Archive | July, 2011

Tunesday: Kato Miliyah x Shimizu Shota Believe

28 Jul

Epicness!

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Cosplay Inspiration: MGS 4

27 Jul

Cosplay by Konoe_Lifestream, Photography by Arwenphoto

O.O

That is all I have to say!

 

Tutorial Tuesday: Wings

26 Jul

I haven’t seen more epic wings than this.

I appolize for getting this out so late.

Otakon has materialized and my cosplay isn’t done.

Enjoy!

By Etaru

The steps:
1.) Bend copper wire (preferably thicker wire, or hangers if you have none) into the desired shape (think bird-in-the-distance: -v-)

2.) Bend a box-like base at the bottom, where they’ll rest against your back when the wings are bent to extend away from your body.

3.) Cut chicken wire (or fence wire, whatever you feel is more structurally sturdy, but light) into either a rectangle or triangle shape. This will be “body” of the wings.

4.) Attach chicken wire to the wire base~~ Keep in mind, make the base at least 3-5 inches smaller than what you want the wings to be, because the length of the feathers should extend beyond it.

5.) Glue (white) batting onto the chicken wire, covering all wire. DO NOT USE FELT. I’ve seen it done and it’s not as attractive when light is passed through the wings, batting helps diffuse the light so there’s not a stark contrast between your feathers and the wire. Make as few folds/creases as possible, this will make laying the feathers that much simpler.

6.) Get a feel for how you want the feather to look (aka look into birds’ wings, or how the character’s wings are drawn) before laying feathers. Lay the feathers out to get an idea of they should look like.

7.) TRIM THE FEATHERS unless the artwork was fraying feathers. Compare picture #1 with #5. See the difference? YOU WILL TRIM. I KNOW you will trim.

8.) Start gluing feathers onto batting, starting at the bottom and working your way up in layers, NOT DOWN.

~~~~~~ 8.5) You can’t buy feathers as long as in #4 and #5, probably because there’s no birds out there with feathers 3 feet long. Combine several for the longer feathers, cutting off the “stems” where there’s the fluff for each except the bottom one. For the one in #5, there’s about 4 or 5 combined together. The longer the feathers, the larger your wings will appear to be.

9.) Be sure to cover both sides of each wing with feathers! Photo #6 is the back of the wing, see how it looks identical to the front? So lay feathers in the same direction/pattern.

10.) When you peel the feather layers apart on the bottom and side, you’ll be able to see the batting, so “plug” it up with leftover downs, or buy some smaller feathers specifically for that.

11.) Each feather on top the other will cover the stems, but not on the very top. Cover them with the fluffy small feathers called “downs” (not shown).

12.) When both wings are done, cover the center base with more batting and perhaps fluffy downs, so you don’t give it away that you’re not REALLY an angel ^_~

The feathers are one pound of white turkey hen rounds bought from RainbowFeather Co. [link] who’ll treat you real nice. The smaller fluff feathers were purchased from JoAnn’s, but I recommend getting 1/2 lb. of downs just so you won’t run out for a project. (Half a pound has lasted me over 2 years and through more than 4 pairs of wings lol).

KEEP IN MIND: There are many other ways that work just as well – if not better – so explore the options before starting, and have fun!
Refer here for final result: [link]
In the Alexiel wings [link] , the wire base was substituted with 1/2″ PVC pipe, which calls for a different type of harness.

Material Monday: DAS Modeling Clay

25 Jul

Material Monday’s have gotten popular =]

DAS Air Drying Clay

What it is: An Air-Drying, mold-able clay that is non-toxic.

What it comes in: 1 pound and 2 pound packages of rectangular shape. It comes in white and terra-cotta color.

What it does: Allows the user to mold clay pieces without having to fire or glaze the clay.

What it can go over: I tried it out over a wire frame and it seemed relatively wonderful, it has also been used to cover over wood objects (you have to wet the wood first, however). It also does well with being rolled onto a flat sheet.

Places to Buy:Its sold at most craft stores like AcMoore, Michaels, Jo-Anns, and Hobby Lobby.

Pros: Air drying, sandable, texurable

Cons: takes 24 hrs to dry, doesn’t like to be added to itself (attaching two separate pieces of das clas while it is still wet), drys out in air very quickly,

Helpful Hint:  To work with the clay, put the entire contents into a Ziploc bag and keep it in the refrigerator. Only remove what you think you will need and use water to keep the clay moist and flexible.

Gallery (I apologize, I couldn’t find a lot of pictures with the clay)

You can see the clay WAY up in the left hand corner

Made by Bodhi Blastia

 

All of these were made using Das Clay

 

If you have a project that you used Das Clay for, let us know and we’ll post it up in the gallery!

Doki and Nabi: There She Is Step 1

22 Jul

I was introduced to Doki and Nabi through a friend of mine and haven’t been able to put it down since. I must have watched it a bazillion times.

So now its here for all of you to enjoy!

Posted on YT by Madamegato and the video original is by Sambakza (sambakza.net)

Tunesday: Paradise by Yuya Matsushita

21 Jul

Catchy dance moves and cute pouty lips? What more could you want?