Wire (I used 6mm Galvanized Steel wire that I purchased from Home Depot, but you can use any wire that is sturdy enough to keep it’s shape)
Step 1: I began with a wire base that ended up resembling the shape of a baseball cap, except the lip of the had was shaped like an animal snout. I assembled everything either by wrapping any excess wires together or by wrapping a few, thin strips of masking tape around the joint. (seen in first image)
Step 2: I covered the entire wire cap in masking tape, cutting out holes for the eyes. (seen in image 2)
Step 3: I began covering the cap in the fake fur. When cutting the fake fur, it’s important to not cut the actual FUR. Instead, cut the cloth. I used a comb to part the fur so I could make a clean cut. I also had to cut a lot of tiny strips of fur so it would sit right on the base cap. (seen in Image 2 and 3)
Step 4: Once the entire cap is covered and everything is glued, you can cut out the long pieces that hang down. I made the two pieces in the front separate from the back, and then connected them above my shoulders with glue later.
Step 5: I make a little wolf nose (even though Connor’s wolf hat technically doesn’t have one….) out of sculpty. I baked it, painted it, then glued it on. (unpainted version seen in image 3 and 4)
Step 6: I trimmed a lot of the fur down with an electric razor. (if you want in really short like I did on the front hanging pieces, try to cut a lot off with scissors before you go in with the razor, because you can damage the razor)
Step 7: Paint! I actually ended up dying everything with sharpie dye first, but it was too pale so I had to go back in with acrylic paint.
AAAAAAnnnndd that about covers it. If you have any questions feel free to let me know! And have fun making your wolfy hats!
simple but awesome tutorial that can be applied to a lot of things!!
As I mentioned a couple days ago, I’m re-making Satsuki. Yes, I’m crazy.
I made the skirt the other night, here it is pinned to the original lining I used for the first version (which I’ll be re-using to save time and materials). since I already had the placement worked out this step was MUCH easier. I just need to stop being lazy and sew it down.
The cross guard pieces for Bakuzan were cut from thick Sintra. I added super glue to fill in gaps and imperfections, then sanded it all down. The rods are just found plastic bits… I forgot from what. Just need to sand a little more then they’ll be ready to prime and paint.
The first version of Satsuki didn’t have a zipper, which was neat from a craftsmanship standpoint, but not so neat from a “I need to actually get this on my body” standpoint. I put an invisible zipper in the back, where it will be covered by the collar. (I use this method to install invisible zippers with a regular foot.)
I also added the bias tape to the cuffs, which isn’t exciting except for the new technique I used. Sparkle Pipsi, my senpai and master of the sailor fuku, uses fusible tape (sometimes called hem tape or stitch witchery) to keep bias tape in place before sewing it down. I’m so mad I never thought or heard to do this before, but I’m even more glad that I know to do it now. It’s so nice to have the bias tape lay perfectly flat and where you want it while you’re stitching it! I also did this on my new collar and ahhh man I will NEVER go back to doing it the other way.
As soon as I came home from AX I immediately started (no joke, the day after I got home) on the biggest, stupidest costume I’ve ever attempted. I’ve been keeping it mostly secret just in case it doesn’t work out… mostly for my own ego’s sake.
Then I had an honest-to-god panic attack over it and maybe a couple smaller ones and I decided to put it off for later. Things weren’t working out, money was running out, just not worth it. I love this character too much to let her down.
This was with about a month left until Sabotencon, so I decided to start making my next League costume instead, since I was so excited about it. (That’s Bittersweet Lulu for those of you keeping score.) I probably could have accomplished this, except that I also wanted to finish re-making Satsuki, which I’d barely started before AX.
In the end, much as I wanted to work on Lulu, I decided to focus on Satsuki instead. She was arguably the easier project (don’t gotta pattern anything out this time!) and one that I would be proud to enter at the second-largest masquerade in Arizona. Plus, I’ve only cosplayed her at one convention this year (aside from a casual version at AX) and I just really wanted to portray her again. (I still can’t wait for Sabo to be over, I’m so excited for Lulu.)
scissor blade: after putting more $$$$ worth of wood filler and more hours (I started in March!!!!) than I would ever care to admit into my first scissor blade, I decided to trash it. It wasn’t going anywhere and was only getting heavier and heavier. I cut a new one and it’s thinner and smoother and already a huge improvement. It won’t be perfect, but I think it’ll look pretty damn good considering.
Bakuzan: my poor Bakuzan never got the treatment it deserved, so I’m doing my best to get it there in time for Sabo. It’s all based around a cheap wooden katana, so I can’t take credit for that, but there are a lot of changes to make. I started by sanding down some of the old paint and filling in where needed. The bottom half of the handle is actually lower than the top so I added a thin piece of Sintra around the lower half to make the halves even. (You can kind of see a line between the top half and the added Sintra.) Craft foam would have been easier and faster but a) I came into a butt ton of Sintra the other day b) foam may have been just a bit too thick and c) for me Sintra has a steep learning curve and I wanted to try it out on something simple (that’s just going to get covered up by the handle wrap anyways). I’m actually stupid proud of that bit. I also cut out the cross guards from thicker Sintra which is already a massive improvement over craft foam and balsa wood. (FUN FACT: the balsa wood cross guard broke taking this shot. I ONLY PRETEND TO BE A GOOD COSPLAYER, OKAY. Also, fuck balsa wood.)
This is already a really long post, but I want to add I’m rather proud of myself for reaching this point. Exactly a year ago I was working on Riven’s carrot sword, which was only the second prop I’d ever successfully made. Now, even though I was too tired to sew, I spent my evening working on these dudes. (Lulu’s staff is also in progress, but it’s just bare PVC pipe right now, not exciting.) I’m happy to see how I’ve gone from being the girl who never had props to becoming someone who not only makes them but enjoys it too. I can only hope the same thing happens with armor in the coming year.
…I sometimes say I’d like to give cookies to whoever reads my long posts, but I obviously can’t. so how about this time you have a 48 hour Crunchyroll guest pass instead? I’m serious. here it is. also I’d appreciate it if you said THANK YOU if you use it.
Our goal is to raise the money to reduce the cost of games to eventually be completely free. Early this year Toko proved that it was viable to sell games as a “pay what you want model” and be successful. This is really important because not everyone who pirates games necessarily can buy them, especially if they’re big and expensive. For us Patreon is a way to do this on a bigger scale. We can reliably pay the team members and raise the overall production level of all our game. Also for us not to worry about DRM, or piracy anything or worry about doing things just because it = revenue.
So we have a Patreon and you can access the SFW activity feed for $1 and the NSFW one for $25 which includes a few other things, this is payable with Paypal, Patreon charges at the end of the month and this is cancelable whenever you feel like you need to. We’re using these feeds to preview sketches, concepts, WIPs and more before we post them publicly, and some stuff I’ll only talk about on there.
Right now we’re working on the eroge "The Menagerie", and over the next few months we’ll be previewing some erotic things for that, and some SFW stuff for our other projects.
But don’t worry if you can’t support us, that’s totally fine to. You can help can also help us out by reblogging and such. We’re a very small team of friends, we’re just beginning so every bit helps Lupiesoft work on our stories. I appreciate it, thanks!
I’ve put all of the fabric painting tutorials into one big photo post.
Includes silk painting with resist (Elven Banner), free-hand painting on stretch fabrics (Jareth from Labyrinth), fake embroidery with puffy paint (Peter of Narnia), graphite transfer paper with fabric paint pens (Tali from Mass Effect) and regular Tulip fabric paint (TARDIS lab coat).
Maybe this format is better?
I avoid fabric painting at all costs but this is so rad and comprehensive that I must reblog. Maybe it’ll inspire me to not be such a weenie and do it in the future :’D