Cosplay Update #3: Jyn’s Accessories

When I decided I wanted to cosplay as Jyn, I had to decide what stage of her outfit I wanted to do.  Did I want to go full-Jedha incursion with the scarf and coat?  Black Imperial spy outfit?  I opted for the most basic, recognizable outfit which we see through the whole movie and which she is wearing at the end.  But obviously a cosplay like this is more than just the clothes. Girl’s gotta have some accessories, too!

I ordered several 3D printed kits of items for this costume.  This was the first time I’ve ever worked with 3D printed stuff, and it was a learning experience to be sure!  Everything’s gotta be sanded down smooth and I think I went through 6 different grits of sandpaper, starting with the roughest and working my way down to either 600 or 800 grit.  Some of the items with a lot more texture I spray painted with a filler primer before I sanded them to make it a little easier.

Then came painting.

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Everything got at least some if not all of it painted with enamel spray paints.  Parts I didn’t want spray paint on I taped off.  Details were done with model paints.

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These were the two easiest kits to finish.  The badge for Jyn’s vest was two pieces; the red button was a separate piece that was glued on.  And the silver clip on the comm link on the right was also glued on and the two silver screws are really just for looks.

The blaster and truncheon were a bit more complicated.  Actually, the truncheon wasn’t that bad, it just had more parts to glue together, but it didn’t really need any extra detail painting.  The blaster, however, was a PROCESS!

I did most of the detail painting before it was glued together, then after it was glued I added a few finishing touches.

When you don’t have a clamp to hold parts together while the glue sets, you use what’s available, and in this case it was wrapping them tightly with painters tape!  I glued the pieces and let them set one at a time.  The two final pieces to glue were the hand grips, and man, they caused the most trouble of all the 3D printed stuff!  They warped when I sprayed them with the filler primer, I’m assuming because they got moist and the sun was beating on them, which heated up the plastic.  So instead of having to contact the seller I bought them from to see if I could order just those two pieces again, I did some online research to see if they were salvageable.  Turns out, if you heat up 3D printed plastic in a little bit of water on the stove, it becomes pliable again so you can flex it to bend it straight.  So I did that after the first time it warped.  Then it warped again after I painted them black.  So I needed to fix it again, and it took multiple hot water baths to get them to sit flush on the handle of the blaster.

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They finally fit, but the process of reheating made the back of the pieces get a rippled effect, so I made sure to use expanding Gorilla Glue to glue them on.  I didn’t use enough on one of them (I was afraid of it expanding too much and oozing out like on some earlier pegs!) so you can see a little bit of daylight when you look between the pieces.  Hopefully it will hold!

In the end, though, after the finishing paint touches, it turned out pretty awesome.

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And of course, what’s a blaster without a belt and holster to put it in?!

I bought the leather to make the belt and holster several months ago, and the gentleman who owns and runs the leather shop I bought it from was SO helpful in figuring out what I needed and how to make it.  I was a bit nervous to actually work on it though, since the leather wasn’t cheap and I haven’t done anything like this before and I was afraid I’d screw up big time.  But with his tips, the little experience I do have working with leather, and lots of reference pics, I am so happy with how it turned out!

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I had a few hiccups in the process of making it, but in the end, it’s pretty much exactly how I hoped it would be!

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I’m still waiting for the buckles for Jyn’s boots to show up.  I got notice that they finally shipped end of last week, so hopefully in the next couple days they’ll get here and I can get the boots done, too!

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Cosplay Update #2 – Applejack’s Apples

Ok, I know I know!  I have failed miserably at that whole “weekly updates” thing as I’ve been working on my costumes for Dragon Con.  Let’s just get my acknowledgement and apology for that out of the way right now.

I’m sorry.

Can we just move on now?

I have been very busy working on costumes and have a lot to share with you, enough that I’m going to break this up into two posts.  Today I shall share the adorable little gifts I made to go with Applejack, and tomorrow I’ll give an update on Jyn.

In the midst of planning my Applejack cosplay, I decided I wanted a little something to give to any kids that might get extra excited about my costume.  I had thought about it, but fully decided to do it when a gal in one of my facebook groups told the story of how her daughter was given a little jar of pixie dust from a Tinkerbell cosplayer years ago and she STILL talks about it.  Knowing how something small like that can make a kid’s con experience so much more special sealed the deal and I ordered 100 little wooden apples.

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I painted the apples red, and since they had a little hold drilled into the top, I dried them upside down on toothpicks stuck in a piece of insulation foam.  That worked pretty well for avoiding marring the wet paint.

And of course, I couldn’t work on My Little Pony stuff without watching the show as I worked!

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Bonus points if you can tell me which episode this is from!  😀

So after I had all 100 apples painted with 2 coats of red, I took them outside and sprayed them with a satin finish coat.

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I wasn’t exactly thrilled with how they turned out as some of them kind of had a weird grayish cast on them, but after they were dry I rubbed them all down with a rag and that seemed to buff that off, so I moved on.

I screwed little eye hooks into the holes on top for the “stem”, and I was positive I was going to have a blister or two by the time I was done!

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Thankfully no fingers were permanently damaged in the process.  I only had 80 hooks (I bought Menards out), and I broke one while screwing it in, so I ended up with 79 acceptable apples.  I did glue the broken hook back into the 80th apple and I’ll hang it on my Christmas tree next to my Applejack ornament, so it’s been salvaged at least.

The process of gluing the leaves on top was a bit of a challenge, though.  I tried a couple different glues before settling on hot glue and I had about 30 or more done when I kind of tugged on one of the leaves and it popped right off!  I had bought a branch of greenery from Michaels and snipped all the leaves off to use, but they had a kind of velvety, fuzzy coating on them and the glue stuck to that and not the plastic of the leaves themselves.  So the fuzzy coating stayed glued to the apple and the leaves themselves peeled off.

Ugh.

So, I peeled all the leaves back off the apples and scraped off all glue.  And re-glued them back down.  Since the fuzzy coating was gone and the actual plastic leaves were exposed, they glued down for real the second time.  So for the rest of the leaves, I  scraped the fuzzy stuff off the bottom of the leaves with an exacto knife before gluing them down.  I also had to trim about 20 of the leaves smaller, since there were two sizes of leaves and the bigger size was just too big.

But in the end, after adding a little ball chain, they turned out pretty darn cute.

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I’m not especially looking forward to carrying around 79 wooden apple keychains during the con, but I am looking very forward to giving them away to happy little kids.  I just hope that by the end of the day, my load is a lot lighter!  So, if you’re at Dragon Con on Sunday and you see an Applejack wandering around, come say hi and geek out over my costume and you just might get “a little somethin’ straight from Sweet Apple Acres”!

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Craft time!

Wow, isn’t amazing how life happens and gets in the way of other things?  I hadn’t intended to take last week off from my blog, but with VBS and everything going on with that, I just didn’t have time to make a card.  And this week, I have to admit I didn’t make a card either (it’s still the weekend, so I’m not counting myself as late with this post. 🙂 ).  My brain has just been focused on other things and my craft juices were flowing towards something other than cards:

dragon eggs!

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Aren’t they so fun?!

I saw a link to a tutorial on facebook a couple weeks ago and thought it looked like a super cute project to do.  Essentially, you paint push pins with nail polish and stick them on a foam egg, spiraling up from the bottom.  Simple, fun, and endless color options!

I started with the green egg, which I picked up at Joann’s in a set of 2, but after having to use more than 2 packages of pins just for that one egg, I found a package of several sizes, all of which are smaller than the original, at Michael’s.

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I’m holding it for size reference.  See, it’s really big!

I still have several eggs to do, and a small supply of pins already painted pink.  But I’ve bought out three of the local Walmarts of their white push pins already.  Haven’t made it to the one that’s farthest away yet.

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This one I painted with holographic nail polish so it has that gorgeous rainbow effect.  I was working on it at night in my dark apartment and it looked pretty blah, but the next day when I held it in the sunshine I was really impressed.

So yeah, that’s what’s been keeping me busy lately, besides the rest of life in general.  I really am planning on having a card for you this Saturday.  In the meantime, have a great week!

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Well, I guess I should have made 4 cards that day I was making cards in advance for future blog posts.  That would have saved me from having to admit that I didn’t get one done this week.  But, instead of just coming on here and making excuses,  I thought I’d quick show you what I did work on this week, which took up the time I would have spent making a card.

We determined this past Sunday that we needed a few more felt banners for Vacation Bible School to cover up some frames on the wall in the craft room.  Nothing we had already made was large enough.  I volunteered to make them, and since the room is called the Craft Courtyard, I wanted to make some banners with flowers on them.

These are big banners, like 31×36 inches, so they took up a lot of space while I was working on them.  And of course, since I work at a job during the day, I could only work on these in the evening.  But when you’re in the middle of a project that is going to last a few days, you tend to not want to clean it all up every night.

The left picture is what I left on my floor Wednesday night, and the right picture was Thursday’s mess.  🙂  At least I got them done last night so I have my living room floor back!  They still need the tabs sewn to the top for the dowel for hanging them, and hopefully that can get done today while I’m at my folks’.

Speaking of which, I should probably get going.  Happy Saturday!