How to Ventilate (or Add Hair to) a Lacefront Wig
I’ve seen a lot of really creative methods for adding realistic hairlines to wigs, but in my personal opinion, nothing beats a good lacefront wig! With lacefronts starting to be offered in a rainbow of colors, cosplayers have a lot more options to work with than they did even a few years ago.
But it’s hard to find a lacefront that 100% matches your desired hairline right out of the box.. I’ve heard a lot of people talking about “sewing hair” onto wigs, and there’s an actual term for this: ventilating! It’s accomplished with a ventilating needle or latch hook, and much less time consuming than threading individual wig hairs through a conventional hand-sewing needle. Ventilating kits are relatively inexpensive ($10-$20) and can make adding hair to a lacefront wig a fairly simple, if not tedious, task.
Read more for a more in-depth walkthrough!
A cheat sheet to highlighting and contouring
Everybody who read Stone Ocean loves Foo Fighters, and believe it or not, she has one of the easier costumes in all of JoJo!
This is probably not ideal as a first sewing project (please read as “really you shouldn’t but I can’t stop you and maybe it might turn out OK anyway”), but if you know basic sewing, this would actually be a good project to level up and learn how to make some of your own patterns, work with stretch materials, appliqué, shoe covers, and all sorts of other fun skills to add to your skill arsenal!
Warning: I get a bit verbose. I still consider this better than providing inadequate description. This tutorial also delves very briefly into one method of shoepants. Beware.
Ignore the pattern instructions, says Sandra Betzina, and use this simplified version for “ready-to-wear” results.
For years and years of sewing I was REALLY TERRIBLE at sewing in zippers in general and fly-front zippers in particular. I’d go to some serious lengths to avoid having to make them; once I even put in a topstitched-in zipper on the side seam of my pants and a fake topstitched fly in the front.
Then I saw this video.
This is literally the first method of sewing a fly-front zipper that ever made serious sense to me, and now the other methods and pattern instructions are a lot less frightening once I really “got it”. If you’re having trouble sewing in the fly of a pair of pants you’re making, try this! I hope it helps at least one person who’s struggling or dealing with con crunch.
…also how NOT to make it.
I had to make a Mista hat in a super rush. Luckily for all of us, I took pictures. In this post I will explain both how I actually made this and what you should do differently so that yours turns out better.
New tutorial! Three different ways you can splice wigs together! (Great for characters like Levi, Jaden Yuki, and Harley Quinn)!
TUTORIAL | Burned Paper Nails
1. Paint your nails with a light nude polish, wait until it’s completely dries.
2. Put a piece of newspaper in alcohol, and wait 15-20 sec.
3.Place the wet paper onto your nails, push it down with your fingers and wait until the alcohol evaporates (7-10 sec), and remove the paper.
4. Topcoat it with clear polish.
5. Draw some lines with black polish, where you want your burned papers edges.
6., 7. Put some black and brown polish with a piece of makeup sponge around the black lines.
8. Clean up the edges with acetone.
9. Use a matte topcoat.
finally someone breaks it down for those of us who are makeup challenged.
I’ve gotten a few messages in my inbox asking me for tips on how I’ve beaten Karkat’s face before, so I am answering with a gif/picture/text tutorial of a sort. I’ll probably eventually make an actual video tutorial for this process, but someone needs some tips ASAP, so I didn’t want to make ‘em wait any longer by editing a video.
This applies mainly to Karkat, but obviously it can apply to the others without the addition of particularly heavy eyebags. I am aiming more for dudetrolls, here, but if you lighten the shading, amp up the highlighting, and tone down the eyebrows, you could use it for the ladies as well.
Ssssooo yeah! This is how I do it.
HEY GUYS. This doesn’t have all that many notes and that’s basically criminal because this is the BEST guide to how to contour your face with bodypaint (particularly for male characters) I’ve seen on tumblr. And no, not saying that because it uses a few of my tutorial ideas, I’m saying that because it’s easy to see and clearly explained. Go check it out if you’re in ANY fandom that paints your skin colors other than “flesh”!
This is a slightly rare but still relatively common design element in anime and manga costumes, especially in older shounen series. When you have what appears to be a hole that never frays and never changes shape with another fabric underneath, this is the technique you want to use! It pops up a lot in JoJo, so since it appears on Gyro Zeppeli’s pants, I took detailed photos of one of the four insets to show you how to make this effect yourself!
End result looks like this!
Click the Read More to learn how to do this for yourself!!!
For anyone who ever wanted a proper tutorial to do a Japanese regent style haircut like Josuke from Jojo’s Bizaare Adventure or the guys from Kishidan. This tutorial, while in Japanese only, is a great help.
HEY GUYS THIS IS COOL AND YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.
oh this is back on my dash again!
back on my blog you go, crazy japanese bosozoku pompadour tutorial.
Monokuma Plush Pattern by Cosmode Magazine
I was looking through my old Cosmodes and realized that I had this lying around in issue 38, and I just had to share it for all the Dangan Ronpa fans out there. Did you ever want your own adorable plush Monokuma? Now you can have one!
CLICK HERE FOR A LARGER VERSION OF THE PATTERN PIECES!!! Scale as needed; I scanned at 1200dpi but this is also a shrunken down thumbnail version.
Pattern is in Japanese but should be still readable with some plushmaking experience and a picture of Monokuma even if you don’t speak or read Japanese. However, for reference, the pattern tells you how many of each color to cut. 白 is white, 黒 is black, and 赤 is red. The pattern recommends fleece for the black and white, vinyl for the red, black and white self adhesive felt for the smile and the nose (as best as I can tell, use your judgement for this), and a button for the black eye. You glue the red vinyl on for the eye. You will also need a sharpie or fabric marker.
For some reason while working on the mockup version, they use orange fleece and horribly clashing thread. Don’t do this. Check the pictures of Monokuma and the sample FINISHED Monokuma for reference, and make sure to use the right thread!
Enjoy making your own Monokuma! Upupupupupupupu!
No problem, Anon! I should have thought to post it here, although because of my language and the fact that I did it for someone on /cgl/, I wasn’t sure if I should… you made up my mind for me, though. (I try to stay off the chans. Occasionally I fail. I then try to make up for it by being helpful.)
Handmaid horns by ineloquentformalities (who also helped me a lot with ideas and gluing and shit while we attempted to rig up that harness the night before OH GOD GIRL I OWE YOU SO MUCH)