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Heya,i need a bit of help! I’ll be cosplaying Aizawa Shouta from bnha in the future,and i need a bit of help making his goggles! any suggestions?

Hello there!

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Since this build is mostly straight lines, it would be fairly simple to construct out of any type of cuttable, flat material.

I would recommend using a pair of swim goggles as a base so that you don’t have to build the entire structure from scratch, though if you wanted to attach elastic to the back and center yourself, that would also be possible.

Cut your material (I’d recommend either a thicker craft foam or a plastic or some type) into two rectangles and two triangles, with the shorter sides the same length as the long side of the rectangles and the base long enough to create a good angle (experiment with paper patterns if you need) per eye. Cut the sight holes in the rectangles. Glue these together so that the rectangles are “tented” up, with the triangles on the sides. The long sides of the rectangles will each be glued to a short side of a triangle, and the short sides of the rectangles will be glued where they meet in the center. I would recommend curving the base of the triangles to fit your face, and cutting your materials at an angle (if thicker materials) so that the edges are flush with each other once glued. Paint your goggles as needed.

If you want the thicker bridge piece in the center, this would be created using a similar method of attaching to rectangles at an angle, though without the triangles on the sides. If you want the insides to appear dark, I would recommend attaching some tinted plastic to the backside of the goggles.

Once you have two of these strange pyramids, glue them over your swim goggle base or glue a small bit of elastic in the center and a piece of elastic enough to reach around the back of your head on the sides. I would also recommend getting a small amount of foam used for padding and gluing that to the insides, where they touch your eyes, for comfort – you can see that his goggles have that padding.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

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Hi there! I’m cosplaying Ilia Amitola from RWBY for RTX in 4(ish) days. I am having trouble figuring out what to use for her scales on her hands/shoulders/face/legs. I thought about lipstick, but I’m worried that it’ll smear too much. This light brown I’m looking for is really hard to find in washable markers. Plus, Austin Texas humidity is brutal, and I want it to last the whole of Friday but wash off that night as I’m cosplaying Winter the next day. Any ideas?

Hello there!

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You should use a body painting product for this, as it will be skin-safe.

My top recommendation would be to get an alcohol-based paint, as this will last a long time, and as it is not dissolved by water, you don’t have to worry as much about sweating it off. A product that is already in liquid form is easy to brush or sponge on into the shape of the scales. Be sure to also get the special remover for the paint, and moisturize well after removing it.

You can also try a water-based paint, which is easier and cheaper to obtain than alcohol-based, and won’t have as high of a risk of smudging as a creme paint/grease paint would. This is usually in cake form and activated by water, and you can brush it onto your skin. Be sure to seal this well with a spray-on makeup sealer.

Creme paints/grease paints would be my last choice for this, as the paint tends to smear, even when fully saturated with powder, but it would create a more sweatproof alternative, so if you can’t do the others, this would still work as long as you are careful to set it with a large amount of translucent powder and spray it with sealant afterwards.

For any issues with sweat in the heat, I would recommend a setting powder that contains antiperspirants (many theatrical makeup powders have these) to help prevent sweating to begin with. You can also bring your makeup with you for touchups throughout the day.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Hi! I’ve been planning for a while to cosplay Annie from League of Legends. What kinda worries me is the wig… I have never styled or even cut a wig. I’ve looked up tutorials for the ‘V-bangs’ but none of them are very clear… is cutting it diagonally all you have to do? The back worries me even more. Do you have to hold it curled, spray hairspray on it to achieve that look? Or iron it and stuff? Thank you so much!! (See submitted image for reference)

Hello there!

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Cutting a bang shape like this really is as simple as cutting it on an angle. Make sure that you still cut with a razor or cut up into the wig in order to get a natural-looking cut line.

As for styling, her bangs are slightly curled with a large diameter curler. You can use a curling iron for this if your wig is heat resistant (be sure to test the heat first to make sure you don’t fry the wig), or you can heat it around a round object with a hairdryer. Make sure that the fiber stays supported in that shape while it cools – wrapping it around a frozen water bottle will do this for you quickly. She doesn’t have enough volume that I’d recommend teasing the underlayer, but if you find that you need to, make sure that you save out enough of the top layer to have a smooth appearance on top. You probably won’t need much, if any, hairspray, but a small spritz will help hold the bangs in place.

Good luck! I hope that helps. :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Hello! I’m thinking about cosplaying Sayla from Far Cry Primal in the near future but I’m stuck with the hair… The front is saved and I have no ideas how to make that work.. Also I’m a student so I don’t have a lot of money just lying around. Any suggestions?

Hello there!

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There are two main ways to make this, though be warned that both are going to be expensive.

For a balder look, you can use a half wig in the back (or cut apart a full wig) and a bald cap with “stubble” sponged on with a beard sponge in the front. This requires more makeup prowess to get the bald cap to blend into your head naturally, and is more difficult to maintain, but would create a more realistic look if done right.

You can also splice together a half wig (or the back half of a full wig) and a very short wig for the front, like Arda’s Rocky style. Make sure that the very short wig has dense enough wefts to cut down very short, and don’t cut it so short that the tracks show.

Your cheapest, but least realistic, option would be to find a party store “balding” wig and add more hair in the back, and disguise the hairline with either liquid latex on application or with stippling on fake stubble.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

Hello!! I want to cosplay Tsuyu Asui from boku no hero academia and I was wondering if you had any advice on how do make her shoes?

Hello there!

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Since she has loafers in her school uniform, I assume you mean the frog outfit in the middle there?

My first thought is to build the bootcovers with the green parts treated almost like plush, but out of a suitable material for shoes. You would create pockets of space in the bootcovers out of the green fabric, and then stuff the area around the shoe so that they have the rounded shape.

You can also try attaching something round (pingpong balls might be the right size) to the base shoe, and then patterning the shoecovers around them.

I would recommend using the saran wrap or duct tape method of patterning for this, since the shapes are complex.

If you wanted something that wouldn’t involve sewing, you could cover your round objects in a stretch fabric and then glue them to the outside and top of the boot, or build the entire shape out of carved foam.

I hope that helps! Good luck :]

Fabrickind / Q&A Staff

I tried looking it up online first, but since I don’t know what the thing is called, I wasn’t having much luck. I bought a secondhand Yato (Noragami) cosplay, and when I washed it the shiny crown patch thing on the jacket cracked and I’m not sure how to DIY fix it. I think an iron might fix it, but I’m worried I’ll melt it into the iron itself. Thank you.

Thanks for resubmitting with a picture!

I don’t think you can fix this by ironing it, simply because there are cracks and peeling, it would be difficult to get everything back in place and set it. Ironing can sometimes overheat transfers which causes them to be more prone to cracking and with some materials ironing can be used to remove the transfer. That said, you could try it with a piece of wax paper over your garment and not at max heat. Just make sure to keep the wax paper on until the shirt has cooled so you don’t peel the crown off. 

How I would suggest fixing this is: 

  • Use a gold fabric paint to fill it in.
  • Find a t-shirt place that does transfers, and have them do a new transfer over this one. They also might be able to remove the old one first.
  • Applique a new crown (sewing fabric to your garment, like a patch) 
  • or you could purchase iron-on vinyl and do the replacement yourself. 

Your previous ask also involved a question about putting holes into fabric.

  • Depending on the fabric you can cut a hole and it won’t fray at all. Some examples are felt, fleece, vinyl, some faux furs, faux suede and knits. 
  • If the fabric has a high plastic content (polyester/poly blends/nylon/acrylic), you can usually burn your holes with a hot-pen/soldering iron and that will heat-seal the edges. Alternatively, you can cut a hole and carefully use a flame to melt the edges.
  • If the fabric frays and can’t be melted (weaves of natural fibers) then you can prevent the edges from fraying with a product called fray-check. Mod podge, fabric glue and clear drying white glue can be used as well. Depending on the effect you are going for you can bind the edges with bias tape or a blanket stitch.

Hope this helps!
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So I’m thinking about cosplaying as Nadia from The Arcana game. She has a rather specific hair gradient and I don’t think I’d be satisfied with one solid purple wig. So I was thinking of taking a white wig and making it ombre? Any tips on dyeing wigs and/or how not to make the colors look streaky/not blended?

If you start with a white wig, you’re going to have to put a lot more work into getting the colour to be vibrant. I think you would have a better experience if you started with a wig that was the colour of her roots (the rose/strawberry sort of pinky-purple-red) and then dye the purple over it. It will give that nice red undertone to your purple and be a lot more vibrant with less work. However it may be difficult to get the more blue-tone at the tips.  

That said, you can dye a white wig and you would have a bit more control over the colour since there isn’t a red tint underneath.It just means you have to cover more of the wig with dye or ink, depending on your method.

With the ink-dye method, I suggest starting with a base of alcohol and the red-tone ink. Work in a well-ventilated area, use gloves and use a hairdryer to help the alcohol evaporate quicker. You’ll want to cover your workspace, ink dying can be messy.

Use a paintbrush to brush the colour on to the top of the wig and comb it down the length of the hair. 

Once you are content with the red colour (may take a few layers), mix in a bit of your purple or blue colour and start the next section a little lower than you want it to start. I like to use the comb to pull the colour down the wig, but for blending the top I’ll dry the paintbrush off a bit and brush up and down to get that smooth/natural looking gradient. 

Paint, comb/blend, dry, repeat till it looks good, add more purple/blue to the mix and then work your way down.

Now the challenge with ink-dyed wigs is that the colour can rub off on your costume and skin. Not fun! To remedy this, I suggest letting the wig dry for at least 24 hours, let the alcohol evaporate fully. Then gently run the wig under cool water. If your wig lightens a lot, you may have to touch it up. Then, once dry, use a bit of hairspray to coat the fibers. Only do a bit of hairspray at a time, if you drench the thing the colour might run.

You can see the gradient on my Lucoa wig:

Using fabric dye: As long as your wig can take heat, you can use synthetic fabric dyes (like rit dyemore, idye poly or dylon) to dye a wig. This is a great, simple, tutorial that shows how to use dying to get the ombre/gradient effect. You’ll get a stronger colour by leaving the wig in longer or by having a higher concentration of dye.

You can probably get away with 2 colours of dye, one red and one blue and then slowly change the red to purple by adding bits of the blue. You could also use a red, purple and blue to have a bit more control over the colour change and get a more natural transition.

No matter what method you use, you’ll probably want to pick up some wefts in the same colour as your wig and test out the technique with them. Especially useful for testing a dye mix before dyeing your full wig! 

Hope this helps

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Hi! Trying to find a type of plastic that I can use to make a visor with for my Sun Eater cosplay. It’s a thin plastic that’s malleable with a heat gun and can easily be cut with scissors as is. I don’t know what the name of the plastic is called (PETG?) or where to get some (in sheet sizes). It’s used for those color/tinted tennis visors and those clear colored spray bottles you buy at the Dollartree/plastic ornaments. Going to dye it with RIT or iDye and then shape it. Thanks in advance!

PET-G ( Polyethylene Terephthlate Glycol-Modified) is the term. This blog doesn’t suggest where to buy things, but you can try asking in the Cosplay Tutorial Hangout Group for recommendations. You may want to include what country and state/province you are from to get suggestions that ship to your location.

You can also try a google search for “petg where to buy” and you should be able to find a couple places that sell it. You might also be able to find sheets on ebay or amazon. 

All the best,

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Hello. I ordered a cosplay online through aliexpress and it’s supposed to be custom fitted but it’s all a little too big. Do you have any advise?

 Good news, it is easier to make something smaller than it is to make it bigger! 

If you want to avoid sewing you can look for a local tailor to help take it in for you. This does cost a fee but is good if you don’t know how to sew and aren’t interested in learning. 

If you want to do it yourself there are many tutorials for altering/tailoring a garment but they are usually specific to where on a garment you need to make the change. As a good introduction, check out this video:  The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Alterations (Episode 17): Taking In a Side Seam.

If you don’t want to get it tailored and if attempting to take it in yourself isn’t your thing, you can make minor adjustments with safety pins! Just be careful to not put too much stress on one pin, as it might pop while you’re wearing the garment. 

Hope this helps!
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Edit: This advice is based on a garment that has minor fitting issues. Since aliexpress and some overseas sites will ask for measurements and provide a cookie-cutter garment that /should/ fit you this is a common issue and comes with the low pricetag on a lot of these costumes. That said, if there is something very wrong with the garment or the alterations it requires are excessive, you may want to pursue a refund instead. (Keep in mind that you won’t be able to get a refund after changes are made to the costume.)   Shoutout to delmalani for bringing up returns.

What’s a good way to make helmets and armor? I’m wanting to make a Kamen Rider Mach or Gaim cosplay but not sure on how to make them.

There are a lot of different techniques and materials you can use! I suggest checking out the armor section of the tutorial list and checking out tutorials for materials that interest you. Tutorials can be a great reference to find out how involved a material is and if it will do what you want it to. 

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