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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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New Arrival on Mar. 8 – Chobits Chi Black Dress Cosplay Costume

Chobits Chi Black Dress Cosplay Costume_1

As the name implies, costume for Chi cosplay refers to a black dress. It’s made from classy satin and organza, featuring wonderful accuracy while being compared with the initial manga. Available on $65.59, it can be quickly shipped out.

Chobits Chi Black Dress Cosplay Costume_2

The Chi costume is designed on regular size S, M, L and XL. But to make it fit everybody, we also offer custom-made service. The dress comes with wide shoulder straps, white sash, ribbon and exquisite organza hemline. The cloth can be easily cleaned. Just wash it in cold water and line it dry.

We have a goal to delight everybody who has a cosplay or Halloween costume idea. We own a group of well experienced designers and manufacturers. With professional and strict analysis, all costumes are ensured to be faithful to styles described in the anime, manga, movie, game etc. Find your really desired one in the rich collection on our site now!

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Daily Cosplay – Zone-00 Ruiko Cosplay

Zone-00 Ruiko Cosplay

Do you also feel obsessed with her makeup? This cosplay genius comes from People’s Republic of China. Known as VicissiJuice on Deviantart.com, she loves games like Otome, BL and Resident Evil. Interested in anime, light novel, drawing and cosplay, she has done numerous stunning cosplay works so far. What’s displayed above is Zone-00 Ruiko cosplay from her. Visit her gallery to see all!

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Cosplay Contests Sponsored by Mic Costumes – Spirit up in March!

Except our own cosplay tutorial contest, we also take charge of the sponsor for many other cosplay conventions. Winners for those contests will receive gift cards that are worthy of at least $60.00. Some of them have already ended and some are proceeding vigorously. Cosplay devotees, keep your spirit up in March and win a gift card from us now!

Below are some conventions sponsored by us in March:

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1st, Cosplay Contest on Animesaltlake.com: winners have been announced. A gift card of $100.00 was sponsored by us.

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2nd, Cosplay Contest on Knightrokon.com: all contest forms are due by February 21, 2012. But you can still enter the contest during the convention. Winners will be sponsored with two gift cards. Each of them is worthy of $60.00.

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3rd, Nipponcon Anime Convention on Wix.com: it’s held on March 3rd, 2012. Winners have been sponsored with two gift cards. Likewise, each of them is worthy of $60.00.

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4th, Cosplay Contest on All-con.org: the cosplay competition will take place on March 16th, 2012. The winner will be sponsored with a gift card worthy of $100.00.

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5th, Masquerade on Animeconji.org: the event is scheduled on March 17, 2012. The winner will be sponsored with a gift card worthy of $100.00.

We gladly cooperate with more of you. Contact us for details anytime :P !

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Cosplayer Interview with Fire Lily

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It’s our pleasure to have interviews with you – cosplay geniuses. Thanks so much for sharing us these useful tips and inspirations. Today, Fire Lily accepts our interview. To know more about her, stop here minutes please :D .

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

The bad things I see are increased negativity and the “celebrity” obsession streak that is running through the hobby currently. We’re nerds, and cosplayers only make up a very small part of Nerd Culture. People go to conventions mainly to see guests, watch anime and see exclusive previews, and buy merchandise, and cosplay really doesn’t return much of the investment that conventions spend to make the convention happen. We have to remember that we are a small niche, a small group of like-minded people, and despite being strewn across the country and across the world, we have to remain a tightly knit group. So all the negativity I’m seeing is really disappointing, especially when we should all be encouraging each other and building each other up through the sharing of knowledge and friendship.

But the good things I see are more access to materials, costumes, prop makers, and commissioners that previously weren’t available, and I think it really helps everyone out there get a chance to have a really nice costume and to be able to cosplay what they want, instead of missing out on the hobby altogether. Cosplayers are also becoming more and more creative with how they craft their costumes and it’s a huge learning experience for everyone involved, because people are sharing their knowledge more and more so we can all benefit from their methods and experiences. I’m also really happy to see cosplayers becoming more ambitious with their costumes and props – I have seen some absolutely amazing costumes lately and whether they are handmade or not, I appreciate seeing such detailed and extravagant costumes out there.

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

I am definitely a year round cosplayer. I am always making costumes or buying materials and wigs, and even making my own clothes or gifts for other people. Sewing is a huge part of my life and I honestly don’t know what I would be doing if I wasn’t sewing or crafting!

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

It honestly doesn’t make much difference to me. I do enjoy showing off my work at conventions and getting pictures there, but I also love doing private shoots with my friends. On the one hand, convention photos aren’t always flattering and I have more control over posing during a private photoshoot. On the other hand, I love to get people’s reactions to my costume and it’s nice to have people appreciate my work in person. So, both are meaningful to me!

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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 personally don’t like to call myself a “cosplayer” – I am definitely more of a “costume maker.” I don’t feel a need to “act” like my character, and I really prefer to just show off my costume making skills. But I think a lot of people like to act in costume and really get into character and that’s fine with me! There seems to be a pretty even division over the people who make their costumes and the people who buy their costumes. I feel that a costume is more impressive to me if I know the cosplayer made it on their own as opposed to buying it, but that’s because I am used to making everything by myself. If I didn’t have much skill or talent in sewing or crafting and I was only used to buying my costumes, I think I’d be impressed with all of it. So, I guess it just depends on your own perspective!

I certainly don’t mind cosplayers having the option to buy pre-made costumes, especially if they don’t have the skills/time/money to make their own costumes. I do have to admit that making my own costumes is a huge money pit and not a lot of cosplayers out there have the funds available to make a costume. My only concern regarding pre-made, and even commissioned, costumes is when cosplayers claim the craftsmanship for their own or lie about the costume details, especially during competitions specifically for craftsmanship. So, as long as you are giving credit where it is due, I have no problem seeing a nicely-made, bought costume and calling it cosplay!  After all, cosplay is really just about showing your love for a show or game, and it doesn’t really matter where you get the costume from in order to be a cosplayer.

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5. Do you have one piece of advice that you would give to cosplay virgins?

Have fun. Don’t get bogged down with the negatives. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks of you or your costume as long as you are happy with it and having a great time in it. Take compliments with pride and ignore the rest, because you should not let those jealous and unhappy people bring you down if you are having a fun and fabulous time while cosplaying!

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

I would love to see a contest for partners in crime! Like Vash and Wolfwood from Trigun, Chrono and Rosette from Chrono Crusade, or any number of characters from Baccano, I’d love to see a theme centered around awesome duos who either fight crime or commit crimes!! The picture ideas alone are staggering.

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