Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Applique - The E-Z Way

Adding Applique
The E-Z Way

Basically I cheat.  I use iron on adhesives.  I glue my pattern to the back of the iron on.  I then cut it out.  And iron the pattern on and WIN!!

To begin I need the fabric.  I has been recommended to me to use the cheapest satin possible.  It unravels the least.  I havn't experimented with other fabrics.  But cheap satin does totally work.  I print out my design,  Pearl's star, full size.   And I had some Loctitie 300.  You could use other glue.  I recommend a spray glue.

My fabric is a little wrinkled.

Here is my iron on material.  It is EPIC.  So useful!!

Once I have ironed on the iron on material.  I then glue on my pattern to the paper of the iron on material.  You can glue to the paper of the iron on,  because you will be removing it.  

I then cut out the fabric using the pattern and an Xacto knife.  And BAM Pearl's star is done.

I then spent about about a half hour getting it positioned right.  I measured from the seam points on the neckline.  From each point to the top of the star.  I kept moving the star until it the two measurements were the same,  well within a 1/16 of an inch.  But that made sure the star is centered on my chest.


It is machine washable,  Just use cold water.  And if the tips of the star start to come off,  a quick hit from the iron and you can readhere them!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Modding Pop Vinyls

Modding Pop Vinyls

I wanted to make a custom pop vinyl. I had seen other people do it and it looked fun. It looked like a quick way to learn/sharpen some skills for cheap.   Also everything I have learned about modding pop vinyls I learned from Britfang Cosplay.  Check him out.  Oh yes. 

I have a friend who likes pop vinyls, and that person has a birthday.  So it was time to make a pop vinyl.  The one problems I have found with pop vinyls is all the popular characters have been done. So I decided to do an interrogation scene Black Widow. I think it is an impressive scene. She is in control the entire time. 

This is what I came up with. 

There is already a Black Widow Pop Vinyl. I purchased one. And used the head.  Thus the head is done.

I looked for a female pop vinyl with a dress and a v neck-line.  I ended up with Six from Battle Star Galatia.  I had trouble finding a specific pop vinyl with this dress. I went to all the stores at the mall.  That was a bad idea. I found a Facebook group, the Funko Pop Checklist,  that is nothing but a list of all the Pop Vinyls. I could just scroll down and see them all. PERFECT.  

I soaked Six in hot water and the head popped right off. The Black Widow head is a bobble head, and Six is not.  So I covered the black widow head in masking tape, so I couldn't damage it.  

The inside of the Black Widow head.  It is very open. Also you can see the Six body with it's plug.  

To fill the head I added some expanding foam.  I added too much.

While the expanding foam was curing I painted Six's dress black.  I used a very small paint brush, and a tooth pick.

I cut away the giant mass of excess expandy foam. The inside still wasn't cured. A little googling, and I found out that if you add water, it can speed up the curing.  I tried it.  It works,  it expanded more.  I let it finish curing for a weekend.  Then I carved enough out for the body to fit. I wasn't sure how glue would react with the foam.  So I sealed the expanding foam with mod podge. I them used epoxy to secure the body to the head. 

I used some flesh tone paint and added rips in the body of the pop vinyl. I also used some black acrylic paint and mod podge (1 paint to 10 mod podge ratio) to paint on panty hose. I painted over the panty hose with flesh tone paint to make rips.


I super glued some twine to the wrists for the rope. I was concerned about the glue and the body. So I used tape as a buffer. 

In the movie she is wearing a gold necklace, and a gold bracelet on her right wrist.  And her dress has a silver zipper on the back.  I didn't have any acrylic paint those colors.  But I did have spray paint.  If you spray paint on something else (like a trash bag),  you can make a puddle. It takes a few seconds to dry.  I grabbed a tooth pick and painted on the necklace, bracelet, and zipper.

The person this pop vinyl is going to does not take them out of the box,  I think.
So I took the Six box apart. I taped over the clear part. And I spray painted the entire box white. 

I cut apart the Black Widow box. I wanted the Black Widow head.And the pop vinyl logo. To get the stripes on the pop vinyl box consistent in color I printed the design below.  And cut them out.  This also allowed me to type with name. I have sloppy hand writing.  Writing in white on red can be difficult.  But printing is super easy! Also I found a lot of people think the pop vinyl font is bebas neue (link)

And this is the end result! 

And yes.  With a little itty bitty piece of worbla,  I made a cell phone.  It is in her hand. A flip phone.  I painted a screen and buttons.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Silvers Rayeligh

This cosplay consists of a pair of green shorts, an orange shirt,  cape,  wig, glasses,sword, flask, beard, and flip flops.

I did not make or modify the flip flops.

I started with a green pair of pants.
But the green wasn't perfect. So I lightened it with some spray paint made for silk flowers. The above pic shows the before and after of the pants. The inside of the pants are the original color.  

I then needed to 'put' dots on them. I did some experiments to see what method worked best,  and was washing machine safe.

I then hand painted the dots on trying to match the pattern.

I then cut them to length as shorts,  and hemmed them.

To the Shirt:
It was originally a turtle neck shirt.  A basic t-shirt.

I cut it in half in the front.  Then I sewed it back together to give the illusion of a button up shirt. 

Then modified it from a turtle neck to a v-neck.  

The cape:
I don't have any pics for the making of my cape.  I just took a bed sheet and a big piece of fabric. And sewed them together. And then I made a hood from the same materials. 

The Sword!!!

In the manga it states his sword is half of his height. I am 6 foot 4.  So my version should be 3 foot 2. I used this measurement to scale his sword and produce the above rendering.  
I printed the grip life sized and used it to carve out some insulation foam into the shape of the grip.  

I then sanded it round. And coated it in 6 coats of wood glue.  

And then one final coat of 5 minute epoxy.  The epoxy made it very strong. I then wrapped the grip in blue upholstery vinyl. I did sharpie the edges blue so they would be less visible. 

For the blade, I cut two long strips of 10 mm thick craft foam.  I used the sanding bit of a dremel to make a 1/2 in wide groove that is 1/16 inch deep to accommodate a aluminum bar running down the middle.  The bar is 1/2 inch  by 1/8 inch. 

I then glued the foam together around the aluminum with handy dandy contact cement.  

I then used masking tape to divide the blade in half.  And began sanding the bevel.  
Then I began sanding the flat part of the blade.  

The pommel is a piece of styrene that is the same thickness as the aluminum.  I sandwiched that between two pieces of sintra.  And sanded them smooth.

The cross guard was carved from a piece of styrene. I used the cheapest glue stick I could find to glue a pattern I printed onto the stryene.  And then the pattern was removed.  

Final Sword
Above is a pic of the beta sword. I recessed a wooden wheel into the pommel to make the gem.  The final version will use state of the art googly eyes!