Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Costume: Zedas (Gundam AGE)


Hey look! I finally made a mobile suit! Not a gundam since it's an enemy unit but y'know. It is the most beautiful mobile suit design from all of the Gundam universe so I figured why not?
One of my primary concerns was the weight of everything since I'm pretty weak and this would be a lot all together. And that's why I chose EVA foam. For the finish I put down a base layer of plastidip then painted on two coats of Charcoal spraypaint. The Zedas is a very dark grey, not black, so I wanted to make sure I kept true to that.
I also decided to add some lighting! The red "eyes in the chest light up though it's a bit hard to see. The green in the face is a bit easier to see though!

Sadly on the way down to craftsmanship judging I encountered some very strong wind and it blew off one of my wings. I was able to fix it at con with hot glue and sprues from a gunpla (no joke) but I did have to redo the wings after to make them stronger.
Because I took a lot of pictures while building I've put them all in an album here.



Cost
Amount
Item
Store
$8.65
1 roll
Craft foam roll
Michaels
$4.63
2
Transparent folders, green and red
Office Depot
$32.46
1
Folding trolley for transport
Harbor Freight
$29.03
4 can
Plastidip
Walmart
$2.13
1 pack
Nitrile gloves
Walmart
$24.03
4 cans
Charcoal Spray Paint
Walmart
$.64
1
3/8” dowel rod
Michaels
$3.21
7
Poster board
Michaels and Walmart
$21.48
1
Floor mat
Walmart
$23.18
4
Hi temp hot glue
Joann’s
$10.40
5
Center release buckle
Joann’s
$6.89
3
Twill tape
Joann’s
$4.31
1
Soldering iron
Harbor Freight
$12.96
4
Rosin
Harbor Freight
$4.86
1
Shoes
Salv Army
$6.88
4
Buckles
Hobby Lobby
$3.87
2
Ball ornaments
Hobby Lobby
$11.85
2
Battery holders
L&M Wholesale Electronics
$6.48
1
Bust enhancers to bulk out arms (unused)
Joann’s
$1.56
1
26” zip
Joann’s
$2.15
1
7/8” black lanyard
Joann’s
$8.19
5
Super glue
Harbor Freight
$41.60
35
Loose craft foam sheets
Hobby Lobby
$5.38
1pk
Plastic stakes
Walmart
$6.23
2
LI button batteries
Harbor Freight
$2.15
1
Micro clamps
Harbor Freight
$1.28
2
Hook and Loop
Joanns
$36.11
1
Foam for wings
FoamOrder (San Fran)
$32.87
1
Foam for Replacement wings
TNT Cosplay
$355.46



Costume: Schwarz Bruder (G Gundam)


The costume that I've literally been meaning to make for 10 years. And now I did it. I've actually bought the materials three times over but would toss them out before a move or use them for something else. I've had the materials I actually used laying around for two or three years.


I used some left over spandex from the shirt and glove I made for Natsume's Origami Cyclone so I used that and some upholstery foam to bust out a rough fake dude chest. Then once I had that I draped the coat and got to sewing. The boots, pants and silk scarf I happened to already have in my closet (those are some of the slacks I wear to work). I still need to do the shoulder armor though.



Cost
Amount
Item
Store
$.97
1
Yellow paint
Joann’s
$4.97
1
Belt Buckle
Joann’s
$1.00
1
Gold dots
Joann’s
$3.49
1
12” zip
Joann’s
$8.11
2/3yd
½” upholstery foam
Joann’s
$3.05
3 sheet
Craft foam for mask
Hobby Lobby
$1.39
1 pack
Red piping
Hancock
$3.90
1/2yd
Red Twill
Hancock
$1.68
1 can
Spray paint gold
Walmart
$6.97
1
Raglan shoulder pads

$13.98
2yd
Charcoal bengaline
Joann’s
$7.18
2yd
Sunflower lining
Joann’s
$61.37



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Costume: Psycho Mantis (Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain)



I kind of fell in love with tiny baby Mantis as son as I saw the precious thing. Also it seemed like it would be easy enough but it also wasn't at the top of my list. And then I fried what was supposed to be my new Yuna wig when I was trying to dye it darker so I figured that was my sign to do the tiny Mantis child.

The wig was spray painted in order to change it from brown to red. I had to hot water style it after painting and then heavily thin it afterwards as the wig was much poofier on my head than on my head double.

I spent the better part of an evening debating materials for the clothes but eventually settled on a pleather which actually wound up being a joy to sew. I can't wait to make more things with it. The leggings are actually the backside of a stretch alligator material but I liked the darker brown shade and the thick woolen feel. I toyed with the idea of doing the straps out of leather but I liked the color of the twill a lot and I wanted a bit more movement than leather likely would have given me. I also thought it would save me time but LITTLE DID I KNOW those straps with the center back seam then pulling inside out then doing the parallel seams then unpicking the ends of the parallel seams to add curves to the ends and lets not forget about adding eyelets, there's 90 of them, for enough straps to warrant 13 buckles. All I can say is bless ebay for helping a girl out when she needs 13 sizable buckles and doesn't want to break the bank. Also thank you Game Grumps and Yu-Gi-Oh Abridged, without y'all I wouldn't have remained sane through all that sewing. The bottom of the jacket is made with elastic so it stays fitted no matter what but allows for easy movement.

For the text on his jacket I lucked into a pretty decent screenshot which I cropped to just the text and emailed a Russian speaking colleague. She was able to get the first two lines and from there I was able to extrapolate the rest. It says Leningrad University Parapsychology in case you are wondering. So I typed that in the closest font I could find and imported it into my Silhouette editor and then copied the weathering from the screenshot. It was actually my first time using the Silhouette but I'm very pleased! The above picture was from a test I did on some spare vinyl the the gridded one is the final stencil.

Originally I was just going to buy an Israeli gas mask from ebay since it's super close but the hydration port is on the wrong side... So I made one from scratch. Because I'm crazy. The canister is worbla I formed over a pineapple can and the hydration port is a pipe fitting I sanded down. There was so much sanding. So much. 


The straps velcro on one side to make for easy on/off. As for shoes, I got a pair of blush colored ballet flats since it's winter and I didn't want my toes to freeze. Little did I know PAX South was going to be unseasonably warm but it worked out since I shot Mantis in an abandoned plant later and the shoes protected my feet from all the broken glass. Because I'm not the real Mantis so I don't actually float. I spent a little more than I would have liked but the shoes are an investment and honestly a good part of this was just the findings/all those darn straps.

Cost
Amount
Item
Store
$3.79
2
1 ½” x1 ½” Triangle D rings
Northwest Tarp and Canvas (ebay)
$21.09
3yds
Black pleather
Joann’s
$12.98
1 yd
Brown croco stretch
Joann’s
$21.64
2yd
Olive twill
Joann’s
$5.22
2 cans
Spray paint
Walmart
$21.25
1
Buttercup silky in sepia
Arda
$2.30
4
Gas mask buckles (other 6 used on Cherche)
Ebay
$19.81
13
1 ½” Nickle Buckles
Ebay (Tandy)
$21.64
1
Shoes
DSW
$129.72



Monday, January 5, 2015

Tutorial: Pin in Crown Braid

Hi hi guys~

Today I'm going to show you my improved crown braid method. I did this for Diantha and this is if you need to make a hair appliance and not necessarily style a full wig (though you could use this in conjunction with a wig if you wanted something you could take apart for easy storage).


So here's the goal. Something too fluffy and large to be an actual braid.

And here's what we're going to be using:
Silky braiding hair ($1.69)
Kinky hair ($1.99)
Knee highs ($3.00 for 3 pair box)
Little braiding rubber bands ($.99)
Scissors
Hot glue and glue gun.

Originally I tried this without the pantyhose/knee highs and ran into this problem. The balled up kinked hair liked to pop out. I also originally tried this with brown styrofoam balls but the rigidity actually made it unusable. Also if you have old panty hose with runs or whatever they work great for this too. If you're doing a darker color and want to cheap out with knee highs then get the off black. If you're doing a lighter color then get the tan or nude ones.

First and foremost if you're using knee highs you'll want to stretch them a bit. It's a bit close on whether they're long enough to work for a crown braid but for me it's just long enough.

Next, shove your first balled up clump of kinky hair into the very end of the hosiery. Get a good firm grip of the toe area of the hosiery to make a little handle like part though. I just reused the balls from Diantha Braid Mark 2.

Next lay out your silky hair and kind of roll the hosiery ball in it until it's evenly covered, pinching it around the little nubby toe area handle.

Now begins the tricky part. rubber banding this hair hosiery combo is a pain but you gotta do it. Also once you have this end done go ahead and trim it down and stub it with hot glue. Make sure you get the hosiery in that hot glue stub. I didn't do this in the tutorial pics and you'll see at the end the difference.

Now make sure the hair is evenly smoothed over the ball and pinch the other side. Now rubber band that too. It is a pain pulling all that hair and hosiery through but I found pinching and holding the rubber band open with one hand and pulling the hair through with the other was the easiest way.

See the difference? You can't really tell there is hosiery in there but now the ball is firmly secured in there. Also pay no mind to the color difference, that's because I bought #6 instead of #8 and riiiight after this photo ran out and got the right color.

Now gently dig into the hair, pulling the hosiery down so you can easily shove another ball in there then pinch and smooth. Lather rinse repeat.

Once done go ahead and stub the second end as well. The end on the left was the first end which I stubbed at the same time as the second end. You can see how the first ball is a bit lumpy now, a problem easily solved by stubbing the end sooner rather than later.

Now you may be wondering about how I'm going to hide those stubs and why I now have one less ball on this thing. I have really long hair. Enough that a bun of my natural hair is about the size of one of these. So I put my hair in a low bun, then pin in the crown braid with bobby pins (about 10 do the job) and tuck the stubs under the bun, using two pins on each to secure them.

On the left is the Mark 2 crown braid (no pantyhose), on the right is Mark 3 (with pantyhose). Visually not much of a difference but longevity-wise it makes one. Mark two only last one con, Mark 3 has done three and is still going strong.
The cost for this, not including derping on colors and remaking it was about $8. It could easily be $4-5 if you have old pantyhose and little rubber bands on hand. The total cost for me was about 5 packs of hair, a bag of styrofoam balls, two bags of little rubber bands and a box of knee highs so about $18-20. The full cost for Diantha's hair also includes a set of clip in bangs (the gel, hair spray, clear tiny rubber bands and razor comb I also used were left over from styling my friend's Mr. Ral wig) so about $23-25. And it's way more comfortable than a full wig.