March 7

These Are The Shoes You’re Looking For

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I know I’ve posted shoe tutorials before, and there are certainly a lot of them out there, but this BB-8 Heels Tutorial is intense. To make your own BB-8 heels you’ll need to know how to weld, because that’s how user mikeasaurus attached the new 2.5″ steel post that supports the shoe and sports the rotating body of the cutest little droid ever.  The tutorial is great, complete with step-by-step pictures and detailed instructions.  If you’re like me and perhaps find welding a bit beyond your skill set, then maybe try adapting this cute shoe design to a pair of flats. Either way, these shoes would be a big hit at your next convention!

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February 22

Make Steampunk Goggles on a Budget

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Steampunk cosplay can get expensive in a hurry.  Fortunately, DarrenWasHere.com has got you covered with this great tutorial on making steampunk goggles with stuff you can find at Dollar Tree.  You’ll find step-by-step instructions with pictures, and there’s even a bit of a “post-mortem” on the tutorial where Darren describes some things he might do differently next time, and even some suggestions on different materials.  This tutorial is a great starting point and would be easy to customize to match your own cosplay, so be sure to check it out and give it a try!

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February 8

Your Ultimate Convention Going Checklist

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Convention season is approaching (actually, I’ve got three cons this month!), and I’ve put together a checklist for con-goers getting ready to go to their next convention. If you’ve never been to pop culture convention, or even if you’ve been to dozens, it’s always good to be prepared. Check out the list of things to take and even research before going so you can have the best con experience ever. There’s even a downloadable version of the checklist, including tips for cosplayers!  Do you have any advice for folks getting ready to go to their next convention? Share them with us in the comments or on FB!

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October 31

Lady Skellington for Halloween

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Just in time for Halloween, Darkspectre Custom Couture of Newberry, FL, posted this image of a gender bent Jack Skellington dress on Imgur.

It is a one of a kind commission piece, and the store do not have any more in stock, as all of their items are hand crafted and made to order. Their garments are not costumes, but rather, they are actual clothing quality pieces and meant for wear. This dress was in the works for four months.

October 10

Make An Amazing Toothless Costume For Extremely Patient Dogs

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Before we get started, I want to point out there is a dog wearing this Toothless costume.

Don’t believe me? Check this out.

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Say hello to Loki, quite possibly the world’s happiest dressed dog. Loki is the model of a dog’s Toothless costume from “How to Train Your Dragon.” The directions walk through the entire process, and even includes how to make a dummy body of your dog, if you happen to have a dog chill enough to sit still for duct tape and plastic. My dog, not so much, but for those of us with less than patient dogs, there’s also directions on how to take measurements instead.

Rogue Siren is the creator of the costume and she’s also got an Instructable on how to create your own mermaid tail (she performs as a mermaid for parties in the Atlanta area).

August 23

Using a 3D Printer for Cosplay Props

San dagger from Princess Mononoke by Jade Falcon

At each MakerFaire I’ve attended, 3D printers always have a large presence. So I was intrigued when I saw Jade Falcon’s post about using a 3D printer to create cosplay props. The photo above features her prop of San’s dagger from Princess Mononoke.

In her post, she talks about finding free 3D printing source files on Thingiverse. I also recently took advantage of their file archive to create a Father’s Day gift for my husband.

It was a cool group effort. My son came up with the idea of 3D printing a small dagger for him, but couldn’t find a cheap way to handle it in New York. Our local library in Kansas City offers free 3D printing, so I found a Thingiverse file for Bilbo’s Sting blade. My brother coordinated with the library to print the dagger via email and I went and picked it up. Bonus: the library offered to print two blade options – one black and one GLOW-IN-THE-DARK. Very cool.

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Have you done any 3D printing, for cosplay or otherwise? Share your experience in the comments!

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