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I'm in the middle of making a complicated cosplay, but because of IRL economic issues, I've decided to embrace the Do It Yourself mentality. This is a thread exploring the reuse of old junk/clean up trash and kitbashing rather than well known techniques like EVA foam, hyper perfecting a cosplay with great fabric, 3D printing, clay sculpts, or straight up buying a costume from online. It won't look perfect, but many of the examples I see get the idea down and the key costume shapes/iconography down

Will be posting images and tutorials that exemplify what I mean
NOT A Help Thread. Search for those here:
>>>/cgl/catalog
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Starting with the 1st example I discovered as a kid on meme sharing websites
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Creature/Non Human Characters:

Predator:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIqprMxCBV8&ab_channel=CineFix-IGNMoviesandTV
Alien (Xenamorph):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofeimMblLV0&ab_channel=NoahE <-$
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Thyww0MgaUw&ab_channel=WilliamJakespeare <-$$$
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aANraQkjG_Y&ab_channel=BenFilms
https://www.youtube.com/watch?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H523FVvdhWk&ab_channel=PrincessBatman
Raptor:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80es3TVIydE&ab_channel=StanWinstonSchool
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Instructable Masterpost
https://www.instructables.com/DIY-Hellboy-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/Goliath-Reimagined-Gargoyle-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Make-an-X-Men-Cyclops-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/The-Mandalorian-Costume-Build/
https://www.instructables.com/Batman-Cowl-1/
https://www.instructables.com/Batman-Gauntlets-2/
https://www.instructables.com/Power-Rangers-Helmet/
https://www.instructables.com/Power-Rangers-Samurai-Megazord-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Make-an-X-Men-Wolverine-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Make-a-Damian-Wayne-Robin-Costume-Version-2/
https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Make-a-Gears-of-War-Torque-Bow-Prop/
https://www.instructables.com/How-To-Make-DC-Villain-DeathStroke/
https://www.instructables.com/Transformers-Soundwave-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/Spider-Man-Miles-Morales-Mask-With-Moving-Lenses-a/
https://www.instructables.com/Upcycled-Ant-Man-Helmet/
https://www.instructables.com/Captain-America-Halloween-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/Wolverine-Costume-with-Retractable-Claws/
https://www.instructables.com/Custom-Made-Captain-America-Helmet/
https://www.instructables.com/Captain-America-Winter-Soldier-Stealth-Suit-Build/
https://www.instructables.com/Captain-America-Shield-3/
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>>10779012
https://www.instructables.com/Wonder-Woman/
https://www.instructables.com/Links-Hylian-Shield-the-Legend-of-Zelda-a-Link-to-/
https://www.instructables.com/Cardboard-Halo-3-Master-Chief-Helmet/
https://www.instructables.com/Dead-Space-Welding-Helmet/
https://www.instructables.com/Princess-Mononoke-Costume/
https://www.instructables.com/Glowing-Anime-Glasses/
https://www.instructables.com/MangaShades/
https://www.instructables.com/Glowing-ComicAnime-Character-Glasses/
https://www.instructables.com/Polygon-Cosplay-Wig-from-3D-Character-Models/
https://www.instructables.com/GIANT-ROBOT-from-the-anime-Madness-At-Mokuba/
https://www.instructables.com/RATCHET-AND-CLANK-costume-for-halloween-or-cospla/
https://www.instructables.com/Building-Optimus-Prime/
https://www.instructables.com/How-to-make-a-portal-costume-out-of-trash-and-in-o/
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So what inspired me in the past 2 weeks was how Adam Savage of Mythbusters got to own a spacesuit replica from Alien that was made by highschoolers using trash and hot glue and a $75 dome
https://youtu.be/vjOOD70T_fM?t=932
And he interviewed the art teacher and students who explained their work ethics for how they make stuff like this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giSvH_EYWCo&ab_channel=AdamSavage%E2%80%99sTested
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKrpiCqZq_8&ab_channel=AdamSavage%E2%80%99sTested
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu1y4m7Y738&ab_channel=AdamSavage%E2%80%99sTested
Which only intrigued me witth how much crap I have lying round and yet I try to budget out expensive stuff I'm only gonna use rarely , risking bad economic choices. So I wanna share more stuff to motivate others not to overdo cosplay if they can't afford to purchase tools within a month or so
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Roupa de Músculos
This dude is just layering foam with contact cement spray and making it look like movie grade stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvZuUAMJ9BE&list=PLQi1FMYsxped_ipUw12RKi7YBrmPGiv9t&ab_channel=RoupadeM%C3%BAsculos
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>>10778991
https://youtu.be/lM66ldrNFIY?t=78

I will forever be impressed by the Mega64 guys making Snake's arm from soda cups.
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>>10778991
Whatever happened to cosplay MAINLY being a homemade endeavor because no premade costume was commercially available and people wanted show the ultimate form of love toward their favorite anime or characters?
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>>10779350
The internet was created and all of us attentionwhores who just wear cosplay to get attention became the majority
Sorry old man
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x6-1h9C4FKs&ab_channel=BehindTheMask%2Cartsee1
Dude in his late 50s makes loads of batman stuff on the cheap using stuff lying around, and yet it looks like some great batman cosplays out there
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>>10779294
Garret Hunter is Mega64's lead costumes/special effects guy and his BTS tidbits were one of the things that got me more into crafting as a youth.
Speaking of Mega64, I really love those Sweded vids of theres. I'm glad I saw Be Kind Rewind 2 years before M64 started making these vids, as it makes me appreciate them much more. The costumes are super homemade, but you can tell who is who
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPhv_Ll-BzA&ab_channel=Mega64
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUN0lDk0CcA&ab_channel=Mega64
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-i9unRCvsA&ab_channel=Mega64
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-H48GPv4BZI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxm3r_HSIwQ&ab_channel=Mega64
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>>10779400
I love the intentionally cheap effects. Using a basketball for Cell's mouth? Genius.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYk0YPfzR8A&ab_channel=createscifi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6Bv1652PiM&ab_channel=createscifi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PwUHPqKnxlg&ab_channel=AWEme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99fvMFpgy4E&ab_channel=PunishedPropsAcademy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktSQT6pp4PU&ab_channel=NormanGagnon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQNtsUeLxfQ&ab_channel=spiderdemente
cool prop/nerf gun modifications
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>>10779400
also new vid with some awesome homemade suits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3A8YRRnpMm8&ab_channel=Mega64
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xUgKFa08VU&ab_channel=TheEspelacreations
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pcRK1WiDpg&ab_channel=TheEspelacreations
Star Wars cosplays taking similar choices to >>10778993
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQG1x2cVoso
Dude just went to multiple thrift stores to make most of his Destiny 2 cosplay
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cVs8K-9BrsI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PcVAlsLnv4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mgVrrJDcew
pretty good suit, it gets the look down real nice
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mauAgZsVQTE
love it when I scroll into a youth doing his best
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bump, haven't seen anything new. Just dont want this thread to die yet
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvevfMFU5IA
Pretty much if you can find fabric at a thrift store and clothes close to the character you're cosplaying as, you can do anything
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https://ashweezcosplay.com/2019/10/17/thrifting-for-cosplay/
Not really a how to, more like tid bits to thrift shop cosplay
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMoXAck5Qho
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUF88IIkBME
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W32kecZcUvI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JNApMCpja4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UKehM-_GqE
Pretty cool ben 10 stuff, since the cosplay is really the weapon
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It's less about material cost and more about skills. Anything you can do with worbla and other expensive thermoplastics can be done with cardboard or EVA foam, and if you can master the art of patterning and shaping with cardboard which is mostly free, you can jump to EVA foam with a minimal learning curve, and from there, the real skillset is sanding, cleaning, coating, and painting, so it doesn't matter what it's made of as long as it holds together and the visible parts look good.

You can thriftbash a costume with old clothes and dollar store nerf guns with a 5 minute spraypaint coating, but it's always going to look cheap and lazy. If you can afford $100 of thrift store clothing, you can afford to buy a decent box cutter, some decent scissors, some glue, and some sand paper.
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>>10795230
>You can thriftbash a costume with old clothes and dollar store nerf guns with a 5 minute spraypaint coating, but it's always going to look cheap and lazy
this thread is literally called "DIY/homemade/sweded cosplay". it's about making stuff with minimal budget and what you have at home. sprinkled with a bit of creativity.
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>>10795327
You probably have cardboard and hotglue at home, then. I get what you're going for, but there's being cheap and then there's being a sub-80 IQ redditor who thinks everyone at the local con will love him because he made his cosplay from old clothes he had in his closet.
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>>10795230
>>10795354
OP here,
I got into this because I go through seasons of life where my income is not compatible with my hobbyist endeavors. And I wanted to encourage people who are maybe self conscious/easily discouraged by their money troubles. During this time of starting this thread I actually did buy a heating gun and some eva foam, but I can only use it for extremely specific stuff as I can't buy multiple eva foam pads. $100 is too much for myself to waste on hobby work when I have gas and food as the key things I take out of my bank account for, as well as mandatory IRL investments . Nobody in the stuff I posted is trying to flaunt or be a....
> sub-80 IQ redditor who thinks everyone at the local con will love him because he made his cosplay from old clothes he had in his closet.
It's just problem solving without perfectionism. Go back to the Adam Savage vids I posted, he references how perfectionism can be a time waster if you don't have the money for it. And he was a prop maker for Star Wars Ep2 and the Matrix
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>>10795572
There's perfectionism and then there's trying to take shortcuts because you don't want to actually do work. Most of the tools and materials you need can be bought at a dollar store. If you can afford to go to a con, you can spend a few bucks on a glue gun and a box cutter.
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>>10795583
>. If you can afford to go to a con, you can spend a few bucks on a glue gun and a box cutter.
Are you not looking at the tutorials I posted? Your examples are literally what the people in them are doing, alongside the sandpaper. I'm completely boggled by what you're trying to explain or your point. Are you saying don't be lazy and put effort? If that's the case, watch the Xenomorph tutorials. Are you saying develop skillsets? If so look back at the "Gargoyle Costume - Goliath Reimagined" tutorial posted here
>>10779012
Like I cannot tell you what you what to do with your cosplays, but in all honesty your posts are coming off as passive aggressive statements being made off of scrolling through the thread for a small amount of time and coming to a bad faith conclusion
It's all about getting the key idea, costume, shape, and iconography down in a practical and make shift way. Not out of "short cuts"
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>>10795354
>>10795583
anon, stop being retarded. it's literally "what you can do, with what you have". no one will judge you for buying cheap aliex cosplays, but that's not what's being discussed here. neither is high level prop-making on the level of kamui cosplay.
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>>10782958
more star wars, espanol cosplay stuff is a gold mine of info that english cosplay lacks with some stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4ZTfL0GMnw
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbk1aGj6BAQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bapYOoBqxjI
The last guy has a mandalorian tutorial, the armor is good cardboard stuff, but then he starts making the gun and jetpack and it because surprisingly more ambitious and upper level than I thought
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https://youtu.be/la3uu76YJpw
https://youtu.be/rzzFTiSL6fQ
https://youtu.be/RIykPe0TcY8
https://youtu.be/zDiZ9PJwtk4
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>>10778993
I love that so much!
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>>10779350
>because no premade costume was commercially available
You've answered yourself. They are now.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQ38rm3KREo
Some nice tidbits for armor that I wish I knew before making my upcoming cosplay
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODkdBFCuQsM
Pool noodles/foam with the same texture can be covered with cloth to give it a safe texture as seen here
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>>10799353
Its a little more work but you can get safer yet by making a box of camping pad foam and layering strips on top of that.
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>>10799457
In retrospect the additional effort is probably wasted since the props probably shouldn't be swung around much anyway. Just for the love of God don't use durable core material with pool noodle.



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