Product Review: Plaid Leather Studio Acrylic Paint for Leather and Vinyl

2014-07-30 16.36.25While browsing JoAnn Fabrics the other day, Mario and I came across this paint- it was in the aisle where the fabric dyes and fabric paints were, not in the acrylic paint aisle.

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This was only half of the display (top shelf) but there were many, many colors and shades to choose from. They were just over $2 each (we did buy this ourselves, this isn’t a sponsored post), but of course JoAnn always has some sort of coupon so there’s no reason not to get it discounted.

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We grabbed black since it’s a good staple color, and tested it on four different types of fabric: leather, pleather (it’s stretchy with a soft, cotton covered back), thick vinyl (from the upholstery section), and stretch vinyl, the thin stuff.

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The paint went on smoothly and was incredibly easy to work with. It was opaque in one coat on each one except the thinner stretch vinyl, but it would be opaque in two coats. It dries to a satin finish.

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It stayed flexible, thin, and as you can see here, did not crack or flake at all when bent.

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Even with the pleather, which was stretchy, it had no issues stretching with the fabric.

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The thick vinyl is folded in half here, and it’s still flexible and none of it came off or cracked.

I didn’t get a good photo of the stretch vinyl, but it had the same effect: stayed flexible.
We’ve had issues in the past with getting paint to stick to vinyl, so we’re extremely happy to have found this paint. I can see it being especially useful with plug suits or other vinyl costumes that have a lot of details in different colors. If you used a stencil or taped it off to get clean lines, it would look as if it were part of the fabric and not painted on. We’ve never had any issues painting leather, though; the leather we’ve painted has always soaked any paint right in and not had any issues with it cracking, but we also didn’t bend our leather more than you would for a belt.

 

This is a great paint, so if you have to paint vinyl, definitely check it out!

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Kryolan Body Paint: Swatches for orcs, goblins, and more!

Today Mario and I took a nice trip down to San Francisco to swatch a whole lot of colors for some friends. We had some greens, some blues, some purples and grays… and the people at Kryolan were very nice and didn’t even make faces at us taking forever and taking pictures and not even buying anything. (Not that we didn’t want to buy anything; there wasn’t anything that we actually needed at the time, and honestly we’re budgeting for a costume and a wedding here, so as much as I wanted to spend every dollar I had on all the gorgeous colors of lipstick and body paint, it wasn’t happening.)

We’ll start with the greens. We swatched all the greens they had on display to sample, and they were even awesome enough to bring out a tray of more green aquacolors for us to take a look at. As always, you can click on the photos to make them larger. All of these paints are in the Kryolan aquacolor line.

Without flash: 534, GR42 (available in both a cream that you can pump out, or a cake that’s water activated), 095, GR21, 512 Continue reading

10% off commissions from www.fiendle.com!

Our awesome friend Jenny of www.fiendle.com is having a special just for our fans! She make amazing custom plushies, drawings, clay creations, and even costume pieces, and if you tell her that Alice or Mario sent you, she’ll give you 10% off your commissioned order if you order (and pay) by the 25th of April!

She’s already made us our custom WoW plushies, this awesome drawing, and she’s working on our wedding cake toppers and another custom drawing! You know that we trust someone when we’re letting them make our wedding cake toppers!

So go on over to http://www.fiendle.com, and send Jenny a message for a custom item. Make sure to tell her we sent you!

Your guide to adhesives for cosplaying

If you build costumes then at some time or another you have had to stick one thing to another thing.  The options for adhesives available to the cosplayer are very diverse, but it’s also important to know the best one for the job.

As cosplayers, a few of the materials we may work with will vary from plastics to cloths, foam, wood, and even metal.

The following list is a short compilation of things that stick stuff to other stuff. Always choose the right adhesive for the job. Reading the directions is very important, and proper safety equipment or well ventilated areas should be used as per directions. Continue reading

www.fiendle.com commission review

Ok, you guys. Our friend Jenny (from fiendle.com, we’ve talked about her before) is pretty much the most awesome person ever.

I can tell you don’t believe me. How could anyone be the most awesome person, ever? Obviously I’m going to have to show you some pictures to convince you.

Firstly, some back story. Mario has a troll priest as his main, and I have a blood elf priest. When we first met at Blizzcon, he was wearing Tier 8 priest armor, and I was wearing (on the second day) a lovely purple dress. 

Yeah, kind of like that. Only he was a human, not a troll, but that’s what our characters look like in game (plus the shoulder armor on his part, totally forgot to add those in.) Continue reading