Cosplay Tutorial Contest – Making of Raven (Teen Titans) Accessories by Chelsea Havoc

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This is a guest post from Anna, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Chelsea Havoc
Gender: Female
Nationality: American
Personal Blogs & Social Networks: deviantart, facebook, youtube
Comments about the tutorial: how to make glove-lets and shoe covers from stretchy fabric for Raven from Teen Titans as well as how to make her large jewels out of modeling clay and plastic eggs.

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Cosplay Tutorial Contest – Kingdom Hearts Riku’s Keyblade Way to Dawn Tutorial by Axel Iroppoi

Way to Dawn Tutorial [The cheap way]

My tutorial will show you how to make beautiful props at affordable prices.

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First we start off with a big block of foam from your local home depot/Lowes! One sheet will do, you can get the thinner one that costs around $10 because the sheet is big enough to double up [and save money]. [Remember that you cannot use a jigsaw on the thinner foam, it will only break it, you have to cut it out by hand with an exacto knife]

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Once we have our foam, draw out the shape of the way to dawn. There are 2 ways to do this. The way we did it was just drawing it out by hand, but if you are not an artist, you can always go to kinkos and get a blown up picture of the keyblade to trace. Next, you can start cutting out the keyblade you’re your knife. [don’t worry too much if a piece breaks off while you’re cutting, this happened to me in the pic below, you can just hot glue it back on. But be NEAT!]

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Once you have cut out one, place the cut out keyblade on top of your remaining block of foam and trace it. Then cut out a second keyblade.

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Once you have cut out both sides to your keyblade you can attach your wooden dowel to one side. Remember, the wooden dowel should be thick! You are supporting a keyblade that is very thin in the middle and is meant to hold up a very thick blade. I used a yard stick from home depot. I also used a smaller piece of wood to provide support on the wing part of the blade. I used hot glue to attach this. Make sure the glue is not TOO hot, or else the foam will melt. Don’t worry if it doesn’t glue perfectly, just make sure it is attached enough. We will be bonding it with bonding adhesive later. [Also note how thin the foam is as well, this is why we are doubling up.]

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Next, glue the two sides of the keyblade together. You will have a gap in between the two sides of the keyblade, don’t worry. We will bond the two sides together with adhesive and finish off the gaps with caulk.

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Use adhesive caulking to fill the gaps. Wait for this to dry. I left mine to dry for an entire day. Then take regular caulk and finish off any imperfections. Now we can begin carving the keyblade details. First draw out the keyblade the details in sections. Then take a wood rasp and begin carving. Remember to ALWAYS wear a mask when carving anything out of foam.

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Once finished with a section, use different degrees of sandpaper until the area is smooth. Do this for the entire keyblade. The wood rasp makes carving a lot easier.

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Now create the two eyes (one for each side) that will be attached near the handle and the heartless symbol for the key charm.

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For the keyblade use regular white primer (for painting walls) and paint the entire keyblade with 6 full coats of this. If you can’t get primer, regular white house paint will work as well. This will get the keyblade ready to be spray painted. If it is sprayed directly the spray paint will eat the foam.

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Section off sections of the keyblade using painters tape. Spray paint each section with its primary colors. I used a dark blue for the majority of the blade, red and cream for the both wing sections. This will make it easier because the majority of the blade is already painted.

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Now begin to add the details. I used regular acrylic paint for this. Blend the paint together to create new colors. Use darker colors for shadows.

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Finally attach the chain with hot glue (I used a plastic chain from iparty). Attach the heartless charm to the chain. And the two eyes near the handle (after painting). Now we must add the red to the handle. I decided to use red electrical tape for this. I looked at the photo of the blade and tried to match it as best as I could.

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This is a guest post from Axel Iroppoi, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Axel Iroppoi
Gender: Female
Nationality: Russian and Middle Eastern
Personal Blogs & Social Networks: deviantart, facebook, YouTube
Comments about the tutorial: This Tutorial will show you how to make the “Way to Dawn” Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts! It will show you how to make a beautiful prop at an affordable price!

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Cosplay Tutorial Contest – Making Articuno Wings by Roxy

Making Articuno Wings

Amount of time:

1-2 days of continous work

What you will need:

About four to five yards of blue Fabric (depending on how long your arm is and if mistakes are made)
Matching Blue thread
About two yards of sturdy Interfacing
Measuring Tape (to measure your arm length and circumferance at the thickest part of your arm)
Paper
Pencil
Black Sharpie marker
Scissors
Fabric Glue
A Sewing needle/Sewing Machine
2 Small wooden dowels

Step One: Find references.

I do know that it is hard to be exact sometimes. And being exact can be hard to manage within cosplay. So for those whom just want to do it as they wish you can skip this step. For others who want to be as close as possible continue reading. Finding actual art is rather hard for this particular character since there is a lot of fanart. Finding actual work from the show is best. Here is actually a website that I had used for reference:  legendarybirds.webs.com

Step Two: Drawing it out

The most important part to making the wings is drawing out the pattern. It serves as a guide for the fabric. So sketch out the wing on a large sheet of paper (or several taped pieces of paper if you don’t own any large sheets). Then once you are confident and like what you drew, cut it out as close to the lines as possible. Make sure to measure your arm length and circumference at the thickiest part of your arm first to make sure that it will fit. It should look like this when cut out:

Step Three: Tracing onto the Interfacing

The interfacing is used to help the wing keep shape while you are wearing it. If you don’t feel like you need it then don’t worry about this step. Though for those who want it to stay sturdy, please read on. Take the cut out paper pattern you had used and trace with the marker of the shape. Then cut out the shape. You will need to do this twice, one for each wing.

Step Four: The Fabric

Taking the fabric, either trace with interfacing pattern, do not use sharpie for this. use marker that will not bleed through the fabric, or if you have a very sturdy hand and safety pins cut along the pattern, make sure not to make it exact and a bit bigger than the pattern to leave space in order to sew. you will need to do this four times (two fabric wings per wing). Make sure the they match so sewing will be easier.

Step Five: Sewing

Using the sewing machine, or sewing needle if you prefer hand sewing, sew the top(not where the individual feathers are) as if it was a sleeve. Then using the machine or hand sewing, sew the individual feathers, make sure to leave a hole at the back of the wing in order to put your arm in. As if if it was a sleeve for a shirt. Then turn it inside out, being careful not to pop seams

Step Six: Putting in the interfacing

One of the hardest steps. You need to put the interfacing into the wing you had made, putting each piece in their place in the fabric. It is rather difficult to do since you do need to struggle a little with it if it is not a bit smaller than the actual wing. Here is what the finished product should look like (one wing)

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Incase the wing bends at the end:

Use the wooden dowels to straighten out the wing. If wishing to attach them, use fabric glue and sewing them on by putting notches into the dowel in various spots.

Incase of popped seams:

Use what people call the “invisidle stitich” also known as the very tiny stitch in order to fix your mistake and also hide it.

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This is a guest post from Roxy, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Roxy
Gender: Female
Nationality: American
Personal Blogs & Social Networks:facebook

Comments about the tutorial: I’ve noticed that there are not many tutorials on how to make Articuno wings out of fabric so I did them myself and wanted to help others out whom wish to cosplay as this legendary bird.

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Cosplay Tutorial Contest – How to Make Gaara’s Gourd by Kitty Petro

Part I:

Part II:

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This is a guest post from Kitty Petro, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Kitty Petro
Gender: Female
Nationality: Norwegian
Personal Blogs & Social Networks: DeviantArt, YouTube
Comments about the tutorial: I cosplayed Gaara a while ago and decided to make his gourd, as a student I wanted to do it as cheap as possible, and yet I managed to make a pretty good gourd. I filmed everything along the way and I think that I did a pretty good job in showing how to make the gourd in a cheap and simple way

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Cosplay Tutorial Contest – HOW TO DYE FEATHERS by Ren from CosplayWorkshop.com

HOW TO DYE FEATHERS
Tutorial by Ren from CosplayWorkshop.com

WE NEED:

• white feathers
• silk color (red in this case)
• ecoline (red in this case)
• water
• pot
• chopsticks
• kitchen paper
• winegar
• hair drier

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LET’S START!

First we have to put water in the pot and let it boil, when it’s ready, put some winegar in the water and add 2 spoons of silk color and one spoon of ecoline.
Gently mix the water with a pair of wood chopsticks and remove from the fire.

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Now we can dip our feathers into the water (just 5 feathers at time), mix an leave them in the water for 3 minutes. As long as they stay in the water, the more bright will be the color on the feathers.

Pick up the feathers from the pot with the chopsticks and lay them down on the kitchen paper. With another peace of paper, gently press the feathers to remove the excess water.

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Now with the hair drier dry off the feathers. Be carefull! You have to use it at the minum strenght and medium heat so the feathers will regain their fluffy shape.

Now you can proceed with other feathers.
Check the water temperature often, the water must be hot.

You can also make some color gradiations!
Just dip in the water only the side of the feather you want to color! Like this!

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You can dye a colored feather (like this pink one) with a darker color (red in this case), just add more winegar in the water.

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This is a guest post from Ren, entered in the Cosplay Tutorial Contest. Click here to check out all the participants and their scores, and more details about the contest, like the rules, how to join, the prize, etc.

Author Bio:

Name: Ren
Gender: Female
Nationality: Italian
Personal Blogs & Social Networks: deviantart, cosplayworkshop.altervista.org
Comments about the tutorial: This is a tutorial about how to dye feathers. An easy way to color them exactly as you wish.

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