Q:Hey there, I need some help, I'm thinking of doing a Samus Aran cosplay, but I'm having a massive block on what to make her armor out of? I've been leaning more towards Crafting Foam but I've also read that Wonderflex is better for the more rounder pieces of armor. What are your views on this?
While the two of us don’t have a lot of experience with, I can try to help the best I can!
If you use basic craft foam, dilute some Elmer’s white glue and soak the foam in it, then mold it into the shape you need. You can also paint layers over the foam with a foam brush when you have it in the right shape (but wait for it to dry between coats). When the glue dries, you have lightweight armor! This is an affordable method, so it is easy to practice with it before the final result with room for trial and error. I have seen people build some really convincing armor out of craft foam. I believe you can even sand it when you finish (by hand, though, no power tools!)
Wonderflex is good, too, and strong. There are LOTS of tutorials on Cosplay.com for it. There is also Worbla, but I recommend that for experienced cosplayers. Worbla can be tricky. While easy to use, making it look polished in the end takes lots of practice!
Most of my prop building friends gravitate towards foam for its lightweight quality and affordability, even if they have experience with other products like Wonderflex.
I hope this helps, even if a little bit! I know the Coscom forums are full of tutorials, too!
Best of luck to you, and happy cosplaying!
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A few of you asked me how to do colored brows after I posted my rainbow eyebrow look so here’s how! :)
- Fill in your eyebrow with white liner. I used an Elf Eye Liner.
- Brush your eyebrow out with a spooly brush. This will remove any excess liner and coat all the hairs.
- Apply eyeshadow to your eyebrow in the desired color with a stiff angled brush. I used a matte eyeshadow from the Shany Bold and Bright 120 Eyeshadow Palette and a MAC 266SE brush.
- Clean up any mistakes with a Q-tip, apply the rest of your eye makeup and then you’re done, it’s that simple!
It’s nice to know how to color my eyebrows this way.
Now I don’t have to go through the trouble of dying my eyebrows, too.
SO GLAD I LEARNED THIS
Easy Spandex Boot Cover Tutorial~!
HEY GUYS so over the last couple months ive gotten a BUNCH of asks/comments about how i made my Starfire/Bleez boots. They’re suuuuper easy, and only have a single back seam. You can make them out of any pair of easy to slip on shoes, and make them any length - Thigh high, knee high, ankle, or even build them in to a pair of spandex pants! I had to make a pair today so I decided to make a tutorial~
If you have any questions, just send me an ask! This is my first tutorial so it might make sense to me, but no one else. Oops.
DISCLAIMER: im actually horrible at sewing/etc so if you know a better way, by all means do that instead. I just think this is an easy way for beginners to make tight fitting boots of any length!
This thing we call ”colourblocking” seems a little intimidating at first, but it’s really simple.
Say I have a 3” x 3” square pattern piece. The inner box is the finished area, and the outer area is seam allowance. This is what I need my final pattern piece to look like, regardless of what colour goes where.
But we want to split this into three segments. If we simply cut the pattern in pieces, we’ll lose space to new seams because we didn’t add seam allowances.
What to do?
Cut the pattern piece into its new segments.
Trace these new pieces onto new pattern paper (or tracing paper, or construction paper, or newspaper or whatever and add seam allowance:
Label these however you want to remember where they go, such as ”Square Left, Square Center, Square Right.”
While a square is obviously a lot easier to block than random curves and right angles and whatever, there are basically endless ways to apply it if you take your time. The only rule that really matters is that the “blue” area always stays the same; you’re only adding enough “pink” NEW seam allowance area to support that seam.
There are a whole bunch of applications for this:
So in short:
- Make/purchase/acquire/locate your pattern.
- Finalize the fit and cut of the pattern without concern for where any of the coloured panels are going. Imagine how you would make the outfit if it were one solid colour, basically.
- Once you have finalized your base pattern, cut it apart (or trace yourself off a second one to cut apart!) and add seam allowances where necessary.
- Label new pieces accordingly so you know how they reassemble.
- Cut + sew new pattern pieces from appropriate fabrics so you have a reassembled piece that fits the original pattern piece despite now being colour blocked!
- Sweet, sweet justice. Colourblocking is no sweat to you now.
tl;dr: Comprehensive Colorblocking tutorial!!
I’m doing a cosplay of Ariel in her blue town dress. My grandma is going to help me make my skirt and I’m gunna get a shirt and probably dye it blue. Now I’m just lost at the corset thing now.
Anyone have some tips or idea or ANYTHING?
I used this pattern for my Briar Rose corset, which is basically the same design and it was easy to make.
Hope this helps!
I’m not certain about this pattern, but if it says to use Rigiline or plastic boning, don’t do it. It warps and can break and be painful. Instead, go to Lowe’s or Home Depot and get the giant industrial zip ties. You can cut them (and I round the edges with a nail file) and they are SO much better to use in a costume than plastic boning.
This is, of course, assuming you don’t use steel to bone it.
Reblogging again because this is a GREAT tip! Plastic boning sucks for that very reason and zip ties are much cheaper and sturdier.
Great tips, and that is a great pattern, too!