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24 Aug 2011 - 23:4667617
[Help] Plastic wings, Weapon bows and Boob tops? EDIT= + extensions help!!
EDIT: Hello all, I need some more help, this time with the long parts of the hair. I don't want to get a long wig and cut it. So I was thinking of getting long extensions or wefts and adding them in.
Trouble is I can only find them around 20" long. If anyone knows where I can get longer ones please let me know. Or if there is anyway I could attach 2 20" lengths together that would be very helpful! Btw the colour i'm going for is Milkshake pink.

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Hello I'm planning on cosplaying Ikaros (uranus queen mode) from Sora no otoshimono. But a few things have left me unsure

First the top:


The way her top kind of cups her breasts. I'm unsure how to do that, also i don't want them 'popping out' I would like to have it as accurate as possible.

Second the wings:



Thats the kinda shape. I need a type of plastic which can be cut easily, with sizzors or a craft knife etc, but isn't all floppy.
Also harness ideas would be good. something small as possible as her back is bare so the harness will be seen.

Thirdly: The bow




Anyone got any tutorials on how to make very decorative bows like this? What materials will be best?

Note I don't have access to power tools unless i buy them =/


Thanks to anywho who can provide help =]


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Last edited by Charlotte-chan (26 Aug 2011 - 12:00)
25 Aug 2011 - 00:1167619
You're a brave one Judicious use of double-sided carpet tape will help you with the first problem. You can also buy boob cups from the haberdashery section of most fabric shops, and cut them to the shape you want, to help give your boobs some extra support. I used carpet tape for my Archer costume from Disgaea because of similar modesty issues - I found the carpet tape stuck to my skin awesomely but didn't stick to the fabric itself so well, so a few well placed stitches into the tape before you take the white tape layers off to reveal the sticky side may help with that.

For the wings, you can either use foam board if you want them to be rigid, or if you wanted to be a bit fancy you could use multiple layers of plastic acetate sheeting and use glass paint to make it look translucent and catch the light. Another option is to make a wire frame and cover it with organza, but given how they look in the pics the former two options may be your preferred choice. If you make them light enough you could use shoulder hooks to harness them to you, and then they'd be mostly covered by the shoulder pads.

Third one, uh, I don't really do props so I can't help you out much there. The shape is quite complicated. Maybe foam board? I'm not sure.



Last edited by madmazda86 (25 Aug 2011 - 00:16)
25 Aug 2011 - 01:0467621
Thanks you've been really helpful =D


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25 Aug 2011 - 01:1167622
Boob tape and sock glue are a girl's best friend in these cases. Personally, I find that sock glue (Staysput) sticks better than boob tape. Tape sticks well to clothes, but I find that it pulls away from my skin a little too easily especially if you sweat a lot, which you usually do at conventions.

Tape, you can find in most beauty/lingerie stores. La Senza sell it (or at least they used to!).
Glue, you might need to buy online or check in dance shops for, since it seems to be primarily used for holding Irish Dancers' stockings up!

Alternatively, you could look into a theatrical grade adhesive, which is sure to give staying power but may ruin your costume. Not sure if I'd recommend that though!

Do NOT use double sided sellotape or something similar, for the same reason you should never use duct tape to bind...it is not designed for use on human skin, therefore you could have a bad reaction to it if you have sensitive skin, it may not stick to your skin well enough, or you may have the opposite experience in that it sticks to your skin a little too well and takes a few layers with it when you pull it off.


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25 Aug 2011 - 10:2867628
Quote Quinzel:
Do NOT use double sided sellotape or something similar, for the same reason you should never use duct tape to bind...it is not designed for use on human skin, therefore you could have a bad reaction to it if you have sensitive skin, it may not stick to your skin well enough, or you may have the opposite experience in that it sticks to your skin a little too well and takes a few layers with it when you pull it off.


Haha, yes, this is a good point - I am allergic to said tape (and sticky plasters) and it leaves red welts when removed. But I did not have any wardrobe malfunctions as a result of using it, so to me it was fit for purpose XD Might well be worth looking into the sock glue also given the shape of the fabric and the fact that you would be wanting it to adhere to the nipple as well so it doesn't peel back!


25 Aug 2011 - 11:5267632
if you have a big paperchase anywhere near you they normally sell frosted polypropylene sheets up to a2 size (i think) that can be cut with scissors. You'd probably have to stick 2 together to stop them being floppy but just an idea


25 Aug 2011 - 21:2167677
@Quinzel,Thanks, I'll have a look round for sock glue as it sounds good and would also be good for holding up long socks as they always seem to slide down, two birds with one stone ;D

@Agi, There is a huge paperchase near totternham court road, so i might check it out next time I go to london Thanks


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25 Aug 2011 - 22:3667683
The arrow looks like something you could make from foamboard or wood, or even cardboard, depending on how sturdy you want it and how much you can afford to spend or what you have lying around that you could use.

I've never made anything like that but I have a few ideas which could work for you...

For that, I'd probably make a base peice out of either foamboard or wood, depending on which is easier for you to work with and I'd then use either crafting foam or modeling clay (or sculpting putty, whatever you want to use) to add those red parts, and the wing like effect/detail on the edges, and just to give it a bit of shape.

Because it's so fiddly though, you may find it easier to make the pieces individually rather than as one piece.

For example, you could make the two thickest pieces which run from top to bottom, then make the spikey parts seperatly and attach them later.

I would have thought you could manage this one without powertools.

I'm sure if you have a look at the bow and arrow tutorials on Cosplay.com you'll find more detailed & better ways to make this, so take a look there too


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Last edited by LinkyLex (25 Aug 2011 - 22:38)
25 Aug 2011 - 23:0367687
@Rekkusu, Yeah I think I might make the base out of foam board and add the details on with craft foam and/or putty stuff =p

If I did it in pieces what would be the best way to connect it all together, some kind of glue? or pins? I would prob usually use hot glue gun but I can imagine it falling apart if it was knocked ^^;

Also I had a good look round but i could only find tutorials of plain bows, so if you have any that you could link that would be helpful ^_^


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25 Aug 2011 - 23:2067689
Quote Charlotte-chan:
@Rekkusu, Yeah I think I might make the base out of foam board and add the details on with craft foam and/or putty stuff =p

If I did it in pieces what would be the best way to connect it all together, some kind of glue? or pins? I would prob usually use hot glue gun but I can imagine it falling apart if it was knocked ^^;

Also I had a good look round but i could only find tutorials of plain bows, so if you have any that you could link that would be helpful ^_^


I don't think pins would work, unless you were using wood and nailed/screwed the parts together, but you'd have to find places to put them which would be discreet.

For foamboard you'd have to use glue, I don't think it would take screw very well, it seems to fragile to me, but I could be wrong.

Hot glue seems to be the most popular so I'd go with that, or people have recommended I use impact adhesive so it could be worth checking that out.

I believe there's actually a glue guide here which should help you decide what to use: http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/tutorials/glue

No matter how you do it, there's always going to be a risk that it could be damaged if knocked, it's the same for most props (I mean, you can break pretty much anything with enough force can't you?), so you'll just have to be careful with it, but using these materials it probably wont be too easily damaged and if you use a strong enough glue you shouldn't have to worry about it coming apart. I just use PVA glue for my gauntlets, and even though it's not that strong it still holds together well!

As for arrow tutorials, I'll have a look round and let you know if I find anything! Though you may have to just use a simple arrow tutorial and change it to your needs, or ask someone who's made one of these themself for tips!

If I can't find tutorials I usually search for other cosplayers to find those that have made props and ask them for help, most will be willing to give you some tips

Your best bet, if you can't find a tutorial (or just in general), would be to make small copies to practice with techniques and materials and then scale it up when you find something which works


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Last edited by LinkyLex (25 Aug 2011 - 23:26)
25 Aug 2011 - 23:3167692
@Rekkusu Thanks again, your info has been really helpful


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25 Aug 2011 - 23:3267693
Quote Charlotte-chan:
@Rekkusu Thanks again, your info has been really helpful


No problem! I wish you luck with your costume ^^


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26 Aug 2011 - 00:0267695
Thanks

Also if anyone knows anyplace to get extensions which are about 40" in length or similar in milkshake pink, that would be good. Otherwise is there anyway i could attach 2 shorter extensions together?


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26 Aug 2011 - 12:3267723
EDIT: Hello all, I need some more help, this time with the long parts of the hair. I don't want to get a long wig and cut it. So I was thinking of getting long extensions or wefts and adding them in.
Trouble is I can only find them around 20" long. If anyone knows where I can get longer ones please let me know. Or if there is anyway I could attach 2 20" lengths together that would be very helpful! Btw the colour i'm going for is Milkshake pink.

posting it here incase people don't look at the first post ^^;


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26 Aug 2011 - 17:1167763
Quote Charlotte-chan:

@Agi, There is a huge paperchase near totternham court road, so i might check it out next time I go to london Thanks


They def have it there, top floor


28 Aug 2011 - 15:1167907
Quote agi:
Quote Charlotte-chan:

@Agi, There is a huge paperchase near totternham court road, so i might check it out next time I go to london Thanks


They def have it there, top floor


Good good


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03 Sep 2011 - 18:3468479
bump, help with the extensions please?


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03 Sep 2011 - 19:3568484
http://www.amphigory.com/wigs.html

They sell wefts that are 40inches long (the fibre is toyokalon)
http://www.amphigory.com/straight_weft.html

they also sell kanekalon silky braids they go to 24inches
http://www.amphigory.com/hair_kanekalon_silky_braid.html

I'm not sure about any other place as I haven't needed long enough extentions like you need. Hope this helps in any case.

Limegreenjelly x


03 Sep 2011 - 20:0168485
Thanks very much I think I may go ahead and get the kanekalon silky braids, they say the folded length is 24 inches when unfolded they are 48 inches Also they are much cheaper than the wefts.

Have you ever ordered from them before? Are the shipping charges reasonable? Thanks ^_^


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03 Sep 2011 - 20:1368486
Quote agi:
Quote Charlotte-chan:

@Agi, There is a huge paperchase near totternham court road, so i might check it out next time I go to london Thanks


They def have it there, top floor


I had a look up the top of paperchase and they had Huge sheets of polypropylene I think they even had A1 and they had some really stiff sheets too, which will save me buying more. Thanks for suggesting there it was really helpful. I never had a good look at the stuff on the top floor, I found foam board and balsa and some other good bits for cosplays too


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