Crossplay Tricks

Wednesday, 6 June 2012, 8:00 | Author : Janet
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer FriendlyThank you to everyone who attended our panels: Crossplay Tricks and Cosplay Makeup Demo!  We had an amazing time and got to showcase some of our latest projects!  At the request of our attendees, we’re posting our Crossplay Tricks panel below.  Unfortunately, given the conversational style of the Crossplay Makeup Demo, we’re unable to […]

Kickstart Kricket Costumes

Sunday, 27 May 2012, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Welcome Fanime attendees (and loyal fans)! We’ve got a special treat for all of you, namely the opportunity to get your hands on some special cosplay merchandise! * * * * * Kricket Costumes has just launched our first project on Kickstarter! We are asking for funding to print four cosplay-themed T-shirts, with […]

Lifecasting Basics

Thursday, 17 May 2012, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer FriendlyYou’re in trouble if you succumb to the claustrophobia while encased in the material.  I had a hysteria attack with tears pooling in my eyes and then I freaked out even more because I kept wondering–where are the tears going to go?  ~Kricket *  *  *  *  * Lifecasting is the process of molding […]

Fabric Designs with Batik Wax

Thursday, 10 May 2012, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly “Batik” is a fabric dying technique that allows you to create two-tone patterns on fabric using wax.  How this works is when the specialized wax is painted on a natural-fiber fabric, it acts as a dye-barrier and prevents penetration into the fabric.  What makes batik wax special is it’s mixture of beeswax, which […]

HSotD Private Photo Shoot

Thursday, 12 January 2012, 8:00 | Author : Janet
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer FriendlyThis photo gallery is from a more private photo shoot with photographer Brandon Tofanelli.  We toured the UC Davis campus looking for gloomy buildings and tall staircases.  Although we took a lot of experimental photography, the best photos are displayed below.  Which is your favorite?

Making Realistic Gun Props

Thursday, 29 December 2011, 8:00 | Author : Janet
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly If you want to quickly and easily create a gun prop to accessorize your costume, we recommend implementing a technique called “silver leafing.”  The term “leafing” normally refers to a sheet of paper that is used to transfer metal pigments onto a solid surface by applying pressure; however, we tend to use it’s […]

Safety Considerations for Prop Guns

Thursday, 22 December 2011, 8:00 | Author : Janet
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Within the convention environment, one of the most controversial topics is whether cosplayers should use seemingly-realistic guns as props.  In order to bring about such a large event with a high volume of pedestrian traffic, these non-profit organizations have legal and moral obligations toward the safety of the public.  To this end, convention […]

Name that Fabric… Hound’s Tooth!

Thursday, 15 December 2011, 8:00 | Author : Kricket
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly I make it a point to study fabric in anime.  It is the job of the texture artist to recreate the appearance and movement of specific textiles to smoothly integrate with the character design.  By studying and identifying animated fabric we can strive to create highly accurate cosplay costumes.  “Name that Fabric” will […]

Holiday Cosplay

Tuesday, 29 November 2011, 8:00 | Author : Janet
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Every year, a local cosplay photographer organizes the “Christmas in the Park Northern California Cosplay Gathering.”  For his meeting place, he often takes advantage of “Christmas in the Park,” a local attraction held annually in downtown San Jose.  This cosplay gathering (and others like it) have begun to attracting large numbers of cosplayers […]

A Busy Month

Thursday, 27 October 2011, 8:00 | Author : Janet
Category : Learn about Cosplay

Printer Friendly Whew!  This month has been busy!  Our team has been working hard to finish an especially challenging commission request, the Call of Cthulhu: Yithian Lightning Cannon Model II.  Yes.  It lights up.  Yes.  The barrel spins and the claws open.  No.  I’m not mass producing this thing. We are trying to finish it up […]