Q:Hey there :) I'm hoping you can help me out or at least point me in the right direction! I'm looking to paint a pink design on a pair of black leather boots for my Clover cosplay (from 999). I was just wondering if you had any tips on how to do this? I know leather can be a bit of a pain and I'm not quite sure what kind of paint to use that could be relatively long lasting :(
I actually haven’t painted on leather yet! But I have read good things about using Floral Spray Paint on shoes, but advised to walk around after use so that the leather stretches and moves as it dries a bit. Also there are Acrylic Leather paints that I’ve heard of as well.
Hope this helps. Suuuper good luck <3
Q:AAAAAA! You're such a cutie.
Q:ALL HAIL VICIOUS-SAMA! Hey, I've got a question on fabric choice. My friend and I are planning to make cosplays with large coats (Nyotalia Russia and Vocaliod Oliver), and we're concerned of dying in the heat of the summer convention (not to mention humidity. Hawaii is hell in the summer-which is to say all the time). What would you suggest?
WHAT IS GOING ON OK.
Well, my first advice is: Water. Lots and lots of water.
YES IT SOUNDS SO DUMB BUT I AM A VICTIM OF OTAKON-HEATSTROKE IN COSPLAY SO NO LOTS OF WATER PLZ.
Advice for Both: To avoid added layers, I’d say if at all possible, don’t line. If lining is a must, go for something like posh. Posh is a light synthetic blend that actually absorbs sweat really well, helping you stay cool. Its also super soft <3
For Oliver: Thankfully his coat appears really light in pictures. You could easily get away with a light cotton fabric. A non-synthetic blend can breath much better.
For Russia: This… is a harder one. First, faux/fur is going to be hot on your wrists. I would avoid lining something like this like the plague. You might be able to get a nice suede or moleskin that will give the ‘texture’ that his jacket tends to be related too without adding TOO Much heat, but do not for the love of god lean towards fleece. You may even be able to find a wool blend that isn’t too thick, but getting it in that color might be harder.
Want to ask for people with further tips to reblog this post and help out this pairing on fabric tips. TY!
Q:Hello Vicious! Hope you're well! I was wondering if you had any tips for a first time user of heat and bond? I'm trying to applique taffeta onto purple velvet but I know you aren't suppose to iron velvet... so how would you suggest I go about this? Also wondering if you had any tips on sewing extra wefts into wigs to make them fuller? Thank you, hope you're having a good day!
MMMMMM. Taffeta and velvet. THAT, my fried, is an interesting combo there! Mmmm….
Well the first question I ask- what are we heat and bonding? Are we prepping for a basic appliqué or a non-sew kind? You are already very wise in knowing that yes, you do NOT iron velvet. It’ll ruin the pile so you tend to steam velvet. However this poses a problem- you need to iron heat and bond. Also due to the nature of velvet, I would also advise heavily against using a non-sew bond to put on the taffeta.
I wish I knew what you were doing D: In this instance, I would really say your best bet is that if you’re trying to do a satin-stitched appliqué to instead do a non-heat related tack by putting double sided tape on your section along the edges, and then hand basting it down. Try to use something not-thick or perminent- basic tape would work ok with this. Or, if you are REALLY BRAVE or good with your pins, just do a hand tack first. With that down you’d be able to machine sew with a satin stich. A good tip I learned though is that when you’re satin/zig-zag stitching velvet, put a tearaway stabilizer beneath it AND another stabilizer on top that is washable! That helps keep the pile on your velvet without it sticking through the satin stitching and helps get rid of the stabilizer when its all done.
Next: Sewing wigs! I always love to refer to this tutorial by Hee-hee on adding volume to wigs which also has a section on sewing it in. Just remember that sewing in wefts is TIIIME CONSUMING cause… well wefts.
It’s Christmas in September!
I guess this is what happens when you wake up Green Day?
Mr. octomobiki surprised me today with an early xmas gift. I had complained before about my old gdh flat Iron that I had for I think almost 8 years acting up. It was getting too hot and not really getting the job done.
Should have come home to make dinner, and instead putzed around in the bathroom seeing if I could make waves with the flat iron again. If only I had long hair I could make like wicked curls and stuff. Guess I’ll have to play with a wig later <3
ALSO ITS GREEN
IT IS VERY GREEN <3
Inside the book is a full desktop computer, completely self-contained without any external wires or hardware. In the above photo, the embedded screen isn’t just showing a still photo or a video: it’s running a full copy of real Myst PC edition. On board is a copy of all the Myst games. It’s fast enough it plays all of them smoothly (even End of Ages at ~30fps). You play the games by touching the touch-screen.
Hot diggity good god damn.
the way through game was intended…. where can I buy this???
*SCREAMS FOR vicious-cosplay*
The ‘Open Book Cosplayer’ Project
There is a stigma in the cosplay community that most cosplayers would prefer to hide the tactics used in order to make a particular cosplay. This project is dedicated to raising awareness for those cosplayers who are open to being asked questions and more than willing to help those in need. In short, you are an ‘Open Book’ full of information for all who seek it.
The badges above represent some of the most general topics of cosplay craftsmanship, including wig work, tailoring or sewing, prop making, armor making, makeup, electrical work or mascot costumes. This does not mean that you claim to be a master of this or that type. It is simply to say you feel confident enough to answer questions on these subjects and in the event you don’t know, you’re good at re-directing them to someone who might know better.
Other badges that represent non-specific craftsmanship items have also been included. ‘All Things’ - representing ability to tackle any question; ‘Awareness’ - representing knowledge or advice about social issues in cosplay, such as CONsent; and ‘Morale’ - willingness and advice to boost morale for other cosplayers.
By posting one of these badges, you are openly saying that you are more than welcome to take questions from cosplayers on your craftsmanship tactics and workings. Of course this in turn means that asking cosplayers should also know to credit and thank those that helped them out.
Click here if you’d like to download these badges for your own use. Feel free to put them on your page, resize them, put them on backgrounds, ect. Post them however you please.
If you do use these badges, please link back to this post so people can learn more about what an ‘Open Book Cosplayer’ is.
Also utilize the tag Open Book Cosplayer so people can find cosplayers to ask!
(( I am reblogging this to say that I am an Open Book Cosplayer! If you have any cosplay questions, feel free to ask and I will help you in any way I can!
But, please be itemized & specific with your questions. I have a hard time answering questions that are too vague or generalized. Example “How do I get the frizz out of my wig?” is easier for me to answer than “How do I cosplay better?” ))
This need to exist for photographers too
There was a small while where i was thinking of doing that while making badges, but the problem becomes this:
IIIiiieeeeee… am not a photographer :/ So I generally wouldn’t know what sort of badges to make other than a general ‘Cosplay Photographer’ badge.
If people gave me some ideas, I can see what I can roll out :) I have 0 issues making things for people to go ‘HELLO ASK ME THINGS I IS HELPFUL’ :D
Cosplay WIP - Wig Boxes
Finished up my wig boxes for these three wigs! Yayyy. Washu, Zelda, and Killer Gelee are now safe and sound for transit and storage. The nice thing about these boxes is that they keep em safe, and it makes them stackable. The downside is they technically take up more space like that :/
KAIBA PLAY THAT CARD.
ATEM, GO AWAY. I’M TRYING TO THINK.
PLAY THAT CARD FACE DOWN.
ATEM, THAT’S THE FIVE OF CLUBS. I CAN’T DO IT.
CAN’T DO IT OR WON’T DO IT?
DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW TO PLAY POKER?
ACTIVATE YOUR TRAP.
I FUCKING HATE YOU.
Cosplay Storage WIP - Wig Boxes!
I had been falling behind making these, and since we’re moving well… I should PROBABLY put my more sensitive wigs for storage. Woooo. These make it much easier for me to not only travel with them, but also store them safe and sound. Makes it semi-stackable too!
Also psss. I have a tutorial to make your own if you’re curious :3
Q:Oh masterful Vicious. I was wondering if you could give me some advice for a wig for utsutsu from gatchaman crowds? It's a big green monster. >_<; I have some ideas but I'd like your input if possible.
When you said it was a big green monster I thought it was going to be an upright cone thing, but that aint so bad! Actually she’s kinda cute ^.^
Mmmmmm… How would I tackle this monster… Well, the first issue is that… haaaair doesn’t turn into ribbons. That’s going to be a big issue. You can tackle that in two ways maybe: Say fuck it, and get a long ass wig, OR, make a permanent bow that does the floofy thing since that hair looks normal, and then glue the fibers with flexible tacky glue (I am trying this for a future project so ATM I have no idea if it will really be SUPER effective!) and glue the end fibers either into shape, or on ribbons, or thin strips of green foam!
Also… those are ears right? Not… just dangly side bits? I’d say make the base into ears first and glue fibers to the top to get that shape. Stiff felt is perfect for something like that.
And for any poofiness in bangs and such, check out this tutorial from the Twinzik <3
HOPE THESE TIPS HELP