Sunday, October 27, 2013

An idea found its way into my head!

Hello :)

I came up with an idea:
Since those foam boards come in packs of about 5 or so(?), I could make multiple props. I'm probably going to be at Abunai the entire weekend, so all three days. If I have the time/material/motivation left to make any more, I could make 3 props! One for each day. One would be Tsumugari, the second would be the Reflector and the third one would be a paintbrush I think.
I could attach the Reflector to my obi using metal wire or something.
Well that was the idea that just popped up in my crazy brain :P

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Plan of attack - propmaking

Hello everyone :D

Today I was thinking, why not blog about how I am planning on making the glaive Tsumugari!
This is the glaive (I think it's so bad ass 8D):
Amaterasu wielding the glaive Tsumugari
So you'd probably think: Seriously? You know this is impossible because of all the floating objects?
Yes, I know. That's why i'm gonna cheat a little ;) I'm gonna attach the cloudy things to the glaive itself, this will make it one piece, but that's okay.

So this is the plan:
First I will be cutting the base model of the sword out of a block of insulating foam board. I will try to already carve as many details in as I can. When that’s done, I will cover the model in plaster cast. The stuff is not too expensive and not too hard to model. It’s actually more like wrapping the model in plaster cast. Any dents will be filled with regular plaster after the cast is completely dried out. The method I’m thinking of, is just put a bit of the paste on the prop and smear it out with a flat object like an old gift card. The regular plaster can also be used to apply any more detail to the prop. When that’s dry as well, it’s time to sand. I will probably use sandpaper as I do not have any other tools that would be appropriate (not sure if any exist to be honest). The next step is to apply at least one layer of paint on it before I can start on the real paint job. Maybe I will put 1 or 2 layers of the ground color of the sword underneath it. For example: I will paint at least one layer of pure blue on the prop as Amaterasu’s glaive is blue. The cloudy things will have a yellowy layer underneath the visible layer of paint. When the final layer of paint is all done, I will finish the prop with some varnish. For the clouds, I use a matt varnish. For the rest of the glaive, I will use a shiny/glossy varnish. I bought them for just 1,50 euro. This is just a little over 2 dollar. I got three bottles, two of the shiny varnish and one matt. Each bottle contains 80 ml. According to the label, you’re supposed to paint 3 layers on the painting, or in this case, the sword, waiting for 2 hours after each layer. Once 24 hours have passed the prop should be water resistant! Sure hope this method is gonna work out!
And as always: if you have any tips on propmaking or some advice, feel free to share! :D
Edit: My brother thought it would be a got idea to reinforce the glaive with something like a wooden plank or something so it won't break easily. Thanks, bro!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013



I noticed I haven't really told you about all "accessories" yet, so I'll tell you about it today! :D

First of all, I am so sorry for not writing in such a long time. I have been busy with school, got some tests 'n stuff, and there are a few yet to come, but I guess I gotta feed you something ;)

ALRIGHT! Let's get back to what really matters: the costume!
Or to be more specific, as I already told you, the accessories. What I mean with accessories includes footwear.

The accessories:

Of course there is the wig too, but I want to have a post all about the wig and the face paint.

So here is a list of the accessories I'll discuss in this post:
1. the "shoes"
2. the socks X)
3. the leg warmers
4. the gloves

Let's start with the footwear.

1. The "shoes"
I sure as hell ain't gonna walk on my bare feet right?! Nope, and to make it fit in with the kimono, I decided to go for geta!
Geta is some kind of wooden flipflops :P It's a real western description, sorry XD
There are more kinds of geta than just one, but I am still doubting about this. (Really thought I figured everything out in detail, but I calculated what this cosplay was gonna cost me and decided to see what I could save money on.) At first, really liked these geta:

 But lately, I came across these and acutally prefer these because of the beautiful wood:

(Let me know what you guys like best!)

But there is also another kind of geta, and I am sure you have seen these somewhere. A pair of these geta have a very simple design: 6 planks and 2 thongs.
I would never have thought of it if a friend of mine came up with the idea (thanks!) for making them myself!
This is the link he sent me for those who are interested:
So if I decide I want to spend less, this is a good alternative.
I could always paint it too by the way! (These things are so obvious, yet I don't think of it, or think of it after way too long..)

2. The socks
Right, let's get on with the next item. The socks. Or tabi, actually. Why? Because these bitches are made to be worn in footwear with a thonks between your big toe and the rest of the party!


Traditionally these aren't worn with these geta. One is supposed to walk on them with bare feet. Like the western flipflops. But as some areas of the con-hall might be cold, it would be wise (ha me and wisdom) to wear a pair of socks. It would probably be a little more comfortable as well as I will be walking (litteraly) on a pair of wooden planks. I feel like the only choice in socks I would have is whether I will be wearing green or white tabi. Kidding, white of course. The tabi in the image above are made from some kind of silk or satin fabric? I dunno, it is really comfortable (I have a pair here, just not the right color). But the ones I'm going for are cotton ones, I pressume the same kind as average socks. 

3. The leg warmers
Something I really want to add are leg warmers. I just love 'm. I want them to be red. Now I can think of 3 options on how to get these:
1, just buy them!
2, buy long red socks and cut the bottom half off.
Or 3, make them out of the left over red fabric.
Why would I even consider the second option? Because I prefer them to be a little tight. Huge wool leg warmers just aren't right for the costume! Not sure if leg warmers are at all, but I'm prepared to give it a shot.

4. The gloves
Really doubting about where I want to get these, maybe I should try to make them myself? 
I saw these awesome gloves on
But I see two disadvantages here:
1: There is a chance that the color could be just a little off. Would be a shame.
2: It's satin. This fabric might look beautiful and it totally does, but if someone were to take a photo with flash, it wouldn't look good, as satin is shiny, therefore reflecting. This could ruin a picture.
So maybe I will just make something like it. Again, out of leftovers from the red cotton I will buy.

So this concludes my post on my planned-to-use accessories. Maybe there will be an update on this subject. Who knows!

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Sketching at school

Hey everyone,

Today at school I made some sketches (I was kinda bored XD). I just drew them quickly and without any extra lines (I mean the ones you erase later on) so you may notice that some bodyparts might be a little out of proportion. (Don't kill me please! D: )

So here are the drawings:

Out of proportion, not paying attention to details (c'mon just ckeck out those fingers on the right one, left one doesn't have any, that doesn't count XD) I have a lot to learn!

And here is another drawing of me on my way to the trainstation (almost) every morning on schooldays:

Ugh I just noticed I really didn't pay attention on finishing the nose XD

Alright well, this was just a post because I made some drawings and I thought, heck, why not post them. Now you guys know a little more my ideas. Btw, I'll explain more about the accessories at some point.
I am probably just gonna devote an entire (WOOAAH) post to it.


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Glaive-crafting plans

Hello there, reader!

Today I'm going to tell you what plans I have for crafting the glaive I want to add to the Ammy-costume!
The reason why I chose for a glaive as "accessory" is just because the glaives are BAD-ASS. They are my favorite kind of weaponary in Okami. I always have at least one glaive selected as soon as I can in the game.
There are two glaives I really find amazing, the're so pretty 8D 
Ahem.. The two glaives I'm talking about are Tsumugari and Blade of Kusanagi. Since the first one, Tsumugari, seems like a more achievable to make item, I decided to go for that one.
Tsumugari, the first glaive you get in the game
I started searching on google (yay for google!) for methods to make a glaive. I had two demands:
1. It had to be quiet strong, I didn't want it to break or anything the moment I walk in the convention hall, or accidentaly would bump into something with it.
2. I didn't want to feel like was solid lead, I'm a small person, I can't take that much! Like: I know I cosplay as one but I'm not a real goddess y'know..
With these demands in mind I started on my journey to The Solution. After a bunch of searching for methods, materials and translations I think I found the perfect solution:
First craft the glaive out of some kind of foam (will the common polystyreenfoam do?) and then put a layer of celluclay over it. For those of you who don't know what celluclay is: As far as I know it's some kind of paper mache meets clay.
I don't think we have it in Holland but as long as I can't find it here, I'll focus on buying it on the internet. I found out that is a good one for that. As for the foam, I'll find it here, no problem.
I am aware that celluclay might have some weight, but it is the best I can find, which is also affordable for me. Afterwards the glaive has to be painted of course, whether I'm spraypainting it or just use acryl paint. 
I have a question by the way: since I'm gonna wear a "kimono" which is almost all white. I don't want any blue marks from the paint on my clothes of course. Does spray paint get on your clothes if you rub it against it? Or should I just use hairspray or something on it?
Anyway, thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed it!