Some Tips of Making Cosplay Props for Beginners III

Materials

  1. Insulation Foam

It is the rigid stuff that you can pick up in any hardware store. It is also know as polystyrene foam. There are several thicknesses you can chose. It is cheap. You can form it with a rasp and sandpaper.

However, many types of glues and some paints will turn your project into a puddle of goo. If you use this material, please remember choose something to cover it with, and never forget to test it out on a scrap piece of foam. It’s brittle and will not hold a sharp edge at all. It’s also very difficult to get intricate detail out of insulation foam.

 

  1. Cardboard, Poster Board and Foam Core

All of these materials are cheap, readily available, and easy to work with.

 

  1. PVC Pipes

You need a gun barrel? PVC Pipe! Sword handle? PVC! A gun scope? PVC pipes in different thickness with some size adapters! Bzooka? Giant PVC Pipe!

Nearly any sort of cylindrical piece can be crafted quickly and cheaply from PVC pipe. It can be got from any hardware store on the planet. It comes in a myriad of sizes along with an absurd amount of connector pieces.

Some of unique pieces and sizes can be expensive. PVC is difficult to paint, and don’t try to head bend it. It will just collapse on you. If you heat it up too much, it will start turning brown and release toxic gas trying to kill you.

 

  1. Styrene

It comes in plenty of sizes, shapes, and patterns, but you may need to order it online. If you want to save some money, you can pick up those “for sale” signs at a hardware store, they’re usually made from styrene. It can be heat formed, glued, sanded and painted with some amazing results.

 

  1. Sculpey

It isn’t too expensive and is far superior to the standard rainbow colored varieties. You will be prepared to make some extremely detailed pieces, if you armed with a handful of sculpting tools and a brick of Super Sculpey. The only thing you need to cure it is a kitchen oven.

It is also a brittle material, so I don’t recommend using it for any sort of structural pieces. If you end up using it a lot, I would recommend getting a pasta roller type tool to Flatten and knead your raw material before starting to sculpt it.

 

9. Paints

There are such a variety of types of paints that I could write a whole other book on just them. For simple stuff, you can usually get away with spray from the hard ware store. Also, for weathering I prefer to use acrylic paints, commonly available from all crafting stores. Rub’n Buff, a metallic, wax based paint available at craft stores, can be worked with those metallic details.

Some Tips of Making Cosplay Props for Beginners II

Last time we’ve talked about the preparation before getting started. Today I’ll show you something differe.

Design and Scale Your Pieces

It is not always necessary for you to draw up detailed schematics and blueprints for all your prop builds. A decent pencil drawing can be enough for you. The important thing to remember is that the object or costume piece might be a different size in real space than it appears to be on the TV screen. Getting it all down on paper at the size you plan on building it will save a lot of time.

Sometimes, you will end up making several separate pieces and then assembling them when they are finished. If one or two of the finished parts are too big, too small, or don’t fit on your frame, It will really let you down. So having good measurements alleviate most of these types of problems.

 

Materials

  1. MDF Wood

Medium Density Fiber wood is an incredible material for beginners and pros alike. The cheap material can be bought at your local hardware stores. It can be glued with wood glue and sealed easily with super glue. It sands and shapes very easily, because it has no wood grain.

But there are some downfalls to MDF. It will disintegrate when exposed to moisture. It has formaldehyde in it. I think you know what it is. People always use it to embalm dead bodies. It will kick up some nasty dust when you’re sanding and shaping it. Don’t forget to use your respirator. The MDF wood is also pretty heavy and won’t hold a fine detailed edge.

  1. Hardwood

It is also readily available, but its price are higher than MDF wood. Hardwood is a good choice for you to shape a nice straight blade. But it is more difficult to manipulate than MDF. Hardwoods have a grain in them that can be a bit of headache to deal with.

  1. EVA Foam

Ethylene-vinyl acetate foam is one of my favorite things to work with. EVA can be bought at most crafting stores. It is really cheap. In fact, EVA foam is the main material for most armor costumes.

The best thing about EVA foam is how easy it is to work with. It has varying thicknesses. It is also flexible enough to be formed into shapes you want. A knife and some super glue are enough for you to deal with. Some people making their props cost just a few dollars with this material.

However, it is difficult to fill in gaps and sand. You can never count on the foam to provide any sort of significant structural support.

 

There are many other materials that will be introduced to you next time.

Some Tips of Making Cosplay Props for Beginners.

More and more cosplayers hope to make props by themselves. Here I collect some tips for beginners for you. I’m sure you would love to be one of them who can make those amazing costumes and props, but you have no idea where to start. That’s Ok! I’ll give you some tips on how you’re going to go from a noob to a amazing cosplayer!

Safety

Crafting can be a danger to you. There are many things that can hurt, poison, or even kill you. Please remember that safety is paramount! Here are some tips that will keep you safe during crafting.

  1. Read all warning labels on any type of chemical, resin, adhesive, or paint that you are using.
  2. Work in a well ventilated area when necessary.
  3. Buy a respirator and always keep the filters fresh.
  4. If things smell toxic, you’re doing it wrong.
  5. Loose clothing and long hair are crazy dangerous around spinning tools, keep tidy!
  6. A pair of safety goggles will save your eyes from damage. Normal Glasses are useless.
  7. A pair of leather gardening gloves will keep your fingers from getting lacerated, punctured, or burned from all but the most dangerous of tools.

Getting Started

Nobody goes to be a professional prop maker at the beginning of crafting, so pick something that is appropriate for your skill level. It’s OK for your first project to be something that doesn’t have a lot of detail. Don’t pick a project that is beyond your skill level. You may get frustrated and give up.

During your crafting if you find yourself way out of your depth, It is always the option to commission someone else to help finish something you’re having trouble with.

Budget your cost and time

Unless you have your daddy/momma’s support, you’ll probably use your personal income on your crafting. If you don’t have any tools, you will cost more dollars to get started. If your friend have tools, congratulations! You really can save a lot.

It happens a lot that you may end up accidentally destroying your project. It’s the fastest way to double your cost.

Add up your material and tool costs. Don’t forget to set aside some cash for your crafting. It is heartbreaking that you can’t afford the cost to finish it on the half way.

The other thing that you may cost a lot is the time. The best thing you can do is to make sure that you spend your time wisely. You may lose an entire day because of a mistake or accident. You need to learn from it and never do it again.

Budgeting your time becomes extraordinarily important if you have a deadline. Consider how long you think it might take to finish your project, and then double it. It avoids of ending up rushing it in the last week before complete it.

Gather Reference Images

Google Image Search is one of the best ways to collect images. The internet has provided so many images to you. Start there and filter by the largest images possible. Most of the time you will find everything you need. Jpegs are tiny, so download all the images! If this way is useless, you may turn to some other methods. Pulling screenshots from YouTube works is also a good way.

 

Next time, I’ll show you some materials that are usually used in crafting.

The Ways to Distinguish Human hair wigs and Synthetic wigs

Wigs and other hair products are becoming more and more popular among women recently, especially the ladies from 20~30. However, some sellers are using synthetic hair instead of human hair or mixing them to create a blend and selling as human hair products,which Of course reduces the price. According to this,this article is for all of  you  to have the ability to distinguish the differences, and here are some ways to distinguish human hair wigs and synthetic wigs.

hair distinguish

 

At first,Viewing the hair under a microscope. If the hair is synthetic, it is made from a form of plastic that will appear clear when lit and magnified under a microscope. Natural hair that has never been dyed will have a solid core and clear outer layer, while dyed natural hair will have solid color throughout.

microscope
microscope

Secondly,if you don’t have a microscope,an easier and better way is exposing a strand of hair to flame. Taking a simple match or lighter to one strand (using tweezers) of the hair and simply burning this one strand for less than a second and pulling the flame away will clearly show you the difference.If the hair is natural, it will immediately catch fire and burn nearly instantly, curling into a ball. It will also have a strong, somewhat unpleasant smell. Synthetic hair, on the other hand, will slowly melt rather than burn, and will have almost no smell.

flame
flame

Thirdly,Taking a look at the color. If the hair has subtle changes of color and highlights, chances are that it’s natural and has acquired its color through exposure to natural light. Because this look is really difficult to achieve by artificial means, so its presence may indicate natural hair.

color
color

Lastly,Feeling the texture. Each strand of natural hair is coated with scales,which means that the hair is smooth if you pinch and rub it moving downward, but resists and feels different if you rub it the other way. on the contrary,Synthetic hair is smooth whichever way you rub it.

hair texture
hair texture

 

We hope this can help you well in order to stop you being over-priced for a lower quality wig than what your paying for.If you don’t wanna waste time to detect these, Just go to Fairy Pocket and see what you like. We promise you every product is in high quality and no cheating forever!

Best Hair Dye Ideas For Black,Blonde,Brown and Red Hair

Hair Dyeing

Hair dyeing is always popular all across the world. Although it has been hot for a couple of years,hair dyeing is still faddish and in great demand. There are also many branches for hair dyeing such as Ombre, Balayage and Sombre,etc. Actually,the choice of colors  for hair dyeing is determined by your skin and hair tint. Women with brown hair can choose icy brown or cool chest nuts.And for them with red hair, peachy or golden ombre shades  are better choice to be shinning. However ,we really like to try new things for hair dyeing colors and there are always  many ladies who want more contrasting shades for their hair. Whatever you need, you’ll find some really cool ideas. Let’s see some gorgeous pictures.

1. Black Hair Dyeing

Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing
Black Hair Dyeing

2. Blond Hair Dyeing

blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing

 

blond hair dyeing
blond hair dyeing

3. Brown Hair Dyeing

Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing
Brown Hair Dyeing

4,Red Hair Dyeing

Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing
Red hair dyeing

5. Don’t wanna waste time? Try wearing a dyed wig in  immediate time. FairyPocket is an online store offering a variety of gorgeous human hair wigs, synthetic wigs, human hair extensions and other premium products.  Buy a nice dyed wig  and  free yourself in summer!

Easy Hairstyle For Short Hair

Summer is coming! Are you ready for hair liberation? If you want to go short, now there’s better time than ever to take immediate action. Short hair is really having a great moment right now. Looking for some cool, short hairstyles or haircuts? Or maybe just new ways of styling your short hair?  From bob to lob, pixie to shaggy, here are many short hairstyles to choose. Let’s get some inspiration now!

1. Beachy Wavy Style

Beachy Wavy Style
Beachy Wavy Style

2. Finger Wavy Style

Finger Wavy Style
Finger Wavy Style

3. Half Bun Style

Half Bun Style
Half Bun Style

4. Pompadour Style

Pompadour style
Pompadour style

5. Center Parted and Wavy Style

Center Parted and Wavy Style
Center Parted and Wavy Style

6. Straight and Smooth Style

Straight and Smooth Style
Straight and Smooth Style

7. Textured Wavy Bob Style

Textured Wavy Bob Style
Textured Wavy Bob Style

8. Pushed-up Pixie Style

Pushed-up Pixie Style
Pushed-up Pixie Style

9. Pushed-back Pixie Style

Pushed-back Pixie Style
Pushed-back Pixie Style

10. Braided Bangs Style

Braided Bangs Style
Braided Bangs Style

11. Topknot Style

Topknot Style
Topknot Style

12. Slightly Feathered

Slightly Feathered
Slightly Feathered

13. Short And Spiky Style

Short and spiky Style
Short and spiky Style

14. Voluminous And Shaggy

Voluminous And Shaggy Style
Voluminous And Shaggy Style
Voluminous And Shaggy Style
Voluminous And Shaggy Style

15. Short Hair Chignon Style

Short Hair Chignon Style
Short Hair Chignon Style
Short Hair Chignon Style
Short Hair Chignon Style

16. Try Easy Way – Wearing a wig from Fairy-Pocket wigs.

Fairy-Pocket wigs are of high quality and you can braid any style you like. We offer nice packaged wigs with some gifts for free shipping! Now try and have fun in Summer!

Easy Hairstyles For Long Hair

Have you  ever been through a time that woke up late with disheveled long hair but were in a hurry? Or found new hair styles but failed to pull it off  and lose your patient? As we kown,the advantage for long hair is the versatility.You can do anything you want with it and create any style in any circumstance.But there is not much time and energy for us to make it.That is why we found some useful and easy hairstyles for you to be more lovely to face the world.

       1,  Messy Bun

How to Braid Messy Bun
How to Braid Messy Bun

       2, Easy Twisty Bun

How to braid twisty bun.
How to braid twisty bun

        3, French twist

How to braid French twist
How to braid French twist

       4, Quick Holiday Hair

How to braid quick holiday hair
How to braid quick holiday hair

        5,Easy Chignon

How to braid easy chignon
How to braid easy chignon

         6,Low Rolled Updo

How to braid low rolled updo
How to braid low rolled updo

7,Wedding Hairstyle

How to braid wedding style hair
How to braid wedding style hair
How to braid wedding style hair
How to braid wedding style hair

        8, The Knot Pony

How to braid knot pony
How to braid knot pony

        9, The Bow bun

How to braid the bow bun
How to braid the bow bun

        10, Why not try a beautiful Wig

All our Fairy-Pocket Wigs are of high quality and can be braided into any style above! Go to www.fairypocket.com to find one wig you like! Enjoy!