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The possibilities  for Cosplay are endless and is mostly left to one's own imagination.  If you desire to be a dedicated cosplayer - it could be an expensive  exercise (take advantage of sales and discounts).  If you want to be a 'social' cosplayer - you can be thrifty and create simple pieces and focus on quality of fabric and accessories.

Study the following characteristics for the subject you are going to portray including: 

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Make-up (including contact lenses and tattoos)

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Clothing

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Weapons

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Accessories

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Personality  and   mannerisms.

It is easy but expensive to buy ready made costumes. 

Many cosplayers create hand-made outfits.  Incorporating (but not inconclusive) crafting specialties such as:

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Sculpture

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Face paint

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Fiberglass

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Fashion design

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Woodwork

All to create a true likeness of their chosen subject.

 

Textiles

Choosing the right fabric can make or break a costume.  Spend some time analysing photos to get an idea for the correct colour of the fabric and texture you need.  Do you want it shiny or does the fabric need to be dyed?  Popular fabrics used to make costumes include cotton, satin, lycra spandex and stretch vinyl.  The best recommended cotton to use is Kona cotton.   However Polyester will not crease as easy and is good for sewing pleats.

You can adorn outfits with iron on designs.

 Costume Sewing patterns

Commission someone to sew a costume for you


Sculpture

Expanding foam is an excellent tool for carving weapons and props.  Reinforce your foam design with layers of masking tape and paper mache.  Sand and smooth your design and add any extra details.

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Hand-made jewellery made with polymer clay or Sculpey.

Leather, brass and copper gears and clock parts, assorted antiqued hardware, acrylic paint, and love were used for this project.

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Members of the show Star Wars Burlesque - The Empire Strips Back features chains

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Fiberglass

Using Fiberglass-Epoxy-Resin and Bondo Putty to create a mask.  

 

 

Fashion design 

On Sep 10,2013 New York Fashion Week - Designer Cosplay was the Thing!

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The Pinterest Costume, Cosplay, Fashion Design board has the most spectacular and breathtakingly beautiful designs ever!  If you're not already inspired - you will be now.

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An Interview with Fashion Designer, Mika Hikari


 

 

Woodwork

Wood can be used to make wands, swords, staffs and other weapons. Soft wood like strip pine is recommended.  Also use MDF for projects.

Build realistic wooden Japanese Katana's with Chioky.   Visit Chioky on Deviantart.com

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Visit cutoutandkeep.net for various projects to make wands.

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Thor's Hammer Mjolnir using

•Styrofoam Blocks(Floral Foam)

•Wood Filler (or another primer)

•Wooden Dowel (or pvc pipe)

•Pleather (or leather)

•Glue

•Acrylic Paint

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"Ger Tysk makes woodworking look effortless. As wood chips and splinters fly, sticking to her shirt and rebounding off her plastic safety goggles, her face remains as still and calm as water."

 

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Simple pieces for Lolita or Kogal Harajuku Girls

Frilled or pleated skirt (click the pics below to see how these are made) * Corset or blouse * Shoes or boots * Striped socks

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Cosplay pleated skirt



Manic Panic hair dye
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Make up and face paint
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Temporary Tattoos and Tattoo Designs

The Elder Scrolls OnlineThe Elder Scrolls online - Skyrim tattoo

Cosplay tattoosVocaloid temporary tattoo

Cosplay tattoosAttack on Titan - Epic Levi Cosplay features and awesome Survey Corps tattoo

Cosplay tattoosLink from Zelda cosplay tattoo


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