https://www.amazon.com/Logan-Werks-Cutting-Straight-Bevel/dp/B001JSQX3Khttps://www.hobbylobby.com/Art-Supplies/Project-Supplies/Mat-Cutting/Straight-Bevel-Cutter/p/80808602 (HL typically has some good coupons if you're looking to get it at a lower price)
>>10275755This. It's not like a big budget blockbuster or AAA vidya game where they're making megabucks off of it. Just pony up the cash to support a cool creator or search harder for free tutorials.
I just started sewing but I really want to make Lelouch's Zero outfit but I honestly have no clue how the fuck to make/find patterns for something this complex. I tried using ye olde Google but all I can find is instructions for the mask which I don't really need help with. Any advice on how to make/find/modify/whatever patterns to make this outfit? Should I put this outfit on hold until I get a bit better at sewing?
>>10275283Depends on what you want. If you get us ocp stuff brand new it's $50 for a top and for a bottom. I'd look at midwayusa and huntsmans guide for British uniforms though, the UK uses multicam which is basically the same thing. You might try asking /k/ in the milsurp threads.
>>10274887For starters the color is wrong
>>10276359It looks to me like a medium to advanced project, I don't know what your previous work looks like but if you decide to take this on, a good way to figure out the design is to break it down on paper. Doesn't matter how bad you are at drawing, you can find a base male silhouette and draw over that if you need. Start from the outermost piece, here that would be the cloak, and then go down drawing each piece with the general shapes and how they fit (ie the torso portion of the coat is close to the body, the bottom of the sleeves is flared.) Once you have an idea of the final shape for each piece, you can start looking for patterns that are similar. You'll probably have to alter them, so the things you want to note here are that it's easy to alter sleeve shapes and the shape of loose-fitting parts (like the bottom of the coat), it's harder to alter close-fitting parts and collars, so these are the parts of the pattern you want to find a close match to. Also, buy the gloves, they're a pain to make. And make mock-ups, it's especially important for things that have to fit well like a coat or pants. Use a fabric that's similar in weight and stiffness to your final fabric, old curtains from goodwill might fit the bill here.
>>10276359https://www.amazon.com/CLLMKL-Lelouch-Rebellion-XX-Large-Black-Blue/dp/B07J5RTJT1/ref=asc_df_B07J5RTJT1/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=385619287418&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6609291761814086788&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015491&hvtargid=pla-823692867275&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=79022974512&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=385619287418&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6609291761814086788&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9015491&hvtargid=pla-823692867275There are a bunch of cheaper options online that you can edit with some minor sewing. This one just needs a bit more substance to the gold lines and maybe some insert to stiffen up the collar. You could probably save yourself alot of time and still get an excellent cosplay. That's what I did with my orochimaru years ago, mixed and matched different premade and got some excellent results.
Does anyone have any bra recommendations or other tips for characters whose outfits end up showing a lot of side boob? I know people who are relatively flat can free boob it but I’m wondering if there’s any recommendations for support and making sure there’s no wardrobe malfunctions.
>>10276422The color is pretty inconsistent in the show and from artwork to artwork, but yes in the pictures I provided it is not the right color.
>>10276698There's all kinds of backless bras on the market, but if you're looking to show some side boob then you'll need one that has adhesive on the cup instead of a transparent side flap with adhesive so that it doesn't show. Make sure to follow the directions thoroughly so that it adheres to your skin well.
Anyone got any tips, guides or whatever on wigs? I'm trying to do pic related, and I got the outfit ready but I don't know anything about wigs. Where do I get them? Do I just style my own? I don't know anything about haircutting, so how do I style it? Any advice would be helpful.
I'm currently trying to sew together a officers peaked cap and I'm having some problems. Currently, I'm using this pattern http://angalmond.blogspot.com/2008/06/how-to-make-officer-peaked-cap.html?m=1 since there isn't anything else I can find. Does anyone know of any other patterns? The height difference in the front and back is giving me the biggest problems. Attached pic is the cap from the tutorial.
>>10276977I'm trying to sew this one and the height of the hat is different in the front and back.
>>10276977>>10276979Wtf. Can't you just stare at Police hats on Amazon long enough till you realize how most of those are made?
>>10276969The three main tenants of wig styling are: 1) youtube tutorials 2) got2b freeze spray and gel 3) thinning scissors.Youtube is a such a valuable resource in this field because the visuals are sooo helpful. Thankfully everyone and their mama has made a video on what you need (and they're not all cosplay related either! Drag queens and black women are hallmarks of this type of content, don't be afraid to use resources outside of cosplay). There's whole playlists of wig tutorials so here's some of the necessary basics:>Where to buy: https://youtu.be/lYzFhe4qR60>How to where em: https://youtu.be/LWm5xyyl-3Q>How to buy and stlye them: https://youtu.be/LWm5xyyl-3Q>How to cut bangs: https://youtu.be/P3D47h6m-wk>How to cut at all: https://youtu.be/pvqA7RIR7tUWith the wig you need, you probably won't need to do anything but a little defining with gel, hairspray, and or very light teasing. Imo it'd probably look better if you didn't recreate the stray hairs because they won't translate well in real life. You can part the bangs though. Either way, I hope these resources help. I can help you find a wig if need be.
what wig would you recommend from arda or epic?
>>10277010Thanks for the help. If I can ask, could you help me find the wig? This is my first cosplay and I honestly do not know what I am doing.
>>10277056Sure thing. Here's two different wigs to chose from.1) Helios in Princess Dark Pink Mix from EpicCosplay for $24.50. I think the cut of this one would be useful for the style you're going for since it has that choppiness to it already. It should only need a trim in the back and the bangs to be complete. Imo, I think this would be your best option.https://www.epiccosplay.com/collections/medium-wigs/products/helios-princess-dark-pink-mix-cosplay-wig2) Inigo in Princess Pink or Light Pink from Arda-Wigs for $30. You should straighten the hair and trim off the excess with this one.https://arda-wigs.com/collections/classic-medium-wigs/products/inigo-classic?variant=1975400005644And a free tip for ya: It can be hard to tell what a wig's color will truly look like in broad daylight when it's not in the shop owner's fancily lit studio like the item photos are. So, if you're unsure if a color may be right for your character, go to google images and type "[wig brand] [wig color]" (ie. Arda Princess Pink) and take a look at the photos from cosplayers in different lighting. You'll be able to get a better picture of what the color looks like and photographs like. I hope this helps.
Hello there fellow cosplayers,I have something that has been bothering me for a while now. For the past couple of months I've been working on some costumes, and they look pretty decent if I say so myself... But then there's just one problem, and the problem is my face. I've been trying to smile or look serious in pictures, but everything just looks super derpy to me.Does anyone have any tips or good tutorials on how to actually pose your face for pictures/in general? I'm proud of my work, but feel ashamed to wear some things because I think my face is silly... I've changed out of costumes just before conventions because I feel insecure over how I look.I'm actually planning on making my next costume something with a mask, to solve my issue, but that just feels too easy.Help appreciated. Thanks
>>10277108This post has helped me a lot with posing my face, I still feel like I'm pulling awkward faces a lot of the time but I've gotten better: https://aicosu.tumblr.com/post/161746368790/how-do-you-decide-what-to-do-with-your-face-in
>>10276977You could always buy a cheap one from amazon or a Halloween store and cover it instead of making one from scratch.
Hope this is the right thread to post this in. I just realized that this oversized hoodie is supposed to have something... Akin to princess seams along the breasts, but I'm not sure how to go about that for something that isn't formfitting. Should I just draft a pattern that involves princess seams, or is there a simpler alternative (something akin to darts?)
How would I do the layering for this? Just move it with a comb/by hand and use hairspray or something?
>>10277360I would approach it like waist to bust darts ending at the apex or just decorative stitching
>>10277380You're going to do a lite version of spiking hair, but focusing on creating those piecey tips rather than building volume. Get a shit ton of clips and or separate the strands of hair between pins starting at either the cowlick or bangs. Lightly tease the underbelly of the strand of hair, spray, dry, smooth the top, twist and pinch the ends with a bit of tacky glue or got2b glued on your fingertips (less than a pea size). Let dry, then trim away the ends to create the pointed tips. For the spread out/flayed ends like the bangs, use your scissors in vertical orientation to thin out of the hair in a naturally looking way and then repeat with the steps listed above, but instead of twisting the ends, flatten them very gently between your fingers, trim if needed, and let dry. You don't want paper thin ends, so try to give them just a little bit of bulk.Check out "how to spike a cosplay wig" on youtube for a visual guide.
>>10277080Gotcha. Thanks so much, this does help a lot.
>>10277360>>10277515if i were making this I would also do decorative stitching.
>>10277118Thank you very much! This looks promising, I'll give it a try.
So I made this prop a little while ago but somehow lost it in a recent move. So for the new one I make are there any parts I should focus on improving? Like shading? I'm also not sure how to get a kind of ribbed/indent effect on the pink handle part
>>10277757You can see what I mean here
>>10277517Thanks! I couldn't have asked for more detail.I saw Arda has a guide for bangs as well on their youtube so I'll follow that for the trimming as well.
So I just received my first 3D prop in the mail, any good tips on how to smooth down and get rid or lessen the printing lines?
>>10277515>>10277565Thank you guys! >>10277757I actually made an elphelt gun before, haha. Overall I'd say the quality is nice, but what'd I'd focus on is the paint - more coats would give it a more solid finish. I would also definitely add a primer if you haven't in the previous gun. If you're worried about possible paint lines from the brush, I found using a makeup brush leaves it smoother. For the ridges, you're either going to have to cut the handle piece thicker and dremel the shape, or dremel smaller pieces and glue them on. I find the 2nd easier but whatever works best for you. Could I get the 3d ref you're using if you got it for future use?>>10277868Check the material online and see if it'll hold up under sanding?
Someone could help me find a Miku wig like this?More blue than green/turquoise and good quality.I only found shitty quality ones on AliExpress
>>10278120My phone wouldn’t let me save the photo of the pigtail wig in this color, but Epic’s anime blue mix might be what you’re looking for. It looks turquoise in their stock photos but it’s clearly more blue if you look up owner photos.
I copped a lace front wig; does anyone have any great lacefront tutorials? I saw a bunch on YouTube, just asking if anyone has a personal favorite
Where could I find clothes such as these. Can't manage to find em
>>10278200What part do you need a tutorial on?
>>10278203Vintage stores, good will, etc. i usually am able to find clothes like that at buffalo exchange in my town
>>10278242Mostly just setting it up. It's a "hair flowing back" style, for Kanji from P4. I'll add the spikes later, I just know there's a lot of extra netting at the front, so I'm wondering if anyone has a "setup" guide for it
>>10278248Aight I'll try it out
>>10278252Try looking up lace trimming tutorials, there’s a bunch on youtube. This is just the first result https://youtu.be/jSFDTqUMcdk
>>10278203the women's section in stores like H&M
shameful question but what are guys suppose to wear under tight fitting pants to hide your man parts? Do guys wear thong or something for cosplay?
>>10276359colorblocking/inset corners is something that even advanced seamstresses struggle with.if you're really determined though, i would get a coat pattern and then make it out of some cheap fabric, mark out all the designs and then cut it out of real fabric. heat transfer vinyl or just top stitching a gold fabric on it that doesn't fray could be a good option to not have to seam together all those pieces.
>>10276977this is just a theory, but maybe if you cut the circle out off center it would result in the front being higher than the back?
is "foam clay" the same as crayola model magic, or is it actually good?
anyone know her name?anzujaam came to mind but its not her and im curious who she is now
>>10278553It’s different. Model magic is more similar to air dry clay. CBC made a video showing how foam clay looks and behaves. https://www.instagram.com/p/B1HfyrPD_dE/?igshid=sarffesryn8h
So I think my post is best formatted as a three-parter. Part 1: Is this coat too "Nazi"ish? I believe it is German from WWII, possibly Russian, but it appears not to be military, but rather civilian. But even though it may not be authentic military, I don't want to look too Nazi. Part 2: Assuming I am basing the cosplay around the coat, what are some good places (online or walk-in) to pick up original and/or reproduction WWII clothing and accessories that look the part for a civilian on the Eastern front/Russia?Part 3: Where can I find infographs or reference images of people, real or fictional, in civilian clothing from Russia other Eastern nations of the 1940's? I have watched several WWII movies and such and "Stalingrad" from 1993 is one that I think would fit my coat well.Thanks for reading and replies.
>>102788991. Not on it’s own, just don’t style it that way. 2. Unless you live in an area where those are, the internet if the best. I have seen a ton of Russian stuff on eBay but not necessarily that time period. 3. Museums collect it, if you are lucky they have put some online but in person is best. It will be harder to find as a lot of stuff will be war focused but photography existed and was used by the public although the rich has more chances for it.
Does anyone know where I could find a pattern for a kigu dress like this?
>>102789111. Okay cool. 2. I live on sites like Ebay and I currently have a large watch list of WWII-era stuff. Plus I have a great vintage clothing store near me that I frequent and will look into.3. I will keep the museum thing in mind, and will keep an eye out for photos from WWII and study the outfits.
>>10278505>>10278514Yeah, dance belt is what you want. Just a warning though it doesn't hide your bulge entirely, it just smooths things out and keeps any explicit detail from being seen.
How best could I adhere this fleece design to the plush robe? I tried iron on fabric adhesive and it didn't work.
>>10279061Fabric-tac or other fabric glue.
>>10279061Satin stitch all around the outline
>>10279395This, but how would you approach the overlapping colors? Would it be best to first stitch the orange down, then the blue or is that including a bunch of unnecessary overlap?
Why are sleeves so fucking hard
>>10279468I would take the time do go all around both pieces, technically I suppose you could only stitch down the edges of the orange that are visible but if you're not in a big rush it'll be sturdier
What do you guys do for priming a foam prop that needs to be primed all around? I've got a sword that I tried priming with plastidip but when I spray the sides and the back some of the plastidip ends up spraying onto the other parts.
>>10279490So what's the problem? You're priming the whole thing anyway
>>10279508It ends up being uneven because the primer spills over.
>>10279490You could tape off the other sides and prime it in sections
Are the bangs salvageable? It’s supposed to be Popuko from PTE but I think I cut way shorter than needed.
>>10279546They look fine albeit a bit choppy. Make sure to use sharp scissors in a vertical position. Just cut the straight bit in the front a tad and it'll be fine.
Don't know how appropriate this question is, but does anybody have any cosplay websites they'd recommend buying from? I know occasionally the shopping threads on here will list a few Taobao/Aliexpress stores that are more reputable than others, but I was wondering if anybody has had any particularly good experiences with any specific shops?
>>10279855MapOfBeatuy on Amazon and AliExpress
does anyone have experience buying from manycosplay? the photos look nice on their site but i can't find any reviews? i found some bad reviews but they're all from 2013, and i'd like some advice from someone who has bought from them recently
My cosplay group is doing a bikini photoshoot. I have pretty bad body acne so I'd like to wear at least a sheer bodysuit under my outfit to hide it (just the chest and back area, not the arms or legs). Do any of you have recommendations for high-quality nude bodysuits?
>>10275283See /k/ for Milsurp sites, a few that I use off the top of my head are Fireforce Ventures, Varusteleka, Mike's Militaria, Hessen Antique, The Regimental Quartermaster, and places that sell chink copies of surplus intended for airsofters.
>>10278899I believe it'd be important to know that during the war there was a massive donation drive whereby civilians would donate their winter clothing to the Wehrmacht to augment their supplies, so even if that jacket isn't a military issue, you may still find archive photographs of German soldiers wearing similar civilian coats, and it would be a fair assumption that partisans would have used them too, as they did all equipment they could capture.
I have no idea what I'm doing. Im getting ready to cosplay as Deku from MHA. Is this fine or does it need some changes?
>>10280313No idea why the pic is sideways. Here is another pic of me after a friend did the makeup idk if this helps.
>>10280316hi im a moron
I've been having a go at Naked Snake from MGS3 for my first official cosplay. I'm doing Olive Drab so it won't look like the camo in Pic Related. So far I have: The topThe pantsThe Stabo HarnessThe bootsI still need: The BandanaThe radio/earpluga fake beard (I don't grow facial hair)fake survival knife and sheath radio pouchCompression shirt Fingerless glovesGun holsterThe canteen/ammo pack/butt pack comboKnee sleeveshin knife/sheath I still have a way to go but I need direction specifically on the compression shirt and beard. The compression shirt has a glossy sort of look to it that I want to mimic and don't want a cheap shirt to ruin that. Also, I don't grow facial hair and finding a good one has proven impossible. I don't know what to do.
>>10280313No idea why the pic is sideways, here is another pic of the full cosplay after my friend did my makeup. I'm worried that its way too cakey and that the freckles are invisible.
>>10280319It seems fine, but try powder instead of matte if that's what she used. But Deku's freckles are specific. There's only 8 freckles total and they're always in this shape
>>10280319>no idea why the pic is sideways,phones sometimes flip images. once you take a picture, edit it a little by cropping a tiny part of the image. That should save the image in that direction.
>>10280320I opted for a more realistic interpretation instead of the diamond pattern as I didn't like the way they turned out. Will a powder help me look less wrinkly?
>>10280325it'll look less like you only have one color in your face. but wrinkly isn't the word I would have said
What material would you use to make the upper part of the gun/head? Would that even be doable for someone who's new as fuck to cosplay?
How would you guys go about making these bad boys? (the legs and "feet")
>>10280224Why not just apply makeup to those areas? Wouldn't a sheer bodysuit show these areas anyway?
>>10280319You are correct that it looks cakey. The makeup that you posted >>10280313 here looks like the right kind of coverage. Your skin is clear, so there isn't much to obscure, but a light layer is always a good idea for pictures. In the full suit picture, your face looks very monotone. I'd suggest adding some (very light) blush to your cheekbones, only in the highest area closest to your temple and some angled bronzer. Nothing with shimmer, just matte bronzer. You could use it on the sides of your nose, under your jaw, and on your temples. It'll help create dimension in your face, just make sure to really buff it out so it doesn't look like streaks of shit on your face. Remember, apply light in layers, not all at once. It's easier to add than it is to take away. As for the freckles, imo it's better for them not to be seen a mile away. You don't see Deku's from that far either and even if you do, that's anime logic my dude. Again, imo I would follow >>10280320's suggestion to mimic the shape of Deku's freckles or at least localize the freckles in that area so that it gives the impression of the original. The freckles you did in the first picture 1) are clumpy 2) are too close to your eyes 3) too dark for a realistic look and not dark enough for the anime look. Either choose light brown or black.
>>10280318>Also, I don't grow facial hair and finding a good one has proven impossibleMake your own. Glue or ventilate wefts of hair onto lace and spirit gum it to your face in your desired shape. I'm sure there's tutorials for it online.As for the compression shirt, it looks like lycra or a similar shiny-esque fabric to me. Maybe check out your local military general store?
>>10280439I'd suggest following similar steps to Kamui's leg armor tutorial: https://youtu.be/NovgPB4UAXU?t=117 mixed with tutorials for Deku from My Hero Academia. He has a "shooter style" outfit that features very similar thigh/leg armor. As for the feet... you'll first have to figure out how to stand on level ground and then start drafting I suppose. So, in short:>black stretch fabric boot covers>pattern armor pieces on top>add googly eye rivets>use cardboard boxes and any other materials to create feet, making sure to craft them around the pair of shoes you will be using as a base and with the level supports in mind>duct tape pattern shapes based off of that>recreate using foam>3D print, foam clay, or cast the spikey thingies>success???>
I am a bigass dude and I am looking to get a Rose Quartz cosplay together for a SU group in January, which probably means commissioning a dress to fit me. Problem is, I've never commissioned any cosplay before, let alone anything like a gown. Any advice for where to get a decent quote? Places I should avoid? How to avoid getting taken advantage of in my naivete?
>>10280570Try the cosplay commission group on facebook. Read the FAQ and remember that you're paying for someone's hours, materials, and livelihood, so don't expect to pay premade cosplay rates.
>>10280426Looks pretty advanced but foam should work
For heavy-duty body makeup that matches my skin tone (i.e. to cover tattoos, large birthmarks and so on), do I use normal makeup or would actual bodypaint work better?
>>10280681There are products designed specifically to cover tattoos, like Dermablend body makeup. You can try face makeup first and if it doesn't do the trick get something designed for it.
>>10280575This. Also remember>Fast>Good>CheapPick 2. You're never gonna get all 3.
guys I fucked up and half of my wig’s cap is horrifically matted. i don’t have enough time to buy another wig, how do i rescue it?
>>10281098https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JHvSeK5_cU&t=2shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekLTDzvYJDcThis is your best option. Be patient and work slow.
>>10281098Mane n tail detangling spray and a lot of patience
i’m trying to find a VERY specific houseki no kuni jumpsuit with a particular fabric quality and cut that i really like. i know they exist because a few of my friends own them.twice now i’ve bought one that doesn’t match the kind that i’m looking for and i’m getting discouraged :( i’ve already asked my friends for information on the seller they used, but in both cases the store was no longer in existence when i checked. gonna post some pics to help distinguish the suit i’m talking about. any help finding a listing would be appreciated!!!
>>10281338here’s the costume i want. these pictures are the only way i have to describe the fabric, but it’s somewhat more textured and heavier than many of the other uniforms i’ve seen. the weave of the fabric is more visible, for example. the sleeves also have a small cut on their cuff
>>10281344and here are some comparison pictures of the uniform i want vs to the one i have.on the left image, you’ll notice the different in the length and shape of the collars btwn mine and my friends costumes. the image on the right also me, but wearing the good uniform (i borrowed it from a friend to take these pictures)
>>10281350aaaand finally, my friend and i wearing the good (my friend) and bad (me) costumes. the only real info this picture lends is the difference in shape of the dip, but i thought it might be helpfuli’m terribly sorry to spam the thread, i wanted to provide as much detail as possible!
The cosplay I'm planning right now has a pretty chunky helmet (canti from FLCL). Think I'd be able to buy like, a thin bike helmet or something like it to use as a stable base and build the rest of the helmet around it?
is it at all possible to keep burn scar sfx makeup on my entire hand all day at a con without color and bits coming off? this includes the palm. I am thinking probably not, but I was just wondering.maybe I could make a glove out of thin stretch fabric and coat it in liquid latex and sculpt in the scars?
>>10281449It's all in the quality of the product and sealant. Start with a clean and dry work surface, especially in a high sweat zone like one' s palm. Baby powder the surface if need be, then apply glue underneath and on top of your sfx scar and seal heavily - let dry - repeat 2x-3x. Remember that even movie-level sfx have to do touchups throughout shoots so don't expect it to stay perfect for 8hrs regardless of how expensive your products are. Carry a touch up kit with you. A fingerless glove might be a good idea. It's worth a test run.
>>10280439I would usually say EVA foam but the lower part is going to get destroyed from friction with the ground. The usual shoe cover technique won't work because those are massive and WILL touch the ground.I'm not sure if it's possible without making them float (and look retarded) or breaking after 10 min of walking.If you do it anyway make sure there only thing that touches the ground is your shoes.
I never see a tutorial on how to design a printed cosplay suit. I wanna do Spider-Man in a way I would like to see. Does anyone know any tutorials that could help?
silly question, anyone have advice for sealing something that’s been spray painted so it doesn’t chip? (eg a mask, a sword sheath) suggestions for a particular brand of sealant/lacquer spray would be appreciated!
>>10282175It's really going to depend on whether your base is flexible or rigid, and what paint you used.
>>10282202krylon spray paint on a plastic sword sheath, as well as on foam sheets!
trying to do a Space Wolf Marine from 40k im 7' tall so i think i can do it pretty easilly, but im having trouble finding somewhere to start or any sort of tips
>>10282018thank you very much for the detailed response anona I am thinking i may just have some bandages wrapped around my hand instead to imply a burn since i think i am too much of a germphobe to not wash my hands properly all day.
>>10280439Try building the wheels around these shoes?
Question about prop making. I followed this tutorial to make a Gambol Shroud prop, and it came out really really nicely. I'm super happy with it, but I just came up with this idea that I think would make it even better.In the show, it's able to transform from blade to gun automatically. I can do it with my prop, but it takes a while to manually move the pieces. I was thinking that maybe I could use motors/servos to automate the process. My plan-I can put an arduino inside the handle to control all the electronics. The blade folds in half when it goes into gun mode, this could probably be done with a single servo. The bottom half of the blade ROTATES and MOVES back and forth on the handle, which is where I'm having issues. I can solve the moving problem if I replace the free standing spool that's currently there with a motor, and put gear tracks on the blade. So the motor can ride the length of the blade to move it back and forth. However, I don't think this would rotate the blade. Rotation would be really easy with a servo, but I cant possibly think of how I can combine those two.Any ideas on how I could do that? Is it too much work/not worth it?
>>10282227this board is so fucking slow holy shit
>>10282238>to not wash my hands properly all day.I didn't even think of that. Good point, lmao
>>10282359You were warned in the last thread you made, not sure why you were expecting something different
>>10282376i know but i didnt expect it to be *this* slow, sorry for my observation :/
>>10282227You need to start off with armor tutorials. Sewing is more my forte, but if it's a costume you really want to do, look at how people build armor out of eva or worbla. Figure out what you prefer, and start off with the smallest part. I'd reccomend the mask. You can wear a mask on its own to a lesser effect if you don't finish the entire costume before a con. Tutorials from cosplayers you trust are always the best. If you are truly struggling and need one, I might be able to scrape the barrel. If you demand quicker help in these threads expect nothing in the future.
>>10282534ty, and sorry for the impatience, almost all the other boards on 4chan seem like the blink of an eye compared to this
Is it a good or bad idea to commission wigs? If it' a good one, does anyone know of any who are good?
>>10282606There are quite a few good wigmakers but if they're good they can be fully booked very far in advance. It's also going to depend on the character and the style of wig you want, some people lean towards very structured, voluminous cartoonish wigs, some specialize in the Disney parks style wigs, some do more natural styles with a lot of braiding, etc. My favorite wigmakers include @xheeheex on insta (but all her commission slots get snatched immediately so you need to be really lucky to grab one), @rentchan, @rita_mim and @jellyfishxtears.
>>10282610Not that anon, but do you think these wig artist could do ethnic African/curly versions of these wigs? I’m black and I’ve been trying to do an African SSJ Goku with more realistic hair like Oprah’s wig and not the smooth spikes
>>10282636Look into maybe @vickiebane? Her straight wigs aren't the best but her curly wigs she did for Garnet and a Bellossom gijinka are way nicer. Your picture also reminds me of the work of @zachkilian who mostly does wigs for drag but he's not offering custom orders right now. Otherwise just look through the #wigcommission tag on instagram or twitter and find someone whose work you like!
Are the Simplicity / McCall’s seifuku patterns any good? If not, what indie patterns have you worked well with in the past?
How likely will it be that I could squeeze into a costume with a 70 cm waist if mine is 75 cm? I can't find any that are bigger. The bust and hip measurements are bigger than mine.
who is the best person to commission for cosplays?
>>102829350% sorry, that’s way too big
>>10282947Damn that sucks, I'll pray to the taobao gods that one day there'll be one with custom sizing. Thanks for the response!
What's the best way to dye a wig that will be heavily hairsprayed? I've tried copics and it turned weird after coming in contact with the spray, did I do something wrong or is that inevitable with copics?
>>10282965You’re supposed to dye first and then style. It’s the not the copics that fucked up your wig, it’s the hair spray.
>>10282999I did that, and after I sprayed hair spray on the dyed part, the copics turned splotchy. Sorry I worded it weirdly.
>>10282937There is no singular best commissioner. Every seamstress and prop maker has their skill set. Check out examples of past work and find the creator that works best for the project you're looking to have done.
How would one go about making the cloak for Serpico? I'm assuming just a long tube that gets wider at the bottom? Would a circle skirt pattern work and then adding another cylinder on top for the bunched bit around his neck?
>>10283074You’re not entitled to help just because you asked. Gtfo with that attitude.
>>10283151Yeah, I'd say the circle skirt pattern would be a good idea. Unless you find a crafty way to add the tube part when you cut the folded fabric, just add the cowl neck as if it were a very tall waistband. How much fabric you'll need to get that thick drape is entirely up to the fabric you choose so experiment with it before cutting. Using old bedsheets is a good source of cheap mockup fabric and in a situation like this, it would be ideal to experiment a lot before too little or too much of the fabric you'll need.
>>10283149Thanks for your YouTube suggestions, though these videos talk about printing or making from scratch, not designing. That doesn’t mean they can’t be useful >>10283158Beggars can’t be choosers that’s for sure, but for the past couple months I’ve had some questions be overlooked in the midst of others in previous help threads. My “still waiting “ reply wasn’t me going “Look at me I am important “ but “Yeah, this’ll probably go unanswered if I don’t say something “. I know 4chan can be full of hostile and greedy people, but I try not to come off as that. Sorry if my reply came of as spoiled and impatient
How would I go about this as a wig? I think Jade from Arda would a good candidate for color, but I am unsure how I would style it. Would I braid a weft and sew it on for the length?
>>10283536You should get a long wig and cut it. Start by making the braid, then shorten strands to match your reference, and feather them out for a natural look. I recommend watching a few tutorials, and maybe getting something cheaper than Arda to practice on.
>>10277977>>10277757>>10277758wow sorry for super late reply, i found it on art station: https:// shayleenhulbert.artstation.com/projects/ZDkl8I tried using paint brushes but it still got kind of streaky, i'm not sure what im doing wrong. i used plastidip as primer, is that not a primer? Would white primer be better than black? I'll try both for the handle and see which looks better, thanks for the help!
>>10282404facebook cosplay help groups move a lot faster, but honestly it sounds like you havent done any research yet and we will not spoonfeed you information. Use google. search up foam armor like evil ted smith and kamui cosplay, then search warhammer cosplay tutorials, and similar characters like reinhardt (overwatch) or fallout maybe. then when you have more specific questions/get stuck use us or facebook
Are there any makeup tutorials for conventions specifically? After a few hours I usually sweat everything off. It’s frustrating having to keep going back to the bathroom to reapply everything.
>>10283722probably look up stage make up stuff.
>>10283722Search "basic cosplay makeup". To give you the short and skinny, it's all in the formula of your makeup (i.e. longwear foundation, waterproof mascara), primer (especially for eye shadow) and sealant (ie. setting powder AND spray). If you really want to know which products to use, I'd suggest looking at what brands are available in your store of choice and then checking the reviews to see if they live up to their expectations. I personally use Revlon's longwear foundation, Maybelline FitMe powder, then NYX's setting spray.
>>10283722As far as lips go liquid lipstick stays on really well, I've eaten greasy food while wearing it with no transfer. I also use MAC setting spray and it works great.
>>10283624If you want smooth paint you either need to get really good with the brush or use an airbrush. The primer does affect the texture, yes, but the streaks are 100% the brush's fault.Plasti dip is a really nice primer. Easy to use and doesn't crack but it does leave a bit of texture. You'll never get a 100% smooth surface using plasti dip but (except for from a chromed look) it's good enough for most things.Black or white is purely personal preference, although I like black more.
I'm not sure if this belongs more in the sewing thread or not but given zero experience with sewing, at what point would it be best to try to make a cos myself vs. just buying one off aliexpress or commissioning someone?The goal would be something like pic related. A black mage from FFXIV.
>>10284162There are a lot of factors that play into your decision to make or buy such as skill, and money, but from experience the factor that has affected my sewing experience the most is time. This one is by far the most important, especially if you're a beginner. For my first ever sewing project, I chose an outfit with only two components: a strapless fitted dress and some arm ruffles. It should have been simple given that I had 9 months to complete it, but I spent valuable time before the convention rushing it which ruined my convention experience and produced a shitty quality costume. So what happened? I gave myself enough time to complete the costume sure, but not enough to learn the techniques beforehand and practice them until they were decent enough to feature in my costume. I was a lot like Grommit in that gif.If I were tackling the black mage, I would give myself 1.5-2 years. There are a lot of techniques and components of the costume that are not beginner friendly, so I'd advise against it for your first project. It's not impossible, especially in a shorter time frame, but if you want something that actually looks half decent with beginner's skill then I would absolutely suggest waiting until you have enough time to complete it or buying it. Although 1.5-2 years or even 9 months from my previous example seems like a lot of time, it's not like I was working on it every day or sometimes even every week. I had work, school, holidays, family/social obligations that eat up so much of that allotted time. There were so many times that I became frustrated with my inability to make a technique work or ensure that the damn thing fit and the looming deadline just amplified that worry until I burnt out several times over the course of that project. Don't be like me and have a good experience by choosing a project that is actually within your wheelhouse (or just above it) and give yourself more time than you think you need to do it.
I need to stop with my obsession/objective of wanting a cosplayer friend with benefits/seek specific fandoms to find partners within.
>>10284177That makes sense. It definitely looks involved enough it would take a long time to develop the skills to make it. I'd like to learn to make my own at some point but I fear by the time I can I'd be "too old" to cosplay. Worst case even if the pre-made one turns out less than ideal it is much easier to make small alterations or additions than it would be to make the entire robe from scratch.
>>10284242>Worst case even if the pre-made one turns out less than ideal it is much easier to make small alterations or additions than it would be to make the entire robe from scratch.You're absolutely right, good mindset. Working in small chunks is a great idea to build up skill. Like the hat or pants are good projects to start with. Even altering a non-cosplay purchased robe and adding on the other details is a good skill to practice. Just be patient with yourself, adjust your expectations to fit with a beginner's perspective, and research research research. Also, you will never be too old. There will always be a character for you. That saying should only be applicable to older people who want to creep into teen's spaces. Cosplay is fit for everyone. And don't wait until you have enough skill to begin either. Just get started whether on this project or a side project. Even the greats have their shitty costumes to look back on. Just be proud of your humble beginnings and continue to strive for greatness as you gradually improve.Best of luck, anon.
>>10275741Just figure it out yourself. Her books are useless after you realize that her technique is wasteful and inefficient. Also the same boobplate for everything trend started by her mostly has spawned a generation of lazy costhots.
Anyone have any tips for help on a Prosciutto (the blonde guy on the left) wig? What I’m specifically stuck with is what wig to get in length and how I would style the buns(?) on the back of his head
>>10283998Thanks, I'll try makeup brushes and taking more time with painting with the next one until I eventually buy an airbrush
I am rather new to painting props - I had primed, spraypainted and sealed one part of my prop and then covered a part of it with some painters tape when I went to spray paint another part of it. When I went to remove the painters tape on the first part, large chunks of paint were taken off of the prop with it, basically forcing me to strip my work. Trying to figure out what went wrong here?
What style of necktie/knot is this? It seems like an extra long ascot but I can't quite figure it out.
>>10278899I mean as long as it doesn't have an iron cross on the back or a swastika armband that you're not showing us, it's probably fine. It'll look like any other european winter coat from the era to anyone who's not a history buff.
It’s my first time commissioning a cosplay (basically just giant suit of armor). I have no idea where to begin in terms of choosing the right person to commission. There’s already one completely made on Etsy but the price is hefty and the quality doesn’t look too good considering the price. I don’t mind paying a shit load of cash for something really well made.
>>10284650If it’s too expensive you should just find one that’s really well made and dm the dude and demand him to tell you what materials he used and ask him to make a step by step turtorial on how he made it. That way you can make it yourself without having to pay the hefty labor price. Make sure to ask him what lens he used to take the pics with too so that the pics you take comes out exactly the same.
>>10284302Thanks anon. Ill already need to add the eye cover piece to the hat which shouldn't be too hard for a beginner but if that goes well I can enhance from there. There's a few other cos ideas I have from ffxiv but I need to math out if buying seperate garments and hacking something together would be cheaper than a premade from aliexpressAlso age wise I have some advantages since I apparently look 18-19 despite being in my mid/late 20s so I don't expect that will be a problem for long. I just really wish I got into cosplay and cons in general way earlier than I did.
I need to make a foam thing look shiny and like actual metal, like, yesterday, but the steps I've been using aren't working and it looks like shit, probably because I'm in the midwest and it fucking snowed yesterday. Anything I can buy that can be used indoors that will do the trick?
>>10284964I think kamui cosplay has a painting video on how to get to a realistic metal effect. It will probably involve rub n buff or an airbrush if you have one
>>10285161Unfortunately, no airbrush, but despite the cold I've just been doing layer after layer with plastidip as a base and this is like the fifth layer and it's finally got a shine soooOO fingers crossed that it'll look decent. tysm tho !!
Not sure if this should go in the makeup thread or not.Could someone explain nail polish to me?I know there's one kind that dries in open air (but shrinks a little), and one kind that dries with UVIs that the only two? I'm looking for the hardest, most permanent and doesn't shrinkwhat's a gel one?
>>10285490Normal nail polish doesn’t shrink.If you want nail polish for the weekend just go get any cheap bottle, apply one coat, wait 5-15 mins, put on another coat. If you’re planning on using your hands a lot, get a top coat and put that on your nails after they dry.Real gel dries with a UV light, they have pseudo gel nail polishes that are thicker than normal nail polish but take longer to dry. You can also just get fake nails, paint those, stick them on and off.If you want nails that will last you 2 weeks then go get a manicure done, costs like $20-30 depending on where you live and shouldn’t chip. To get those removed you have to go back to a nail salon or use 100% acetone.
>>10285517Nail polish does shrink, and I never mentioned fingernails.
>>10285490Air drying polish does shrink, but not by much. It's the most common kind that you'll find in most stores. If you want it to stay better, you'll need to apply a base coat and a top coat of clear polish under and over it.
Is there a good place where I can buy some geta sandals? I wear a size 12 US shoe and all the listings I'm seeing online seem to stop around the 9-10 range. I'm also reading that apparently you're supposed to get a size down where your heel hangs off. Anyone have experiencing wearing them and feel like that's comfortable? I'm looking for something that preferably has a black thong and rubber on the bottoms. I'm worried I'm gonna have to make these myself because japan thinks I have gorilla feet.
>>10284964i find using chrome spray paint or any similar colors that you can find at automotive stores as "good enough" for making things look metal.
If im using multiple layers of fabric paint on the back of a denim jacket should i seal it? And if so what should i seal it with?
Would this outfit be too advanced if I'm a beginner at working with armor and foam?
>>10286153I definitely think you should start with something simpler
>>10286179That's what I figured but I guess I'm not quite sure what a simple outfit really entails with armor because I feel like all armor is pretty complex
>>10286181A simple armor is... a simple armor. Something that doesn't have many pieces and the ones that does have are basic shapes.Pic related
>>10286181There's a lot of characters that just have a shoulder piece or gauntlets or something like that aren't really a set of armor but would be an easier project to start with and get some experience with foamsmithing. But personally, I say work on what you're passionate about. Your pic is really advanced for a beginner and I have to be honest, I wouldn't recommend it, but if you have lots of time and are willing to practice (aka make some shitty prototypes that won't turn out right), I don't see why you CAN'T do that guy. Just don't expect it to be easy or quick to do.
Kind of an odd an open-ended question, but I'm currently working on losing weight. The pants I've worn for years are now too big without a belt, and I plan to lose more weight before I feel comfortable. I also, however, want to get started on cosplay projects. Which parts of my cosplay are a safe bet to get started on (other than the wig and shoes)? Or, rather, is it better to get a general pattern created then to adjust it later or should I just wait until I'm closer to my goal weight?TL;DR: I'll be less fat before the con next year, should I wait to start on my cosplay or would it be more efficient to bring it in later?
>>10286199It's going to be hard to anticipate exactly what body shape you'll have, but some pieces can be made to fit a wide range of sizes depending on what you're going for. If you post a picture of the cosplay you want to do it would help determining how much you can do in advance.
>>10286084If you haven't already, mix fabric medium in with your paints. If not, seal it with Mod Podge Fabric medium per the bottle's suggestion. I'd guesstimate at least as many layers as you're painting with.
>>10286224Here's a fanmade reference of the cosplay in particular (felix from fire emblem). I'm assuming the cape and detachable top would probably be the safest bet? The shoes themselves may have to wait due to how high they reach.
Just received a new outfit but for the love of God the zipper is stuck at the halfway point between the bodice and the skirt. It is not caught on lining but I cannot pull the zipper up after repeatively pulling it down and up. Please help. I don't know what to do.
>>10286368there's a hole in the invisible zipper casing on the left side. You probably need to get the zipper replaced
>>10286368You can see on the left that the zipper is stuck in the zipper tape. My suggestion is to get it replaced for the long run, for a quick fix see if you have an fabric adhesive then coat the tear, it should at least give you. a few wears.
>>10286362Okay, yeah, the wig, swords, gloves, pauldron and all the decorative metal bits can be made in advance, the boot covers, shirts, pants and coat need to be fitted so you should wait until you're close to your target weight. Although tailoring garments to make them smaller isn't super hard. The green ribbed undershirt will probably be made of a stretch knit so it will fit a wider range of sizes, and the white overshirt doesn't close in the front so you also have more leeway there, you can probably tackle those a bit earlier. Keep the coat, pants and boot covers for last.
>>10286362>>10286513Oh, and since you're making the cape detachable you can also make that ahead of time.
I’m considered plus size and need help finding sites with plus size cosplays My measurements are 105-93-121 in cm
Plus size cosplay sites or taobao shops?
PLZ HELPCan u help me find a long light ash blonde wig for Natori Sana cosplay? Best if on taobaoI'm going crazy
>>10286368You should also replace the zipper because whoever sewed this didn't make the invisible zipper invisible
I'm thinking about making Kankuro's hat part only. Does anyone have any advice for me to make it well?
Hello I am an actual retard when it comes to crafts like this, and will be cosplaying for the first time. I will be Joe (blue shorts on the right) and I literally just need to put a white J on blue shorts that I already own. What's the best way to go about that so it doesn't look shitty? White tape or something?
What are good places to buy school style blazers online? I want to try and put together a school uniform cosplay, but have never cosplayed before in my life.I thought about going to a local school uniform supplier but they probably won't have adult sizes.
>>10286695Iron-on vinyl for clothes. You just cut the letter out and iron it on. This is roughly what the final product will look like.
>>10286513>>10286515This'll help a lot, thanks so much!
How do I make this kind of shape with some reasonable amount of efficiency out of foam? Or curves that curve in multiple directions in general, I gravitate towards mechanical cosplays and they're a pain in the ass every time
>>10286398Do you recommend a particular brand of fabric adhesive? Would superglue (E6000 or Gorilla Glue) work for this? Could I try to use regular sewing thread or emboaidary thread to fix the hole in the meantime? Thank you.
>>10286389How did this happen? I literally got this off of Aliexpress yesterday. Was there a hole already when they sewed it on? Is there any way for me to permanently fix the casing hole? Thank you.
>>10287081cheap shit, what do you expect
Anyone have any input on pastidip vs modgepodge? If you've tried both what did you end up stick with as your go to and why?
>>10286989You could get a foam dowel and cut two 45 degree angles (aka a V formation) and then sand down the interior to make it curved and hollow. Otherwise heat shape some EVA over a smooth round surface in the desired shape
>>10287092From what I've heard mod podge has some texture to it that will require sanding unless that's your desired finish otherwise plastidip is smooth. You'll have to check out a priming 101 for further specifics.
>>10287104Thanks friendo, have been looking on YouTube for a while now. Just wondering if anyone had any personal testimonies.
Posting in this thread instead cause I'm a fag.Long story short I got sent a spider man suit with the rubber soles attached and I dont need them (I have some converse that will be going over them instead). Any way to remove them safely besides slicing them thinner?
>>10287172you can just cut them off since you are going to be wearing shoes
>>10287092For what? Modge podge isn't flexible, so I don't get people use it for foam, that shit's just gonna crack.
>>10287189Would that work to just cut off the whole foot by like the ankle? Wouldnt it fuck with the lycra and make it tear a bit or does it matter? Otherwise I'll probably just cut out the rubber soles and hope for the best.
>>10287226different anon, but yes it would ruin the stretch. The lycra would creep up your leg without anything to support it. I think anon was saying to remove the sole at the connection point. With lycra it's likely glued on with some type of adhesive so try heating it up in a small section to see if it peels off. If not, slice away at the sole while being careful not to cut the lycra until you can reduce it down to being barely visible
How can I fill this with transparent pink/red fluid, to 70/80 ml?Resin?
>>10287339Resin should do the trick
>>10287225Yeah, for foam. I guess pastidip is the way to go?
>>10287092>>10287104Plastidip does have a bit of texture, and you can't really sand it. Gesso can be sanded smooth. It's up to the effect you want.
2 questions, especially since I'll still fairly new to sewing and materials. 1. What material would be the best for this dress and the vest?2. Best way to make/wear earrings if you don't have pierced ears? Was thinking about using either EVA or worbla to make them and maybe spirit gum.
>>10287511It appears to have some shine to it, so I'd guess some satin. Just be careful not to buy the ultra shiny Halloween costume type - it doesn't photograph well and looks cheap. Take a picture of the fabric with flash on to get a good idea of what it'll look like. >2. Best way to make/wear earrings if you don't have pierced ears? Was thinking about using either EVA or worbla to make them and maybe spirit gum.Magnets. There's tons of them on the market, you could probably just build the tassel off of a pre-purchased base. As for the beads, if you can't already find them, just use model magic or something extremely light
>>10287385The texture can be minimized a lot with proper care. I recommend not spraying on days when it's humid or raining, make sure where you're working is not too hot or too cold and well-ventilated, if you're working outdoors make sure it's not breezy, heating your can (put it in hot water, not boiling, just get some hot water out of your tap and let it sit in the water for 5 minutes or so), shake it just before you spray for at least a minute, if you've used the can before make sure to clear the nozzle by turning it upside down and spraying a bit (always wipe it off before putting it away), spray it right, use lots of thin layers, not thick gloppy ones (I always do at least 3, first layer is always extra thin, wait 30 minutes between coats), keep your distance right and consistent, don't get too close or too far away (like 6-10 inches I think is official recommendation), and use overlapping sweeping strokes like you would with any spray paint. Also, you can just get the old Plastidip that's meant for dipping tool handles into (aka the original use for the stuff) and brush it on if you really don't like the spray but want to use Plastidip.
>>10284162you are in for a ride on the 3 of them, the easiest one is to commission it, make sure you check on the weekly progress and make sure the quality is what is expect.Buying it from aliexpress is mostly an uncomfy or really big cosplay but they can work out nicely.Making it yourself without experience, unless you prepare yourself 8 months before you are going to end up in a turd.
What material/tape (?) Can I use to wrap the hilt of the sword in pic related? Kind of stumped
>>10287511Sorry for offtopic, but holy shit I want to see this finished.Good luck, anon!
>>10287624you can probably find white leather ribbon in any craft store
>>10287630Thank you! If I actually manage to do an ok job/finish it it'll debut at Frosty Faustings in January.
I’m trying to lose weight but i cant lose anything past 180lbs. Some friends have done the water diet and starved themselves but they lost a lot of weight for their cosplays. Should I just do the same?
>>10287805After a few days you will get over being hungry and having cravings, but you will feel sick and dizzy. Please don't do this.What I have found works for me is the 8-16 "diet". You could probably make it work with 6-18.Pretty much you only eat during a 6-8 window and fast during the remaining 16-18. This is called intermittent fasting. It's not starving yourself, since (if you sleep 8 hours) you are not eating during those 8 hours. This "diet" just extends those hours to a few before you go to sleep and a few after you wake up. I prefer to only eat from the hours I wake up til the early afternoon as I found that eating towards the evening causes me to bloat up the next day. So I work from 8am - 5pm, and I eat from 8am - 2pm (breakfast and lunch only). I have been at a sustainable weight (I used to be 160+, now I'm ~120 and have been able to gain muscle and maintain this weight). I don't have cravings at night. The hardest part about starting this was the first week. I also drink a lot of water (at least 12 cups) each day.
>>10287624You could get white medical tape or bandages and use some permanent dye to rub the edges of the tape to give it some dimension, rather than just being a pure solid color.
>>10287092>>10287104Plastidip is not as easy as videos make it out to be. If you have never Plastidipped before (I mean the spray, not the dipping solution), it is a lot like spray painting, but with significantly more texture. Plastidip does not come out smooth at all if you are a first time user. It also peels off whatever you are coating, so you can't sand the texture off like you can with modpodge.
>>10286658You want to search "名取纱那" on Taobao (sorry my Taobao is stuck loading so I can't search it for you). + Wig is 假发
>>10286368>>10286398Liquid Stitch or Aleene's fabric adhesive
>>10284162Unpopular opinion here, but I have found that buying cosplays off of Aliexpress or Taobao and altering them myself is the best way to learn sewing (if you have limited time or are impatient). Make sure to do research on the seller prior as many shops recycle the same stock photos. The amount of time spent on practice followed by purchasing quality materials to make the cosplay yourself will be significantly more expensive than purchasing it and altering it yourself. You would be fucked if the outfit you received was shorter as there would not be much room for adjustment versus it being bigger.
>>10287624Tennis racket wrap
>>10287805Plateaus are inevitable, keep at it
>>10287511Mid- to heavy-weight sateen. Don't forget to interface, particularly the collar parts. Clip on earrings should be ok for this, especially since with foam/worbla they won't be super heavy
I want to do pauldrons similar to pic related where there's a shape with a bunch of curves. I'm using 6mm foam and it's hard to cut out foam pieces small enough to maintain the curves and details that I want unless I basically dice the foam up into super small puzzle pieces and then piece it back together, but that is way more trouble than it's worth. Any recommendations on making these shapes without killing myself?
>>10287988That's how foam smithing works, though. You need the small puzzle pieces to create a defined shape. I would recommend getting good at it over trying to circunvent learning a very useful skill.
>>10287988Use a thinner foam for smaller details? Or even foam clay
>>10287991Will look into it, thanks.>>10287998Thinner foam would work if it was some decorative piece attached to the pauldron, but in my case the pauldron itself needs to be formed in that shape. I'll look into foam clay though, never heard of that before. Thanks.>>10287997I'm talking about sizes like no larger than a quarter at max or half an inch width. Certain parts of the armor have to have foam cut out that small in order to get the appropriate curves that I want. At that size the pieces become extremely hard to cut no matter how sharp my exacto knife is.
>>10287886Will do. Never had to interface before so this will be interesting.
>>10287624>>10287846going to agree with the tennis racket wrap other than that there is goat whiteish leather.
Does anyone know of a European store (as in, ships from within Europe) that sells wig wefts? I've only been able to find stores that sell entire wigs.My country has recently changed the law so every international order no matter how small can technically have a 15+€ processing fee slapped on top of it, and maybe even customs additionally if you're unlucky. I really don't want to pay that kind of money for an order of one or two packs of wefts.
>>10288031Different anon, but it's not hard at all. Iron on interfacing is very beginner friendly. Just cut it out with your pattern pieces and then iron on the wrong side of your fabric to the rough side of the interfacing with the glue dots and done.
Newfag to EVA and con crunched a scythe, primed it with modge podge and painted after a day of drying but the scythe started to curl so we put heavy books on it to try and flatten it, but it cracked the scythe blades a bunch. Wondering if there's any quick fix I could do? Or if heat bending would melt it because I used modge podge and red spraypaint from home depot.
Does anyone have any advice for getting, huge, voluminous curls with a wig?My attempts with rollers + boiling water, rollers + steamer, and just using a plain curling iron are leaving me with waves more than the curls I'm looking for, and I'm not too experienced with wigs so I'm not really sure what to try next. I'm working with a Arda Venus + a pack of wefts so I'm not lacking in volume. Teasing the inside layer is working well but it's still not giving me the look I want because of the waves vs curls. It is rather long which may be hurting my cause as well.
>>10288550You're kind of screwed here. You could see if the cracks disappear with some light heat application (mod podge won't melt) but in my experience it won't work. Why would the scythe blades curl? Were they not flattened before priming?
Styling question: what’s the best way to pin up the back? As in I feel a regular bun or ponytail would be too thick, but I’m not familiar with what kind of updo would look accurate. Some kind of braid maybe?
>>10288550Did you heat the foam before priming? Foam is pretty porous; looks like it shrunk or something after you put on modge podge (causing the curling and eventually cracking of the primer). I would try priming it again and giving it another coat of paint.
>>10288629Do you have a picture of what you want to achieve? If you’re getting waves instead of curls, could be that you’re not curling it slowly enough. As in set the iron to low heat and waiting a bit when curling.
>>10288676For sure, I'd love a result like pic related, but I'm ending up with a result more like pic below.I wonder if maybe the length is contributing to it? Like maybe I should trim/layer it a bit, it's past my butt right now.
>>10288695(ending up with waves like this)
>>10288696>>10288695maybe try letting the wig stay in the rollers for 24 hours or so after using the hot water? Same with the curling iron, it could be that you aren't holding the fibers in place long enough for them to cool all the way down and retain the shape of the curl.>>10288550There really isn't a 'quick fix' for this, but you can sand away the existing paint(use a respirator/mask!), prime it again, and then repaint. Plasti-Dip is a much better primer imo than Mod-Podge, it has more flexibility and will wrinkle rather than crack, which can then be fixed with a heat gun. That being said, a lot of home-depot spray paints will crack no matter what, like Rustoleum. In the future, make sure your eva pieces are completely heat formed, heat-sealed (run the heat gun over the foam kinda quick, you will see the foam changed color and get a little glossy) and use several coats of primer before introducing paint. If you're going to take this route and re-paint, I would also suggest using painter's tape to get cleaner lines on the silver parts of the blade, and using some weathering techniques to give it depth. Some very basic weathering techniques are in the tutorial below. https://youtu.be/S9A38N9sOEk>>10288013>>10287988>hard to cut out foam pieces small enough to maintain the curves and details that I want unless I basically dice the foam up into super small puzzle pieces and then piece it back together,This is the core of foamsmithing. Maybe you'd be more into pepakura? I'm not too familiar with it but basically you start with a very thin plastic and then coat it with something more rigid, like resin. It might be more up your alley if working with 6mm foam feels too clunky. Although I really can't imagine that pauldron needing cuts as small or precise as you're implying...are you trying to shape all the little nicks and dents in the armor or something? Cause it would be a lot easier to just carve those out of the final piece once its all put together.
>>10288720I'm the pauldron poster. I'm not referring to the nicks and dents. I took some time to watch more foamsmithing videos and I think I'm just overthinking the curves too much and need to rework the pattern because all replies are kind of pointing out the same thing. Thanks for the input.
>>10288550Modge Podge cracks like that, it's not flexible at all once dried. Use a flexible sealer next time.
>>10288769>>10288720In anon’s defence, that’s a weapon and therefore isn’t supposed to be flexible in the first place. Modge podge is a perfectly acceptable primer for rigid objects. Though yes, it did crack in a way plastidip wouldn’t have.
>>10288795Sure, but you'd be better off going flexible so the first time someone bumps into it or you accidentally bang it into something or it gets a bit warped in transport, it doesn't crack to shit.
>>10288663You might need to take a look at more source images. I feel like this one doesn't give much of an indication of where the hair goes. And if endless image searching doesn't give you anything, then it's up to you. I think you're right that a bun would be too thick, so probably a braid.
I'm trying to do spikes on my wig, but I can't get that perfect tip. It always ends up looking like a chisel tip or falling apart at the top instead of culminating in a neat and thin spike. It's kind of driving me insane. Does anyone have any tips (ha) on how to make them better/correctly? Also, to make them stand up more instead of falling down, do I just use more hairspray while hitting it with a hairdryer? I'm using yellow got2b so I definitely think it's strong enough.
>>10288929In more images, it seems to just disappear behind the butterfly clip.
>>10289019Create the tip then thin the pointed tip down with your scissors to create less bulk. The smaller amount of fibers should help it create a more seamless point.
What type of jacket is this? (Also what kind of pants?)
>>10289084Maybe a better pic idk
>>10286689I would find a pattern like pic related but add the flappier parts to it. His hat is really simple so I think it should be easy to put together! Good luck!
I want to make Lllithid mask.Any tutorial/tips would be helpful.
Going to be wearing a backless dress for the first time and the cups are separated with invisible straps. 1. How do I know the invisible straps aren't going to tear?2. I am allergic to those adhesive bras, what is the recommended tape (I'm OK with duct tape, I have a high pain tolerance)?
>>102893521) They're pretty sturdy, shouldn't break on the first wear but just in case 2) fashion tape is designed to literally glue you inside your clothes
>>10289237Do some googling first and then come back with a more specific question. There's millions of resources out there and only so many people with limited experience here. If a method you're using isn't working or you're picking between methods/products then sure ask, but that's such a huge question.
Incoming bad question.I'm trying to make a voice changer that I can use to flip through different pitches/tones. I don't need it to be feature rich or have tons of buttons. Even a single knob would be enough. Just something to hook up to the tiny speaker hidden on my shoulder and the tiny mic that fits in my mask. The concept itself is pretty darn simple, so it boggles my mind that NOBODY on the internet has done it, to my knowledge.All the results I've found are either [A] people with devices that do one specific voice (e.g. darth vader) but never ones that you can shift around, or [B] ones you can shift around, but they're online voice changers for the computer to use at home on programs like skype or discord. Clearly neither of those options work. Phone apps are also obviously out of the question. It needs to be an analog input so I don't have to babysit a touch screen. I should be able to change the dial/switches/whatever without looking, and not be stuck wondering "why isn't it changing, did I hit the home button, did it just turn off, am I touching the wrong spot on the screen, did i accidentally click on some mandatory update that takes ten hours, aahhhhh".Anyhow, I'm not begging for a step-by-step walkthrough or anything, I'm just trying to figure out if it's even possible, because I have found jack on the subject and folks like y'all are generally much smarter than I am with this stuff, and I'd rather not resort to strapping a guitar peddle to my face. Alright. Thanks for reading.
>>10289804Like, I don't know if I'm gonna have to gut some music equipment, or if it's just some raspberry pi shit, or what. This is not my area of expertise. Obviously. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
>>10282227https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98bakUvE38MSomething like this might help you.
>>10289804My friend did this for a Miku cosplay. I don't know a ton of specifics but I believe he coded/created something from scratch. One issue was his voice still being heard when he talked. I think a Facebook group that does tech stuff with arduinos(?) and raspberry pis might be a better place for advice
What's the best way to turn tights into thigh-highs? Hemmed, added elastic, or just glued?
>>10290008>>10290034I've tried asking around on a couple different raspberry pi forums but so far have only been told its not possible, which seems weird, but I don't know enough to argue with them.And the only relevant arduino footage I've found is this clip, which seems promising, except the pitch only shifts downward, and the guy is just trying to sell shit.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy28FCZDGVkThank you for the reply, by the way. And your friend did a pretty cool thing there.Who would've thought just wanting a knob to turn pitch would turn into such a wild goose chase.
Hope I'm not late to the party. I've always wanted to try my hand at cosplay, but I dont know where to start. I'm not artistically retarded, I've been painting warhammer models, but everyone I've asked when trying to build a space marine cosplay says I'm in too deep. Wat do? How do I start?
>>10290122Space Marine is indeed way too deep for a beginner, especially if you're here asking how to even get started. If you're 100% committed to doing something 40k, try doing a scout first, that's more than deep enough for a newbie and is still a tall order for first cosplay. EVA foam is the route I'd go, it's cheap and accessible and easy to work with. This video isn't exactly power armor, but would give you an idea of how it's done and Evil Ted is a good resource.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsmAzZqaHJwAlso look at Kamui Cosplay and Punished Props for good EVA tips.
>>10290145Thank you so much!
>>10288164you can buy some from coscraft, they are pretty good and based in UK
>>10290122A good place to buy foam in the US is TNT cosplay supply. Be prepared to invest a lot in tools like a dremel and heat gun. Kamui cosplay has a free book on armor making. I would try and see if you can buy an existing pattern for the cosplay you want to do. Check etsy and search something like "space marine cosplay pattern". Be ready to redo things if they look bad the first round
>>10274886I would like to stick rhinestones on see trought organza but I'm not sure was is the best way to keep it on, I probably will buy hot fix but I'm scared it will not be enought ( since the fabric is so slippery ) would E6000 throught the back of the fabric will help ? I want to do stripes so if I loose stones it's going to look terrible
>>10290291Test it out on a scrap piece of fabric, but I've used hot glue on chiffon and it worked perfectly.
Anyone have any tips on how to stick the "sideburns" of the wig better to your head?? Theres kind of an awkward gap right now between the long sides of the wig and my face, not sure what would work best in this situation?
How does one add fur to the collar of a leather jacket? A red motorcycle jacket is easy enough to find but one with a fur collar is a whole other story.
>>10290577I use fashion tape. Assist Cosplay also makes a glue specifically for this purpose, but I imagine sock glue would work as well
>>10290577Clear eyelash glue? Spirit Gum might be too much
>>10290577Got2B glued. Black women use it with their daily wear lacefronts
>>10290606Glue or sew it
>>10290577If ear tabs are long enought I like to sew on the wig cap a strip of plastic ( the type you put in collar to keep them straight), it help if the sideburns are not too long, but you can probably use pros aid glue to make it long lasting
How do I make friends at cons?
>>10290867Look handsome or cute and make small talk. Most of the time it won’t go anywhere. Also volunteering for cons can be a good opportunity to meet people and make bonds
need some help and dont know where else to ask this. doing a naruto cosplay but im struggling to find a good quality forehead protector. could you guys help me out?
Someone help me figure out what's going on with Shang's overcoat thing behind the belt. Is it like this, with the garment kinda coming to a point in the center then flaring back out, with the middle hanging bit being a separate piece?Does anyone know what this kind of garment would be called so I can search for a pattern to start from? I don't know anything about Chinese clothing.
What's your favorite cosplay shop in Japan? I want to buy a couple items for a cosplay I made when I visit (red boots, bat wings, better wigs)
>>10291073I'd say the front banner is attached to the wide belt and the jacket under it is just crossed over like you drew
>>10291073Try looking at hanfu
>>10291272Acos for cosplay stuff and maple wig for good synthetic wig
Material suggestions for making a glowing sword? Simple katana shape, does not have to be clear. Guides I've found seem to use resin casting but I'm looking for a quick and dirty way that doesnt involve grinding plastics. Are there thin/sturdy sheets at hd/lowes that would diffuse LEDs and can be cut with a utility knife?
>>10291330Yes there is a type of Eva foam, I think it's called plastazote. It's whatever kamui cosplay used on one of her monster hunter costumes
>>10274886How can I give foam armor a bumpy texture like this?
>>10291361If you want it that bumpy, probably mixing sand and glue and applying it on the foam is your best bet
Some good bodypaints and sealant? Preferably in EU
>>10291387Mehron Paradise Paints
>>10291332Thanks. Looks like TNT is sold out of the thinnest sheets but 6mm might work
>>10290897The official ones I bought at hot topic back in the day were good, I imagine as long as you avoid cheap bootlegs, you're fine.
>>10291487>out of stockfuck
>>10291361I'd suggest trying out different substances to find what works best for you. I've seen people crumple up tin foil and iron it on, but it's used for giving a leather texture, not a raised texture. >>10291366 has a good idea, but you'll need to make sure to get superfine sand otherwise it'll clump. Maybe a layer of cottage cheese spray like they use on ceilings?
>>10291387Mehron, Ben Nye, Snazaroo, and I have no recommendations on sealants, but I have seen people use a mix of translucent powder (like baby powder) and spray sealant.
What's the best place for zentai suits?Why is it so hard to find a decent green Power Ranger suit? He was the most popular one!
>>10292619Don't know if it's the best, but I've bought a couple from here and they are cheap, high quality and custom made (for no extra cost).https://www.zentai-zentai.com/
Is it at all possible to pull off obscenely muscular characters as a lanky dude with a twunkish build? I'm like a 5'11" 130 pound dude but a lot of my favorite characters are 7' unga bunga giga niggas. I could obviously gain some weight and muscle but I don't have the time or the patience to take up body building as a lifeling hobby just for cosplay which is what pic related would require. Should I just give up on my unga bunga cosplay dreams? Should I maybe try a character with more armor so I can pad it?
>>10292975You could choose more armored designs or you could just try your best to build a realistic padding. Maybe use a latex overlay that you can airbrush and ventilate hair onto or something. The power is in your hands, my dude. You don't have to be screen accurate. Just have fun and work towards your goal as much as possible
>>10293402This. Remember, you don't have to be a perfect 1:1 representation of the character to have fun with it or for people to enjoy seeing your cosplay. Obscenely muscular is kinda unrealistic anyway.
How can I make this? I want to do a cosplay of Sam and thought about buying one but I feel like making one would be fun.
>>10293694craft foam, a sharp exacto knife, an airbrush kit, primer, and paint. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OXUnVaSAY6c
Are there patterns for creating a jacket like this I could buy/find online or would I have to create them from scratch?
I used to sew my own suits, as i used to be a poorfagBut how do I do multiple colors?Do I just saw the different colors on?Kinda lost here
>>10294064>>10294246Hey, I have the same problem trying to achieve this.The form is easy enough but also confused about multicolor
If I were to ask a friend to commission pic related cosplay for me, how much would be a fair asking price? To create everything, except the boots and potentially the pants.
>>10294346The general formula is: supplies + shipping + minimum wage / per hour. If it's your friend, then you should make an extra initiative to ensure that you are paying them fairly if not a bit over.
I doubt this is a great decision to get into the hobby, but I'm planning to do a Fire Force cosplay. I want to make the fire retardant uniform myself, but I'm not sure how to go about it.Someone recommended adjusting the template for a trenchcoat, which seems like the right way to tackle the patterns, but the materials are something I'm still kind of torn on.Traditionally, "Bunker/turnout gear" is made of aramid fabrics (like kevlar) and padded with fire retardant foam. Does anybody have a good suggestion for an affordable fabric that looks and feels similar, but is like, cheap (wasn't planning on fighting actual fires) and some material to make it very bulky, like in the series?
>>10294248>>10294246This might also help you too, >>10294064There's a couple of different methods to approaching multicolor material, so I tried to create a (very ugly) visual guide. I hope it helps. As for your, >>10294064, request for a pattern. Despite our progress as a community to make patterns more accessible for hard to construct costumes like the one you listed, you'll still need to either 1) look for a pattern made specifically for your character made by an independent creator 2) Frankenstein pieces of multiple patterns together to get your desired effect 3) start using a pattern as a base like, Simplicity 8235 for example, and then draft the missing pieces yourself. Best of luck.
>>10295424> adjusting the template for a trenchcoat,That is a good idea and you should go for it if you can't find any existing uniform patterns. There's a whole category for them, so ideally there should be something that you can use.>Does anybody have a good suggestion for an affordable fabric that looks and feels similar, but is like, cheap (wasn't planning on fighting actual fires) and some material to make it very bulky, like in the series?Check out the upholstery fabric section of your local store. They're easily $5+/per yard so I'm not sure if I'd call it affordable but it's miles cheaper than buying actual kevlar. This is just my two cents, but it sounds like you're just getting into the hobby and may need to hear it: being as accurate as possible to what real firefighters would wear is not going to make your costume better. Cosplay is a grand illusion. You want your costume to look the best and often times that means interpreting costume making differently than the source material so that it translates better to real life. Look at that makeup trend where women overdraw their eyes and then fill in the space with opaque white shadow to look like an exaggerated anime eye. It never looks good because cosplay isn't a 1:1 translation. Being historically accurate, or using lavish materials sometimes can be better and fun, but don't think that you HAVE to do it to be a good cosplayer.
>>10295424Also, just because no one's mentioned it so far, always make a mockup with cheap fabric before cutting into your nicer stuff, especially if you go for some really expensive material.
>>10295513Thanks for the advice! I understand it's far more important for it to look good than be close to the source material. I'll also make sure to make a mockup. I wouldn't dare to use anything expensive since I haven't touched a sewing machine in over 5 years.
Okay so I want to make Hubert from Fire Emblem Three Houses but I'm really new to modifying/drafting patterns and I'm kinda stuck. What kinds of patterns should I be looking for to make the jacket and pants?
>>10295508Thank you very much.First time sewing something which isn't a suit I had a pattern for.So everything is new land for me
So I'm getting together a nana cosplay group for Acen this year but I cannot fucking find rocking horse shoes on taobao or aliexpress and I've been looking for like an hour please body line is sold out lmaoWhat search terms would one use? I've tried Lolita shoe, punk Lolita shoe, punk shoe, punk platform with no luck
Made a thread at >>10295869 cause my dyslexic ass didn't notice this thread, but how the fuck would I make a gym leader Bede costume? More specifically, where could I get a shirt/shorts like this printed? The only printers I know of are ones who slap images on a plain t-shirt.
>>10295985If you design the fabric, you could get it printed at Spoonflower. There's plenty of tutorials on youtube. You might as well add the graphics on while you're doing it.If that's not something in your wheelhouse, use iron on transfer paper or Wonder Under on fabric that you can hand cut the designs on.
I want to buy robot ears for a future planned cosplay, but I have no idea what to search for. Also I don’t even know if I could make something myself.
I think this is a bit off-topic for the thread but I couldn't think of another thread to post it in:It's been a while since I've been on /cgl/ but last time I was here there were some threads for people who cosplay characters from the battlefield series, Rainbow 6, Metal Gear Solid and other shooter type games. Whatever happened to them? Did they move to a different board or was there not enough interest here to keep it going? I've been thinking about trying one (haven't decided who or what series though) and those threads would help, plus I always loved looking at everyone's setups
New thread: >>10297814>>10297697Usually those series specific types of threads stop existing because people just stop contributing to them. Sad, I know. I miss some of the old fandom threads like idol series threads.
>>10292975Give up on being a giga nigga, and be someone like one punch man. Get a nice tight fabric costume that subtly shows off your definition instead.