Monday, October 31, 2011

Sneaky Linky Halloweeennnie

The Link costume I've been making is not done, but it is wearable. I still have small details to add to it. My original plan to get all the fine details done was Halloween, but due to a series of unfortunate events, that couldn't happen. I am happy with the responses we are getting so far. We got rained on so, everything isn't as nice as id like them to be in these pictures.
We are in the process of scheduling a juicy photo shoot with a professional photographer for the costume.
I guess this could also be considered a sneak peak.

I will also be uploading pictures of the nitty gritty kind for all the fine details when I have them all completed.

Please post critique and comments. I'd love to hear what you guys have to say!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sneak peak: Link Teaser

First picture taken of the costume and being my follower gets you the exclusive view
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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Getting Strapped, *****!

Ocarina of Time Link

Link wears several belts across his abdomen. He has his sword strap, which we bought online (We are using the Ocarina of time strap) and he also has one across his waist, and one connecting his sword strap from his chest to his back (twilight princess). If this is your first time reading this blog, my goal behind link is to incorporate different elements for different links and give it a realistic vibe.
So, after buying the sword strap, it was very hard to find belts of our desired width and color. We searched EVERYWHERE, and we couldn't find anything that matched as well as we like.
I ended up meeting a man named George who owns the company Tactically sharp who makes custom knives, leather sheaths, and many other things. He told me about all his various crafts and pointed me into the right direction for where I could find some leather materials. He told me about a place called Daddy's Leather Supply in miami. We went there, and although they didn't have exactly what I needed, they told us exactly how to get it. We bought some raw leather traps from them, the PERFECT dye, and the belts came out perfect! The guy over there really knows what he is talking about. 
The dye we used has a ton of stain power, We didn't wear gloves, but I suggest you should. We laid out some garbage bags to protect the tile in the back yard. It was a windy day, that's why we have a ton of random things laying around.   I also suggest you do this in a well ventilated area because although the dye smells kinda good, it probably is really bad for you. Also, make sure the area you are working in is completely dry. We got water on one of our belts and it made the color come out pretty weird.

The raw material

The dye we used.
The dye comes with what looks like a huge cotton swab, and that what we used to dye the material. I found it a little hard to believe that the color 'light brown' was going to achieve the color we wanted. But as soon as we showed the man at the leather show the strap we already had, he was very confident that it would do the job. He told us that it was better to start light, and slowly add layers until we had the desired color. He was right on the money with that. It only took us 2 or 3 coats to get it the perfect shade.

After the first coat.
This here is the finished product. Although it is hard to tell from the pictures, the raw material as I guess is what you can call 'grain' and once we were done it was really showing through. When we were done adding coats of stain, we didn't quite like the appearance because it looked very uneven, and there was this weird patchy shine about the dye. I was getting a little disappointed. Then Marcus told me that the man at the leather shop told him to wipe the leather down with olive oil when he was done and that made all the difference. I took a paper towel with a little but of olive oil soaked into it and I rubbed the entire length of the strap. This ended up evening everything out, took away the weird shininess, and revealed all the "leather grain". I cannot wait till i can find another reason to dye some leather and have another trip to that leather shop. This was pretty entertaining.
The thinner belt kind of shows some of the shine I spoke about.


The comparison. I think its perfect!

Since this final picture here on the left, the leather has changed, it has absorbed the stain a little more, I guess and looks even better. You guys can see it again when I post the pictures of the final costume reveal. Wish me luck, stay tuned!

Don't forget to look out for the giveaway I have coming soon!

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Link Ears Mock#1

            As most of you know, I am my boyfriend's little Zelda Cosplay slave.
So this is my first attempt at using latex at all. I tried to find some grease mask paint or some RMG make up but it either wasn't afforable, or wasn't in "people" colors. I settled for some liquid base by loreal in buff beige, a cream/ mouse by CG True blend #415 Natural Ivory, and a CG blush (for the realistic red tones) Instant cheek bones #210 PCH PRF.

Think everything about < that ear came out better. It was the second one I did out of the two.

I used spirit gum to attach the ears. First, I put the ears on him and marked how far the ears came down with a marker. Then I soaked that baby up, tacked it with a sponge brush and held it down with my fingers for about a minute. I let it dry for a few minutes and then touched up some areas that didnt stick so well. The ears weren't originally this shape. The original latex ears hung down over the concha of his ear quite a bit, so I glued them on and trimmed them with cuticle scissors to match the shape of his ears.
I wish I would have taken a before picture of the ears, unattached and unpainted, but I didn't. The ears were very very light and very unrealistic looking. It took me quite some time to get them the right color. I used a q tip to
His natural ear.

 apply the liquid latex at the seams of the ear. I did so over 5 or 6 coats. Next time, I'd like to use a brush and see how that comes out. I think the brush will give it a smoother, more disguised appearance. I'd also like to use a lot less latex next time because it doesn't absorb the make up the same as the latex ear.

Links ears in most of the video game are WAYYYYY bigger than the ones we got. We did this on purpose. We are also trying to mix different links into one. You will see what I am talking about when I post more pictures of the costume. We are going for a more realistic link. Almost like our own interpretation of Link, rather than replicating the actual video game. The ears we are doing are very similar to toon < links ears.

I'm pretty happy with this as my first attempt, let me know what you guys think. Thanks for reading!!! Stay tuned, lots of juicy stuff is on the schedule!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Where art thou minion?

So me and Danish finally got around to making our Despicable Me Minion goggles. We are using them for our halloween costumes, which I will be updating as we go. Im sooooo EXCITED to finally wear them. 
We used 2" pvc, vinyl bumpers, wire to connect the two and make them flexible, epoxy, crazy glue, some rust stop oil based paint, straps, and some strap adjustors, sand paper, weather stripping (so it doesnt hurt our faces). Every single item that I used here was found in a local mom and pop hardware store.I would really like to ad some lenses that would make my eyes look huge, but I have not found anything that I could see through. =(
The minions have a silver clasp on the side of them (what they would use to tighten them) so I just put come quick connectors on the side of them.
 I guess we did a pretty good job ad them seeing that I look preeetyyyy rediculous wearing them. The two "googles" are supposed to be connected, but seeing as I have a nose, thats kinda impossible.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

New Beginning

My name is Ana. I am creating this blog to feature my various crafts and costumes I make and a place to feature those of you that wish to post their crafts, DIY, cosplay, revamping, ask for help, get ideas, etc.

Id like to make this blog to feature all things CREATION.

I am working on a few projects:
Despicable minion halloween costumes with Danish
My longest on going project: A link costume combining a few games in a realistic light
Mirror shield from the Zelda Video game
Rupees from the zelda video game with the help of Danis
Zorro Shirt
Kilts for tough mudder