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Hello from Kitacon Karnival 2016

Kitacon Karnival Party night 1

We’ve been slow to update people this weekend because we’re at the convention. From Joel and Timlah, hello! Just a short post for today and tomorrow’s post will be up late, but please do look out for it, as it’ll contain loads of images of the event and more. But before we go into next weeks articles, here’s a few things to note.

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Cosplay update – Deku Link

Well then, as some of you might be aware, Joel and myself will be attending Alcon 2014 which takes place in less than 2 weeks now! Since we’re getting so close, I thought I’d start to update people about one of my costumes which I hadn’t yet mentioned: Deku Link.

I’ve been working hard on my Deku Link costume but a lot of the hard-work isn’t actually to do with progress of the costume: Rather figuring how to make the damn thing!

This fellah is far too cute.

This fellah is far too cute.

When I started, making this costume, I wanted something rather realistic and the more that I think about it – The more I realised just how impossible it would be at my current skill level. Crafting isn’t my forte even though I adore it. Yeah, I said it – I’m a cosplayer who isn’t very good at making things. Yet.

This weekend is succeeded by the bank holiday Monday here in merry ol’ England! Horray, an extra day to work on my costumes this weekend!

So far then what have I done?

These are the basic form of the wristguards

These are the basic form of the wristguards

I’ve made the shapes for the wrist-guards. Here they are – They simply need to be sprayed and coated in a layer of gesso before being sanded down. Those ones are nice and simple, thankfully.

Next up I’ve made my hat!

To make the hat, all I did was make 2 pieces then stitch them together on the two sides. Simple is as simple does, but it gets the job done. It’s not the best hat in the world but heck; it’s a hat. It reaches as far down as my backside, so not quite as long as what this fellah has, but not too far off either.

There it is! That's my hat! It's huge, so it's half draped over the chair!

There it is! That’s my hat! It’s huge, so it’s half draped over the chair!

I’ve also grabbed some old foam I had lying around which will be for the hair. However just before I wrote this article, I went onto my old favourite Coscraft and I looked up wefts of hair. For £5, I was able to buy 30 inches long and 100 inches wide wefts of hair. That’s plenty – I say hopefully! As such, I’m going to be trying a “Yellow” hair to make it a bit more “realistic”.

Them eyes have been designed and I have created a circuit which will be built into my costume. It’s a very simple circuit which probably won’t last very long. I will need to take some back-up AA batteries as a just in case. No more breadboards: This is the real deal! When designing the eyes, I had many different ideas in mind. I’d have a giant head I said and I said “I’ll look out from the mouth” so I could have very bright eyes. This has changed since then. Now, my head is an over-sized mask, but I’ll be able to see out of the eyes. I’m going to have to time my eyes glowing, so’s not to blind myself.

 

Here's the very simple base of the mask I'm going to use.

Here’s the very simple base of the mask I’m going to use.

I also begun work on the mask, which is currently rather flat. But at least the mask is in progress. Once I’ve got the hair weft along with the foam hair-holders set up on the top of the mask, I’ll be able to sew the top of the hat to the mask and around my ears and the likes, which will be another huge step towards creating the spherical effect for the head. Although you can’t see it in this picture, there are clear positions for the eyes to be placed in and I just have to heat it around a bowl to make the shape take effect.

The last thing to work on will be the body piece. I’m in several minds on how to do this: Make a body piece out of foam. Make a body piece out of strips of cloth (most likely right now) or make a mould and cast liquid latex to make a full blown body suit of sorts. See, the important thing to note is I want to take this costume onto the masquerade itself. As such, I want to try and make everything with this costume.

 

So there you have it – You’re now up to date as to how far I am on this costume. It’s been an exciting project so far and later down the line, I’ll be soldering electronics together. That I’m very excited for, so stay tuned for more on that!

Sorry it’s not much to show you all yet, but honestly – Keep watching this space. Over the coming two weeks, you should see a more bits and pieces about my costumes appearing as well as new/extra things to the other two costumes (Edward Elric and Deku Link.)

I’ve scrapped Felix for now, as I feel my sewing skills aren’t yet up to scratch (Evidenced by my Deku Link hat). That’ll just have to be a costume for another day. Hey; are you interested in learning a few crafting skills as a cosplayer? Do check out the awesome Cosplay Tutorial website, which has been showing me how to do just about everything! Go on internet, give me some love or hate for my works so far. More detailed breakdowns on how to do everything for this Deku Link costume will come in as time goes on.


Cosplaying woes

No, don’t worry, this isn’t bad news per se.

I went to go join Bristols Last Cosplay group today, the walk was supposed to have started at Forbidden Planet in Clifton.

Unfortunately, I got there and no one was around. It made me a bit sad, but I waited and still no one. Undeterred, I went for a wander in my outfit and even received praise. Horray!

Because of this, I didn’t actually take pictures of the costume. I went home and instead: I started working on some detail.

My gloves, now with buttons

My gloves, now with buttons

So, I taught myself how to sew a button onto something. I’d say the button itself came out quite well. I’ll quickly go over the button hole to make it more of a standard “Button hole” look with some sewing, but I am pretty happy by this. This, to me, was especially important. I bought the gloves at an extra large size, even though I only have relatively small hands for a bloke.

This wasn’t a blunder on my part, I ordered the extra large size to accommodate my “Metal arm”. However, it meant one glove was too big and the other would be “Just” right. So I figured I needed to put buttons on. This part will be hidden by the coat, anyway!

My cosplay boots

My cosplay boots

Worked on these a fair bit, finished off today by painting the bottom of the shoes and whallah! We now have Ed’s boots. The only problem with these, however note this is being as minor and as detailed/thorough as I can, is the red is a bit too bright.

In fact, it’s almost orange. Now, if you look at a design of Eds boots, you’ll see it’s a sort of dark red. I could go over these once again with a darker paint… Which I might do. But for now, this will do and hey, if anything, I feel that it stands out more and goes well with the overall costume!

You might just make out the soles of the shoes are dark red.

You might just make out the soles of the shoes are dark red.

I also completely shaved off my massive beard I was growing out. By massive, I mean it. It was pretty over sized! My face now feels colder… but I look a lot slimmer facially! More work to do on weight, but I’m constantly going in the right direction.

So, that’s it. As you can see, there wasn’t much in the way of woes today. Not really. It was just a bit upsetting to go out, make the effort to get dressed up and not find other cosplayers. However, a few people stopped to chat to me for a while, examining what I had done, asking me questions and generally being interested. It’s the exact reason why I started to cosplay in the first place – To meet people who are interested and who want to connect to anything that’s not “The norm”.

I might have looked like an oddball… But I’m proud to be an oddball. I hope, if you consider yourselves an oddball, that you are proud to be an oddball too. How many times can a person say oddball without it sounding absolutely ridiculous?

What else?

I also ordered some black vests from Amazon – Same as Edward wears.

Then I got me a long black glove. That’s strange, but there is a purpose for it and it’ll make itself known soon.

Also, preparation of the arm is on the way: Look!

Well, the hand has been started at least.

Well, the hand has been started at least.

I considered the hand to be the hardest bit to make. The rest are basically big, long, shaped slabs of thermoplastic. The problem with the hand is I need to still be able to flex my fingers and my hand. This is why I bought the long glove. I’m going to wear the long glove and bend the thermoplastics around the gloves. I’ll allow the “Sticky” properties of Worbla’s to stick to the glove and then I should be able to have a tighter fit with the hand, too.

The plus side with Worbla, you can make many mistakes with it. You can just cut it back up, re-heat it and back to work!

Right, that’s it for today! Over to you – What do you all think? Am I doing something REALLY backwards that you think you know of a better way of doing? Are you concerned for my sanity by doing all this!? (I’m certainly not. I’m very content with this little hobby of mine!) Come join in the discussion. I’d love to hear from you.