cptairbubbles said: How did you make that sweet firey thing your holding?! I've been trying to figure out how to do that myself.

You’re that great Chandra cosplayer! :D Certainly!

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This medium is lighting gel, a very thin, transparent polycarbonate that comes in a HUGE array of colors, and is used in theatre to change the color of stage lights. It comes in sheets of 20”x24”, around $6 a sheet. I used 6 sheets for this project in 6 subtly different colors.

The base of the head is Wonderflex, molded to the shape of my own head (the wig head is smaller than my head). I got it to fit snugly enough with all my hair underneath it that I don’t need to even pin it in place! I cut the gel into graduating triangles, with the deepest orange at 12”x5” and the palest yellow at 4”x4”, and LIGHTLY treated it with my heat gun on LOW heat. The gel will melt if too much heat is applied, but if lightly heat-treated it will hold its shape. It’s rigid but not breakable - this actually got tossed around in the back of my car, and though it made a lot of crunching noises, the shape never changed. I then took the cones and hot glued them onto the goldenrod-painted Wonderflex dome, then finished it with the heat gun, tweaking the shape of the flames.

The plasma blasts were created much the same way. However, I wanted my fists to be seen inside them, so instead of the opaque Wonderflex I used clear packaging tape. I took a small balloon inflated slightly larger than my fist and wrapped it sticky-side-out with packaging tape, then wrapped it again sticky-side-in. I popped the balloon, and though the shell was a little flimsy to begin with, once I hot glued all the cones on there it turned surprising durable.

The scraps of gel I applied to the tops of my gloves and the tops of my boots, and saved the rest for future repairs.

Hope this helps! :)

Anonymous said: Where did you get the tighhigh boots for the catwoman cosplay? They are perfect! The only ones I seem to find have needle-thin anklebreakers for heels or even worse stuff (transparent platform heels, ugh!)

bellechere:

I made them. They’re actually bootcovers made of stretch PVC (the same material as the gloves) that I slip a high heel pump into.

HERE, HAVE A HELPFUL TUTORIAL:

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To avoid a front seam, what I do is put the front of the foot/leg into the fold of the fabric.

Then you can be cheap cost efficient like me and only need one pair of great pumps for every high-heeled character.

I would also recommend making a muslin copy of the outcome of the cutout, so you can have a pattern for the future and won’t need to go through the pinning all over again.

Reblogging this as someone in the audience at the Cosplay 101 panel I helped run with ivydoomkitty at Boston Comic Con asked ‘How do you find or make different and strange boots for cosplay?’. Usually you can’t find them available for purchase, so this is my solution.

acryofmidnight said: Hello Belle! This is a question about costume construction. I'm going to cosplay Shiva from Final Fantasy X. Her dreadlocks are massive, and apparently every cosplayer has said their wigs end up -extremely- heavy. Any tips on how to keep a heavy head-dress/wig and not die under it's weight?

Oooh, very good question! I love Shiva’s design in X. I wanted to do it, but it was the cost of the wig that stopped me.

I’ve had some luck with incorporating pipe insulation tubes into wigs to relieve the weight while giving the illusion of a lot of hair. I don’t personally have a tutorial for it, but after some searching, this looks like a great one: http://courtoon.deviantart.com/art/Rapunzel-Wig-Tutorial-214656639 This is for a Rapunzel wig, but it’s the same idea.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

pumpkin-rape said: Hi! My name is Zina and I absolutely love mad moxxi. So I was wondering if you had any tips on making her costume for me, I don't make clothing much so I am getting help, but she's deff who I want to dress as for October :) Please and thank you

Hello! I’m trying to think of the best way to answer this because, unfortunately, the path I took wasn’t especially easy. I made the pattern myself, using muslin on my dressform.

Hrrm.

Well, this pattern would be a good base: image

Though you might need to insert different sleeves, in order to avoid the gathered, puffy shoulders. You’ll also need to extend the back panels to create the tailcoat tails, and might want to have extra length in the front for modesty sake. (HAHA - MODESTY FOR MOXXI, GOOD ONE) Aaaalso, the front panels will need to overlap, if you’d like the front buttons to be functional. You could have them be aesthetic, and do an invisible zipper in the side, instead.

I would recommend cutting this out of a cheap cotton (like muslin), basting it, and then putting it on for sizing and reshaping. Use a pen/pencil/chalk to mark on the muslin what spaces will need to be cut out, and where it will need to be taken in/let out. You might need someone else to assist you with that part. After that, seam rip, trim away any excess (making sure to account for seam allowance!), and you should have a muslin pattern to use to make her jacket with!

My cuffs and collar were reinforced with heavy duty fusible interfacing to keep them stiff/gravity defying.

The top hat was made out of cardboard and craft foam, covered with fabric.

And here’s a how-to for making spats.

Hope this helps!

Anonymous said: Hello there,I was sent here by Bethany~I'm working on a spiderwoman cosplay and I can't figure out how to make her mask without it falling off my face,I'm a beginner when it comes to cosplay making lol,can you give tell me how you made yours please?

Sure thing! Any way I can get more Jessica Drew love out there in the world. I love Spider-Woman! :)

The base of my mask is made from Wonderflex, though you could get away with buying one of those full-face masks from JoAnns/Michaels and cutting it out to Spider-Woman’s mask shape. I used spray-adhesive (3MM makes great stuff, found right at Home Depot/Lowes) to adhere the same bodysuit fabric to the mask, and left it a little long at the bottom for the underchin and sewing it right to the turtleneck of the bodysuit. The fabric of the mask also extends out about 2” extra to each side, too, and have slits cut in to go around my ears. That helps keep it to my face, along with the elastic band hot glued to the plastic of the mask, which goes on around my head underneath my wig. The remaining edges of the mask get finished by curving a 1/4” allowance to the wrong side of the mask, and hot gluing. The eyes are made by popping two clear costume glasses lenses out of their frames, covering them in a fine white mesh, and hot gluing them to the mask.

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I hope this helps!

kellysue:

Cosplay Help Masterlist

for-the-cosplay:

So basically I had a bunch of tutorials liked/bookmarked and I wanted to consolidate them into one nice place. I hope this is helpful! I will probably make a part two later.

Beginner Help

Cosplay Crash Course - x

A Guide to Conventions - x

Conventions and Your Stomach - x

How to Budget for Cosplay  - x 

How to Start Cosplaying - x

Everything About Sewing

Sewing Tips and Tricks - x

How to Use Fabric Paint - x

Sewing Language - x

Gathering Fabric - x

All About Interfacing - x

Finishing Seams - x

Kimono Sleeves - x

Button Holes - x 

Sailor Collar Tutorial - x

Introduction to Sewing - x

Wigs

Buying Wigs - x

How to Cut Wigs - x

Elsa Wig Tutorial - x

How to Dye a Wig - x

Restoring Your Wig/Washing it - x

Where to Buy Wigs - x x x 

Contacts

All About Circle Lenses - x

How to Open the Stupid Containers - x

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All the Skirt Tutorials You Could Ever Need

Circle Skirt - x x

Half Circle Skirt - x

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Tulle Skirt - x

Maxi Skirt - x

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Basic Cosplay Makeup - x x

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How to Make Invisible Shoes - x

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Master Sword - x

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Asuna Boots Tutorial - x

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Did I reblog this yet? Worth reblogging.

bettyfelon:

My cosplay/crafting goal for this year is to start working with resin (primarily small projects like gems, horns, cabochons, etc). Do any of you guys have any tips or pointers for a beginner?

Here’s a past tutorial I wrote about it:

http://bellechere.tumblr.com/post/47496180914/this-is-what-you-need-if-you-want-to-make-pretty#notes

mr-eid said: First off, I have to say I think your cosplay is fantastic; discovered you through your Mad Moxxi, and everything I've seen since has been great! I had a quick question though; in the most recent picture you posted (the maskless Captain Marvel, doing a particularly heroic pose) did you use something to hold your hair in place like that? A couple of characters I've been looking at cosplaying myself have similar hair, and I can't help but be curious. Thanks, and keep up the spectacular cosplay! 8D

Thank you for sticking around! :D My Captain Marvel wig consists of 1 short wig, 1/2 a full wig (fibers about 16” long), some hot glue, and lots of hairspray.

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This is a wig, inside out. See the horizontal pieces? Those are called ‘wefts’, and are essentially the wig fibers doubled over and woven together with thread. The wefts are then sewn onto the vertical pieces of elastic. You can purchase wefts outside of a wig…

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…but I had an extra blonde wig lying around, so for this project I seam-ripped the 16” wefts from the wig’s structural base. About 1/2 a wig’s worth.

With the short-hair wig T-pinned onto a wig head, I parted it straight down the center, from the very front to the very back. I laid out a line/dots of hot glue right down the center and applied the weft. Once I had laid down a few wefts through the entire length of that center part, I made a new part just to the side of the center part, sandwiching the short-hair wig fibers between the wefts (adds more body/appearance of realness), and continued gluing. I continued doing this parting/gluing/wefting for 1” to either side of that center part. 2” thick total.

Keeping the wig on the wig head, I combed the short-hair wig back until it blended with the wefts, hairspraying pretty liberally with a high-hold hairspray along the way. Once that dried, for extra height for the faux hawk I laid the wig head on the floor, brushed the wefts out/away from the wig, and then applied more hairspray. Wait till it’s dry, flip it over, and repeat. Then repeat it again, on each side.

When removing the wig from the wig head, you might find that you’ve hot glued the wig right onto the wig head. Don’t worry about it - just slowly work your fingers between the wig and wig head and pry it off.

And there ya go!

for-the-cosplay:

So basically I had a bunch of tutorials liked/bookmarked and I wanted to consolidate them into one nice place. I hope this is helpful! I will probably make a part two later.

Beginner Help

Cosplay Crash Course - x

A Guide to Conventions - x

Conventions and Your…

This is glorious!

(via foodandcosplay)

snekoneko said: Hi!! You are absolutely gorgeous!! You do incredible work!!! <3 I wad wondering if you could give me any advice on how yo properly apply make up like Ben Nye or Snazaroo? I've tried severely different methods and it ends up uneven or streaked: (

Thank you!! Here you go!

http://bellechere.tumblr.com/post/47122279853/ive-got-another-tutorial-for-yall-today-one-of#notes

If you have any questions after reading that, feel free to ask.

Anonymous said: Where did you get the tighhigh boots for the catwoman cosplay? They are perfect! The only ones I seem to find have needle-thin anklebreakers for heels or even worse stuff (transparent platform heels, ugh!)

I made them. They’re actually bootcovers made of stretch PVC (the same material as the gloves) that I slip a high heel pump into.

HERE, HAVE A HELPFUL TUTORIAL:

image

To avoid a front seam, what I do is put the front of the foot/leg into the fold of the fabric.

Then you can be cheap cost efficient like me and only need one pair of great pumps for every high-heeled character.

I would also recommend making a muslin copy of the outcome of the cutout, so you can have a pattern for the future and won’t need to go through the pinning all over again.

truebluemeandyou:

DIY New Circle Skirt App from By Hand London here. The actual app is here. What I really like about this app is after you plug all your data in the app tells you the fabric length required:

with a note to say whether it will fit on a standard 45″ / 115cm width fabric…App - stage 6cor whether you’d be better off using a 60″ / 150cm width fabric…App - stage 6dor perhaps even just going with a shorter skirt length.App - stage 7

For those of you (like me!) who are also really looking forward to warmer months already and want to get a start on sewing cute skirts!

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ask-kenobi90 said: I have a small question, though I'm not sure if you would be able to answer, but, do you have any tips on what material to use on some kind of costume that requires metal-like platings, like an armor? Metal itself would probably be out of the question cause price, or sometimes weight, so.

I sure do have an answer.

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The original post is by RuffleButt Cosplay and can be seen here.

I use pretty much the same method, covering things in metallic spandex. I’ve used craft foam and Wonderflex, and instead of rubber cement, I use spray adhesive. Whichever works easier for you! But this is the method I’ve used for both Ivy Valentine gauntlets/armor and Red Sonja’s pauldrons, and people have mistook them for metal before. Lightweight, cheap, and convincing!

pistols-and-pearls said: I have a question! I am currently making a red sonja costume and I was wondering about the fur cloak you have in your picture! How did you make it?

Oh, it was stupid easy. Lemme take a pic for you.

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Please excuse ugly kitchen floor tiling. It was just the fake fur you can buy at JoAnns. Maybe a yard of it. I cut it down the fold, stitched it back together with leather string, and then I hacked away at it. Real animal pelts have sections where their limbs were, and I started to mimic that…and then got carried away. Maybe Sonja isn’t so swell at skinning animals. But it winds up looking pretty dynamic and, to be honest, few people are looking at the cloak.

Hope this helps! Good luck with your costume!