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Old thread is getting saged >>9821582

Ask for any advice on whatever you need helping with
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Anyone have a good idea on how to paint on 100% polyester?
Starting to put this together, found a white zoot suit costume on amazon. Planning on dying the suit orange, and then painting on the green strips, using a stencil so the lines are uniform. Any advice on what kind of paint/what kind of process would keep the paint on? Never painted on 100% poly before
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I was planning on doing a simple cosplay of Moira in her origins uniform, but her lab coat is kind of intricate and it would be better if I just made it myself. The collar stands up and I’m not really sure where I could find a pattern that does that. Should I just use a basic coat lapel and make it stand up with startch or something or is there another way to go about it?
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>>9860785
Looks like a pretty basic lapel/collar combination except it stands straight up instead of folding over. Some stiff interfacing should do the job.
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This summer I go to a martial art event and the organisers wanted to have a theme. They ended picking "unicorn".
I want to go there with a customized keikogi and I thought going /mlp/ with a Rainbow Dash style.

Pic related what I thought doing. I thought having something simple. Dunno if I keep the cutie mark.
What do you think of the "design" ? Should I put more rainbow ?
Also, How can I customize it ? which materials and which method ?

also I don't know about the belt. Either I take a white one that I customize too or I keep my black belt but it won't be customized
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>>9861476
and the pic related
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>>9861479
Wear a horn and just headbutt at your opponents for an authentic unicorn experience.

For real though, the easiest method for the trim would be rainbow bias tape but I don't know if you can find it in stripes like you want. I'm finding stuff more like pic related. Maybe rainbow tape will hold long enough? The cutie mark looks good there or you could have it as a design in the back. That can be easily done with iron on transfer paper. A custom belt you'd have to hand paint with fabric paint or something but that could get expensive given you have to buy all the colours individually.
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>>9861476
rainbow dash isn't even a unicorn
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I hope this is OK to ask here, could anyone point me to where I could find a long, white, wavy/curly wig with no bangs? I've looked at Arda, Epic Cosplay, Ebay & Taobao and everything either has bangs, is shorter than what I'm looking for (looking for 80cm+), or is more silver/grey than white. Am I just shit outta luck/have to bite the bullet and buy a long straight bangless wig and style it myself?
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>>9861643
Arda Ororo classic in white.
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>>9861643
thefivewits website makes me cringe out of my skin but I've heard good things about their wigs. http://www.thefivewitswigs.com/shop/wigs/paladin-princess-pew-pew/

https://www.uniqso.com/products/cosplay-wig-kozakura-shion-cs-238a?variant=28947258066

Also Epiccosplay Hera in Classic White
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Do you guys think this coat is fine for a Dabi cosplay if I got it in the next size up for me to get the proper length? My only concern is it then being too baggy.
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>>9861643
>>9861690
Actually Epiccosplay's Hera has bangs. The no bang style is called Daphne. But it is in stock in Classic White atm.
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What would you recommend to help this wig? The underneath has become frizzy (I assume from friction with my neck and back), but it’s not tangled. It combs out just fine, but the fibres are kinked. The top of the wig is fine though (see upper right image). I don’t think just re-curling the frizzy areas would do much, is there anything else I can do?
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>>9862559
Steam the problem areas straight and then steam some soft curls back into it.
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>>9860457
Instead of opting for unreliable paid I'd applique this shit. Even if you don't have a sewing machine get some simple green strips and sew them on by hand. Fuck, you might as well glue it, since that seems to be the level of effort you're into. Looking through the ribbon section could hook you up with shit you don't even need to hem. My advice would be to seek something of a similar fabric which your main suit is made of. This method will give you clean edges, straight lines and up the "quality" of your cosplay. I doubt this is going to look good no matter how you do it, but anything is better than paint...
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Does anyone know how I might create the graphic on Conan's glasses? Is there some kind of colored transparency or perhaps a sticker site that has a transparent option?
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>>9862622
What parts do you want transparent exactly? All of it or just the blue?
Because you could stick transparent blue cellophane to the inside of the frame. Cut out white sticker paper for the designs and stick it on the side of the cellophane against the lense. Or if you have a super steady hand, draw it on.
Also look up Leonardo Watch cosplay since he has glowing eyes/goggles. Someone might have made something cool.
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Where can I find long, thick, two-way zippers? Specifically for an Organization XIII coat.
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>>9862687
I had initially thought to to make the entire thing transparent, but the compass would probably stand out more if it were solid white.

Do they sell sticker paper and cellophane at typical hobby stores?
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>>9861711
No. It's obvious in your reference that his coat without wind will reach his knees, at the very least, If you size up that coat until it's the proper length you'll have a tent.
But since you're confident enough to add stitch details, modify the collar, shorten the arms and add those hard looking hems (?) I don't see what's holding you back. Making those arms looks good is going to be harder than sewing a base coat.
Just take the plunge and learn how to sew for cosplay.
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>>9864253
I've got another two months until con so maybe? I'm not too fussed on the length as long as its kinda near that, I've seen people get away with worse.
The arms seem easy? All I gotta do is roll up the sleeves and make those rings. Also what are Hems exactly? I'm new to cosplay and the most knoweledge on sewing I have is closing a hole.
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Anyone know what kind of boots these are?
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>>9864250
They definitely should. If not another option is blue window tint? One side is already sticky so you could even use regular paper for the white bits, but you'll have to be careful about fingerprints and dust.

>>9864271
If you don't even know what hems are, you're gonna have a bad time.They're the edge of a garment that's usually folded and sewn for neatness. In your picture of Dabi you can see they're ragged from the hip down and there might be some lacing in the back. This varies by source though, the anime doesn't have a ragged hem. Also just rolling up the sleeves and throwing the rings on top will make that area incredibly bulky, and probably kill your circulation. Better to shorten the sleeves before adding rings. Anime Dabi might be a better cosplay actually...

>>9864277
Fold over boots
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I'm pretty new to cosplaying. What do you all use for styling your wigs? I think I remember seeing this stuff being recommended, but I'm not sure if they would ship liquids like this overseas.
https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B073GQ7DHH
Or can this be shipped overseas? I'm putting together a fromjapan order so if I could snag this that'd be cool.
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>>9864325
Most cosplayers use got2b glued hairspray and hair glue. You can use any strong hairspray though, along with stuff like fabric glue. Don’t get regular hair gel because it’s designed to work with the proteins in real hair, and won’t hold synthetic wigs.
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Thinking about trying to do Muscular from BnHA, what might be the best material to make for his muscle fibers?
Was thinking using xxl red rubberbands, but not too sure if those would look good as I would have to either slowly cut them thinner or draw lines down them to make them look like their connected
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>>9864320
Thanks my man
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>>9860457
Assuming you can’t sew since you are going for a “I bought it” cosplay.
Get some heat and bond, get some ribbon and use the heat and bond to place the ribbons into the fabric. Paint is tacky and looks bad.
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I primed a prop, but the primer is still sticky because it's a soft plastic. Should I give it a few more days to dry, or do I need to do something else?
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My breath fogs up my visor when I wear my helmet, and I can't stop breathing.
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I'm having issues figuring out what wig to get for B.Va and how to style it.
I've never done a wig with a bun.
Currently, I was thinking of using a short-haired wig with a clip in bun.

Any advice would be great!
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>>9865381

not into visors for cosplay, but we spit into helmet visors to prevent this in a variety of situations including skiing and snorkeling.
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>>9865194
What primer did you use and what's the base material? Can't help much if we don't know what you're working with. Does the product give you instructions or a drying/curing time?

>>9865381
Google what people do for motorcycle or sports helmets. Anti-fog coating, better ventilation, etc.

>>9865388
That's one option, or for a more realistic look you can get a slightly longer base wig and your bun of choice. There's plenty of tutorials on tying high ponies and stubbing the end so you can clip on whatever you want.
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>>9860785
To expand on what anon said here
>>9860819
This is actually the purpose of a collar for a coat. It only gets folded down because indoors it'll overheat you.
Fashion has largely made people unaware of a lot of clothings utilitarian functions.

That being said, not just any coat pattern will do. You'll want one that specifically mentions having a lining and interfacing, and it needs to be a woman's coat pattern designed for right-to-left foldover, with buttons (though in pic, they seem to be some sort of clip, you'll still need the button space)
I highly suggest looking at vogue patterns
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>>9864469
I would create foam-filled red spandex tubes for the larger chunks, and use a fabric marker to draw the individual fibers, ultimately gluing them onto a hidden sleeve
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So I think I might have to switch cosplays during a con day. How would I go about doing this? Do I change in the restroom? What about makeup details that differ/contacts?
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>>9865520
If you don't have a hotel room, see if any of your friends have one you can borrow to change. Depending on how elaborate your cosplay is, you're gonna have a bad time. Con bathroom is pretty last resort and unsanitary if you need to change contacts.
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I'm trying to find a good material to make a blindfold/bandage like in David Bowie's Lazarus costume. Any suggestions for a material that is possible to see through.
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>>9865866
You can try eye mesh, like fursuits and mascot suits have. The only thing is that I don't think you'd be able to layer it like bandages while still being able to see.
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Dumb question, but is it possible to paint a plaid pattern onto an already-pleated skirt like attached? Would I just use fabric paint, or something else?
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>>9865990
Unless it's an extremely simple design (think the pink plaid skirts from Nichijou), I'd recommend against it and it's likely going to not look as good as you imagine.

Also, on a skirt that's already pleated, I imagine fabric paint getting everywhere and spreading out in nooks and crannies that you didnt anticipate. If you're going to paint fabric, do on fabric that hasn't been sewn into anything yet. Plaid skirts are honestly quite easy to sew, there's plenty of youtube tutorials, and you should be able to make a decent looking one out of the nicer 8/yd cotton stuff from Jo Ann's or whatever your local fabric place is.
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>>9865995
Thank you for your response! Actually, yes, it is a grid-like, single-colored design like the Nichijou skirts. Would you still recommend making a skirt if the plaid pattern is relatively simple? I've tried making pleated skirts before but they never sit as well... though, I don't think I've ever used the cotton material before!
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>>9865990
This is never going to look good. Get plain fabric and paint it, and then sew it. See how in the right photo you're going to have lines in the pleats and shit? You'll never be able to accurately paint a straight line inside the pleats and have it continue being straight. If you don't paint inside the pleats, then you just have weird blank fabric inside the pleats.
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I'm looking for a petticoat for this but I don't want to spend a lot of money on it because it'll be my only lolita piece.
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>>9863564
eBay is really good for finding things like this if you don't have a decent haberdashery nearby.
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>>9867315
Try asking for recommendations in the aliexpress thread or go through the taobao thread spreadsheet.
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Planning on doing Joe since he's simple enough to get done in a month.
https://www.amazon.com/ZooYung-Military-windproof-windbreaker-2701-Green-L/dp/B076LQ8RFC/ Figured this Jacket would be good enough but I have no idea what kind of pants would have kneepads like that.
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I was told by multiple people that I look like Dr. Spencer Reid of the Criminal Minds TV show, so I consider cosplaying him.

1. What outfit of his do I wear?
2. How do I do my hair?
3. What should I know about the guy? I don't own a TV or cable, since I used to be poor and YouTube is free, so I have no knowledge of the guy's personality.
4. I'm fairly certain I can do his mannerisms and such.
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>>9867824
Watch the show, you have the internet and can watch old episodes. Google it if you need help on how to watch tv shows online
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>>9867828
Should I not cosplay as someone from a TV show when I think TV sucks?
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>>9867831
Don't cosplay from things you don't like? Simple?
I'd hate for someone to cosplay Spence and when I made a joke at them they blankly stare at me.
Jfc how hard is it to cosplay media you like?
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>>9867772
Sew/Insert/Glue the pads on?
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>>9868055
Don't know why I didn't think about doing that but I see the perfect pads here https://www.amazon.com/CSI-Cannon-Sports-Volleyball-White/dp/B00UPAY4ZC
Good idea
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What are some good communities to find someone to hire for a sewing project? I've never had someone work on a project for me, and never having sewn with a machine I'm at a loss about the whole process/what to expect. Just looking to get a moderate amount of soft props made, out of minky and with a small zipper on it. Any advice?
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This isn't cosplay so much as it is LARPing, but the threads here seem fantasy-based, so:

I'm working on a costume for a post-apocalyptic larp. Because I'm close to a poorfag, I'm re-using a lot of my old stuff, which leads to the question:

Given a green jacket, brown pants and black boots, what color shirt should I wear to look decent, and not be murderized in the heat? (Jacket is linen so less of a concern, and I need it to bolt my armor plates to.) White, the classic fashion choice, is out since you know, apocalypse. I was thinking black, but that seems like it'd be murder in the heat. (The LARP runs in the summer season for most events). I'm also accentuating with goldish/brass-ish plates for armor, if that makes a difference.
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What to do about the wig for Bortz? How would I make the hair look shiny? There's Bortz wigs out there but they're just regular hair, is there a way to make it look glittery, and specifically the red part, look like a flat surface or gem?
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hey /cgl/

im dooing an Artorias cosplay and am looking for the onrament on his cape (pic related)

but i cant find it in useable resolution.
The way it is on the paper would be perfect.

thx for help.
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Does anybody anyone know green contacts that appear vibrant on blue/light eyes?
The green contacts I tried look good on brown eyes, but look dull on my blue eyes.
I need prescription, so party lenses won't do it for me.
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>>9868378
Lol anon, I'm struggling with the same wig problems. So far the only solutions I've seen are the sheet of plastic on top or copious amounts of hairspray and glitter. I should be finished my wig next week and if you're still interested I can check back with my results!
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>>9868323
You can't wear white in the apocalypse???
If you think it looks too clean just paint it and mess it up a bit so it looks more ragged.
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>>9868669
can't you just ask the person who took those photos for their reference and then enlarge the image and vector it (trace over it so its more crisp basically)?
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Is it worth it to try to sand down terrible dart cuts in eva foam? It's my first day.
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>>9868669
>>9868737
Yeah ask the op of the image if they could send you the file. If there are no good reference pictures though they would've had to create their own. Some people don't like giving away their work for free but you can always make your own vector based off theirs.
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>>9868748

these photos ar 4 years old i doubt the creator will see if i post a request.
but i will try.
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>>9868669
>>9868748
Alternatively you could try tracing the imprint they made on the fabric into your own vector, and kind of fill in the blanks for the burned away parts using whatever more of that reference you can make out.
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I've searched a dozen sites and no one sells contacts like these.
Does anyone know of a seller who has them? Do they even exist?
Why aren't there custom printable contacts yet?
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Reposting from the stupid questions because after double checking it seems like the advice I'm there is more based on lolita, oops

Can I paint bias tape? I bought a cosplay and it's trimmed with that awful, bright, shiny gold trim and I'm just wondering if there's anyway I can cover it? Would I use fabric paint or would something else be better? I tried looking it up but somehow didn't have much luck. Thanks for any help!
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>>9868880
Contacts can majorly fuck up your eyeballs if you have the wrong curve, prescription, material, there's defects, etc. There's strict quality control for a reason and there's not enough demand to make them specifically to character. Plus, the pupils have to be empty to see through so you can't get a cross in there anyways. Just get yellow lenses and photoshop your eyes afterwards if it bothers you that much. If you are REALLY dedicated to getting it just right, I know samhain lenses does custom hand painted contacts but they go for 100-150$ per lense.

>>9868997
Please don't paint your bias tape, it'll make it gross and stiff and if your trim is shiny it'll probably flake off. Better to rip it all off and replace with your own better bias tape.
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any suggestion for Dia contacts for dark eyes? I was thinking just getting light blue ones like these:
https://www.pinkyparadise.com/Princess-Pinky-Sensual-Blue-p/g32-sensual-bl.htm
https://www.pinkyparadise.com/Princess-Pinky-Cloudy-Blue-p/h26-cloudy-bl.htm
I cant find any others that look rainbow-like and are opaque enough to use over dark eyes
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Okay, so I wanna create Junkrats arm. I have never worked with making props like this and I know it's probably not the best starter project, but I'm gonna try.

I have pretty much all of the materials I need to start (eva foam, heat gun, contact cement etc), but I just can't wrap my head around how to make a pattern that would work.. I thought it would be easy, but everything I've tried ends up not working.

My questions are 1, if anyone knows about someone who's made his arm and published a pattern of how they did it
2, If anyone here has made it and if they would be willing to share the the pattern they made (I wouldn't mind paying a bit, I understand that a lot of work and thought goes into it)
3, if anyone who has experience with props in general could give some tips on how to make a pattern

Also, what would be the best thickness of foam? I'm using those workout mat things, but I'm thinking they might be too thick

Thanks in advance!
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I apologize in advanced for simple ass question, I'm still relatively new to sewing and fabric choices. Would muslin be a doable fabric for a renaissance style tunic? I've been planning to use a linen-look fabric for it, but the pattern also has muslin listed as a recommended fabric. The muslin mostly has me skeptical because of the low price tag, so i wanted to get an idea for sure before I actually buy said fabric.
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>>9869780
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KlQqGLkNjQ
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>>9869780
https://micromichi.deviantart.com/art/Junkrat-Mecanical-hand-template-727327153
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>>9869780
The sticky has guides for fma automail, which is basically the same thing
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So I bought a pair of heels which are were just about perfect for my cosplay, but they weren't available in half sizes. An 8 was too small but 9 was too large. I went with the 9 since I assumed putting inserts in would be enough but it wasn't; when standing up I can put my whole thumb in the back.

Do I have any options outside of returning them? Are there inserts you put in the front of the shoe?
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>>9870703
I've heard of ladies wadding up tissue paper or newspaper and shoving it in the toe
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>>9870703
Yes there are! They're little foam nubbins you put in the toe, I got mine from Amazon. They're called Shoolex.
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Where is the most reliable place to find people who do cosplay commissions? I have way more money than time now and wouldn't mind funding someone else...
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I think I wanna do an Initial D cosplay, like make the car out of cardboard and shit like people usually do. But I was wondering; should I worry about people bumping into me a lot? I'm worried about spending all this time on the car and then people constantly bumping into me and crushing it. Should I try to reinforce the cardboard somehow? (like with dowels or some shit)
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Can I get links to some good bat wing tutorials? I need to make some small headwing-type wings, a similar size/shape to that anyway.

The tutorials I got from googling were...not amazing.
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So searching for lipsticks is wrong, what are these idol sticks called? I'm putting together a joke cosplay for my gf where I'm her biggest fan but I want it to look like I'm one of those crazed love live freaks. All help appreciated.
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>>9871003
Glowsticks not lipsticks. Thanks phone.
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>>9870209
Muslin is a very good begginer fabric. It comes in varying quality. It usually used for as a mock up fabric for new projects. But depending on the quality it works fine for a Renaissance tunic especial the unbleached type.
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>>9870886
just make the car. don't use dowels. People will avoid you unless you try and fight into a crowded area screaming eurobeat
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>>9871006
They're pretty much just glowsticks but the fancy colour changing battery powered ones can get pretty expensive. Look up lumica lights, cyalume or chemical glow sticks. Cyalume gave me some Amazon prime options if you're in the US/Canada and want them fast.

>>9870886
Don't go shoving yourself into areas you know will be crowded like dealers rooms and you'll be fine. Reinforce weak spots with more cardboard if necessary but no dowels.
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This might be better suited for the stupid questions thread but I thought I would ask here anyways.
Would regular foundation be opaque enough to cover up a tattoo? I want to cover mine up for a cosplay but I’m not sure if I can use regular foundation or if I need something else. The tattoo is not that big/dark but I’d like it as covered as possible.
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>>9871500
KVD marketed her foundation to cover tattoos, so you can try that. But otherwise it will need to be a full coverage type to work.
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>>9871500
You're going to need full coverage foundation and likely some additional concealer and color corrector. Go on YouTube and search "how to cover tattoos with makeup" there's tons of tutorials that will show you the products you need.
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I'm going for my first cosplay in 3 months and considering buying my costume, wig, and props within the next few days since I don't know anyone talented at making clothing. I'm going to use the resources in the sticky to try and get my costume as best as I can get. Any tips that aren't in the sticky to help out a first timer?
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I'm trying to find some shoes like these for pretty cheap, but I have huge feet. Anyone know of a place where I can get some japanese loafers or something similar to them in a us women's 11?
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>>9871662
I got shoes like that for a cosplay I made for my husband, lemme fetch a pic and a link
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>>9871694
I can't find a link to these exact ones, we got em from the physical store. These ones are 11 wide womens and if I can remember were not too expensive, probably under 20. If you arnt a USA anon I cant go further than a google search
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>>9871710
How does your crappy picture help that anon find the loafers they need?
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>>9871628
The sticky is not extremely up to date so its really about better judgement and reading reviews very carefully. Arda and epiccos are still the go tos for getting wigs. Most cosplay shops are just middle men for stuff you can get on taobao, but if you're not comfortable navigating taobao yet that's fine. Be safe most of those costumes are pretty flimsy and props aren't usually made for heavy use. Also many times the pictures on the site are not what you're going to get.

Tldr: read reviews, don't expect much quality wise and buy at your own risk.
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>>9871717
Got it! It's mostly only 3 purchases I'm doing. The full costume, a sword and the wig. Perhaps some contact lenses too. So it isn't much but still a little scary in what I'll get and if I'm paying the right amount for the quality since I'm all about quality and pretty picky.
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>>9871714
So I can affirm the type that I was able to find at the store. It's more useful than your comment
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so, i'm trying to put together a "Spider-'Nam" costume and I've only found one person who's done one. Everything else I have fine, but I have no idea where to get a vest similar to this one, i'm not opposed to having to make a jacket a vest, but i cant find anything even close, and this is very close to the concept
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>>9871742
What costume are you looking for? There's a few reputable taobao shops/resellers and I can try to help you find stuff. A cheaper but still decent wig option is l-email.

>>9871941
"Casual military vest" and "cargo vest" on google brings up some similar stuff though they've got more pouches.
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>>9871976
It brought up most of the same I was seeing, but thanks though, I did find a few pointing more in the right direction
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>>9871976
Looking for Chrom from Fire Emblem. I saw two costumes and a pretty good looking resin sword.
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I'm trying to pull together an anime-style PE uniform for a few cosplays. Namely, Ayane from Dead or Alive (pictured). However, I'm having a hell of a time finding all of the components. I've looked on Amazon, Taobao and Aliexpress with little luck.

I've tried deconstructing the outfit into a pair of ballet/cheerleading spankies/shorts and a white ringer tee. Even still, I can't find a white ringer tee with matching colors.

Anybody know where I can get a white ringer, or any other similar shirt that would go with a pair of navy cheerleading shorts?
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>>9872123
Really? I found these on Ali although I can't say much about the quality.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Inu-Boku-Secret-Service-Cute-Japanese-School-Girl-Sportwear-Bloomers-Cosplay-Costumes-JK-Uniform-Suit/32814543403.html

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Japanese-Sukumizu-School-Girl-Sportwear-Bloomers-Inu-Boku-Secret-Service-Cosplay-JK-Uniform-Gym-Suit-Kasugano/32828226994.html

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Japanese-School-Girls-JK-Sportwear-Cosplay-Uniform-Gym-Suit-T-shirt-Shorts-Sukumizu-Sexy-Anime-Costume/32589193972.html
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>>9871710
what store did you get them from? do you know the brand at least?
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>>9872124
Unfortunately, I can't fit any of these. The shoulders, bust and hips are too small.
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>>9872137
Sorry, forgot to put that info. Got them from Walmart some generic brand name
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>>9872137
I'm assuming you can't sew for whatever reason because making your own bloomers and bias taping a white t-shirt is very easy. You won't be able to get matching colours without being super lucky... Might have been easier getting the ringer tee first then matching shorts though.
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>>9872153
I don't own a sewing machine, but if it's that easy I'm probably best off doing it myself.
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Looking for recommendations on what to make the flower/leaf details on her outfit out of. I was thinking of just making them from fabric but I'd really appreciate any other tips or ideas
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Looking for a place to get a navy double breasted coat like this, a really big one, but no clue where to look for something that isn't hard black or 300 bucks or both. Same with the hats, found lots of commander hats but no navy.
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>>9872516
All the HotPants I've seen have made the gold leaves out of some kind of yellow or gold fabric, but I've always kind of wanted to see them made from foam or worbla or something.
They never looked like appliques to me; They look like actual broaches with weight to them.
It's all up to you and what you wanna do though since Jojo cosplays are up to the artists interpretation
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Okay so I'm trying to do NuVoltron Hunk as my first ever cosplay.
I did a quick search and there's some people that make suits and some already made.
What are some reputable vendors that i could start looking at?
I'm not sure i could put anything together myself just yet
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Of the books out there, which is the best all-in-one Armor 101 resource, particularly if you're thinking about working with EVA?

Image unrelated.
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What do you do when something doesn't have a design that works in the real world? I've been trying for ages to do Kazuma's cape from Konosuba, but I've realised that in the show the way it drapes over his body doesn't really work properly in real life. I've tried a circle half-cape to no success, and the kind where the front and back pieces are separate, but nothing seems to ever actually work.
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>>9872834
Thanks! I'll try that then and see how it works.
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I'm interested in cosplaying Sugimoto from Golden Kamui, but the biggest problem is the hat. I've been able to find photos of Meiji Era infantry caps and they seem to be made from some kind of heavy wool, but I haven't been able to find anywhere online that sells it.
Would anyone know either a good place to get one or the method and materials to make one?
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>>9871003
>cosplaying as my gfs biggest fan
Fucking adorable. God speed anon. Try foam led sticks if you can't find anything else to your liking.

>>9872803
If you can't find something in goodwill you're gonna have to learn to sew or commission it which will run you about 300 anywho.
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>>9873223
Youtube
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>>9873223
when I learned to do EVA foam work I just read a few guides online then practiced over and over by making and remaking props until I got it right. I don't think you need to watch every Kamui video or buy a book to do decent EVA work.
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>>9873223
The most important things are to make patterns and to remember to seal before painting.
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Would anyone be able to direct me to either full scans of the old otome no sewing books (7 and lower) or a full apron pattern close to pic attached? I'm making a last minute cosplay mistake and not having to make an apron pattern from scratch would be LIVE SAVING.
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>>9874395
and I fucked up my spelling right out of the gate. Great...
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>>9868669
have you looked through the art book? they often have the designs on outfits in those.
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>>9873237
Have you looked up capelet patterns? They seem to be pretty close. If it's a matter of how they sit, hidden snaps or Velcro to attach it to the clothes underneath are helpful.

>>9874032
I found this but looks like the colours are wrong.
http://s.aliexpress.com/VBZfUjua?fromSns=Copy to Clipboard
To make one yourself you'd need heavy wool, interfacing, piping trim and leather + something stiff for the bill. Probably easier to buy it and paint over the red or something...
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was thinking about making the jacket with a red/white varsity jacket.
1. does anyone know if there is a white-sleeved black/red varsity jacket out there?
2. if not how viable would getting a red/white one and painting the elastic bits be?

If none of those work I might just buy 2 jackets and swap the elastics. thoughts appreciated.
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I'm making a head/mask/helmet thing that has a big cyclops eye right in the middle. What can I use a mesh or whatever to cover it so I can still see and would take paint well so I can paint on the eye features? Most meshes I'm seeing are pretty open and I don't think they'd look 'solid' enough.
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Any wig stores out there that carry the same wig colors throughout the store? I need a blond lacefront wig as a base and extra wefts that are the exact same color. Pic related. Ordering random wigs from ebay/ali/taobao would just result into getting two different tones of blond and the wig/wefts not matching each other.

I know Arda carries the same colors throughout their store but they don't have a long lacefront.


>>9874896
Varsity jackets are relatively easy to sew, you'd most likely save money and ensure that the result is up to par by just sewing one yourself.
If you absolutely want to use existing jackets then painting or swapping the elastics do both sort of work, but they'll probably end up being more hassle than they're worth. They work in an emergency. If you paint the elastics and they get stretched while wearing the paint is gonna look like shit, and if you swap the elastics then the resulting seams might not be very clean.
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>>9868715
Late lol but I've been scratching my head over tutorials of other gems, they look easier to deal with than Bortz since their hair is very shiny yet black and won't benefit from glitter spray and will probably look bad if it's sheet plastic. I'll probably switch to something like LapisPhos.
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>>9875504
Arda does have a few long lacefronts. The Suzi comes in Dark Ash Blonde, Ash Blonde, Titanium Blonde, and Fairy Blonde, the Tauriel comes in Ash Blonde and Titanium Blonde, and the Arwen comes in the same colours as the Suzi plus Pale Blonde. Epic also has a 28” lacefront that comes in Platinum Blonde and Natural Blonde.
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>>9875641
Holy fuck, was I literally fucking blind while browsing Arda? They do seem have long ones as well, thank you anon! Seems like I only checked the Silky and not Classic like a goddamn idiot.
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>>9875755
What does this have to do with cosplay, you need help finding a suit? Just google spandex suit Venom (or whoever that is) and buy it
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How would you go about making these masks? I'm cosplaying as the LOL cult leader from Mob Psyco and I want to make these maskes cheaply. Thinking of getting a white tshirt, cutting to fit a head, and putting white construction paper with the smile lines cut into it. Thoughts?
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I want to buy the contacts for Senjougahara soon, but I can’t decide on the color.
I’m doing her and Hatsune Miku on the same weekend so I thought about just getting a dark blue pair, but I’m not sure it’s going to look nice for Miku.
I have black contacts and could use them as well and just buy an aqua pair for Miku.
Thoughts?
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>>9874032
Maybe a Greek fisherman’s hat would work? They’re easy to find on ebay or second-hand shops/garage sales.
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I know it's a pretty simple style but I can't exactly find a wig of this sort. The back of Arda's Katinka and the ends on Epic Cosplay's Chronos/Aura don't work for it, even if I do cut the bangs straight. Would anyone know where to find something like this?
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>>9877369
I dont imagine it would be too hard to make the mask out of EVA foam, there's a ton of tutorials out there. You can make the mask with the holes, seal it, prime it, paint it, then add like a transparent black fabric to cover the holes from the inside.
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>>9877898
Honestly going with Chronos and cutting the bangs is you best bet. You’d probably have to adjust to your face shape anyways. If you’re afraid of messing it up you can always go to a parlor and ask then to do it for you
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>>9867772
I know for wigs most people suggest lacefront but I don't really see many options other than this huge Derka wig on arda https://www.arda-wigs.com/products/derka-classic?variant=1923006365708
I'm having a hard time seeing if this even matches the character so if anyone has afro wig suggestions I'd love to see them

What are these little suspenders Joe wears around his legs? I figured I'd get something similar from military belts but I can't tell what part they specifically are.
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So I'm trying to put together a Katopesla costume but am pretty stumped on how to start it. Would a white morph suit work well as a base? Should I use fabric paint or try to get the design printed on it somewhere? Should I use fabric for the mask or try constructing it with foam since it comes with a visor? Any advice on what kind of belt I should use?
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>>9878911
Also
>Inb4 you have no idea what you're doing
Yeah no shit
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>>9878911
>>9878911
It depends on what kind of look you wanted, yes you could do the morph suit but you could also have the top and the bottom separated and have the blue parts either stitched together or painted. If you want to do a morph suit you could commission someone to make you the digital pattern and then have it printed. The company that prints the pattern for you could also sew it together for you for an extra cost or if you know how to sew then you can cut and sew it together yourself.
>can use white morph suit base
Yeah it could work, fabric paint would be fine, if you’ve never worn a morph suit before I would recommend getting a dancers belt and a muscle shirt.
>belt
You could make it from real leather, or just contact cement pleather onto foam for the sturdiness.
>buckle
Eva foam is easy to shape with a knife / dremel, YouTube tutorials are your friend
>helmet
There are patterns for helmets online for Eva foam you could modify. The front could be plexiglass or thin plastic you can heat up and bend. If you want a one way mirror look you can buy car tint on amazon, also I advise to buy anti fog.
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I have to cut my wig. I have never cut a wig in my life. I'm fucking mortified about doing this because if I fuck up, I won't be able to get one online in time and will have to shell out like $100 for a local one.

Please give me reassurance and tips.
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>>9879255
Watch videos. Are you just cutting the bangs or making spikes, or is it more complex than that? Show us the characters hair.

General tips- get some nice sharp small scissors such as Fiskars or a similar size and sharpness. Cut with the scissors pointed in the same direction as the hair, so for example with bangs point the scissors up. Do small amounts and pin the hair to the side with some cheap hair clips you can get at pretty much any store.

Better to cut too little than cut too much, anyway
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>>9879269
I'll be cutting the wig shorter on the bangs and the sides, the back length seems like it'll be fine.
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>>9879283
Pardon my real shitty doodle.
You should cut the sides at an angle, then leave the front but long and shorten the back end. Keep the pieces that spike up long so it won’t reveal your natural hair on the side back.
For the bangs, cut two layers. The top one will be longer than the bottom one because you need to style the “face framing pieces”, and the big pieces on top will need to be spiked up a little bit.

Hope that makes sense.
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>>9879283
The fuck is her hair doing?
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I want to cosplay Deku from the Muscle fight, and this is going to be my first time using makeup for a cosplay. What should I use for the broken arm and the face blood streaks, as well as for the "sparkle," if I choose to do that too.
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>>9878927
Awesome, thank you. Any idea on where to rather get started to learn how to make the pattern for the design or where I could have someone or some company commission the pattern? I've tried googling it but can't find any luck, just websites that will print or sew on an already existing pattern on a suit
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>>9879472
Are you looking for brand recommendations? Water activated paints are the easiest to work with, but they will come off if they come in contact with water (like sweat). You can mitigate this if you apply setting spray and setting powder. I like Wolfe FX, Diamond FX, Snazaroo, Kryolan Aquacolor, and Mehron Paradise paints. They'll come in a variety of colors and are pretty easy to find on the internet.

You can also find alcohol based paints that are a little harder to work with, but they have more staying power as they won't come off with water. You can look at ProAiir for those kinds of paints.

You can achieve the "sparkle" with a paint that has sparkle mixed into the paint (Snazaroo's Sparkle line for example will give you a nice shimmer in the sun) or you could get some fine glitter and add it on top of whatever paint you use.

Regardless of what you use, be mindful of the people around you and make sure you're careful when touching other people or their possessions because even with the best preparations, your paint still may come off on other people.
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>>9879569
Thank you, I appreciate the response
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I've come to realize that as a beginner, looking for fabric is kind of overwhelming (especially online, my Jo-ann's is kind of far away), so I'd appreciate some suggestions to help narrow my search a bit. What fabric(s) should I use for the skirt and the apron/top part of this? I already have muslin and patterns for this to practice/make mockups, but I'd like to know what I should look for when I'm ready to make the real thing.
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I've been wanting to cosplay as Demon Chico from MGSV's concept art but I don't know where to start. What should I buy?
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>>9879474
Gun head designs, arachnid studios, just look dye sublimation patterns
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>>9879662
Stick with good quality matte cottons. They'll look far better than anything shiny.
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Does anyone have the tutorial for the super layered anti-tangle pigtail wig for Sailor Moon? I swear I remember seeing one here a long time ago but I can't seem to find it. T^T

Thanks!
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>>9879438
She’s got layered bangs, what looks like a huge tuft on each side behind her ears, and maybe a ponytail in the back? It’s pretty crazy so if you get the bangs and sides with a little volume it should look fine
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Are there any good fridgemode (male) characters out there that you've seen cosplayed? I'm cutting and have noticable muscle but I'd need to hop on a few cycles of roids cause most endomorph anime bois are fucking stacked into oblivion and im in a rut thinking of inspo
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>>9880804
Idk what any if that means but it sounds like you're a /fit/ meathead who is insecure and can't figure out to cosplay. Just cosplay whatever the fuck, no one really cares about your body type matching the cosplay
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>>9880812
You're cotdang right about all that desu
ty mang
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Sorry if this is worded kinda weird, but is there a way to make a ribbon to where it'll sit in the middle of where it's tied off, like in pic related, or would it be better to just make the ribbon so that it's on one side of her braids? Looking at all of the reference art for her, the bows in her hair are styled so that they're in the center of her hair and 3 dimensional, as opposed to just being on the front or back of her hair. I've not been able to find anything on how you'd make a bow like this, so I'm thinking of just simplifying it and having it on the front only.
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>>9880977
Get a hairtie and glue or sew a bow to it. Or get those alligator hair clips
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How late is too late to start preparing a costume?
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>>9881083
depends on the costume. some people start the day of. It usually looks like shit but it's possible
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>>9881142
I'm considering going as P4A Junpei, but I'm still not sure. I kinda want it to be something casual looking.
It's in a month and it will be my first time cosplaying so I'm a bit hesitant.
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Recs for a good flexible top coat for painted foam armor, available in the United States?
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>>9881282
do white/black plastidip and then a light coat of paint over it and a clear coat over that
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>>9881284
Sorry, to clarify, what product do you recommend using for the clear coat?
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Would I be able to use contact cement to adhere satin to eva foam, or would the adhesive destroy it? I don't have a sewing machine so I'm limited to adhesives for attachment.
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>>9881291
I usually just grab the rustoleum glossy/matte clear coat from a hardware store depending on what finish I want
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>>9881327
Depending on the contact cement, it's fine. I used an expensive quality contact cement once and it melted my foam, using shitty dollar store contact cement works out perfectly though. Don't have the glue on the outer/visible side or else it'll leak through and crust up. If you're really unsure do some test patches.
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What's the best way to make a simple bracelet? I'm having trouble finding good examples, since most tutorials I find are for bigger or more complex ones (e.g. Chun Li, Wonder Woman, Judal). I want to make Space Dandy's translator, which is a pretty basic cylinder with a gutter in the center. It's rigid (so not like a livestrong-esque silicone) and solid (so no hinge), also I have kind of large hands so I can't just modify a bangle from a thrift/craft store.

What material would be best to use? Clay, wood, cardboard centers from tape rolls?
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>>9874032
Foreign Legion caps look pretty similar, and even come in that navy blue. You'd have to add the band yourself, though.
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>>9881336
I'll be using barge, which has played nicely with a lot of things before. I'll give it a whirl.
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>>9881327
Seal the foam before you glue.
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I'm completely new to this, but I really want to go as Holland Novak next month. Can anyone give me some pointers on where to start? I'm a bit lost on how to find similar looking clothing. I'd really appreciate some suggestions.
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>>9881329
I heard in another thread a while back that rustoleum clear coats will damage krylon paint jobs. It this true?
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Hi, can you suggest what you would use for the green part of her legs? (the pants?)
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>>9881851
I have no idea I don't use krylon spray paint on props. I either use Rust-Oleum or acrylic/enamel paints
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>>9881915
It’s probably better to stick the leaves on top of a base like a pantyhose or something or even a zentai suit.
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>>9881674
Please, somebody. I'm clueless and desperate.
This is the closest thing I've found to his jacket so far.
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>>9882178
Ok, I found this. I think it will work out nicely.
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What type of fabric would you guys suggest for a seifuku. I've made so many of them and I feel like it doesn't matter how well they're made because the fabric just screams cosplay.

I've tried linen, cotton blends, and broadclothe
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>>9881851
It flakes away the Krylon like mad. Try sticking to whatever you used for your base, since they have the same formulas.
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>>9881159
you've got time, just bust ass and start ordering shit
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Is there anywhere I can buy pre-strung chains of something like pic related? Irregularly sized and spaced pearls or crystals, the cheaper the better. Doesn't matter if it looks kind of shitty because I need several dozen meters and I dont want to die hand-stringing them.
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>>9882728
Cotton or cotton polyester. Though the key is more the weight of the fabric. Light weight fabrics will more likely scream costume.
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>>9860457
Anon ffs just make the pattern in photoshop and have spoonflower print the fabric for you, then use the one you got on Amazon as a pattern or just buy a pattern and sew it yourself. It'll look much better and more professional.
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Hey cgl, I’ll be cosplaying as pic related in a few days. Do you have any tips on how to keep the dress from flipping up and showing my crotch? I’m thinking that I’ll use fish line to kind of pull the front and back together or maybe even put velcro on my underwear.
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>>9883117
Hem weights.
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Working on a Joshua Graham cosplay, and I can't find a gauze that seems to get both the texture and color I'm looking for. My best bet for the hands right now is some stretchy gauze so I can actually move my fingers, soaked in tea to give it the color I want, but as far as the rest of the arms/chest/knee/head go, the best looking stuff I've been able to find is fabric store linen.
I've also considered compression arm sleeves with the gauze attached directly to them for ease of attachment/removal, but I'm unsure how well the gauze would hold up after time.
Just wondering if anyone else has experience wrapping up.
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Anyone know of a good petticoat for this? Preferably sold on Amazon because I need fast shipping. I was considering link related.

https://www.amazon.com/XinChangShangMao-Chiffon-Petticoat-Crinoline-Underskirt/dp/B076ZG2LSX/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1526491015&sr=1-1&nodeID=7141123011&psd=1
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Couple questions: this is my first time making armor so I’m pretty trial and error on it so far. I’ve been using 10mm craft foam with a top layer of 2mm just for security. I bought a craft foam primer and gray plasti dip, will the primer be necessary before I do the plasti dip or am I being too paranoid? I helped a friend with armor last year and we absolutely hated the white plasti dip compared to the black because of bubbles and stickiness, will I need to worry about quality with the gray?

I’m also struggling on how to attach my armor to me. It’s pauldrons with a small middle chest piece, and I don’t have a chest plate to attach them to (the base is just a fabric mantle), and there’s no canon design of how they’re attached to the character. Should I try to attach them to the mantle via glue or tacking it into place (would prefer not), or have them connect to each other with elastic or chain? Will attach pic for reference just in case.
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>>9883653
Plastidip is a primer so you don't need both
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Does anyone know of a place with this wig or something similar? It looks absolutely perfect for what I'm after, but it's sold out. :(
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Made the mistake of buying craft thread instead of embroidery floss for my patches. Can I make this work or should I go back to the store for embroidery floss?
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>>9882851
Problem solved, "fishing line garland" brings up results.

>>9883395
I have the exact same maid dress but as long as the shape is somewhat A line it'll be fine. It doesn't hold much poof and you don't need it very fluffy to look good.

>>9883743
You can get a short fluffy white wig literally anywhere but they rarely come pre-styled. You'll have to cut the bangs yourself unless the shop specifically offers cutting and you'll still have to style it because it gets squashed in the mail.
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>>9883143
Thanks! I didn’t even know something like that existed
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>>9884046
Should work! Embroidery floss just flattens a bit nicer hence the difference.

>>9883743
literally any basic white wig will do. Spray some hairspray in it and fluff it up.

>>9883653
use only plastidip. Make sure you heat up the eva foam with a heatgun to 'seal' the pores in the foam (you can see it happen upclose), itll make a better layer. And warm up the plastidip in a warm pan of water, itll significantly decrease the bubbles (and spray thinner layers). You should attach them to your mantle with parachute clips and nylon straps so you can remove them for washing your mantle. Sew the nylon straps to your mantle and hotglue them to the inside of your eva foam. Tear up the eva foam a bit with a knife before you hotglue it, the extra surface will help prevent tearing the straps off.
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>pic
Were should I other custom made dress?

What do I need to do, I have no experience with this.
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>>9868669
All how I can help
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>>9884651
Plus
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How do I avoid that grainy sort of look when I paint EVA foam? I made sure to heat seal it, and I put 3 layers of Plastidip on it, but I can't get that clean metallic finish that I'm looking. I'm using spray paint since I'm only trying to color some small buckles.
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>>9883657
>>9884414
Bless you, anons! I figured I was just being overly cautious by getting the primer but I didn’t know if it would help or hurt my flimsy craft foam. I’ll mess with the nylon straps and see what I can do. Thank you!
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Is it normal for cosplayers to get their eyes checked for proper lenses? I'm getting a bit freaked out reading about the risks of no-prescription color lenses.
Gemstone green would work well with my cosplay, but I'd rather not go blind due to some shady lenses.
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>>9884783
>Is it normal for cosplayers to get their eyes checked for proper lenses?
Everyone who wants to wear lenses should get their eyes checked. Non-prescription lenses aren't more dangerous than prescription lenses, it's just that people who aren't used to wearing contacts tend to not follow proper hygienic procedures.
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>>9884783
If those are air optix’s gemstone green, you’ll need a prescription to order them from a reliable source anyway. If you have any kind of prescription whether you’re blind as fuck or have 20/20 vision (which most people don’t) you want lenses made for your eyes. Don’t be stupid.
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I need a good pattern for making some leather gloves that'll go well with the cosplay. I want them to not be to bulky or square shaped. I've been looking everywhere and couldn't find shit. Google is shit and every other link I try shows some disgusting bulky leather construction gloves and it makes me want to neck myself. If anyone can help me that'll be greatly appreciated. Almost something like pic related of possible.
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I accidentally used too much glue on a fake glued hairline wig. The result looks really shiny and, well, glue-y.
Should I add a bit more wefts to it (with less glue this time) to hide the unfortunate parts or is there some other way to make it less shiny and clumpy?
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>>9884961
There are tons of good glove tutorials. If they end up too bulky just take them in around your fingers. Freshly made leather gloves will always look boxy at first, you just have to work with the material a bit more to relax it.
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>>9884961
You could look into making them with a stretch pleather if you really want that skin tight look?
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>>9885120
What kind of glue did you use? Also pics?
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What's a good site for buying props of half decent quality?

Ez is charging double the cost of the prop I want (Nami's perfect clima-tact) for shipping and handling. And I can only usually find her sorcery clima-tact.
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I'm dumb with clothing names, what would you call the red blazer or whatever on the outside of this outfit?
https://cosplay.bhiner.com/Cosplay-Item/230403/Citrus-Matsuri-Mizusawa-Cosplay-costumes/
And does anyone have ideas of where I'd buy something like that affordably?
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>>9885468
It’s a red blazer. Alternatively, suit jacket. Just use Amazon.
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>>9874395
Mcalls 2947 should work as a starting point, just need to make the shoulder frills and skirt much bigger
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>>9860418
I'm not sure where to ask this or in the stupid questions thread, but I want to get a sewing machine so I can start some family costume projects. I'm not really experienced, but I'm very determined and lurk a LOT. You guys inspire me.

I was wondering if anyone can recommend a good sewing machine with a budget under $300. Might push up to $500 if the machine is worth it. I like quality > price with almost everything I buy.

I don't want a piece of crap. I want something user friendly and durable with easily available replacement parts. Maybe a variety of features if available.

I'm okay with older versions under a few conditions. I have a 1978 kirby vacuum that is still better than my brand new one and parts are still available, so things like that are cool.

Also general question: What is your most used tool in costume crafting? Like something you can't live without? Maybe list your top 1-3.

And if no one told you, you look very pretty today. Thanks so much in advance anons.
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>>9884961
>bulky or square shaped

that's all on you and your skill. either get >>9885229 which will make it easier, or do >>9885226 and put in the work. gloves aren't as braindead as boots unfortunately
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>>9885860
>And if no one told you, you look very pretty today.
Piss off, monkey. I'm here to be serious and handsome.
I use a Singer 4423 more than any other sewing machine, so I recommend that. Very easy, stupidly portable, and it can take damage. It also comes with extra parts just in case. Plus, it's very affordable.
As someone who went to school for costuming, I can't really give you just 1-3 things. If you have a VERY good grasp of costume/clothing construction, you'll survive with a measuring tape, pins, and shears
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>>9885905
The 1-3 favorite tools thing was something I saw in DIY that I thought was really interesting. No matter your trade, everyone has a tool or TV gr so that changed their lives/they can't be live without.
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I’m >>9884763
I’m in the plastidip stage and idk if it’s the weather up here (semi-hot with lots of wind cooling it down) but my pieces are becoming slightly sticky? I’ve been doing light layers with the odd burst of thick (adjusting around the wind). A couple of the smaller pieces are fine and if I let them sit they seem to ‘cure’ to a decent feeling but wasn’t sure if this is normal? Using the gray color bc my store was out of black.
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>>9885860
Top three useful tools? Seam ripper, handsewing needle, and internet. You’re gonna fuck up a lot as a beginner and that’s just sort of part of the joy of learning new things! I’ll take a peek at my machine specs later but you effectively want something that can run without constantly breaking. You don’t need an embroidery machine. There are computerized machines and there are regular ones, either type is fine. You will only need a regular machine, regular “foot”, and if the machine doesn’t come with one a pedal is a good investment. It’s just like a car pedal that lets you control speed with your foot so your hands are free to manipulate the fabric.

For learning to see I recommend either YouTube the early bit or go to the local craft shop if there’s one that has lessons. That’s how I learned the basics and whether you’re a boy, girl, or NEET helicopter the instructors will be delighted to see you (and take the sweet sweet commission).
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Going to Comicpalooza this weekend.

I'm doing Wonder Woman and I'm wondering if it would look....tacky if I used a gold braid rope that you use for curtains as her lasso.
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>>9860418
Hey /cgl/,
I'd like to cosplay a character from Pyre, and I've been looking around for references and such, this cosplay here looks really good, but I can't identify the material used for the chest and wrists, does anyone have an idea?
Tips for how to make the mask would also be appreciated.
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>>9886774
Looks like the tan is leather/pleather, most likely! The mask you could easily do out of foam or worbla if you have access to it.
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Who should I cosplay lads?
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not sure how to make the bust! im looking at strapless leotards and most have underlined bra or a bra built in? that and i dont want it to fall down. im pretty confident in every thing else.
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What pants would you recommend for this?
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So I'm trying to put together a ww1 assassin costume for aniexpo, pic related but swapping the helm for a hood/shoulder cape thing and adding a blade and bracer on one arm. My problem is I'm having a lot of trouble finding a jacket that's similar to the standard issue one for French infantry during the war, any advice for where I can get a decently priced replica/find a similar one I can alter?
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>>9887353
What anime is this from?
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>>9887354
None, just my own attempt on the assassins creed thing
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I got a petticoat in the mail and I think it's lost a lot of its poof from being folded down from shipping. How do I re-poof it? Besides hanging it upside down, I've got it doing that now.
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has anyone used fabric markers? do you think they're better than fabric paint or is it just a matter of preference?

i've used fabric paint before and i am not a fan, but i'd suck it up and use it again if fabric markers are just crappy in general.
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i can't decide on which costume would be more appealing to see.

although i'm not too big of a fan of her character, i enjoy gwens suit design over silk - vice versa with silk; love her character, not too much of the suit. it's the half-mask that kills it for me.

do people actually care about this at cons? it's been a while since i've seen a spidergwen at a con, and i've yet to see Silk done.
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>>9887494

forgot to drop a picture
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>>9886988
Okay, gotcha!
I must admit I thought pleather would be more expensive, I should be able to fit it in the budget, I'd like to practice first with other materials, however. Do you think it could work with EVA foam? I have the advantage in that they're going to be single solid pieces, so I wouldn't have to worry about them rubbing against each other, but they're also rather big, so the finish is really going to make a difference here.
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>>9887496
Do whichever you want to do more, anon! Don't worry about what's appealing to others.
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>>9887503
Pretty much, if you're doing it for the sake of others you're going to enjoy it considerably less and get burned out eventually. This hobby is all about what you want above anything.
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>>9887469
They’re kind of a hit or miss in my experience. I used them for a small detail and for writing I needed to do that I didn’t want to hand paint, and it worked well enough but you have to make sure it’s a good pen and it’s shaken enough that the paint isn’t separated in the cartridge, else it will just leak and make a mess when you press down with it. Basically, invest in one color and test it out before deciding you want to go that route.

>>9887497
Imo it looks like foam would be too obtrusive, if you’re meaning to make the brown parts out of EVA. The torso is a high-tension area and making a piece that big will just hinder your movement and be uncomfortable. I don’t doubt it would work, but PERSONALLY I wouldn’t use foam!
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Super ignorant question here since I'm completely new to wigs, but is there a key word I should be searching for when looking for tutorials on how to style a synthetic wig into a pony tail without bangs? All the stuff I've been seeing typically has some kinda bangs on there. Also the few I think that are relevant that focus on making a hair line always have some kinda see through sheet in the front with hair attached. Mine doesn't have that, is that standard on most wigs?
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>>9887673
You're talking about lace front wigs. They don't have bangs and instead they're glued on to your forehead. It's not standard on wigs, it's a specific style.
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How much do people care really about if you look like a character or not?

I'm going to my first comicon this year and I wanna cosplay really badly, but as a relatively short skinny-ish guy with a beard and L O N G hair I look like literally no one from any media ever.
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I'm about to do a Haru Okumura cosplay somewhere in July and my only problem is the stockings and what make up style I should use for her. (make up advice on a soft character pls send help)

But regarding the stockings, will textile paint run on the stockings if i do stamp on it with the flower designs?
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>>9887725
If you don't have the exact same face structure as cutie anime characters? Sure there are people who complain about that, but that's nitpick. Except if the character's defining point is for example shortness, and you're tall, that kinda breaks it.

If you refuse to shave or use a wig to look like the character? That's just laziness.
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>>9887725
Everyone's first cosplay sucks but usually people overlook it because we've all been there. Most of the people who take pictures to roast a newbie on the internet (Bad Cosplay Thread) are just sad cunts.

with that being said if you do a character without a beard and you don't shave it will be a little weird
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>>9887725
Wear a wig/bald cap.
Shave or groom appropriately to the character. Or you could do something full face.
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Where would be a good place to get this custom made? Im not up for trying to sewing with the material and I really want it to be high quality enough to wear it out of cosplay.... its hard to get the specific design on most jacket designing sites and im trying to get it made more like a windbreaker...
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>>9887757
>>9887762

I've had my beard for too long now so I can never shave, so that's narrowed the pool down a lot.

The only thing I can think is a character with a mask or some kinda shitty crossplay/meme cosplay which I dunno if I'd really wanna do.

>>9887764
I always wondered how much hair can a bald cap or wig feasibly cover up?
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>>9887766
>>I always wondered how much hair can a bald cap or wig feasibly cover up?
Wigs can cover up pretty much anything, I used to have hair down to my arse, you can turn a ponytail into a flat bun pretty easily, might not look perfect from the back depending on the wig, but will be unnoticeable from the front.
As for bald caps, I honestly don't have experience but I found this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5AORgl3rys
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>>9887765
Commission someone
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>>9887726
Nah it should be fine, just have the stockings stretched out beforehand. Test a patch on the bottom of the foot or something though first to make sure.

>>9887673
All the non-lacefront tutorials have bangs because you need something to cover up the netting exposed by brushing the wig up. To get around this you'd have to have extra wefts and fake your own hairline + cover bald patches. Fake hairline tutorials generally use felt or white/tacky glue.

>>9887334
Googling "samurai pants" gives similar results. Harem pants might be an easier to find option.

>>9887162
Definitely have a built in bra and if you want it to be really solid, boning in the side seams? Invisible strap around the neck is an option if you don't mind the look or just dunk your boobs in body adhesive before hand :^)
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How should I make this pin? I was thinking foam but it would bend when I move, so I dont know what to make it out of that wouldnt snap or bend.
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Is it practical to make a 3d model into cardboard slices (pic related), and patterning over it for an eva foam piece, or is that too overcomplicated?
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alright peeps first time cosplayer here, and I've decided to start out with something small and easy for my first attempt, so basically what i want to make is a laughing man mask from ghost in the shell (just like pic related) now i have never made anything like this before, but what I'm thinking is, if i print out the laughing man logo on some a3 paper and cut around it, then glue that onto some card, then glue that onto some foam then attach some elastic to the foam to go around my head, do you think this would be the best way to go about it for a first timer? if not how should i do it? any help would be much appreciated
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>>9888303
Foam + worbla if it's not under a lot of stress.

>>9888353
It's a cheap way for sure but sounds very time consuming. Have you looked into making 3d models and unwrapping them?
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Entering a craftsmanship contest for the first time in two weeks (Colossal con), it's only the novice division and my biggest accomplishment is just being able to enter, but can anyone give some tips for entering a contest?
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Would fleece work for doremy? With the blanket stitch hem, I figure A) I won't have to sew in a hem since fleece doesn't really fray and B) it wold match the sort of soft plush look the dress has since pom noms and blanket stitch. Any thoughts or recommendations?
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i want to add the little details either by sewing them on or vinyl transfer. im not sure if vinyl transfer would be okay because the stretch of the fabric. someone with this experience please let me know or let me know of other ideas/tutorials!..
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I have... no idea how this yoke thing works. You can kinda tell from the inside that it probably isn't part of the bodysuit but just sewn, turned out, and then top stitched, but I have no idea how to make that work, especially considering that the zipper gets in the way.

also I'm using vinyl for the white parts and I don't know if that was basically the worst choice I could've made, considering sewing stretch to non stretch, but I don't have a choice about it now since the con is so soon.
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>>9888836
I mean, yeah probably, but it's going to be hot as fuck and you'll probably wish you used something better.
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Sorry if this should be posted in the itabag thread, but I've asked there multiple times and got no response. How should I go about modifying as pleather bag to have a window? I have all of the materials I need, but I am not sure how to actually do it. Any ideas?
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>>9889120
>cut hole in shape you want in the bag
>cut clear vinyl in shape of hold but slightly larger
>put clean inside of bag and sew around the hole
>cut square of pleather or other fabric in the size of the front panel of your bag
>sew around square except for top
>???
>profit
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>>9889132
>>9889132
here's an incredibly shitty illustration of it
alternately use snaps instead of sewing the blue back panel onto the bag for ease of removal
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>>9889093
then do you have any suggestions for materials?
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>>9889137
>>9889120
quoted myself like a dumbass
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Can I spray primer over previous spraypaint? I primed and sprayed something already but my dumb ass was too aggressive with the sandpaper between coats and you can see a lot of scratch marks even through several layers of paint. I really don't want to clean the whole thing off again and there's literally no details to worry about washing out by using too much paint.

Will I be okay hitting it with some gap- filling primer and painting again without stripping it? It's not bad enough to need bondo or anything like that, it just has visual imperfections that are bugging me.
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>>9865381
>>9865395
my dad snorkeled for years, spitting and rubbing in the spit does work. I also heard using shaving foam and rubbing it in also works. that being said these are probably last ditch resorts in lieu of >>9865400 's suggestion
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>>9889193
Yeah primer goes over old paint just fine

>>9889061
You could either make the zipper end just before the yoke or sandwich it in between the layers before flipping. Sewing non stretch to stretch is fine as long as the stretch fabric is stretched out beforehand and matches up properly.
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>>9877898
no quality wig brands really sell that many pre-blunt cut bangs at that length since that would be really specific and not useful. go with >>9878239's suggestion and just cut them. here's a pretty good tut
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>>9879839
is this your first cosplay? if so, I really wouldn't recommend tackling this first
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So if a character has a partially shaved hairstyle, would a viable option be to wear a partial wig and let my natural scalp (my head is already shaved) show through for the shaved part? Seems like a better idea than punching thousands of hairs into a bald cap
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>>9889231
I know I have to sandwich it somehow I just cannot conceptualize in my mind at all. I'd need some kind of diagram or something i dont know. I guess it's especially confusing if the yoke flips out to the front and the zipper flips out to the back.
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When is the right time to style a wig? At con or before?
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>>9889287
Before obviously. And preferably not the night before the convention.
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>>9889287
Depends on how good/used to you are. I styled one literally the day of so you don't have to treat >>9889290 as law. Brand new or not that skilled? before. Gives you time to save/order a new one. Decent? Whenever.
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>>9889253
iirc arda makes partially shaved wigs now. even if they didn't there's always the faux fur method or just splicing a short wig to a long wig. I guess it *could* work, but it'd be hard to affix the wig to your head and you'd have to dye your hair the right color
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Looking to buy a premade costume but i am a fresh newborn cosplayer. Ezcosplay has what I'd like, is it reputable for quality? Ty
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>>9889290
>>9889302

Thanks. I'm new. I'll do it soon
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>>9867772
Good luck with those crotch-straps.
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so i have these tails that’re similar to these in the picture. they’re meant to be secured around my waist with the ribbon-rope attached to it, but the tail is heavy and it always lifts? away from my back. how am i supposed to secure stuff like this?
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>>9889274
Sorry for the supremely shitty Snapchat diagram I'm on my phone. Have the good side of the zipper facing inwards so when you flip it out, just the zip is exposed between the two layers. Also I recommend using small binder clips instead of pins on vinyl since they have a strong hold and they won't leave holes!

>>9889458
Do you mean that the top sags backwards so the tails are angled at the ground? What does the support look like and where is the ribbon rope attached? Sounds stupid, but maybe you've got it upside down? It should be near the top to prevent lifting. If it's solidly in the middle or something, add/move rope near the top.
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I am currently working on making this sword. The blade is easy because it can be made out of wood or polystyrene. The crossguard and handle can be made out of EVA and a wooden dowel, respectively. However, this ornamental part on the bottom half of the blade has me stuck on how to do it easily.

What I'm thinking is making a rigid frame to connect the blade to the crossguard, and then layering on some kind of sculpting material to create a single, seamless piece. The detail lines and curved gray pieces on the side can then be EVA sheets glued on.

I just need to know what material would be best for the sculpting part. It has to be something that air-dries and is fairly light. Sculpting epoxy seems like a good bet, but I've read that it can be difficult to sand because it's so hard. Is there any specific option that's strong and air-dries but can still be sanded/carved after curing?
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>>9889712
there was an example floating around here where someone did this my layering foam/worbla to add the details and give the shape. Seems like the exact same sword

>>9887352
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How do you hang your foam for painting? I want to hit all sides in one go, but it's been hard managing 20 pieces.
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>>9889716
Oh fug I might have an idea now. I originally considered layering foam, but covering it in thin EVA instead of using thermoplastic. Worbla might actually be a decent bet.
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>>9889458
You attach it slightly higher, see drawing. The weight of the tails will fall on your butt instead of pulling the belt
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>>9889458
use suspenders lol
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>>9864469
Rubber bands would weigh too heavily, especially with how many you would need to create that look. I'd suggest using foam and a heat gun. You can create indentations with light cuts and heat or add texture with a rolled piece of foam, like so: https://youtu.be/if65i3KjpCU. It should be lightweight too. Some airbrushing to add high and low lights would go a long way.
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>>9872123
>Bottoms: https://www.ae.com/women-aerie-bikini-bottom-navy/aerie/s-prod/1753_9806_410?cm=sUS-cUSD
>Top: http://www.americanapparel.com/en/50/50-classic-ringer-t-shirt_bb310w?c=Navy/White?utm_medium=pla&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=%7Bcampaignid%7D&cid=pla%7Cgoogle%7C%7Bcampaignid%7D&CAWELAID=120247080000315616

There are some cheaper alternatives such as buying a men's tee or a boy's tee. I found one through Macy's and a t-shirt wholesale website. Just google "navy and white ringer tee women's plain". Also, if you're a student AE and American Apparel will have additional discounts. If not, google for other coupons.
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>>9875311
https://youtu.be/y0aV8OpWolY
God bless the furries.
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>>9877369
Even paper mache would be better than construction paper. Or maybe a hard cardstock. If you really want it to look nice, add some black mesh (like pantyhose/stockings)
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>>9881379
You could layer cardboard, pvc, or eva foam to achieve the look. Rather than cutting out the cutter, I think it'd look cleaner if you layered the top piece on instead.
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>>9886749
I doubt anyone would be able to tell the difference desu
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>>9887066
Eggsy from Kingsman
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>>9887554
>>9887503
>>9887494
You're the one spending your money on the costume. People will know both characters, so just go with the one you like best.
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>>9875311
I wouldn't recommend using mesh for a cyclops, use window tint instead. Check the animegao thread for that sort of stuff, /jp/ also sometimes has those threads. mesh on such a large eye will look really bad
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>>9887726
Soft and romantic. Focus on having a clean, clear base. Go for a lip tint versus traditional lipstick, lightly color in your brows, and if you must use falsies, go with natural and spotted ones.
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>>9887726
Are they flowers? They look like stars to me
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>>9888357
That sounds perfect, dude. Go for it.
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>>9889253
The wig wouldn't sit right on your head unless you held it down with spirit gum or something. I'd suggest using a lace front on the side that is going to be showing through to your natural scalp and blending it in with foundation.
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>>9889535
I think that diagram made it worse actually,,, thanks though. I don't want the zipper completely exposed (i.e. zipper tape just sew right on top). The zipper tape should be on the inside mostly.
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I need to make a katana handle look old and distressed. The problem I'm having is that I can't cut or rip it, as that would cause the entire cloth bit to fall apart. The handle is also black, so staining it probably won't work very well. Any suggestions?
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>>9890149
lightly sand the cords or only rip part of the cord so it doesn't get completely severed, dust on some tan chalk to look like it's dusty and seal it maybe? you could also stain the white things the cords are covering
what character is it for?
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I'm helping a friend with a Zero-Zero-Two costume, and she's having trouble affixing the horns to the headband. She made them from cardboard and wants to set them into the 4mm thick cheap plastic headband, but I'm pretty sure that's asking for the plastic to break; hot glue has been tried without success, and we're at the point of considering masking tape or electrical tape, but I'm not optimistic about that holding up. She's got some acrylic paint and aluminum tape to cover it up, so it shouldn't need to look great so long as it's smoothish.

tl;dr how to tack together a flexible plastic headband and cardboard horns
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>>9890194
Hot glue doesn't like to stick to plastic so you have to make it stick to itself. Cover the sides and underside as well so there's an overall coat where the horns are and they'll be rock solid.
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>>9890194
>>9890196
you could also use some all purpose 2-part epoxy, shit sticks to everything
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>>9889951
>>9889458
Ahri?
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>>9890196
Huh, so basically a loop of glue around the band? That makes sense; thanks anon
>>9890208
Epoxy was my thought, but it seems like a bit of a waste for a cheap makeshift headband for an immediate con that'll be discarded when the costume gets polished for a later one. I'll check whether she has access to it, though.

Thanks for the help
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>>9889309
My hair already is pretty close to the right color (brown, the wig is black) so dying the stubble wouldn't be too difficult. I feel like faux fur would look really bad
>>9890053
I was planning on getting a lace front and chopping it up and glueing down the edges, the character has a pretty distinct widow's peak, so I was planning on using Marty or maybe choosing a different wig and ventilating the widow's peak myself
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1. A long enough wig to be put into puffy braids and not look weird at the back?

2. How to securely attach the cord details on the jacket to the left shoulder without much bulk?
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>>9890619
You'd be better off sectioning it off so the back looks the way you want and then using clip in extensions for the braids
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>>9890194
You could try lightly sanding the spot where the horns will sit. Or using gorilla glue? Worst case scenario, use a velcro patch and hot glue
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>>9890452
It sounds like you're confident in your wig skills to do it, so go for it. Try buying a used Arda wig though so you can safely fuck up
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I need major help on a Irelia (reworked) cosplay i'm planning to do i have no where to start as there is 0 resources to help me in this. I dont know what to use fpr her leggings and body in general and if theres any type of foam that would be good and strong for her armor as im planning on wearing it for a con. I have a idea for a wig but suggestions are good too. I'm a total novice in cosplay this help would be appreciated!
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So I want to remake this belt, since I initially used plastic jars, which were cumbersome and also a little too big. I've thought about using PVC pipe but I have nothing to saw it with, and I feel like craft foam with nothing to back itself would cause it to collapse in on itself.

Putting cans inside is an idea, but no one in this house is a soda/beer drinker, nor eats any canned foods. I might just go with this option anyway and eat like a homeless person for a week, but I'm posting here in case anyone has any other suggestions as to what to make the gold "shells" out of or what to back craft foam with.




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