I’ve received so many questions about how I made this arm. I got the idea from this lovely robo arm and as it turned out, she also used the same base pattern that I had planned to (Edward Elric’s automail arm).
Basically what I did was take the pattern and heavily alter the arm pieces while keeping the hand mostly the same. I used mostly craft foam combined with leftover styrene I had from a different prop project, and three different size brads (from the scrap-booking section of Michaels). I glued everything together with high temp hot glue, but I sealed the finger pieces with e6000 at the seams to ensure that they wouldn’t pop open in hot weather. Once I had all my parts glued together, I coated them in about seven layers of Mod Podge cut by half with water. Once this was done, I coated all pieces in Plasti-Dip spray (it’s a rubber coating that you can get at Home Depot near where the spray paint is). Since I wanted the arm to ultimately look used and abused, I made sure my spray wasn’t perfectly even - just don’t overspray or you’ll lose some of your detail. When this was dry, I added the brads and painted over them with black acrylic paint.
I covered each piece first with silver Rub n Buff - again, acquired at Michael’s. Then I did washes and dry brush layers of black, brown, and orange with some additional green Rub n Buff antiquing wax. I started with the idea of making the rust look natural but got lazy halfway through.
The forearm closes with velcro, hot glued in place. The upper arm doesn’t open, it just slides on and stays. I accidentally made the arm smaller than I’d wanted to so it’s a tight enough fit that the pieces don’t slide around. The wiring between the joints is held in with duct tape, and only attached at one end, so it moves in and out as I flex my arm and wrist. The hand piece slides on. I wore a full-arm length glove under the arm to improve the aesthetic and for comfort.
I hope I covered everything. Let me know if there are any questions and good luck!
So of course many of you have heard about Match Wigs and their facebook page debacle. Here’s the skinny of what happened in one paragraph.
Match Wigs hired the wrong person to run their facebook, tumblr and instagram. That person was unfamiliar with the cosplay protocols for crediting cosplayers and photographers. Photographers and cosplayers went uncredited in photos on their social media accounts, and it became known by those cosplayers and photographers. After many complaints, eventually that information got to the founder, Sim, who immediately started work by firing that wrong person and clearing out their facebook, tumblr and instagram of any and all cosplay photos not directly submitted.
So essentially, an employee made a mistake, and a company fixed it. But tumblr has a hivemind, and it’s important to set it straight.
Match Wigs is NOT a scam website. The wigs pictured on their site are the EXACT wigs they keep in stock. They are a wig site focused on quality customer service, and one that I have personally used for numerous cosplays with great satisfaction. Homestuckcosplayhelp will KEEP their partnership with this company, and stand behind them as they recover from what can be best described as an accidental PR nightmare.
And that’s that.
i was looking at super long wigs and i passed over this one!
it looks really good after looking at refrences of Feferi (since i thought of her when i saw this) the bang may be problematic but its about whats your own headcanon and such! (you can always style it) It costs $29.79. I havent tried it myself, but it seems pretty good!
For Canadians (or those Toronto if you want to physically go there yourself), Malabar’s contains Ben Nye products and being a theatre company they may contain other reliable brands for body paint and makeup.
sbumitted b yhonk-honk-its-gamzee
I ordered This wig http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blonde-Wig-Straight-with-Bangs-WGJF03-/320991928385 For my roxy cosplay. It arrived in only a few days and looked great right out of the box! It was much lighter and quite shorter than expected. But, i believe it was so short because i have alot of hair. Overall A+ wig. I would reccomend, especially if you need a roxy wig FAST.
Heres a picture of me wearing it straight out of the box without any styling http://25.media.tumblr.com/b8f6d7e398ba42846a154e2335921c3b/tumblr_mmkd4oGQV21qjritco1_500.jpg
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At some point during a con or cosplay, YOU WILL NEED TO GO TO THE BATHROOM, but if your arms/hands are covered in makeup/armsocks that you can’t take off you will be stuck with soiled hands the rest of the day. Nobody wants fecal matter or urine on their body. You will smell disgusting and be a major health risk.
The solution: bring disposable latex gloves to put on then throw them away when your done! Your hands stay clean and you don’t have to reapply makeup/clothes! Get the one-wear kind doctors or lunch ladies wear, do not get dish gloves they are really expensive per pair!
You can find these for about $9 for 100 at Walmart
Here’s what I found for target
Walgreens has a lot of good deals as well $3.59 for 80
You can also find them online in places for REALLY CHEAP
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I come to tell you guys about Mehron Colour Creamlend Stick! http://www.mehron.com/HYPERFORMANCE_CreamBlend_p/400.htm
This stuff is a miracle. I learned about it from my friend (who uses white to cosplay Animaniacs). It comes in a tube and is REALLY easy to rub/blend in. All you literally need to do is rub a VERY small portion on the areas where you want to be grey and then just… rub/spread the makeup. It its very easy to use. It took me literally 30 seconds to cover my entire hand and less than 5 mins to cover my face, and it feels nive on your skin. And, when you wanna wash it off, theres next to no residue. Also, its SUPER cheap.
I got mine on ebay for 9 bucks, free shipping. The Light Grey is perfect and requires 0 mixing, however this makeup is VERY good for blending if you wanna blend in blush for your characters. Also, they WHITE is amazing. Unlike Ben Nye, which is slightly translucent and makes you look like a Cullen (which is great if you wanna do a vampire/zombie), the Mehron white is opaque and doesnt show your skin under, so its perfect for rainbow drinkers and gamzees (if you apply it with a makeup brush).
I only did a test run and plan to use this at fanime. Again: Cheap, SUPER fast to apply, and has the perfect colour.
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this makes a pretty good Rose wig, it’s relatively cheap and can easily be worn with a headband.
It arrived a couple weeks early and comes with a wig cap.
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I was searching for somewhere on ebay to get some model magic for horns (since i have heard so much great things about it!) and since i live in Europe (aka Norway) its extremly hard finding someone who ships to Europe and in my search i found this!
I havent reccived it yet since i bought it last night but Ebay tells me it has already been dispatched!
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While I was cruising ebay for a dave wig I found this pretty swell base wig for Roxy. It’s apparently a tiger and bunny wig and I’ve bought from these guys before, they’re pretty awesome!
I hope this was helpful! I know getting wigs to get all flippy like that is a hassle, lordy jesus.
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Mod Note: I actually own this wig for my Roxy cosplay and I suggest is 100% it’s a fantastic wig and honest to god comes out of the bag looking like that.