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Hi I’m putting together a Danny Phantom cosplay for wondercon but I’m super confused about how to pattern out the neckpiece (it’s going to be separate from the rest of the suit).

My first thought is that you could use a pattern for a t-shirt with a turtleneck or a high collar and make a full shirt to wear underneath. The benefit of the shirt is that the white part will stay flat underneath your black suit and won’t try to pop out. Otherwise, you can use this pattern to create just the neck piece. 

All the best,

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Hi!! I wanna make some claw gloves for a costume and also some practice working with tougher materials, and was wondering how to attach claws?? I have actual bear claws from an old bear skin I want to use and was wondering if I should drill through them and mount with pins? Or what? Sorry for a slightly odd question ahh and thank you for the help! This is a super awesome blog!

You can drill a hole in the claw and sew it in place or you could drill a thin hole that will let you glue in a flat thumbtack or similar pin with a base. 

If it is a bear claw then it probably has the bone bit at the end. If you’re sticking the claw to the outside of the glove, then you may want to cut or sand that off so that it is smooth and mounts flush with the glove. If you don’t want to heavily alter the claw, then I would cut a hole in the glove and have the claw protrude out of the fabric (like these).

Goodluck!
Duckie / Admin

Do you know which style of Arda wig would be best for Junkrat from Overwatch? I’ve looked up spiking tutorials, so I think I’m covered on the actual how-to-do-it, but I don’t have money for their lacefronts and I’m not sure how the regular ones would look when they’re swept back. I thought a Lulu or Magnum long /might/ work, but I just want to be certain that I’m not spending a bunch of money on something that doesn’t look right. Also, how could I color the tips orange? If you answer, thanks!

When you sweep back a regular wig, it doesn’t look like the hair is coming out of your head. If you play with the styling a bit you might be able to make it look a bit less unnatural but it won’t look the same. 

You can add your own mesh fabric to the front of a wig and ventilate hairs into it, it will take some work but that will give you the same/a similar look to the lace front.

A trick that hides the wig’s hairline and doesn’t involve ventilating is adding a glued hairline. You glue bits of hair to the front of the wig so that they extend past the wig’s mesh. Once dry, you take a small pair of scissors and snip off the excess to create a spikey hairline. Then you style the long parts into your wig’s style.

Hope this gives you some inspiration!

Duckie / Admin

So I’m cosplaying Chell from Portal 2 for Awesome Con at the end of the month. I bought EVA foam to make my portal gun and long fall boots, but it has texture on both sides. One side’s more subtle and if I absolutely need to I can deal with that, but do you have any tips for smoothing out the textured side? Like a recommended spray or idk sanding it down?

Most people sand down the textured side, usually with a dremel.

If it is a large area you may want to sand with a sanding block or a palm sander to speed up the process. If possible, sand your foam before working with it to save you the trouble of going around curves and weird edges later on.

Be careful with any powered sanding tool, it is easy to sand too much off!

Goodluck,

Duckie / Admin

Hi, so I’m going to Anime Boston this year, and it’s my first year going in a cosplay I made my self. I am going as an elf of my own design. I want to wear makeup but I’ve never really worn makeup before. (I don’t even know how to wear normal makeup let alone cosplay makeup). Do you have any suggestions for what I should put on this year, or how to start learning how to do makeup? Thanks!

Check out the Warpaint and Unicorns blog. The cosplayer who runs it reviews makeup and lists how long it lasts. She looks for good stuff that can survive a con! 

If you don’t know where to start with makeup, I suggest perusing the Makeup-Basics section of the tutorial list. You may also want to browse some of the short makeup videos on instagram to get an idea about the different products and techniques to apply them. Some makeup stores will offer free makeovers when you purchase a certain amount of product, try to take advantage of it so you can get some help choosing products and see how they look when applied!

You’ll mostly learn from trial and error. You may want to start out with some cheaper drug store brands to experiment with, before jumping into the higher end brands.

Goodluck!
Duckie / Admin

Hello I’m making a faun costume and for the hives I’m making them from a pair of old stilettos. The problem is I need the head part removed. What method would you recommend? Handsaw, circular saw, take it to a hardware store and ask them? Much appreciated thank you!

Haven’t done it myself, so I am not sure what would work specifically. Maybe a dremel with a cutting wheel attached? This hoof tutorial used an angle grinder.

Goodluck!
Duckie / Admin

I would like to cosplay Topaz (Rachel House) from Thor Ragnarok? Do you have any ideas what kind of material I could use for the armor?

I would go the craft foam / EVA foam armor route. 

Duckie / Admin

I would like to cosplay Topaz (Rachel House) from Thor Ragnarok? Do you have any ideas what kind of material I could use for the armor?

I would go the craft foam / EVA foam armor route. 

Duckie / Admin

Hello there!! big fan of your blog!! Im cosplaying Eruka frog from soul eater, I have decided to alter a black dress to match her dress, but im not sure how to go about the white polka dots, last time I tried to paint polka dots on somthing with a stencil (Gamzee Makra pants) it turned out looking really rushed and sloppy no matter how hard I tried XD any advice?

I’m sorry to hear that your Gamzee pants didn’t turn out as great as you hoped! I can share a couple stenciling tips that might help you out:

  • Make sure your stencil is right against the fabric. It helps to use stencil/contact paper that sticks to the fabric but you can also use wax paper/freezer paper and iron it in place. If you’re using anything else, you might want to use masking tape or weights to help hold it in place.
  • Paint in light layers. It helps to paint with a sponge and dab it on. If the colour isn’t strong enough you can go back over it later.
  • You don’t want to overly water-down your paint because it can bleed under the edges of your stencil. 
  • If you are using a brush, start on the stencil and brush toward the center of your design. You don’t want to brush toward the end of your stencil because you can push paint underneath. With a sponge, you want to dab over the stencil paper when painting near the edges. That way you are pushing the paper down while adding paint, so the edge doesn’t lift up. 

Other options for adding designs are screen printing, heat transfer vinyl, applique, or  iron-on transfers.

Hope this helps!

Duckie / Admin

Hey! I’m making cosplay which require a pair of wings, and i don’t really wanna use feathers (don’t want it to loik tacky) any tutorials or recommendations on how to make wings out of foam/cardboard/plastic?

There are different kinds of feathers that can give your wings a very sleek appearance. So if you’re worried about the fuzzy craft feathers being the wrong look, you might want to look into the other options before committing to making them from scratch.

But if you want to make some, I can link you to a few tutorials:

Goodluck!

Duckie / Admin