Shredder has been battling the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles since 1984. He’s had a few different looks, and Glitzy Geek Girl decided to make a costume based on the animated series from the late ’80s. Since she made the armor from craft foam, the whole project ended up being very affordable. The base of the helmet is a foam construction style hat. Here’s how she assembled it:
I used is a kid’s construction helmet from Hobby Lobby. It’s made out of foam so of course it’s suuuuper light weight. I made a pattern out of paper and tape to figure out how I wanted the spikes to look. Shredder’s helmet is kinda boring in the cartoon (it’s very flat) so I took some creative freedom here. I wanted it to be more angular like his newer helmets.
I traced my pattern onto more sheet foam and glued it onto the helmet. Then I trimmed the front bill and added a point in the middle.
Next I made the side and back panels out of foam and glued them to the inside of the helmet. Then I gesso’d it.
Disney’s Frozen is delightful for many reasons, and one of them is the costumes. Elsa’s icy blue dress gets a lot of attention, but Anna’s coronation day gown is nothing to sneeze at. Maggie made a version of the dress for her little sister and pulled the costume together in just a week! She used black corduroy for Anna’s bodice and cotton fabric for the skirt. She painted the embroidered embellishments on each panel of the skirt and the bodice. Here are the steps she took for the sleeves and necklace:
Lastly I had to do the decorative cap sleeves and her necklace. The sleeves were easy enough, just cut out wide strips and gather them, I eyeballed the placement and had to wait to try it on my sister the next day. The necklace was a simple green pendant on a black ribbon. So I grabbed some scraps of Wonderflex and cut out the shape I wanted, heated three layers together and painted to the color I wanted. Did a clear coat over the top and threaded a ribbon through. Her hair comb I bought at Jo-Ann’s and made a decorative top that kinda looks like it does in the movie. Well, has the same basic shape, and pained it gold.
If you’re going to cosplay as a Jedi, it’s only fitting that you play the part by building your own lightsabers. You don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get the crystal, and you can find parts to build the hilt right here on Earth. RPF user teecrooz purchased lightsaber parts and assembled them and added some weathering to make them as close as possible to Obi-Wan’s lightsaber:
I have a steel emitter which I blued and then burnished with steel wool (just did this today, so I’m not sure if I’m done or how much more work I’ll do on it at this point). For the grenade section, I soaked this in water, buried it in the yard, removed most of the rust with steel wool, let it sit around for a bit, kicked it around the driveway, blued the steel, burnished it with steel wool and did some weathering with a ball peen hammer. The brass was soaked in “Easy Off” oven cleaner and rubbed with steel wool until I was happy with the finish. I just started on the clamp today. I’ve drilled some holes and added one of Phillip’s bubble strips, but there is still plenty of work left to do until I’m happy with it. The booster is one of Russ’ anodized aluminum pieces. I’ve knocked it around a bit to remove some of the black and add a few dents, but it probably could use some more work. The tap has made it through unharmed up until now. The entire piece is held together by one of simplyprops adapters.
The Jaegers in Pacific Rim were destined to be epic costumes at conventions. RPF user dbsamurai and his friend Hailee decided to make seven feet tall Gipsy Danger and Cherno Alpha suits. They started last year and though they’re still making improvements, I’d say their costumes are already in good shape. They used Pepakura files to create the foam suits and posted step by step photos on The RPF. The pic below is of Gipsy’s muscles; Gipsy’s hands were a little challenging, but here’s how dbsamurai handled it:
I actually finished my hands earlier in the week, but I fiddled back and forth with making the left hand movable so I could mimic Gipsy’s “Neural Handshake” pose. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough tension to return them to their default positions, which left the fingers too floppy so I glued them down for two fists.
Sarah’s ballgown in Labyrinth is nothing short of gorgeous. Yeah, it’s a little over the top, but it fits the setting. Ardella Cosplay loved the film and the message of self empowerment and strength and making Sarah’s dress has been on her cosplay wish list for a while. She wanted to keep true to the original design while creating a more timeless design that dropped some of the obvious 1980s touches. Here’s how she made the bodice and skirt:
The bodice is white bridal satin, lined in white and drafted by draping on my new body form. In the interest of comfort I decided to avoid a corseted bodice, using spiral steel boning only as support and to help keep it’s shape. The bodice closes with an open ended zip, covered by an extra panel with false buttons. Once it was completed I hand sewed white lace and individually added over 300 rhinestones.
The skirt is made up of three visible layers. The base is baby blue bridal satin, followed by a lustre fairy organza in purple and finished with a separate overskirt in white crystal organza. I kept this overskirt separate just in case it rips or gets dirty at a convention so that rather than taking apart the entire skirt I would only need to replace the top layer. A 6 hoop hoop skirt provides the puff underneath and a small amount of rhinestones are scattered over the top layer.
Darth Talon may be the Sith with the least amount of clothing in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, but it doesn’t make her any less deadly. The Twi’lek appears in the Star Wars: Legacy comics and her design was based on a female Pict warrior. Cosplayer Mu-An tackled the costume for a convention and combined her talents with outside resources. It’s completely okay to go experts when necessary.
She had Twi’lek Paradise make the lekku (the head-tails) and worked with Yoru Kamiko to apply the body paint and tattoos. She just couldn’t reach everywhere by herself. Application of the cosmetics took 4-5 hours! As for the rest of the ensemble, Mu-An used stainless steel for the armor pieces and leather for Darth Talon’s top, gloves, belt, and boots. She fashioned the lightsaber hilt from craft clay. The finished costume is striking.
Cosplayer Michael Hamm has tackled several cool costumes including Robin, Marty McFly, and this fantastic Aquaman. It’s one of the best cosplay versions I’ve seen! The character from DC Comics has been through several diffrent looks during his time as king of Atlantis. Hamm started with a sketch of the costume (pictured just below) and went from there. He crafted the belt, added gold netting, and used a skin tight orange shirt for the base. He used some of the jewelry pictured below, and it looks like he aged it to match the more muted tones of the costume. Finally, for the trident he used foam and hockey tape. He created it so the height is adjustable and it ranges from 5-7 feet.
If you’re going to dress like a TARDIS, consider adding a feature that lights up just like the spaceship. Instructables user kemcelroy created a hair fascinator that looks like the light on top of the TARDIS, and it glows with bright white LEDs. She used a spice jar for the housing, copper sheeting, solid-core wire, and more to fashion the accessory. Here’s how she made the housing:
I found a large, plastic spice jar, pictured, that I cut in half to make my light dome. You may use any translucent, cylindrical shaped vessel.
Use the Goo Gone to get the label off of your spice jar. Cut the jar with a hacksaw to be your preferred height. Sand the outside of the jar to make it diffuse the light a bit.
Make a roof out of plastic or copper sheeting by cutting out a circle, cutting one slit to the center, and hot gluing it to make it concave (somewhat similar to the base). Hot glue the roof to the top of the dome, and paint it black.
Add window mullions to the outside by painting four thick lines equally spaced, with two thinner lines between them, and two horizontal lines all the way around (see the final image for a better idea).
Dota (Defense of the Ancients) 2 has several playable heroes, and it looks like Traxex the Drow Ranger is one of the more formidable options. She has a unique look and cosplayer Bindi Smalls absolutely nailed it. She looks like she walked out of the video game. She crafted the entire costume and used foam for the bow and sintra for the armor. Sintra is a lightweight PVC that sounds really handy. She used this process for the armor:
All of my armor was made of expanded high density rigid PVC sheet (aka Sintra). I make paper templates, trace them on to the sheet, then cut them out. Next, I use heat to form them. Each layer is super-glued to the next.
As for the boots:
The boots are craft foam covers over cheap, store bought boots. The were sealed with glue, then painted. I chose foam over Sintra for this, so that they would flex when I walk.
Noivern is a big, flying Pokémon with bat-like wings, and cosplayer Megan knew she wanted to create a costume of the character as soon as it was revealed. She started with several sketches and decided to make the costume from various colors of fleece. She figured the head would be the trickiest part, so she started with a base of a balaclava and went from there:
Before I did anything else, I take some elastic around the mask to where it goes from the top/back of the head and reaches right underneath where your chin would be. This allows you to build a moving jaw later on. Now I can start to build the main form of the head using a material called high-density foam which can be found at many different craft/fabric stores, and hot gluing the foam straight onto the mask. For Noivern, I started with the sides of the head that connect to the front part of the muzzle or mouth, cutting out the place where they eyes are going to be. This allows me to see where my main visibility will be when the mask is put on. Once that is done, I cut out a rectangular piece (to later be trimmed) for the lower jaw. This will be attached right on the elastic on the chin to allow the mask’s jaw to move as yours does. After some pieces have been attached, I like to try the mask on to make sure I can see and that the jaw works.
Props are often just as important as the costume, and that’s definitely the case if you’re cosplaying Marceline from Adventure Time. The vampire girl needs her axe bass! Cosplayer Lisa Lou wrote a detailed tutorial explaining how you can make the instrument from insulation foam. Though it’s specifically for the guitar, you can apply the techniques to other props. She used two inch foam and started by creating a diagram and cutting the pieces from the foam. Steps two and three involve smoothing and gluing:
Step 2 – Sand until smooth. The Mod Podge that you’ll be putting on the pieces won’t cover up large dents, dings, and scratches, so make sure to make the pieces as smooth as possible. Make the front of your guitar the part that doesn’t have the words on it, making painting easier later.
Step 3 – Glue the pieces together. Hot glue, super glue, or any corrosive glues will just melt the insulation foam, so be sure to use Gorilla Glue. This is the longest step, since the glue takes a long time to dry – seriously, though, once it’s dry, it holds like crazy! I glued it together before Mod Podging the pieces so that the glue could soak into the insulation foam a little bit, making it even stronger.
Step one for creating a Ringwraith costume: make it look creepy. Redditor Toblerone1982 definitely succeeded on that front. The fabric is a combination of fabric and jute, and the edges were worked over with sanding paper. He says it tooks a while to get the random and torn pattern, but it was worth it. As far as the gloves, he took a resourceful approach:
Since I have no anvil and steel available, I looked for some other mats to work with. I ended up with black plastic sheet 0.5mm which is just awesome to build organic forms. You can form it with the heat fan, drill, sand and paint it. And it is quite sturdy. Once you have created all parts, I have stitched them to a black glove with a strong thread. The gloves/greaves/gauntlets still could use some work but I had to finish it since the event where I wore them was just about to begin. I really liked the aging. It really brings the material to life if you are patient.
In the MMORPG Aion, you can choose your class and sub-class and one of the options is to become a gunslinger. Cosplayer keiko-z decided to bring the gunner costume to life. She spent about five weeks making the costume and props; she created each piece from the guns to the gloves. Tools and materials included Wonderflex, nail polish, wood, paint, and more. You can get an idea of the process in this work in progress picture and by watching her making of video.
Need a form-fitting mask for a costume? It’s incredibly easy to make a basic mask, and the simple component can become part of tons of costumes. It’s great for superheroes, swashbucklers, faeries, you name it. You can start with a basic color and style, but you can embellish the base to make it as fancy as you wish. My Accidental Twist has a helpful and straightforward tutorial on making a mask from craft foam. Here’s how you start:
I started out with drawing the template for the mask. Fold the paper in half and draw a half mask to make it symmetrical when you unfold. I cut out with scissors because I didn’t have a craft knife of any sort. Unfold the template and place on the foam. Draw around it with a marker, and then cut-out as you wish. Using the scissors made it really hard to cutout the eye holes and they didn’t exactly come out as even as I wanted. If you’re using scissors, it’s best to start out with smaller holes than you’ve intended and work from there. Otherwise you’ll end up taking off more than you wanted to, like I did. Tape it to the styrofoam wig head. I used clear tape, which barely stuck, but I worked with what I had. You’d be better off with masking tape.
To say Rachel likes Dune is an understatement. She crafted a kick-ass Alia Atreides costume and helped with her boyfriend’s Hayt Duncan Idaho ensemble. They’ve worn the costumes to DragonCon and met up with others dressed as Dune characters at the cosplay-centric convention. She based the look for her stillsuit on the book and improvised to base the outfit on Alia. It’s a creative and effective take on the character.
Here’s what Rachel had to say about making the costumes:
My stillsuit is sort of just me riffing off the book. I initially wanted it to be “sandy” colored but it just made me look naked so I dyed it darker. Rather than Chani or Jessica I decided to base the costume on Alia Atreides. That’s why I’ve got the “bronze” (red) hair and the hawk headed gom jabbar. I figured Alia’s stillsuit would be a bit decorative, more for show than any real need so I incorporated a corset and left off the hood and breather. The funniest part of that costume is the fact that I made the bikini bottom part out of some silicone oven mitts! I got the asymmetrical robe off of Etsy. I wanted to make sure I didn’t look too “jedi”. My boyfriend, Joey, made me the crysknife. It is the exact dimensions described in the book (the Lynch film props you can buy are much too short) and it is one of my favorite things. Of course I had to do the full sclera contacts. I’m pretty blind so I had to get mine specially ordered and fitted. Had to train myself to wear them but even now I can’t go more than 5 or 6 hours.
Joey’s costume is Hayt Duncan Idaho. He made his own shield belt and the hawk shaped pins but he couldn’t wear the contacts that would give him Hayt Duncan’s machine eyes. I think I was suffering enough for both of us. I altered a coat and pants a bit, added some flourishes and a sword.