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Wings people! WINGS

So I kind of lied! 

Kind of! 

Lol 

My next step on My Zarina wasn’t drafting the skirt, but working on the wings. 

I’m just too excited about these wings because like I said, I love working on things I’ve  never done before. 

I decided to make the wings with wire instead of poster board for the frame. As much as I think the ones with paper are super pretty and well done, I wanted to do it with wire. 

Last year when i started gathering materials for this I ended up buying wire 16! I always get confused with the Gauge of wire. The highest the thinner right?!? 

So i don’t know! I bought it on amazon when I got the film for it as well. When it arrived I realized it was too thick. It would make some pretty sturdy wings but!!!! It would be way too hard to work on! :( 

I ended up “archiving” that project for a few months until a couple of weeks ago when I went to Walmart and saw the wires! 

This time around I could touch it and bend it and decide for myself what gauge would be better.

I got 18. I’ve seen some tutorials out there with 18 for the outer frame and 20 for the inside details. But I figured 18 was just fine. 

I got a solder thingie too. 

I’ve never used that thing before. 

I got a simple, craft one from Michaels. It comes with 2 tips, the thingie to melt, and some cooper thingie they use for glass thingies! 

(COME ON PEOPLE!!! Aren’t you super impressed with my vast knowledge of THINGIE terms????? Lol sorry. I honestly don’t remember the names of all those “thingies” lol I’m still learning!!!!) 

Even tho it’s like a simple one just for craft I think it’s perfect for what I need!!!! 

I got a big cardboard trifold because I just didn’t have a big piece laying around😦 had to buy it! 

But, important tip here!!! Transferring your design to the cardboard is the best. Gives a nice, flat and sturdy surface to work the wire on! 

I read lots of tutorials about making wings. And I watched many YouTube videos about how to solder, and yesterday I decided I was ready!!!! 

I taped the wire down as I shaped it. There’s no way in heavens and earth that I could do this without taping it down. 

And then I soldered it almost every time I put a piece down. Unless they were many smaller pieces. 

Then I lay them all in place and taped them, then I soldered them. 


I have to say! The whole process was much easier than I thought. And a lot of fun to make it as well. 

I did burn my fingers a lot. But that’s because I’m stupid. Like, this is the easiest way to teach dumb people about heat conduction. Seriously! 

It isn’t even that I don’t know about it…. But still, dumb brain is forgetful and I would just touch the damn wire anyways. Lol 

By the end of one side of the wings I just literally could NOT stand the pain on my fingers. 😔 


I am so so happy with how it turned out! Definitely much much better than I expected for my first try. 

I will probably solder a bit on the other side as well, just to make sure it’s really good. 

To tell you the truth I don’t know if it needs it or if it will actually make it better, but in my mind, my crazy logic, it makes sense. 

Lol 

With my new crazy schedule at work, troops almost every weekend, and my dog still acting a bit weird from time to time, I’m not quite sure when I’m going to find time to get back to this. But I hope it will be soon! 

Wow!

It’s been 6 months already?!? Damn! 
Time is just going to fast! And my lack of updates in this blog kind of have a good reason! 

Kind of! 

This year started well! New Legion costume project!!!! SHADOW TROOPER! 

I’ve been wanting to do another 501st armor costume for quite some time, but I just couldn’t make up my mind. 

At the end of last year I finally did!!! 

Got my kit as a Xmas gift for myself and started the year right!!!!!! 

But then I took a break! I was doing so well and going so fast and then I lost my motivation somewhere over there.  
Listen! I have to drill 2 holes into that pretty helmet of mine and I’m freaking out. So I just stopped everything! 

And then! My dog got sick.😦

What a nightmare. All I did was take care of him and cry. 

Costumes were definitely NOT my priority. 


He got better! Thank God! But I still haven’t found the motivation I need! 

:( 

I’m trying. 

Doing some scout work here and there and some fairy designs so I can get started on Zarina! Especially now that I found a tinkerbell!!!! ☺️ (my friend Brie) 


The wings were not as hard to draw but I have to confess. I couldn’t find a clear picture of zarina’s wings. As you know fairy wings are unique. Like… Fingerprints of sorts (although periwinkle and Tinkerbell have the same – they are sisters) so it is very important for me to get zarina’s wings right and not just use a generic one. 

I looked everywhere. Couldn’t find it. 

I didn’t watch the movie again! Maybe I could find more details there and screen cap it or something. 

Oh well. 

The only place I could find some details was on pictures of Zarina’s doll! 

Still not very good but it was the best I could find. 

Another thing I don’t understand when I see fairy cosplayers out there is the size of the wings. 

They are usually very small, but I wanted to make them proportional for my size. You know what I mean! 
For example. Look at her wings. 

See how much they go above her head? 

That’s how I want it on me! That much above my head! Proportional to my size!!!! So yeah! They will be big wings. When I drew them larger the actual design inside changed a bit. It was much easier to follow her patterns inside the longer wings! 

I’m excited to make them and the design came out looking ok. 

It’s the first time I make wings like that! And I love making things for the first time. 

:) 


She also has that design on her skirt. 

I stared at it forever trying to understand it so I could replicate it. 

Omg 😳😳😳😳

Thank you VERY MUCH Christin Siriano! 😳 damn! 

I stared at that thing for days. FOR REALS! 

I finally got it. I THINK! 

I won’t show it now! Just when it’s done cause I think painted in the right colors will make it look even better. 
Next step is drafting the skirt. I’ve seen many costumes out there. Great ones. But none of them reflect the way the skirt actually is on the movie. Even Sirianos life size costume they had on exhibition somewhere! The skirt is nowhere even close to the one in the movie. 

Does it mean it’s impossible to make it like that?????? 

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!!! 

Lol 

I hope to have Zarina ready for Hartford ComiCONN. 

Fingers crossed!!!! 

Wrapping up with SMF

As always my last costuming convention of the year is Super MegaFest! 

And also as always the BEST way to end the year:with friends having so much fun, mildly intoxixated of course lol 

SMF is that con that I go because of friends! I mean! All of them I honestly go because of the friends I’m gonna see there, but it seems SMF is always more about the people than the celebrities or panels or whatever. 

And like every year SMF debt disappoint. So much fun was had! And I am glad to say that now we don’t need to wait until November for another one. Spring SMF will happen again next year!!! Yeeeey 

I didn’t take too many pictures but I did have a photo shoot with Stolen Soul Photography!!!!! 

   
    
   
I know ibwasborettyvlzy this year about costumes and stuff. I started a bunch and didn’t finish ANY! So I cannot believe that this SUPER LAST MINUTE one came out so awesome!!!! 

I will try to do better next year with the costumes. I am reimagining my tiny sewing corner again because I know it’s the clutter and the mess that takes all my motivation away from me. 

:( 

It’s so hard to organize so much stuff (fabrics and costumes) in such a tiny space (my apartment) and the mess just annoys me so much, I can’t sit down to sew! 

Not an excuse. Just reality! 

Anyways…

As I wrap up the costuming con year I get ready for the very very very last con for me! Walker Stalker NJ/NY!!! The last volunteering one. 

Super excited to see my other con family and end the year with a nice BANG!!!!! 

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PCD – post con depression 

I already miss RICC SO MUCH! 

It was just soooo much fun! 

If you didn’t go, you missed it!!!!! 

Like always I don’t spend much time on my phone while I’m on the con floor. Not even for pictures. 

I even left my phone in my room quite a few times! I don’t really mind being away from it but it does mean I take very few pictures during the day!!!!! 

Here are a few of them! 

Great moments with great friends!!!!!! 

Opening Ceremony with the New England Garrison (and a few CTG ers)   
   

Night time shenanigans with Scott and Eric! 

   
 New costume debut!!!! This is what I slaved in for the past week!!!!

    

    
 
Wonder Woman Sunday for the kidsCon!!!    
 

Last minute? Again! 

It’s becoming a tradition! 

Last minute costumes for RICC is becoming a tradition. 

I just decided yesterday to make a whole new costume! WHAT??????? 

Long story short, I ended up going to Walmart for fabric because I had no time to drive 40 minutes to go to joanns! (Seriously joanns! Time to open a store around this area!) 

And thanks to the super rude woman who cuts the fabric I ended up getting everything for free! 

I had to buy a special hat (hint hint) and pay express shipping for it because otherwise I wouldn’t get it in time… So it ended up being SUPER cool to end up not spending a penny with the fabric! (And thanks to the manager who dealt with the issue promptly) 

As always the costume is a surprise but just so you know… I’m not sleeping this week! 

Whaaaat?????? Sleeping is overrated anyways! Lol 

  

RICC

I know I haven’t posted in soooo long. I sort of took a few months off of making costumes and worrying about them! It’s been nice and I miss it! Especially now with my 2 favorite cons coming up I’m getting the itch! 

Let’s see what I can put together in less than a month!!! 

Hahah

And first con on my schedule this end of the year is RICC! 

If you have never been, SERIOUSLY! What are you waiting for???

They guest list is amazing and HUGE! 

There’s always someone or something to please everyone!

And there’s me! Hahahahah

I will be there!!!!!  

 

Do you believe in Magic? 

Now I do! 

Or at least I believe that dreams can come true!!!! 

When I was little all I ever wanted to do was go to Disney world! One day I asked my mom if there would ever be possible for her and my dad to take me there! She said NEVER! 

Soooo like tiana says: I worked really hard, each and every day… And so, I took myself there! (Now you know one of the reasons why I love tiana so much) 

This was my 7th time at Disney but it’s always very special! This time around even more so because of this!!!! 

 

That’s me! Tiny TK marching in a parade inside a Disney Park! WHAAAAAT????? 

Yep. How amazing is that???? 

Seriously when we stepped off, I was cool! We did the first turn and I saw the stage with all the Star Wars things… I think goofy Vader was up there cause I remember seeing the helmet head! All the SWW stuff I had only seen on YouTube! And then… That was it! 

I cried so hard inside my helmet! (Thank goodness for helmets hahaha)

I can’t explain exactly how I felt!!!! I mean!!!! PARADE!!!!!!! DISNEY!!!! ME!!!!! THERE!!!!!!! MARCHING!!!!!!! 

OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG 

then someone out in the crowd shouted: ARENT YOU TOO SHORT FOR A STORMTROOPER???? 

😂😂😂😂😂 

Oh lady thank yoooou! Cause then I stopped crying and started laughing… At the same time I did my best to not move my head and keep pace with the tk next to me!!!! 

And then I thought…. WOW!!! 

What are all the crazy AMAZING AWESOME things I got to do because of the Legion?????? Besides all the amazing people I got meet because of the 501st!!!! 

I would not  be there, walking that parade, if I wasn’t 501st!!!!!! 

I swear, my heart was sooooo soooooo sooooo grateful I started crying again!!!!!!

Then thank goodness a friend in the crowd called my name and made me laugh again!!!!!! 😄

Of course! I cannot forget to thank the florida Garrison and Lance, cause the amount of work these people put on this troop, to make it happen, is just unbelievable! And the FLG staff and the Disney cast members took really good care of us, making sure we were all hydrated and looking sharp!!!! 

Thank you so so so so much guys! You rock!