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by Dark_Tiger
Mon Oct 08, 2007 1:27 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need help Yuffie from FFVII:AC
Replies: 9
Views: 2360

Okay, where are you people buying shoes that $40 is expensive? Seriously, I pay $50 for a halfway decent pair of sneakers, and wouldn't be surprised at a $80-$120 price tag on good mass produced hiking boots. To answer theorgional post, the thrift shop is the best place to start. Not only is it a gr...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:25 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: .hack Prop
Replies: 5
Views: 1597

Yet another option is to hide a vision slit in the "ridge" near the top of the piece. It won't be extremly obivous, and it will only give you very limited vision, but it's cheap and quick.
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Sep 30, 2007 4:22 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Hard time finding supplies
Replies: 3
Views: 1288

Wal-Mart, Target, and so on. You might want to also try school supply stores, they sometimes stock that kind of thing for kids to play with.
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Nov 28, 2006 3:30 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Cloud Strife's Final Sword
Replies: 2
Views: 980

I like to call this: Why I charge so darn much

Disclaimer: I am not you. If you injure yourself, it's not my fault. Well, if I were making this, I'd first make it our of wood, then I'd cast it and make a resin blade. You'd need for the wood blade: tools: A jigsaw A Dremel A drill A wood plane wood carving knife Sander sand paper Materials: 1 6"x...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Jan 16, 2006 2:54 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Nami from One Piece costume help ^_^ Really Needed
Replies: 2
Views: 878

Another option would be to take a pair of boots (not lace-up) and start cutting out thosed sandles.
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:02 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Ryuna's winged staff
Replies: 2
Views: 802

I see only one way to make the center staff and helixes, metal. If I were making it, I'd bend 3/4"X1/8" steel strapping into the helix/wing rib, then make the wings out of fiberglass and bolt or rivet the things to the steel. The center pole I'd make out of 1/4" steel rod with a composite plastic to...
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Dec 15, 2005 9:48 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: ?? Making Armor___for Asuka's Plugsuit ??
Replies: 4
Views: 1553

Here are a couple of sites I've found helpful: http://www.bioweapons.com Bioweapons goes into a lot of detail about layermolding in fiberglass. However, it does not do much with pourmolding or the actual mold building process. http://www.digitalemerald.com/cosplay_armor_index.html Digital Emerald go...
by Dark_Tiger
Sat Oct 22, 2005 8:42 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help for a friend
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Other than bioweapons? Not really. The bioweapons site is actually where I learned all I know about fiberglass work that I didn't learn from trial and error.
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Sep 23, 2005 1:08 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Chrno Crusade. Need Help.
Replies: 2
Views: 929

I've seen them done well using bubble tape containers.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Aug 25, 2005 2:48 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: brotherhood sword
Replies: 18
Views: 4870

$120 for a custom blade is actually pretty cheap. Heck, I've seen people drop $150 on mass-produced cheap blades at cons.
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Aug 10, 2005 12:17 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Fox tail?
Replies: 5
Views: 1492

Well, I've been tempted in the past to make a fox tail out of a $5 duster I saw at Wal-Mart. Barring that, I'd be more tempted to buy a tail from one of the furry commission Jiraiya since finding fur that bushy would be a problem.
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Jun 19, 2005 12:08 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Gundam
Replies: 19
Views: 4330

AAAUGH! Sorry, I just hate cardboard mechs. They always dent and look bad by the end of a con. I'd suggest sheet plastic instead of cardboard. The best way to get a design for a gundam is to buy the put-it-together model kit. That way, you get numbered parts that you just have to scale up and connec...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon May 23, 2005 4:25 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help me with this Naruto costume Anyone please
Replies: 3
Views: 1186

The best Narutos are made using an orange fleece with broadcloth or embrorided patches. I'd use a heavy twill or canvas for the sandal covers since they'll get a lot of abuse. Just buy the offical headband though, they look better than any commissioners headband I've seen.
by Dark_Tiger
Fri May 13, 2005 6:57 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: HELP MEEEEEE!!! I'm stuck on how to work with Lulu's costume
Replies: 12
Views: 2507

I know Tia's moderatly high end Singer will go through upholstry pleather like butter, but I'm not real sure what canvas leather is.
by Dark_Tiger
Wed May 11, 2005 2:46 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help! (Again)
Replies: 5
Views: 1121

Dang, you're nice about rush orders. I tack on a rush charge on anything with less than 60 days notice.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu May 05, 2005 8:17 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help! (Again)
Replies: 5
Views: 1121

For an Usocon that's less than 20 days away? I don't think that anyone even could do a custom order that fast.

Try e-bay, you might get lucky, but I'd expect to pay about double market value at this point.
by Dark_Tiger
Sat Apr 23, 2005 4:29 pm
Forum: All Purpose Discussion, Chit-Chat, General Babbling, Etc
Topic: お久しぶり
Replies: 12
Views: 4437

Mmmmmm, root beets.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:15 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Auto Mail
Replies: 12
Views: 2582

I'd enjoy seeing it as well.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: making a snow board
Replies: 7
Views: 1359

I believe that snowboards are made from reinforced fiberglass, much like surfboards, only you'll never see me with a snowboard. Thge main diffrence in the two is that a snowboard has a honeycomb lattice within the interior of the board, in order to allow it to better support impact pressure. This ha...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Apr 05, 2005 11:37 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Auto Mail
Replies: 12
Views: 2582

The aluminum flashing method would work, if anyone attempting it had the metalworking tools to do it correctly. However, those skills (and tools) aren't mine. Fiberglass can make good automail, and has been used several times to good effect. However, AA believes that fiberglass can't be used for arm...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Apr 04, 2005 8:59 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Auto Mail
Replies: 12
Views: 2582

*giggles inanly* For the record, Link is looking for someone cheaper than I am. Can't say as I blame him either, I'm expensive when it comes to armor and the fact that there's the jointed solid digits on this piece doesn't help the price. I'd offer to throw in a philosopher's stone for Sterling's pr...
by Dark_Tiger
Sat Apr 02, 2005 2:20 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: My friend is forceing me as Miroku.
Replies: 2
Views: 850

Re: My friend is forceing me as Miroku.

BTW: I have plenty of beeds if anyone wants to earn them at Otakon! :roll: Herein I believe is the reason why you'll be cosplaying Miroku. ;) Anyhow, onto the staff. History lesson: Buddhist staffs such as the one Miroku carries are traditionally made of bronze, usually gilded. From archeological r...
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Mar 31, 2005 9:19 pm
Forum: All Purpose Discussion, Chit-Chat, General Babbling, Etc
Topic: Alucard Vs Vash
Replies: 27
Views: 8991

Let's break this up by ability, shall we: Priamary weapon: Alucard: 13 rounds of exploding ammo designed to kill superhuman oppoents. Vash: 6 rounds, hollowpoint Best pickup lines: Alucard: "This is the part where you close you eyes..." or possibly "I've been thirsty for a very long time... [buy you...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Mar 20, 2005 1:31 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Alphonse Elric Costume Help!!! A.S.A.P
Replies: 2
Views: 1009

40 days isn't enough time, unless you can commit 10 hours a day, and maybe not even then. I've got a friend building one out of Al uminum, but I wouldn't try that, since there are a lot of 3D curved surfaces, and pounding aluminum isn't something I'd want to do. Fiberglass is always an option, but t...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Mar 15, 2005 12:46 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help me find cheap prop guns ! or just any
Replies: 2
Views: 869

You'd have to get lucky on ebay for those guns. They were only realeased in Japan, and usually run about $160.
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Mar 13, 2005 7:47 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: gunblade help, seifer's gunblade
Replies: 6
Views: 2005

I'm sorry, but no force on earth not in heaven can make me believe that paper mache', store bought or otherwise, is worthwhile. It's not just the buying of materials that can be made easily, or the almost non-existant impact resistance, it's also its tendancy to not stand up to any wear or even long...
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Mar 11, 2005 3:19 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: gunblade help, seifer's gunblade
Replies: 6
Views: 2005

Ewweww, paperclay. Nothing against the people who use it, but it’s newspaper and flour that's been put in a food processor. I was inspired (last night) to make a gunblade, and this is how I'm doing it: You'll need: xacto knife or razor cutter of your choice A jigsaw or bandsaw a Dremel with a high s...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:34 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Umm.. Help with a Sonic costume? (Be afraid, be VERY afraid)
Replies: 5
Views: 1377

I'd make a skullcap out of blue spandex with florists foam cones in it for the spikes. It wouldn't take much abuse, but it'd be a quick and easy fix.
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Feb 27, 2005 5:51 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: hi i could do with some help with lycra.
Replies: 5
Views: 1273

I recomend looking for plastic armor. there's a group I saw on Tech-TV that builds Starwars suits and Halo suits for a hobbie. try looking for them. That was probably the 501st Imperial Garrison. Of the thousand or so of them, I know of about 5 that do comission work, though I'm sure that there are...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Feb 20, 2005 3:16 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: yuna costume ?
Replies: 12
Views: 2902

Personally, I love to see costumes that get done a lot done well. Here's a couple of hints kids, Alucard's jacket is floor length, and Spike isn't wearing your father's sportscoat. All in all, I've only seen one really good Yuna in person, and that was a songstress, not my favorite design. How about...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Feb 15, 2005 7:13 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: the Devil
Replies: 8
Views: 1796

You've got to remember though, this isn't just a devil, this is a Carnaval Devil. Think Mardi Gras with top shelf costumes even by our standards. Most of the work I've seen for Carnaval involves molded patent leather. Making a one-piece mask/horn headdress like that might be cool, but I have no expe...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Feb 14, 2005 2:08 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Props for Talim
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Re: Props for Talim

so I can put it on my neck and take it off. Taking off your neck sounds painful :shock: *rimshot* Okay, if you're looking for cheap, but not TOO cheap, and need it by August, you'll want to go with wood, wood and more wood. I find that you get the best cost/time results with wood. I'm assuming you ...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Feb 13, 2005 5:07 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Props for Talim
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

A few more detailed pics: http://www.planetnintendo.com/perfectdark/sc2/ http://www.soulcalibur.com/history/talim.php For the necklace, I wouldn't even try to make it bendable, I'd make it in 2 parts and have it clasp onto your neck. Here's what I'm talking about: First, make one half of the necklac...
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Feb 11, 2005 2:18 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Easy weapons for a cheap n00b?
Replies: 24
Views: 6305

For me, common sense requires buying a $40 fumes mask if you're going to be working with a lot of fiberglass or resin. I also don't know where you guys are shopping for fiberglass supplies. 5 sq/ft cloth $4.95, resin $15 a pint at Wal-Mart. I'm still looking for a ABS source that won't eat me out of...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Jan 31, 2005 1:33 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Weapon making
Replies: 6
Views: 1572

I think you don't need to do as many steps. After you carve the foam, you should only have to add a single covering to it, I like to use drywall repair compound (not plaster of paris) or wood filler, and then sand that and paint. Mind, I don't use foamcore that often, I like wood or metal to give so...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Jan 30, 2005 3:24 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Pattern on Sesshomaru's kimono
Replies: 5
Views: 1808

If it were me, i'd do both. Sew on the triangles, then paint on the golden flower thingies.
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:06 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: ANBU pants
Replies: 2
Views: 1088

Um, got a pic? A google search leads me to believe that you're trying to cosplay a Naruto fansubber. "/
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Dec 26, 2004 9:20 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Tetsu wig Help!
Replies: 38
Views: 8728

The layering looks a bit off, kinda like the hair underneath is longer then the hair on top. Just don't ask me how to fix it.
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:06 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: offering help on Fullmetal Alchemist
Replies: 45
Views: 12810

Fialchar wrote:Enu is dog is Japanese, but I dunno if I spelled it right in English >_>; (The pronounciation is right anyways :P)
I'm pretty sure you spell it (inasmuch as you can "spell" anything in a diffrent alphabet) Inu like Inuyasha.

Dang, do we ever have topic drift.
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Dec 06, 2004 9:47 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: HAS ANYONE MADE TRANSFORMED TETSUSAIGA?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

I have a friend that's planningf one of those. I say planning because the possibilty of it actually happening is slim to zero.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Dec 02, 2004 5:19 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: HAS ANYONE MADE TRANSFORMED TETSUSAIGA?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Talk to me about the Mech car and the gun cross. I've made one that fires. You've made a Mech car that fires? :wink: Seriously, I'd love to see some pics of the design for that. I'm more concerned with getting the thing to open correctly then getting it to fire though. You know, twist the handle on...
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:51 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: offering help on Fullmetal Alchemist
Replies: 45
Views: 12810

*Looks up Moon Phase really quickly*

Bishies. Why'd it have to be bishies?
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Dec 01, 2004 7:55 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: offering help on Fullmetal Alchemist
Replies: 45
Views: 12810

For me, it's like Inuyasha. I can live with it, it's not my favorite by any means, if it had a lot of the fluff chopped out it'd hold my attention. (Hey, let's flashback to that sentence. DeeT said, "it'd hold my attention." He must've been talking about Naruto. But why doesn't it hold his attention...
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Dec 01, 2004 6:20 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: HAS ANYONE MADE TRANSFORMED TETSUSAIGA?
Replies: 13
Views: 3857

Yah, go with Sterling. One of my dream projects is to make a spring loaded Tetsusaiga that you can stuff into a katana scabbard that looks about normal sized and expands as you draw it into a full sized blade. This project is also in the file with Priss' bike from Bublegum Crisis 2040, my Ford Escor...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:08 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: offering help on Fullmetal Alchemist
Replies: 45
Views: 12810

50-something.
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:37 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: offering help on Fullmetal Alchemist
Replies: 45
Views: 12810

My earring person has a friend looking for a black Saske outfit. I don't have details yet.

In related news, we have got to catch up on Naruto.
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Nov 30, 2004 2:05 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: offering help on Fullmetal Alchemist
Replies: 45
Views: 12810

Yeah, it's kind of weird. I've only had one person actually talk to me again after the commission was shipped and done with. The main reason I stopped doing the jewelry was that I just didn't have time. Those suckers take two days to make. Plus I need to find a better system. I did an experiment wi...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Nov 29, 2004 11:08 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: offering help on Fullmetal Alchemist
Replies: 45
Views: 12810

Sterling wrote:can you make an arm gauntlet or glove that'll simulate the crybornetic arm?
Yup, that's one of the reasons I'm building a vaccum table!

The problem with the automail is that it really needs to be specialy fitted to a person if you want full mobility.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Nov 25, 2004 5:10 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: :.:Costume i am gonna make:.:
Replies: 4
Views: 1388

Welll, just talking about the hardware for a moment: The dice. Foam dice seem to be the best bet, but a solid object that size, even of foam, is going to start hurting after a while. Try making them out of 1 inch foam over a hollow cube made out of whatever's handy, balsa wood, cardboard, whatever, ...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Nov 14, 2004 1:28 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Yun from Street Fighter III help
Replies: 2
Views: 1892

Re: Yun from Street Fighter III help

Hello all. For Katsucon I plan on doing Yun from Street Fighter III. Here's a reference picture: http://membres.lycos.fr/archyland/f/sf3/yun.jpg Before I can get started I need your suggestions for a few things: 1) What material would be good for his shirt? I already decided on cotton for the pants...