Looking at references, it seems there are a lot of different versions of that sword and the floaty-disk looks different in all of them. So I think what works well will depend on the version! The skull and rock shapes could also be made with foam, the light up disk could be made with a translucent plastic and diffused lights and the golden disk could be made with layered plastic or foam sheets.
To get that floating effect you could use a clear sheet of plastic and mount the pendant on that plastic, you could use a thin wire that runs through the pendant and the blade, you could use fishing line pulled taught or you could alter the design so that support-bars are included.
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So two things that I see being challenging. If your shirt is polyester you’ll likely need to use a polyester dye (like i-dye poly) to get the dye to take but you also need a natural-fiber dye to dye the cotton part.
The second challenge is dying the shirt without dying the rainbow bits. This may be accomplished through applying a resist to the rainbow parts and dip-dying to keep the rainbow parts out of the dye bath.
However dying, even with a resist, gives a sort of feathered edge. So I don’t know if you can achieve the exact same look. it may be better using your shirt to create a pattern for a new shirt that is the right color. Then you can add the rainbow stripes through applique, color blocking, screen printing or painting on the design.
I don’t think you have to be the first person to coin a term to get it trademarked but I am not too sure what is involved. I think, for the most part, this isn’t going to effect people unless they plan to profit off the term.
Well they DID register the website and make their Facebook page in 2013. So they definitely got involved early on, but whether or not they coined the specific term or really have claim to it is hard to say. I recall CONsent being a thing around that time as well, and a couple other variations.
They have posted a statement about the situation, detailing more of their involvement and explaining that they want to use the trademark to prevent people from making a profit off the term.
Cosplay is not consent was a sort of rallying cry that united the community, sharing their stories and working to protect each other. Cons really stepped up their harassment policies. The term was picked up and used by the community as a short-hand for explaining that a costume does not give you permission to act inappropriately to the wearer, it does not give you permission to touch someone, it does not automatically give approval to take a photo and someone wearing a costume at a con is not the same as someone wearing a costume at a theme park. This term was picked up by the community all over the world and efforts to educate others and better convention policies were carried out by MANY people. It doesn’t really represent a specific brand, a good or service and it never really stood out as one group pushing the term. So it getting trademarked is a little bit weird.
That said, Cosplay Deviants owns http://www.cosplayisnotconsent.org/ and according to them, they have been pushing the cosplay is not consent movement forward with flyers and panels. I can understand that they want to protect what they have built up and invested their time and money into. They may want to do more with it as well. If I had to guess, they may want to continue their work more directly with conventions; Possibly as guests running panels and a booth or hired on to train staff and develop harassment policies.
I wonder if it really needs to be protected? I wonder if the added hassle of getting permission to use the term would push cons away from using it and if that could push the community a step back in awareness? I also wonder if they will get more aggressive about protecting the term in the future? We’ll have to wait and see.
I don’t think it will affect the community too much overall. It is more of something to be aware of, especially if you are a b/vlogger, panelist or conrunner that might be using the term in a way that could be infringing.
This week’s Tip Tuesday is about saving time by 3D printing, so I’ll explain that a little bit first. This is a bit of a simplification but you can definitely save time on certain projects by printing them instead of making them from scratch. There are a few ways you can save time:
This works best with smaller prints. Larger and more complicated prints may take a long time to print out, an error could set you back a lot longer, low quality prints may need to be filled or sanded and larger prints that are made in props may have gaps that require filling.
If you are good at working digitally/3D modeling then this option may be easier than trying to sculpt or build something by hand. With 3D modelling, it is easy to get very crisp edges but may be harder to get more organic shapes. Downloading an existing model and printing it as is, or building onto it, can be easier than creating something from scratch. In some cases, you may only have to sand or paint a finished piece and not have to worry about building it at all.
3D printing could also be the cheaper option, depending on what you are making and what other material choices you have available.
It likely isn’t going to beat cardboard, eva foam or paper mache in savings but may be cheaper than thermoplastic sheets or resins. The printing price will depend on where you get it printed, the size, the volume and the material. Designing the file digitally can make a large impact on your project’s cost.
Like any other process, there are pros and cons. The price and ease will depend on the creator’s skill and the complexity of the project. It always helps to do a bit of research into a technique before deciding to use it.
Hope this helps clarify!
If you want to pick up machine sewing then I suggest checking out this tutorial on How to Use a Sewing Machine. Stitches may be stronger and more uniform when done on a machine and it will save you sewing time. That said, there is something wonderful about hand sewing, it can be an extra bit of accomplishment to know you did it all by hand.
Different stitches have different uses, so I suggest checking out these resources to see what your options are:
For general use, I like the whip stitch. I find it easy to go fast while keeping my stitches even and it tends to be very strong. For garments, I would go with the running stitch which is the hand sewing version of a sewing machine’s straight stitch.
It is a little hard to get into specifics without seeing the costume! If you wanted to shoot me a pic of the character and your costume, I can give more detailed advice. (You can contact me at email@example.com for a private response)