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03
Aug
2012

subitoallegra:

Allegra’s Cos-Friends - Aicosu: Sheila and Sylar

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Do I need to tell you about Aicosu? Probably not; there probably isn’t much that I can tell you that you don’t already know! I’m sure you already know how talented they are (fact), and I’m sure you also know how much they love each other (also fact). Really, all I can share is a story. 

(Aside: it was surprisingly difficult to pick pictures for them since there are so many options! I had a hard time finalizing the set ;__;)

The first time I met Sheila and Sylar was in front of the BioWare Base at SDCC 2011, probably about 4 hours before the actual competition. I was introduced to them through our Varric, Melissa, who had previously met them at PCC. Neither of the three of them had SDCC badges—they had only come to do the contest (and invited me to join about a month before the con), since the BW Base was outside of the actual con center. Apparently Sylar saw me walking towards them and said to Sheila and Mel: “God, I wish that were our Isabela,” to which Melissa responded: “That is our Isabela!” I think that’s still my favorite story XDD

With the three of them (and Mel’s boyfriend Terry, who was our bag carrier and photographer), I had what was most certainly at the time (and probably still is) one of the greatest weekends of my life. Between the contest, meeting all sorts of amazing people at said contest (many of whom will be featured here over time!), going to IHOP at like 1 AM, derping around Balboa Park in costume, getting to really chat with Dave (Gaider) for what was probably about an hour, but in Sheila time was maybe 6 or 7 hours at this point…. But beyond that, we had maybe … what, 36 hours together? In that time, I really got to know and love them as people, so that by 1 AM when my friend picked me up to head back to where we were staying (I had a 5 AM flight the next day), I felt like I was leaving old friends behind. I don’t think I had ever hugged someone I had known for such a short of amount of time quite as hard as I did when I hugged them goodbye.

Now if you had told me that I’d have to wait over a year to see them both again, I would have thrown a fit. I’ve at least had Sheila with me in person (sewing last-minute details onto the Smuggler at 5 AM while singing showtunes, fa la la la REMEMBER, at NYCC; taking adorable pictures, even if it was sometimes with the wrong pirate at PAX East), and gotten to virtually hang out with Sylar as well (playing a lot of AC:B multiplayer, spoiler alert Sylar is a poison spammer the little CHEATER; the odd, impromptu phone call, including one the other night while I was waiting for my takeout to show up)…. But it’s not the same. Somehow, hanging out with both of them, bantering, giggling, and lots and lots of derping—that’s a gift, honestly.

I think that concept—how much my cosplayer friends mean to me, both artistically and personally—should be the theme to all of these little featurettes. Or, at least, that’s the hope. I wouldn’t be telling you about them otherwise :)

Allegra’s Cos-Friends

What a rush of memories this morning!!! Allegra is has always been an absolute pleasure to know you and even more so cherishing to be your friend!

You really did help make that SDCC weekend UNFORGETTABLE. And whenever we see you that excitement and happiness always rushes back. You are seriously motivating and funny and kind and all together wonderful.

It’s been to long!! WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT NYCC!

Posted 2 years ago299 notesVIAFiled Under: #aicosu #cosplay #korra #dragon age #skyrim #fable #mephisto #hawke #fenris #tahno #vocaloid #celty #durarara #grell #black butler #blazblue #hazama #my friends are awesome #my cosfriends #aicosplay
23
Apr
2012

Advice on Cosplaying

Posted 2 years ago294 notesFiled Under: #cosplay #advice #Celty Sturluson #celty #aicosu
22
Apr
2012

A photoset of mine and Sylar’s Celty & Shinra cosplays for those interested. Ahhh I miss this series…

Posted 2 years ago171 notesFiled Under: #cosplay #celty #celty sturluson #shinra #shinra kishitani #durarara!! #DRRR #durarara #celty x shinra
19
Mar
2012
Oh hey there new followers! Welcome!Thanks for letting be apart of your Dash! And welcome to our blog stream! We blog our cosplays, our costume process, us goofing around sometimes, and we answer A LOT, A TON, of questions. The majority of which are cosplay advice, prop advice, wig advice and really anything costume related advice. Please enjoy your follow!

Oh hey there new followers! Welcome!

Thanks for letting be apart of your Dash! And welcome to our blog stream! 

We blog our cosplays, our costume process, us goofing around sometimes, and we answer A LOT, A TON, of questions. The majority of which are cosplay advice, prop advice, wig advice and really anything costume related advice. 

Please enjoy your follow!

Posted 2 years ago21 notesFiled Under: #cosplay #durarara!! #Celty Sturluson #celty #izaya #Izaya Orihara #shizuo
14
Feb
2012

Speaking of figures…

Always makes me sad… cause they are so damn expensive. I would kill to have any of these.

I always thought it would be so badass if I owned the figure of each one of my cosplays. But I’m so behind. All these lovely ladies are still out of my financial reach. Not to mention all the characters IM GOING to cosplay yet…

ONE DAY. ONE DAY you will be on the coolest shelf. 

Posted 2 years ago14 notesFiled Under: #Celty Sturluson #celty #append #hatsune miku #saya #blood+ #k-on #tsumugi #shirley fenette #code geass #figures
05
Feb
2012
Whoa ho new followers! Hello to you too! Thank you so much for adding us to your beautiful dash. We promise to only bring you the best costumes we can attempt to make — and to answer any and all questions ever. Thank you for the follow!

Whoa ho new followers! 

Hello to you too! Thank you so much for adding us to your beautiful dash. 

We promise to only bring you the best costumes we can attempt to make — and to answer any and all questions ever. 

Thank you for the follow!

Posted 2 years ago36 notesFiled Under: #Celty Sturluson #shinra #celty #durarara!! #DRRR #durarara #cosplay
30
Nov
2011
Back from our Thanksgiving Hiatus!A few things…First off — WELCOME NEW FOLLOWERS! 990! Hooray! Please enjoy your follow, it is an honor to have you. We will be posting lots of new costume projects coming up, so look alive!About Our Convention Schedule…We answered most of the questions in the inbox, but a lot of the messages were about what cons we are headed too, or which ones we are attending, “Are you coming to —-?”  The only convention we are headed to for sure is SDCC. After that our priority con goals are C2E2/Acen, Anime Boston, and PAX East.
We will still listen to your suggestions for conventions, but we can’t guarantee our attendance unless we are invited or booked as cosplay guests by the convention. Now if you are interested in getting your local con to book us in order to meet us and attend our panels - you can send this page to said convention’s programming director. And ask for us to be the guest. Sorry if we didn’t answer your question directly! we just wanted to clear this up.

Back from our Thanksgiving Hiatus!

A few things…

First off — WELCOME NEW FOLLOWERS! 990! Hooray! Please enjoy your follow, it is an honor to have you. 

We will be posting lots of new costume projects coming up, so look alive!

About Our Convention Schedule…

We answered most of the questions in the inbox, but a lot of the messages were about what cons we are headed too, or which ones we are attending, “Are you coming to —-?”  

The only convention we are headed to for sure is SDCC. After that our priority con goals are C2E2/Acen, Anime Boston, and PAX East.


We will still listen to your suggestions for conventions, but we can’t guarantee our attendance unless we are invited or booked as cosplay guests by the convention. Now if you are interested in getting your local con to book us in order to meet us and attend our panels - you can send this page to said convention’s programming director. And ask for us to be the guest. 

Sorry if we didn’t answer your question directly! we just wanted to clear this up.

Posted 2 years ago32 notesFiled Under: #aicosu #cosplay #celty #shinra #celty sturluson #durarara
07
Sep
2011
All this talk of Celty helmets makes me miss our DRRR!! cosplaying days.

All this talk of Celty helmets makes me miss our DRRR!! cosplaying days.

Posted 3 years ago30 notesFiled Under: #csoplay #shinra #celty #durarara
07
Sep
2011
The commissioned helmet (left) next to my original celty helmet (right).Improvements:-The blue is no longer inaccurate-The window tint isn’t as wrinkled as mine.-The shape of the ears and back of the helmet is accurate now-Durable, awesome ears that look more like they are part of the actual helmet.

The commissioned helmet (left) next to my original celty helmet (right).

Improvements:

-The blue is no longer inaccurate
-The window tint isn’t as wrinkled as mine.
-The shape of the ears and back of the helmet is accurate now
-Durable, awesome ears that look more like they are part of the actual helmet.

Posted 3 years ago27 notesFiled Under: #commissions #celty #cosplay #progress #durarara
07
Sep
2011
The finished Celty helmet. Front and Back.I’m very pleased with the turn out of this commission! Although, that awful wrinkling in the paint really threw me back, and there are some paint splots on this helmet I need to go back in and tediously finish, also I have to cut a bit more of the top edge off the window tint of the visor.Good feelings when I look at it!

The finished Celty helmet. Front and Back.

I’m very pleased with the turn out of this commission! Although, that awful wrinkling in the paint really threw me back, and there are some paint splots on this helmet I need to go back in and tediously finish, also I have to cut a bit more of the top edge off the window tint of the visor.

Good feelings when I look at it!

Posted 3 years ago8 notesFiled Under: #celty #cosplay #commission #durarara #celty sturluson
04
Sep
2011
eracadenza:

aicosu:

virusq:

aicosu:

Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off.
I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Stupid question:  are you using the krylon spray paint from walmart?  My mando helmet did the same exact thing (and Isabela’s daggers!), with FRESH applications.


 Oh damn! I am using Krylon, but I got the fusion for plastics so there was more glue in it. Its weird though because I’ve used krylons before and the ONLY other time I’ve got wrinkling is when I’m painting something that has already been spray painted.If I try the second coat and it blows, I’ll try to see if I should get a better brand.

I used the same spray paint and it didn’t wrinkle when I did, but I spent hours sanding. As long as you give it enough time to cure in between painting the yellow and blue paint sessions, it shouldn’t wrinkle.

 Hmmm thanks for the advice! I know I am a bit impatient… I should leave a day now.

eracadenza:

aicosu:

virusq:

aicosu:

Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off.

I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Stupid question:  are you using the krylon spray paint from walmart?  My mando helmet did the same exact thing (and Isabela’s daggers!), with FRESH applications.

 Oh damn! I am using Krylon, but I got the fusion for plastics so there was more glue in it. Its weird though because I’ve used krylons before and the ONLY other time I’ve got wrinkling is when I’m painting something that has already been spray painted.

If I try the second coat and it blows, I’ll try to see if I should get a better brand.

I used the same spray paint and it didn’t wrinkle when I did, but I spent hours sanding. As long as you give it enough time to cure in between painting the yellow and blue paint sessions, it shouldn’t wrinkle.

 Hmmm thanks for the advice! I know I am a bit impatient… I should leave a day now.

Posted 3 years ago14 notesVIA / SOURCEFiled Under: #commissions #cosplay #celty #durarara #celty sturluson
04
Sep
2011
virusq:

aicosu:

virusq:

aicosu:

Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off.
I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Stupid question:  are you using the krylon spray paint from walmart?  My mando helmet did the same exact thing (and Isabela’s daggers!), with FRESH applications.


 Oh damn! I am using Krylon, but I got the fusion for plastics so there was more glue in it. Its weird though because I’ve used krylons before and the ONLY other time I’ve got wrinkling is when I’m painting something that has already been spray painted.If I try the second coat and it blows, I’ll try to see if I should get a better brand.

Yeah, it’s been really hit and miss, for me.  The Mando helmet was pre-painted, so I had to sand off all the paint before putting on the different layers.  The first two layers of Krylon and Valspar went on fine, but when I put on the yellow, everything curdled.  I sanded it down and retried, so it curdled again.  Then again.
All of Bianca’s plastic parts are silver Krylon Fusion.  No issues there.
But then the silver and yellow Krylon we used on the Isabela daggers curdled on the handles.  ARRRG.
At this point, I’m convinced the yellow Krylon is bad.  D:

 Maybe its because the paint is such a light color? The last time it happened was with white krylon.

virusq:

aicosu:

virusq:

aicosu:

Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off.

I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Stupid question:  are you using the krylon spray paint from walmart?  My mando helmet did the same exact thing (and Isabela’s daggers!), with FRESH applications.

 Oh damn! I am using Krylon, but I got the fusion for plastics so there was more glue in it. Its weird though because I’ve used krylons before and the ONLY other time I’ve got wrinkling is when I’m painting something that has already been spray painted.

If I try the second coat and it blows, I’ll try to see if I should get a better brand.

Yeah, it’s been really hit and miss, for me.  The Mando helmet was pre-painted, so I had to sand off all the paint before putting on the different layers.  The first two layers of Krylon and Valspar went on fine, but when I put on the yellow, everything curdled.  I sanded it down and retried, so it curdled again.  Then again.

All of Bianca’s plastic parts are silver Krylon Fusion.  No issues there.

But then the silver and yellow Krylon we used on the Isabela daggers curdled on the handles.  ARRRG.

At this point, I’m convinced the yellow Krylon is bad.  D:

 Maybe its because the paint is such a light color? The last time it happened was with white krylon.

Posted 3 years ago14 notesVIA / SOURCEFiled Under: #commissions #cosplay #celty #durarara #celty sturluson
04
Sep
2011
virusq:

aicosu:

Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off.
I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Stupid question:  are you using the krylon spray paint from walmart?  My mando helmet did the same exact thing (and Isabela’s daggers!), with FRESH applications.


 Oh damn! I am using Krylon, but I got the fusion for plastics so there was more glue in it. Its weird though because I’ve used krylons before and the ONLY other time I’ve got wrinkling is when I’m painting something that has already been spray painted.If I try the second coat and it blows, I’ll try to see if I should get a better brand.

virusq:

aicosu:

Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off.

I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Stupid question:  are you using the krylon spray paint from walmart?  My mando helmet did the same exact thing (and Isabela’s daggers!), with FRESH applications.

 Oh damn! I am using Krylon, but I got the fusion for plastics so there was more glue in it. Its weird though because I’ve used krylons before and the ONLY other time I’ve got wrinkling is when I’m painting something that has already been spray painted.

If I try the second coat and it blows, I’ll try to see if I should get a better brand.

Posted 3 years ago14 notesVIA / SOURCEFiled Under: #commissions #cosplay #celty #durarara #celty sturluson
04
Sep
2011
Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off. 

I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Ran into some surprise issues once I painted the helmet yellow. The previous owner must have spray painted the helmet once before, because the black paint started wrinkling beneath the yellow and the paint started to slide off.

I had to wait for it to dry before sanding the wrinkles off and painting it over again. Hope this doesn’t happen with the blue bits too!

Posted 3 years ago14 notesFiled Under: #commissions #cosplay #celty #durarara #celty sturluson
01
Sep
2011

Ears done. NOW DRY LIKE THE WIND SO I MAY PAINT YOU.

Posted 3 years ago8 notesFiled Under: #celty #Celty Sturluson #commission #cosplay #progress