Princess Mononoke Cosplay

Princess Mononoke Cosplay

I wore this cosplay on May 20th, at Detroit’s Motor City Con. It’s not completely done, but this is the base. I’ll be completing the mask and fur cloak for a later con, but this was what I was able to complete for now. I thought it turned out pretty well, and it’s fairly comfortable. The boots I got were a bit small and hurt my feet, but that’s not too hard to avoid. And I made this entirely without other tutorials, which I’m quite proud of.

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  • White T-shirt
  • Navy blue tank dress, coming to about the knees
  • Tan boots, coming up about mid calf
  • White thread
  • Scissors

I started by going to Goodwill and Salvation Army for these pieces, and I found exactly what I needed, minus the boots and craft materials. The dress I got was not exactly what I’d had in mind, but it worked fairly well and what I didn’t like was covered by the shirt. The dress was easy to 20170517_124415prepare, the only alterations I made was cutting some holes and slits into the bottom. It was kind of fun to do this part, since it didn’t matter what technique you used. As long as it looks tattered, you’re good to go. The shirt, on the other hand, gave me some issues. I started by trimming the collar, hem, and sleeves off. From there, I ran into some troubles, this being my first project I sewed by myself. I had some difficulty pinning the sides together to make it fit me, but with some measurements and marks with a pen, it turned out quite nicely. You want to overlap the front onto the back and sew a small section at about mid-rib. This will give it the look of a tunic. From there, I cut some holes and slits in the side and smudged some red face paint to make it look like blood.

Jewelry

  • Crayola Model Magic clay
  • Earring bases
  • Craft glue (I use Elmer’s stick-all)
  • Ivory acrylic paint
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge (I used the glossy kind)
  • Bamboo skewer
  • Leather cord
  • Thick black elastic
  • Dark blue felt
  • Gray craft foam
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes

For this cosplay, you need earrings, armbands, a necklace, and a headband. It’s quite jewelry heavy, which was strange for me because I almost never wear any. To make this much jewelry, though, it must be light. The closest craft supply that looks like bone is clay, but you have to get the air-dry kind, or it will be much too heavy and difficult to shape cleanly. I use Crayola Model Magic, which was also used for the eye piece on my 20170423_220010scythe in my Maka Cosplay. I am in love with this product, and has been the biggest help in my cosplay experience.

So, the earrings. You need clay, earring backs (I got a pack of 10 for like a dollar), adhesive, paint, and Mod Podge. For the earring itself I took a small piece of clay, rolled it in a ball, and pushed my thumb in the middle, fanning it out. If you’ve ever made a clay cup in art class in elementary

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This is the ivory paint I used. It’s called Vintage White but looks ivory colored

school, you probably know the technique I’m talking about. Although you only want a slight lip on the edges. If it looks rough, that’s just fine, it is supposed to be made of bone after all. From here, paint the whole piece with some off-white acrylic paint. I used an ivory color. When it dries, coat it in Mod Podge. Though I used glossy Mod Podge, matte would work well also. When that dries, adhere the back to the top of the earrings. If your earrings aren’t completely circles, just pick one of the longer sides. The glue I use is called Elmer’s Stix-All, which has been another miracle. It sticks to nearly anything, much like E 6000, but without the stink.

 

The necklace I also made with clay, and took more time than the earrings, not surprisingly. You will need leather cording, clay, paint, Mod Podge, and a skewer. I ended up making 6 teeth and 5 beads. The teeth I took a medium sized ball of clay, rolled into a sort of snake, pushed one side into a flat surface, and smoothed the rest to a point. From

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Here you can see the difference between the white clay and the ivory painted clay

there, I used the skewer to scratch some cracks into the clay, to make it look more worn and rugged. I then poked holes into the top of each tooth, and then ran a small paintbrush handle through it to enlarge it. I then painted them with ivory acrylic paint and brushed some glossy Mod Podge over them. Again, matte would be fine as well. The beads were much easier. Small balls of clay, pushing each side into a rectangular box. I kept the points smooth because it looked better this way. Used the skewer for holes, then 20170509_170801the paintbrush again. I couldn’t find any black or navy blue paint at the time, and I didn’t have the patience to buy more, so I used dark brown, which worked just as well. After this, Mod Podge again. String them on the leather cording, tooth, bead, tooth, bead, until complete. Make sure three teeth are pointing one way toward the middle, the other three the other way, so all are facing the middle. I tied my necklace rather than adding a clasp, which works just fine.

 

The armbands and headband were a bigger challenge. For me, at least. When beginning them, I wanted to sew them all, but didn’t have the correct needles or thread, so the armbands had velcro on them. For these you will need thick elastic, blue felt, Elmer’s Stix-All, Velcro pieces. Measure the elastic to fit your bicep. I did it close-ish to my

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That translucent piece of plastic is the lid

shoulder. Cut the elastic and apply the Velcro, preferably with the Stic-All. The sticky Velcro does not stay. Make sure it still fits before proceeding. From there, cut three circles from the felt. One will be used for the headband later. To cut the circles, I actually used that little plastic piece that comes on Ramune soda with the little plunger attached. The bottom was the perfect size and I’d just happened to not throw it away haha. When the circles are cut, use the Stix-All again to attach them to the elastic. Armbands done! Now for the headband. When I initially measured the elastic for this, I’d forgotten about my wig which has a much larger circumference. So, I didn’t wear my wig for this cosplay. Luckily, my hair is short and 20170511_183508brown so it wasn’t entirely necessary. So, I sewed the elastic together for the headband, since I was scared the Velcro would get stuck in my hair. The circle in the front at the base is the same as the armbands, but I added a gem. But, I didn’t have any gems at the time so I made my own. I had some gray craft foam, which I cut into a circle using the other side of the Ramune lid, and covered one side in hot glue. I waited for it to dry, then cut off any pointy pieces of glue. I then painted it with silver paint and attached it to the felt once it dried.

 

Spear

  • White craft foam
  • Ivory acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • PVC piping (1/2″ diameter)
  • Brown spray paint
  • Mod Podge (Matte)
  • Hot glue
  • Light brown ribbon (thick preferably)
  • Newspaper

This was done last minute, yes. I finished this two days before the con. I would’ve waited longer, but I would be busy that day so I did it the Thursday before. Lucky for me, I had some PVC piping left over from my previous cosplay, and it was 20170518_133749the exact length I needed! I spray painted it with brown, which took nearly 5 coats. (Tip: don’t buy the cheapest spray paint it doesn’t work so nice, it drips like crazy and sticks to the cardboard you’re working on even after it’s dried) Needless to say, it was a nightmare. I did it though,

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Matte Mod Podge

and all was well. When it was ready, I used white craft foam to cut out a spearhead shape. I did this freehand, but I’m sure there’s a template out there. I was on a tight schedule. When they were cut out, I cut four slits in each head. I cut two small, thin rectangles and painted them red. I thread the pieces through the slits, so it looked like a piece of leather thread through. I painted the rest of the head ivory, and coated it all in Mod P20170518_145225odge, matte this time. As before, glossy would also work. I ripped some newspaper up and stuffed it in between the two pieces to form a bubbled out shape. As soon as this was achieved, I hot glued it shut. I painted the hot glue ivory as well, to match the rest of the head. I pushed the bottom through the hole in the PVC piping and hot glued at the base. Taking the light brown ribbon, I wrapped it around the base to cover the hot glue and glued a bit every once in a while until a nice amount had been wrapped. Done! Yeah, it isn’t the greatest, kinda flimsy, but it was alright. I don’t exactly recommend this method if you’re intending to use this cosplay a lot.

Extras

  • Snazaroo red face paint
  • Small concealer brush
  • Bobby pin (optional)
  • Dark brown wig in bob cut with bangs (optional)

The rest it all pretty basic. I got a face paint recommendation from a friend who’s been cosplaying for years and has done full body paint. And I would recomm20170520_082047end this brand to others. I got a large amount of face paint for around $8 on Amazon. All you do is add water and stick your brush in, and have at it. I used a small concealer brush, since it gave me control and even coverage. To draw the triangles, I used parts of my face as markers. The forehead I started by going a bit further from my eyebrows, drew to the middle, and adjusted if I needed more. To remove, just use more water and a Q-tip or tissues. It may smudge, but you’ll get a good amount off. For the cheek ones, I started at my cheekbone at the middle of my eye, then drew out to the edge of my eyebrow, then met it at a point at my lower lip. Again, anything over the line can be wiped away. I didn’t get time to mess with my wig, since I’d never done it and I was a bit rushed for the cosplay. Instead, I used a bobby pin to push my bangs back to make the headband go on smoothly.

 

Sorry for the lengthy post. It took me so long to finish this, I had most of it done a week ago, but I had a busy week last week and had to wait to finish it until I had time. Luckily, it’s now done. Weekends have been hectic the past few weeks, between work and family, so we’ll see how this goes. Thank you for being patient with me!

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Me and my friends at Motor City Con. Far left is cosplaying as female Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, a lot of people thought she was Honey. Also, I made my friend’s Pink Ranger boots and my Tamaki friend is wearing my old cosplay. 

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Bonus picture: My cat really liked lying on my tunic as I was making it.

YOUMACON 2016

YOUMACON 2016

As many of you may know, I’ve been working on a Maka Albarn cosplay for several months.  Well, all of those hours of labor on my costume and prop finally paid off when I went to Detroit’s anime convention: Youmacon.  The convention ran from November 4th through 6th.  I went two of the three days: Saturday and Sunday, which is more than previous years.

This was my third time there, but my first year working on a costume for it.  Last year, I bought my cosplay off Amazon and bought a cheap wig and inexpensive pants and shoes.  While it was fun and all, I really can’t compare it to my experience this year.  Let me tell you, if you want to get the full experience, make your cosplay.  But, please don’t do it last minute if you don’t have the talent of working under pressure, it just won’t turn out.

Besides cosplaying, I got to meet two awesome voice actors in the world of dubbed anime.  I had already met one last year: Vic Mignogna.  He’s pretty cool, if you ever get a chance to see a panel by him or get his autograph, do it.  Even my friend who doesn’t really like dubbed anime gets something out of meeting him.  So, he’s pretty cool, and I also got to meet J. Michael Tatum.  Which, honestly, I had no idea how funny he’d be.  I found both the J. Michael Tatum panel from this year, and the Vic Mignogna panel I went to last year which are posted later in the post.

Oh, and if you’re confused as to who these people are, I’ll give a couple examples of characters they played.

Vic Mignogna: Edward Elric (Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Tamaki Suoh (Ouran High School Host Club), Spirit Albarn (Soul Eater), and Rin (Free! Eternal Summer)

J. Michael Tatum: Sebastian (Black Butler), Kyoya Ohtori (Ouran High School Host Club), Scar (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood), Rei (Free! Eternal Summer), and France (Hetalia)

So, yup they were pretty dang cool.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture with J. Michael Tatum, I did get one with Vic Mignogna.

…And of course I got some cool cosplay pictures, which I’ll share with you guys.

But, I really wanted to tell some weird stories.  So, when I first came into the convention center and got into line, not even five minutes later and a different Maka cosplayer came into line behind me, along with Soul and Spirit.  So, immediately, I felt awkward.  Luckily, they didn’t really talk to me, but I got some weird looks from the Spirit cosplayer, and he honestly kind of annoyed me (ironic, I know).  And then, when we got into the place for the registration, there was a squirrel bee-lining for the women’s bathroom.  And, I was updated, that the next day there was a piece of cardboard covering the bottom of the bathroom door.  I am just gonna assume they didn’t get it out.

For the majority of Saturday, nothing really bizarre happened until we got in line disappointed-facefor Tatum’s autographs.  Then, I tried to lean Soul (my scythe) against the wall, and I hit the poor girl in front of me with it.  From that point on, I didn’t lean it anywhere unless there was a corner.  Oh, and then as we were waiting in line, this guy who was probably nearing sixty walked down the hallway with the most disappointed look on his face, and me and my friend about died laughing.  Basically, the guy looked like the disappointment emoji.  And, once we got into the room for autographs, I started sweating so bad, I felt like I was going to pass out.  For one thing, they had us placed in front of gigantic windows, and second, I had two long sleeved clothing items on, one being black.  And then, I was so nervous because I have social anxiety, that the lady helping out with the line had to give me a pep talk.  But she was super cool and liked my cosplay so shoutout to her I guess.

After this, we went to the vendor’s hall, and a very accurate Deadpool cosplayer asked if I wanted to pretend to beat him up for a music video.  So, now I’m in a music video that I don’t know the name of. Yay!  And, after all of this, we went to the Q&A panel with J. Michael Tatum, and I don’t know if I’ve laughed harder in my life.

Here’s the link to that panel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv51ICeBvKA

And here’s the Vic Mignogna Q&A I went to last year (my friend is in the giant Mad Hatter hat) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG2i5LE6we4&t=2379s

And that was the end of Saturday’s festivities.  Sunday, phew, that one was even crazier.  And we weren’t even there that long.

So, let’s start here.  When I woke up, I was so exhausted from the previous day, that I almost didn’t get up.  And when I did and I got ready, I forgot it was Daylight’s Savings and I thought I was in the shower for over an hour.  I panicked, and then remembered, but I was still the reason we were leaving later.  And then, we got there, and the people meeting up with us didn’t come until maybe ten minutes before registration opened.  Nothing happened in registration this time, so that’s good.  But, my cosplay, ah, it began to slowly fall apart once we left registration.

First, I was asked to have my picture taken with my friend (who was Scorpion for Mortal Kombat) and we had to pretend to fight.  But, Soul decided that he wanted to break in every place possible and I had to stick the pieces back together with bright orange duct tape.  He held up well enough for the day, but it was still frustrating and I will admit I yelled at this prop I made quite a few times.

The only other major mishap I can think of that happened is when we went to Vic’s autographs.  When we went up there, I was so excited that I took my picture and left before my brother could get his picture.  So, he came over to me and with a very disappointed face told me what happened.  So, guess who had to go back up there and ask Vic personally if my poor brother could get his picture with him because of my stupidity.  Fortunately, he was very understanding and let my brother get his picture.

One thing you need to know about me- I do horribly talking to voice actors.  Last year I almost had Vic spell my name wrong on the autograph because I panicked.  So going up there made my social anxiety flare up like crazy.  But it turned out okay so that was good.

I hope the stories weren’t too boring.  I know I haven’t posted at all this month but I’ve been busy and dealing with some stuff so just be patient.

But anyway, Youmacon was awesome and I’ll put a little slideshow of pictures here at the bottom.

And, anime-wise: I’ve been watching the dubbed ReLIFE recently, and I watched Your Name. at the end of last month, along with some other things, so new stuff will be here soon.  Thank you for dealing with my weird stories and schedules.

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Hikaru and Kaoru from Ouran High School Host Club, and L from Death Note in the background (this wouldn’t go in the slideshow for some reason)

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Maka Cosplay

Maka Cosplay

On Saturday, October 1st, I went to the comic con in my city.  It’s a pretty small convention but my dad has a table at it every year, so I help him out.  And every year, it grows quite a lot.  I decided that I would wear my Maka Albarn cosplay to it so I could practice wearing it for the anime convention I attend.

I began working on it in July, and I finished it on September 30th, the day before I needed it.  (I’m a bit of a procrastinator, so it was difficult to make myself complete it.)

In all, it came together pretty well, and I got a TON of comments on it, my scythe especially. (thank you Soul for being awesome)maka-reference

Before you get to see the finished piece, I’ll show my beginnings and some of the process on completing it.  As well as the materials I used.  This is kind of like a simplified tutorial, since I got a lot of ideas from other tutorials.

I have a reference photo of Maka here so you can compare if you want to or if you’re not familiar with her.

Clothing Materials

  • White vest (thin sweater material)
  • Red plaid school skirt
  • White button-up long sleeved dress shirt
  • Green & white striped tie
  • Clunky heeled ankle boots
  • Button-up black dress

Craft Materials

  • White craft foam
  • Thick poster board
  • Air-dry clay
  • PVC piping (1/2″ and 1 1/2″)
  • Black leather dye
  • Yellow RIT fabric dye
  • Silver acrylic paint
  • Red acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • White acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Velcro
  • Silver spray paint
  • Sealant spray
  • Masking tape
  • Hot glue
  • Super glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Straight-edge
  • Red permanent marker
  • Black permanent marker
  • Staples
  • Clear elastic hair ties (not really craft material)

Gathering the Materials

Here are the boots I used and the vest I used, neither looked like this when I bought them.

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The vest was white when I bought it, and it had strings coming out of the sleeves.  To fix this, I pulled the strings out as far as I could and cut them, and then I used yellow fabric dye to make the vest look pale yellow.  This isn’t a good picture, but my room lighting sucks, so we’ll have to make due.  As for the boots, they were brown when I bought them.  I got black leather shoe dye and brushed that over them, let them dry, and rubbed them with a soft cloth.

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Here’s the rest of the clothing for her basic school uniform.  The white shirt I got from my previous Haruhi Fujioka cosplay, and was a little difficult to work with since it is a men’s shirt.  But hey, I didn’t need to buy a new one.  The skirt and tie I found on Ebay, since it’s apparently impossible to find a plaid school skirt and green and white striped tie around where I live.  Again, this isn’t the best picture, but it was either this or an awful selfie in the middle of my disaster of a room.


**I’m sorry this middle part is awkwardly here.  It was the only way to fit both pictures here.**

 

 

 

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These are the pieces I used for the scythe, which was a piece of thick poster board cut into the blade shape. (I don’t have recommendations on how to cut it, since my dad cut it at work for me.) And two sizes of PVC piping, one 1/2″ in diameter and the other 1 1/2″ in diameter.  The thinner pipe was cut where I hold it and a coupling was put in between to make a small handle.  The other was cut to be about 6″ long for the top by the blade.  Each were spray painted silver and soon I will be sealing them to prevent the paint from chipping off while I’m holding it.

The Scythe-making Process

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After the blade was cut, the next step was to paint it.  I used masking tape, a pencil, scissors, and a straight-edge (also known as a hardcover book) to outline the zigzags.  I started with painting the bottom, so the masking tape is lined up for painting the bottom

 

I used red first, so I didn’t accidentally paint black on the bottom.  But, once the red was done, I couldn’t exactly tape the red without peeling the red paint, so I carefully outlined the black lines with a thin brush, and then filled everything else in with a larger brush.

 

Here’s the scythe almost fully assembled.  All that’s left is to make Soul’s lovely eye.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the process before I finished it and put it on the scythe.  Basically, I used the air-dry clay to make ovals, and used the top pipe to mold it to fit around.  Then I waited for them to dry, and my dad sanded them down before I filled in the iris and pupil.  I used black and red Sharpie to make the designs, since it gave me more control of the circular edges.  Then they were attached using super glue and I traced them with more black Sharpie for the little lines at the top and bottom.

Oh, and for the little thing on the back, I used the left-over poster board from the blade and drew the shape with a pencil, and my dad cut it out, and I sprayed it down with silver spray paint.

The screw at the top is another type of piping thing, I think it’s a cap for 1 1/2″ piping.  And the way I attached the top to the bottom pipe is by more piping stuff that I honestly don’t know the name for.  The way we put the blade together is by cutting slots in the blade, back piece, and the pipe at the top.  All were slid in and the screw put on top to hold it all together.  I’m supposed to spray the silver parts down again to make them stick better, but the pipes are held together with some super glue.

The Boot-making Process

Next, the boots.  I actually finished these in August, and the scythe in September, but this is just how I put the pictures in.
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This is a picture of the giant straps she has on the top of each boot.  I made these using craft foam, silver acrylic paint, scissors, a pencil, a paintbrush, and glue.  I cut the long strips, and then used a pencil to poke the holes, and then grabbed a paintbrush to make the holes cleaner.  Then I cut small rectangles, cut the inside into a buckle shape, and then painted them silver.  I pushed them through the strips and secured them using glue.

I then secured Velcro to the ends of the strips so I could take the straps on and off without ripping them off of the boots.  The top ones, I glued the backs of them to the boots.

For the bottom of the boots, I used white acrylic paint and Mod Podge.  I mixed the paint and Mod Podge, put three layers down, and then a layer of just Mod Podge.

For the other white strips, I did the fronts one first, and secured them with hot glue.  Then I did the ones behind those, the ones in front of the ankle.  I took the next ones and used something circular to mark where the black dots would go.  Then I used black acrylic paint to fill them in.

Though, I wouldn’t suggest the hot glue for securing anything.  Before I even made it through the convention doors, the front strips were falling off, so I used duct tape for a temporary fix.

Final Product

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And here are some pictures taken at the convention by my amazing aunt.  And yes, I am posing with a Kaneki cosplayer.  They really liked my cosplay and theirs was so cool, that I decided why not take a picture with them.  I don’t know their name or anything, so they don’t know they’re on my website, but oh well, it’s my favorite picture I’ve had of my cosplay.

And woo!  Face reveal!  I know you didn’t ask for one, but I really don’t care anyway, so there you go.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial, it turned out a little more in-depth than I thought it would be, but I hope it wasn’t too boring.

Also, I didn’t include the coat instructions since it isn’t done yet.  But what I did here was take a button-down dress and add some staples to the bottom to make it come out naturally.  I’ll be sewing it soon, adding silver buttons, and white cuffs to make it complete.  And then I’ll get some white gloves.

Tell me how you liked this in the comments, and I’ll post next Friday hopefully.

Bye!

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