Costume :Son Goku
Variant :Salty Dog IV Artbook
Source :Saiyuki Reload
Progress :In Progress
Worn At :None

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Costume Information

Cost : £30

If I'm able to, I would like to use this as an entry for Euro cosplay!

It will give me an excuse to cosplay a character I love (again), remake/restyle things such as the wig from when I originally cosplayed him, can do things such as embroidery, beadwork, weathering, dye, etc.etc. So I think it will be a nice fun project to do! Also I'm pretty sure it would be really comfortable too!


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Looking forward to seeing your progress on this.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 07:01
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GOKUUUUUU <3 can't wait to see this.

by yami-no-neko on Monday, 26 August, 2013 - 11:15
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wow i love the dedication of using real deer hide for this cosplay, good on you

by dan-dan on Saturday, 28 December, 2013 - 20:55
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holy moly you are crazy, but I bet this is going to look amazing! What a fascinating process!!

by Shinigami_ky on Wednesday, 9 July, 2014 - 15:05
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Really interesting, enjoying your progress on this :)

by Amy-Lou on Saturday, 2 August, 2014 - 17:27


Skins and Tails (Posted 2nd August 2014)

Have decided to re-soak the deerskins. They need restretching and soaking to be made more supple.

Also, the deertails have now fully dried out and are nice and solid, they just need a bit of the salt washed off them then they're all good and ready to use!

Deer Skin 9 (Posted 14th March 2014)

The hides have fully dried out. Now I need to sit and stretch them so they aren't like plywood. When I have some spare time I will sit down and do this!

Deer Skin 8 (Posted 31st December 2013)

A tanning solution is made up in several pints of hot water and is painted onto the flesh side of the skin. After the pickling process previously the skin will start to feel tougher and less 'fleshy'. The tanning solution will eventually enable the skin to tan and slowly become leather.

The skin is left for 2 hours, and then the tanning solution is reapplied again before the skins are folded over and left for 24 hours.

Deer Skin 7 (Posted 30th December 2013)

I'm using the K-Tan home tanning kit for this project (only £30!), in it it comes with all the things you need to tan your own skins. First thing to use from it is some chemicals to pickle the skin. It is dissolved in hot water and then painted onto the flesh side of the skin. Once every corner of the skin is covered, it is then folded over onto itself and left for 24 hours to pickle.

Deer Skin 6 (Posted 30th December 2013)

Drying with a fully clean pelt!

Deer Skin 5 (Posted 30th December 2013)

The skin is then washed so any bits of membrane left over, or blood can be washed off and it is hung to dry.

Deer Skin 4 (Posted 30th December 2013)

After leaving the skins for a couple of days, the project then moved to fleshing the skin. This meant getting rid of all the gooey bits and membrane left on the flesh side of the skin by scraping at it with a knife. My dad was amazing and helped me so much with this, since I ended up making quite a mess!

We both have to agree that for people using primitive tools in the past, it must have been incredibly difficult!

Deer Skin 3 (Posted 28th December 2013)

The salted flesh-side of both skins are folded onto themselves, and left aside for 24 hours.

Deer Skin 2 (Posted 28th December 2013)

All of the flesh-side of the skin is covered in liberal amounts of ordinary salt to dry out the flesh.

Deer Skin 1 (Posted 28th December 2013)

The two deer skins I've been given by one of the people who cull the deer have been sitting in my parent's freezer for the past three weeks. Finally home for Christmas I have some time to sit with my dad and start working on them. First the skins are defrosted overnight and left to hang outside until they are no longer frozen.

I am probably crazy. (Posted 13th November 2013)

So because I'm slightly mad, and find traditional techniques of clothes-making really interesting, I thought it might be worth having a go at trying to make this cosplay (some of the outfit at least) out of real leather hides.

Due to my rural connections (I have lived in a village for most of my life), deer are pretty commonplace. So much so that we have quite a few family friends who have permission to cull deer when their numbers get too high. (It is all perfectly safe, and legal I assure you). Quite a few of them sell venison to the villagers out of what they gain, so it seemed like it wouldn't hurt to ask if I could get my hands on some deerskin and have an attempt at tanning my own deer hide.

This could either work, or go horribly, horribly wrong, but I thought it couldn't hurt to give it a go and see what happens.