Hey! Would angelus white paint show up on black rain boots? Im making boots for Keith from Voltron, and didn’t know if I should use angelus or craft foam!! Thank you!

Hey! Would angelus white paint show up on black rain boots? Im making boots for Keith from Voltron, and didn’t know if I should use angelus or craft foam!! Thank you!

From my understanding Angelus will show up bright on the black surface and it does work on rain boots, so you should be good. You will need to prep the surface for painting, and it may take more than one coat to get a solid colour. Check their FAQ for prepping information, they recommend an adhesion promoter for prepping rubber. 

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Hey cosplaytutorial, i’m working on a biggish project for next year and i was wondering if you could help me. I am looking for plastic chainmail and other chainmail alternatives. Do you know anywhere that would sell them?

Hey cosplaytutorial, i’m working on a biggish project for next year and i was wondering if you could help me. I am looking for plastic chainmail and other chainmail alternatives. Do you know anywhere that would sell them?

From my understanding, it is way cheaper to make your own links for chainmaille than it is to buy them. I think this would be true for plastic links as well! If you want to make your own I would check out this tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/PVC-Chainmail/

If you are looking to buy them then I would suggest trying sites like Amazon, eBay, aliexpress, taobao and other places where you can buy craft items in bulk. Try searching for jump rings.

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Do you have any tutorials for making birthmarks ( not covering them)? I am planning to do a D&D oc for a local con and she has a port wine stain birthmark covering most of her face. I have only been able to find how to make beauty marks or covering birthmarks. If you could help, that would be wonderful. Thank you.

Do you have any tutorials for making birthmarks ( not covering them)? I am planning to do a D&D oc for a local con and she has a port wine stain birthmark covering most of her face. I have only been able to find how to make beauty marks or covering birthmarks. If you could help, that would be wonderful. Thank you.

I would start by collecting reference pictures of birthmarks, ones that look close to what you are trying to achieve. 

The next step determining the colour (port-wine stains are more red/purple whereas birthmarks are usually brown) and looking for either foundation or theatrical makeup that would give you the right colour. Depending on the look you want and your budget, you may want to mix colours or use multiple colours to get the right look. 

Once you have the makeup, I would experiment with applying it. If you want consistency and sharp edges you can create a stencil and use a sponge to stipple it on. Then use a brush to blend out the edges and make them a bit less sharp and more natural. If you want to freehand it, then you can paint it on with a brush. 

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I’m planning on making Bayonetta’s costume from Bayonetta 2 but I’m not certain how I should go about making the “embroidery” parts. I do like embroidery and have done it before but I don’t know how it would work on stretch pleather. I think I might go with 4 way stretch so that’s a problem. Any ideas would be appreaciated. I’ve also thought about just drawing the designs but I kinda want to include embroidery in some of them. Would mixing look bad?

I’m planning on making Bayonetta’s costume from Bayonetta 2 but I’m not certain how I should go about making the “embroidery” parts. I do like embroidery and have done it before but I don’t know how it would work on stretch pleather. I think I might go with 4 way stretch so that’s a problem. Any ideas would be appreaciated. I’ve also thought about just drawing the designs but I kinda want to include embroidery in some of them. Would mixing look bad?

If you embroider the pleather you’ll lose the stretch. You also risk damaging the pleather because the holes stay in the fabric.

A mix of embroidery and paint can work for costumes but you really have to plan out how you use them. They have two very different textures and paint (aside from puff paint) looks flat, it will look even flatter when used next to embroidery.

For the mantle(?), the piece with the details worn over her bodysuit I think you could use a different fabric and embroider it. You could also use a thicker pleather and embroider a test-swatch to see if it can support it. If not, embroider a piece of applique and sew or glue the applique to the mantle.

The designs on her legs and stomach are a little harder. You can’t really use applique because, like embroidery, it also doesn’t allow for stretching. If you paint it, your paint also needs to be able to stretch. So what I would suggest is figuring out how much stretch you need with the body suit. If you can spare a bit of stretch to embroider the design, and testing the embroidery on a scrap doesn’t damage the fabric’s integrity, I would suggest doing so for the best appearance. If embroidery would damage the fabric then I would do the applique pieces and stitch or glue them in place. If you can’t spare the stretch then a stretch paint (like liquid latex) can be used to add the pattern but without the dimension.

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Hi! I’d like to do an open chest cosplay, and thought that a nice way to go about it in my case would be to disguise a binder with fake bandages- to make it seem that my chest is covered due to injury instead of biology. A tube top or corset-like setup for it would be ideal so it could be reused, I think. What kind of fabric/pattern would work in this case? This isn’t a modern character, so using regular bandages would look strange? Thank you for your help and advice, I really appreciate it!

Hi! I’d like to do an open chest cosplay, and thought that a nice way to go about it in my case would be to disguise a binder with fake bandages- to make it seem that my chest is covered due to injury instead of biology. A tube top or corset-like setup for it would be ideal so it could be reused, I think. What kind of fabric/pattern would work in this case? This isn’t a modern character, so using regular bandages would look strange? Thank you for your help and advice, I really appreciate it!

I have seen something similar made with stretch fabric, like spandex, where the bandages were individual bands sewn together to create a rectangle, and then sewn up the back to make it a tube. Because it stretches you can just pull it over your head and slide it over the chest, but it is still tight enough to keep in place.

If you want bandages that look realistic, I would suggest doing something similar with a natural fiber fabric or actual fabric bandages. (Not tensor bandages) You could do some research into the time period to see what would have been used for bandages at the time for even more accuracy. (That sort of detail really adds to a costume, even if not obvious to every viewer.)

You could make the same tube-top kind of deal but if you aren’t using stretch fabrics then it needs to be form fitting to not move around. In which case, you will need to add some sort of closure. Since this is over a binder I am going to suggest velcro because it is easy to remove quickly and on your own. A hidden zipper might also work but you’ll want it to be on the side for easy access.

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