Zelcher - Fire Emblem WIP III {tailoring}

24/10/2014

ZELCHER WIP PART THREE
(read part one and part two)

Lucca is really near, and I don't have enough time to update properly the blog! I'll just publish some photos without any particular description... I still have to finish my armor and Libra's costume! (; ̄д ̄)Time goes by so fastly...(πーπ)
Anyway I'm happy with the fabric I found: it has the same pattern as the original! But since it's not very dark, no one will notice it. Meh.

Sorry for being so short and vague, I hope you'll appreciate this small update anyway

Zelcher - Fire Emblem WIP II {Bust armor, kneepads & more}

27/08/2014

ZELCHER WIP PART TWO
(click here to read part one!)
Here's the second post dedicated to my Zelcher costume! I was a little sad in these days because I had some problems with the armor and other stuff... And you know, things like self esteem and confidence was almost gone to another planet! (」゜ロ゜)」 But now I'm fine (I have to thanks all the people who were worried about my mood and tried to cheer me up ❤), so I'm here to show you my progress!

BUST ARMOR
It took me so long to make a decent paper pattern for this piece... If you know me a little, you can immagine how hard it has been for me, I hate to make patterns! (´・` )Moreover the first attempt was a complete fail ahah the shape was more disproportionate compared to this one and some details turned out really badly. I also applied the spry stucco, which made a terrible reaction with the foam. NEVER EVER USE IT. My armor began to shrivel up, and that's how it got ruined... But the new one looks pretty good to me! Now I need to apply the color (●´∀`)ノ

KNEEPARDS
These were the pieces that scared me the most, but in the end I found them really easy to make! I was surprised... In the photos I forgot to include the wings, so I'll show them when I'll color the kneepads. I think that this part of the armor is the most similar to the reference images, yay! °˖ ✧◝(○ ヮ ○)◜✧˖ °

MINOR PARTS
And this is only a random photo to show the easiest parts of Zelcher's cosplay... (。・・。) Now I'll focus on the shoes and the leg armor! Then I'll make the last details for the hips and the pauldrons... I want to dedicate an entire post to the weapon, because it will be like a mini tutorial! (* >ω<) The 5th and last post will be about the coloring, hope I won't ruin anything! Σ(‘◉⌓◉’)

Zelcher - Fire Emblem WIP {Bracelets and Collar}

12/08/2014

ZELCHER WIP PART ONE
As I announced a while ago, I'm working on a new cosplay: Zelcher from Fire Emblem! O(≧∇≦)O It's my second favourite character after Tharja, and her cosplay is quite challenging! That's why I like it after all... I never made a full armor cosplay, so I'm very excited about this new costume. I decided to make the bracelets and the collar with craft foam, basically because I had some unusued sheets and I wanted to try it.
BRACELETS
This is the bracelet before the application of the vinilic glue. As you can see it was still quite porous, but with the glue it became smooooth and cute ♪ (...cute..?) I didn't add the straps because I think it's better to colour them before that. Anyway I'm happy with their shape, it looks at least acceptable and accutare compared to the reference image! The details weren't clear, not even from the artbook pages... So I had to arrange something that looked coherent. However, I added something very simple.

COLLAR
This was the most difficult part, I had torubles making the pattern! In this case too, the reference scans weren't that clear... Or better, what I saw was actually a drawing without a precise 3d shape. In this case too I made my best to recreate this piece as accurate as possible, but some alterations were required (`^´)ノ I used the iron wire to fix some parts, for instance to keep the "wings" firm. This will be a looong work, though... I made the pattern for the breast piece, but I'll show the photos in the next post! ٩(●˙▿˙●)۶
Bye bye!

{TUTORIAL} How to wash a wig

06/08/2014

Hi everyone! As I announced on my Facebook page some days ago, I'd like to make various tutorials for you! (◞ꈍ∇ꈍ)◞ I want to start with something really easy, but still important! I'm talking about washing a wig, something that not every cosplayer considers as necessary, unfortunately! 

Why should you wash a wig?
Obviously because you wear it, you sweat and your wig may become dirt for some reasons! Moreover some wigs don't really smell good when they reach your home... This because they stay closed in a plastic bag all the time.

When should I wash a wig?
It obviously depends on how often you wear it! But here's my "cleaning routine": I wash the wig when it arrives, then some days after a convention (it depends on when I have time) if I wore it for more than a couple of hours... Or actually if I see that it's dirty xD And if I want to use a wig which have been closed in a box for more than 3/4 month, I gave it a bath before wearing it again

Washing wigs ruins them?
We can apply the same thinking that we use for clothes: yes, washing a wig can ruin it, but it depends on various things. The first one is the quality; if your wig has good fibers, it will last more than a super cheap one. Secondly the "life" of your wig will also depend on how do you wash it! That's why I wrote this tutorial! ( ꒪౪꒪)ฅ✧
Let's start!

Point 1 - Preparation!
I don't like to wash my wigs in the shower (even if you can do it), because the fibers becomes really heavy while wet! I find the bath tub a better place to do this process. So I almost fill up my tub with cold water (it's very important! Never use hot water!).
Point 2 - Immersion!
Then just immerge you wig carefully. I pull it to the bottom and then I left it there for a few minutes (in the meantime I prepare the things I need, just like the shampoo, the towel...). Now it's time to clean our wig! I chose a baby shampoo, basically because it's very liquid and I use a minor quantity of product compared to the others. I don't really know if in some shampoos there are ingredients that can ruin your wig, but I don't think that there's something really relevant. If you know more about this topic, let me know with a comment! I'll be glad to add some informations to the tutorial.
Point 3 - Wash it! 
Basically there's no rule on how you should start to wash your wig, so I'll just explain what I do: I start from the top of my wig, rubbing gently. I focus on the inner part of the wig, because it's the part which touches my head! Then I lay the wig and I proceed with the rest. I clean the fibers moving my hands just as I wanted to warm them up (I don't know if I'm really clear here...). Basically I have the wig between my hands and I move them to create the suds. Then I lay it again in the water to clean it a little and lastly I rinse off the shampoo.
Point 4 - Wait!
Now your wig need to get dry! Spread a towel and then put there your wig. If it's long, it's important to avoid making curves with the fibers... The risk is that once dried, your wig will have more or less that shape, so it won't be straight. If you think that the time to brush it has come, stop! You have to wait if you don't want to ruin it (ᅌᴗᅌ* ) This wig took to days to get dry, I also change its position three or four times and the towel as well (the first one was really wet).

I didn't use the conditioner on purpose, my wig was in great conditions so it wasn't necessary. If you liked this tutorial, I'll go on with another one dedicated to tangled wigs in the future! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

It's all for now, I hope you like my entry and that it will be useful! Byee ✧˖ °

Rimini Comix 2014

26/07/2014

(*´・v・)/  Here we go with my entry about Rimini Comix! It's the second time I attend this convention (you can read my first report here) and this year I wore two cosplay: Rikku festivalist and Black Hanekawa! The weather was really too hot, so I visit the stands in plain clothes ⸜(രᴗര๑)
I got changed around 5/6 p.m. that's also why I don't have so many photos with my two costumes!
To be honest, the thing I enjoyed the most has been the company: On sunday I finally met Gloria "Sweet Angel" and her boyfriend Antonio, plus I get acquainted with the super sweet Annachiara "Itsuki-chan" (*≧▽≦) I enjoyed so much the time spent together! (even if it has been too short...)

New photos and cosplay for sale!

02/07/2014

Hi! This will be a super short post, I just wanted to share with you my new Misaki's photos! I made this costume two years ago... So many things have changed! My make up style, my choice of lenses, my way of posing... I think that I improved a little, after all  xD
But the main news of this post is that this cosplay is on sale! I like this uniform so much, but I won't be able to wear it again so... I don't want to leave it in my closet! ;__; If you're intrested please write me a message on facebook! I can ship worldwide

Rikku festivalist

27/06/2014

Hi everyone! This post is a summary of my work for Rikku's cosplay ❤ I'll wear it at Rimini Comics, and I'm super impatient! Rikku is one of my cosplay dreams, and finally I started to realize it! I'm planning so many different versions... But let's start with something easy first~

MCM Expo London Comic Con May 2014

11/06/2014

As promised here I am with the post about my first international convention: the MCM Expo London Comic Con! To read about my London adventures, please click here ❤ 

Saturday has been the most crowded day! Basically, my boyfriend and me walked around and took some photos, there were so many cosplayers! ( ★ω★) I enjoyed the cheerful atmosphere out there... It was really nice! We didn't enter to visit the stands, because the queue was... Infinite! More than 3/4 hours, and I'm super seriuos (ノ・ェ・)ノ I didn't expect something similar ahah We also met an italian cosplayer, so we chatted a little ✧ 
The weather was sunny and suddenly... It hailed! All in less then one minute, I swear! Luckily we had our umbrellas, but we got wet in any case because of the wind... щ(ಠ_ಠщ) So we decide to leave and go to visit a warm place ahah

Sunday was the day in which we visited the stands. We were quite impressed about the dimension of the con and the amount of the stands! There were so many different areas... The first difference that I noticed between the MCM and the most important italian conventions, has been the number of gaming stands, in which you could try a large number of titles!