No excuses 

Yep! 

I have no excuses what so ever! 

2016 has been the slowest year for me so far since I started costuming. 

I could give you plenty of excuses. 

– my dog getting sick in the beginning of the year threw me off. I reduced the number of cons I attended this year to just cons I am working at. And I didn’t dress up. 

– I got lazy. No motivation at all. Just could NOT find it. 

– didn’t want to spend money on costumes. So the options I had were costumes I already had the materials. 

– the little motivation I was able to find got lost pretty quickly every time I got stuck in some part of the costume. 

Alright! Alright! These are not excuses. I’m just whining. 

Lol 

But I did have a lot on my plate this year and every time I was home and had some free time, all I wanted to do was relax and cuddle with my pup! 

And time just freaking FLEW by! And now the year is almost over. 

Thanks to Super Megafest, the only con I attended for fun, I was able to find enough motivation to finish Zarina. 

But first, of course, I got stuck! Lol 

So I sat down to work on the sword. 

I read somewhere that this girl made the sword completely out of worbla scraps. Of course there was no tutorial, but I was like… hey I have worbla. I can do it! 

Yeah? 

Noooooo! 


It started pretty ok I thing! I designed the shape from scratch and there we go! 

😳😳😳😳 

Nope! Didn’t work! Scratch that! 

Try again! 

Nope! 

One more time! 

Nope! 

I got a good looking shape and then I just couldn’t get it smooth 😢

Then I talked to a friend who’s the foam armor master. Got some tips, and tried with just foam! That would be easier to get it smooth right? 

Right! But I wasn’t able to get it in a good shape! 

Garbage! 

I gave up. 

I had ordered a plastic one from a kids costume accessory thingie. It was too small of course but that was better than nothing. 

I cut the Z and added to the “stick” I had made. 

I painted silver and voila. Completely disproportional, but better than nothing. 

Solution for the future? 

Commission a 3D print of it! 


After painting the skirt and having the pieces laying around my living room for. I this I finally sewed it together. 

That was the last piece that needed to be sewn. 


At this point I was running against time. 

The con was a week away and because I had been stuck with the sword, I still had quite a few details to make! 

The earring and bracelet were easy and quick but the earrings are missing 2 blue beads each. I just couldn’t find beads that were a good size but had a large hole to actually got through the earrings. Oh well. 

They will be mostly hidden under my hair anyways. 

Oh and that’s another reason why I’m not getting the ears. 

No one will see them anyways. 


I had decided to make the belt out of pieces of wood and use 3D puffy paint for the details. 

Well first attempt didn’t work. I made the mistake of covering the pieces of wood with gesso and sanded the crap out of it. 

But still didn’t get it smooth enough! 😦 

Then I did it again. No gesso. Just sanded the wood, covered with shlac and AWESOME! 

I painted first then added the details. The 3D paint dried to match the spray paint perfectly. 🙂 yey so happy. 

I had to wait for the 3D paint to dry really well tho. It kept glueing to the pieces wherever they touched. 


And with almost everything done and out of the way I got the wings out ready to give it the last details. 

Omg can I tell you how much I wanted to cry????? 

The wings wouldn’t stay up! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

Omg 😲 Just wanted to die. 

SMF was 3 days away and my wings weren’t working. 


I knew exactly where the problem was so I sat down to fix it and!!!!! 

Almost chopped my finger off. 

😭😭😭😭😭😭

How to work on a costume when your finger won’t stop bleeding???? 

2 days to go! No finger and no wings. 

HOW CAN YOU BE A FAIRY WITH NO WINGS?????? 

Then just because I wasn’t behind enough, why. It make something else? Sounds good to me! 

Blue pixie dust in a jar coming right up! 

Lol 

If you don’t know the story, Zarina was a Dust Keeper fairy and she leaves Pixi Hollow after a dust mishap and becomes a pirate. She is the captain in Hooks ship actually, intends the make pixie dust to help the pirates do pirate things. She goes back to Pixie hollow and steals the blue dust (what they use to make pixie Dust. The whole movie is basically about the dust that she carries in a bag. How can I not have that????? 

Painting glass with midge podge. 

I couldn’t find the tiny little led lights so I got snowflakes for now. 

New costume!

I couldn’t stop thinking about a new costume. A new project!
For a while now, I have been wanting to make a costume with lots of armor so i can use lots of worbla! (I love worbla!!!) something I haven’t done before!

That’s basically what I want to concentrate on now: Things I havent done before! I had never done a costume with prosthetic and body paint! DONE!
Now I want to do armor and wings. But not together! Hahaha the wings I would love to make just wouldn’t match up with armor! (I wanna make something like fairy wings! Delicate looking!)

It was hard to find an armor costume that I liked. I don’t want Mando! (Although there are a couple Mando characters is love to make one day, but I did make Mando armor just a couple of years ago for the CTG group costume at SMF)
I also don’t want another Wonder Woman… At least not for another year hahaha (there are way too many wonderful Wonder Woman versions out there and I wish I could make them all!)

Anime seems to have some pretty badass female armored characters! But I’m not into anime! So it seems silly! I still feel I need to have a connection to the costume to justify that amount of time and money I’d invest in it!

In my research I found Lady Sif. I’m not familiar with the character though and I haven’t even watched Thor (neither of them) but I like the armor! A lot!
It’s a mix of armor and leather and I love it! I like her battle look which will give me the opportunity to do some fx make up as well (the cut on her face) that I have never done before!

I have watched her battle scene… I think it’s on the second Thor, and also started reading a bit about the character… Just get more familiar with her story!
And what’s exciting me more about this costume is that FINALLY I will have a marvel costume! 😀
I do have one! psylocke! Which I wore ONCE because it makes me feel a bit naked hahaha I love it though so I haven’t even thought about selling it! But I don’t have any plans of wearing it again!
And besides Psylocke ALL my costumes are DC or Disney! 😛
It will be nice to have a another marvel one!!!! 😉

Right now I’m doing some drawing… Piece by piece so I can see all the details and trying to figure out how to do stuff! Like carving craft foam, doing the edges on the worbla, etc!!!!

I have lots of leather (real one) and quite a bit of worbla left (will need more though) I found a fabric that mimics chainmail (a more delicate look) and I’m ordering some swatches to see if it will work! If it doesn’t work that will mean I will need to get my hand into chainmailing as well! EXCITING HuH???

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I’m super excited already! And since I have lots of materials left over I can pretty much start working on it already!!!!!

Always exciting to have a new project!

I also feel it’s time to get back to jasmine! What you think?!?

Oh and I just got 2 ideas for costumes with wigs!!!! 🙂

Soooo exciting!!!!

I love you WORBLA!!!

Soooo worbla is just awesome!!!!
Like seriously cool!!!!

If you don’t know what worbla is, it’s this thermoplastic thingie! (Sorry for the very technical terms hahah)
It comes in sheets of different a sizes and you can find a link to buy it here!
The worbla gets soft when heated and you can pretty much do anything with it!!!

This is a very lazy explanation of what’s worbla! Hahah but check it out on the website and you will understand it better!!!

I’m loving working with it because finally I get to make an armor like Wonder Woman!!!
I started months ago and made some patterns, cut the foam, etc etc.
And this weekend I decided to at least finish it all!

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I got this chocolate mold on amazon and it’s perfect for the stars! But then I made a mistake of putting the worbla in the mold without covering it up with something. I COULDN’T GET IT OUT!!!
So i tried again, this time covering the mold with a piece of plastic. Voi la! Easy peasy! (Oh if you heat up little scraps of worbla it sort of turns into something like play dough. That’s what I put in the mold!)

I had made a tiara before using 2 pieces of worbla with the foam in the middle. And I also made it longer, almost wrapping around my head. It was too long and too thick. Sooooo I made a new one!!!

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The belt came up a bit bigger than I actually wanted but in the end I’m sticking with it. I made a little mistake on the top and may need the belt to cover it up IF I can’t fix it!!!!!

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I had made the eagle with craft foam a long time ago. I had also “sculpted” the center of the bird that is raised on the chest plate. I figured I would form the craft foam and worbla in too of it! But when I sat down to really think about it, it wouldn’t work.
So I made a new Eagle out of foam. Then I glued the sculpted part on the center of it with hot glue, then I glued the stripe pieces (that would give that effect of ittle gap lines on it) over the whole thing!!!
Worked perfectly!!!!

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Then the tedious part of covering everything with gesso!

I’m using the gesso to help out make it smooth. I hope it works cause it’s a lot of boring work!
I am not even sure how many layers of gesso I have to give it. So far I’ve done 4!
I may just give another 2 or so!
Then it’s sanding sanding sanding! :/

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Mac was not impressed with me working all weekend. Hahah
Isn’t he cute?

Playing with worbla and FMQ

Oh I know, I know… if you are reading this, you are asking yourself what the heck is FMQ. Right?

Well… just bare with me for a little bit and I will show you! 😉

Today I got to play with WORBLA!

Worbla is a thermoplastic material, which basically means you can mold it by heating it! You can use a blow drier, or heating gun, of apparently even hot water. With heat the material will become soft and easy to mold into whatever fancies your imagination.

You can learn more about itand see all the amazing possibilities here!

Worbla (I just love saying this word! it’s so weird its almost lovely!!! lol) it’s one of those things that one day you NEVER ever heard of it, then suddenly everyone in the costuming world is talking about.

Ive been reading about it for months and making plans on my mind. See the thing is… I ALWAYS wanted another Wonder Woman costume, but with a armor type breast plate, tiara and bracelets, but I never knew how to make it. =/ I can sew, but all those other little details, especially armor like pieces, I just couldn’t find a way of making. I researched armor make with craft foam. didn’t like much. also I found out a lot of people uses real metal… but they have special tools to cut it. I did NOT want to spend the money on those tools. so I pretty much just gave up. (I know, I know… I could have commissioned it. but where’s the fun on that??? lol)

So when I started reading about worbla I was sooooo excited! I could finally try something that didn’t involve new expensive tools, paying for someone to make it for me!

I bought it from Cosplay Supplies. I got 2 large sheets and I can’t remember the price. it’s definitely not a super cheap material, but it’s not super expensive either. it’s just… expensive! lol hopefully I can make tons of things with it!

I tested with a tiny bit of it. just to see how it really works. I started with a hair blow drier. It works! but it definitely takes a long time. worbla has 2 sides… a smooth shiny one, and a textured one. The smooth part is works as an adhesive part when heated, making it easy to “glue” it to itself or other things.

After a few tries with the blow drier, I decided to suck it up and use the heat gun! I was actually afraid to use it (that’s why I tried with the blow drier first.) because if you over heat it the worbla with bubble. =/ But everything was good with the heat gun and so much faster.

After doing a test run, I decided to make wonder woman’s tiara.

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the sheet of worbla is thin. so to give pieces depth, people use craft foam. You sandwich it inside 2 pieces of worbla. Which is pretty awesome if you think of it. You can give your pieces whatever depth you want. =D

so I cut the pattern, 3 times. 2 times on worbla, and once with craft foam. Using the heat gun on the smooth side and then putting the craft foam on top of it. to make sure it didn’t cool down in some areas before I put the foam on it, I heated small sections at a time. When it was nicely “glued” on I trimmed the edges for the worbla as close as possible to the foam.

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Then I did the same thing with the other piece of worbla.

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I heated again the same way I did before, little by little and pressed the foam to it. after it was all done I used that purple carving tool to press down the edges. that’s what will give the depth, thickness to the piece!

By this point I was already deeply in love with this thing. the Worbla I mean!!!! it’s pretty amazing and easy to work with.

I noticed that heating it makes it change the color a little bit. Very little. it gets a bit darker. That what I paid close attention to while heating it so I wouldn’t over heat it!

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And look at this!!!!! OMG I just love it!!! Like really really love it.

That detail I did with just another piece of worbla without the foam. I wanted that look and feel but without being too thick.

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The thing with this material is that the textured side will be on the outside. That is great if you are actually looking for that effect. if you are not… if you want a smooth finish to your piece you will have to work to achieve it!!!

In all my researches if learn that you can get that smooth look by covering it with liquid gesso, and sanding it smooth. So it was time to gesso it up! You gotta give it some coats of gesso actually, to make sure you can sand it nicely. I used acrylic liquid gesso from Liquitex (you can find that at Michael’s. Ive given it 5 coats of gesso so far, and I think it’s pretty much done. I may give another, just in case.

I also got a modge podge sealant thing. I think it will help give it an even smoother finish. Ill have to do a test piece first though because I don’t even know if I can spray paint on top of it but my idea is to sand the gesso smooth then apply at least one coat of that sealant.

while I was applying the gesso on  (letting it dry completely between coats) I started practicing FMQ!

what the heck is that, you are asking since the very beginning right???

FMQ is Free Motion Quilting. It’s when you make those swirly patterns with your sewing machine, or even stitch around different shapes, etc.

Now you may be asking yourself why the heck I want to learn that!!! well… because I am crazy.

while looking (and saving) reference pictures of Jasmine I noticed her costume’s fabric had some patterns. first I realized it was actually 2 different fabric. a sheer one on top of the other. Then in many pictures it looks like it has very light polka dots on it.

Look!

jasmine-oasis2010Can you see it????

Looks like little faded polka dots doesn’t it???

But then I saw this picture!

patternsee the swirly stitches in there??? I do lol

so that’s what the FMQ is for.

Ive never done it, so today I decided to practice!

and this thing is a bitch! they make it looks so easy on those tutorials! but it’s not!

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See the beginning on the far corner??? That’s where I began. Shaky, and some stitches just “jumped” out of the pattern!  o.O

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That took a while!!!! I can’t even imagine how long it’s going to take me to do that! it won’t be as tight and close together though, but i’m sure it will be very time consuming! and the polka dots??? they are sequins!

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The image on the right is the FMQ on blue fabric, with a slightly lighter blue thread and covered with the blue sheer fabric. It sort of gives the right effect! I just need the sequins!!!

That was all for today!!! I was pretty happy and excited with all the results I got today, right until I tuned off my sewing machine and unplugged the pedal cord from it and gosh knows what I did, something from inside few out, and the pluggie part on the machine is not there anymore. So I can’t plug the pedal. =(

I have a spare machine that I can use but it’s not as good as this one! it will do the job, of course, but I am sooooo pissed I broke it. Why did I even unplugged the pedal??? I don’t need to do that! I never do it! GRRRRR

well at least I had a good progress on stuff!