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09
Sep
2014
Anonymous
The other day I saw someone asking you about your hot glue gun lines on armor on a particular costume, how does that hot glue method work? Would you have to set down the glue on what it's gonna be attached to or can you do it on different surface so you can paint it a different color than what it's gonna be attached to? Like can you glue the glue down to something else after it's died?
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In theory you could probably make hot glue designs on wax paper and then remove it to re-glue onto craft foam or what have you… but normally I just do it straight onto the piece. 

Posted 3 weeks ago4 notesFiled Under: #aiask #armor #craft foam #hot glue
02
Sep
2014
Anonymous
How did you get the hot glue lines on your nightingale armor so straight and precise? I try to have a steady hand, but mine looks so uneven and not straight.
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Glue Gun Etiquette

It definitely takes practice! You need to be sure you know your tool.

-Practice drawing out lines with your glue gun on scrap foam or wax paper. Try making smiley face and such. 

-Let your gun heat up ALL the way. The colder it is, the more splotchy the glue will come out. 

-Have glue sticks AT THE READY. As soon as the stick reaches its end and your not pushing on it anymore, the glue will start to accrue into a goopy mess. 

-Clean the gun when you can. Warming it and scraping off excess will help. (clean the trigger too — when it gets dirty its harder to have a smooth push and therefore a smooth line)

-DON’T get distracted by those long stringy things. They are easy to pull off later, let them be and focus on your steady lines. 

-I find that METAL nozzle tipped glue guns make straighter lines than plastic ones. 

-You mess up and have a wobbly line here how to fix it (while it’s still warm.) Too thin: Go over it again! The glue will melt together.  Too Wide: garb an extra glue stick and slowly slide it along your warm glue and pick up as much as you need too. Do this swftly! Alternatively, you can smear the whole thing down or off and redo the line completely. 

-Did you mess up and it’s dry? Use an exact to trim down your glue into a better line! 

Remember - practice makes perfect. My lines weren’t always steady. But after a while you can get some great edges that look like real ridged steal. 

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Posted 4 weeks ago262 notesFiled Under: #aiask #armor #craft foam #hot glue
10
Aug
2014
Hi, I was wondering why you chose to use craft foam instead of pleather for the Nightingale cosplay? I wanted to cosplay a Nightingale but pleather was way too expensive, but i'm a little confused as to how I would approach craft foam. Love you both by the way O//w//O
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I decided on craft foam because I liked the thickness of it. Leather armor as it appears historically or fictionally tends to be thick tooled leather. And pleather comes pretty thin and… flat?  

With the craft foam I could build on top of it and dig into it like real leather. Plus there’s a lot of cool techniques for craft foam to make it look like leather. 

Plus its cheap as fuck and I needed a lot of it.

Posted 1 month ago101 notesFiled Under: #aiask #craft foam #armor
08
Aug
2014
I need some help! This is my first time with craft foam armor and half the tutorials said to seal it before I painted and the other half said seal it once my paint is on. I went with paint then sealed with around 10 coats modge podge, was I right? Also, after the 10 coats of modge podge will it be water proof? I will be wearing it to an outdoor renaissance fair. Thanks for your help, it seems no one talks about sealing armor much.
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Woops! Nope! You wanna seal it FIRST and then paint it. Because otherwise it wont come out shiny — the foam will soak the paint and make it look porous and matte. 

Waterproof — eh, sorta. Putting a shine sealant on top of the paint should help with that! 

Posted 1 month ago23 notesFiled Under: #aiask #craft foam #armor
30
Jul
2014
Pleeeeeasehelp. I want to do a genderbent Winter Soldiers for an upcoming con and the arm is straight up baffling me right now. Any hints? All I'm seeing by way of tutorials has no elbow or hand attached.....
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Personally, instead of making two seperate pieces of the forarm and the biecep I would make a base glove with SEVERAL pieces so the whole arm can articulate. That way you can make an elbow and glove too. 

Like this. 

Posted 2 months ago23 notesFiled Under: #aiask #sewing #craft foam #armor
21
Oct
2012
I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking for templates of armor pieces from my Karliah cosplay, as well as Hawke and Fenris from DAII. I’ve been thinking about going back and remaking them all, on a nice vectored PDF with files of all the pieces, but it would take some time. Because of that — if I were to release PDF files of my templates, I would probably charge around 10 bucks for them. Would you guys be interested in me doing them even if they weren’t for free?

I’ve been getting a lot of emails asking for templates of armor pieces from my Karliah cosplay, as well as Hawke and Fenris from DAII.

I’ve been thinking about going back and remaking them all, on a nice vectored PDF with files of all the pieces, but it would take some time.

Because of that — if I were to release PDF files of my templates, I would probably charge around 10 bucks for them.

Would you guys be interested in me doing them even if they weren’t for free?

Posted 1 year ago133 notesFiled Under: #cosplay #aicosu #nightingale armor #skyrim #dragon age #armor #aicosplay
04
Oct
2012

A day’s work!

I showed you guys my 'Man in the iron mask' sculpt last week, and figured I’d show you the matching shackles. They will be molded and casted four times to complete a full shackle for each hand, with some chains and such.

Posted 1 year ago53 notesFiled Under: #armor #man in the iron mask #my art #risd #prop making
29
Sep
2012

I haven’t been showing much cosplay progress lately because school has actually kept me quite busy — so I figured I would show you what I’ve been working on.

This is my sculpted mask for my Advanced Projects class. We get to do whatever we want as a senior project, and I wanted to do some prop making. So this is my design for the Three Musketeer story, “Man in the Iron Mask.”

It’s sculpted in Plasticine, gonna be molded and then casted in brush powder aluminum. I also have some shackles to make, and three or four pommels to make for the musketeer swords.

Also! Check out my tiny little senior studio! Yay!!

Posted 2 years ago97 notesFiled Under: #my art #risd #man in the iron mask #armor #mask
19
Aug
2012

Hatsune Miku, Feather Sword Singer (Altiel Card) - Vocaloid, Cosplay Progress

Progress progress progress… I’m getting there! Got the skirt done and the top nearly done, cape is nearly finished and the armor is almost finished.

I can’t decide if I want to weather the armor or not… I think I’ll decide later once I add the top half of the armor on.

Still gotta add gold designs inside the cape… gotta add some more blue trim, then make all the petal trimming for the thigh highs and gloves, dye a tie and make a sword!miku

Posted 2 years ago57 notesFiled Under: #miku #cosplay #progress #hatsune miku #armor
29
May
2012

Photos of my Karliah cosplay from Skyrim in the PCC Masquerade!  I won 1st place in the gaming category!

Posted 2 years ago211 notesFiled Under: #aicosu #karliah #skyrim #cosplay #pcc #phoenix comicon #phoenic comiccon #dunmer #nightingale #armor #dark elf
14
May
2012
Anonymous
All of your armor-based cosplay are just phenomenal compared to most see at conventions *o* as a newbie to the mock-armor creation process do you have any tutorials or suggestions on how to create a con-durable mock armor? I'm leaning towards something from either Dragon Age or Skyrim if all goes well.
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It really, really depends on what your making. Cause Fenris’ armor would be different than say, Avelines, or Karliahs from Skyrim which would be hugely different that Daedric armor. There are tons and tons of ways to make armor, everything from cardboard to actual metal casting. So it really depends on what your making, what your budget and time deadlines are, and what you are comfortable with or tools you have on hand.

I would recommend looking into both games (or whatever you interested in) and choosing a costume. One you have a costume in mind, you can narrow down ways to make it rather than going from a million ways towards one costume.

BUT! I will send you all my favorite armor tutorials to inspire you. Starting from easy to work with/cheapest to hard to work with/more expensive

Craft Foam Armor
Paper Mache Armor
Cardboard Armor
Vinyl and Craft Foam Armor
Vinyl over EVA Foam
EVA Foam Armor
Wonderflex Armor & Expanding Foam
Leather Armor
Pepakura Armor

Posted 2 years ago47 notesFiled Under: #Anonymous #AiAsk #ask #answer #armor #cosplay #cosplay tutorial #tutorial #costuming
08
May
2012

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

The makeup is giving me issues. OTL 
I’ve discovered that making ‘Dark Elf’ look good is pretty impossible without their bone structure. Not to mention, grey skin looks really, really bad in certain angles and light. It doesn’t help that I’m doing this at night with cheapo florescents. I want to get the contouring of Karliah’s face down, maybe do something different with the lips…But once I do the photoshoot outside in the beautiful daylight forest this weekend, maybe things will kinda work.

In the meantime… I may just ONLY wear the mask and never show my full face at conventions. I shudder at the bad angles and lighting that may happen (flash photography oh gawd)….

Posted 2 years ago127 notesFiled Under: #skyrim #karliah #cosplay #progress #nightingale #armor #aicosu
08
May
2012
Lawl Wtf do I do with my hair? This ‘Dunmer’ skin is confusing my brain. The makeup is so light that I keep forgetting that it’s even on. And I look in the mirror and I’m like WHOA.

Lawl Wtf do I do with my hair?

This ‘Dunmer’ skin is confusing my brain. The makeup is so light that I keep forgetting that it’s even on. And I look in the mirror and I’m like WHOA.

Posted 2 years ago46 notesFiled Under: #skyrim #karliah #cosplay #progress #nightingale #armor #aicosu
08
May
2012

Karliah (Nightingale Armor) - Skyrim, Cosplay Progress

So my Karliah is preeettty much finished (besides my slow drying archery bow ಠ_ಠ). I have some things to fix though. My belt is out of whack, so I wanna buy a new one and re adjust the side panels of the skirt closer to the front.

I’ll post pictures of my face makeup once I stop being finicky with it.

Posted 2 years ago5,512 notesFiled Under: #skyrim #cosplay #progress #karliah #nightingale #elder scrolls #armor #aicosu
24
Nov
2011
This is probably the number on question I get on tumblr so I decided to write it up…

 Click here for the process and tutorial of how I made our Dragon Age Armor.

This is probably the number on question I get on tumblr so I decided to write it up…

 Click here for the process and tutorial of how I made our Dragon Age Armor.

Posted 2 years ago55 notesFiled Under: #cosplay #armor #craft foam #dragon age #hawke #fenris #aicosu