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:iconmalindachan: as Jack Frost
:iconravenspiritmage: as Pitch Black

Photo taken by :iconex-shadow:

Rise of the Guardians is (c) Dreamworks
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Got a bunch of RotG photos on my camera that I need to edit, but for now here's a new Jack photo!

Photo taken by :iconex-shadow:, and he also made my staff :3 <3

I made the pants and styled the wig, as well as painted all the designs on the hoodie.

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First of all, thank you all so much for all the favs and wonderful compliments on the first set of Jack photos I uploaded with the story. This is the last set for now, but I hope to get some more photos when the weather conditions are right (if not, then at least expect some after Katsucon).

Though this was a fairly simple cosplay to pull off, I always like to provide info for how I put my costumes together.

I styled my wig using a Jaguar and some short wefts in Silver from Arda-wigs.com. The wefts were mostly for the very front because originally the bangs were not as thick as I needed them to be.

The base hoodie was from Target, though it was originally pretty big on me, so I had to take in the size a lot.

Painting the hoodie was the most time-consuming part. I spent about 15 hours on the hoodie alone, and another few hours on the bottom edges of the pants. I used a combination of white fabric paint, glitter fabric paint, and blue fabric paint for some accents. I was very picky with how I wanted the area around the collar to be painted because in the reference the design reminded me of pine needles.

The pants were made out of a brown linen-looking suiting fabric. I used a leggings pattern, and I had to cut it out a bit bigger to start since the fabric doesn't really have any stretch to it (though I tried to cut the pieces out as close as I could along the bias so it'd have at least a little give). The top has elastic, and the bottom edges were cut to look torn (I used fray check to keep it from unraveling). I just used some bias tape for the wrappings around the bottom, but I had to dye them to get the color I wanted. They're top-stiched around the pants to keep them in place.

My husband :iconex-shadow: made the staff because I did not have the time before the convention. It's made mostly out of PVC pipe, a thin (but sturdy) cardboard tube, and masking tape. He used a stone textured spray paint to start with, but it looked pretty nasty since the color wasn't sticking well, but after adding a coat of normal brown paint it had an awesome texture to it. He did some hand painting with white and blue to match the references. The staff is made to break down into 3 pieces so we could pack it in our suitcase.

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One of the most rewarding things about cosplaying is when you can bring a smile to someone's face.

I just finished my Jack Frost cosplay, and I was hoping to get some snow for photos while I was home for the holidays. Unfortunately it didn't snow, but we had heard a story in the local newspaper about a family that got the ice skating rink to dump some snow at their house so their kids could have a "White Christmas."

We drove to the neighborhood and found the house. Kyle got out of the car and went to the door to get the family's permission to take some photos on their snow pile. After he got the OK, I got out of the car and grabbed my staff from the back seat. A few seconds later we hear a shout of "JACK FROST!!!" from the house and two kids came running out. They were so excited, and so we told them they could be in the photo if they'd like. They ran back in to get some shoes on and then joined me for a photo. Needless to say, it was a fun cosplay adventure. :3

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Finally brought my Robin Cosplay to a con and got some decent pictures! :3
One of my friends had a big Young Justice group, and they were needing a Robin for the DC photoshoot at Ikkicon. Much thanks to her for the invite, and also big thanks to Crunchy Ramen for being such an excellent Photographer! [link]

I originally made it within a couple days before the midnight release of the most recent Batman movie. I happened to have enough materials leftover from other costumes that I didn't have to buy anything extra for the outfit besides a couple zippers. It's not quite my ideal choice for fabrics, but I'm pretty happy for how it turned out considering I was on a tight budget at the time. XD

The wig is a Blue Steele in Black 064 from Arda-wigs, and I only had to do a bit of trimming in the front and minimal styling.

All the yellow fabric was leftover rib knit from Pikachu, and the black broadcloth was just something we had a large amount of since it's handy for linings and other things.

I had a poncho pattern I based the cape off of (shortened the front, lengthened the back, and took it in so it fits my shoulders well when my arms are down).

I stretched the yellow fabric over pieces of foam board and cardboard and hot-glued it in the back for his utility belt pieces. The belt itself is craft foam with fabric stretched over it the same way, and it velcros shut in the front.

I used a lightweight jacket pattern for the top base, and the fabric is a leftover red knit from Princess Jaden/Judai, with a black knit fabric for the sleeves. Yellow clasps are foam covered in the yellow fabric, and they go on with velcro. The "R" is heat-n-bond applique with nice satin-stitching around the edges.

There are two pieces of craft foam that are connected to the belt and also covered in the same red fabric as the top (made it this way so I could borrow black skinny pants from another cosplay without making any permanent changes. Ended up being a good idea because I forgot to pack said pants and ended up borrowing some black leggings from someone for the photoshoot).

The gloves are made out of the same kind of black knit fabric as my sleeves, and the grey pieces are made out of craft foam shapes that have grey fabric stretched over them.

The mask is just craft foam, and it's held on with spirit gum.

Robin is (c) DC Comics
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Whoo! I brought Hiccup to a con!
I made it about 2 and a half years ago for the Kansas City Ren fair, but at the time I was using a recycled wig that I wasn't very happy with. XD
I recently got a Hansel from Arda, and I decided to bring the costume to C2E2 on Sunday because it was "kids day." :3
I met a lovely photographer that nabbed some cute shots, so thanks to her I have photos of it to share with you guys! I like this one especially for the framing and because you can get a good look at the textures. :D

So yeah, first photo, so that means costume construction notes!:

The wig is a Hansel in Spanish Brown 050 From Arda Wigs. I only trimmed a few areas around the ears where it was needed most.

I don't remember which patterns I used as a reference for the shirt and vest, but both are made from fabrics I found at JoAnn's. The Brown fur is usually available all-year round in larger stores or at least while they have Halloween fabrics. I also used the brown fur for tubes that go around the top of my boots. The shirt is made out of a green linen-look suiting fabric (depending on the JoAnn's store, it'll be either in the linen-look solids or in the suiting fabrics section. Unless it's a seasonal suiting or discontinued). The pants were from Goodwill, and the boots were from my closet.

I got a roll of leather cord at Hobby Lobby for the lacing on the tunic and pants, and I used eyelets because I didn't want it to fray (I know, vikings probably don't care, but that fabric can get messy so I didn't want to risk it! XD). There is also leather cord top-stitched down around the sleeves.

The belt is made out of faux suede-cloth with craft foam on the inside to act as an interfacing, and it snaps in the back.

Cosplay made and worn by :iconmalindachan:
Photo by Misty Autumn Imagery [link]

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Whoo! So excited to go to Katsucon this weekend!
This is another photo from the shoot we did with Joseph Chi Lin last year at Katsucon 2012. Check out his page for more awesome photography! [link]

:iconmalindachan: as Cloud Strife. I made my costume, props, and wig myself! :) Got a little help from my Zack on the pauldrons.
:iconex-shadow: as Zack Fair. I did all the sewing on his costume and styled the wig, and he made his paudrons and sword.

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Costume construction in description here: Wig construction:

Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core is (c) Square Enix
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cosplay by :iconsaibou-kun:
Photo by :iconpugoffka-sama:
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I keep forgetting I cosplayed Mako at Afest. And then I find photos and remember. XD It was a very last minute and low budget costume, but I feel like it turned out...ok? XDDD

I'd been watching The Legend of Korra with my friends over the summer, and we all wanted to cosplay characters from it together. Not all of us were able to finish costumes or coordinate everything at the same time, but I volunteered to be Mako so I could have bro-time with one of my best friends, who is like a sister to me. <3 I styled her Bolin wig out of a black Jareth (from Arda Wigs) that was recycled from our friend's Anri (DRRR) costume. Making the curl in the front was fun. Used leftover wig fibers from other wigs to make the fake hairline and curl.

I used a Blue Steele in Black from Arda wigs, and I used hair that was cut from the bangs to make the fake front hairline. Guess I'll need a new wig for my Young Justice Robin cosplay (haha - another costume I made that I sometimes forget about). The jacket was modified from a Simplicity Pirate Coat pattern (Yeah, that red one!), and I used a grey suiting fabric for the outside of it. The inside is lined in a slightly lighter grey broadcloth. I know the grey is supposed to be significantly lighter, but I got it for free from my broski (and free is good when you're poor, which at the time I was). Also, I did a ton of research on his jacket trim, and the animators can't seem to decide if it's Orange, Red, Brown, or something in-between. I went with orange because I already had, like, 3 packets of the stuff on-hand (I got it ages ago for Dark Signer Carly, but didn't end up using that much of it).

The scarf was a scrap of velvet I had leftover from another costume. I liked how it draped.
The gloves were cheap clearanced gloves from JoAnn's that I chopped up and added bands of black broadcloth around the wrists.
The pants and shoes were from my closet, and I made some very last-minute spats out of leftover grey suiting fabric.

I think I spent less than $15 on this costume. It was awesome. ^______^

Mako - :iconmalindachan:
Bolin - :iconscribbleyugi:
Korra - our friend Dana

Photo taken by :iconsorceresscassandra:

The Legend of Korra is (c) Nickelodeon
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I rarely do these kinds of characters because I'm generally not very comfortable with showing off so much skin, but I felt like I could make an exception for Nami. ^.^

Overall this costume was pretty simple, but I was pretty picky with the details. Since this is the first photo upload, here are the construction notes:

The wig is a Luthien in Pumpkin from Arda-wigs.com. I just trimmed the bangs on it; didn't need to do anything else! :D Nami's longer hair is my favorite part of her time-skip design.

The pants were modified from some jeans I had on-hand. I satin-stitched around the edges of the orange circles and glued them to some round belt buckles I found at a fabric warehouse. The pieces are attached with velcro so I can remove them when I wash the jeans.

The bikini top was made from scratch with broadcloth, though I had to make it twice because I wasn't happy with how I painted the first one.

Her Clima-tact is a PVC pipe cut into 3 sections, and they connect thanks to some small dowels on the inside. I used masking tape to make the dowels thick enough so they could fit snugly (originally couldn't find the perfect size, so they were really loose without the tape). I used a can of model spray paint for the pretty metallic blue color.

The belt base is made out of vinyl. Though you can't see them in this particular photo, the front buckle was modified with super sculpey to have the Berry symbol, and there are little flower-looking buttons that I also sculpted out of the same stuff. The capsule looking ones are also super sculpey, with a piece of grey vinyl around them.

Also not shown are my shoes, which I ordered online. They ended up a TON brighter than I expected (like, super neon orange), so I used Angelus paints to fix the color.

The gold bracelet was silver originally, but I painted it with some gold leaf paint.

I chose to do the New World log pose instead of the original one. The strap and base are made out of leather, and I made the domes out of small capsules (from quarter toy machines) filled with clear resin. I inserted the compass arrows after filling/curing the resin half-way first.

The tattoo was a real pain, and I actually had to edit it a bit in photoshop because it looked horrible. XD (not so much at a distance, but up close...ugh)
I chose to use a tattoo paper (the kind you can print the design on with your ink-jet printer, and it goes on like a sticker rather than with water) because I thought it would save time at the con, but it ended up being more trouble than it was worth. It was really delicate, so it ripped easily, and after lots of arm movement, the edges would peel and the design itself would crack and get wrinkly. It did ok when I tested it at home, but it decided to give me a hard time at the con (might have also been because it was really cold, and we were going outside to get to the convention center as well as get photos). I recently ordered some Mehron makeup to replace it, so I'll be doing that next time instead.

I made the earrings! They look like pearl studs in the show, but I made dangly ones instead because I think they look classy. :) (and more noticeable)

Much thanks to Eurobeat Kasumi Photography for taking this photo! [link]

One Piece is (c) Eiichiro Oda
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