Cosplay (and general sewing) life hack- easy pleats with a fork! For all those school girl uniform cosplays and more 🙂
Ok cosplayers, it has come to my attention that a lot of you don’t know what this stuff is. Sit down and let me learn you a thing. This stuff here is called Frog Juice (there’s no real frogs in it). It’s originally for stuff like vinyl signs (my dad owns a sign company, so I grew up with this stuff), but it’s even more useful for a wide range of cosplay stuff.
Since it’s designed to protect outdoor vinyl signs, it can do a whole hell of a lot. It dries super fast (three minutes until it isn’t tacky) and shiny, so it’s perfect for anything that’s supposed to look like metal, ice, gems, etc. It’s incredibly strong and weatherproofs your stuff against ANYTHING, rain, snow, UV rays (so it doesn’t fade in sunshine), sleet, hail, whatever. It’s flexible too, so your foam will still bend and move with you without cracking. Not only that, but since it’s an aerosol, you can’t miss patches and it leaves no brush strokes, and it goes on so thin you can’t see it’s there. It doesn’t smudge, smear, scratch, or leave fingerprints, so your stuff can go a whole weekend at a con and still look brand new.
The kicker? It’s cheap, and a can will last you forever. I kidnapped this one brand new from my dad, and I’ve so far used it (in double coats, which is unnecessary, but I like to be on the safe side) on a full set of armour, three pairs of bracers, a top hat, pauldrens, two bows, and a pair of greaves. And there’s still plenty in the can. Did I mention it can also be used to seal foam in a single, flexible coat that can then be painted over, so you don’t have to spend two days messing with glue and whatnot?
TL;DR – If you need a foam sealer, a top coat, weatherproofing, or any kind of shiny finisher, GET SOME FUCKING FROG JUICE (the brand I use can be purchased here: http://www.signwarehouse.com/FL-CC-p-FL-FROG-12Z.html)
Let’s Cosplay! : Basic Guide to LEDs
LEDs can be extremely fun to work with but purchasing the wrong LED can cause a lot of unnecessary frustrations and wasted cash. The terminology for LEDs and online resources can often be overwhelming and confusing so this guide’s sole purpose is to help break down the fundamental basics to help you better understand what to look for.
Tutorial Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axEvKhFehqI
Interested in getting your own Tron light suit?
The picture above doesn’t show two crossed optical fibers like those used in telecommunications, where a source at the end of the cable sends light careening through it. Instead, these glowing blue and yellow fibers are actually generating their own light.
The material, called polymer light-emitting photochemical cells (PLEC), efficiently converts electrons to photons throughout the length of the fiber while operating on little power. They might one day be woven into clothing or other products to make new types of fashion or wearable, bendable displays. Imagine your smartphone on your shirtsleeve.
(The letter “A” made from fiber-shaped polymer light-emitting electrochemical cells [PLECs]. Courtesy Zhang et al./Nature Photonics.)
Wow they look amazing!
Raising girls right
I’m working earlier and this guy comes in and seems anxious. We usually wait until people need help to ask, but he comes over and tells me, “I’m cosplaying Bowser and need spiked wristbands.” I immediately start heading towards the jewelry / accessories and try to strike up some friendly conversation
I respond, “Ah, cool. You doing NonCon at all?” remembering that our local convention is this coming weekend.
He looks at me super seriously and replies, “no, my friends and I are going go-karting downstairs and we’re all dressed up as Mario Kart characters.”
Retail, although very rarely, has its perks.
Jic case you thought I was lying
Sometimes, the world is so full of beauty…
As someone who remembers when Sha-Na-Na (the band in the movie Grease) had a weekly tv show, I thought he was dressing as this guy:
Druid. Bard. Sorcerer. Barbarian.