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Tip Tuesday #84

Have allergies / sensitivities? When commissioning a costume make sure to the let commissioner know! That way they can let you know if there is a possibility of contamination, especially if you have sensitivities to common laundry products or pets!

If you are a commissioner, make sure to inform your clients if you have pets, live in a smoke-filled environment or use products that may cause people to react. 

Tip Tuesday #83

Working with fabric that has a lot of static cling? Rub the fabric with a dryer sheet to remove the static and make it smell fresh! 

Tip Tuesday #82

Use a soldering iron to cut intricate designs into thermoplastics. Soldering irons can also cut intricate designs into plastic-based (synthetic) fabrics, leaving an edge that won’t fray. You can also add battle damage to EVA foam with a soldering iron. 

Keep in mind that some materials may release gases when burned. Do this in a well ventilated area!

Tip Tuesday #81

Smooth your worbla seams by using an iron. Travel sized irons are especially great for small sized projects. 

Tip Tuesday #80

Use a bit of paint to colour in shadows and accent highlights on your costume. That way you have some control over the appearance of your costume in photos. This can also help you stand out while walking around!

Tip Tuesday #79

Have a masquerade backup plan in case your sound doesn’t work! This can be as simple as a short script for the announcer to read and a few poses to go with it. 

Tip Tuesday #78

Having trouble using your phone touch pad through gloves or a bodysuit? Use conductive thread! A couple stitches that touch your finger (when worn) will allow you to use your touch electronics. 

Tip Tuesday #77

Work with your photographer to get the best photos! That starts with you helping them to understand your character. Know your character’s poses and be able to explain who your character is in just a few sentences. Are you a downtrodden superhero with the ability to cling to walls and make witty comments, or a pop idol princess who loves to party?


 

Tip Tuesday #76

Some costumes are extremely limiting, some are not limiting at all but you want to find out your limits before the convention! Can you sit in the costume? Can you walk? Can you bend over? Can you pee? 

If your costume does limit you, see if there are changes you can make to accommodate wearing it around the convention. For example: pieces of armor can be made removable through straps, veclro or snaps. 

If your costume limits your ability to see, walk or remove the costume make sure you are bringing along a cosplay handler to help you out! 

Tip Tuesday #75

Looking to distress a belt? Give it some wear by rolling it up and unrolling it repeatedly. 

Tip Tuesday #74

When someone asks for a photo, stop and look around! Your hallway photos will improve if you move away from crowds and make sure there are no garbage cans behind you. 

It’s also polite to move so that you aren’t blocking hallways! Don’t worry, if you ask the photographer to move to the side with you they usually will. 

Tip Tuesday #73


light layer of baby powder to help it dry faster, look more natural, prevent shine and (in some cases) help seal* it.

*Always seal your body paint so it doesn’t rub off throughout the con.

Tip Tuesday #73

light layer of baby powder to help it dry faster, look more natural, prevent shine and (in some cases) help seal* it.

*Always seal your body paint so it doesn’t rub off throughout the con.

Tip Tuesday #72

After sanding your armor or prop might look smooth, but sometimes it’s hard to tell. Taking a picture with the camera flash can let you know if there are imperfections that will register when photographed at the con! 

Tip Tuesday #71:

When buying fabrics, purchase the hardest to find colour or fabric first. That way if the colour is a bit off from your references you can choose colours and fabrics that will compliment it. 






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