x/1999 || CPAC 2014
In which we bust out costumes the night before a local con because feelings and why not.
But we had an amazingly fun time at CPAC, and hanging out with everyone and the few people that recognized the series and were incredibly excited about it made it absolutely worth the effort. Thanks so much to Jae for taking these shots for us!
Eyyyy so this is what I did with my weekend whut whut.
Casual reminder that you should be following robobromance for all of my and Vikki’s cosplay shenanigans if you’re not already~ :V
eee yey these pics turned out so lovely! Thank you so much!
DIY HORNS - MATERIALS
Typically, DIY horns are made from some sort of core, an outer shell, a sealant, and a method of attachment. There are many ways of making horns, so here is a list of many kinds of cores, shells, sealants, and attachments! There are also some horns made out of a single material, but this is typically reserved for tiny horns.
Core Materials: A good core material can hold a horn shape well while still remaining light. Popular core materials include insulation foam, expanding foam, floral foam, and aluminum foil (alfoil). Cores can be further strengthened with a foundation like wire, a screw (for smaller horns), a chopstick/dowel…pretty much anything rigid that can be built upon and adds sturdiness.
Outer Shell Materials: A material that makes a good shell is easy to make flat and smooth (or textured as you see fit) and sturdy enough to be knocked into things without breaking or denting. Model Magic (MM) is a popular material that can be used as a shell by rolling it out into a sheet and wrapping it around your horns. However, there are many other shell materials, and some might work better for you! One remarkably good one is Paperclay, which is sturdier and can be sanded more easily than MM. Another is paper mache, as long as it is used properly and not lumped together hastily. Many other clays make good shells, and some of these materials can be used for single material horns. Usually only the tiniest of horns should be made of one material, because the core lessens the weight greatly.
Air-Dry clays: MM Tips More MM Tips Tricks for Quality MM Colored MM Rotating MM MM - Good or Bad? Air Dry Magic Clay Lightweight Stone Clay Premier Light Stone Clay Delight Paperclay Creative Paperclay Warnings about Paperclay Fimo Light Air Jovi Modelling Clay
Bake-able clays: Bake your own horns (Paper Magiclay)
Sealants: A good sealant keeps your paint from chipping off, and some also protect the outside of your horn. Popular sealants include Mod Podge (commonly misnamed “Modge Podge”) and white glue.
Attaching the horns to your head: Headbands are popular, but remember, they look best when hidden under your wig! The wire method is very good at holding up small to medium sized horns while being totally invisible. If your horns are still unsteady or prone to knocking into things, try using more than one attachment method - add wires and bobby pins to your headband with screws that are gorilla glued inside the horns, etc.
For small horns: Attachment through a wig’s wefts Gorilla Glue & a Headband Snaps on cardboard Magnetic Snaps Straight-up Magnets When using your own hair When using your own hair (ribbon) Can tabs for string attachment Barrettes and superglue Warning about cloth headbands Wire method (and more on the wire method/another take on this method/Here are some pictures)
Fixing Cracks: Some horns just crack after their shell dries, and others get broken - don’t throw it away, here’s how to fix them! (Also works for unsightly bumps, dings, and imperfections.)
Fixing Cracks in MM Horns Fixing Horn Cracks (Nail Polish) Fixing Horn Cracks (Wood Glue) Fixing Horn Cracks (Nail Glue) Fixing Horn Cracks (White Glue) Fixing Horn Cracks (Super Glue) Fixing Horn Cracks (Tip-Ex) Fixing Horn Bumps (Wallboard Joint Compound) Fixing Imperfections (Spackling)
Tutorials for small horns: Small horns include anything between Karkat and some Gamzee horns.
Simple MM tutorial Foil and Paperclay Tutorial “I am lazy and hate effort” tutorial Insulation foam and MM tutorial “Spend a thousand hours doing paper mache” tutorial Sculpey Method Paperclip, Barrette, Tinfoil, and MM Tutorial Fancy MM horns Tutorial “Semi-Realistic” Horns Tutorial Foil & Fimo Video Tutorial Foil and Celluclay (and why Celluclay is not a great material) Sweet Arts and Hella Crafts Tutorial Alfoil and Masking Tape Tutorial
Tutorials for large horns: Large horns include anything Gamzee’s length or longer. Special mentions go to Aradia, Tavros, the Handmaid, the Summoner, the Grand Highblood, and the Condesce (otherwise known as ungodly large/unwieldy horns.)
“Garden Supports” tutorial Foam, Duct Tape, & Mache Tutorial Pool Noodle Tutorial Mesh & MM Tutorial/“E-6000 and You” Wire, Tinfoil, and MM Tutorial Tip on foam core Toilet Paper Tube Core Suggestion - Wood Tinfoil, Tape, and Paper Mache Tutorial Insulation Foam Tutorial Tips on making hugenormous horns PageofBreath’s tips
Review of Pre-made Sollux Horns A few pre-made options (Especially good Aradia horns) Pre-made “Spirit” Brand Gamzee and Aradia Horns (Warning about peeling/Warning about seams/How to improve Gamzee horns)
Painting your horns: Hussie is notorious for not coloring the horns the same way twice (and I don’t even know where the gradient headcanon thing came from) so here is what we know about horn coloration and a few ways to pull it off.
Weird things that don’t really fit in:
Broken links to awesome tutorials: If someone could find us the new links to these tutorials, it would be great!
Sorry for the homestuck post. I did tag it but I’m pretty sure you guys can use the ‘how to make’ links for any other kind of horns, since a lot of the troll horns are your basic demon horns.
(sorry for the length of this Video tutorial to follow in the future! Just in case this written one doesn’t make sense!)
♫･*:.｡.You oughta see how things appear
When you are up in the stratosphere
You oughta hear how the people cheer
When you are f a b u l o u s LIKE US･*:.｡.♫
Someone asked that this be rebloggable so HURR YOU GO
Some patterns are really dumb in telling you to finish the body of an outfit, then finish the sleeve, then attach a circle to a circle. It’s possible to do, and once in a while it’s necessary, don’t get me wrong, but unless you have a lot of experience it’s sometimes very aggravating trying to evenly distribute the sleeve around the “hole” cut out for it and match up the seams under the armpit!
(Please note…some patterns, especially to achieve tailored looks, require you to do it the traditional way. Don’t use this method for fashion school assignments or super-complex garments as it will probably screw up the way it ends up fitting in the end. This is mostly for the use of cosplayers to make their job a little easier.)
EDIT:// thevvioletprince, a fashion student, says she’s been taught this method in school so HAVE FUN, NEVER MIND
EDIT DEUX:// If you are doing a traditional garment of some kind, for instance, something that has a multi-piece sleeve or that requires gathers, you may need to do it the “old-fashioned way”!
ANYWAY SO THIS IS WHAT I DO.
PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE SOURCE OR REPOST, THANK YOU
pattern-making tip for cosplayers: when you know how a certain piece needs to look on your body, but aren’t sure how to pattern it out on fabric, pattern it on yourself first!
I use masking tape (with sheets of plasticwrap under, so I’m not sticking tape to my skin) to create a fitted body double that can get drawn all over. once it looks how I want it to, on me, I cut it off with a pair of scissors and discard everything but my pattern pieces, which can be either used or cut apart along where you’d want seam lines to go in order to make flat pieces. retrace onto some pattern/tracing/butcher paper and there’s your pattern.
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