• (Version 2 of this tutorial, as the original somehow got eaten in a server switch... sorry for the inconvenience! I hope I've remembered the details correctly.) This is a simple way to modify boots for Sailor Moon, Wonder Woman, Supergirl, or any other character with shaped/color contrast boot tops. The boots I'm making are for a Sailor Pluto costume (shown at right); they have pointed tops and a band of white trim around the top. Materials tall boots vinyl/leather/other material in contrasting color glue that will stick to your vinyl ~2" Velcro   First, choose boots that are comfortable and suitable for the character. I tend to buy most of my cosplay footwear at discount or thrift stores (yes, you can

  • Fay in field

    Please note: When I made this prop (in a three-day panic before Gen Con) I was not intending to produce a tutorial on the method, so the only photos I have are the ones I took for my own documentation. I've had so many questions and requests that I've tried to put together a tutorial anyway, but since there are several steps that I don't have any pictures of, you'll have to employ your reading comprehension skills to follow along. :) Materials Used 1" extruded polystyrene insulation foam Worbla 1/4" PVC plumbing pipe 1" x 6' wooden dowel epoxy resin plastic magnifying sheets Patterning Since CLAMP was courteous enough to provide several clear references of the staff, one of which

  • 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