No worries! I’ve got a bunch of these type of God Tiers messages and I’ve been meaning to photograph how I did this and that but I have yet to get that opportune moment when I can/want to dig out my costumes for pics and type up the accompanying tl;dr.
In short though, I used wire in the hood, with a loop around John’s neck (VERY bad idea: it was a last minute costume so I slapped that part together just before the con and it cut into his shoulders since it lacked a harness :/). For my boots I just made fleece boot covers over some random loafers I picked up thrifting. I covered the bottoms with felt too which, while neat looking makes it difficult to walk in anything at all slippery so things are a tad precarious when roaming around in giant wings and slippery shoes.
I haven’t made one yet, sorry!
My shitty templates are uber simple mspaint. I find a panel that has the one of the wings as flat as I can find and then I clean it up, coloring over any bits that aren’t wing ( and part of the sprite that is overlapping what would be wing) with the wing pattern based on other panels. Then I color over the back ground a solid shade and copy+paste+vertical axis flip so that I now have two matching wings to form my ghetto pattern. It isn’t much but it is highly helpful to have a full image of what you are going for before you start crafting.
The entire outfit is made of fleece, including the boots.
I picked them up at a local
stripper exotic dancer sexy wear shop, called Electrique Boutique. They were a chance find and I was super lucky/pleased to come across them! It was the last place I could thought to check too since the con was so close!
I know they have a website, maybe they are listed online too?
I try to answer them as they come but sometime I get sidetracked and then forget until I get another Ask to remind me that I have an Inbox (I don’t get many so I’m not in the habit). If you sent me something cosplay related and I haven’t answered it it is probably because a) I need to find a specific link to couple with the answer, since many folks wanna know where I bought this or that or b) I’m waiting on a response from someone else (this is the case with the mspa commission questions I get. I recently read that Hussie’s GF took over answering that sort of thing so I want a reply before I respond to any of that sort of stuff). Sorry if I’ve missed your Ask, I promise I’m not intentionally ignoring anyone, merely bad at being a person! Feel free to resend something if I don’t reply in several days and you see me active on tumblr. It is also possible that tumblr ate whatever you sent, as that happens to me all the time and I’m always afraid to Ask someone if they got this or that.
EDIT: Also, if it is cosplay related, you may want to check out the ‘homestuck cosplay help’ tag on my blog (which I’ve got linked on the right side-bar at present) or the (less populated) ‘cosplay help’ tag.
Awwww, thanks Anon but there are plenty of superb Vriskas out there! So many other gr8 cosplayers~!
I use Ben Nye’s “Cadaver Grey P-15 Creme Foundation”. A lot of troll cosplayers mix a different shade of gray with equal parts white but I personally think that turns out too dark generally. I spend bookoos of time getting the foundation all even and then I seal it with the Colourless Neutral Set Ben Nye Powder, liberally applied (which ends up with a lot of powder on everything so I put a towel over my costume before I start my make-up [and I only have my costume on already since it rubs on my face when I slip it on over my head]). After powdering, I finishing things off with Ben Nye’s Final Seal spray. I usually put my eye makeup on after I powder but before I spray, powder seal those bits and then spray everything in several spritz (or having someone else do it since it is hard to spray one’s face with eyes closed and still get a good distance away/close).
Oh! And be sure to get Ben Nye’s Remove All too, since this stuff is a bitch and a half to take off once you’ve Final Seal’d it! If you don’t have a good remover then you will have the scrub your face to the point of PAIN. The makeup will smear a bit anyway, which is why I wear arm-socks and just paint my face.
Did I cover everything??
Omega—kitten and I finally got around to doing our (late) Christmas crafty gift exchange! We live far away from each other and both of us are hella lazy to boot.
I decided to make her some new Aradia horns since she mentioned wanting a new set but also didn’t really want to go through the process again. I figured they’d save her some crafting time later, plus I’ve got a weird masochistic relationship with sanding things.
These things took forever…!
The initial wire frame and the foiling wasn’t so bad but once I stated paperclaying the trouble started. I was using old paperclay, which was a bit dried out at the time so I had to take x4 as long to wet and rework the clay before even applying it to the horns in order to work the lumps out. After that process I sanding these babies til they were beautiful.I was so proud of that silky smooth texture, umf!
I was planning to give them to her like such, since we were going to meet up at ikki but I ended up forgetting them. :(
So, I decided, ‘hey, I’ve got more time, now I can seal and paint them!’
That was a bad idea.
I mod podged them with some nasty old podge which ended up causing far more harm than good. That was just the start of my mod podge woes, however. The old podge ended up gunking up all the work I put in to the sanding! AND THEN, as I’ve frantically trying to remedy this, I drop the wet podge horn in a pile of dry glue flakes, to top matters off. I think each horn now has around 7+ layers of mod podge since everything kept fucking up so severely. A proper comedy of errors, this process was!
Anyway, this horror went on for a few weeks (be thankful I’m only posting this highly abridged version) and I was eventually able to get them presentable again, though no where near as gorgeous as before. ;_________;
The paint job is pretty shitty too, as I was down to the wire after all those mishaps. Repainting isn’t tough though, especially with all that podge on there, heh.
Still, yay Aradia horns!
My wings have a ‘U’ shaped part in the back that slides into a waist cincher (a very loose cincher, I’ll add, since anything even remotely tight will dig the wires in to your back. via a horizontal slit cut in the back of my tunic. With my Vriska wings I forgot to make this before cellophaning so I had to peel the cellophane apart, craft the ‘U’ and then recellophane that area; the ‘U’ also looks pretty rough due to this. With Aradia’s I used some forethought and made the ‘U’ built in, attatching the wings together just before cellophaning. That opened a whole new can of issues since I found it difficult to manuver while trying to cellophance the seperate wings, particularly since I lack floor space.
If that comes off as confusing I know I answered this more thoroughly a while back, if you wanna search “homestuck cosplay help” tag on my blog. If that fails, just Ask me again and I’ll try to make more sense, lol.
I’m pretty terrible at explaining things but I do try!
Uuhh, lesse, layers. Yeah, I mixed some iridescent in there with the red to give the wings an insectoid sheen.
“did you melt the cellophane around the wire frame?”
I’m not quire certain what you mean here. Yes, I did use heat to stabilize the whole endeavour but I didn’t really melt much. Cellophane is pretty delicate so once you get to the point of meltage you usually have a problem. You should use just enough heat to slightly meld the pieces together. I’ve found that the irridence rolls are also far more likely to burn through than the coloured ones so take heed of that too. If you are referring to the edges of the wings then yes and no. I tried to use an open flame to clean the edges up first and botched that so: on vriska’s I tucked the edges under with hot glue (and burned every finger, several times) while on Aradia’s I left the edges open, since her wing design suits that better, even if the silhouette isn’t as cool as Vris’s set.
Ah, well, what I do with my boot covers is sandwich my leg (obviously while wearing the shoe that is to be covered) in between the fabric (wrong-side out) and the pin it so that it fits, tight. Then I draw in the fabric so that I can have a clearly defined seam line to follow with my machine. Once that’s done I unpin enough to get the thing off my leg and then repin once it’s off so that the pins are perpendicular with the drawing line. Then, sew!
The first time I did this was with spandex so it worked out surefine but my Vriska boots are fleece so I had to half-ass the velcro in the back; I stress the need leave some excess room in the back of that you can add some sort of closure device.
I don’t think I have a tutorial since I winged it but, if time permits, next time I end up making boot covers I’ll take some photo reference.