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Post your cosplay-related questions here!
FAQ (WIP): https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-URQl5wxxBzP4-VWfMKfLG8ZqOkGt9Yoyo6Qbm333vs/edit?usp=sharing
Cosplay recommendations thread: >>10705210
Crossplay/crossdressing thread: >>10757398
Taobao thread: >>10726943
Stupid j-fashion questions thread:>>10762419
Previous thread: >>10753420
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>>10770316
Where do I buy bodypaint?
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>>10770359
Some of the most popular brands, Ben Nye and Snazaroo, are available on their own titular websites or Amazon. Don't forget to pick up a sealing spray and/or powder
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>>10770316
Anyone have experience using armor templates? How long does one usually take to complete?
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Are there any guides to aging yourself for cosplay? Was wondering whether the pic related transformation was possible as a diy or whether it would require hours and somebody's help.
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I'm a pretty masculine looking guy planning on cosplaying as a prettyboy/bishounen male character. It seems hard to find any directly relevant makeup guides beyond how to get the basics down. Should I just watch those, get a basic makeup kit from Sephora or wherever, then just specifically address what changes I want to make from there & learn as I go?
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whats the best way to black out my helmet, i bought one of those black mesh masks but i cant see shit especially after putting on the helmet, but i wanted to line like the inside of the visor with something to make it harder to see inside but not complete delete any vision i have
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>>10770403
>How long does one usually take to complete?
not sure why you think theres a set time for something like this.
people have different skill levels, available time to dedicate to cosplay making, etc.

>>10770546
you could probably look into tinted plastic. similar to how people do visors for starwars helmets.
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>>10770552
Why give such a dogshit response? Obviously time varies. That's the point of asking a forum rather than dm'ing one person.
Why not say "For me it takes ___ but I'm (more,Less,ETC) experienced so it can vary a lot"
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>>10770588
Not to mention there are a plethora of different armor patterns that take various times and skills anyway. Obviously I'm asking for an average or anecdotal amount of time
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>>10770588
>Why give such a dogshit response?
dogshit response to a dogshit kind of question.
>>10770590
if you already know time varies between skill levels and types of armor, then whats the point in asking in the first place?
if a monster hunter armor set takes like a week for one person and the same set takes half a year for another, what exactly are you trying to get from that?
ill admit though, i guess im in the wrong here. I forgot that the thread title says "cosplay stupid questions" and well, what that anon asked was a stupid question.
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>>10770698
some questions are too stupid to have real answers.
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>>10770525
Not the worst idea, just make sure you're actually getting all the basics with it. Maybe consider using drugstore makeup if it's just for practice, sephora can be super expensive. Also, some ftm crossplay makeup tutorials can be pretty useful too. Once you have a bit more practice applying makeup to your face, you'll also be able to tell what other dudes do for their makeup and use it as a guideline for your own look.
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>>10770698
>>10770729
Because then I could take the relative answers and compare them to my current skill level? You type like pseuds but have a very difficult time understanding basic concepts. Knowing the times that people of various skill levels take on various projects is useful because you can then relate it to your current project or skill level.
If you can't comprehend that you're the retard.
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>>10770766
if you're too stupid to realize there's no answer, that's on you.
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>>10770770
There is an answer though? You subjectively thinking that the answer is worthless doesn't mean there isn't an answer. At least read the post you're replying to. I just wrote what the answer was.
You're retarded.
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is cardboard a bad choice for armour?
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I sweat like a Goddamn pig and it really fucks with spirit gum when I have to wear it and makeup. Aside from smearing clinical strength anti-perspirant on my face, which is obviously inadvisable, is there anything i can do to prevent excessive sweating, or is there a really good brand of spirit gum i can wear?
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>>10770810
Yes and no. If you want to do a meme cosplay, go for it, and you can really do some nice things with high-quality cardboard. But that takes a lot of preparing and material, iirc.
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>>10770499
I don't know of any in specific, but I think you'd find more resources if you steered closer to the SFX makeup. There's bound to be something on youtube. You could try searching for popular old horror movie characters. I think Insidious and the Taking of Deborah Logan have prominent ones.
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>>10770766
Time on a project doesn't equate to skill level though. A master could take a year on a project using an armor pattern because of all of the other work they add to their project. The other anon is right, your question is flawed and isn't going to yield the answers you're looking for. I don't think anon was being particularly snarky about it either.
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>>10770821
I think rather than looking for a product to withstand sweat, the idea would be to try and keep cool so you can sweat less, no? Taking the bullet out of a gun before it can shoot and all that. If not, I think a better option would just be to reapply every 5-6 hours.
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>>10770824
Not him, but how overdone is pic related nowadays? I don't have the money for a good cosplay and I don't want to buy a shitty costume off of ebay, but I don't want to go in nothing. I'm assuming this was insanely overdone in the 2000s, but enough time has passed to where Zoomers don't remember it and it works on an almost nostalgic level.
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>>10770913
It was overdone and got old 10 years ago.
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Kinda similar to a question earlier in this thread but I want to get into crossplay while I'm still cute but I don't really know anything about makeup. The FAQ has a makeup guide but it's a bit sparce. Is there any sort of progression I should follow as I learn (i.e. first learn to do X, then Y which is a bit more advanced, then Z which is more advanced than Y) or would it be best to just look up tutorials and follow along to my best ability until I can do something that looks halfway decent? Also are there any decent tutorials specifically for crossplay/just mtf crossdressing in general or would it be fine if I try to follow normal tutorials made by women for other women.
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>>10770931
Speaking as someone is has only just gotten half-decent at makeup, it's more of a progression of overall skill rather than specific skills. Like if I'm shit at blending eyeshadow, I'm probably also gonna be shit at blending out my concealer. Once I get better at blending, both of those areas will improve if that makes sense.

What helped me improve was just repeated practice and picking products that were worth my money, not just the cheapest I could find. Not saying you have to use department store stuff only. I still solely use drugstore makeup. I just make more informed decisions now using reviews from several sources.

>Also are there any decent tutorials specifically for crossplay
See the crossplay thread for their specific resources and questions. After you've established your base using their techniques, any tutorial by a woman should help.
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>>10770552
how do you prevent tinted plastic from fogging up helmets? i used some in a helmet and it fogged up, even bought some special “anti fog” motorcycle visor helmet material and it still fogs up
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alright anons how do I build this
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>>10770946
>See the crossplay thread for their specific resources and questions
Oh thanks I forgot those were a thing and didn't see it in the catalog because the retard who made the thread put the title in the name field and not the subject field.
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How much do you pay for a costume?
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>>10770978
I've heard a single drop of dish soap helps people with glasses when wearing a facemask.
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>>10770904
issue is, i sweat real bad even if it's less than 50 degrees. I've had to reapply spirit gum every two hours, but this was just generic spirit gum.

i might look into carrying a little tiny fan thing
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>>10770980
>>10771031
Retard questions with no answer
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>>10771146
how is it retarded? i’m just asking how to build the arm desu
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>>10770980
>>10771165
Depends on how high-quality you want it. You absolutely can make it from spray-painted cardboard, but if you want something complex, 3D printing or pepkura might be the way to do it.
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>>10770766
just admit you asked a stupid question and now are trying way too hard to justify your question.
I could tell you that it took me 2 days to make a full mandalorean costume.
now what exactly does that info help you with?
>"ok it took that anon 2 days to make a full armor costume, that means it will take me 5 days to make".
is that what youre expecting?
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>>10770775
no, there's no answer.
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>>10770980
My guess would be to use a backpack rig underneath the costume to anchor the heavy weight down -- kind of like how retractable wings are made. Then you would use bendable wire or pvc pipe for the musculature, paying extra attention to the section for your arm. Then you would create the shape with foam, prime, seal, paint, and do some arm workouts to be able to hold the whole thing up for pictures, lol.
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>>10771031
Most of us on here make our costumes. I try to keep under $80-100 for the entire ensemble including materials and accessories (such as eyelashes, wig, shoes, foundational garments, jewelry, makeup, etc.); however, if I were buying one, I would expect to pay that much just for the base outfit and then some for all of the accessories. Most premade costumes I've seen go for about $80+. It depends on the costume though of course. Ballgowns, intricate designs, and full armor builds will always cost more.
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>>10771145
I see. Then you're going to need a combination of things to help. Try to reduce your body temperature by leaning towards costumes with natural linens or less coverage on your body. Carry a fan and towel with you to dab away the sweat, especially on your forehead. Drink ice water, etc. If you can ask your doc for prescription deodorant, you could smear that on your forehead like you mentioned. If not, I hear OTC aluminum free ones help too. Before you apply the spirit gum, use baby powder (and possibly a mattifying primer) to really ensure your skin is dry. Other than that, you're doomed to reapply frequently unless you can find a movie strength adhesive. I'm sorry.
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>>10771232
Yeah, one issue is that a lot of the cosplays are long-sleeves with jackets. I'll talk to my doc about the sweating, since I actually received pills in the past, but didn't take them because it might have interfered with some other meds. Didn't know they had clinical strength deorderant, though.

The baby powder's a good idea, but the primer might be better since I'm wearing mustaches and beards.

Speaking of movie-strength adhesive, is there anything stronger than spirit gum/movie studio quality? I'm not in LA, but iirc my city still has a bunch of SFX companies.
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>>10771184
Again, that's why I asked a forum of users as opposed to one user. Multiple instances of anecdotal data gives me an idea of how much time I should reserve toward working on a project. I do not understand why everyone is being so randomly cunty.

It's literally the same as this dude's question >>10771031 which got a legit answer>>10771230
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>>10771265
This is gonna sound silly, but I see tons of people wait in line outside of a convention in simple clothes (tank top and shorts) with a full face of makeup and a bare wig cap on. Since the convention I frequent is in the middle of the hottest weekend of July and the line to get in tends to be 1-3 hours depending on competence of staff, it makes sense. Then they just get dressed once they make it inside. Better than standing in such terrible heat sweating through your costume.

>Didn't know they had clinical strength deorderant, though.
I was surprised when I heard it too. My cousin mentioned it in passing. It was tied to some other skin conditions she had like eczema which might've pushed her closer for the criteria to get prescribed. I wish I could give you more info, but I do wish you luck! The ren faire community and sufferers of hyperhidrosis tend to have really good tips on staying cool.

>is there anything stronger than spirit gum/movie studio quality?
I'm sorry, I have no clue. I'm petrified of getting something stuck and not being able to unstick it lol
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>>10771277
>It's literally the same as this dude's question
nta, but how is asking about the price of a costume the same as asking how long an armor pattern takes to make?
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>>10771322
Because the answer to how long "a cosplay" takes is the exact same as how much "a cosplay" costs. Except in the case of armor I was more specific
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>>10771326
That's inaccurate though. While hours worked is part of the cost, materials, shipping, patterning, fitting, and maker's skill can also factor into the price. It's not a 1:1 ratio.

>Except in the case of armor I was more specific
Actually you were more vague. The time taken to build an armor project from a pattern has a larger set of variables to account for than the price of a costume on the market. Even the anon's personal budget isn't necessarily helpful data because a personal budget for a cosplay is subjective to the individual and their preferences among other factors. If you had asked how long a specific armor pattern takes to make or even a type of pattern (ie a breast plate, simple shield, full armor etc.) takes, then you would've been more specific than the other anon.

If you're looking for data though, you'd have an easier time collecting it by running a poll than asking for replies. You'll only get 2-3 replies at most on here.
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>>10771277
(ntayrt) honest question: have you ever made (whether using a pattern or not) or bought a cosplay before?
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>>10771277
>Multiple instances of anecdotal data gives me an idea of how much time I should reserve toward working on a project
jesus christ, how fucking autistic are you? is that why youre getting worked up over your dumb fucking question? god damn.
are you writing some sort of thesis paper over this or something? why dont you just spend more time working on your craft instead of calculating pointless numbers you god damn retard.
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>>10771293
Honestly, not silly at all, my stupid ass should have thought of that sooner (though I'm used to having my badge picked up at Day Zero or early-ish on Day One). I live in Cali, so I feel you on the heatwaves, haha

Oh, shit, I really should look into that. I've got bad eczema and now I'm wondering if it's tied to how I randomly turn into a fucking ocean.

>I'm sorry, I have no clue. I'm petrified of getting something stuck and not being able to unstick it lol

This may be useless advice, but it's really rare to find any SFX that lasts a REALLY long time. Granted, I take very long showers and I haven't done crazier stuff like full-body dye (I've heard horror stories from people who did or knew someone who did Homestuck cosplay) and I hear that takes A) really long to remove and B) can clog up drains

But unless it's some kind of freak accident, even regular water washes away spirit gum (eventually)
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>>10771051
>>10770978
Just be careful with this, since some lenses get damaged by dish soap. You may have to buy some anti-fog spray or something similar
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>>10771481
Also want to add, spirit gum still comes off fairly quickly with regular body wash and shampoo in my experience. Not as fast as applying the removers, obviously, but it's good for a post-con soak.
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how do you make faux weld marks for foam props that doesn't look like ass?
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>>10771459
My point is that neither price nor pattern are 1:1. You can spend like 50 bucks ona. Cosplay and you can spend literally like 5k to have one commissioned. But yeah taught me better than to waste time asking shit in these threads at least
>>10771461
I've made one with no pattern. Now im using a pattern for the first time. Well a couple patterns. Bought one cosplay too.
>>10771480
It is way less autistic to have an autistic reason for asking a question than flying into a rage because a stranger asked a question you think is pointless. And I am working on it. Right now. I just didnt expect people to fly into an autistic rage at an open ended question
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>>10770913
I saw one person cosplay cardboard-box-gundam this year, hadn't seen it in a while, and it honestly gave me a chuckle. I don't think it's overdone, most cardboard costumes are a bit more high-effort (think Initial D cars) so not in the same category.
The current "overdone low-effort" one is probably picrel, I see at least one at every con and it's getting old.
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>>10771501
My guess would be foam clay, a smoothing tool, and precise strokes.
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>>10771588
I saw a Crazy Taxi car cosplay in the vein of the Initial D guys and it was amazing. I wonder how they do that?
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Can i use gorilla spray adhesive on pink insulation foam? It says not to use on Styrofoam but i can't figure out if insulation foam is a form of Styrofoam either.
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>>10771761
if it's the board foam then no, they're both made from polystyrene.
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>>10771781
Yeah it's the pink insulation foam board. I can't seem to find the stuff (for a reasonable price) most people recommend Super 77
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>>10771783
Nvm i was being dumb and tried to buy the quick and easy solution. Just order 77 from amazon. Thanks tho
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>>10771781
unfortunately the spray adhesive will melt it. i know styrofoam is less dense so you could try a test piece to see how bad it is.
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>>10771761
watch this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCIYMVOMBso
never used insulation foam for cosplay purposes but have for table top gaming which is how i came across this video.
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has anyone used foam clay before? ive seen a few tutorials on how its used and they always seem to stick foamclay onto EVA foam with just water.
but how strong is the bond when just using water? also, is the stuff flexible?
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Looking for some advice on my first attempt at cosplaying. The parts circled in green I could easily purchase online (LARP cuirass/shoulders, generic purple cape, already own the facepaint because memes), but the belly/crotch part and boots are difficult to acquire.
If you were to make these things yourself, how would you go about doing so? What materials would you recommend? If someone could please help point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it!
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>>10772504
Disregard that. I am a cocksucking idiot and should read FAQs before posting.
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So I had to file a paypal dispute, and then escalate it, over a lost package and the company, after not replying for weeks, offered a refund if I cancel the dispute.

That's not something I should do, right?
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doing cosplay for the first time, made a pretty decent sword and am now trying to figure out how to make the outfit. what would be the best way of adding that gray strip on his shirt (halfrobe/gi?)? I was thing either cutting a thin strip of gray fabric and the sewing it on or should I just use some sort of paint or coloring?
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>>10772803
No since there's nothing to stop them from going back on their word if they are wrong. Unless this is a case where your victory isn't 100% ironclad and they sent you the money, don't cancel it.
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>>10772803
if paypal can back you up completely and get your money back in full, stick with the dispute.
what ever company youre buying from fucked up so they deserve whatever strike they are going to get from paypal which is probably why they want you to cancel the dispute.
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>>10772803
don't cancel it. they can refund you via the dispute, they are trying to scam you.
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>>10772809
Bias tape would work well. It's already flattened. I would suggest double sided since sew the inside down then the outside so all you have is a since stitch line
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Kind of more complex, but can anyone help with fake shoe/boot designs that should go over a shoe instead of wearing the most uncomfortable or non-existent footwear? I have half of it made, but keeping it attached without sliding and being tight fitting is a pain in the ass.
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>>10772906
thanks, I couldn't find gray strips of fabric and thought I would have to buy a big sheet and cut it myself. my next issue is with the collar, I figured out its called a madarin/standing collar and was wondering if there was an easier way to make one, alot of the tutorials online look pretty technical
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>>10772910
Did you sew elastic straps to the bottom to keep the cover from moving?
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>>10770546
maybe put a single layer of black nylons/tights material velcroed to line the vizor?
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>>10772961
Sort of. It's foam so I rubber cemented it on two locations near the front. I assumed the connection at the midpoint of the ankle was going to hold, but it instead fucked itself and didn't stick. It's a foam covering of a shoe to look like a leather boot and it mostly manages. Then it doesn't. I'm trying to figure out how to connect the two halves, front and back, and keep them on the shoe and not fall apart at the sides of the shoe. I may need to post a picture.
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>>10770546
https://youtu.be/PawYFnY-hRc

I followed this tutorial. I got the fabric from Hobby Lobby and it cost about a $1.50 and worked perfectly
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>>10773026
different anon but lol that video. a 15 minute video of some guy talking about mesh fabric and cutting out a tiny piece to put it in an eye hole.
that easily could have been a few minutes to explain everything.
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>>10772956
If you use a pattern online, it's pretty simple to sew. It's actually applied similarly to bias tape (in the traditional application, not the way you're gonna be using it for the stripes).
It goes like this:
>apply iron on interfacing to one of the pieces.
>sew the curve, clip seams & curve, and press
>line up right sides of collar exterior edge to bodice exterior edge along the neckline
>sew
>clip seams & curve, and press
>press half inch hem into the remaining raw edge of collar
>ladder stitch hem to interior of shirt bodice
>done
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I'm trying to find the right hoodie for Shyarly from One Piece. It's a pretty casual and last minute thing but would anons have a link for something similar? The differences between the blue-purple of her hoodie and the dark blue of her tail are subtle but very apparent
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Does anyone have any advice on getting these to stay on your head? The onder I ordered works mostly but the atamadai head clasp part is a little too small when I have the rest of the cosplay on which is a mask and a head scarf. Does anyone know a way to work around this by either making a new one, or cutting it somehow? I'm afraid to ruin it as I don't know if id be able to get a replacement in time if I ruin it.
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>>10773095
Hoodie is navy blue and the tail is more of darker Royal blue. Get a zipperless hoodie removing the front pocket and draw out the rounded shapes pattern like it is and cut it out.. you can probably get a small strip of Velcro and make it closable if you don't wanna pull it over your head. Make sure to seal it with fray check
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>>10773240
If you have a wig. Put a stronger magnet in it and glue one in the hat. (Cover with a piece of tan fabric.

Maybe Bobbypin it down.
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>>10773245
Yeah, it's something my gf wants to do for AX if we're able to get stuff ready in time. She's probably gonna be wearing scale leggings in place of the tail, and depending on which ones she gets I feel like it's gonna be a game of matching the coloration of the leggings with the coloration of the top in a way that works.

What we're thinking for the hoodie
>https://www.soffe.com/product/7577V/Soffe-Womens-Rugby-Zip-Hoodie.html?color=BHE
What we're thinking for the 'tail'
>https://www.etsy.com/listing/568402326/mermaid-leggings-for-women-navy-blue
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>>10773425
if its casual like you said they should work no problem
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>>10773240
just tie alligator hair clips to it and clip it on. it will look like it's sitting properly even if it's not all the way on your head.
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That face paint around her eyes... How to do that (and similar stuff)?

Any recommendations for oily skin? (i skincare but am worried about long conventions and heat/sweat)
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>>10770316
I made a thread but until now I saw this. Is 150cm too much a difference from 153cm for a costume? I am somewhere between 152-153cm and supposedly it is elastic but idk if it makes the difference.
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>>10770316
Does anyone actually give a shit if you wear a "western" cosplay at an anime convention? I'm a little self conscious doing it but you see so many Mandalorians, marvel, etc at anime cons is it really an issue beyond super sticklers??
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>>10774602
i personally think it's annoying, but that's because i want more western cons to exist and if people just wear western media stuff to anime cons there's less incentive for those cons.
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>>10774126
Me personally I always take a cocktail of psychotropic drugs that prevent sweating
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>>10774602
I dont mind that; but I do mind when people cosplaying western characters show up to anime cons and act like they're above everyone else who ISNT in a western cosplay for some reason.
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>spend 6 hours prepping and styling my wig
>go to convention
>people take pictures of me
>feel like it was all a waste of time
What is even the point of cosplay
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>>10774602
you see people do anime cosplay at comic conventions where the main focus is on western media so personally, i dont give a fuck because im not autistic
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>>10774496
2-3 cm is a negligible difference.
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>>10774825
thank you anon so much. i won’t cosplay bao though. Nothing is more cringe than a 26 year old man cosplaying a 13 year old.
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>>10774615
Care to share names?
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I need a tail with very specific color pattern to cosplay an obscure PSP Jrpg character barely anyone saw/remember

Is it possible to dye those cheap aliexpress tails?
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>>10774878
>very specific color pattern
depends on what the pattern is, you might be better off sewing it in. you could airbrush it, but it might come out muddy and clumpy.
dyeing is very hit or miss with fur
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>>10774878
Kinpatsu has a tutorial online about coloring fur in her animal ear tutorial.
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budget cosplayer here, should i $20 on a wig and dye/style it myself, or should i just give $60 in a proper one?
I'm not sure how much of a problem it'd be to style it.
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>>10774878
get a white one and color it with chalk pastels and makeup brushes.
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So I’ve got almost everything for my Kanna cosplay except the stupid hair beads. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could easily replicate them?
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>>10775615
You can buy some rubber/sillicon gym-exercise balls in the right size, altho they won't be shiny so the texture may suck.
Some jewelry shops also sell them made of resin which would be perfect. And all of the above should have a hole for the hair (or you could cut them in half then glue back.
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>>10775503
Just remember that dye and styling supplies will also cost money, and if you messed up, you'd have to redo it and potentially buy the supplies again, and this is before factoring in how much you value your personal time and frustration.
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>>10775631
rubber and silicone would tug on the hair and make it difficult to put/stay on.
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>>10775615
People use plastic Christmas ornaments or styrofoam balls (both available at places like Michael's). If you go with the styrofoam, you'll need to cover the surface with a proper primer before painting so that neither melts the plastic.
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>>10775615
Cut holes in black ball pit balls
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Is it rude to ask a cosplayer if they made or bought their cosplay, and if they bought it, to ask where they did?
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>>10776034
I usually just ask "Did you make ___?" Or "How did you make ___?" and people have either told me how they made it or corrected me and said they bought it
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>>10776051
>>10776026
Fuck bro just say 'I love your costume!!!' and they will generally tell you if it it was made or bought, but just always assume like they said, they made it. They will correct you otherwise. Also its a damn good endorphin boost when you assume the person makes their shit, cause they wont exactly feel bad about it.
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>>10776034
Most won’t think it’s rude. There’s always the odd autist or two that will get really offended but 99% of cosplayers are chill if you ask politely.
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>>10776034
i guess it depends on how you go about it.
i think complimenting them first and then asking is a safe way to get your answer.
i feel like if you just ask them if they bought their costume, you might get someone that would get offended easily because it might come off as you insulting them.
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>>10770316
I'm trying to build a protogen and I'm struggling so hard on the leds. I even got the vacuum formed face down

Im trapped bros
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>>10776364
it doesnt really help if you dont explain exactly what youre struggling with.
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What kind of paint is used on the skin? Do i need makeup fixer to make it stay on the skin during all the con?
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>>10776944
See:
>>10770359
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>>10776944
Adding to >>10770359, don't buy Ben Nye or Wolfe gray unless you buy white too. They are both extremely dark grey and won't look good. Snazaroo and Vibe are lighter gray and don't need mixing. If you're using a cream based paint setting spray works better than powder, if you're using a liquid like Vibe go with a mix of both spray and powder for the most even results.
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I'll be be wearing EVA armor and a helmet for the first time soon. Other than staying hydrated what tips do you guys have to survive my first outing in full gear?
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>>10777387
Don't go outside
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>>10777387
Be aware of how your visibility and mobility is limited. When trying it on at home it's easy to overestimate how easily you can navigate because you're very familiar with the layout of the place. Beyond just checking for immediate fit keep it on for five minutes or so, walk around and try to do little tasks (sitting, picking things up, etc) to get a sense of how the armor may affect things.
Do you have 'tunnel vision' where you have to look directly at something? Can you look down, for navigating curbs/stairs/escalators? If your ears are covered it may be difficult to determine what direction someone calling to you is. Are you able to sit down in your armor, do you need a backless chair or a wider bench because of your gear?
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im still unsure what to do about >>10775615
someone said paint and cut holes in styrofoam balls but wouldnt they shatter?
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>>10775231
>>10774916
>>10775509
Thanks, if i go with chalk pastels to make the faux fur pattern, should i get the oily or dry ones?
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>>10777416
get dry ones. you should grind them and make sure you wear a mask when using them because of the dust. the color will go on light allowing for gradients. use soft/low hold hair spray to protect the color.
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>>10777415
you can always reinforce them with some glue or even a light paper mache layer.
no offense but are you seriously having trouble just making giant balls? kinda wondering how youre doing the rest of the cosplay.
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>>10777424
You (and all who helped) are cosplay saints, thank you!
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Since this jacket is so expensive, i'm planning on doing it myself, with my (unnused and fake) leather jacket.

I'm going with 0 LEDs, just want the aesthetic.
What's a good way to make those graphics (the demon and the SAMURAI logo) into the jacket? Sewing may present a challenge i could trt. Is there another way i should consider?
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I bought an XL costume because Im tall and skinny and unsuprisingly theres a few parts that are too big for me, most of them I have solutions for but this sort of skirt like thing I've got no clue how to reduce the size neatly, length is fine tho
Can anyone offer any advice?
Best way to reduce size for this part of the costume?
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I'm planning my first cosplay right now, so I wanted to pick something simple. I'm okay at sewing, so I should be able to make the robe, but I'm not very familiar with types of fabric. What should I buy to achieve that sort of rough linen look?
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>>10777494
Honestly if you don't want to paint it you can take the design to a local embroidery place. I've had them custom make some patches. Then just use fabric Fusion, Hand sew it in or Stuff they used to stick designs on one surface to another. (Name escapes me right now)
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>>10777533
Since it has something covering it. Dart it on the sides so it doesn't cut into your trim.
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>>10777415
Nah, people do it all the time for Sailor Moon's Odango. You would have to intentionally want to destroy it to actually do any damage.
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>>10777716
Material you are looking for is Burlap. It's just itchy as all hell. What you could do it look at the Knits something that is course (best way I can explain it. Joanns has it if you are on the US side of the pond) If you can't get it in brown/Tan you can get white and dye it with Coffee or dye and paint/airbrush the grungy look on it.
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>>10777716
>>10777745
if you do go with burlap or some other extremely loosely-woven fabric, it's going to fray like hell unless you finish the edges thoroughly
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Do cheap dremels work as well as the more expensive one? Found one on sale for 50 and wondering whether it's worth it or if I should just grab the cheapest I can find
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>>10777833
depends on what material you plan on using the dremel with. if youre just using it for foam fabrication then yeah, cheap dremels are fine since the higher speeds a more expensive dremel has is pointless.

personally I use a cordless one since its easier to work with. ive used it to cut foam, PVC pipe and wood.
i use the Dremel Lite 7760 specifically.
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could i use nail polish for small accents on a weapon or will it chip off/crack?
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>>10777890
whats stopping you from testing it out yourself?
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>>10777494
Other anon's suggestion of patches will probably look nicer for this case, but you can also use dark iron-on transfer paper to get graphics onto leather/pleather. It should be pretty easy to find a high-res picture of the oni logo online, then all you need is an iron and a printer.
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HOW DO I GET OVER CONTACT ANXIETY
and what are the dos and donts of contacts? this is my first time ever wearing them for a cosplay and contacts are NOT something i can forego. pic related i just wanna be the best Gojo at the con and show up all the actual men that’ll be cosplaying him
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>>10778273
I suggest finding photos of people actually cosplay with blue contacts and choose the one that looks best, instead of just choosing the color on the site. If I was going to do a contact cosplay, I would choose a color that is slightly desaturated from the source material. When people wear bright blue, it ends up looking alien, like their eyes are glowing, and often that's not the effect they're going for in the source material.
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>>10778283
>When people wear bright blue, it ends up looking alien, like their eyes are glowing, and often that's not the effect they're going for in the source material.
i feel like that's the kind of look that Gojo cosplayers actually want because whenever he shows his eyes it's always means something insane is about to go down.
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>>10778273
Honestly you aren't going to need to put much effort in. I've never seen a pretty boy in a jujutsu kaisen cosplay, the character design is just too boring to waste time on if you're a good looking guy
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>>10778285
because i'm such a short woman taking on this challenge, i feel like i need to tryhard in every possible way lmao
that being said, i do feel like a lot of actual men kinda laze out on him by just covering his eyes, having his hair up and buying a $20 cosplay
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>>10778287
Maybe I'm out of touch but I don't see how a cosplay could actually be $20. Even my simple kaworu cosplay cost $140 and it's just pants, shirt, belt, wig. Do you go to like really small conventions or something? Brcause I don't really see many low quality cosplays at the cons I go to. Just low effort genshin ones but that's the meta.
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Does the coat Neon White have with the really big popped collar have any type of particular name? It looks like a trench coat but most of the images I'm seeing don't have a collar that big.
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>>10778293
>don't have a collar that big
that's because it's stylized and accentuated. i would look into historical coats (maybe revolutionary period) and see if you can find a name for something similar that way.
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>>10778293
>but most of the images I'm seeing don't have a collar that big.
why would regular trenchcoats have collars that big? lol fucking stupid
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>>10770546
I salvage some sheer fabric off a beach skirt/cover thing and fold it over and it worked really well, breathable and with 2 layer it really obscure the light coming in so people can't see my face but I can see out just fine almost like wearing sunglasses.
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How the fuck am I supposed to BREATHE I this cosplay? It's a leather mask that covers the nose and mouth so it feels like I'm wearing one of those masks that simulates high altitudes. Do I just leave it unzipped when nobody is taking pics of me?
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>>10778340
is it possible for you to get another, more breathable mask? otherwise to hell with it, unzip it and zip it back up when people want pictures. in this hot ass weather don't kill your breathing for a mask
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>>10778340
Have some kind of spacer so the chin area of the mask is away from your face so you can draw air for there?
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>>10778340
just take off the mask when youre not getting your picture taken, moron.
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Can a green platecarrier be a good substitute for pic related chest armor thing? Or is it gonna look too noticeably different?
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How would you go about getting a piece of fabric or something this big to cover a sword box and wrap around your body to tie it like this? I've considered getting a blanket or something but I don't know how obvious it would be
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>>10778505
I've worn the cosplay twice. When I wore the mask all day I could barely breathe but I got like 60 people asking for a picture. Without the mask I got... 2 people. I'm just going to try the spacer recommendation
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>>10778640
Fabric is sold by the yard, so extremely easy. No one would know it's a bedsheet unless you go around telling people because bedsheets are made of fabric. Now, a blanket would be noticeable because it's a different type of fabric. You want a cotton, not something fuzzy
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>>10778640
Order like 3 yards of cream color fabric that would fit that the best and fold your prop sword case. As for the knot, it would be easier to make a fake knot... as it have a short piece of fabric across like the ends and have a cover piece glue on top of it... like a bow on a present.
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>>10778644
>value being an attention whore over safety/comfort
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>>10770316
Uh as a someone with brown skin wtf am I supposed to cos play anime wise
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>>10778823
anything, skin literally doesn't matter just pull it off with effort/makeup/wig
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How would I go about doing a Black Mask cosplay?
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>>10778892
>buy suit and gloves
>acquire or make mask
>profit???
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>>10770499
Stretch and stipple
https://www.insider.com/how-stipple-ages-movie-characters-without-prosthetics-2021-7
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>>10778892
>>10778954
If you wanna go more comic accurate, make a mask with a movable jaw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF_Cn-QPfVk&ab_channel=Ben_TheBuilder1
Color your neck with face paint
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUevB96e1RE
Mehron for black and maybe latex for the skin damage look
And get a suit that's more like a leisure suit that has a handkerchief, 1 piece or 2. Either white suit with a colored dress shirt like in Under The Red Hood, or black with white, white with black. Tie or no tie
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why do you cosplay?
for me, i look much better in cosplay than in person, so i use it as a way to escape from life and take those nice pictures, and as a fun way to be someone else for a while.
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>>10770316
So uh how would I pull of a look preferably the one in his maid suit that doesn't look to cheap
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>>10778823
As another anon with brown skin (and a big afro) just cosplay, enjoy it. Some autists may bitch online but irl nobody gives a fuck. Like >>10778826 said. Put in effort, wear a wig, braid your hair if you have to, etc, and people will appreciate the cosplay. The point is to have fun, pick a character you like and do your best to give them justice.

>>10779093
I just enjoy it. It feels really communal. Dressing as characters people love, meeting other fans, small interactions, large interactions, etc. For someone who has a hard time making friends it gives me something to look forward and I love when people appreciate my work
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>>10779093
I just like my outfits and the characters I cosplay as. I don't actually give a fuck about getting pictures taken, I justput an outfit on and walk around the con from open until close then I go home interacting with people usually isn't worth the effort.
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>>10777533
Could also just safety pin the back since it’ll be covered by Robin’s robe.
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>>10779093
I could go on and on, but to summarize:
>The transformative aspect
Like you said, it's really enjoyable to step outside of yourself for a while and into something entirely brand new. I get to step away from my comfort and become someone beautiful and elegant and polished. No one can see the insecurities hiding beneath and that makes me feel more confident than ever.
>Craftsmanship
The feeling of "I created this entire garment from a piece of flat cloth and string that looks like I could've picked it up from a store. I did that."
>Community
Other anon said it best, but there's a rush of excitement and adoration to see and be seen in costume. One time, I walked up to a group girls cosplaying from of Rosario + Vampire to take a pic and they immediately turned their attention away from the men taking their picture to affectionately tell me how much they loved my costume. I've been riding that high for years.
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>>10779190
>>10779093
Oh and I forgot to add:
>Love for a Character/Series
I think cosplaying is one of the purest and most dedicated ways to show your love for a character and/or series. They're the stories that shape us and mean something to our lives and as goofy lil nerds, we express it by wanting to become part of that story. I find that very cute.
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>>10779093
im an artfag so i enjoy the challenge of making something from scratch.
right now though, i mostly do characters with some type of armor since i love building shit with EVA foam. even though ive made a a couple of things already, ive never actually cosplayed myself.
the stuff i make are usually for friends. maybe some day ill create a cosplay for myself. most likely a monster hunter related thing. hopefully the new expansion has some neat armor to recreate.
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>>10779200
tfw no artfag friend to make my cosplay for me
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Should I get a lace front for this character? I'm looking at the Matilda or the Ferrari from Arda and can't decide between them. She's got that typical 80s perm so depending on how her hair falls her hairline is sometimes exposed and sometimes not.
(Arda's Rosie would work but the color I need isn't available at the moment.)
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>>10770821
Consider talking to a dermatologist, excessive sweating can be an actual medical problem and there's many non-invasive treatment options like topical creams to reduce it. If you sweat so much you sweat your makeup right off it sounds like that might be worth a try. Source: have hyperhidrosis myself
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>>10779093
It looks fun and it is fun. I'm an engineer at heart and sewing is simple textile engineering. I normally don't get any attention either and my personality is about what you expect for an engineer, so getting non-stop photos and attention for once at a con while in cosplay is such a refreshing change of pace for me. Attention whoring? Yes, but I feel like I treat it healthily and keep it separate from my daily life and do not let it consume me in any way.
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>>10778822
Uhm sweaty, why do you think most people cosplay? It is THE attention whore hobby.
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>>10778293
Your best bet is to get a coat that matches most of it and add on the collar yourself.
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>>10779222
>so depending on how her hair falls her hairline is sometimes exposed and sometimes not.
Either style it in such a way so that the hairline isn't going to be exposed or get a lacefront.
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>>10779093
Many reasons. But the answers that come into my head
>Didn't get to celebrate Halloween because "le pagan origin" would go to public non halloween costume events wearing irrelevant cultural clothes while the other kids were power rangers or sumos or whatever, so I kinda have pent up anger for my childhood
>The performance of becoming a character I identify with satisfies me more than just watching/talking about said character.
>I'm an art/animation major and love challenging myself in different mediums that aren't really related to the field I'm going into. Teachers recommend us to put effort into both professional and hobby work as the dudes who hire art/animators wanna see if you have passion for other stuff as that can become relevant in relation to your work ethic
> Personal projects motivate me to make goals inbetween school, work, and life
>Making people smile
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>>10779245
nta, but you summed up exactly how I feel anon. I know it's kind of a "gotcha" to say that cosplay is for attention whores, but literally who doesn't want positive attention from others? I think as long as we're doing it altruistically and not harming others, it's fine.
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>>10779268
>Making people smile
This. The genuine appreciation and excitement on other people's faces when they see me, a person dressed as a character they like, could fuel me for a lifetime.
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>>10779093
to express myself, i cosplay characters i heavily relate to and i love meeting fans of he same thing
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>>10779470
>and i love meeting fans of he same thing
Me personally I find that people who cosplay the same series as me are generally unlikable.
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>>10779479
if you cosplay picrel, then that's not surprising
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>>10779464
Yeah, I've seen unhealthy the whole pumping out content and trying to get the most likes/clicks/monetization get to people. Only a very small percentage actually "make it" and even then the burnout rate is ridiculous. A hobby wouldn't be fun anymore if I have to do it. I have to admit it did take time, like a few years, to figure out it since I started in my teens and now I'm in my 30s.
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>>10779485
>A hobby wouldn't be fun anymore if I have to do it
My main hobby used to be miniature painting an I loved it. As soon as I started taking on commissions, people wanting to sponsor me or review their shit in exchange for free shit, people expecting me to post every so often - it stopped being fun, stopped feeling like a hobby. Felt like an obligation and looking at it makes me feel disgusted in myself I even let it get that far.
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>>10779260
Can you style a full lacefront in a way that the fringe falls down towards the face instead of going up and away from the face? Sorry if that's common knowledge, I've never handled a lacefront before.
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>>10779496
Did you manage to get out? If not, how are you managing?
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I'm putting together an Indarias cosplay and am heavily considering putting LEDs in the wing to imitate fire. Does anyone have any experience with doing this? I'm guessing I'll need to make the top a separate piece with the chip and power supply inside and make it attach with magnets or something, but if anyone has a smarter idea suggestions would be welcome.
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>>10779576
>>wing
Wig, rather. Should stop phoneposting.
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>>10779484
It's a good game
I mean the eva cosplayers are much worse so it could be worse
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>>10779578
Never done it before but I am guessing, have white diffuser bar with LED under it and glue some white hair over the diffuser bar in the wig so it looks like glowing hair
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any foamsmiths in here or people that generally make stuff out of EVA foam?
is using plastidip still the ideal method to prep your foam to paint? or has there been other stuff to use nowadays?
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>>10779836
I still use Pastidip but sometimes use LeakSeal too. Just whatever's available or cheaper.
I've heard that with certain special "cosplay" foams or paints you don't have to seal, but every maker I follow still uses plastidip to seal anyways.
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>>10779881
yeah i saw the "cosplay paints" but seems way too expensive and limited in colors.
looks like ill just stick with plastidip
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>>10779836
I have good luck with Mod Podge once I use heat gun to seal surface then one or two coats of mod Podge then it's ready for paint.
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>>10770546
Buckram fabric is the mesh furries use to hide eye holes, maybe its worth looking into
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>>10779551
Yes, look around at "how to cut bangs on a lacefront wig" on youtube
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anyone has a download on pic related?
i couldn't find any
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So I have a small fairly complex eva foam prop that I want to assemble and paint. It's black and white. Ideally I would prep and spray paint all the individual components separately but I need to use latex caulk to smooth out some seams so I'm forced (I think) to assemble the thing first. How tf do I go about painting the thing? It's small enough that using masking tape isn't really an option. Is my only option just using tiny ass brushes to paint it or is there a better way?
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>>10779921
nah, i used to do the mod podge method when i was first starting out but that shit is too slow.
spraying plastidip is much faster and gives you a more even coat.
mod podge also creates more stress cracks in paint as well.
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>>10770316
anyone have an easyish cosplay i can do im a man of average build like 5'9
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>>10780319
Any western cosplay
Straight up 90%+ of Japanese character designs have Asian frames so you'll just look silly
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>>10780340
>i've never cosplayed in my life
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>>10780319
>>10705210
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>>10780096
They do make specialty masking tape for modelmaking that comes much narrower than your typical painting blue-tape. Another option is to cut masking tape using an exacto knife to match the shapes on your prop surface. Masking fine or small details can really be time-consuming but is worth it if you want those clean lines.
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>>10770316
does anyone have any recommendations for a wig for Estinien from ffxiv? ty
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>>10780389
Uhh I do cross-platform but I have 5" wrists so I don't look too ridiculous just slightly pathetic
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is it retarded to style a wig while you're wearing it? all i need to do is cut the bangs (blunt straight across bangs) to not be so long
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>>10780706
Just put it on a mannequin head they're like $10
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>>10780719
head shapes differ don't they? what if i cut it wrongly on the wig head because it wore differently on there?
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>>10780725
Well yeah the nest thing would be to get a friend to cut it on your head but
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>>10780706
Generally I don't do more styling than "get it out of my eyeline" or finalizing pinning when I'm actually wearing the wig. Even if my styrofoam heads are a little smaller it's good enough to get 90% there.
Also you can get a canvas wig block for about 20 bucks, those come in a lot of sizes that will much more closely match your head than a cheap one-size styrofoam one.
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>>10780725
Well, the wig head isn't going to grow or shrink. Get a similar wig that is correctly cut and put it on yourself, then the wig head, and mark on the wig head how long it needs to be to be correct on you. (Hint: It's going to look longer on the wig head than on your head)
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>>10780706
It might be better to use alligator clips / barrettes to mark out the center and side markers for your bangs while wearing it on your head, then cut it on a wig head.
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Is there a way to make temporary tattoos like pic related yourself at home? Fabric + spirit gum maybe (not the same as a temporary tattoo obviously but might look similar)?
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how dangerous is buying wigs from alibaba? as in what are the chances of it not arriving, any experiences?
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>>10780706
Unless you have cut your own straight bangs successfully, no. I would put the wig on to get an idea of bang length (and then mark the wig for length), but cut it on a wig head. It's so much easier when you can see what you're doing
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>>10780851
Doing the opposite and stenciling them with face paint may be the easier thing to do at home (and look better than fabric)
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since it's winter and I didn't had time to get in shape, I'm planning to do a winter inosuke cosplay and need help on sewing the fabric for the cape/cloak.

What I have is a 1m x 1,5m rectangular piece of linen, but I dunno how/where to cut and sew it to give this V/poncho-like look like pic related, would appreciate some tips
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>>10781168
Try looking up a poncho sewing pattern and pick whichever one looks closest to what you had in mind
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>>10780851
If you have a printer, you can buy temporary-tattoo paper from craft stores or online. I've seen people do characters like Jinx or Majima with this method.
I'm assuming you picked that picture as a vague reference but if you're just doing simple single-color shapes like D.Va marks it's probably easier to just use makeup and a steady hand.



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