No matter how prepared I think I am for a convention I always seem to leave something important at home. To fix this I keep a small bag packed with items I know I can’t survive without in case I forget to pack them into my regular luggage.
Con season is in full swing. Don’t forget to pack your survival kits!
A thingy I thought might help someone. And it’s super easy mode.
Dudes. Please. Don’t ever fucking put acrylic paint onto your skin. Even deco paint. Even watercolor, and never oils. Even if you mix it with skin safe paint. Don’t paint with your fingers without gloves. Don’t apply it like makeup. Even a small amount.That is absolutely not what it’s for. Ask any art student who’s had to sit through ten different Hazardous Material lectures.
Seriously. I feel like I’m going to be shouting this from my death bed. Acrylic paints are not intended for use on skin, they can contain anything from Manganese, Cobalt, Cadmium, and even lead. Don’t do it.
My friend has severe nerve damage from constantly painting with his fingers. The Tin-man practically died from this shit. Come onnnn. And now five thousand people are going to do this. Lord.
save a life and reblog so maybe those cosplayers won’t do this.
I dont think many people will read this, but I just really want to put my two cents in…
Colored contacts do not make or break a cosplay. It NEVER does. PERIOD. Some people are even physically unable to, so contacts are literally not for everyone. PERIOD.
I dislike seeing cosplayers, especially 13-16 year olds trying to get circle lenses for a “cheap price” so that their cosplay is perfect. Please DO NOT risk your eyesight just so you can have a “perfect” cosplay. DO NOT worry about killing your wallet when you could be killing your eyes in the process… No one, and I mean never in my cosplay life has anyone said, “Wow why don’t you have red eyes like xxxx?!” If anyone is ever that nitpicky about YOUR cosplay, ignore them, they aren’t worth your time, and they’re obviously an asshat. You can even photoshop your eyes for pictures later and no one will know the difference.
I’m not trying to tell people to never get colored contacts, but know what you’re doing first. If you want to take the risk, that’s on your end. Because buying from places outside the U.S. like pinkyparadise is technically not legal because these places are supposed to have a prescription from your optometrist. Yes I’ve done it before, three times in fact and my eyes are still in tact, but you never know when something can go wrong. Also many of these people have zero contact lens experience so they don’t know how to take care of their lenses, how to make sure their eyes have enough oxygen and are being moistured, or even how long they’re supposed to wear it. When people don’t know of the dangers of contact lenses it will end up being really harmful to you. Also for the love of god, if you’re going to get sclera contacts PLEASE get prescription ones, because those things are made to FIT YOUR EYE and your eye only! That stuff has to be measured unless you want to scratch up your eye…. In the end all I’m trying to say is be safe, know what you’re getting yourself into first, and if you want to do what you’re still doing that’s great then! Cosplay on!
Buttonholes are some of my least favourite things to do, but bound buttonholes look so beautiful (like on my Swing Coat) that they are a necessary evil. They can be pretty complex and fiddly, but I find that sewing them by hand gives you much more control over the fabric.
"I want to share a cautionary tale with you guys. I make light of it, but it’s a very serious issue we don’t really think about until it’s too late. Until this year, I actually really never cared about getting accurate eye colors for my cosplays. I’ve been wearing prescription lenses since around 2003. But this year I decided to start getting some SFX contact lenses. I even got a contact lens sponsorship that I abused. However. I thoroughly regret it now. I suffered a huge injury all because I didn’t get contact lenses from my doctor. In cosplay, it’s very tempting to buy from these SFX contact sellers because it’s convenient and it’s relatively more cost friendly. (I say relatively because the medical bills from this injury have amounted to many times more than the costs I’ve spent on lenses.) After wearing some lenses on Saturday of SDCC, my eye suffered a 90% corneal abrasion. That number is very high and abnormal for just a contact lens. It’s usually from a more violent trauma. At first, the guess was that I was wearing the wrong size. (The diameter isn’t the only important measurement when getting properly fitted lenses.) I saw 4 different doctors and after some time it was determined that it was the quality of the lenses. My lens provided almost no oxygen to my eye, it melded, and when I took out my lens, it took out 90% of my cornea with it. They were concerned that the damage was so severe I might actually go blind from it. It was extremely painful and ugly and just awful. At one point I was trying so hard to force myself not to cry and scream because it hurt so bad but the doctors didn’t know what was wrong with me and that was so frustrating. I couldn’t even open my right eye, because it hurt to squeeze my left eye even the slightest bit. It took over a week and a half to heal the abrasion. Now I’m left with scarring and clouding which is causing blindness. I’m legally blind in my left eye right now which is to say I can “see” but it’s beyond blurry. If I stay this way, it means this eye will never have a prescription that will provide me with any visual accuracy in that eye. I’ve been upgraded to steroids. The clouding has reduced a very low percentage, but I haven’t regained any of my vision. The doctors are hopeful, but it’s not certain I’ll regain my vision. The process takes over a month to heal. Some people have it worse from this injury and lose ALL eyesight. I’m very lucky.
So moral of this story? I really hope I motivate at least one cosplayer never to order contact lenses from sources outside of your optometrist or websites that are recommended by/require prescriptions from optometrists. I know colored contacts are so tempting for accuracy, and a fun look, but if they do not come from trusted sources, you are just risking your safety and health for cheap, harmful quality.
This photo is from last Thursday and Friday. After a whole week I was finally able to open my eye.
Something I didn’t know is that purchasing contact lenses outside of your doctor is actually ILLEGAL in some states. It’s illegal in California. Do some research on your states laws before you buy them too!
*** I’m seeing these comments and getting messages with a bunch of incorrect facts.***
- Corneal abrasions are NOT rare. Corneal abrasions from contact lenses are the top reason for most corneal abrasions. Not all cases are as extreme as mine. And mine wasn’t even the most extreme case.
- Some people said I would’ve felt it immediately and taken my contact lens out. FALSE. I wore my contact lenses for close to 8 hours with out a single sign of pain or discomfort. The injury occurred when I was taking my lenses out.
- This was NOT the first time I wore SFX lenses. And this was NOT the first time I wore contact lenses. I’ve been wearing lenses for 10 years.
- This was NOT a matter of incorrect sizing, but a matter of QUALITY OF PRODUCT. I was using Pinky Paradise lenses. If you’ve been using Pinky Paradise, good for you. So was I. If you want to continue to use them, good. for. you. I am merely sharing my story as it could happen to ANY ONE even if they’ve been wearing a certain brand for a long time, LIKE ME. I am choosing not to risk quality of product to save a few bucks any more. I don’t even know if I’ll regain vision in my eye so saving $10 and a few doctors visit was NOT worth it to me.”
I haven’t seen this around tumblr yet but knowing that pinkyparadise is a popular contact lens provider for the cosplay community, I had to share this here. Please, please be careful when it comes to contact lenses you guys.
PLEASE DO NOT BUY “COSTUME” CONTACTS WITHOUT YOUR DOCTOR KNOWING ABOUT IT OR THE VENDOR. it’s EXTREMELY important that you dont fuck up ur eye cosplaying, trust me.
if you’re interested in a good, safe, made-to-order sfx contact vendor, consider 9mmsfx. i’ve bought contacts from them before, and the most important distinction between them and places like pinky paradise is that you have to have your eye doctor fax in your contact information. they won’t do it without the knowledge and consent of your doctor, even for plano contacts.
they’re expensive, but they are MADE for your eyes, and on top of it, they’re very good quality.
I’ve had several questions about how to make props lately and I thought it was time for another master link post, so I’ve compiled a list of links to different tutorial explaining how to work with each material. There are several different methods for making props, and each method requires a unique set of skills and a variety of tools. Some methods are also more expensive than others.This is just to sampling what you can do with each method, I recommend doing more extensive research on whatever you end up trying.
Learning to apply lashes can be a difficult task for beginners, so today I’m going to tell you a few tips on how to apply them quickly and easily.
Don’t get discouraged. It can take many attempts before you’ll be able to put them on successfully. Visit your local beauty store and get a few pairs of the cheap kinds- since these will be just for practice.
Make sure you use a good lash glue. Clear or colored lash glues generally work the best.
Cut your lashes to the right size for your eyes! I cannot stress this enough. Your lashes should never go past the end of your eyelids.
Put mascara on. You want to do this before you apply false lashes so they blend better.
Apply some of the lash glue onto a q-tip, then run your lash over the glue. Sometimes, trying to put glue directly onto the lash can be a bit messy. Wait 10-20 seconds for the glue to get tacky.
Use either your fingers or tweezers to place them as close to your lash line as possible. It’s okay if it’s not exact.
Get a damp q-tip and use it to push your lash into place. Slightly damp q-tips will allow you to get it exactly where you want it without them sticking to you.
Use tweezers to pinch them onto your natural lash line. Be very careful that you don’t accidentally pinch your own lid or rip out an eyelash. I recommend slanted tweezers for this.
Let them dry and adjust to how they feel. False lashes can feel weird the first time you wear them, so make sure you give yourself time to get used to it.
Practice. You probably wont get it right the first time, but that’s okay. Just be patient and you’ll get the hang of it.
Once you’ve learned how to apply them, I recommend using good quality lashes such as the ones by Ardelle or Andrea. For glue, Duo is always a good brand- though any clear glue will do just fine.
I’ve put all of the fabric painting tutorials into one big photo post.
Includes silk painting with resist (Elven Banner), free-hand painting on stretch fabrics (Jareth from Labyrinth), fake embroidery with puffy paint (Peter of Narnia), graphite transfer paper with fabric paint pens (Tali from Mass Effect) and regular Tulip fabric paint (TARDIS lab coat).