Chainmail Resource

A fellow cosplayer mentioned this place to buy chainmail supplies, and after checking it out, I decided it was a good place to share with the community!

1. TheRingLord.com – This site has a variety up for sale. You can buy chainmail and scalemail supplies made from a variety of things (metal, plastic, etc.) and there is also kits and projects you can purchase! The prices look decent, but I don’t know honestly what to compare it too, lol. The shipping rates are based off of weight and the location being shipped too, but they do ship worldwide!

Feel free to share your experiences here or offer up other resources! :D

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Dragon Egg Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Ryoshi-un and teaches you how to create a dragon egg like one from Game of Thrones! It’s pretty simple to follow! :D

Dragon Egg Tutorial by Ryoshi-un

Dragon Egg Tutorial by Ryoshi-un

Click to enlarge! Hope it helps! :D

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Interview with Bob Mask

It’s time for another interview, this time with Bob Mask! He’s a friendly cosplayer from Colorado, who does a lot of awesome charity work too!

Bob Mask out of costume

Bob Mask out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I don’t use an alias. I do have trouble sometimes convincing people my real name is “Mask”. When I got started it just never occurred to me that I might not want people to know who I was. I totally understand why some folks use them, but if I had to do it all over again I think I would still use my name. I just like being me.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I’ve been doing this for a little over three years now. I got started in sort of a roundabout way. My daughter showed some interest in going to a con so I started doing some research on them. I met some really great folks online who encouraged me to come to a con and to go in costume. After that I just sort of got bitten by the costume bug.

Bob Mask as Batman from Batman. photo by Tori Mask

Bob Mask as Batman from Batman. photo by Tori Mask

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I love to try new things so I can learn. My sewing is getting better and better all the time. I love talking to people and learning new techniques.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
In the near future I plan on working with several different materials and processes to create my daughter’s first costume. It will be the Carrie Kelly Robin from The Dark Knight Returns. I’m excited for a couple of reasons. First I will be doing more on this costume than any other I’ve worked on so far. Second, I’m really excited that my daughter has taken an interest in costuming.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I love to see people who pay super attention to detail and really take pride in presenting the best costume possible. I have a number of friends who consistently inspire me with their creations. Margie Cox, Brin Londo, Eric Moran, Kristi Kai, Alys Adamantium, Victoria Lee and Leman Yuen are just some of the amazingly creative people who have helped me.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
I try not to get too caught up in all the stuff going on. I do this to have fun and try to make people smile. I consider many of the people I have met through cosplay as family. And I love meeting new people.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I guess I wish more people could just have fun with it. It seems like more and more people are looking at it as a way to become well known. Don’t get me wrong, if someone can make a living guesting at cons, selling pictures and etc. I say more power to you. Anyone who can make a living doing something they love is way ahead in the game of life.

Bob Mask as The Creeper from DC Comics, photo by Pat Loika

Bob Mask as The Creeper from DC Comics, photo by Pat Loika

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
I would say “have fun”! Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t shy away from meeting new people. You never know when you might meet a friend for life!

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
Well I’ve only been doing this for a few years, so I’m still somewhat new. I’ve been to MegaCon in Orlando several times. I love Mega because it’s like a family reunion for me. I see a lot of friends there. I’ve done Dragon Con a couple of times. You gotta love DC for the spectacle of it all. I’ve been to Denver Comic Con all three years. And I am now very heavily involved with Rocky Mountain Con. I’m hoping to visit some smaller cons throughout the country over the next few years.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Well let’s see…I guess it would be the cape for my NightOwl costume. It is a huge cape that is fully lined. It is the first thing I created from beginning to end; from idea to pattern to sewing and completion. And I think it turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.

Bob Mask as NightOwl from The Watchmen, photo by Tori Mask

Bob Mask as NightOwl from The Watchmen, photo by Tori Mask

Thanks for the interview, Bob Mask! You can check out the convention he works with, Rocky Mountain Con, here!

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New Fabric Resource!

Hooray, I have a new fabric resource to share with everyone!

1. Morexfabrics.com – This site has a very large selection of a wide variety of fabrics, ranging from stretch fabrics to tweeds. The fabrics are sold by the yard at wholesale prices, so everything is VERY affordable. Shipping is done via UPS, so I’m sure it’s a little pricey, but still decent when matched with the prices listed. I’m definitely saving it for my own shopping!

As always, if you have some resources you use for your cosplay projects, feel free to share them in the comments below! :D

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Elsa Shoes Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Pisces219320 and teaches you how to create your own Elsa shoes! It’s relatively simple and don’t mind some of the wording as she translated it to English to share with others! <3

Elsa Shoes Tutorial by Pisces219320

Elsa Shoes Tutorial by Pisces219320

Click to enlarge! Hope this helps! :D

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RIP Monty Oum

It is with a heavy heart that I post this brief in memorium for Monty Oum, one of our community. From RoosterTeeth.com’s release today:

“Our friend, inspiration and co-worker Monty Oum passed away yesterday afternoon at 4:34 PM surrounded by people who loved him very much. Ten days ago Monty suffered a severe allergic reaction during a simple medical procedure that left him in a coma. Although he fought bravely, his body was not able to recover. During his time in the hospital he was well cared for and never in pain at any time. Monty is survived by his wife Sheena, his father Mony, his brothers Woody, Sey, Chivy and Neat, and his sisters Thea and Theary, as well as a countless number of fans and friends. We were so proud to be a part of his life and we will miss him greatly. Your generosity during the hours after the public statement on Friday will help his family deal with the costs of his care and his passing. You made an incredible difference during a difficult time and we cannot thank you enough. As for honoring Monty, we will do that in our own way. In lieu of flowers or gifts, we ask that you simply do something creative. Use your imagination to make the world a better place in any way that you can. If you know Monty like we do, then you know he would certainly be doing that if he were able to. Monty was 33 years old. We love you, Monty.

This blog sends out our condolences and please feel free to those who knew him to share your favorite memories. <3

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Interview with Garrett

It’s time for another interview, this time with Garrett! He’s a newer cosplayer from Colorado, who is ready to expand into more of the costuming arenas!

Garrett out of costume

Garrett out of costume

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
I don’t have one of these yet… maybe I should come up with one.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
I started cosplaying in 2013. My friends told me that I needed to go to a convention, so I prepared with a Winterfell outfit, my Gryffindor school uniform and, Fix-It Felix Jr. I had done some costuming for Halloween and drama starting around 2006, but Starfest of 2013 is where I really broke into cosplay.

Garrett as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones

Garrett as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I have really enjoyed getting to work with new materials every time I make a new costume. I have discovered the benefits of a seam ripper, so that is one of my favorite tools. I always pray that I don’t have to use it, but I am so glad I have it when I need to use it.

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I really want to experiment with thermoplastics in the future, but I am so nervous to work with them for how pricey they are.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
I really like to see detail put into costumes. Things that you don’t notice from a distance, but you notice up close, such as fabric texture or material type. I also like to see well done make-up since I am inexperienced in that area. I wish I could give more specific examples of who I see do these things well, but most of my inspiration comes from friends. Anne Osborne, Ginny DiGuiseppi, Kitty Krell, and Grant Scovel are some good examples of some of my friends who inspire me.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
My view of the cosplay scene is mostly people watching at conventions. I just like to see everyone dressed as a character all over the place.

Garrett as Fix-It Felix from Wreck-It Ralph, photo by Not Literally Productions

Garrett as Fix-It Felix from Wreck-It Ralph, photo by Not Literally Productions

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
I would love to see some negativity disappear. I have enjoyed following the Game of Thrones Costuming group on Facebook, as they have been great at enforcing an environment that promotes growth through positive comments. Also, cheaper material prices would be nice.

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
I would start by basing your first costumes off of clothing that you already own. Either modify something that you have, or use that clothing as a basic pattern. Once you have mastered the basics, you can move onto so much more. The internet is also an excellent resource for tips, tutorials, and ideas.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I have been limited by cost to conventions in Colorado, so my favorite two conventions are Denver Comic Con and Starfest. DCC is cool because it is so big and there are so many people to see. I like Starfest because there is a more intimate feeling.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
I hand-stitched the loops for the cord on the front of my Stannis cosplay. It is one of those detail pieces that I talked about earlier.

Garrett as Stannis Baratheon from Game of Thrones, photo by Not Literally Productions

Garrett as Stannis Baratheon from Game of Thrones, photo by Not Literally Productions

Thanks for the interview, Garrett! Hope to catch up at a convention soon!

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