Raven from Teen Titans Make-up Tutorial

This video tutorial was created by JordeeKai and is relatively easy to follow. The overall look she created is amazing!

Hope this helps! 😀

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Kamui Cosplay’s Book of Cosplay Armor Making Review

I’ve honestly had Kamui Cosplay’s Book of Cosplay Armor Making for some time now and never took a look at it as I’ve never really made anything needing extensive armor. However, after going through my files and recently finding it again, I decided to get off my butt and actually take a look at it.

The book itself covers the absolute basics to thermoplastics and using them for cosplay armor. The title is slightly deceiving in that aspect, but it’s actually a decent read. There’s some obvious editing issues, but with the various translations done, it’s understandable mistakes.

The introduction is quick and very up front and honest about everything involved in armor-crafting, including cost and time. It doesn’t exaggerate, but gets straight to the point.

The breakdown on thermoplastics is also an easy read, with the primary focus being on Worbla. Kamui Cosplay does compare Worbla to Wonderflex and explains the pros and cons of each and how to best use each for what you’d need by explaining durability, flexibility, and other comparisons. She also lists different places to buy various thermoplastics from and gives a decent idea of cost and how much is needed for projects.

There’s also a listing of tools needed for working with thermoplastics. Each item is broken down to its basic uses and she also goes over the dangers of working with the various tools, which is kinda important! 😀

Kamui Cosplay then goes over the various ways to pattern your armor and lists her ways of doing it, even giving very clear instructions on her process. She links to previous tutorials throughout the book that she’s done on YouTube to allow you to actually see how she builds what she’s writing about. Happily, she doesn’t overdo it with the linking either!

From there, she gets into actually working with Worbla and using foam to create the “sandwiching” seen in most patterning of armor. She explains the process and how to best use the materials to avoid waste. She also explains how to remove bubbling from Worbla, which is caused by too much heat, which is exceptionally helpful with expected blunders.

Kamui Cosplay also goes over the importance of labeling your pieces and keeping everything in order as it can save headaches later on. She also goes into making matching pieces together and avoiding long breaks, which I can attest to as a cosplayer in general being a good idea for projects.

The book then goes into detail working and shows a lot of decent images and explanations, including discussion of keeping Worbla scraps for the smaller pieces later on. Pages 22 to 33 are all images of examples of her work with explanations on how things were made and it does feel a little excessive with personal images, but not enough to make me not want to continue the book.

Kamui Cosplay then gets into armor attachment and her method of doing it involving Wonderflex, D rings, and Worbla. It’s sound and easy to do with good images and explanations, along with how she figured out why her method was a good one. On top of all of that, she also makes it clear on the importance of testing the attachments before attending a convention.

Finally, she covers transportation of armor. She explains on how sometimes it’s best to plan your build on how you also plan to transport it, which makes complete sense with all the pieces, size, and everything else that honestly goes into armor making.

Overall, the book is an easy read and just covers the basics on armor-making with thermoplastics. As long as you go in expecting nothing else, as those are in other books Kamui Cosplay has published, then you’re set. I think it’s a good starting point for beginners, just so the basics can be taught and allow you to decide what all you’d want to do on your own project from there. If you want to read this book or others by Kamui Cosplay, you can check them out here.

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Interview with Isis Blue Fire

It’s time for another interview, this time with Isis Blue Fire! She’s a veteran cosplayer from Russia, who not only likes the details, but how a character is protrayed!

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Isis Blue Fire out of costume, photo by Gio Mitsuko

What’s your cosplay alias and why did you choose it?
My nickname is Isis Blue Fire.

How many years have you been cosplaying and what got you started?
Since 2009, so almost 9 years. My first anime festival was ALEXA-2009 and I was female Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto. I like this anime. The costume was made by me (but I was not skilled enough and my grandmother helped me). No wig, but I have long black hair. I was nervous, but everything was great!

What has been some of your favorite things to work with when constructing costumes and why?
I like sewing. It is relaxing to me. And it is look like magic; you have some satin, beads, laces and few hours… BAM! You made a beautiful dress for a princess.

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Isis Blue Fire as Kyoko Mogami from Skip Beat!, photo by Kate Summer

What are you excited to be working with in the future and why?
I want to try work with EVA foam. Some of my future costumes have craft part (corset-armor, weapons, etc. ) and I want do it by myself.

What are some of the traits you like to see in other costumes and who do you think does well in them?
Using a good pattern. It is very important for sewing and crafting. The costume should be comfortable to wear, fits the figure well, and look neat. I like Lady Narven and Jojoska; they are a cosplay team from Ukraine.

What is your view of the “cosplay scene”?
It does not matter. I act in many places, but light, music and safety are important for performance.

What are some of the things you want to see change in the scene?
Acting and atmosphere. A perfect costume is just a costume if you are not acting.

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Isis Blue Fire as Rin from Fate/Stay Night, photo by Nita13

What is some advice you could give people starting to get into cosplay?
Don’t give up! It is your hobby, have fun, take joy and pleasure. Try to be better than you were yesterday.

What are some of your favorite conventions you’ve attended and why?
I like the little multi-fandom festival in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. It is the cutest convention that I’ve attended: organizers, members, public… they are amazing. When I was invited to a festival in Japan, it was the same feelings.

Give a random fact about one of your costumes that you’re proud of!
Four kilograms of pearl beads were used for my mermaid costume. I’m really proud of this cosplay. It was a labour intensive process when I made it. Heavy and hard to wear for a convention. The photoshoot in the real sea was a little bit dangerous but the awesome result is worth it.

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Isis Blue Fire as Suiren from Adekan, photo by Daria Marienko

Thanks for the interview, Isis Blue Fire! You can check out her Deviantart page here, her Facebook page here, her Twitter here, and her Instagram page here!

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Follow-Up on Article about Anime Matsuri

Earlier, I made a blog post about the convention, Anime Matsuri, discussing it’s rather rough history, involving fraud, possible embezzlement, and sexual harassment. I hadn’t done a follow-up, and with so many things taking place, I felt it was appropriate to do so.

As of today, all legal actions being pursued by the convention have been dropped, including their rather idiotic pursuit against Scarfing Scarves. You can see the official statement from John Leigh here.

Since the Boycott Anime Matsuri movement is in full swing and continuing to get more stories and information out there, a lot has happened with the convention losing some pretty key guests. VOLKS, the voice actors from Overwatch, and even Cosplay Deviants have all decided to respectfully decline their presence at the convention. It’ll be interesting to see who else drops attendance as word continues to spread.

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DIY Antler Tutorial

This tutorial was created by Chaos Costumes and teaches you how to make your own antler headpiece for your costumes! 😀 It’s fairly simple and easy to follow!

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DIY Antler Tutorial by Chaos Costumes

Feel free to download if it’s hard to read, as it will be full-size with no problems! Hope this helps! 😀

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Escape Velocity 2018 Costume Competition

The Museum of Science Fiction in Washington D.C. was kind enough to forward on to me a press release of their costume competition being held at their convention called Escape Velocity. It’s being held at the Marriott Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland on May 25-27, 2018.

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Escape Velocity 2018, May 25-27, hosted by the Museum of Science Fiction

So why send me a press release? Here’s some quotes on this contest.

“As a celebration of the importance of fashion and costume design to creating rich worlds and expanding our imaginations, the Museum of Science Fiction is holding a costume competition and fashion show. This competition is open to all students, designers, costumers/cosplayers, and artists. People from the United States or abroad may participate.”

“The competition will showcase the best costume designs, hairstyles, make-up, and other accessories in this colorful role-playing program. The event is intended for participants to Inspire! Elevate! and Innovate!”

“The competition will notify finalists who will be invited to present their design implementations at Escape Velocity 2018. When the entry is presented at Escape Velocity 2018, finalists do not need to wear their work (if a model is used, models are not eligible to receive award consideration). Prizes will only be awarded to the finalists. All finalists will receive two Weekend Passes to Escape Velocity 2018.

The competition registration and submission period will be open from September 4, 2017 to April 15, 2018. Finalists will be notified on or about April 30, 2018. Finalist judging will be on Friday, May 25, 2018 at Escape Velocity with the award ceremony on Saturday evening, May 26, 2018.”

There’s 3 categories to enter: Original Contest, Redesign/Interpretation, and Young Adult/High School. It’s free to enter and the prizes?

“All winners will receive a $500 prize and a VIP pass to Escape Velocity 2019 next year.” There’s also a possibility of your design being on display for up to 12 months.

One of the judges is Deborah Landis, PhD, David C. Copley Chair and the Director of the David C. Copley Center of Costume Design at UCLA, School of Theater, Film and Television. Landis was costume designer on such films as Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Three Amigos (to name a few).

So, if this strikes your fancy, once again, you can get competition information and rules here and info on Escape Velocity here.

Good luck to those who participate! 😀

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WigisFashion.com Review

Lately, WigisFahsion.com has been my go to place for ordering cosplay wigs. I’ve yet to try any of their lace front wigs (or lace front in general, honestly), but the two wigs I do have from their site have been ones that I absolutely love.

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Yunie as Zatanna from New 52’s Justice League Dark, photo by Ken Cron

My first wig I ever ordered from them is my Zatanna wig. It’s about mid-back length, decently thick, and honestly looks like real hair. It’s soft and can be cleaned very easily, as well as easily brushed out. I shortened the length of the bangs for myself with some easy styling, and was happily surprised at how adjustable the wig is. The order with shipping was about $40 altogether, which is definitely affordable and I felt it was absolutely worth it.

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Yunie as Dark Phoenix from X-Men, photo by Ken Cron

The second wig I ordered was my current one for my Phoenix and Poison Ivy costumes. It’s exceptionally curly, more so than I thought it’d be from the pictures, and is a very flattering dark red. It’s about waist-length on me and while easy to clean, brushing it out afterwards was not. However, it kept its original styling very well, so I didn’t have to go crazy with pin curling to keep the look of it. The major downfall is the adjustable band is messed up and the slits were sewn shut, so I had to mess around with that to get it to sit comfortably on my head. This wig was also about $40 with shipping included and has stood up quite well with my abusive nature on wigs.

So, all in all, if you’re looking for decently priced costume wigs, I definitely recommend WigisFashion.com as a place to buy from. I’m definitely planning on adding to my wigs some more from their site with various projects I have planned! ❤

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