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MCM Champion of Cosplay selected

With the final MCM of the year out of the way, that means the Championships of Cosplay have their UK representative! Read on to see the winner of the 4th qualifying event, and the chosen UK finalist who was selected at Birmingham Expo this weekend gone. >>

Cos-tober comes to a close!

Cos-tober is now over and we wanted to say well done and a massive thank you to all who took part during the last month. We've loved seeing all your progress go up and we hope it inspired a few of you to get productive! Read on to find out the lucky winner... We'd also like to give an enormous thank you to Coscraft for providing a great prize to be won, allowing us to run this promo. So without further ado, randomly selected by the Cos-tober elves, the winner of £30 Coscraft vouchers is... >>


Recent Progress Journals

Gloves v.1


I crocheted a pair of gloves (as I'm not a fan of leather ones) adapting a pattern I found in a magazine! They're a bit big for me so I may redo them in the future but for now these will work c: Yarn is Hayfield Bonus Glitter in navy, hooks used were a 4mm and a 3.5mm

Face makeup


The face was done by blocking in the eyelids with black eyeliner pencil and then the rest of the large eye shapes added by Snazaroo black face paint. For the blue eyes I coloured in blue circles and black pupils using felt tip, then cut them out using a circle cutter. They were held on my eyelids with masking tape made into double sided. The brow crease and cheek bone lines were also added with black eye liner pencil and some brown eyeshadow added.

Belt buckle


I'm sure I took some pics of progress making this. When I find where I saved them I will stick them up here. Anyway, to make the buckle I first traced the design off my pc onto a sheet of A4 paper and then neatened up the drawing with a ruler and set squares. I then transferred the base shape and letter A onto a sheet of thick ABS plastic and cut them out with a junior hacksaw blade and sharp hobby knife. Then I cut some square section plastic to make the raised border and just superglued these pieces on. Finally I glued a wide bridge of plastic on the back for my belt to slide through. This is how it holds on. Finally painted all over with silver hobby paint. Not the best paint job, but I was rushing.

Blazefire Saber: Prologue


Yesterday, I decided to start work on what is absolutely going to be the hardest part of this costume - Lightning's Blazefire Saber. Like all weapons in FF, it's big and complex. As I have zero artistic talent, and am very new to weapon-making, I found a detailed plan for the weapon on Etsy. I sized this to scale and printed it out - it's around 120cm in total. To get my head around the different pieces and layers of the blade, I then coloured in each individual section I could see. My plan now is to print out an A4 size version of the blade and look at various references to see which parts are the same section, are raised/flat, and what colours each part are and use this as a go-to guide when making the blade. And then... construction!


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