Contest Winner Mason Monds – Sponsored with Bleach Kisuke Urahara Cosplay Costume

A Bleach cosplay contest was lauched at our site in January. Mason Monds, from USA, is one of the winners who get our free Bleach costume. He was sponsored with the Bleach Kisuke Urahara Cosplay Costume. Below are the cosplay photos shared by him. Thank you, Mason.

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The interview below also can help us better know Mason Monds.

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1. Since cosplay becomes more and more popular, how do you think about the good things and also bad things on this performance art?

I think there are a lot of great cosplayers out there that want to keep this art form alive. I also believe that the more a person puts into their cosplay the better it will show. In the same breath, there are people out there who just run to the local store and toss on whatever item related to an anime and then call it cosplaying. I am aware that not everybody is crafty or has the money to make or obtain a decent cosplay but there should at least be some sign of effort. I really enjoy watching others get in cosplays regardless of if I know the anime or not. This is art and with art always comes critiques.

2. Do you consider yourself a “cosplayer” year round, or only when participating in certain activities?

I would consider myself a year round cosplayer. If I could always be in cosplay I would. There is nothing more fun to me than dressing in a new cosplay or walking around in my current cosplay and getting the attention and looks like what is he doing?!Lol I love cosplay and will probably be buried in my outfits!

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3. Going to a venue with many people to watch you in costume and simply taking a photograph, which one is more meaningful?

Both are very meaningful. It is true a picture is worth a thousand words. But when you have somebody come up to you and ask for a photo with you or of you or get yelled at from people calling your characters name holds a dear place in my heart! Every time I am in cosplay and somebody knows who I am or supposed to be makes my heart melt. There really is nothing better than being there live. But photographs last forever! 😀

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4. Is the creation of the costume or characters more valuable than the actual acting or vice versa, or is it a mix? As well, how much of the do-it-yourself mentality is admired? If someone just bought their whole costume, are they still a true cosplayer?

I think that if somebody buys the whole costume they are still a cosplayer. Not everybody has the ability to sew and make a new cosplay. As for me I am not talented enough to make my cosplays but when I go and see somebody who did make theirs I give them more respect than I would expect to get from mine. That takes a lot of talent and time. Those cosplayers are truly deserving of a title of amazing cosplayers.

5. Which contest theme do you mostly want to see at Miccostumes.com?

I would like to see some Deadman Wonderland or some more Soul Eater personally. But I don’t think that was the question. Theme for me would be battle or posed scenes to show the action of the character.

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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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New Arrival on Mar. 12 – Soul Eater Medusa Black Cosplay Costume

Wanna cosplay Medusa from Soul Eater in the coming show? Look no further than here. Soul Eater Medusa Black Cosplay Costume provided here surely will make your show memorable. The costume comes with high accuracy as it is professionally made according to what the original character wears in the anime. Made of comfortable fabrics, the costume is easy to be washed.

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Wearing this black bodysuit with hat, you will be a real Medusa! You can get this stunning costume at $55.59. Here four regular sizes are offered – Women S, M, L, and XL. Just take a look at our women’s cosplay costume size chart before choosing a size. If these regular sizes do not fit, we can customize it according to your measurements. Please fill in the correct information when placing the order.

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Ordering costumes at Miccostumes.com, you will enjoy fast shipping. If you have any questions about the costume you are planning to buy, you can contact us via phone, email or live chat. Our customer service representatives will reply to you as soon as possible. This site offers vivid costumes in high quality. Don’t miss it.

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Daily Cosplay – Fate/Stay Night Rin Tohsaka Cosplay

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Don’t you think this Fate/Stay Night Rin Tohsaka Cosplay wonderful? It is from beautiful Japanese girl 0kasane0. As a devotee of cosplay, she has done lots of fantastic cosplay works. Taking a look at her gallery, you will love her stunning works. Besides, you may get some inspirations from her works. Why not visit the gallery of this genious cosplayer now?

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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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