This past Monday marked the 3rd birthday of this blog! Yay woohoo confetti time! I wanted to write something more substantial about it, but I kept second guessing my drafts and eventually ended up discarding those. I just haven’t been really happy with things I want to post or share since my last post here, though maybe with the weather finally warming up I will get myself out of this rut.
I decided this year that I want to make more original designs for my fabrics, and I have a few in mind that are still geek-related too. Eventually I’d like to phase out what I currently have on Etsy for this newer stock, but I will make a formal announcement of when I’ll really be pushing that.
Speaking of announcements, did you hear?
I’m so happy this finally is a thing! (At least for those here in the U.S.) If you’re a maker or DIY-er who always wanted a D.Va bedsheet (or whatever else on Spoonflower really) but cried in your pillow just thinking of the shipping charges will be relieved! Go make those sheets! Or blanket fort! Or whatever else you need a lot of yardage for like just simply buying in bulk Cindy not everyone is 5-years old like you!
Oh! I finally have a better progress photo of my P3 Dancing Mitsuru! I checked out GeekFest 2.0 in Brooklyn this past weekend and it was a fun small con! They mostly had retro games but there were also other artists too. I wouldn’t mind coming back again next year if they decide to hold it again. I mainly wanted to wear Mitsuru for it since I also needed a photo to submit for CtCon’s Cosplay Deathmatch, so it works out! I doubt I’d even get in, but I always wanted to do a cosplay deathmatch so I hope this is the year!
We made it to 2018, guys! I was torn on what to post next, since there was that poor draft post I had ages ago kept haunting me, and I ended up deleting it on retrospect since the cake’s recipe I modified for it tasted a little off, but it sure looked pretty!
I also still want to do a breakdown of recipe reading and conversions for baking, but I felt making a little infographic might be more readable and Pin-friendly for other social sharing out there. So I am still working on that! But business is first – got some shop and blog news to take care of, as well as cosplay lineup stuff yay!
The recent holiday season was my busiest and most successful one yet! Thank you everyone for your support! I loved reading some of the feedback I received on Etsy and saw that I made some fellow makers out there happy on their gift giving! If you saw on IG, I also came across Mel and her awesome Etsy using the lovely fabrics you see here and Spoonflower for her lovely headbands!
Speaking of, Spoonflower debuted their denim stock a few weeks back, and I’ve since stocked it for the inventory on Etsy as well! Just change your fabric selection when purchasing (pricing will change appropriately). I ordered a yard for myself with the green variant of the vintage floral from my shop, and I can’t wait to see the quality myself when I make a cute tulip/wrap skirt in time for spring!
Recently this past week, I kept getting a lot of e-mail notifications for subscribers with junk mail addresses here, and figured to cull the herd, I have removed the “Follow by e-mail button” on the blog. I wasn’t too upset since most of my followers are here directly on WordPress anyway. (Or if you’re like me, you stalk via RSS teehee!) To dress up the vacated space, I added a cute countdown widget for my next convention, CTCon! I will do my best to update the widget with any big events happening throughout the year (mainly any cons or artist alleys.)
For CTCon news, I am making 2 new cosplays this year for my lineup (technically 3 but the third one I am literally throwing stuff together aimlessly). I will not be participating in the Masquerade this year because I was pretty miffed at how it was handled last time, and I don’t want a part of it if the same team is still running it. Nick still likes to do it so I will be cheering him on this time.
2018 lineup in no particular order yet:
Luka Megurine (street wear; Vocaloid)
Mitsuru Kirijo (Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night)
My friend Freddie is a big Miku fan and has decided to take the plunge ^^ so I will be matching her with a quick Luka getup. Part of my other group who usually do western animation cosplay, are also Catherine fans and were really stoked about the rerelease coming out, so in celebration I will be completing the trio with Katherine (they will be Catherine and Vincent). This also works out, because the Order ending was the one I got when I finally beat the game last Halloween, and I like her more than Catherine anyway ^^. So far I bought a belt that looks really close to her’s as well as her wig, and I am still on the hunt for good pumps and a 3/4 sleeve blouse to sew some pinstripes on.
Also on the Atlus train, dancing games for P3 and 5 were announced a while back, and after finding more reference art of their outfits, most of my wardrobe has Mitsuru’s, which helped me decide to be her again this CTCon. I just got my awesome sequin cardi yesterday and it is super fab! I plan to add the black accents so it appears more like in the reference (I think it’s a bomber jacket but I have no idea really). If time permits, I really want her headphones and shoes to also light up kudos to some EL Wire, but I’ll see. I don’t even know if her shoes do light up, but it’s a Persona dancing game, why wouldn’t it?
Wow, I did not mean to neglect this blog! Sorry about that! Work and the holidays has kept me away from WordPress longer than I thought. On the upside, I have never seen a holiday season this busy already here for both my shops ever! It still baffles me that this time 2 years ago, I had to buckle down and put the store on Vacation for most of the year (and didn’t even know if I’d still even decide to reopen)! I want to take the time and thank everyone for their support – many of the purchases I’ve seen or been inquired about have been for gifts or supplies for other indie makers and fans like myself, and that just amazes me! I hope everyone’s projects and gifts turn out fantastic!
That said, just a reminder that our printer/sister shop platform, Spoonflower, released their holiday order deadlines – this also affects the Etsy, btw!
It might look a little confusing, but the breakdown is that as long as you place your order in by these dates (according to your location), it will arrive in time for Christmas! A good rule of thumb is that since the 6th is tomorrow as of this writing, if you need your supplies or gift on time, please consider upgrading your shipping to Guarantee/Rush (basically the equivalent of my Priority Mail pricing).
Please make sure to check your shipping information when you’re ordering, and if you’re not sure and want to confirm, you can always ask me! Note: For Etsy orders, I always place in your order through Spoonflower the same day of purchase (depending on when I receive it it may not be same business day though).
To make up for the old tutorials I cleared out, here is a new one that’s more of an intermediate level in the world of cardboard pepakura/papercraft for cosplay. If you’re new to make 3D objects for your cosplays using cardboard or a similar medium, please see the Elphelt belt buckles tutorial first, since it’s a little more beginner-friendly.
This project arrived for me from a very excited Nick and his new Jason costume for AAC this weekend – the 13th falls on a Friday this year in October. I’m skipping the con this year due to a busy November (and opting to return to the NY Ren Faire at last), so when he asked I felt it was my way of being there in spirit!
You will need…
Cardboard (I used corrugated here for the thickness)
Paper and pencil
Dimensional fabric/3D glue
Acrylic paint and 2 small paintbrushes (a good one and a beat-up one)
Paper towels and water for cleanup and texturing
The key to making anything from 2D/reference into 3D is to break down the item you want to make into simple shapes and layer them accordingly.
The first step is to start sketching what you’re making and its approximate measurements, based on the scale of the character and the scale of yourself/the person it’s going to. The tip of this spear might look complicated, but it really is just a bunch of triangles, cylinders, and curves combined together.
If your object is symmetrical, the easiest solution to keep things looking ‘right’ is to just draw out half of the template, and then cut out your pieces with the paper folded down its middle. Once you’re happy with your template, begin cutting out your pieces on cardboard to build the basics of your object.
For the fleur, I wanted to keep it simple with a tapered layer for the tip, the 2 sides for the petals at its sides, and then 2 lower shapes that will form part of its shaft (and will get glued onto the PVC pipe on Nick’s end). You’ll notice one is more curved than the other; in the reference, that piece is slightly conical and gradually becomes a little skinnier as the petals form. (Not shown is a second strip of cardboard, which I added later to hide the ‘seam’ from gluing these two bottom pieces. Also great for adding details! Lifehacks!)
The key to a seamless closure is to glue along one vertical end of the piece that you’re closing, and wedge that into the other side. It’s hard to do with cereal boxes, which is also why I went with corrugated this time.
Start gluing your pieces together sections at a time, and you should have the petals, tip, and shaft pieces ready to be attached. Keep in mind that the petals taper as well, so fold it in half to round it out before gluing/taping to each other. The center should be rounded so it can attach onto the shaft pieces.
You’ll notice the pieces aren’t completely closed yet, so now is the time to cut and glue on any filler cardboard to help close the fleur. If you have to do it in smaller pieces that’s fine too, since anything that still can’t be filled completely will just get covered with the 3D glue anyway! Be sure to also add cap pieces wherever possible, because this will help strengthen the project and prevent it from collapsing after all your hard work!
Don’t forget to glue along the toothpick when you do this, as well as when you stick it into the item. Those gap pieces help it grab onto something too.
(Sorry about the glitter glue, it’s the only 3D glue color I have left and I almost always end up painting over it for a project anyway.) Now your piece is ready to be filled completely before painting! I ended up going over a few areas twice, especially by those middle sections on the tip so it slopes nicely. Let it dry overnight before the final and fun step.
I never painted a rust texture before so it was really cool getting the opportunity to do it for Jason’s spear! I experimented with mixing some brown and orange acrylics with copper metallic for the base layer, but it didn’t show up well, even in person.
Once the base layer is set, start scuffing on orange gradually when the coat is DRY for a weathered effect (don’t oversaturate your paper towel or dry, beat-up brush). Nick didn’t want it too rusted, so I stopped after one or two layers of the rusting.
I tried to be as even as I could when I glued it together, but one side does seem a little slanted than the other. Not sure how this happened, but I could have put too much pressure when I was gluing and taping pieces together. I’ve designated the side above as its ‘cosmetic/camera-ready’ side though. Either way, Nick was a happy customer!
It was awesome to see the final prop all finished and ready for the convention! I was shown the spraypaint color of the bronze for the PVC pipe prior to painting the fleur, so it was amazing how close I came to replicating the paint color. The fleur is glued onto the shaft with Loctite, which is a brand of superglue/epoxy glue (anything similar will adhere well with the cardboard and PVC).
Hopefully, this tutorial has helped you understand more about how amazing cardboard is, and what you can do with it. Is it possible to make anything out of it? Probably. Try for yourself, and happy cosplaying!
(Well, for the blog anyway. This was on my Etsy for a few weeks now, I just hadn’t been able to get it in the queue, sorry!)
When I ordered my proofs for the Stitchimari fabric, I wanted to make a new made-to-order item for the shop, and decided since it’s close to scarf weather again, why not an infinity scarf? I’m really pleased with how this turned out and am considering on making a fleece muffler with one of the other designs for something more gender-neutral. Also gotta start on holiday gifts soon anyway so…
The chiffon worked really well for this lightweight, feminine scarf, and the design still comes out just as crisp and bright. If you’d like a scarf with a different design as seen on both my Etsy or Spoonflower, or a different fabric please let me know! I can also make one that isn’t connected, like a regular scarf or muffler.