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How to Make a Wrist Lighter For Cosplay

        It’s Just a Flick of the Wrist
(How to Make a Wrist Lighter)

Have you ever wanted to be an alchemist? How about a fire mage? An assassin, maybe? Well I happen to have a pretty nifty tutorial for that. It’s easy, very affordable, and such a fun parlor trick!

What you’ll need:

  • A grill lighter

$3.00 at any grocery store

  • A spark ignition (grill ignition/button)

$7.00 at any hardware store

  • Duct tape

You probably have this lying around

  • Something to bind everything to your hand (like elastic)

$4.00 for a BUNCH of elastic ribbon at Walmart

  • String or thread

Again, you probably have this lying around, but it’s not expensive.

So this awesome little contraption will cost you at most $20.00. Trust me, the looks you’ll get will be so worth it.

Step 1.

Start by taking apart the grill lighter. You probably won’t need tools to tear it limb from limb, but if you’re having trouble, a knife should do the trick. Just be careful.

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The only part you need from this is the butane container with the gas line attached (shown below). There will be a small plastic piece that attaches where the gas line begins; this is to release the butane.

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Step 2.

At this point, you will need your spark igniter.image3

This is the model I used however, many different kinds will work. I wanted an easy push button (and man is this an easy push button. I shocked myself a few times playing with it.)

 

 

 

 

Plug the two wires in as shown below and attach the other sides so that they straddle the end of the gas line.

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Before you end up securing them in place, make sure they are positioned correctly. Just give it a few tries by starting the ignition and opening the gas line; if there is a flame, you’ve got it!

Step 3.

You will need to create a harness to secure the flame to your hand. My costume ended up covering up the wrist/hand area anyway so I used some gnarly elastic that happened to be lying around. If you can’t afford this, I suggest using flesh colored fishnets. Make sure that the flame will not touch the fabric. I mean it. You don’t want your arm catching fire. A good way to ensure this is to use a metal nut around the base of the gas line and ignition.

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Step 4.

Harness the butane to your arm. That’s right. You get to walk around attached to a tank of butane! (Tank might be an exaggeration).

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Step 5.

Tie the string or thread to the little plastic piece that controls the gas. Then tie a loop around your finger. Make sure the tension is right. You don’t want to be leaking all day, nor do you want too much slack. The idea is that you flick your wrist back and BAM! Fire!

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So now that you’ve made it, you’ll secure every part to you but keep the ignition button tucked up your arm. I had a scarf that I lodged it into. My reason for this is that I didn’t want to ever accidentally unleash my pyrotechnics.

Have fun and be safe! Make sure your venue won’t freak out… but then again it is always better to ask forgiveness than to ask permission, right? After all, you control fire now.

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How to Apply One Punch Man Saitama Bald Cap for Cosplay

No enemy has been able to injure him in any way, or even survive from a single earnest punch! That’s our strongest super hero, Saitama!
As we have completed the Saitama costume development, we are now moving to the cosplay tutorial.
Good news, shaving the head is not the only way to cosplay Caped Baldly, here we are providing a simple tutorial on how to put on the bald cap and make it natural to look.

Materials:

  • Bald cap
  • Marker pen
  • Brush
  • 3 different liquid foundations for makeup
  • White glue
  • Adjustable plastic wax

Firstly, comb your hair backward and use wax to keep it fixed. At this step, make sure to expose your hairline fullysaitama OPMPut on the bald cap, mark carefully along the hairline with pen and spare some room where the needless part is to be cut off.OPM cossaitamaThen, cut off the extra part, if you want to avoid any hair cutting or hurting yourself, take it off  and do it on a desk.

Done cutting, put on the cap again and adjust the position when wearing.

Then use swabs to apply the glue little by little along the egde.

We’ve come to an important step here, use edge past to smooth the edge and make it natural.

Adjustable plastic wax is also workable.saitama cosplayFinally, coloring! Mix foundations of different colors according to the cosplayer’s skin condition.  Color the edge first and gradually brush to the whole head.

Add some face powder if you like, it will look more natural and be waterproof.saitama costumePerfectly done! Put on the white cape and yellow jumpsuit, you are the B-class hero.

You can find more One Punch Man costumes and armors at miccostumes .com including Genos cyborg armSpeed-o’-Sound Sonic, and Tornado of Terror.

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How to Make Cloud Strife Armor–Final Fantasy VII Remake

Do not get too excited on the announcement of the Final Fantasy VII Remake, we are presenting  the FF 7 Cloud Strife armor for cosplay! It is time to get real,and let’s see how they were developed.

Generally, the full set Cloud armor includes 2 forearm bracers and a pauldron. Firstly, we start  from the basic pattern making for the shoulder pad. (more…)

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Star Wars The Force Awakens Rey Cosplay Tutorials Collection: Hair, Goggles, Staff and Costume

“There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?”
Bet no one did not. Star Wars: The Force Awakens excites the world fans, at the same time, our prominent female Jedi Rey shows up. What’s more exciting? Cosplay her! Here we summed up a complete cosplay tutorial for Rey’s hair, goggles, staff and costume

1.Making goggles
As a Jedi, Rey’s goggles is kind of the epic part of her whole look. Blue lenses would help a lot, but let’s trying to make it solid and detailed

Thanks for Juliaeisler,  she shered tips for making the Rey’s  goggle on Instructable, you may not want to miss this.To create these, you’ll need two different pairs of goggles, pair one and pair two.Remove the blue lenses from the first pair and attach them onto the second using E6000 glue before covering them in linen fabric. Place beige felt over the line to enhance the authenticity of the googles and to help give them the proper shape. Add gray felt to the top and the bottom of the goggles.

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To give the goggles their distinctive detailing, using craft leather you can add on the character’s rusty leather pieces using glue. Then use a black permanent marker to draw on the markings around the lenses. With black and gray spray paint and a sponge you’ll be able to customize the goggles to look the way that you want.

2.Costume

Here  Matt Shanley,  his tutorial for making the Rey’s  costume is really helpful and detailed.
For Rey’s shirt, use a white Chiffon tank and cut it into a V-neck. Sew the edges on the neckline. This shirt should be billowy and long enough to sew the dress onto. Spray this dress with the brown, black, and beige on the edges and leave the center white.
For this project, 13 yards of beige Cotton Gauze fabric were used. This was the most expensive part of the costume, but well-worth the investment. It billows nicely and is translucent to the light coming through, but thick enough to be opaque if pleated.

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First, pin all of the pieces onto a dress form to achieve the perfect fit or drape around yourself and pin as you go. Save yourself some trouble and have someone help with this. Pinch the fabric into pleats in to gather at the shoulders. Drape the gathered fabric across the chest.Rey costume

Sew the four pieces of fabric onto the white shirt and place it where it would fit on my body. This will keep it from unraveling. Take the additional pieces and sew them to pieces that you already sewed on. This is where you can get most creative because you are able to fit this exactly to your body.
Take the “shirt” off and place it back onto a dress form or lay out flat and spray it with black, brown, and beige to give it more dimensions. Highlight the shoulders and the four ends of the fabric more to make them stand out. Once it dries, wet it in cold water and toss it in the dryer so it isn’t as stiff.
Beige linen fabric can be used as cowl, just Place the cowl around your head like a headscarf and pin it in the back. Then use the two ends to twist around your head and pin on one side and used the other side to drape around your neck and shoulders.

Easier way for Rey’s pants, just find alike Bohemian-style pants, and Spray it with black, brown, and almond paint to give them more dimension

For belt, find ones that match the black shading on the outside and the rusty brown in the center. Or use paint on brown belts to match the look.

As to Arm and Leg Wraps: Use leftover Cotton Gauze fabric for the arm and leg wraps. Spray them with black, brown, and silver to give an aged look. Cut them into four pieces and sew or safety-pin them to the shirt and pants for them to stay in place when moving around.

3.Making staff

Rey has the staff because it is all she can afford, there also are many options  for cosplyers , but if you want it as detailed as it’s in the movie, kylegilbert’s tutorial is the very example for you. Some daily materials like showerhead, conduit,cord and canvas were used.

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4. Hair
After watching the movie, Rey’s Triple buns can hardly be overlooked. The hairstyle seems easy to operate, but if you are not good at this stuff, it still got your troubled; here we are sharing Silvousplaits’ s video

Finally, before you posing for shooting put on some makeup. Unlike many other characters, Rey’s makeup is very natural and bronze. So a strong brow, bronzer on the cheeks, and light brown on the eyes finish the look.

 

 

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How to Change a Shoe Color For Cosplay

Cosplay Shoe color change tutorial

  • -Floral Paint (Design Master Brand)
  • -Shoes in the style for your cosplay
  • -Acetone/Nail Polish Remover
  • -Painter’s tape (only if you want the heel color or any portion of the shoe to stay the same color as the original)
  • -Sealant (optional)

We all have been window shopping for cosplay shoes at one point. Did you ever have a moment where you found the perfect shoes in your size, affordable and the perfect style, but the wrong color? I know I have. Did you ever try to use acrylic spray paint on the shoes and thought it worked well only for the paint to start cracking after a wear or two? I’m also guilty of that.

This is before I found out about the method of using Floral paint, a paint that can be found at your local craft or fabric store. These cans are found in the spray paint section, which is good for easy coverage and run to about $6 dollars or so, which is much easier than buying more expensive but accurate shoes.

While it may look the same as any regular acrylic spray paint, floral paint is meant to be used on live flowers, so it is more flexible and is meant to get into nooks and creases like the ones in flowers without cracking or chipping off.

It comes in a wide variety of colors and is very easy to use.

1.) First, you take your shoe and make sure to keep it on your foot. This isn’t absolutely necessary but it is easier because you can stretch the shoe with your foot more so that all the creases caused by the shoe’s fabric will get covered and lessens the likeliness of the paint from splitting where the creases are. If you’re not in the mood, spray it while someone else is wearing the shoe or stuff newspaper into them.

2.)Clean the shoes off and strip them with nail polish remover. This will take off dirt and let the paint better adhere to the shoes. You can also paint them white to bright the color of the final product.

3.) If you want the heel of the shoe to stay the same color as the original shoe (example: if the heel on the original shoe is black and you want it to stay black before you spray paint the rest of the shoe a different color), take the painter’s tape and cut little strips. Painter’s tape is easy to rip so it is better to rip off small strips and cover the section in it to make sure no paint gets on it. If you just want the entire shoe one color, skip this step.

4.) If the shoe is like a Mary Jane shoe or flat kind of shoe where there is nothing covering the opening of the shoe, stuff newspaper into the shoe so the inside of the shoe doesn’t get covered in paint and rub off on your socks or feet.

5.) Start painting! Take your time and be patient. You can paint the smaller details with a paintbrush.

6.) When your painting is done, feel free to either do another coat, take the tape off and leave it alone, or protect it with the sealant.

7.) Enjoy your new accurate cosplay shoes for a quarter of the price!!!

 

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