Costume description: While we didn\'t keep an accurate count of how long we spent on this costume, Emmy and I spent well over 100 hours on it.
was responsible for the patterning, heat forming, and base foam work when putting the armor together. She patterned each piece by hand, created the piece out of foam, and attached it all together to get it as form fitting as possible on me. She also did the wiring for the LED\'s in the backpack.
was responsible for all of the detailing on the costume. This includes all dremel work, sealing the foam, craft foam details, painting, weathering, harnessing, etc.
We both have such different skill sets that this really was an ideal project for us to not only learn, but also utilize those skills to produce something above and beyond what we could have done individually. I\'m forever grateful to Emmy for being willing to help me tackle such a large project, and it wouldn\'t have been half as good as it is without her assistance.
Edit: Due to the populatiy of these tutorials (who would have guessed?) I've changed the original format of them to a nice, shinier model~! Hope you enjoy the new interface!
It's been a long time coming, I know. Please don't kill me for being slack!
I promised my good friend this tutorial when I first met her earlier on in the year at the AVCon prelim heats for the 2010 Madman Cosplay Competition. I was dressed as Belldandy from 'Ah! My Goddess' (which you can see here: [link]) and I had on a massive-huge pair of wings that effectively knocked people out. I'm sorry!!
Anyway, I thought I'd start making a few cosplay tutorials here and there, just to spread what tips and tricks I've collected in my... *calculates* ... seven or so years of cosplaying.
Seven years... what am I doing with myself?!
Anyway. Please look forward to more tutorials in the future! ^_^ If you have any questions, just ask me in the comments section, and I will endeavor to update the FAQ in my Artist's Comments as I go.
I found them online. Depending on where you live, you'll be able to get better prices if you take a bit of time to hunt around. A good starting place would be www.rainbowfeathers.com - they're an American site, and sell feathers by the pound in an assortment of styles, shapes, breeds and colors.
How many feathers did you use in your wings?
Because they were quite large, I ended up ordering the feathers by number, rather than weight. I ordered 400 feathers in total, 200 rights and 200 lefts. In addition, I also bought 2 packets of fluffy turkey rounds from my local craft store.
Did you buy your wings online?
I should think that seeing photos of my wings in progress from start to finish should be more than enough to answer that.
Can you make me a pair of wings?
Unfortunately, no. I'm not planning to take costume or prop commissions for a long time yet.
Can you color feathers?
I haven't tried it yet, but I have heard it can be done. Most places where you order feathers from should be able to supply them in the color you want, though. However, if it's a specific color you need, I've heard you can use Dylon Fabric Dye to hand-dye the feathers yourself. I'm not sure if you can use Copic markers to color them, but my guess is that the color might actually run. That's just a theory though...
How can I attach wings to a trenchcoat?
I'd recommend making these wings with a kind of backpack harness (illustrated in the tutorial quickly) and cutting holes in the back of the trenchcoat to feed the harness through. If you cut small slits in the coat at the back, only big enough for the straps of the harness to go through, it shouldn't be noticeable at all. So sit the main body of the metal against your back, and only poke through the two long bits for the wings.
How long did it take you to make these?
I made these in a bit of a rush, so it took me about two weeks.
What do you recommend I use for making a study base that I can attach around my torso? I'm working on making wings for Dark Pit (from Kid Icarus) but I don't want to use shoulder straps and i don't own a corset.
Looking at Dark Pit's design, I can see why you wouldn't want to use shoulder straps, since the tunic's top part is more halter-style.
I would probably still use shoulder straps in the backpack style (as illustrated in the tutorial) because you'd need the support of the straps to keep the wings up. However, so you don't see the straps under the shirt, perhaps make the front end of the straps detachable (either tie them or use a clip) and criss-cross them over your torso so the straps are closer to your neckline and don't show. That way you'd still get the strength and support needed for the wings.
The costume I'll be doing is a bare back as well but the costume doesn't have enough support like a corset would for the u shaped holster. I know you said to make a base that would wrap around the torso and I was just wondering what kind of materials you would think to use for proper support?
Hmmm, that is a bit of a pickle. For the U bend of the wings, what I'd probably do is make the U a little bit longer (to offer more support) and then attach strong straps (probably flat like backpack straps) along the sides of the U to strap it to your back around your torso. Then, I'd make a tube of strong fabric (maybe cotton) that you can make quite fitted on yourself to put over that to hold it right in place. If the costume was a little bit heavier (i.e. not very fitted and light) I'd also put a zipper into the tube to make it easy to get in and out of.
I hope this helps. This is what I'd do in that situation, I don't know if you could apply that to your costume or not.
Found this song through ,So I haaaad tooo >w< That song ish awesuummm ;w; Go listen to 's UTAU,Akio doing the cover of this sooong,IT IS BEAUTIFUUL ;u; [link] GO LISTEN TO ITZ NOOOWWZZZ >3<
Btw,if you're wondering why her eyes are pink (THEY'RE NOT PURPLE >:U),It's because I had already mentioned that her eyes would change in colour by emotion =w= Guess what's her emotion right noowwwzzz >w>
Title/Song : Eat Me by Gumi UST : UtauReizo (YT) UTAUloid : Tetsu Sharino (c)
My apologies for being so absent! October has not only been super busy for me work wise, but I have also been VERY sick with the Flu and Pneumonia
BUT here is something cool! At Dragon*con I got to do something interesting, a 360 shoot! You can see the costume in its entirety and zoom in, so that is really cool! Sadly I had already took out my white out contacts since this was later in the day and I was super exhausted. Thats also why I look slightly derpy haha. But enjoy! Hopefully I will do a cool shoot for her soon
I'm not too good with flash- this is my first proper animation made on it and my eyes hurt from staring at the screen - click to watch!- It's Inuyasha based by the way. Please wait for the white screen to finish loading- i have no idea how to make a loading bar >_<