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by Dark_Tiger
Fri Nov 12, 2004 11:44 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Belldandy Wings!!! -flutter-
Replies: 15
Views: 4291

Jo Ann's is usually good for that kind of foam, but that looks too thin to me for 1/2" foam.

It'd probably take less time to make that freehand then to modify a pattern.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Nov 11, 2004 8:20 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help
Replies: 19
Views: 6009

Actually, there are a few characters that almost have to be cosplayed. Prince(ess) of Tennis and Ed from Full Metal Alchmist come to mind.
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Nov 08, 2004 7:25 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help
Replies: 19
Views: 6009

mindtailor wrote:of course! crossplay can be awesome, but also very very frightening in the case of man-faye *dies*
Could be worse, could be sailor Bubba. *shudder*
by Dark_Tiger
Sat Nov 06, 2004 5:09 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: 'Newbie Questions'
Replies: 8
Views: 2013

This is what works for me, I know very good cosplayers that do things completly diffrently. 1. When I first started, I found that the best way to figure out costumes was to go to the thrift store, find something that kinda was the right cut, spend $5 on it, and rip the thing apart to see how it was ...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Oct 24, 2004 10:50 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Leena Toros(Zoids)
Replies: 2
Views: 1138

Depends on what you're willing to put up with as far as weight goes and whether you're wearing a wig. Lightest option would probably be foam, connected to you (and an appropiate harness) via a plexiglass rod. If you want something more durable, and I would, I'd go with a vaccum formed plastic stick ...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Oct 19, 2004 4:52 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: naruto headprotectors
Replies: 12
Views: 2592

Eh, for me, the only way to make those well is to use metal. A lot of the unoffical ones that use plastic look off. Not all, mind you, just many. If I were making one, I'd take a thin sheet of metal (probably flashing, but that's because I've got a roll just sitting there) cut it out, engrave the sy...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Oct 18, 2004 6:58 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need a plastic source
Replies: 7
Views: 1664

Did you try adding color yourself? Sounds like you're pretty skilled and expirenced with this stuff. Gods, I wish. I've never even seen vaccum forming done before. No, the problem is that this isn't the kind of plastic I'm used to using. I usually use polyester resin, which is sold in liquid form. ...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Oct 18, 2004 11:26 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need a plastic source
Replies: 7
Views: 1664

Heh, actually, mail order is probably the only way I'm going to get this stuff. Plastic sheet like this is usually used to make things like bowls, patio furniture, bathtubs, and storm trooper armor. 8) However, the source the nice sith who told me how to make the equipment to make this kind of armor...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Oct 17, 2004 12:38 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Need a plastic source
Replies: 7
Views: 1664

Need a plastic source

I'm about to start trying to work with vaccum forming (building a vaccum table is a lot easier then I had thought) and I'm trying to find a source of small lots* of colored ABS and/or polystyrene sheets. I found these guys but they don't seem to sell colors, and I really would perfer to not have to ...
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Oct 13, 2004 6:44 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Link's shield please!!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 2161

Shinigami-X wrote:Aren't boomerangs usual made of wood? >.< I could've sworn they were.
Yah, but they're also not usually 5 and a half feet long.

For my bet, I'd use balsa frame with fiberglass. That'll stand up to some punishment.
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:25 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: A Good Place to Buy Online Fabric
Replies: 10
Views: 2243

You might try inquiring at a furniture manufacturer to see whether they have what you need or can order something for you. Probably not the best idea. While most upholstry fabric is 60", it's also a great deal heavier then clothing fabric for the most part. The stuff Jo Ann's sells is very light fo...
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Oct 06, 2004 9:10 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Edea Costume
Replies: 7
Views: 2016

Laura92 wrote:I prophecize quite a bit of pain in this...
Yah, the least painful way I can think of to keep it on involves a backbrace, and that defeats the purpose of the slinky black dress.
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Oct 06, 2004 8:50 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: MY KURONEKO IS HEADLESS!
Replies: 6
Views: 1414

If you covered the inside of the chickenwire head with felt too, wouldn't that solve the ripped up face thing?

I dunno, I've never done a head like this before.
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Oct 05, 2004 6:40 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: MY KURONEKO IS HEADLESS!
Replies: 6
Views: 1414

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm... Well, there's the hard way, which involves building a lattice out of your favorite material (steel, wickerwork, cardboard) and covering that with felt. If it were me, and I had time to burn, I'd use wire mesh (get it at your local hobby or art shop) over a aluminum frame, c...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Oct 04, 2004 6:46 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Edea Costume
Replies: 7
Views: 2016

*looks* Yah, what they did was run a board (from the pic, I'd say 1/4 inch plywood) all the way down her back and halfway down her legs. That's one of those "ruin the line of the dress" options that I don't like, not to mention I'd hate to try to walk with that thing hitting my calves all day. Not t...
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Oct 01, 2004 1:15 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Edea Costume
Replies: 7
Views: 2016

I don't really think that back cape piece is practical without either ruining the line of the dress of a speciality metals shop. lightest I can figure that being is about 30 pounds, assuming hollow foam build, and most of that would be weight pulling away from the body. The only way I'd even think a...
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:41 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Artificial Skin Mask
Replies: 1
Views: 937

There's a special kind of latex designed just for that, but that's the extent of my knowlage. Go by your local costume shop, they'll have somebody that knows what they're talking aobut.

BTW, love your sig, you seen the prequel to NotN yet? It doth kick much butt.
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Oct 01, 2004 12:33 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Tasuki Fan
Replies: 3
Views: 1182

That should be easy. Just get some heavyweight paper (I'd use 40-60 pound, but your miliage may vary) and start folding. Tie the "handle" end of it with some twine or white ribbon.
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Sep 29, 2004 7:44 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Sango costume
Replies: 4
Views: 1673

Re: Sango-chan armor

Omeasan! I thought what might be good is to make a oil based clay mold of the armor and then fill it with water based plaster and then paint it. It is just I thought I am not positive of the results. I have to make a Sango costume as well and I might try that way to make the armor. Could you please...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:08 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Help-tell me how to make a gundam seed hallo aka haru please
Replies: 4
Views: 1796

Re: Sorry I meant hallo

You know the little pink ball that lacus carries around. Thats the ball I'm talking about. Heres a pic: http://www.gundam-seed.net/03cool/character/images/hallo.gif Ooooo, it's like a little pink pokeball with a personality. I wanna make that. And here's how i'd do it: You'll need: Bondo A Dremel B...
by Dark_Tiger
Sat Aug 28, 2004 11:23 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Miroku Costume
Replies: 9
Views: 6823

okay, Miroku's staff is one of my pet peeves, so I'm going to expound on it a bit. First off, the head peice is about the size of your hand. It's a very tradional staff carried by buddist monks, and everytime I see one made 12 inches wide, I have to go lay down for a bit. I'd also make the staff out...
by Dark_Tiger
Sat Aug 28, 2004 11:19 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Alphonse Elric - Full-body armor construction
Replies: 9
Views: 3606

Actually, this month's Newtype, they have a shot of a pretty good Al cosplay. Personaly, I think it's a little skinny, but that's just me.
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Aug 26, 2004 4:49 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Alphonse Elric - Full-body armor construction
Replies: 9
Views: 3606

Corkboard? Neither of us mentioned cordboard? Come to that, I've never used corkboard, how are you planning on doing it?
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:48 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Misao costume
Replies: 8
Views: 2107

*looks for pic*
Waaaaay too much hentai
*stops looking for pic*

Could you link me to a good pic of what you need help with please? When she's wearing more then the armbands by perference? :oops:
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:40 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Alphonse Elric - Full-body armor construction
Replies: 9
Views: 3606

He'll probably respond to this post in a little bit. She knows me well, doesn't she? my friends yelled at me for a few weeks I decided to take their advice and be realistic. ^^; The word "realistic" and full mecha costumes (of which Alphonse counts as, or at least has to be built similarly to) do n...
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Aug 24, 2004 10:16 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Best Material for Gunblade?
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

also, I used sealed foam alot (I dont know how useful it'll be for a gunblade though) its just regular, annoying foam, but there's a product out there called foam finish that you coat the foam with, and it makes it hard and paintable. It wont shed anymore like regular foam. Its nice, if you needed ...
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:07 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Best Material for Gunblade?
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

heh. My first instinct with any weapon is to go for the plastic. Although you can make a plastic weapon just as dangerous as anything made of metal or wood (not that I do, mind) hardly anyone disallows plastic.
by Dark_Tiger
Mon Aug 23, 2004 4:09 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Best Material for Gunblade?
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

Yah, as I look at that, someone with no experience in accessories frabication wouldn't be able to follow that. The bad news is that gunblades are so easy to get wrong that I'm going to get confusing. Anyway, all about Bondo: Bondo is the greatest thing on earth. You know that ugly green stuff they u...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Aug 22, 2004 10:47 am
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Best Material for Gunblade?
Replies: 9
Views: 2193

For the blade bit? I'd use bondo with a steel wire support structure, bondo & plexiglass, bondo & hardboard, white (not knotty) pine, or poplar. Those are listed in increasing order of weight.
by Dark_Tiger
Fri Aug 20, 2004 8:10 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Kingdom Hearts II (Red Haired Unknown Weapons)
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

For PVC pipe is it possibile to get that in a circlulat foarm and then would i drill out holes for the four insecting cirlcers, or is it possibile to find something that is already circular in the pvc type deal? Yah, um, PVC is the high tech option. You can't get it circular, at least that I know o...
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Aug 19, 2004 6:15 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Kingdom Hearts II (Red Haired Unknown Weapons)
Replies: 6
Views: 1660

Hmmm, I'd need a couple more shots of the character to be sure of the colors, but I can give a few pointers about construction. First off, these things are going to be beaten up, don't try to use foamboard, it'll get destroyed. Rubber coated stryfoam might be an option, but I wouldn't count on it la...
by Dark_Tiger
Sat Aug 14, 2004 4:28 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Swords
Replies: 18
Views: 4699

<sensei mode=ON> There is no such thing as a "safe" sword. Oak practice swords or boken can and have broken bones and skulls before, particularly in the hands of the inexperienced, and likely will do so again. Even the bamboo shinai that are usually used in kendo nowadays will bruise and can do seri...
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Aug 12, 2004 10:05 am
Forum: Cosplay Marketplace / Commissions
Topic: COMMISSION LIST (People that can make costumes for you)
Replies: 90
Views: 97737

EDIT: I NO LONGER DO COMMISSIONS. Well, looks like I'm posting first. Go me. I specialize in high-end weapons, staffs, armor, guards, custom buttons, jewerly, crowns, and other accessories. Perfect for those of us who just want to sew. My preference is to work in metal, hardwoods, resins, plasters, ...
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Aug 08, 2004 11:08 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Sesshomaru's armor--help, pleeease?
Replies: 10
Views: 3892

*notes that a google search on Sesshomaru garners too much hentai.* Hmmmm. This requires some fun. It also requires a lot of time, a moderate budget, and a couple of shopping trips. It also requires some woodworking tools and building a few jigs and molds to actually make the piece. If you've ever w...
by Dark_Tiger
Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:03 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Tohru Honda's "The thing" dress
Replies: 7
Views: 1977

I took one look at that dress and said "brushed silk." Of course, there's almost no way you'd be willing to spend that much on a cosplay. If there is, can you send me some of that money? :wink: In the realm of possibility, I'd use a very light weave cotten (broadcloth is a sin) or, if you can find s...
by Dark_Tiger
Wed Aug 04, 2004 1:13 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Styrofoam Construction!
Replies: 6
Views: 1702

To be honest, I'm not sure how much they are new. I got mine at a yard sale for $5 though, so I don't think they're more then $25 - $30.
by Dark_Tiger
Tue Aug 03, 2004 7:25 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: Styrofoam Construction!
Replies: 6
Views: 1702

Sterling wrote:2. a Serated knife for rough cut, and a razor for the fine details
Believe it or not, I've found that electric carving knives get you a smoother cut. Not enough to go buy a carver, but if you've got one, it'll save you time and hassle.
by Dark_Tiger
Sun Aug 01, 2004 5:03 pm
Forum: Costume / Prop Construction Help
Topic: The Armor Thread: Post questions here.
Replies: 50
Views: 52478

For my money, plate metal armor is best made with, well, metal. Sheet aluminum is expensive, but looks a lot better then foil or paint. Taking a Dremel and etching out the embossed cross would make it look almost perfect, though expensive and very time-consuming. Resin-casting the entire plate might...