• Alena portrays Holly Short in her Section 8 uniform from the Artemis Fowl book series.

  • resin armor

    One of the major challenges I faced when I was just getting started in crafting props and accessories was making the massive leap from cutting and gluing things (simple skills we began learning in kindergarten) to working with new materials like resin, plastic and various rubber compounds (which had more in common with an undergraduate chemistry class). Granted, back when I started cosplaying, YouTube hadn't yet been invented, and online tutorials were few and far between... (We also had to walk uphill both ways to buy thread. In the snow. Barefoot. Now get off my lawn.) That meant when I wanted to learn how to work with resin, I just bought a can and began experimenting – and while

  • finished boots

    Perhaps you're attending a Renaissance Faire, cosplaying classic Boy Wonder, or simply trying to hide the raw edges of the boots you're cutting up to modify for your costume. Here's a very simple tutorial for adding turnback cuffs or contrast lining to boots (demonstrated using the shoes I made for my Black Fox costume, at right).   Materials boots to modify fabric (whatever you're using for lining) scissors sewing machine or hand-sewing utensils (optional) interfacing or stiffening material   1) Choose Your Boots Your boots should fit you comfortably and be the right base style for your costume.  It's easy to alter the boot uppers, but changing the soles, heels or fit is more difficult. The costume I'm making

  • tool aisle

    Part 2: Basic Tools Now that you have the full complement of safety equipment from the previous article (you do have safety equipment, right? Or perhaps you're just making the whole shopping list at once before you sell your soul to Harbor Freight?), it's time to talk tools. Since this is meant as an introduction to prop-making equipment, the items covered here are hand tools that don't take a lot of prior training or additional safety protocols. There are certainly MANY other useful tools out there, but the ones on this list are those I tend to use most often for general prop construction. 1) Rotary Tool. One of the most popular and useful cosplay tools is the rotary

  • Alena demonstrates safety equipment

    It's pretty clear that in cosplay, the fabric bits do not make up the entire costume. We have a variety of other tutorials and workshops dealing with wigs, makeup, and presentation, so here's an entry for those who want to get their toes wet in the props and accessories pool -- a basic overview of some of the equipment I tend to use most often when crafting my props and non-fabric costume pieces. (This information is intended as a supplement to our introductory prop and armor-making workshops, but hopefully it can also serve as a primer for future website tutorials.) Part 1: Safety Equipment In any battle, the warrior needs proper weapons and armor!  This article will focus on

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