How to make an armour bracer out of - Craft Foam!
Hello. I’m Sho, and I’m an absolute noob at this.
This is very first thing I ever made out of foam, and I did it on the fly as a practice. I am currently making a Tali’Zorah cosplay from Mass Effect as my first ever cosplay, so I wanted to practice working with foam.
What I used:
- craft foam, thin. http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/hobbycraft-fab-foam-sheet-in-black/565433-1000 80 pence a sheet at my local Hobby Craft (I know, not the cheapest place)
- craft knife (one we had from our Warhammer modelling!)
- glue gun (£5 off eBay)
- heat gun/stove/hair dryer
- pva glue
- metallic silver and blue acrylic paint
Video Masterpost for Beginner Cosplayers | Wigs
I was suppose to post this before San Japan but I ended up forgetting! I’m so sorry ; n ; I’m not sure if I’ll do other categories? All videos belong to their respective owners and they all link to Youtube!
Buying a Wig:
Putting on a Wig:
- Putting on a wig and securing it
- Putting long hair under a wig cap
- Putting on a wig
- Wigs and Wig Caps
Styling a Wig:
Tutorial: How to Get That Comic Vixen/Anime Babe Look
Callie Calypso Cosplay Tutorial: How to Get That Comic Vixen Anime Babe Look
Tutorial: How to Get That Comic Vixen/Anime Babe Look (Body)
I’ve noticed many tutorials on makeup, wigs, and certain parts of the body but not the body as a whole. And I’ve been asked how to pull off that classic hourglass shape many, many female characters have (and let me tell you, before my lifestyle changes with diet and exercise that gave me a more natural hourglass form it was a lot harder to achieve! now my routine is more basic but I want to give a full tutorial that can hopefully help everyone with all bodytypes.
I’m going to divide this into different parts of the figure so if you need help with only one part you don’t have to sift through walls of text :) And also how to do it for different types of costumes!
Parts of the Hourglass-
Torso/Waistline for Under Looser Dresses/Garments:
This one is easy and you know what? A good quality corset or bustier is perfect for it! As with looser garments you’re not like to see the boning or anything through the material over it. Yaya Han’s Jessica Rabbit cosplay (while she’s disclosed she cannot wear it for long periods of time due to everything she wears underneath to achieve the look) is a perfect example so please check out her take on this iconic character!
Everyone has their own preferences on where to shop especially when it comes to budget, but I highly recommend getting a steel-boned corset or bustier. They may be more expensive, but if you get one in the correct size for you they last much, much longer and do a better job than their cheaper plastic-boned equivalents. I speak from experience on that one. (I have a couple plastic-boned pieces that were good for a couple of wears before falling apart while the one good steel-boned one I have is a few years old and still works really well! Especially under costumes like Reinette and other period garb!)
As always if you’re on a budget shop around for the best deals and take advantage of sales and coupons. But I can already tell you, Victoria’s Secret and Fredericks of Hollywood probably won’t have a decent steel-boned corset. Their pieces are more for fashion than function. :)
Many of my cosplayer and model friends recommend either a local lingerie boutique or a store that caters to burlesque dancers and/or pinup models. (Use Google to see if you can find one in your area.) They’d be likely to have what you’re looking for if you don’t know your size and would like to buy something in person. And check out a local burlesque show or festival as they’re likely to have booths there selling quality steel-boned corsets and they would be happy to size you and find something in your budget!
But if you’d rather shop online, myself and many other recommend Corset Story. They have a large selection of corsets and bustiers in many sizes, including plus sizes and are of very high quality. And for those who are serious, they even carry waist-training corsets (though if this tempts you please read up on proper ways to waist train the and risks before pursuing :) ) . You are almost guaranteed to find what you need from them!
And like I mentioned if you’re wearing a gown, period garb, or something not tight fitting where the corset or bustier will show through, by all means get one to wear underneath to give your waist that hourglass look!
Torso/Waistline for Skintight Bodysuits:
I can already tell you now that wearing a corset or bustier underneath is not going to work, especially if it’s tight-fitting spandex or latex material (again speaking from experience). The boning and such will show through and look weird. :(
However there are plenty of alternatives!
Consider trying spandex shapewear underneath - many companies even make it seamless!
Some Items to consider -
Firm Control Bodysuit (panty style bottom) (you can wear your own bra!)
Firm Control Bodysuit (thong style bottom) (you can wear your own bra!)
As always I’m sure there are other places to get these items that fit your price range, so please shop around!
Depending on your costume, the bodysuits or panties/thongs might be your better bet than a waist cincher. In my experience with waist cinchers, even if I’m 100% positive they’re the correct size with a lot of moving around the bottom rides up or the top folds down. But for a photoshoot they work rather well. :)
With the panties/thongs the only thing you may have to worry about is the top folding over or folding down. I’ve found a fix to this by using fashion/body tape or even spirit gum to hold it in place. Works like a charm! And most of them are seamless so you barely notice them underneath.
Most bodysuits tend to be seamless but it depends on the type of fabric your costume is made from. If it’s really thin there may be outlines of the straps holding it up. However, if you want the maximum control these are probably your best bet.
There are probably other similar items out there so shop around and see what’s best for you!
And if your bodysuit fully exposes your legs and thighs (such as Power Girl) consider finding firm control pantyhose that match your skintone. :)
Let’s just get this out in the open - even if you’re naturally well-endowed, unless you’ve had cosmetic surgery it is very difficult to achieve the overly large gravity defying breasts many anime and comic characters seem to have.
So here are my item suggestions to help you achieve that look no matter your bra size!
- Victoria’s Secret (and I’m sure there are others if you look them up) make a Bombshell Bra that adds up to 2 cup sizes. (unless you get lucky and hit a sale, bras like this no matter where you shop if you want quality tend to be expensive)
- If you’d rather use your own bra consider investing in a silicone bra enhancement insert !
- And of course there’s always Jenna Marbles’s technique !
You can of course combine any of these methods if need be ( I have at times depending on the costume). Just be sure to shop around and research to see which technique will work best for you!
Of course I’m going to state the obvious - the most natural way to achieve “dat ass” is with lifestyle changes such as healthy diet and exercise. (Especially cardio, squats, and booty lifts.) But I know many people don’t got time for that so I got an undergarment cheat that may help those who are not as blessed in the butt department.
(But please not this trick ONLY works if what your wearing is something like a full suit that covers your bum fully - ie not a thong back. I’ve yet to find anything that enhances an exposed bum that isn’t obvious or looks weird.)
Again this only works if what you’re wearing covers your whole booty. And again shop around to find what meets your budget and make sure what you find if your outfit is really skintight that it’s seamless. :)
I’m sorry but if your bum is exposed you can try looking for enhancement pantyhose but if that doesn’t work you’re kind of stuck with derriere genetics blessed you with. :(
Please note to make sure if you invest in any of these techniques and they work for you alter your costume to accommodate. Because if your costume fits your body as it is and you do all this adjusting I guarantee parts of it are going to sag/bag (especially if you go for waist trimming). If you’re going for skintight especially you want it to be tight and show it off, right? Right. lol
These are the techniques I used to use when I was of different shapes and sizes. I don’t use many of them now due to my current body type not requiring much (though I admit to using breast enhancement techniques since having my child - pregnancy and childbirth do unkind things to boobs ;) ) .
Thank you for taking time to peruse my tutorial and I hope some of this info was useful for some of you! If you’re like me and you like to go for accuracy if you don’t naturally got it sometimes you got to fake it a little and that’s okay. But if you’re just in it for the fun keep doing what you’re doing and don’t let anyone stop you!
Never forget I love you all! And keep your eyes peeled for more information about the release of the Ladies of Power Calendar (being sold to benefit the Genesis Women’s Shelter). Big news is coming soon including how to get pre orders and the official release date! This has been an exciting project and will be showcasing very beautiful and talented cosplayers of all shapes, sizes, and colors! It’s been an honor and a pleasure to have put together such an amazing concept and to finally see it come to fruition and near completion!
As a reminder I’m celebrating over 25,000 followers on my FB with a special Giveaway! The prizes are super cool so be sure to check it out. 3 winners will be selected on July 21, 2014!
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xoxo Callie Calypso
I’ve heard puff paint or hot glue is used. If you have googly eyes you can make them look like rivets in your armor.
Cata: I’ve used hot glue before and didn’t really like it since I couldn’t get a steady flow and neat lines. So puff paint it is! I already have some too from a different project.
I’ve heard of the googly eye-rivet trick! I’m not sure if I’ll use it for this piece, but I’m keeping it in mind for my Skarmory armor.