I had the opportunity to spend some time at Kansas City’s longest-running science fiction convention, ConQuesT, this weekend. I ran into my friend Annastasia Webster, of Stasia Crafts, there, and her hat bowled me over. Stasia is known on the con circuit for her stunning hats, and this Star Wars confection was no exception.
“You just need a ton of crap and some hot glue,” was her advice to me on making unique headwear, but this was far from “crap” – she’s quite clever and inventive with her supplies.
Her hat featured Yoda, Darth Vader, and R2D2 figures, as well as a light saber. She mentioned that when she went looking for action figures, they were rather pricey, so she opted to grab some kid water bottles that had similar figures on top, and handy flat bottoms that sat nicely on her hat. The light saber? It’s a bubble wand! She just scraped off the bubble label, tossed the bubble contraption, and it was perfect.
In the pic, you can also just make out her shawl, which she hand-knitted. Her talents are limitless!
What inventive creations have you seen at cons lately? Share with us in the comments below!
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Fatewineroses of southern California, recently posted this little hoop to Craftster. It was made for the Three Tiny Movie Things swap (Round 5).
This little hoop is an embroidered portrait of Igor (Marty Feldman) from “Young Frankenstein.” If you’ve never seen this example of cinematic perfection, then check out the trailer. But seriously, if you haven’t seen it yet, then why not? It’s Gene Wilder in a Mel Brooks movie!!
This spunky little mash-up cosplayer, Stormie, has been making the internet rounds lately. As a member of the Rebel Legion, I couldn’t really pass her up!
Her father made her a Jedi Elsa Rey costume, and a friend made her staff, to wear to the Wizard World Con in Des Moines, IA. And the friend even customized a little Lego set for her!
The 19-city Wizard World tour added Des Moines to its list last year, and thanks to a startling turnout, it was back for more.
I think this is a post where anything I write isn’t going to really capture the cuteness of this kid or her con-experience. Just go check out the images her dad posted to Imgur. You won’t regret it.
What’s better than meeting Stan Lee? How about meeting two of of one of the greatest creators in comic book history? Photographer Chris Dorsey was there last weekend to capture the magic as cosplayer “Agent Stan” met his real life counterpart, Stan “The Man” Lee at Planet Comicon in Kansas City. Surrounded by the IBOTs (Iron Brothers of Topeka, KS), Dorsey documented all the fun, including some incredible cosplay all weekend at the convention. Check out more of his excellent photos on his Facebook Page!
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Ever wish you had your own Star Wars lightsaber? Now you can, thanks to this video tutorial by Geekbuilder Shawn Jolicoeur!
His video gives a brief overview of the steps he took to build a lightsaber from a metal pipe. Very realistic-looking!
The YouTube video also includes an epic lightsaber battle with his younglings, complete with cosplay!
What sci-fi gadget do you wish you had? Let us know in the comments!
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This is actually a tutorial I’m following myself: recreating Han Solo’s blaster from Star Wars, Episode 4: A New Hope. I started off with the orange and white costume gun from Amazon. OB1Al wrote this tutorial as someone with an interest in making a variety of movie props.
Lightly sand the blaster with a fine grade sandpaper, remove the lettering on the side this way too. Prime with grey auto-primer and leave for a day or two to dry. If you intend to take this blaster to any cons, you may want to leave the end of the barrel orange so it’s still event-appropriate. You can just cover it with some tape when you hit it with the spray paint.
Add a base coat of silver (just use regular silver, NOT metallic silver as it doesn’t take the top coats very well). Leave to dry again. Add a coat of matte black paint. Once it’s dry. highlight the barrel and sight with a gloss black, to add a bit of depth to the paint-job.
Now, using fine grade sandpaper, CAREFULLY begin the weather the blaster by removing parts of the black paint, exposing the silver color underneath. Try to pick areas which would naturally receive wear and tear from normal use. You can also add some weathering topically (i.e., with a small artist brush in places). Weather the sight with some brass colored paint for greater authenticity.
Now, choose a nice brown wood-colored enamel for the grips. Carefully paint in the two sides of the grip and leave to dry. Once dry, spray a little bit of the matte black onto a saucer and dip your finger in it, wiping off most of the excess. Carefully rub some of the black into the brown grip area, giving some depth to the paint and weathering the area. Finally, use your brass colored paint to paint the ‘screws’ in the middle of the grips.