How to Make a Madoka Crossbow Prop

Hello everyone, I’m back with another tutorial!! Being a fan of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and a cosplayer of the title character Madoka, I’ve realized that while just having the costume is fun enough and recognizable, it’s always cool to have a prop handy to pose with, so what better than Madoka’s Bow and Arrow that she gains in her magical girl form?  /人◕ ‿‿ ◕人\

This tutorial is easy for beginners and use mostly items you can find around your own house or get at a local craft shop, such as:

-A pack of wooden dowels (you can find these at Michaels for $3-$5)

-Model Magic Air-Dry Clay (Also sold at Michaels or Target in multiple colors for $3-$5 dollars a pack)

-Brown Acrylic Paint

-Pink Acrylic Paint

-Modge Podge Sealant

-White or Brown String

-Hot Glue Gun

-Exacto Knife

-A big fake pink rose

-Foam board/Cardboard/Layered transparent files in red or pink

 

Step 1: The Arrow.

To get the arrow out of the way, look up a reference picture of Madoka’s arrow.

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Draw the image onto your surface or a practice piece of paper and carefully cut it out using sharp scissors or the exact knife (then cut out on the actual foam/cardboard/transparent files using the scissors/exacto knife if you used a practice piece of paper).

Clean the arrow up around the edges and sharp turns of the arrow and then coat it in Modge Podge so it becomes a bit sturdier. After this, take your pink acrylic paint (if you’re using foam board or cardboard for your arrow) and paint your arrow pink before sealing it in another coat of Modge Podge. After this, you have completed your arrow.

Step 2: Starting on the Bow.

Setting the arrow aside, it’s time to start on the bow portion of the prop.
Make sure to get a reference of the bow off of the internet so you know what your end product should more or less look like. Gathering your wooden downs, grab about six or seven and set the others aside.
These dowels usually come in packs of ten.Now cut the ends of the towels at the end at a slight angle. This is so they fit more smoothly into the next dowel and look neater.

Step 3: Hot Glueing

Take your wooden pieces and put two together, hot gluing them at the connecting angled joint. Do this to each end of the bow except for the last end (since there will be nothing to connect it to).

This will make the next step a lot easier.

So far it should look something like this

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Step 4: String

Now take the glued together bow base and make sure it’s the size you want and fits in your hand comfortably. Once you’ve made sure of that, take your string and start wrapping the glued joints in the string. Be gently as to not undo the glue bond. Wrap it and wrap it and wrap the string around the connecting joints to strengthen them so they become sturdy. It’s ok if this looks messy because the next step will hide that.

Step 5: Model Magic

Now take your model magic and wrap the bulky string-bundled joints with the clay. The clay should already be soft and moldable out of the bag but if you need to, a few drops of water can make it easier to mold. Shape the two main joints into diamonds, while the other joints should just be smooth to connect the dowels to each other while still looking like one item. Create ‘thorns’ on the two diagonal branches closest to the top dowel by molding them out of clay and connecting them to the dowels, just like Madoka’s bow has.

Make a little ‘cup’ at the ends of the two dowels with nothing connecting them so you can easily attach the flower and leaves that Madoka has at the beginning and end of her bow. Using your flower, press the bottom of the flower into the clay area at the top of the bow so it creates an indent which will make it easier to glue onto the top of the bow for later. Carefully place your bow aside to let the clay dry. This might take a while.

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Step 6: Gems

While your bow base is drying, you can get a head start on making the gems. Simply take your clay and shape them into diamonds big enough to fit the diamond shaped area you created with your clay on the bow. You’ll need to make four of these; two for each side so they look the same no matter which way you take a picture with it. Once those diamonds dry, paint them pink using your pink acrylic paint and seal them with Modge Podge.

Step 7: Painting

Once your bow is nice and dry, you can start painting. Simply take your brown paint and paint the entire thing brown. You can add a wood like texture with paint if you have more than one shade of brown and let the paint dry.

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Step 8: Flowers and Gems

Once your new bow is all dry, hot glue the gems you created earlier into the areas where they are supposed to go and also glue your flower and leaves to the top and bottom of the bow, respectively.

Step 9: String

Once your whole bow is done, the last step to do is take your string, cut a piece big enough for the height of the bow and tie it to the top and bottom dowels so your bow now has a string. Final step is to hot glue the knots to the dowels so that the string is stable and doesn’t slide around.

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Alternatively, you can go to a craft store like Michaels that has a floral section and pick out a branch that you can modify to fit the bow if that is something you’d prefer to do. An even better alternative if you’re not that crafty is to buy the Madoka Arrow we have right here at Miccostumes!!

Whichever way you go about it, enjoy your new Madoka Archer Bow and have a lovely day!! Thank you for reading my tutorial and I hope you’ve enjoyed it!!

Pictures by http://www.maidoftime.co.vu

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5 Ways To Make Sailor Moon Cosplay Star Wand and Crescent Wand

Here I’ve collected several ways to make a Sailor Moon cosplay wand, you may find one that you like.

Method One

Color printing: This is the most direct and simple way which is completely suitable for people who are not very good at handwork. You only need to print the accessories on the right parts of the following pictures by color printing. Cut each part of the wand and stick them together. A sailor moon wand made of paper is finished.

Advantage: simple, easy and quick.

Disadvantage: not very stereoscopic and vivid.

Color printing

Picture found on deviantart.com

Method Two

If you would like to make a wand more stereoscopic than color printing, you can use 3D paper to make the wand. Of course it will be a little more difficult than the first method.

(1). Make a star as the following process by 3D paper, and draw the color and patterns as in Sailor Moon with paints.

(2). Roll a 3D paper to the shape of a cylinder as the bar of the wand and draw the color and patterns.

(3). Stick each part together with super glue.

3D paper

Picture found on rouding.com

Method Three

Use polymer clay and wood to make the wand. By this method you can make a completely stereoscopic wand.

Materials: (a). Part of Wood: a cylindrical wood, 4 wood balls (including one biggest, one smaller and two smallest balls), 2 heart-shaped wood (one of which is a bit smaller than the other one). (b). Part of Clay: a small bottle of polymer clay. (c). A utility knife. (d). A pair of disposable gloves. (e). Super glue.

Process: (1). Use the utility knife to cut the clay into the shape of a star, curve a smaller star along its edge. (2). Knead 5 tiny balls on the top of the 5 angles. The sixth angle is excluded because it will be jointed to the main part of the wand. (3). Poke holes at the positions shown in the above right picture. The size of the holes must fit the dowels. (4). Apply super glue on the dowels and insert the dowels into the holes to joint each part together. After the clay become dry, the wand is finished. Of course you can color it as in Sailor Moon.

polymer clay

Picture found on pinterest.com

Method Four (Adapted from the article by Jellybean)

If you are quite good at handwork, the following steps of making a Sailor Moon’s crescent wand may be used as a reference. This way is more vivid and complex than the three methods mentioned above.

Materials:

Disposable plastic gloves

Piece of thin card as a template for the crescent moon shape

1x 500g pk of Air Dry Modeling Clay

Bowl of lukewarm water

Hot Glue Gun

1x tube of Iridescent Medium

1x tube of Acrylic Paint (Pink)

1x tube of Acrylic Paint (Metallic Gold)

Small Red Gems

sailor moon wand materials

Click here to read the Process.

Finished product shown below.

crescent wand

Method Five (Adapted from the article by onesky-1destiny)

This is to make the extended version of Sailor Moon’s Moon Stick as seen in the first arc of the manga. You can use this tutorial to make the traditional hand sized Moon Stick by using shorter/thinner PVC and making slightly different details.

Materials:
a. (3-4) 2oz packs yellow polymer clay (I’m using crastsmart brand from Michaels)
b. (1-2) 2oz packs white polymer clay
c. (1) small bottle pink acrylic paint (I’m using Apple Barrel in Bright Magenta 20591)
d. (1) small bottle yellow acrylic paint (I’m using Apple Barrel in Yellow 20502)
e. (1) small bottle pearly white acrylic paint (I’m using FolkArt in Metallic Pearl White 659)
f. (1) can pink spray paint (I’m using Krylon in Watermelon) (OPTIONAL way of painting)
g. (5-6) feet of 3/4″ in PVC pipe, cut into two sections (I’m 5’4″ and I’m using about 66″, or 5’6″ worth of pipe)
h. (1) 3/4″ PVC pipe coupling (used to connect the two pieces)
i. (2) 3/4″ PVC end caps
j. (1) 30mm or 40mm faceted crystal sphere (I buy mine here: [link])
size is up to you, 30mm is a bit bigger than a quarter I use this size for the regular size Moon Stick, and 40mm is about the size of a golf ball which I use for the tall Moon Stick

Click here to read the process.

Tutorial__Sailor_Moon__s_Wand_by_onesky_1destiny

Hope this article is helpful. Get started and make your own Sailor Moon Cosplay Wand!

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How to Weather and Add Blood Effects to Cosplay Armor and Props Tutorial

BeforeandAfterHello everyone!! Today I’m going to teach you how to Weather and add special blood effects to your Cosplay Props and Armor. To give you a short and simple definition/background on the word weathering. Weathering has been used for aging certain items to give them an “Older effect”, and while also bringing a lot of definition to it. I decided to do this tutorial on Weathering and adding Blood Effects to props and armor because in the past I had no clue and asked myself over and over and over again. “How was I suppose to weather?”, “What do I even use for weathering?” (What Weathering even was xP I know now though!), “how would I add blood?“, “Is there such a thing as too much blood?”. I never found a tutorial that went in depth in weathering or doing these types of effects. Which, led to me teaching myself on my own and also watching clips where people described how they weathered and added blood to their armor and props. This Thus, led me to choosing the next perfect tutorial for all of you! (Yayyyyyy let have some fun okay?~). Hehe, So without further a do lets begin the tutorial ^~^1stpic

First Lets go over your materials you will need!:

  • Black Paint
  • Red Paint
  • Two Brushes
  • Your hands (I’ll explain this xD)
  • The prop that you would like to Weather and/or add Blood to
  • Clothes you don’t mind messing up (It’s going to get a little crazy!)

1. Now the first thing you need to do is grab your Prop/Armor and check to make sure you have painted and primed it with the main colors that you desire. I used my handy Mod Podge to seal the armor over and over after painting each layer (Tip: I found out that actually using the Fabric Mod Podge on Craft foam actually helps absorb the colors really well! especially fabric paint!) Before even going and starting to weather, I ask that you get an idea of how old you would want your prop to look (Don’t want it to look older than needed! However, by all means go crazy with it!)

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2. Once you have your idea grab your first brush and black paint! The black paint is to help you with the weathering. When I started with the weathering I first went and put paint in every edge that my brush could reach to. For example like above  I outlined the parts of my armor especially in the sharp points! I grabbed a simple Brush and started outlining everything (sorry I forgot the pic for this part! But don’t worry, you’re not missing anything!)

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3. After Outlining your Prop/Armor this is when thing start getting a little wild! You can use your bare hand in this part if you would like, but where you outlined your parts take your index finger and start rubbing the paint in all directions (do it as though you’re spreading butter on some bread :3) You must hurry though, because the paint can dry quickly! But even then it will still help with making your Prop/Armor become more distinct. After doing this I found a way that you could quickly do this in the more bigger parts on your Prop/Armor!. I took paint a dabbed it a few time in one big area and then I rubbed that are completely with my hand. Below is a picture of how I dabbed the paint around. The more paint you use the darker it will get and mesh together so please be considerate of that (Remember once the paint goes down its hard to correct >//.//<)

44. Repeat the steps above till you are satisfied with how everything looks. After you have darkened everything the way you wanted, your prop/Armor should distinctively looked differently than how it did before. My Armor came out this way after I had gone and Weathered everything ^~^55. Wooooooo After completing your weathering its time to Add Blood~(This is not required but is another short extension of this tutorial) I was really nervous when I decided to add blood to this piece (Its so pretty *^*) but in the end it came out really well. The first thing you need to do is grab a new brush and some red paint! When you have the paint on the brush (Again your hands will get dirty xD) Pull back on the brush hairs and lightly let the paint flick onto the desired Prop/Armor. This creates a splatter effect of actual blood as it dries. I did alternate between using the splatter effect and also using the same technique I did with the weathering technique (That also works really well!) 66. After Splattering blood to your hearts content (Don’t enjoy it too much 😉 lol) The Prop/Armor just needs to dry and you’re all done! Congratulations!! Below is the finishing Picture of what my armor looked like in the end :3

7I really hope this tutorial was useful to you, even though I wrote this for Props and Armor its not limited to just that. I would like to thank you for reading this tutorial. I love being able to pass on what I learn on to all of you. If any of you were wondering about what materials I made the armor from, I made the base of the breastplates from a bra and then foam fabricated everything with regular craft foam. The paint I used was actually fabric paint rather than normal acrylic paint and I sealed everything with Fabric Mod Podge. However, If you use Acrylic paint I believe it will do just the same thing (xD). This was a really fun tutorial that I enjoyed doing very much! So as always everyone Stay Positive, Stay Healthy, and Stay Creative.

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How to Start Your First Cosplay

Now you may be thinking, wow! I love seeing cosplayers and I love this anime, I really want to cosplay from it!! So here are some tips to get started on choosing and creating your first cosplay.

-Pick your favorite anime:
Choose your most favorite anime in the whole wide world! It can be a really old one or a new one, regardless, there will be somebody who says ‘Hey, I know where you’re from!’.

-Pick a character you like, even your favorite:
While some people don’t like to cosplay their favorite character, I personally love it! There’s nothing more exciting to me than to be able to cosplay my all time favorite at a convention and have someone tell me that I look the way they imagine the character to look in real life.

-Start with a simple cosplay:
While a more intricate cosplay is always nice, those are best saved for a second or third cosplay, once you have a little more experience. Try shopping locally and piecing together a cosplay out of parts you can find at a thrift store or things you already have. Try cosplays like Misty or Ash from Pokemon, Finn or Fionna from Adventure Time, or L or Misa Amane from Death Note!

-Sewing:
If you or someone you know sews, try asking them or sewing yourself a simple costume out of a store bought or printed out pattern. You can also try adding simple little details like lace or sequins.

-Wig:
Invest in a wig that matches your character’s hair but if your hair matches the color or length, you can use your own hair for your first cosplay by styling it or using a temporary hair dye if you want to match an odd color (and if your parents say it’s okay). If anything, a wig would work better because you wouldn’t have to mess with your own hair and they are usually fairly cheap on sites like eBay or Amazon and even on Miccostumes!!

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How to Style a Space Dandy Cosplay Wig

How to style a wig for Space Dandy:A pompadour tutorial!


(image credit: https://warosu.org/cgl/thread/7384530)

Hello everyone! I’m back with another article!! This time, it’s for a wig for the title character Dandy from Space Dandy, a dandy guy in space who is an alien hunter and travels the galaxy with his robot assistant QT and cat alien friend, Meow.

Now Pompadour wigs can be tricky so here is a list of things you will need!

  • A short black base wig (but not too short!)
  • Newspaper or mesh wire
  • Tape (strong tape, so masking or painting tape)
  • Glue (a strong one, possibly hot glue)
  • A lot of matching black wefts
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Long lasting hair spray
  • Patience
  • A wig head (or a friend’s head if that’s easier)

1. First off, you are going to place your black base wig onto the wig head or friend’s head. You want to make sure it’s nice and tight on the stand so it won’t fall off while you’re styling it.

2. Leave the wig head alone for now and start working on the main portion of the pompadour. You can do this in a number of ways but the easiest would be using newspaper or wire. Bundle the newspaper or shape the wire into the way you want, which should be like the shape of a loaf of bread.

3. Once you’re satisfied with your shape, start to cover the whole thing in tape so it won’t come apart. If you want, you can cover the pomp in glue so the tape won’t come apart.

4. Next step is to get your black acrylic paint and start painting the pompadour until it is all black so it matches your wig.

5. Now using your glue, take your black wefts and start to cover the top of the pomp. Then start gluing wefts to the circumference of the pompadour and go from ear to ear, leaving the back without the wefts glued.

6. Measure where you want to cut the wefts by wrapping the hair up and around the pompadour, find a good length that you prefer and then start cutting the ends vertically so that there is no blunt cut on the ends of the wefts.

7. Start styling the wefts by hair spraying them and slicking them down against the pompadour base. Hairspray from the bottom to the top until it feels stable.

8. Now go back to your base wig and try it on while holding the weft covered pompadour on top of your head where you want the pompadour to be positioned. If you like the way it looks, start hot glueing it to the top of your wig. Try not to use too much because you could burn the top of your head if too much hot glue seeps through the wig netting.

9. Finally, have a friend or someone in your house style down any inconsistencies on the pompadour and blend in the base wig with the pompadour wefts in the back of the wig to make it look even and whole. Lastly, style the sides of the base wig to look like Dandy’s sideburns!

With this tutorial, I hope you enjoy your new space dandy wig!!

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