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FAQ (last updated: July 16th): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-URQl5wxxBzP4-VWfMKfLG8ZqOkGt9Yoyo6Qbm333vs/edit?usp=sharingCosplay recommendations thread: >>10789095 Crossplay/crossdressing thread: >>10783996 LARP thread: >>10787705Taobao thread: >>10803045Aliexpress thread: None currentlyStupid j-fashion questions thread: >>10805991Previous thread: >>10797339
>>10810535Unanswered questions from the last thread:>>10810478>>10809414>>10808697>>10808596>>10808163
I have a new wig that has a protective hair mesh over the buns, do I cut off the mesh or do I keep it on?
>>10811227It's personal preference, but if you keep the mesh on and if the mesh blends in well enough, use it.
Looking for advice on matching pic's skin tone. I've been flip flopping between bluish white, pure white, or pale. What would look best irl? Also debating between using bodypaint, makeup, or just saying fuck it and going with my natural skin tone.
What would be a good beginner project be if I wanted to learn how to sew? I tried making a v-neck but the neck band was hard to wrap my head around.
How do I into dark flowing robes without limiting my movement? I plan on dressing up as a sith lord for a Halloween party, complete with a red dueling lightsaber. I just need to acquire edgy black robes, however I would like them to not limit my movement so I can show off some lightsaber tricks I know (unironically, also would be nice to feel comfortable for this possibly long night of partying). I'm limited to buying, but I am a terrible judge of products, especially since I'm exclusively browsing online. I basically just look at the first results on Amazon and I'm sold. To simplify my question, does anyone have a reccomendation for a specific website I should order off, or even a specific product I should look at? If it looks great enough I'll want to go to conventions with it too.
>>10812171Pillowcases seems to be the default, if you want to make clothes maybe pick up a beginner sewing pattern
>>10811852The makeup thread might be able to help with what would look best about your skin tone in relation to your undertone. From a cosplay perspective, I'd say run some tests. Imo I see blueish white or pale depending on your preference. Because the character has doll/robot-like ligaments and tattoos, you might be able to get away with a bodysuit or arm/body socks then painting your face and neck.
>>10812171Look for projects either labled beginner friendly as the other anon said or that have these components:>as few seams as possible (ie. a pillow case has 2 in total)>uses non-stretch fabric (you would think stretch fabric would make things easier but in fact it's harder to work with. Non-stretch and non-fitted garments are the way to go for beginners)>no special conditions to work with (ie. silk is a non-stretch fabric, but it's also slippery and therefore harder to work with. Same with leather and etc.)Some projects that fall under this criteria are:>pajama pants with an elasticated waistband (also a good skill to practice)>circle skirts also with an elasticated waistband>pillow cases>tote bags>bows>drawstring bagsAlso, the thing about sewing is that if it looks easy to make: it's probably more difficult than you think. A v-neck contradicts all of the points I made. It's usually a stretch material, has a higher level skill (ribbed knit binding), sewing curves, and setting sleeves. Don't feel bad for not getting it right, it's like an intermediate level project. Hopefully you can find some success and try again in the future! Good luck, anon
>>10812278>>10812522Thank you, friends. I'll start with pillows and then I'd like to jump to something like pajama pants. Any advice on where to start if I want to be able to make my own patterns eventually or am I a bit far off from that for now?
What would be the best way to make this? Burlap sacks?
>>10810535Any anon can recommend quality vampire teeth? Just the fangs. Bonus points if retractable. I’m going for a twilight vampire.
>>10812606Looks more like rly dirty cotton rib knit or possibly a heavy waffle knit
>>10812562It'll take some trial and error (as with every skill as a beginner), but it's possible. Tracing your own clothes is a great way to start. There's some really good youtube videos out there on the subject!
really stupid question since it would be better on the aliexpress thread if it existed, but I ordered from aliexpress for the first time using their standard shipping option and I couldn't quite find out what their exact delivery process is online, how does it usually get delivered (to the US to be specific), do they leave it in the mailbox (I ordered a ring for my cosplay so it's more likely than not to be packaged small) or do they deliver to your door, and if door do they just leave it there or do I have to sign for it, I don't want to have to go through a bunch of hurdles if they miss me if I'm not there to sign for it.
>>10812668most aliexpress packages don't require signatures. i order atleast 10 a month abd and never sign.
looking to go as Zuko for halloween. i want to get the scar right, but i've never used make-up, paint, or anything of the sort for a costume before. i'm not sure what would work best, and the color palettes i saw at halloween stores seemed very lackluster. does anyone have any good recommendations on what i should buy or where i should look?
This is both a stupid question and sort of cosplay related- How do I make a superhero cosplay scary for Halloween without just making it “zombie version of character”? Can it be done?
>>10812696Boil >>10812696some water
>>10810535How would I go about making a cable wig like in pic related?
>>10812714add an uncomfortable number of dead eyes and black holes to the costume
>>10812822Hurm, I was honestly just thinking of copping out and going ham on the gore, like a bunch of gunshot wounds, stab/cut wounds, burns even, some bruising and blood, maybe it won’t be scary but at the very least it’ll creep out the kids who approach me for candy on Halloween
>>10812714If you have a Spider-Man costume just swap out the mask for a realistic spider's head mask with pincers and 8 eyes, be Man-Spider. Easiest thing I can think of that has minimal work and is somewhat scary to kids, you could make extra arms too I suppose if you really want to add more to it and have free time.
>>10812714Take a look at the 90s variants.
>>10810535I'm planning to cosplay as Ichi The Killer next year and I need some advice on how to make the shoes. The body armor I've already got sorted, just get some motorcycle armor and paint the 1 on the back (spray paint with stencil or tape, or use EVA cutouts and glue?).For the shoes, It definately want that metallic look, so I can paint that, but the back blades are the tricky part. Because they are going to be a bit clumsy I was thinking it could be a detachable unit. I was recommended making the blade out of EVA and velcro the back part. But I want to hear other opinions and suggestions. was gonna cosplay at MCM this month but that con is all "family-friendly" and I thought Ichi would be a bit innapropriate. Call this a cop out but I at least wanna try out a con first before I feel comfortable cosplaying.
>>10812805buy a bunch of ribbed plastic tubes that matches that look.
>>10812805You'd probably have to buy one of those zentai suit masks, then create a dome headcap out of EVA and/or worbla. This might clip in or be magnetized to the mask. Then you'd get some poseable wire and thread it through some plastic tubing like the other anon said with neon caps. You can probably find a hardware supply to replicate those, but if not: more eva and/or worbla.
>>10812876>was recommended making the blade out of EVA and velcro the back part.That's how I'd approach it. Maybe a sheet of something sturdy sandwiched in between the EVA. If you're already adding the back heel part, I'd just glue it on there with contact cement.
What kind of material thats readily available somewhere like JoAnns or another western Fabric store closely resembles and works for a sarashi? I know I could order some straight from Japan, but that may take too long and would rather not risk it
>>10813114it's just linen, anon. jeez.
>>10813127lol. shit like this always makes me laugh when cosplayers see japanese clothing so they feel like they have to use fabric from japan. its like dude, the majority of your cosplay is already store bought which was made in china. nobody is going to give a shit if one part is """100% authentic"""
What to use for attaching rubber to pleather? Some kind of shoe repair glue, perhaps? Seems like that shit is pretty much designed for this procedure, given that most shoes are made out of rubber and a leather-like material.
Complete beginner at armor making here. I know how to make armor that follows my body's contours exactly (duct tape dummy -> pattern method) but how do I go about creating a pattern for a piece that isn't entirely form-fitting but also has a curved sillouette? Pic related is what I mean in an exaggerated form, the yellow being the outline of the piece of armor. I've tried padding the area with clothes or shredded newspaper and then making a second duct tape dummy over the padding but I can't get it to look nicely smooth and curved.
How do you actually create your own patterns? I don't know where to start if I see a piece of clothing/armor I want to recreate and how to translate that to paper.
>>10813316are you heat shaping the curved pieces? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NChLIJDYiSQthat video can give you an idea on how to use various heat shaping techniques to get what youre looking for.
>>10813359There's pattern drafting books, videos, and classes. You essentially start from some building blocks and adjust as necessary for your needs. For armor, you would build on top in a 3D-esque style for your needs. You could learn pepakura patterning for that and print out a flat pattern for your foamsmithing needs.
>>10813181If you ever need to know how to attach one thing to another, use https://www.thistothat.com/
I'm looking to make a vest like this but don't know how to go about drafting the pattern.
has anyone cosplayed lucy from edge runners, or is working on an outfit?
>>10813436You again? Just buy a fucking Marisa cosplay. If you can't figure out how to sew basic shit it's useless. And it will look shit on you because you're a man.
>>10813399wow, that site is still up? its helpful but man its so outdated. but i guess it can still give you general ideas on things.
>>10813451Who shit in your cereal?
>>10813456Is it really that old? Damn. Are there any better resources out there?
>>10813436If you really wanna pattern draft, start with a bodice block and add a princess seam by cutting a line between the waist dart and the bust dart. Then, you need to redraw the neckline to the desired shape using your measurements. However, if what I just said sounds like word soup then it would be easier (and would produce better results) to use a pattern. You can use a shirt, vest, or dress pattern and just not add the sleeves or cut it off at your desired waist length so long as it has the princess seams that start at the bust (not the shoulder) and have a standard neckline (ie not v-neck, loose, sweetheart, or etc.). For example something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Simplicity-Misses-Princess-Sewing-Pattern/dp/B00SQHZSXI. You wouldn't use the sleeves, square the neckline, and ignore the bottom cutouts.
>>10813503anon is too retarded to even use a pattern.
Gonna have some disposable income coming my way. Do i get a cricut, a laser foam cutter, or a 2nd ender
>>10813503Wow thanks a ton. I was trying to find the term for the seams used. This was extremely helpful
>>10813595Depends on what you see yourself getting the most use out of. Do some research on each tool and its necessary materials and make a pro/cons list.
>>10813625I'm happy to hear that. Good luck!
I need help and i'm not sure how active this board is but here goes. I'm aussie, needing a red cape that's like full body for halloween (late costume planning because i sporatically got invited to parties without a costume), i also need a mask, preferably a noh mask but other japanese style masks work too. I'm not sure where to get these things, and i'm too retarded and have no resources to actually make these things. Should i just buy a giant piece of red fabric?
>>10813436Just get a pattern. If you don't even know where to start for a simple formless top, go with a pattern to take out the guesswork.
>>10813714Why don’t you just buy these from a Japanese imports store and a Halloween shop? Not much point in making them if you don’t know how to and can easily buy them instead.
I made a large hat using spray foam and carved it roughly into shape. Now I'm trying to even out the texture but sandpaper isn't working. Would plaster of Paris work as an all-over smoother/base to paint over and remain light enough to still wear?
I bought an actual military helmet for a cosplay. Thing is, the character I'm cosplaying doesn't have the strap under the chin that secures the helmet. I tried removing it but it makes the helmet wobbly and I fear of making it fall. Isn't there a lightweight strap I can use to secure it?
>>10814068I haven't worked with spray foam, but I find Bondo to be a great filler/smoother base. Make sure you work in a well-ventilated area, though!>>10814072You could try adding padding to the interior of the helmet (think like a bicycle or baseball helmet) to help it sit more securely on your head. Mandalorian cosplayers do this all the time so there should be plenty of resources out there.
What's the best way to make Joker's trenchcoat look light and flappy? Most trenchcoats look like hanging garbage bags and I want to avoid this. Stiff wire to give it shape? Is there a method that would let the cloth hang loose when I'm walking around, and then lock into a stiff shape like pic related when I want to pose?
>>10814162>Is there a method that would let the cloth hang loose when I'm walking around, and then lock into a stiff shape like pic related when I want to pose?There isn't. You can only choose between the coat holding its shape or being flowy when you walk. You can achieve the flappy look in photos by having someone hold your coat up or by throwing the tails upward though.
>>10814162You can create channels to put the stiff wire into that snap shut, for pictures. then pull them out for walking around.
any way to make wig spikes (not sticking straight up like dbz characters, but still sturdy) without making it deep fried crunchy and crusty? does it depend more on the quality of the wig itself? or the product?
>>10814284You can flip the wig upside down and blow drying it. You’re essentially use heat to set the wig fibers upside down. You’re still gonna have to hit the wig with hairspray but it won’t be as crispy as if you needed to glue the spikes to a base.
>>10814068>Would plaster of Paris work as an all-over smoother/base to paint over and remain light enough to still wear?depends on how large of a hat you have. how secure is it to your head the way it is now? plaster of paris is generally light but of course if youre adding a lot of it on a big object, its going to weight it down a bit, or at least make it unbalanced. personally i never liked the stuff, always ended up cracking on me at the end of the day. i used it for a "power rangers: the movie" style cosplay armor set years ago.
Question. I want to dye my hair red for Halloween but I just got my hair done and if it gets wet then my dreadlocks fuck up. Anyway to dye hair without ruining my locks? Need them dyed before Friday. I'm currently sitting in the chair getting my hair done and my hair dresser said if my hair gets wet it'll come out. Is there anyway around this?
How much of an asspain are colored contacts?
>>10814586Not terribly if you're used to contacts. They feel a little thicker than daily wear contacts. Also they get a little dry after about 8 hours so eye drops help. MAKE SURE THEY'RE CLEAN BEFORE YOU PUT THEM IN YOUR EYE
>>10814589I've never experienced contacts before. I had glasses for most of my life until I had lasik done. What happens if they're not clean? Will they get dirty through the day?
>>10814590NAYRT.Wash your hands before you touch them. Clean them with contact lens solution. Make sure they're the "right way" up and not flipped (there should be no "lip" at the top, Google images if you need to). There should be no dust or debris or makeup on them.Once you put them in you will "feel" them when you blink. It should be an easy feeling to ignore after having them in a while.They will not get dirty throughout the day, just dry. Nothing can get under them once they're in, and your body takes care of the outside. If you're planning to reuse them then clean them with the solution before and after each use.If they're not clean your eye will get irritated. That simple. Either immediately or after a short amount of time. You may cry and blink them out or your eye will simply feel painfully uncomfortable.
>>10814594Sounds like body horror, thank you for the advice!
Shit, didn't know this thread existed. Reposting this from my og post.I want to cosplay picrel (Rando from Lisa: The Painful) but I'm only 5'8" and he's maybe over 6' at least going off other character heights. Are there any good ways to artificially increase my height without looking silly or sacrificing comfort? I've heard about a certain pair of sneakers that makes you taller but I don't know the pair/they don't fit the cosplay that well.
>>10814628Foam inserts in whatever shoes you’re wearing is the easiest way
Where can I get a katana like this and the thing to wear it on the back?
>>10814583I've seen some people with dreads or kinky textured hair use color hair wax. I don't know the brand though, sorry. You could try digging around tiktok -- that's where I saw it. Or just buy a wig
So I'm going to be cosplaying at a halloween party that takes place inside a heated building. My cosplay has thick faux leather armor with no ventilation. This means that I'll easily overheat in it. Without modifying the cosplay (I have no skills) Is there any way to attenuate this issue and not sweat like crazy?
>>10814628Also be prepared to get shit like 'Hey are you from Mortal Kombat?' bc I sure as shit got that when I went as Buzzo to A-kon 30. Spikes and minimal armor apparently are a MK staple.
>>10814628>I'm only 5'8" and he's maybe over 6'nobody is going to fucking care. you can be the exact height and people are still going to come up to you and say "uhh, and who are you supposed to be?".
I'm babytrans and I want be a french maid for this Halloween. I think I'm just going to the Halloween store and picking up the best french maid costume I can, and then buying heels and replacing any particularly cheap costume parts with quality clothes (stockings maybe). Any tips or do I have the right idea? It's a little late to order a proper dress online and expect it to ship in time (party Friday).
>>10814731et je ne parlez beaucoup mais je crois etre tres bien.
Where can I find someone locally to help with my costume? Besides Craigslist.
I bought something from aliexpress on sept 14 and it was supposed to come oct 9 but status says Processing delay at sorting center. I messaged the seller and they said the package exceeded the limit but return information has not been displayed and they will resend it once the product is returned. Should i continue waiting and hope for the best or open a dispute for refund and order from another store? I need it by mid nov.
>>10814800Call your bank to cancel the payment.
>>10814628The go-to seems to be those goth platform boots, I have a short friend who wore them to cosplay Mr. X in a Resident Evil Group, and they kind of match the Mad Max BDSM feel of your character. But be aware:>any new footwear will probably need broken in>it will be (at least initially) awkward to walk in such an elevated way>if your shoes make you more than ~an inch taller if will be very visually obvious that you're wearing platforms for a boost>literally nobody will notice or care that you're three inches shorter than a cartoon man from a video game
>>10814705Sweat wicking and cooling undergarments (usually made of plant fibers like cotton instead of plastic fibers like polyester), taking breaks, a portable fan, baby powder against your skin's most sweaty parts, frequently hydrating and drinks with lots of ice. Also, know the signs of over heating and ditch your costume for a few hours or the whole night if you need to. Heat exhaustion is a bigger buzzkill than no-costume for a few hours.
>>10814799Your local tailor's shop might be able to provide their services or direct you to someone who could.
Looking for advice on how to do a Droopy McCool cosplay, any suggestions?
I suck ass at finding sewing patterns, anyone have a good pattern match for Malenia's dress? Best I've found so far is Vogue V9311. I'm assuming the off the shoulder + almost fully open front combo wouldn't work in real life so I'm fine with something with shoulders.
Does anyone know where I could find leather gauntles (in person) in the UK? I want to cosplay 9S, but my fingers are a little short, so I'll want to try the gauntlets on before buying them.
Anyone at AWA know how the bug restrictions are?Thought about going but its a long drive for it to be a mid experience.
Working with EVA foam, I heat sealed it and put on two layers of Plastidip. I tried to then apply some acrylic paint - just from a tube, not spray - and isn't sticking or drying at all. What am I doing wrong?
What are these type of clips called?
>>10814932Ask a more specific question. What about the costume do you need help with?
>>10815194I can't speak from person experience, but I do hear that your climate can affect the drying process.
A friend invited me to go to Anime NYC since someone canceled on him and now I have 19 days to do a cosplay I was thinking about for a long time. The horns and cape won’t be too much of an issue, it’s the arm, shorts and belts I’m having trouble with. I won’t do the full dragon claw, just the retracted tail form seen when not in use. No idea how to attach it to my arm though. While I’ll be making it flat against my forearm instead of sticking it out by the two spires it does, I dunno if I should make one whole gauntlet for the yellow discoloration or use body paint and attach it on top of that The way the shorts seemed like rolled up pants on the sprite led to me trying that myself, but it was too tight and killed circulation when it got over my knee. I could just go with the art shorts instead but I want to break up the otherwise monochrome color scheme with the clothes. The belts, I’m just lost on. The one on the glove I might just omit, but the chest ones I have to do. Might be easier to make the one solid piece as they are in the art instead of the ringed buckles used in the sprite.
>>10815555can’t help you you’re not doing FotM
>>10815555Generally I'd say use armsocks rather than body paint if you have the opportunity, especially in your case when you'll have something attached on top of it that could rub away makeup.
are there any gaff product recommendations for a guy trying to hide his junk to wear underneath a tight bodysuit? i've tried a dance belt before but it just accentuated my bulge instead of hiding iti'd really rather not tuck my testes inside my body
>>10815612the point of the dance belt is to hide the literal cock outline. the bulge itself being there isn't an issue. it's like a bra, holds up tits and covers the nipples but doesn't flatten them out.
How much of a thing are fake braces? I see ones for use on stage on the internet but don't want to spend 150$. So I want to make ones myself, that slip as little as possible. any advice or experience?
>>10815642Probably. I'd guess you could use thermoplastic beads, thin wire and hot glue, then denture adhesive. I'd probably double check that the thermoplastic is mouth-safe tho.
>>10815555Arm:>EVA foam gauntlet and attachments>use thinner foam to taper out onto arm>body safe adhesive>ShortsI don't know why you tried rolled up pants in the first place when shorts with a thick rolled hem exist. Whichever you choose is up to you thoBelts:>thin foam covered in silver pleather fabric>foam clay belt buckles painted silver or covered with more silver fabric>profit??
>>10815612are you trying to crossplay or something? or are you just scared to have your bulge showing? people arent going to care if they see a bulge, because thats what they expect to see on a guy. seeing your cock and balls peeking outline peeking through though, thats a different story.
>>10815667denture adhesive points me in the right direction, thanks a lot. any idea to fake the brackets authentically?
>>10815793Maybe you could find a 3D print file?
>>10815711i'm cosplaying as a gender-neutral character that wears a unitard, and i just don't want any clear sign of genitalia showingplus my bulge honestly is too big, not saying i have a huge cock or anything its just uncomfortably visible
doing a Roy cosplay and using the movie design for the uniformI've got everything covered except the shoes, anyone have any good bases they recommend or shoes that are similar to these? Most combat/military boots i'm looking into are way too styled with laces and i'm looking for a very plain design
is $150 too much to get a wig styled by a salon for a short black hair style?
Can I use Mod Podge as a primer for Paper Mache surfaces?I do have some Rustoleum white primer to use but I can’t set up my space to use it properly for a bit
>>10815970I've heard that you can if you work in thin layers that have been diluted with water. I believe you can even sand in between layers but don't quote me on it.
>>10815959Depends on multiple factors:>What's the stylist's rate for a cut and style?>Is the stylist a master or basic/regular stylist?>Is the hair style difficult? (Not by your personal standards, but by theirs)>Is styling wigs normally part of the stylist's services or is this a special request?
>>10815952I'll be honest, chief. They look like normal rain boots.
Am I an autistic retard if I generally only cosplay characters similar in height, build, and face to me? I just get more compliments when I do so I keep doing it...
>>10816505Yes, but who cares. Go live free, little autismo.
So me and my girlfriend are trying to make some shoulders from craft foam, but the pattern we bough off etsy is too small for me as Im a taller guy.We thought just taking the patterns and upscaling them on the printer would do the trick, and we initially thought we did, but none of our registration marks on the inner curve of the shoulder line up anymore and it creates a really ugly seam.Is there a reason for this? Is there a "correct" way you have to upscale patterns?
Asian here. When doing makeup for characters, I've been mostly relying on google or insta to find examples of what others did but most of them have caucasian features so they do things a bit differently. What's the Japanese/Chinese version of insta where most cosplayers post their stuff?
I am getting this costume custom-made. It's going great so far. I'm getting some lustrous gold silk dyed in an ombre to act as the lining for the cloak... it's gonna be tight. HOWEVER, there's one part that's not straightforward: the character, Paimon, has sort of a disembodied lower face/neck below the mask. The face and neck just blend in with the lining of his collar. What's a good way to represent this character's neck/lower face IRL? I was thinking of suspending a semi-translucent grey veil from the white mask and having it go down to my collar. It would loosely hug my face to show a little contour. What do you all think? Any other ideas?Also, where can I get contacts that would be good for this?
>>10816749Look up "pattern grading" - you can't just scale up in all directions as people don't expand in all directions equally.
Any recommendations on a good wig headband? Or are they all about the same.
An idiot in these maters here, what material is used in bits of suits, since I need like one shoulder pad for a suit I wanna make but all I got on my hand is plastic card and some foam stuff, but not sure what is actually good for it, I think I had some packing for fake leather things somewhere as well.
People cal me an insane narcissist for cosplaying the same characters as my gf at every con and just walking around with her as the same character. But I like it and my gf likes it, why are people so rude?
Can I get an ID on this gun? I know nothing about the Call of Duty franchise
Does anyone have any advice on how to tackle the skirt? I'm torn between trying to be accurate to the model and going with a more ballet costume inspired approach. the big things I'm unsure about are how to do the ruffles, they look like box pleats to me but I'm not sure if that would sit right irl. I'm also not sure about structure. I want to try to use hooping like in an actual tutu but I'm worried that any fabric that would look right would be too heavy to be supported by just that
>>10816829If you need shoulder pads for a suit jacket, you can just buy those at a fabric store. They come in different sizes depending on how much definition you're looking for.>>10816834/k/ might be more helpful than this board.
>>10816767Since he's an owl-beast, I think the shape is representing the mass of feathers and thick necks that owls have. I would make the whole thing like a mascot head out of foam. Or you could humanize the design with the idea you mentioned. I think they're all equally cool.
>>10816827They're all the same. More than likely from the same manufacturer too. Just buy one with the best reviews off of amazon.
>>10816831There's definitely parts of the story missing here, but regardless this is a nothing burger question.
>>10816912I think your suggestions were on point. I would also tackle it by making an overskirt (possibly separate from the bodice), a stiff tulle petticoat, and hoops. I also agree that they appear to be box pleats. The tulle would be easy to recreate so long as you get a stiff enough one and use starch and heat to set them. With the red fabric, you might want to use a tightly woven shiny fabric (like a cotton sateen) instead of a silk so that it can keep its structure. Take that last part with a grain of salt though, I'm no expert when it comes to fabric.
can grease paint be sealed?
>>10816505no, I think this is a reasonable thing to limit yourself to tbqh
>>10816930More dumb Warhammer/other pauldron core shoulder pads, something to attach some fake candles to. Need to look like proper nutjob
how do i dye specific parts of a wig, like if i wanted to do a few horizontal lines
I have a lace choker I'm trying to attach ribbons to for a cosplay of Ichihime from Mahjong Soul, to attempt to replicate her choker. My first thought was to sew the ribbons to the choker but the test stitches I did were very very visible and it looked kinda bad, so my next idea was to attempt to glue two similarly sizes ribbons together, sandwiching the lace between to help hold it better, but it doesn't seem to be holding well. Any suggestions? Link is the choker I bought to modify.https://www.amazon.com/Yalice-Choker-Necklace-Necklaces-Jewelry/dp/B083DC2B68/Pic related is my current attempt to sandwich the two together with some craft glue.
>>10817204open the clasps and attach the ribbon that wayalso the ribbon looks like utter shit quality
>>10817205It seemed close enough and sadly I'm working on time constraints since the con is tomorrow and I'm leaving in a few hours. I just grabbed the first thing I could find at Hobby Lobby, I'm pretty new to cosplay in general. Thank you very much for the advice!
>>10817192I can't find the product at the moment, but people use hair chalk or spray instead of dye because you really can't recreate patterns like that on long hair. Look for tutorials by characters like Denki from MHA or Kid Death from Soul Eater.
>>10816941I wanna say yes, but tutorials from the Homestucks would be able to better verify that.
>>10817204It's not a bad idea to glue the two together, but craft glue probably won't cut it. Fabric glue or iron on fusible tape (also known as hem tape) would adhere better.
>>10817205>ribbon looks like utter shit qualityHow so? It looks like every shiny satin ribbon on the markets.
>>10817334looked up a few videos and seems like people kinda do whatever there used to doing, someone used sharpie, some used paint, someone glued down wig wefts of another hair color etc, il look into the chalk thoughlastly, is my easiest option for doing twin tails like that just buying like a medium length wig then buying pigtail clip ons? im assuming if id try to just make pigtails with a long with id have a lot of the netting and such showing
>>10817363I found it! But upon further review, I don't think it'd work for what you need. The disclaimer says that with high contrast sections, the chalk gets clumpy and that wouldn't look good I'd imagine. Here it is anywaay: https://youtu.be/SvHGohdcEps Oh also, you could consider an airbrush for applying paint. Maybe it'd look less... clumpy?>is my eaisiest option a med length wig + twin tails?Easiest yes, but not your only option. When you use a straight base wig with twin ponytail clips, it looks great from the front but the hair won't have that pulled back look from the back of your head. Another method cosplayers use is to "stub" a short ponytail wig. It's a lot more intensive but the result looks better and it's WAY more sturdy than the easier method. If you don't mind the extra labor, I'd suggest it since your character's twin tails are loooong. They'll need the extra support. Here's some tutorials:https://youtu.be/KN3vw_kL0awhttps://youtu.be/nYshKaPdFB4
>>10816939thanks for the feedback! I agree that a separate overskirt is the way to go. I'm also planning on using a very stiff fabric so I don't think that structure will be an issue. I think I'm going to stop overthinking things and start messing around with patterning at this point
>>10817444thanks alotil probably go with the less effort option of clip on twin tails since im not too worried about it looking amazing, just accurate enough to know the character, its mostly for intimidation factor when i roll up to ycs and im cosplaying for the deck im playingalso any recommendation for wig places that i can buy the twin tails along with wig or a specific wig style i should be looking for? i usually just buy ebay wigs so i havent got a scooby doo
>>10816762Mixi. Cosp. Claps.Cosplay Mode.
>>10817573Happy to help. The most common suppliers are:EpicCosplay, ArdaWigs, and L-Email. Or you can check the reviews at: Taobao, AliExpress, Ebay, or Amazon.>so i havent got a scooby doohaha
>>10817458You got this!
Can anyone recommend a discord server for just sharing cosplay construction, progress etc? I'm starting a big project and it would be nice to kind of craft alongside another group of people.
>>10816930I didn't know these existed, you just helped me solve a problem I didn't even realize I had
>>10817696I haven't seen any general ones but most of the big creators will have one. I believe Kinpatsu has one. You could also check out the servers for your local conventions. They typically have a tab for crafters.
Who wants 2 party tonight
>>10817726>You could also check out the servers for your local conventions.different anon but im in just about all the big local convention discord servers and they are dead as fuck. people just stay in the servers for announcements. starting conversations is pretty much like /cgl/ where it generally takes people days just to reply to one thing.
>>10817787Oh that's too bad. Thanks for the heads up anon.
Why do girls complement my cosplay and ask for pictures even though I'm ugly and wear aliexpress cosplays. Like almost all the compliments and picture requests are from girls. Can they just tell I'm depressed and they're trying to be nice to me?
>>10818290this is just from my experience though so dont let that stop you. who knows, maybe you might have better luck.
>>10818331Because they like the character you're cosplaying. Cosplays don't have to be good or expensive for someone to appreciate the fact that someone else has an appreciation for their fave character or series
>>10818533I literally just do whatever is popular
>>10818537Yes, characters are popular because many people like them.
How noticeable would it be if I cosplayed ryou despite being 5'6"He's like 6'1", but since he's usually framed alone I feel like the average con goer won't know what height he's supposed to be
can i starwars here?
>>10813168can confirmlearned how to sew via making a generic ronin outfit. I used cheap materials and the outfit has lasted me surprisingly well. good materials are nice, but if you're starting out its better to save money and work around with cheap materials
Could someone recommend a starter sewing machine? I know enough to be looking for one with the option to use a pedal but able to just set a speed without using one because I'm bad at it. Don't know anything beyond that but want to learn to make some things.
>>10818950There's a list in the FAQ in the starting comment of the thread. As a beginner, I've found it helpful to look for things that make the process easier on a first-timer such as a built-in cutter, built-in lights, automatic needle threader, a button to cut threads if you can. Anything else is personal preference. I've heard Singer Heavy Duty referenced the most for beginners.
>>10818935As in can you ask a question about your star wars cosplay? Yes.
My gfis going to meet me at the con so I don't have anybody to splash fake blood on my faceIs there a good way to splash it on your own face and still look real?
>>10819103how do you know the difference between a fake splash and a real splash?
Trying to figure out how to make the green part of Gumi's skirt. It seems like the skirt should have 6 pleats with a scallop hem on each pleat, but I don't know if that will end up looking anything like the reference. Or maybe I just do an A line skirt with the lines sewn in? Idk, does anybody have any better ideas?
Want to cosplay this dude. Any recommendations for a decent quality beard and wig? What arda wig would be the best to modify for Miyazaki?
>>10819134Angle and velocity make a difference in the way the splatter happensBlood needs to move pretty fast to look like it came from shooting or stabbing someone
>>10819189If you look at the reference drawing between Gumi's front and side view, you can see that her skirt isn't pleated but made of 6 panels with a scallop hem. Ergo, you would cut and sew 6 pieces together flat to create the skirt and then add the petti underneath.
>>10819216ask this dude
I'm going get a 3D printed dagger prop for a cosplay, how should I go about painting it?
>>10819217you watch too much movies
>>10819419I've tested it on mannequins hundreds of timesLooks the most real if squished in a container that can violently shoot liquids from around 4 feet away or soYes, autism
>>10819423>Looks the most realyou watch too much movies
>>10819394You need to prime, paint, and seal 3D printed props. You should watch some tutorials on youtube.
>>10819452You should probably sand them too unless you have a really high quality printer
>>10819452What's a good sealant? I've got Rustoleum for Prime+Paint, but I've heard conflicting things on what to use for sealant with a friend saying Rustoleum's Paint+Seal is bad for 3d prints.
>>10810535I know I'll get laughed out of the thread for asking this since it's about cosplaying Redditman, but I want to know how I can do a cosplay like this and then not sweat to death. Maybe they make special "cosplay suits" that are made out of light materials so that your skin can breathe under them?
>>10819493a professional, good quality suit not make you sweat to death. ""cosplay"" suits will be polyester and 100 times worse. get a high quality undershirt, underarm sweat pads, and overshirts that are more cotton. there are guys who walk around dressed like that in NYC summers so it's possible just dont be a cheap pussy
>>10818763People do not care about your height when you're cosplaying, and even if they do nobody's enough of an asshole to walk up to you and be like "nice Ryou cosplay, but you're six inches too short".
One great way to keep cool while wearing a suit cosplay is to wear a short-sleeve shirt under the jacket. Nobody's gonna be looking close enough to notice your cuffs aren't showing at the sleeves.Also seconding >>10819505 to say that if you're cosplaying a suited character just get real dress clothes -- especially for something like Chainsaw Man where the colors aren't outlandish. It's very easy to figure out your sizes, and with a bit of effort you can score at thrift stores or find ex-rental stock on ebay for a comparable price to a "[x] cosplay" suit from miccostumes or whatever - and it's something you can wear when you actually need formal wear in your personal life.
>>10819493>>10819511dropped my reply
>>10819394Get some automotive filler primer or a tube of bondo if its less detailed larger print. You'll want those to smooth out the surface. Spray epoxy can work too but you loose detail, filler primer helps a lot, though sometimes you may need to deepen fine details or etch them back out if you have to use a lot of coats.
>>10819505>underarm sweat padsI think this might be the game changer I needed, gonna look into these>>10819511>and it's something you can wear when you actually need formal wear in your personal lifeI've done this with other cosplay I've done before, always a great feeling to reuse components for other things
>>10810535Yo I'm looking for a site with similar clothing on the style of tech-wear for my Shaka cosplay, he's from one piece and I like the design since I can just pop a daftpunk helmet and be done with it but finding the right coat is a pain, any sudjestion or a eurofag?
one side of my wig is cut a bit short, can i cut some hair from the back and stick it on the side? how can i attach it?
>>10819493>special "cosplay suits"That would be a regular well-made suit. You can most likely put this costume together from normalfag clothing stores. Go for pieces made from organic fibers like cotton, rayon, and wool if possible. (Wool is insulating but it can be made very thin, and honestly people dealing with hot stuffy suits is not a new phenomenon). Wear that wife beater cooling undershirt. I absolutely cannot recommend wearing one of those Chinese-made polyester dress shirts. You'll be miserable.
>>10819791You can seam rip one of the wefts from the back and sew it onto the track of the side you're short on. It's really easy sewing. You only need to know how to do a few tight loops and a knot.
>>10819800Which part do I seam rip? I only need a little hair so I was thinking of cutting like this and just taping/glueing to the side but I'm not sure if it would work.
Any good cons in central europe? Seems like all the big ones are in the US.
>>10819813So each row of hair is sewn onto a little piece of fabric to create a weft. This weft is then attached to the wig cap with vertical lines of lace. You can see the wefts running horizontally and the lace running vertically. All you need to do is gently tug the weft away from the lace to see the threads keeping it attached. Give them a little snip to remove them then use a needle and thread to reattach the weft where you desire. You can do glue, but it's super easy to make a terrible mess and bad end result. Essentially to make it look good, you create a weft out of glue instead of fabric and thread. Then you sew or glue that in like you would a real weft.
is there any product in specific I can use to restore wigs' silkiness (NOT oiliness/greasiness) after washing? I use fabric conditioner but it's never the same as when I first got the wig. I've tried Mane n Tame, didn't do much other than declump hair knots and make it wet.
>>10819919I've heard silicone spray helps, but it could fall into that category of oiliness and greasiness. I haven't used it myself but have heard it recommended a lot for long wigs to prevent tangles so I guess you'll have to research it more yourself.
Looking to cosplay Kahaku from To Your Eternity but I need to buy as many parts of his clothes as possible (due to a physical disability I can't really sew or cut). What are the different parts of his clothes called, for example the red half-skirt thing? Are his pants totally normal white pants or something special? Alternatively could anyone recommend a good custom cosplay service that won't kill me in shipping to Japan?
>>10814705It's modification, but i've read some people poke a lot of tiny holes in the underarm area and other "invisible" areas of the fabric of the costume to let in air. Unsure of how much it'd help with actual armor on top though
>>10819983If you know japanese there are people who accept commissions, shipping is usually expensive enough that getting it made in Japan is cheaper
>>10816767My first thought is printed fabric (or iron-on image transfer etc) of the face, which actually attaches to the clothes. If you want to make it 3D you can use something to "stuff" or shape it from behind, but it looks flat from your reference image so I wouldn't worry about that part
>>10819989I have decent Japanese but I don't know of any decent cosplay commission places in Japan, if anyone has suggestions please lmk.
tips for styling a wig?
>>10820079You'll have to be insanely more specific if you want any advice from anons, but for general wig advice the FAQ in the OP has links to big tutorial lists.
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Exactly how bad is it for me to cosplay something when I don't know the source material? My best friend is really into this one anime I just can't get into no matter how hard I try, and wants to cosplay something from it and wants me to wear something that matches. She's been my friend for over 10 years so I'd do it for her but isn't this practice generally frowned upon?
>>10818763Ryou was like 5'1 in the comics.You should also not be a coward and cosplay an actual devil.
So i have been planning this violence jack cosplay for a while but im having some trouble making a decision.i cant really find a wig thats close to his hairstyle. I found a couple that i think i can customize but im not sure which one to go with.these are the ones i have picked out so far.https://www.ebay.com/itm/273052939023https://www.epiccosplay.com/products/apollo-black-layered-short-cosplay-wighttps://www.etsy.com/listing/622478758/men-black-short-layer-hair-long-bangs?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_b-accessories-costume_accessories-costume_hats_and_headpieces&utm_custom1=_k_CjwKCAiAyfybBhBKEiwAgtB7fhihxspCOAV1nt5pANFVVFH9TqtR4CYKRFd_vQKE9vvI07u2VUO-mRoCuaIQAvD_BwE_k_&utm_content=go_12570711801_119929466055_507342588360_aud-459688891635:pla-353009141439_c__622478758_122396048&utm_custom2=12570711801&gclid=CjwKCAiAyfybBhBKEiwAgtB7fhihxspCOAV1nt5pANFVVFH9TqtR4CYKRFd_vQKE9vvI07u2VUO-mRoCuaIQAvD_BwEOr if you guys know of a wig that surpasses these please help me out.
>>10820344That's a question with a complex answer. Generally, it's not preferred because the main point of cosplay is to show your love for a character/series through transformation. However, I think that because you're doing this out of love for a friend who does indeed love that series/character that you'd get a pass.Also I'd like to remind you that literally no one will know that you don't care for the series you're cosplaying from if you don't say a word. There's no risk. And if you need an out, just be honest or tell whomever is trying to quiz you not to be a dick.
>>10820344I've definitely cosplayed a character from a series I know little to nothing about to help a friend pull of a duo or group cosplay. I would advise watching enough of the show/movie/gameplay to get a sense of the character (which it sounds like you have), just to help you figure out how to pose or wear the outfit, but you don't need to love it.The disdain generally comes from the perception that someone is a clout-chaser, buying a costume of the flavor of the month to quickly throw a set on their OF or whatever before they even see the show. But it's not something people will confront you about at a con. And if the conversation goes to actually talking about the anime, an honest "I'm actually just cosplaying to help my friend" is a perfectly fine justification.
>>10820378Any of those are probably fine picks, though I'd lean towards the Epic or Etsy ones since there are reviews with images that give you a better idea of what to expect. Arda might be a good choice since their wefts are pretty thick.I'd recommend erring on the side of "too long" since Jack's hair being wild and voluminous is a big part of his design. But his messy style also gives you some freedom to interpret how exactly it looks in three dimensions, so don't sweat getting a ''perfect" one too much.
can synthetic wigs be repeatedly styled? if I buy a straight synthetic wig can I curl it, tease it, and straighten it back again as many times as I want? or would that be too damaging for the wig?
>>10821058You can definitely get a lot of mileage out of a wig with proper styling, washing, and drying techniques. Yes, it can withstand being curled, straightened, and teased several times. Teasing is probably the most damaging to the wig as you're knotting up the fibers, but with careful detangling and proper tools, it'll be just fine. It's just a bunch of long plastic noodles after all.
>>10821098would I have to use a steam curling iron and steam straightener to minimize damage? I'll try and avoid teasing for the most part. do you have any recommendations for techniques and wig care to make it last while styling?
>>10821098>It's just a bunch of long plastic noodles after all.You're so wrong.
>>10821172Are you waiting for an invitation to explain?
>>10821167I don't think so. I have seen people use steamers to curl and straighten their wig hair but to my knowledge that's more of a preference than a necessity for a wig's survival. I'm not saying you should avoid teasing either -- it's practically a given for some styles. Rather than avoiding it, just go slow and use the right tools when detangling. And for clarity, all I mean by "using the proper techniques" is "not abusing your wig by throwing it in the washer or raking a comb through your wig and pulling out all of the fibers". Perhaps I made it sound to official.As for specific techniques, I follow the teachings of Kinpatsu Cosplay and Cowbutt Crunchies who each have their own youtube channels with tutorials and books on the subject.
>>10821234oh ok the few articles I found regarding it said that using steamers are better for the fibers but if it doesn't make much difference that's just one less thing I have to buy. I'll watch some tutorials from those youtube channels you listed, thanks for the help anon.
>>10821256I'll add that the proper tools and products are essential to keeping a wig healthy. And no they aren't expensive. At least not compared to the cost of a high quality wig. Remember that it's synthetic material and not actual hair so it needs to be treated slightly differently. For straightening I use Mane'n'tail detangler. It's for horses but works on wigs as well. Then a wig comb slowly and carefully and use a scissors to cut out any knots. Then rinse, pat with a towel and hang until dried. You may mess up a wig or two as you're getting started but with enough experience you can style then clean a wig to where it looks brand new.
>>10821359>Mane'n'tail detangler. It's for horses but works on wigs as well.nta but please don't suggest this. from the sounds of it you're not taking care of your wigs well anyway, but this shit is a meme and not meant for wigs. >>10821256please stick to products MADE for wigs, because other products will degrade the fibers over time. wigs aren't just "plastic noodles" like anon said, the fact that they're plastic means they need to be used with more care. steaming is best because it's indirect heat, where as curling irons can actually just destroy the fibers right there. the easiest way to take out the curl and knots is still a diluted fabric softener wash, which there are many tutorials on. and you should only use wig brushes, because normal ones will tangle the hair, even detangling brushes.
>>10821364ah ok so I do need to get a steamer and avoid curling irons. in that case I will get a wig brush as well. thanks for clearing that up.
I'm trying to figure out the most rage inducing cosplay combo to do with my gf that won't get us kicked out of a conMy thoughts:Me as tamotsu my gf as PicoMe as kaji my gf as asukaMe as astolfo my gf as MasterI feel the need to antagonize people