Team Rocket Grunt Cosplay! (A tutorial!)

Mario and I kind of forgot about SacAnime until two weeks ago. When we remembered, and realized it was so close, we needed a cosplay that would be quick and easy, and not so harsh on the pocketbook, since we are still elbow deep in our Blizzcon costumes. After much consideration and searching through the internet, we decided that yes! We would be Team Rocket grunts. Not that hard, right? Continue reading

How to dye wefts using the FW ink method

Is there a wig that you need for an upcoming cosplay in a color that you just can’t seem to find anywhere? It’s okay, I have your solution! Just find a blond or white wig in the right style that you’re looking for, and dye it!

There are several methods that I know of for dyeing a wig. The first is the sharpie method, where you harvest the ink from several sharpies and dye your wig with it. The second is  the FW ink method, where you use FW ink, which is an acrylic ink, and mix it with alcohol and use that to dye the wig. The last method is using Katie Blair’s wig dye, which is easy and premade for you, but can be expensive if you’re dyeing a very long or thick wig.  I prefer the FW ink method.

Later on I’ll make a tutorial on how to dye a wig using this method, since it is slightly different than doing it with wefts. Again, I apologise for the shadows in the picture, next time I’ll try to get the table moved elsewhere so that we don’t have the shadow from the overhang in our way. Continue reading

SacAnime!

Mario and I will be at SacAnime on Friday, September 3rd! We’re going to support our awesome friend Pocket and go to our first Anime convention! We’ve been to several conventions, but none of them specifically for anime, and we’re really looking forward to it. Look for the Team Rocket grunts!

Speaking of Team Rocket grunts, I’ll post up a quick and easy (as in, you don’t have to sew anything yourself, because you might already have most of the materials, or they’re easy to buy as is) Team Rocket grunt tutorial. Stay tuned!

Why do we cosplay?

My boyfriend Mario and I decided to open up this cosplay blog to show what we’ve learned in the past few years that we’ve been making costumes. He’s fantastic at making props, I’m really good at the makeup, jewelry and wig aspect, and together we make a great team.

I cosplay because I love dressing up. Ever since I saw my first anime, I started analyzing the characters and their clothing, wondering if I could pull this or that off, and thinking of how I could do each costume. I love putting on a wig and makeup, and some elaborate gear, and being a different person. The attention that people give you while you’re in costume is just an added bonus, but for me, it’s all about dressing up.

Mario says he cosplays because he enjoys having pictures taken of him, and because he enjoys the challenge of creating costumes. We can’t even go through a store without thinking ‘What could we turn this into?’ or ‘What could I use this tool for?’ The other day we bought a rug that was perfect for a Princess Mononoke costume, and it was cheaper and better quality than the fake furs we could get at Jo-Ann’s!

We decided to open up a blog so that we can share our knowledge, and post tutorials and cosplay experiments. We’ll also be posting tons of pictures from the conventions we go to!

Tutorials coming in the future:

How to cut wefts from a wig (to put onto another wig)

How to dye wefts using the FW ink method

How to sew wefts onto a wig (with some styling tips!)

How to make your own shoulder armor, perfect for any World of Warcraft tier set

How to craft a sword or dagger from pink insulation foam

How to dye a wig using the FW ink method (slightly different from dyeing wefts)

Things that we’ve learned: what not to do when crafting a costume

Many more to come, of course :D Stay tuned!