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Do you have any suggestions for making a Suzuha Amane wig from Steins;Gate? (sorry to ask such a specific question)
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If you’re really uncomfortable with cutting a wig you may want to get a shirt wig and add clip-on pigtails, but braid them.  Otherwise you could get a long wig and do the braids, and cut / style the rest.

Look at other cosplayers to get an idea of what they did and don’t be afraid to ask them questions. They may be able to tell you where they purchased their base wig as well. 

hello! i just saw you answer a question about color changing for dark eyes. In that response you linked to a site that catered to theatrical contacts for dark eyes. i was wondering if you had tips for the other side? I have a crazy light blue eye color and i have noticed that when i pick contacts the color gets faded or even changes because of my eye color. Do you think that the theatrical lense colors would work just as well on light eye colors?

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The same website (color-my-eyes.com) has lenses for light eyes, though I don’t know how well they work :) 

If you want a vibrant color you want to avoid “colour blending” lenses or printed lenses that have a lot of clear spaces between the colored dots. These look more natural, but because they blend with your natural eye colour you don’t get a huge colour change. Theatrical lenses are usually solid painted colour and so they show up really well.

Some examples:

image Theatrical lenses (pic from 9mmsfx.com)

 image regular color lenses, you can see the spaces where the regular eyecolour shows through. (pic from www.beautifeye.co.uk)

The more solid the colour of the lens, the more vibrant it will be. 

What about theatrical contacts for people with severe near/far-sightedness? I usually can’t find a good variety of colors for normal corrective lenses and once I factor in my prescription I can’t find hardly any.

Have a lot of money and throw that money at people who make custom lenses and/or carry a wide variety of prescriptions.

My boyfriend purchased his sharigan lenses from http://www.9mmsfx.net/ and they have a variety of lenses and prescription options. 

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Closing down the askbox in about 10 minutes because there are so many asks already/ Last chance to ask your questions for this week! It’ll be open again next week

annnd we’ve closed the ask box. Thanks to everyone who asked questions and helped out with answering! I’ll try to get through all the questions today but any that I don’t get to will be answered on the next Q&A Day. (Probably next Wednesday)

Any ideas on how to do some magnetic tricks?

re-submit please. What do you mean by “magnetic tricks” ? 

(I would say get some quality magnets and play around with them to see how strong they are and how far away you can pull from. Understand how they work and then you can apply that knowledge to your projects)

Easy Tricorn Hat Tutorial by curmudgeoncoutureView the full tutorial here:http://curmudgeoncouture.blogspot.ca/2014/04/easy-tricorn-hat-tutorial.html
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Answers are imminent! There are a lot of posts and we don’t want to spam your pretty dashboards! So if you get annoyed and want to block them? We’ll be posting with the tag #QAWednesday 

Just a reminder that we have a tag, so if you don’t like all these posts you can block them!Also: Thank you to everyone who has contributed their own answers! I don’t know everything and sometimes I forget obvious things, so I am glad I have so many followers willing to add their own experiences, tips, advice and answers.Keep it up!

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Answers are imminent!

There are a lot of posts and we don’t want to spam your pretty dashboards! So if you get annoyed and want to block them? We’ll be posting with the tag #QAWednesday 

Just a reminder that we have a tag, so if you don’t like all these posts you can block them!

Also: Thank you to everyone who has contributed their own answers! I don’t know everything and sometimes I forget obvious things, so I am glad I have so many followers willing to add their own experiences, tips, advice and answers.Keep it up!

I'm planning on cosplaying Bucky Barnes from the Winter Soldier. I was planning on making his arm out of craft foam, but I want magnets to stick to it. I don't have the tools or experience to work with actual metal, so I was thinking about purchasing magnetic spray paint from the hardware store. Do you know how well that works? I just need fridge magnets to stick to it.
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I haven’t used it myself and a quick google search gave me mixed reviews. I would suggest looking at the reviews for the specific product and see what people are saying. If there are a lot of bad reviews it is probably not worth trying. 

Alternatives? Hmmm.

  • You could try those peel-and-stick magnets that are usually at office stores. They can be used on parts of the arm and painted over, they should still be able to attract.
  • Depending on how you make the arm you could hide stronger magnets on the underside or even inside the arm itself. 
  • You could also use bits of metal for parts of your costume. Just make sure it’s a metal that magnets will stick to! 
  • You could use other methods of attaching things so it appears to be magnetic. Such as double sided tape or sticky glue tabs, snaps, velcro etc. 

Just keep in mind that these alternatives may limit where you can stick the magnets! Goodluck :) 

Do you have any tips or know of any tutorials for making stripped thigh highs or tights?

Common methods are making your own thigh highs from scratch from fabric that has the design on it through paint or custom printing , painting the socks (on a leg double), sewing your stripes onto the sock or trying out this non-permanent method

I've red your tutos, but i have still a question for a ftm crossplay. How can i do a "real" stubble-beard?
Anonymous

"real" as in actual hair? You could try using crepe wool/crepe hair to give yourself a beard and then cutting it down to stubble length, or a method I see mentioned commonly: cutting it up really fine and then attaching the bits to your face with a skin safe adhesive

These guides may also help you.

Keep in mind that practice makes perfect, you may want to experiment before the convention to get the techniques down!

Hello, I'm doing a punk!navi based off the Legend of Zelda fairy and was wondering how I should attach my wings? The wings are made out of copper wire without a housing. I used them for cosplay where I wore a corset so I just stuck the wire through the eyelets, but I don't know how to put them in my vest without them falling out.

Look at wing harness and fairy wing tutorials to get a sense of what will work best for your wings and the costume you are wearing. Remember that the method you use will need to support the weight of the wings, but it sounds like they are fairly light and so any fairy wing tutorial should have suggestions for you. 

There's a character I want to cosplay as (Kimigiku from Hakuouki) and the outfit I want to do has small amounts of netting on it. What would be the best way to sew the netting in? (I can send a picture if you need)

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I usually interpret bits of netting like that as an undershirt, and they do sell netting undershirts. Though it may be difficult to find netting in that cut. 

If you have a lining, you can sew the netting sandwiched in between the lining and the fabric, that should catch each strand and hold it in place. Heat & Bond or fabric glue can help hold it in place before sewing. 

You could also make it like a modesty panel and have it clip to the shirt, clip to your bra or otherwise attach. In which case you’d just need to finish the edges. 

Do you have any links on doing a crossplay? Like from boy to girl. Thanks :)
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Any tutorials on cell shading you recommend/could link me to? I wanna pull off a good Roland from Borderlands.

I think you’re best bet would be to print off some good references and experiment with it! You can test out the look of cell shading on clothes on paper or old clothes with a sharpie marker. You can also make a rough prop mockup to test it out before painting a real one. 

Do the same for the makeup, try it out a couple times before the convention. You’re mostly trying to match what is in the reference and the tweaking it for your own face shape. You may even want to include contouring so that you can further change your appearance. 

As for tutorials… try these ones out, they should help you!

Goodluck!

I'm thinking of doing Touka from Tokyo Ghoul. I was wondering if there's any way to manipulate a wing tutorial to work for her kagune, since it attaches to her like a wing and bares a similar shape? What materials could I use? (If it's too much/not feasible, I'll probably just cosplay her without it.)
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photo from: http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/638597

You could alter a wing tutorial for this, you’ll want to look at the harness and wing harnesses to get an idea of what will give you the best effect. If this is the dress the character wears you may find it difficult to hide the support system. it’s always important to think about the harness first because you may have to alter the rest of the costume to work with it. 

There are wing and wing-harness tutorials here:
http://cosplaytutorial.com/list.php#wingsharness

As for materials, you want to keep it as lightweight as possible. If the picture I posted was accurate I would look into using fabric over a wire frame similar to fairy wings.In some pictures it looks more fleshy, so you could think about painting the wings with latex but that will add weight to it. 

Hi! I'm going to be attempting a demon Yukine from Noragami. If you google it, you can see that he's got all of these creepy eyes all over. I've figured out how to do just about everything but those, all I keep coming up with is foam spheres cut in half, primed and painted. I feel like there has to be an easier or better looking way to make them though. Of course they also have to be light enough to be stuck to my back. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Ewwwww….awesome! I love creepy stuff like this!

Foam will work and is a cheap and lightweight solution. Though if you work with gelatin or silicone casting, well you can get some really creepy realistic looking stuff! 

Pretty much anything that you can form into the shape and paint will look pretty okay, just keep in mind the weight of the piece. 

Goodluck!

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