Hey y’all

I am sorry about this but I’m going to put this blog on hiatus for a moment. Work has been running me ragged and I am soon moving out of my house. I just don’t have the time to look up cosplay specific things for this blog or to find the resources to answer the questions you’ve sent me.

Not sure when I’ll be back. Probably some time in the summer. I may still queue some general cosplay stuff but nothing too lengthy. 

Have a good one. Good luck to those entering their finals at school. Do your best!

-ZK

Hi! I'm just wondering if I'm starting out as a brand new crossplayer is it better for me to go for conventions as a group or as a individual? Cause I'm a guy and I'm planning to cross as lightning from the final fantasy series and I'm kind of shy....
Anonymous

That’s really up to you darling. I go to cons with groups of friends but for the majority of them, I separate from the group. Either to go into smaller groups of people I know or for fandom purposes, or to just be by myself. More often it’s by myself.

I do recommend people to go to conventions in groups though, for safety and sometimes budget reasons. I wish you luck 

pyroluminescence:

motherofcosplay:

Ever have trouble finding boots in the right color? Tried spray-painting them and ended up with a dry, cracked mess?A fantastic friend recently advised me to paint leather boots (and any other leather goods) with floral paint. This is a spray paint that is light and flexible enough to use on live flowers. Above are the Poison Ivy boots I painted for a friend, which turned out fantastic.
One thing though: Wear them while you paint them, and maybe stretch your foot around in between coats. I didn’t think of this, and while the paint did not crack at all, it started to split where the boots were stretched from walking. Next time I paint some boots, I’ll let you know if I was able to fix this problem.
The paint I used is called Design Master, and you can find it at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. In the stores near me, Michael’s had a better selection of colors and a slightly better price, but that may not be true everywhere. This color is “Holiday Green.”

Great alternative to spray rubber and plasti-dip or bootcovers, and cheaper than leather paint! Reminder that Michaels and JoAnns both frequently offer 50% off coupons and will match competitor coupons and offers!!

pyroluminescence:

motherofcosplay:

Ever have trouble finding boots in the right color? Tried spray-painting them and ended up with a dry, cracked mess?

A fantastic friend recently advised me to paint leather boots (and any other leather goods) with floral paint. This is a spray paint that is light and flexible enough to use on live flowers. Above are the Poison Ivy boots I painted for a friend, which turned out fantastic.

One thing though: Wear them while you paint them, and maybe stretch your foot around in between coats. I didn’t think of this, and while the paint did not crack at all, it started to split where the boots were stretched from walking. Next time I paint some boots, I’ll let you know if I was able to fix this problem.

The paint I used is called Design Master, and you can find it at Michael’s or Joann Fabrics. In the stores near me, Michael’s had a better selection of colors and a slightly better price, but that may not be true everywhere. This color is “Holiday Green.”

Great alternative to spray rubber and plasti-dip or bootcovers, and cheaper than leather paint! Reminder that Michaels and JoAnns both frequently offer 50% off coupons and will match competitor coupons and offers!!

I'm planning on cross-playing sherlock, but, unlike Benedict Cumberbatch, I have brown eyes. I'm doing this on a budget, so I was wondering if you had any recommendations?
Anonymous

I don’t think having the right eye color is too important, especially if it’s not their defining character trait. Sherlock, in other media, is usually depicted with brown eyes but if you must be true to the BBC version you can try contacts. But if you’re on a budget I do recommend just.. Editing the pictures. 

Hey there! So I'm going to be cosplaying Deanna Winchester (Dean from SPN genderbent). I've been searching the tags and whatnot and I'm just wondering if it would be a good idea to do my own spin on her. I've seen some really great cosplays and I'm feeling a bit intimidated XD
Anonymous

Do what you’d like, darlin’. Just make sure to keep your genderbent true to the character. Remember what Dean is like, and make sure to keep what you wear practical for the ‘career’ the Winchester’s have. 

PSA for cosplayers PLEASE READ

kurloz-lovin:

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If you plan on using gas masks PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD ONLY USE EX MILITARY SETS FROM NO EARLIER THAN 2005! Mostly all of the older ones have high levels of asbestos in the chambers and can land you in hospital.

do not risk your safety for this, I’ve seen so many people walking around at conventions with the filters on especially our younger friends.

here is a statement from the imperial war museum (it states ww2 gas masks but my friend who is a flight Sgt has asked me to extend it to later models as well)

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Please pass this along so we can try and prevent any more situations that may come up! there have been a lot of cases at every convention where I have had to go and get them off of people because they simply did not know.

thanks peeps x

This may seem really random, but I'm asking everyone I think may be able to help, so anyway. I'm part of a cosplay club on campus and we intend to make a mascot. It's supposed to be a large Chinese dragon based garados (from pokemon just in case you didn't know or I spelled it wrong) and we have no idea how to go about making the head. Any help at all would be much appriciated, thanks :D

I personally have no idea, as I haven’t made anything like that. There is a fur suit tutorial somewhere on this blog that may give you help with the head, but I’m not sure. 

I’d go the lazy way and paper mache a motorcycle helmet. Perhaps our followers have better suggestions?

Good golly, miss Molly when did we get 836 followers???

That’s more than my personal blog, goodness!! I’m so happy. Thank you everyone!! 

For the previous anon who cosplays Jack Frost - if you're comfortable with a bit of sewing/minor costume remaking for the summer, a lighter-weight knit for the sweater might help you stay a little cooler, when combined with the other options suggested.
Anonymous
I'm am very shy and don't do good around people I don't know, but when I cosplay I like to try to be in character. Any tips on "becoming the character" for very shy people? QnQ
Anonymous

Practice at home. Watch/read/play through their parts in their series and repeat their lines. Roleplay a little online. 

Usually I repeat lines to myself and try to mimic their voice for fun. When I do that, it gets more comfortable becoming the character. I’m a little shy as well, but I found it easier to pretend to be a character and act around people. 

Even if you’re unable to stay in character 100% of the time, just try to have fun. :) That’s what’s important.