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12 Jan 2013 - 14:1995817
Codpieces and confetti.
Hey guys!

So, I'm starting work on a costume, and I've reached a bit of design for it that has totally stumped me, and some friends pointed me here to see if anyone could help, so hurrah, here I am.

Basically, I'm making a codpiece. It's going to be plush and purple and it'll be great. What I want it to be able to do, however, is be able to fire confetti from the tip.

What I have procured so far is a bunch of small confetti cannons which are 11.5 cm, or about 4.5 inches, in length and about an inch across. Probably worth noting that there is no explosive to fire these, just a spring that pushes out all the confetti. No codpiece fires for me, thank you.

What I haven't figured out yet, and have come to you fine people about, is;

How should I go about being able to reach the firing mechanism? I need to be able to twist the base of the cannon, as well as probably hold the cannon itself in order to get enough power to twist it.

My current thoughts include:

1) Having the codpiece attach and detach with poppers, so that I can slip a hand in to reach the firing mechanism, as well as quickly pop the whole thing off to reload and then reattach.

2) Having a zip on the underside so that I can reach up and into the codpiece to fire, and then reload from the tip.

3) Rethinking the choices I've made in my life.


I'd love any input that you guys have. I don't need this costume for a few months, but the sooner I can pack away this codpiece conundrum, the better!


12 Jan 2013 - 14:2695818
Hey! Welcome to Cosplay Island!

Do you have a link or picture of the cannon so we know what you need to be able to do?


12 Jan 2013 - 15:1395821
Thanks for the welcome!

Yeah, absolutely. The one I'm using is on the far right. If I find a better image, I'll post that, but this is the exact one I'm using.




Bluh, I'll see if I can find a better picture than that.



Last edited by NiceWizard (12 Jan 2013 - 16:20)
14 Jan 2013 - 02:5295897
This is going to be the most God Tier codpiece ever.

*Ahem*

What I might suggest is, have the shaft sewn on properly for halfway around the underside of the base, to make a hinge. For the top half of the girth, have it detach with some poppers. To fire the confetti, you grasp the shaft firmly with one hand, and with the other, unclip the poppers to access the firing mechanism, for which there should be enough room to twist. With the hinge sewn in place, you can fold down and reload from the base without having to detach the whole thing.

If no matter how hard you grasp, the cannon still rotates inside the codpiece, you could try wrapping some rubber bands around one point on it before inserting it, so that when it comes to firing it,  you can grip at that point and the rubber should create resistance and help keep it in one spot.

Ok, I need to go and lie down now because that was too much fun.


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14 Jan 2013 - 11:1895902
I have no idea but I want to see the end result!


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14 Jan 2013 - 17:2695916
Quote diphenhydramine:
This is going to be the most God Tier codpiece ever.

*Ahem*

What I might suggest is, have the shaft sewn on properly for halfway around the underside of the base, to make a hinge. For the top half of the girth, have it detach with some poppers. To fire the confetti, you grasp the shaft firmly with one hand, and with the other, unclip the poppers to access the firing mechanism, for which there should be enough room to twist. With the hinge sewn in place, you can fold down and reload from the base without having to detach the whole thing.

If no matter how hard you grasp, the cannon still rotates inside the codpiece, you could try wrapping some rubber bands around one point on it before inserting it, so that when it comes to firing it,  you can grip at that point and the rubber should create resistance and help keep it in one spot.

Ok, I need to go and lie down now because that was too much fun.


Aaah, I like the half popper idea. That does remove a lot of my concern about it getting tugged off (D'ohoho) at any point. I'll see how grip goes when I make a first run on Wednesday.

A new concern has arisen, though. Should I be worrying about the codpiece losing some form when I take out the cannon? I mean, I am now that I've thought about it, so I guess I'll have to see how it goes when I build it. I can probably just easily solve it by keeping it loaded all the time with either a live or used confetti shot, but I think codpiece stuffing might have to be a serious consideration.


14 Jan 2013 - 20:0995923
Every time I come on here I find myself laughing. Thus, this comment took longer than it should have to type out.

As to the codpiece keeping it shape, if you use the toughest form of interfacing on it and it should hold the shape very well (I can't think of the name atm, it'll come back to me). Using stiffer material will always aid in it too.

Or, you could add a frame work between two pieces of (padded) material. I hear chicken wire is cheap and very easy to work with.


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14 Jan 2013 - 23:4395943
Quote NixieThePixie:
Every time I come on here I find myself laughing. Thus, this comment took longer than it should have to type out.

As to the codpiece keeping it shape, if you use the toughest form of interfacing on it and it should hold the shape very well (I can't think of the name atm, it'll come back to me). Using stiffer material will always aid in it too.

Or, you could add a frame work between two pieces of (padded) material. I hear chicken wire is cheap and very easy to work with.


It's impossible to talk about plush phallic costumery without releasing the odd titter here and there.

I will be sure to ask about tough interfacing at the fabric shop. I have to keep a rigid piece, after all.

I did consider a frame work, but I was worried that it might warp if I have to grab the codpiece to keep pressure on it to fire the confetti cannon. If I can avoid bending, that would be for the best.


15 Jan 2013 - 03:1895948
All the above ideas would work for preventing a flaccid codpiece! It may be worthwhile, maybe even making a plush filler for the codpiece, like sew and stuff a tube of fabric to pad it with when not full of cannon? Just as something a bit less cumbersome (ugh I'm so tired that even that was funny) than a cannon.


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15 Jan 2013 - 14:3695962
Quote diphenhydramine:
All the above ideas would work for preventing a flaccid codpiece! It may be worthwhile, maybe even making a plush filler for the codpiece, like sew and stuff a tube of fabric to pad it with when not full of cannon? Just as something a bit less cumbersome (ugh I'm so tired that even that was funny) than a cannon.



I think codpiece stuffing may well be needed. I'll make sure I have some spare fluff to stuff to keep the codpiece buff.

This has been, by far, my favourite forum thread that I've been part of in a long while.


19 Jan 2013 - 17:1996146
Likewise, thank you good sir. I look forward to seeing this marvellous creation upon its completion!


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24 Jan 2013 - 19:3496405
Ah, I have encountered a new problem. I had focused so much on reaching the firing mechanism and cod-support that I hadn't paid enough attention to actual construction.

I sat down today to work through ideas for patterns and started to bump my head against problems. I'll keep working on it, but input from you guys would be sweet too.

SO! As it stands, we know that I'll need a codpiece with a hollow inner chamber and an end that opens so that I can blast confetti to my heart's content. Cool. The question is, how do I make the chamber? Or, for that matter, the codpiece as a whole? I've got some ideas which I'll lay down, but I could use some outside minds. Here's a pair of pictures, so people get an idea what I'm going for.







Okay so, what I currently have in mind is this:

Sew two pieces of fabric, 11cm wide and 12cm long, together along the the 12cm sides. However, instead of sewing them together at the far edges, I sew them both 2cm in. This will give me an are inside to slip in the confetti cannon, and then two flaps that I can use to attach to the, for want of a better phrase, outer shell of the codpiece.

I'll then measure the width of the codpiece core with a confetti cannon loaded, and then add two, three or four cm (Depending on how tall it ends up being, so that I can compensate) to make the outer shell and then SOMEHOW (Still figuring out how I'll attach it to the flaps) connect it all.

Okay, I hope that all made sense.

Any suggestions, questions, vaguely baffled sounds, anything, totally appreciated.


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