I am attempting a rather ambitious cosplay for next year's con season, as I know this is going to take time to get right. To go along with my weight loss and muscle building, I want to go as Kilowog from the Green Lantern animated series. This will require armor (which I've done), but I also need to make a mask. That's where the problem lies. Trying to research, I'm being overwhelmed by lifecast guides, latex mask guides, etc. I'm REALLY pushing my skillset for this, but I want to make it epic.
I’m taking on a somewhat similar project. I’m making a copy of my head, sculpting and creating some latex prosthetics for my Toronto Zombie Walk / Halloween costume this year. If your interested you can follow along on my facebook page. I’ll be sharing my progress and any tips I can.
Since this is my first major project like this I can’t offer too much advice but I suggest you break down the process and research the individual steps:
Lifecast -> Face Mold (or skip casting and purchase a bust) -> Sculpting -> Making a Mold -> Casting -> Painting
Rather than taking in all the information at once, get an idea of what you need to do overall and then research the individual parts. Make sure to research the materials you plan to use so you can determine the best ones for your project.
For example you need something skin-safe (I’m using alja-safe) for making a mold of your face, or you can skip those steps and purchase a generic bust that is close to your head size.
There are a few tutorials here for making latex masks:
These might be particularily helpful for your project:
Smooth-on has a ton of tutorials, guides and FAQs:
You’re going to need a two-part mold if you plan to do the full head, this is a good guide for that:
There are also other methods to make a mascot head, if you want to look at other solutions check the mascot section of the tutorial list:
Sorry for taking so long to answer this! Hope it helps :)
Ps. I came across this mask, if you decide you want to buy it looks like there are high quality masks available for pretty reasonable prices. I suggest shopping around and reading reviews before pruchasing!
Plaster Bandage Head Cast - http://www.furnation.com/Wookiee/techniques/Plaster%20cast/index.html
I don’t do many text posts on Tumblr but thought I’d fill you in on the story behind my Captain Marvel dress since you guys seem to like it…
If you dig progress posts, you’d probably enjoy following my Facebook page here. I post a lot of WIP.
I was planning on remaking the coat for my Thanos costume for an art show I was participating in at Greensboro College. I had a gift card so after striking out in-store at Joann’s, I ordered my fabric online. It came about five shades darker than anticipated so Thanos was out. It was the perfect shade for Captain Marvel but not stretchy enough to make a proper jumpsuit. So…. cocktail dress it is then…
I started by modifying my princess dress block to add a front zip then made a very unglamourous draft out of drab grey twill.
I wasn’t 100% on the proportions. The cut made me look like I was going to topple over! To help with the linebacker shoulders, I made the skirt a bit fuller and decided to lose the sleeves. I love how the gold stripe continues on them but it just wasn’t working for an evening dress on my frame. Most of my events are in warmer months so not having to worry about overheating is a plus, too.
After fitting everything, I drew out the color blocking in chalk and cut apart my pattern.
I backed the cheap gold satin with woven interfacing and cut the strips out on the bias so it would stretch like the sateen I was using for the rest of the dress.
After getting the panels constructed, I appliqued the starburst to the front. Then I sewed it all together- starting with the front zip. Zippers are MUCH easier to manage when you’re working with a flat piece. Since I was working on a really tight deadline, I didn’t line it (badcaitlin) but finished it with facings by the arms, a bias tape hem, and ribbon sewn in the collar seam.
I didn’t finish it in time to wear it to the art show, but I like how it turned out. I’ll get a huge amount of use out of it this summer- is it mainstream enough to wear outside of conventions?
… I still need to remake that Thanos jacket.
Hey Michelle! I really loved your Weiss cosplay- do you have any advice on how to make the little crown for her ponytail? I'm kinda stuck on that right now ;_;
Thanks a bunch!
Well, from what you can see in the show, Weiss’ crown is really just some black spikes with balls on the end. I didn’t want to do it that way, because without the character outlining that the show’s style has (obviously there’s not going to be outlining on real people) I thought the black was going to be too stark. I also wanted to stylize it a bit and make it more icicle-like.
I bought a variety of pearly blue translucent beads, some wire, and a hair comb. Then I just strung about 10 lines of beads of varying length and wrapped them around the comb. It only took me about an hour to make, but the effect is very nice.
[UPADTED]: OKAY ALL HOMESTUCK COSPLAYERS LISTEN UP BECAUSE OH DO I HAVE NEWS FOR YOU
SEE THIS SHIT HERE? YEA THIS WILL BECOME YOUR BEST FRIEND\ (sorry the image is mirrored but it says HENRY® 564 FloorPro™ Underlayment Primer, you can get it at any hardware store or flooring store. here’s more info X )
YOU CAN BEND YOUR HORNS
CRUSH EM, TWIST EM, DROP EM, WHATEVER-
AND THEY GO RIGHT BACK INTO ORIGINAL SHAPE.
YES THAT’S RIGHT, I’M NOT KIDDING. THEY WEIGH LIKE 4 OUNCES (depending how many layers) BECAUSE THEY’RE HOLLOW SO THEY CAN GO ON ANY HEADBAND AND THEY DON’T CAUSE HEADACHES, AND CANT FALL AND IF THEY DO, THEY DON’T BREAK!!!
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS
1) MOLD THEM OUT OF CLAY - 2) COVER THEM IN SERAN WRAP
3) PAPER MACHE THEM- BUT WAIT! this is why this post is important! You shouldn’t use regular paper mache (flour, water, salt, etc.) BUT DO USE
"HENRY® 564 FloorPro™ Underlayment Primer" (X)
It’s much much more durable, light weight paper mache. It makes them flexible but still very strong. its a floor coating to bond friggen concrete together. its easy to use, dries surprisingly VERY FAST! ONLY 3 HOURS!! (do i hear an over night cosplay shedding a tear of joy)
What you’ll need: A jar to pour the stuff (PLEASE be careful! do this outside or cover your area with newspaper, this shit is super SUPER sticky!! it takes a good hand washing to get the stuff off your skin, and it doesnt come out of floors or clothing after it’s dried!) A paintbrush, i used an old cheap one, this stuff can easily ruin your best paintbrush,Napkins (i use them because their free at little gas stations and much more durable then newspaper and you can paint over them easier than newspaper), scissors (to cut them up into a strips) and BAM!! paper mache your clay horns that are covered in Seran Wrap
4) DRY - 5) CUT UP THE SIDE - 6) PULL OUT CLAY -
7) COVER UP THE CUT(glue it or you can do another layer of paper mache-recomended), 8) LET THAT DRY, AND 9) THEN PAINT!!
BODA BING, BODA BOOM, DONE!
YOU HAVE PERFECT, DURABLE, FLEXIBLE BENDABLE, FUCKABLE, HOLLOW HOMESTUCK (or any kind really) HORNS.
(this was only my 2nd time making horns so they came out very bumpy, that’s completely my fault. The product it a very smooth, creamy liquid.)
I hope this post wasn’t too long and i wish you all the best with your cosplays (uwu) i hope this helped at all. thank you for reading!!
Wings can be really awesome parts of a costume! They can be really challenging though, so here is a list of tutorials for those interested in making a set!
- Here’s a tutorial on small feathered wings.
- Kudrel-Cosplay made a tutorial on a realistic wing set that can be made in different sizes!
- AndSewingIsHalfTheBattle made a tutorial on a large pair of feathered wings.
- Here’s a tutorial on large, rounded wings.
- Here’s a tutorial on making light-weight paper wings by ElenaLeetah
- Sunnybrook1 made a 5-part tutorial on how she made realistic bird wings to fit over her arms.
Articulated Wings: (Wings that move)
- Here is a tutorial on how to make framework for articulated wings. There’s also a video that shows them in motion!
- Tusense cosplay made a few videos on how to make folding wings.
- Here’s a blog dedicated to his progress/method he used to make his angel wings. They fold and have no visible harness!
- Here’s another tutorial on folding wings by gerundish.
- Here is a harness tutorial by HCC Cosplay.
If anyone has any other resources they’d like to share, feel free to submit it to me and I’ll add it here! Also don’t forget about my master list of tutorials for anything else!
To give credit where it’s due, I found quite a few of these resources through The Dangerous Ladies and Momentai-Rawr. :)
A Beginner’s Guide to Pepakura (and bondo) by Ohi Cosplay
See the full tutorial here:
My method is very winging it style with no exact science, but figured I would share on my Tumblr since I already typed it all out for a friend
- I get about 2 yards of fabric to make pleats 1 1/2 in. and my waist is 35 in or so and it’s too big for me, so figure out what you have. Making it bigger is easier imo in the long run
- I measure up from the fold the length I want for the skirt (minus the 2 in or so for the waist band) so I don’t have to hem anything to make the bottom pretty
- cut that bitch to that length you figured out
- Iron that bitch out flaaat.
- Sit there and make the damn pleats. Get something to measure. It’s best to go one pleat at a time to make sure they’re super even. I measure 1 1/2 in and then pin it, then measure another 1 1/2 and pin it. Fold the fabric so the pins line up. You should have 1 1/2 in of fabric on top of 1 1/2 in of fabric! Hey first pleat!
- Iron it like crazy
- Pin the bottom of the pleat and the bottom of the pleat to keep it in place
- Repeat 5-7 until you have all your pleats
- Baste stitch along the top to keep the pleats in place.
- I like to stitch the inside pleats to help keep the shape (pic 1. The top layer is what it looks like on the outside, bottom layer what it looks like on the inside with the stitches along the inside of the pleats)
- Another helpful thing to keep the shape of the pleats is to top stitch an inch or two down the pleat at the waist (pic 2 & 3) If you did both 10 & 11 the inside should look like the unnumbered picture in the inside of the skirt (minus waist band and all so far)
- Since I didn’t have any science to the size and stuff, I figured out the actual size of the skirt that it needs to be to fit me. It works best to hide your seam and zipper if you can find a meeting of two pleats that fits your waist
- I cut the inside of the pleat to make the seam so it hides and put the zipper in there and since I cut the inside of the pleat, hey the top pleat is still there and hides it! (pic 4 & 5)
- do yo waist band
- eeeeeeey knife pleat skirt!
***OH YEAH IRON ALL THE DAMN TIME. Like after every step just iron just iron everything and when you’re done starch it and iron it more just iron the hell out of it without burning it and all
I feel like I should share this.
I found an amazing Youtube Channel with incredible makeup tutorials for cosplayers, including specific makeup for lots of famous characters.
They include SNK
and many others
Plus some really cool generic makeup tips, very useful either you’re a cosplayer or not!