kephra:

Talon Cape Anatomy:

  1. Started with 10 tan panels, and hand painted the glyph designs on them. (5 shown are inner cape, and are all the same, the 5 outer are 3 same, 2 different)
  2. Quilt Batting as a filler between the two tan panels, spray glued both sides to make what looked like an ice cream sandwich.
  3. Had to make 5 sided bias tape by cutting long strips of brown and ironing the folds into them. They were then glued onto the panels, (I tried the spray glue on these as well but they all started coming unglued before I even wore it, so I ended up hot gluing them on.
  4. This was surprisingly the hardest part to figure out. In order to get the little cape to fall as it should it ended up being a really bizarre shape. Didn’t bother putting red all the way around because the upholstery vinyl would cover the middle part anyway.
  5. (Not shown) There is a small cape made from a strong black material which isn’t visible that the tan panels are all sewn onto so the blue cape-let isn’t holding any weight, the blue and black are joined at the top.
  6. The daggers are all carved from green insulation foam, and just painted with acrylic craft paint. I didn’t bother covering them with spackle or anything like I did the arm blade, I wasn’t too worried about them taking too much damage. 2 of them ended up snapping at the handle as I was wearing it because the blades tend to hit the back of my boots as I walk, but I just hot glued them back together.
  7. From there it was just a lot of riveting (48 of them, I think?) and making black belts out of the upholstery vinyl.
  8. Shoulder pad: I found a kids size hard plastic baseball cap, and cut parts off so it was the right shape. I then took plastic tubing and cut a slit down it, and using hot glue to attach it and a heat gun to help form the tubing around corners I edged the shoulder pad. before spray painting it.

So there’s a general rundown, if you have specific questions, feel free to ask. My images are limited to what I already had because the cape is currently at my parents house for storage. Hope this helps someone.

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firebrandphlox:

I made my first video tutorial! More of a guide really. It’s a in-depth coverage of the materials you need to start making EVA foam armor and props. It’s pretty long, but has lots of useful information if you’re thinking about fabricating foam costume pieces.

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Anonymous said: How did you make your ryuko shoes?

technoranma:

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I started with some back patent platform pumps from ebay. The ones I got already had a red sole! I used craft foam to form the heel vents and painted it all red with regular acrylic paint. I sealed it with matte spray.

I’m using Latex Sheeting to make my cosplay. So, I made a legging out of some reject 4-way stretch lycra I had in my bins. I sewed it until it fit and then took it apart and made a paper pattern.

I traced the paper pattern onto my latex and then cut it all out and started the whole gluing process. (It’s a bit powdery down the calf in that photo because I need to apply shiner). 

The shiny latex and the patent shoe match really well so it looks like one whole boot, but it’s actually separate. (I deliberately wanted it that way because I got such high heels I will need to take them off). 

hope that explains it!

Anonymous said: Hi for my first cosplay i have to wear a wig but i don't find one and im thinking to cosplay with no wig but im sacred to people how judge cosplayer without wig :(

People don’t judge cosplayers without a wig. The first time I cosplayed sesshomaru, I used my short Light brown hair. I had lots of people tell me my costume was great! I will also be cosplaying sailor Jupiter this weekend without a wig!

Try eBay, etsy, cosplayer.com, arda, or epic cosplay for wigs!
Pro tip: when searching on eBay, try combination searches not including the character name. Such as “long straight blonde wig”

amazonmandy:

A message for commission clients: I don’t want anyone to feel bad or guilty, I’m not mad, I promise!! But I’ve had messages this week from 8 different clients who I have finalized commission plans for or gotten downpayments from less than 3 weeks ago, asking about progress on their costume. Guys, I’m really sorry, but that’s a little unreasonable. (⊙…⊙) Think about it this way: it takes me about 3 days to pick out all the fabrics and materials, and order them all. It takes 10-14 BUSINESS days for most of those items to arrive, once ordered. I have MANY other commissions in progress (I literally have 23 on my list right now, 4 completed). Many of those are commissions people paid a little extra for to have by DragonCon or another deadline. They come first (unless you had booked yours before their orders). I have NEVER missed a deadline on someones costume, and I most likely discussed dates with you while we were talking about the commission. I will make sure you have your order by the date that we discussed!!  I know some are just curious about the progress, I’m happy you’re excited! But keep in mind: you’re not the only one asking, and answering messages takes a lot of time out of my work day. I try to answer all estimates within a few days, all important messages regarding your commission immediately, but just asking “hows it going?” is time I can’t give to everyone, when I could be working. If you’re REALLY sweating (like if there’s 10 days left until the date you initially told me you need it by), sure, poke me and ask! But if you’re just curious, please be patient. I am working on it in the order it was paid for, unless you asked/paid for it to be done sooner! If I can’t get it done by your deadline, I’ll let you know BEFORE you put any money down so you can look elsewhere! Please don’t feel bad if you’re one of the people who messaged me, I’m not mad, I don’t need an apology, and don’t be upset! I just am feeling overwhelmed, July and August are my 2 busiest months of the year and I want everyone to be happy! ~( ˘ ³˘) Have a stressed out pic of me giving a panel at Akon !!TwitterFaceBookInstagram

amazonmandy:

A message for commission clients:

I don’t want anyone to feel bad or guilty, I’m not mad, I promise!! But I’ve had messages this week from 8 different clients who I have finalized commission plans for or gotten downpayments from less than 3 weeks ago, asking about progress on their costume. Guys, I’m really sorry, but that’s a little unreasonable. (⊙…⊙)

Think about it this way: it takes me about 3 days to pick out all the fabrics and materials, and order them all. It takes 10-14 BUSINESS days for most of those items to arrive, once ordered. I have MANY other commissions in progress (I literally have 23 on my list right now, 4 completed). Many of those are commissions people paid a little extra for to have by DragonCon or another deadline. They come first (unless you had booked yours before their orders). I have NEVER missed a deadline on someones costume, and I most likely discussed dates with you while we were talking about the commission. I will make sure you have your order by the date that we discussed!!

I know some are just curious about the progress, I’m happy you’re excited! But keep in mind: you’re not the only one asking, and answering messages takes a lot of time out of my work day. I try to answer all estimates within a few days, all important messages regarding your commission immediately, but just asking “hows it going?” is time I can’t give to everyone, when I could be working. If you’re REALLY sweating (like if there’s 10 days left until the date you initially told me you need it by), sure, poke me and ask! But if you’re just curious, please be patient. I am working on it in the order it was paid for, unless you asked/paid for it to be done sooner! If I can’t get it done by your deadline, I’ll let you know BEFORE you put any money down so you can look elsewhere!

Please don’t feel bad if you’re one of the people who messaged me, I’m not mad, I don’t need an apology, and don’t be upset! I just am feeling overwhelmed, July and August are my 2 busiest months of the year and I want everyone to be happy!
~( ˘ ³˘)

Have a stressed out pic of me giving a panel at Akon !!

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Anonymous said: In my local con's Cosplay Masquerade Rules they day that they won't judge original characters or fan-based characters. This may be an idiotic question but what exactly counts as a "fan-based" character?

Fan-based character is everything from an original character, ginjikas, gender bends, ect. Its basically there to cover anything that the competition doesn’t specifically name so someone can’t bender it saying “well it wasn’t in the rules that I couldn’t do this”. It makes sure there aren’t any loop holes people can use.

astresolitaire:

The zipper is inserted and this skirt is now, officially totally finished! Did I screw up the invisible zipper part? Hell yeah, ‘cause it’s still visible! Do I care? No, ‘cause the skirt fits and I can twirl in it.

(via learning-to-sew)

Anonymous said: So I'm very ODC about accuracy and my friend takes the whole cosplay thing like wearing a halloween costume and is against hallway photos. I think she sees me as 'up myself' and 'attention seeking, when really I put all of my efforts into accuracy and detail. I'm fine with hallway photos as I personally see it as something apart of cosplaying. Any advice to deal with the situation? I'm going to a convention with her and I'm dreading what will happen if i allow people to take my photos.

Honestly, just tell her if she can’t appreciate your hard work and dedication you have put into your costume, you don’t want to hear anything from her about it. If it’s important to you, and if she’s a goo friend, she’ll respect what is important to you.

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