Now that this arduous project is finished, I’m putting together a build guide for those of you that hadn’t been following it on facebook (http://www.facebook.com/VorpalProps) to have it all in one place for organization sake. The original start of this project was a request from the winner of a contest I held back in November.
I started by gathering references and drafting a pattern in photoshop because I don’t know illustrator. :P
(Its not the prettiest but it got the job done)
After drafting the pattern I began by cutting the blade shape and handle out of a piece of 2mm SIntra and 2 pieces of .040 polystyrene.
(Bird not included)
The detailing gave me some difficulty until I invested in a heat knife that uses razor blade heads. Using a school glue stick, I glued the patterns over the styrene and slowly cut them out.The fragile nature of how small the detailing would be made many of the sections fragile, so I had to go slow and carefully.
(the orange lines were indicators for where I would not cut to keep a piece from being completely islanded until after it was glued to the main knife.)
Once both pieces has been cut, I sanded the back sides to reduce the melted plastic build up and super glued them to the main piece. Then once attached sanded the top sides carefully to remove the build up from the heat knife. Over several days I would use small files and exacto knives, putty and sand paper to clean up the detailing until I had a finished piece I liked.
(this is one of the earlier clean up pics)
I ended up cutting the handle shape off to make it an insertable blade. Making the blade and handle separate for easier casting. Once the blade was cleaned up and primered, I moved on to the handle. I lathed a separate piece for the top of the handle out of layered sintra. I vacuum formed this piece on top using .060 polystyrene to create a cap to make the lettering engravings. Cutting the patterns out with the precision heat knife and sanding and cleaning up before gluing.
I didn’t really think to take pictures of this process…
The handle was made using layed sintra and apoxie sculpt. I glued the outer layer pieces over the original handle piece I had attached to the blade to create a hollow slot for it. The I layered up for proper bulk and sanded it clean. Filling imperfections it with bondo as necessary. I went for a clean undetailed handle first before adding any of the trim. After drawing the patterns on the blade I added thin strips of apoxie scult for the detailing.
(or as everyone has been dubbing it, tribal didlo)
Once applied and fully dried, I sanded it to create a more flush, flat and even patterning, then cleaned it up using an exacto knife, bits of sand paper and mini files. I also went back and filled any parts necessary with more apoxie scult or bits of super glaze.
(I fitted a casted blade into the master for reference)
After I finished primering the handle and doing final clean up, I created box molds for the blade and the handle. (technically I built the blade box
while finishing the handle) The molds were made using #smooth-on’s mold max 20.
The molds were relative successes with virtually no errors. So then I started casting.
I did some paint testing until I found a color scheme I liked…
Once I decided on the paints I put one of the blades into the handle and adhered it by filling the space in the handle and the blade with more polyurethane resin. The gaps were filled and painted up proper and a bloody stain on the blade was added for good measure.
Various ways of making armor and weapons.
Armour from foam flooring tiles - http://bioweapons.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/mass-effect-n7-armor-build/
Recently a friend cam to me, troll-speckled fabric in hand, asking me for a lesson on making circle skirts.
While I will get to posting that eventually, for now I used our lesson to get photos for (in my opinion) the easiest way to install a zipper.
First, increase the…
So basically I had a bunch of tutorials liked/bookmarked and I wanted to consolidate them into one nice place. I hope this is helpful! I will probably make a part two later.
Cosplay Crash Course - x
A Guide to Conventions - x
Conventions and Your Stomach - x
How to Budget for Cosplay - x
How to Start Cosplaying - x
Everything About Sewing
Sewing Tips and Tricks - x
How to Use Fabric Paint - x
Sewing Language - x
Gathering Fabric - x
All About Interfacing - x
Finishing Seams - x
Kimono Sleeves - x
Button Holes - x
Sailor Collar Tutorial - x
Introduction to Sewing - x
Buying Wigs - x
How to Cut Wigs - x
Elsa Wig Tutorial - x
How to Dye a Wig - x
Restoring Your Wig/Washing it - x
All About Circle Lenses - x
How to Open the Stupid Containers - x
All the Skirt Tutorials You Could Ever Need
Half Circle Skirt - x
Gathered Skirt - x
Tulle Skirt - x
Maxi Skirt - x
Pencil Skirt - x
Ruffley Petticoat/Skirt - x
Pleated Skirt - x
Coloring Your Eyebrows - x
Make Your Own Lipstick - x
MTF Makeup - x
Make Your Own Binder - x
Affordable Binders - x
FTM Makeup - x
How to Make Invisible Shoes - x
Anna Masterpost - x
How to Make a Sword - x
Two Colored Bow - x
Satyr/Goat Feet - x
Pointy Teeth - x
Super Cleavage - x
Master Sword - x
Fitting Thigh Highs - x
How to Make Things Shiny - x
Armor Pattern Tutorial - x
Asuna Boots Tutorial - x
Lightweight Wings- x
Asuna Stocking Tutorial - x
Zelda TP Armor - x
Misc Useful Things
Colored Tights - x
InstaMorph - x
How To Bead Dresses - x
Elf Ears - x
Helpful Cosplay Blogs
Got a wig that’s a bit on the ratty side? Check out my overly-long-winded guide under the cut for help! (Image heavy!)
dating a cosplayer comes with a lot of pros and cons
Somehow, some way, it’s that time again!
It seemed just yesterday (okay it was late December) that I was doing my 2000 follower giveaway. And yet, here we are, celebrating with another milestone. And how do I like celebrating my followers? Giving away things that help cosplayers :)
As I prepared my latest giveaway, my good friend isaisanisa reached an incredible 10,000 Followers! And her lovely girlfriend, caffeinatedqueer, just reached 5,000! Since we’re all friends in the real world (and make quite a Hellish family in the cosplay world ;D), we decided to band together and do a giveaway for ALL of our followers to celebrate these momentous milestones!
What you can win:
There are THREE prize groups. You will pick ONE!
This is the machine I started with almost ten years ago. I made all of my early costumes with it and it still works! It’s an extra I keep around for sewing parties or leather work when I need a non-computerized machine. Great for a costumer just starting out!
This is good for beginners, too! But veteran cosplayers will appreciate the travel-size of this machine. It’s great to bring along for cons for those quick hotel repairs so you don’t have to risk damaging your main machine just to have the security of knowing you can fix a costume on the go. And the sewing basket is great for taking your supplies to-go, too.
3.) $80 Worth of Sewing Supplies
Scissors, seam-rippers, pins, presser foots, organizers, tape measures or thread… if you’re not feeling one of the above prizes, you can pick out whatever loot you want pertaining to sewing or crafting. If it’s $80 combined or below and ships on Amazon Prime, it’s yours! There won’t be a whole lot of restriction on what’s allowed, just as long as it’s crafty and in the price range!
- Likes and Reblogs are both okie dokie! Only one each per person, though! A lot of people’s dashes were flooded when I allowed more than that so we’re keeping it 1/1 this time. One like, one reblog.
- You don’t need to be following any or all of us, but if you are, you’ll get a cosplay promo on my blog and probably an extra gift. I’m sure Isa will promo you, too!
- No giveaway blogs, I check. Side-blogs/fandom blogs/cosplay blogs are a-okay, just no prize-only blogs!
- Ask Box must be open. You must be okay with sending me your address. I’m no creeper and you can contact my past winners. I indeed deliver on my giveaways, no scams here! :)
- International Shipping: I can only go where Amazon goes on these items. If Amazon can’t get it to you without charging an arm and a leg, I can order from another site that will as long as the price is comparable. Some items are available on AmazonGlobal, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
Giveaway ends on March 13th, 2014 at 6:00PM EST (winner announced later that night). Please blog responsibly and GOOD LUCK!
ALSO, if (for some strange and unfathomable reason) you’re not following Sam, Isa, and John, you definitely should! All three of them frequently post cosplay, cosplay tutorials/stuff, miscellaneous projects (like Isa’s paintings and John’s cupcakes), a lot of Supernatural, and just generally wonderful things about themselves! So yeah, they’re all great and I’m really happy that they’re all friends.