The Costume Making Guide: Creating Armor and Props for Cosplay

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Bring your cosplay dreams to life with your own two hands!

The Best Cosplay Tutorial Guide Ever!

Get ready to impress ordinary mortals with your superhuman costume-making skills. You can do it no matter what your experience level with this, the first full step-by-step technique book on cosplay--with no sewing! Internationally known cosplayer Kamui Cosplay (a.k.a. Svetlana Quindt) shows you how to easily create elaborate costumes and successful props out of items available at your local arts and craft or hardware stores: turn foam into a realistic axe, create a breastplate from scratch and use a glue gun to modify just about anything. You will even learn the best and most accessible techniques for working with specialty cosplay materials such as Worbla!

Packed with more than 30 step-by-step demonstrations that teach the skills you need to bring all your favorite characters to life no matter the genre, Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Tutorials cover design planning, fabricating body armor, 3D painting techniques and more. Best of all, you can adapt every lesson to use in all future fandom projects spanning video games, books, anime, movies and even your own original characters!

Includes:

   • How to choose a costume and find good reference art
   • A short shopping list of necessary materials and tools for beginning cosplayers
   • Basic safety tips
   • A beautiful photo gallery featuring inspiring images from other cosplayers  
   • Next steps--how to grow your workshop, take professional photos, participate in contests and join the cosplay community
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About the author

Svetlana Quindt (KamuiCosplay), Nuremburg, Germany, www.kamuicosplay.com, started making costumes in 2003 and has never stopped. She runs a successful website and travels to cons all over the world participating in cosplay and conducting workshops. She has a strong following in the cosplay community.
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Penguin
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Published on
Dec 12, 2016
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9781440345258
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Language
English
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Genres
Crafts & Hobbies / Fashion
Design / Fashion & Accessories
Performing Arts / Theater / Stagecraft & Scenography
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This content is DRM protected.
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Have you been trying to think of a way to conquer your local comic convention through cosplay? Do you gaze with envious eyes upon the fan-made suits of armored awesomeness strolling around every year on Halloween? Do you have a spot on your wall, bookshelf, or desk that desperately needs to be filled with a screen-accurate replica of your favorite science-fiction or fantasy weapon? If so, look no further. We've got just the book for you!

In this book, master prop maker Shawn Thorsson uses his unique blend of humor and insight to turn years of painful experience into detailed explanations. He'll show you many of the tools, methods, and processes that you can use to create professional-looking science fiction and fantasy props and armor. The ultimate collision of creative imagination and practical maker skills, making props and costume armor involves sculpting, molding, casting, 3D printing, CNC fabrication, painting, and countless other techniques and technologies.

In this book, you'll learn:

Basic fabrication methods using inexpensive, commonly-available tools and materialsSimple, low-cost methods to make foam armor out of easy-to-find foam matsHow to use the popular Pepakura software to build 3D models with paperMultiple molding and casting techniquesHow to build a "vacuforming" machine to make armor from plastic sheet stockPainting and weathering techniques that will bring your props to lifeJust enough safety advice to keep you from losing body parts along the way

Whether you're just a beginner or a seasoned builder with countless projects behind you, this book is sure to be an invaluable addition to your workshop library.
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