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Karakulz
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I am a learner when it comes to making Cosplays but I am very keen to learn more, I am trying to teach myself to sew properly, which is a slow process but I do enjoy it so hopefully I will be somewhat good at it soon!

As stated above, I have been Cosplaying since 2008, I am not very experienced with this whole thing but I would consider myself less of a noob 6 years on at least.

Take a look at my planned cosplays to get an idea of the characters that I like and that inspire me to recreate, I add new ones all the time so it is an ever growing list that may or may not ever be finished.

Also feel free to glance at my finished cosplays, I'm not great but I do enjoy it, that's all that matters right? Riiight?

And my Cosplays in progress list is usually no more than three cosplays at a time, not that I am working on all three at the very same time, it just means they are pretty much next on my list, but feel free, infact I encourage you to send me tips and criticism, I always appreciate help, even on the most simplest of cosplays!

Down to my Cosplay hopes and dreams; I have many Dream Cosplays but my #1 Dream Cosplay would be Major Motoko Kusanagi from the Ghost in the Shell series, If I were to have one fictional idol, it'd be her, she's just too badass for words. I hope to some day Cosplay every variation of her... That should keep me busy!

Events I have Attended:

- MCM Expo Saturday October 25th 2008 - L From Death Note

- MCM Expo Saturday May 23rd 2009 - Rukia Kuchiki (School Uniform Ver.) From Bleach

- Hyper Japan Saturday July 23rd 2011 - Rukia Kuchiki (School Uniform Ver.) From Bleach

- MCM Expo Saturday May 26th 2012 - Serah Farron From Final Fantasy XIII

Future Events:

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Last online 7 years ago

UK

Joined: 4th Mar 2012

Completed costumes: 3

Photos uploaded: 18

Progress journals: 22

Events attended: 3

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Don't know if I will get round to making the rifle (Plus, Its not guarenteed that it will look any good if I attempt it XD) But if nothing better turns up then I will probably buy this Toy Rifle, which has the basic shape, includes the strap and its a pretty good price!

I would perfer to be as accurate as possible but buying a replica Airsoft Bolt Action Sniper is really expensive, and since I will only be using the Gun for this one cosplay, it won't be worth forking out over £100 ;]

Not exactly like Ellie's but it will do!

This is a pretty old Backpack which I found tucked away along with a bunch of other old stuff, its pretty nackared with a split in the top and most of the inside lining has frayed and come apart so I might try to fix that since I will be using this as an actual bag if I decide to take this to an Expo.

I just need to wrap Tape around the straps, take the rope off and get some badges to attach to it. Its hard to get a close up picture of the Badge designs, so if anyone knows the designs or has a close up picture of the badges on her bag then please let me know!

Found this by searching through the Hyper Japan Flickr site, I think this was right before they did a Sushi turorial on stage.

Haha I'm not sure what we were talking about but our faces are slightly amusing XD

A wig has been found! *3*

Imma gonna buy it as soon I can! Its more expensive than I was originally willing to buy but since the quality is guarenteed then I dont mind speninding that little bit extra ;3

The label is finished, printed and cut out and ready t be stuck onto the bottle!
I just gotta finish painting the bottle and then the Health Drink will be complete ^^

Its almost done! Ive finished the label design I think, I just need to stick it to the bottle once the bottle has been fully painted (Which should be pretty soon)
So yeah ^^

Okay, I was messing around on photoshop and came up with this!
Since the official picture is very blurry I cant really use that, so I made my own and its just a WIP but I think its pretty good.
I have no Idea what it actually says on the bottle other than the 'Med Plus' bit so I made up the rest XDD

I will resize it once I find a bottle that I want to use.

I have decided to throw this into 'In progress' since I am slowly making progress.
So ive been looking at wigs and I think this one (In the image) is the one I want, since its styled quite well and its not super shiny like some of the others I have found,, so this looks promising right now (Its from the Seller 'wigfashion' on Ebay)

So yeah, Slooooooooooooooow progress, but I wanna do a good job on this since its going to be my first EVER cosplay in which I am going to entirely make myself (Okay maybe with a little bit of help, BUT its not going to be an outfit bought from Ebay like my previous ones, Its gonna be all hand Sewn by meeee x3)

Can never have too many props? eh?
Okay maybe you can BUT I am going to make as many as possible, they may not ALL be used but at least I have them in case of photoshoots xP
But yeah, Im probably going to make all the props first since they will be easiest and cheapest ^^

Its not a common style of flashlight to find in local shops but I wont give up on looking for one!
The model is a 'Swivel-head' Flashlight, Im gonna check out some camping shops when I get the chance, and If i dont find one, or I dont find one that looks right then I will buy one from Ebay (The one in the Image)
I'm thinking I might paint over the yellow and black with green so it looks more accurate.

So the outfit is complete (Minus the necklace, but I didnt have time or the money left over to attampt to make it and I wasnt too keen on buying the official replica for £160+)
So yeah, Yesterday I went over to TheHiddenAssassin's House to do a Photoshoot with some friends, and ofcourse we just HAD to pick the Hottest day so far to do it! :O
I was overheating even before I got to her house! so yeah, that would explain the shiny pictures xDDD
But regardless, we had loads of fun, the whole shoot lasted like 4 hours! xDD (We did photoshoot our other friends too, in total, all 4 of us were included and we did group shots etc. ^^)
It was great fun! I'm uploading only few on here though because I need to save room for some Expo photo's xP

From left to right:

TheHiddenAssassin as Yuna
Karakulz (ME!) as Serah
Hannah (LittlexMissyx) as Sakura
Kat (No CI yet) as Steampunk Girl

^^

Right i Have done the Make-up test, And it doesnt look too bad actually!
I litterally did the best with what I have sooo here is a rundown of what i did:

Applied a thin layer of Nivea Moisturising Cream all over my face.
Then added Foundation (Rimmel Match Perfection, 100 Ivory)I applied this all over my face and used a tiny bit on my forehead (I dont often apply it on my forhead) and dabbed some above my eyelids.
I then applied some Blusher (From AVON, Its a very light/peachy colour)
Then I moved onto my eyes, I first put on some white/cream Eyeshadow onto my eyelids and then added a thin layer of brown above the eyelid and then blended them together.
I then used a light brown eyeshadow around the edges of the bottom lid.
After that I then used a brown glimmerstick eyeline on the bottom lid and then used a black eyeliner on the top lid and flicked it out a tad to make the eyes seem wider and more lifted.
I then used the balck eyeline on the inside of the bottom lid just to fill in the gaps.
Then I used some white eyeshadow in the inside corner of the eye socket.
After that i used a thin layer of peach eyeshadow just to brighten it up a bit and add more colour.
Then used black lash lengthening mascara on the top and bottom set of lashes.
After that I then moved onto my lips, all I used was a light peachy lipstick and then went over it in a ultra shiny lipgloss to give it a more.. well... shiny look xD

Sooo yeah thats it!
The picture doesnt even pick up most of the colours cos I used my webcam again because i lost my camera which had the original make-up test on xDD

And yeah, Im not an expert,so I just did what I thought looked okay xD

I didnt expect to start this one so soon, but I was looking for my heels in my mums wardrobe this morning and found her boots and I was like "These are PERFECT! Now I dont have to buy new ones!" So I ran downstairs and was like "Hey mum, I found your boots" and she said with a straight face "They werent lost" as if she knew what I was about to say, so I asked and she was like "But they are mine, I dont want you painting or sewing them up" and I explained that I didnt have to cos they are fine as they are and in the end she gave in and said that if I wreck them then I am DEAD! xDD
But I love them, they are a tad bit dark and they dont have the detail on the top but i dont care, they work anyway!
Im gonna get some orange socks and either fold them over the top or just wear them normally.
Im now moving this cosplay into the 'In Progress' Folder ^^

I think I am pretty much finished!
I am not going to even attempt to make the necklace so i will leave that until another time (Probably for when i decide to wear this again ^^; )
Sooo, I have ltterally JUST finished lacing up the shoes, they are black 140cm boot laces from Timpsons, its funny how just a simple change of laces can make the shoes look completely different (Thats my opinion anyway xD)
I also bought some lipstick today, £2.99 from SuperDrug (Not exactly a replica colour, but i wanted to buy something that i will use again) I also got 2 bandages fromSuperdrug, 99p each and i got a new wig cap from my local fancy dress shop for just £2.25.
So yay! I will move this into 'Complete' once i have done the photoshoot before Expo ^0^

Hooraaaaay!
I bought some ribbon today and some Polythread, So basically here is what i did:
I wrapped the Polythread around my thigh, cut it at the right length and then sewed the ends together, I then go the ribbon, wrapped that around the Polythread (Whilst on my leg) 3 times (Because it was more transparent than i thought ^^; )then sewed that to hold it in place at the ends, then i sewed a couple of area's on the Polythread to keep it from sliding down a bit (Not all over or else the elastic wont stretch) and then stapled the craft foam leg attachment to the ribbon! i dont know how strong they are but they will do (If they break on the day then i wont be that bothered, they were fun to make ^^)
The ribbon btw, is a subtle, sparkly silver to represent the kind off metalic ones she actually wears xP

So yeah! im quite proud of them! they took about 1 hour to do both (I made so many mistakes! i guess my sewing skills are a little rusty ^^; )

I Bought this from Ebay due to lack of a sewing machine and general sewing know-how (I can only sew/adjust small things ^^; )
So yeah, this is what it looks like, i am really impressed with the quality of it and its really pretty ^0^
I got it in a Medium size (Im glad i did too :O) I almost bought it in a Small because of the sizing chart but i thought i better go for one size bigger just in case and oh lord was that the best decision i EVER made xD I put it on and i was like "It fits well, perhaps im not as small as i used to be" (This is the truth xDD) But then my sister tried it on (She is a skinny 12 year old) and it almost fit her perfectly! the skirt was a bit loose but the shirt and shrug thing was almost a erfect fit, a bit baggy around the bust and shoulder area, but that proves that Sizes from China really are smaller than expected :O
So yeah, i must say though, with the stockings, heeled converse and tiny skirt... i look kinda slutty xDD (With the wig on though it looks less slutty because i look more in character x3)

Sooo, Im not sure which one i want to use anymore D:
The one on the left of the picture is the pre-made one that came with the Cosplay, the one on the right is the one i made, but i dont know which one i want to use!!!
The Pre made one is better quality and there is less chnce o it breaking or falling off but the one i made is more accurate in size and pattern (In my opinion anyways XD) but its more likely to irritate my skin due to tghe masses of tape inside and the pointy corners from the card, so opinions are much apreciated! ^^

Well this is the Leg Attachment (Or whatever its really called xD) I made it out of Craft Foam.
Basically, I Bought an A4 Sheet of Craft Foam and cut it into a rounded Diamond Shape, i then got a small, shallow breakfast bowl and put the diamond shaped foam piece on it, then i got my hair dryer and put it on full power (More heat) and used it on the foam to heat the it up for about 30 seconds - 1 minute then as soon as i turned the dryer off i quickley put my hands on the foam to mould it around the bowl to make the rounded shape (I kept my hands on the foam for about 30 seconds, basically, just hold it on until the foam has cooled down so it will take the shape) This took a few tries because i was reading a tutorial on how to shape craft foam because i had never moulded craft foam before, so i took a few practice runs =]
Once it was in the shape i was happy with, i then got my gold paint and painted around the edges of the foam and 0once that was dry i shaded the inside edges in with pencil to gove a bit of a 3D effect xP
I say it turned out pretty good, all i need to do is get some ribbon to attach it to and then attach that to the stockings ^^

YESH!
I have made the bracelet, even though i wasnt sure if i was even going to make it ^^;
But i took a trip to the Range today in hopes of getting some foam and paint for the leg attachment (Which i did, i got 2 A4 sheets of foam and some gold paint) But just as i was thinking of leaving i found a whole rack of beads and jewels (Which i think are new because i havent seen them in there before xD) So i got a set of Red white and Blue Beads, 1 roll of Nylon Thread, but then i was stuck for the big jewel that sits in the middle, so i went round the shop and found the Earthsurf (or whatever they were called xDD) Jewelery, and i found an Amethyst keyring (Was the closest colour to what i was looking for because they were all out of Ruby, but even then i think the ruby would be TOO red xP) So i got home, cut the amethyst stone from the chain and began making the bracelet!
There are so many different refference pictures out there, i didnt know what to pick, so i mixed it up a little bit ^^
So its not exact but it will do the job and its quite pretty anyway so yeah xD

I am so excited about these shoes! i didnt think i would find anything like these, i was willing to settle for some plain Converse type shoes (But all the Converse i found were around £40 :O) So after about 10 different shops i began to lose hope, i was thinking of just settling for my old black converse, but then i went into New Look (not thinking i would find anything like it in there)and there they were! In all there Glory!!! They arent perfect or exact but i LOVE them! For the both the cosplay and for me in general >w<
I know the heel is not the right kind of heel (these being a white and wedge type and serahs being just a normal black Heel)
So i loooked at the price and thought "Hmmmm.. £19.99.. I should get them anyway, im not gonna find anoymore like these around" so i told my dad and he was hesitant but understood what i meant so we went to the till and she said "... That will be... £6 please" I was like WHAAAAT!? >w<
So now i feel even better about possibly painting over them xD
My dad doesnt want me to paint them though because he said they look quite close to the originals anyway and if i Bugger it up then im left with my old black crappy converse xD

Sooooo thats the story behind the shoes xDD (Lol i raaammbble >.>)

This happened alot sooner than i thought!!!
There a few parts on the band that are still drying from the paint which is why i am not waering it in the picture.

I have decided that it will be pointless to paint the inside of the band (But i havent worn it since painting it yet so i might change my mind and paint the inside)

Anyway, I have glued down all the parts that stuck up, i started using ordinary super glue but that wasnt as 'Super' as i had hoped, so i was digging around in the cupboard and found some super Presicion glue which was soooo much stronger, i ended up glueing the band to the kitchen roll i had layed on the worktop a few times but i manged to get it off before the glue had fully set.

All i need to do is fully attach both ends together with glue or fastners (probably glue xD) and then add the metalic button like thingies which i will do later =D

Sorry for crappy image again, it was taken on my webcam xP

I had no idea that making the armband would be so frustrating!!!
I had been following an online tutorial and at first i thought it would be a 30 minute job but.. NO... it took the best part of 3 hours (I did get distracted though, by American Idol xP)


Well anyway, this is my first attempt at the armband (will possibly do another one after this is glued and painted, but if this one looks good enough then i will just keep this one xP)

Well basically i cut out 15-25 small Rectangle pieces of card and attached them together in a way that creates a crosshatch effect, i started using double sided tape but that was a bit of a bitch being both time consuming and frustrating and it wasnt very sticky so i decided to just tape (Normal tape) them together from the back (the part that wont be visible)

I am yet to glue down the parts that stick up and paint it (I have the acrylic paint already, its a nice redy, purpley, brown xD i cant remember what it was actually called -Shot-)

Because i got lazy half way through the corsshatch effect isnt continuous, so i think i might cut little squares of card and stick them in the middle of each rectangle so it will look better xP

Hopefully i will be able to continue it tomorrow, or sunday (I haz work on saturday =P)

Sorry for crappy image, it was taken with my webcam xD


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