- 5:13 pm - Tue, Aug 13, 2013
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Not really cosplay related, but just to remind I still have some ready-to-ship mana and health potion jewelry : earrings, necklage, and straps. :)
Inspired by many video games I love, and made with love and candle jelly !
Just follow the link, if you’re intested ! :)
Ayanna on Etsy
- 7:29 pm - Fri, Jul 26, 2013
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Plushie tutorial : Gii (from Blazblue)
Gii is just an example, but the method can be used for other plushies of course. ;)
HQ here :
* making the base of the plushie :
- plastic bags (that you will use to put stuff in it)
- stuffing (Fabrics felts, clothes, anything “malleable”…)
- large cello tape (to wrap the whole thing and keep it in place)
- plastic wrap
* “actual plushie” :
- non stretch fabric (that you will use for the “first” layer of your plushie)
- stretch fabric (for the visible layer)
- stretch fabric (you can also you non stretch fabric but in that case there is no interest in making a “first layer” as in the end you will have to make a lot of “pinces” so that your fabrics follow the right shape)
* Details, facial features
- wire (wings and paws)
- felt and cotton thread (eyes, cheeks)
- artificial nails (teeth)
- aluminium sheets (ears, tail)
- hot glue
1) Take some plastics bags, large cello tape, and your stuffing (you can use fabric felts, clothes, anything that is flabby enough to be shaped).
For Gii, I decided to make to different plastics bags : one for the head, and one for the body, but it’s up to what you’re making !
I took the first bag, stuffed it with fabrics and clothes, until I had the size I wanted for it. When you have the right size for the body (or any part) try to shape it by pressing the stuffing with your hands (make it more flat, more round…). When it’s done, just wrap the whole thing with your tape (wrap it tight so it won’t move or lose its shape).
It’s not easy to keep exactly the shape you did first but don’t worry, you’ll be able to fix it later !
Do the same for all the different parts of your plushie (head, paws…)
As I told you before, mine is composed of two parts : body and head.
On the picture, you can see I attached them by putting more tape around it (the pink plastic bag is the head).
2) Here, you can see the two parts completely attached by all the tape I put on.
3, 4, 5) If you’re not totally satisfied with the shape of your plushie (that was my case), just add some more stuffing (I used fabric felts) and fix it directly onto the base with your tape. (My Gii needed more “butt” so I added several layers of yellow fabrics on it :p)
6,7) When you’re satisfied with the general shape, wrap the whole shape again with tape. Here’s the result so far.
8) Then take your “cellophane” and wrap (yes, again) the “plushie”. Make sure you do not forget any part of it.
9) Take your tape one more time, and add a final layer onto the plastic wrap. That will be your “pattern” so try to avoid big pleats.
I drew the facial features of Gii to figure out where I had to cut the different pieces of the body for the pattern, but it’s up to you ! ;)
10, 11, 12) Try to determine how many pieces you’ll need for your plushie pattern. It’s hard to explain (sorry for my poor English skills :( ) but you should be able to determine it quite easily (and maybe you’ll understand better in the next steps). I chose to make 4 pieces for mine : two the front, and two for the back of the plushie.
13) When you have drawn your pieces, take a cutter and gently cut onto the lines you drew. Be careful, you have to cut ONLY the last layer of tape AND the plastic wrap.
When it’s done, remove gently these two layers (together). Check out that you’re not removing more layers than necessary.
14) There, you can see I removed a half of the plushie (the front right piece and the back right piece) : that will be enough to pattern it. This way, it will be symmetrical.
As you can see, the pieces cannot be “flattened” on the floor. That means you have to create darts on the tricky parts.
15) Cut some little lines on strategic areas (where you have some curves), until you can make your tape piece flat.
Don’t worry about how many darts you’ll have. In the end, this won’t show because you’ll have only to make them on the first (non stretch) layer of the plushie.
Repeat on each piece of the pattern.
16) Then, draw each piece of the pattern two times (if you chose to make your plushie in 4 pieces like me) on your non stretch fabric (for the first layer). Be careful to turn it upside down to have symmetrical pieces.
no picture) Sew your darts (on the non stretch fabric), and then put fabrics pieces together (the seam allowance on the stretch fabric should be larger, because it’s stretchy. I took 1 cm for the non stretch fabric, and 2-3 cm for the stretch one). Be sure to let free the bottom of you plushie, so you’ll be able to stuff it.
17) Stuff the first layer of fabric (with batting) until you’re happy with the result. (see pictures). Clos the bottom by handsewing the plushie.
18) As I wasn’t totally happy with the shape (I wanted to flatten a bit the top of the head) I did some handsewing, it was really quick and I the result was much better to my opinion. J
19, 20) there you can see I put the wings of my plushie onti it. (see the WIP of the wings on my FB page)
21, 22) adding the paws, made with wire, hot glue, and black paint.
23) Take your stretch fabric (the one that will show), and your plushie pattern. Report your pattern on the fabric (ignore the darts, that is not necessary, that was my mistake to report them as well on this layer ^^’), and cut the pieces.
24) sew your pieces together.
25) When it’s done, put your plushie (wirst layer + stuffing) into your actual stretch fabric (turned the wrong side out). You should have some disegraceful pleat, that’s totally normal ! (because this is stretch fabric).
Just pin the fabric excess, take off the plushie, sew the lines you’ve drawn with the pins, and try it on again.
Repeat until you’re happy with it.
26) Put on the stretch fabric onto the plushie a lst time, and close it by handsewing.
You’re done for the body, just add details now ! (facial features, paws, tails, whatever you want or need !)
27) ears and tail made with alluminium sheets covered with fabric. As the alluminium sheets I put in the tail is quite strong and heavy, my plushie can stand by itself. J
28) Teeth were made with artificial nails.
29) Details. (the eyes and cheeks were made with felt and the edged were embroidered by hand).
30-36) the result ! :D
My English is quite poor, I apologize for it. If you have any questions, suggestions, do not hesitate to ask, I would be glad to answer ! ;)
This “tutorial” is not an exhaustive guideline of plushie making.
That’s probably not the best way of making plushie, and maybe there are some mistakes , but this is just how I made mine, and I must say I’m quite happy with it ! :)
- 11:49 pm - Thu, Jul 25, 2013
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Trying to struggle with my laziness o/
Here’s a small collage of how I made my skirt for my Morrigan (from Dragon Age) cosplay.
Not much pictures because I had to make it really quickly, these are just the main steps.
As often, the first step was to draft my pattern with the help of plastic wrapp + large cello tape. I just looked at my reference pictures (artwork for the front, game screenshot for the back) and tried to draw the pieces on me. (tracing the back was quite tricky XD)
(I remade it twice, but that’s often the case because cello tape doesn’t fit like fabric, of course. Always try a first time with cheap fabric, to be sure your pattern is correct. :) )
Then I traced it on my fabric (actually, it is made with a brown leather I got on an aviator jacket I bought in a second hand shop), cut it our, and hand sewed the pieces together with a cross stich, using beige cotton thread (as on the reference).
The large belt (not much WIP of it) I put on the skirt is made with a different leather, lined, and the fur is fake white fur I dyed beige with tea (I might add a WIP post of it later).
Then I had to make a loooot of “leather belts” (something like 30 or 40) with different leather, suede, and some actual belts, to give the slort an authentic look (I didn’t want to have 40 belt made with the same fabric, same size and so…)
The hardest part of the construction was to try to make the belts fit nicely around the skirt, following the artworks and screenshots. I spent so much time on hesitating about the right place/length of EACH BELT ! XD
Then I added some metal buckles (that I got on carboard filed, belts…) at (more or less) random spots.
Finally, I tried to add some extra details (holes in some belts) and worked a bit on the colors using leather polish.
Here it is ! o/
To see more WIP and picture, check out my FB page
- 7:24 pm - Fri, Jul 19, 2013
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Small WIP break (that takes so much time XD) ! Instead, here are two shots of my Bloodmoon Akali (from League of Legends) costume !
Thanks a lot to N8e who did a great job !!!
More pictures and “work in progress” on my FB page.
- 2:27 pm - Thu, Jul 18, 2013
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Here’s a (MESSY) WIP of my boyfriend’s Katamari king cosplay’s head !
We made it last May but I didn’t find the time to upload it before today.
We made our costume really, really quickly (less than 2 weeks for our 2 costumes + others…) so I don’t have pictures of all step, but I hope it can still helps in some way… !
This was our first time working with yoga mat and such materials, but we received advices from our dear friend Arlek Cosplay and learnt many things during the construction, even if we’re still beginners ! :)
I’ll try to give you informations about the pictures and main steps of construction, but if you have any further question, feel free to ask, I’ll try to struggle with my poor English and vanishing memories ! XD
The three main steps of the mask :
1 : base made with cardboard, plastic egg boxed, etc… then covered with several layers of paper mache
2 : we added more paper mache, more deep to the mask (si it’s not too flat)
3 : coating with gesso before applying painting.
For the head itself, we used the Yoga mat. We made two big tubes (each made with 4 rectangles pieces) by heating and forming the yoga mat pieced, and glued them together.
Then we cut the neck hole and at the top of it, you can see the system for preventing the head to move.
We just took a helmet, removed the top of it, and added wood rods on the front and of the back of it to maintain the head.
The base of the mask was glued on the head and I coatied with gesso before painting it.
Before we began the proper painting of the head, we applied two layer of “plasti dip” (not sure about the exact term, just ask if you want me to search a better way to explain) as coating.
All the stencils was a pain in the ass to make !!! We spent much time searching for good proportions and size for each “color strip” and pattern…
And once once each piece of strip was painted, Jo had to move the stencil, paint again, correct errors, and so on…
It was definitely the longest and tidious part. Jo had 4 days to make all the painting job, and he painted it until the last minute before we had to leave for the convention ! XD
But I think he made an awesome job ! :)
More WIP post about our Katamari costumes to come !
More picture and finishes costume here : Ayanna Cosplay
- 10:50 pm - Wed, Jul 17, 2013
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Hey guys !
After these few months of cosplay making and conventions, I’m taking a small break and took some time to add new things on my etsy shop.
I have materials left, I have a bit of free time, and I need money for my next costume, perfect solution !
For now, there’s only fake fur creations (ears, tails) and some geeky jewelry, but other products are waiting to be improved to be sold there too !
Have a look at it, if you wish !
- 12:41 am - Mon, Jul 15, 2013
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A small wip of how I did my Akali (from League of legend) outfit, especially the embroiderings ! :)
Hope this can help in some way.
First picture : almost finished outfit.
Second picture : the base of the “kimono”. I drafted my pattern from scratch and cut it into white microfiber (for the lining) then into red silk (no picture, but same shape.)
Third picture : trying to have the right pattern (paying attention to size, proportions, etc…)
That took quite a long time (and many tries) because the base shape needed to be really precise ! If the bottom angle is 132 degrees rather than 134, it ruins everything because you can’t repeat your pattern without interfering with the next one… !
I repeated the pattern on a small surface (I should have done it more, because it was really hard to move it quite often and find the perfect position…), cut it to have a stencil, and reported it with white chalk on my fabric.
Embroider all the lines (with a tight zig zag with normal sewing machine) took SOOOOO much time ! something like 30 hours or so for 5 pieces of fabric.
And of course, my sewing machine broke when I needed it the most… Hopefully a friend of mine came with her machine and helped my a whole afternoon.
As you can see on the picture “wrong side of the fabric”, I embroided everything using normal A4 papier sheets…
Actually, I already spent much money in the fabric (first time I’m using 100% silk :’) ), on the embroidering thread (30€ just for the upper thread, no kidding…) so I decided that I would use simple paper sheets as embroidery stabilizer… :’D
I’m not ashamed, I wanted to save money and once I tear off the rest of it, you can’t tell it’s paper… :’)
But it was a pain in the ass to place, sew, replace and so on… (and of course, I can only clean it by dry-cleaning !)
I feel quite sad when I think that 50% of it will be hidden by the rest of the costume… :’)
Well, when it was done, I just put the 5 red pieces together, and sewed it to the white lining.
This can’t be seen on these pictures (see finished costumes pictures here) but I added 5~cm wide of (hand made) white bias all along the outfit, as on the reference picture.
In the end I’m quite happy with the result, but I had many, many, many troubles with this costume…
If you have any comment or futher question, just ask on Ayanna-Cosplay ! :)
- 4:11 pm - Sat, Jul 13, 2013
- 137 notes
New post about my Bloodmoon Akali (from League of Legends) weapons ! :)
Not sure my English is good enough to make a detailed and full description about it, but I’ll try my best !
[Click on pictures to enlarge]
The first picture shows the general pattern of the “head” of each weapon (I altered a bit then but that’s not really important.).
Then I cut this shape into 3mm MDF board (once for each weapon), and into 2 cm extruded polystyrene foam (twice for each weapon), as you can see on the second picture.
The MDF board was inserted into a wood broomstick, then glued and nailed for more security.
Then, the purpose was to put one layer of polystyrene on each side of the MDF board, for each weapon, so I dug the polystyrene layers (with dremel) so the stick would fit on it.
When it was done, I glued the first polystyrene layer with the medium layer, then the second one. Then I put some reaaaaally heavy things on the head of the weapons when the glue is drying. (1 to 3 days.)
Well, that was the easy and quick part, but it was fun to make, even for me, I’m not used to prop making ! I needed the help of my father for the next step : the sanding. (I was running out of time and that takes quite a long moment is you want a smooth and regular finish !)
As the polystyrene is quite fragile, I added a layer of coating (not sure about the right word, it’s “enduit” in french…), waited for it to dry, sanded it, added some more coating when it wasn’t perfect, and repeated the process several times.
Not sure this was the best material to make it less fragile, but that’s not too bad ! But I’d like to try somethine easier to work with, and even more strong ! :)
I tried to draw the “marks” on the blades, made a stencil and reported it on my weapons, and I just dug the blades with my dremel (quite practical, but the result is not so smooth in the inside, it’s really hard to have something perfect ! :o )
Then I just painted them with spray silver painting, and added shadows by making a black washing into the edges of the “marks” (you can see my nice boyfriend lending me a hand on the washing ! :D).
I wish I had made more shadows and effect but I had NO time for it, Maybe I’ll try to make them look more authentic, old, and bloody ! 8D
Well, then I just added the finish touches : red straps, leather straps, end “button”, and so on. :)
The balance isn’t great, they were really heavy (for me) after I carried them more than 30 minutes ! (Especially when I had to stand with my weapons rosen, like a true ninja ! ;D)
I have to do better next time on balance, but I learnt many things doing them, and they do not look to bad for a props beginner I guess ! :)
final cosplay picture by N8e
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