What The *Bleep* Am I Doing?! Worbla Deco Art

*Walks In* Been a while since we’ve been here, eh guys? Well, here we are once again! A “What The *Bleep Am I Doing?!” This time we’re gonna be talking about how to make stuff and deal with Worbla Deco Art! It’s a cool Worbla-esque product from Worbla. I’m glad I get to tell y’all about it. And if I can save at least one person from getting sticky, uncooled moldable material on their fingers, I have done my job. So let’s get started eh?

Now, what exactly is Worbla Deco Art? I’m sure most of you have heard of and possibly worked with Worbla, but this is somewhat of another beast entirely. So here’s a short and long answer to what exactly it is and how to use it.

Well, the short answer would be, that it’s a very malleable material that when activated by heat you can mold into virtually anything. It doesn’t exactly act like cosplay clay–moldable EVA foam clay and it’s not entirely like resin either. Worbla Deco Art is, to put it simply, a mix of the two of these materials. And it works quite well for multiple things.

The long answer though is better said by Worbla themselves:

Worbla’s Deco Art is the Worbla branded option for moldable plastic pellets. Heat these pellets to 65°C (150°F) with a heat gun, oven, or hot water to create a plastic putty with a low thermal transfer that you can shape by hand, push into molds, and sculpt with tools! It’s an excellent option for sculpting things like skulls, filling in gaps in Worbla armor, making multiple copies of something without resin casting, building up dimension quickly, and adding counterweight to things like pommels on swords.

Deco Art, like all Worbla Products, can be reheated endlessly and scraps can always be reused, so mistakes are easy to correct and makes this material very friendly for those who want to begin sculpting things such as mascot teeth or horns. The surface of Deco Art is much smoother than other Worbla Products, making it excellent for detail work where priming is either not an option due to time, or difficult due to space. Deco Art can be painted with acrylics or spray paint, and the pellets can also be dyed in advanced with polyester dyes such as iDye Poly.

Deco Art is excellent for building up dimension quickly, allowing details in armor to be made quicker and smoother than with the traditional Worbla Scrap/Noodle method.

It’s a pretty handy material, to be honest. The things I have already made are astonishing. From hearts to animal claws. The details you can make for your cosplays are super impressive. I’ve even seen some cosplayers make a whole Master Sword.

Another thing I have learned that can be done with Worbla Deco Art is that if you make a project that you intended to be quite brilliant and it turns out, well not. You can melt it down and either attempt it again or make something entirely different. 

An example I can provide is I tried and failed to make Legend of Zelda’s Rupees. They did not look good at all. So I just melt those down and I created claws for my upcoming Sukuna cosplay. And they look pretty awesome if I do say so myself.

All in all, as complex as Worbla Deco Art might seem at first, it’s a material of many hats. You can make an entire prop or just the details on one. You just have to know how much heat it takes and for how long. Because if it starts browning, you definitely need to stop the heating process. You can even use either a microwave or heat gun. 

One major thing is that you definitely need water with you. So you don’t burn yourself and so when you finish the shape you want your object in, immediately put it in water so it doesn’t lose its shape. Because it will, thanks to a little thing called gravity. 

Well, that’s all I have to say about this material, for now, catch y’all later for the next article!

Rebel Fae out!

Rebel Fae’s Cosplay Adventures: The Celty Cosplay ~ Phase One: The Helmet ~ Pt. 2

So. It’s completely built and ready to go, what could possibly be the next step? Simple! Prime, Paint, and Perfect! The last step is also known as…Detail the ever-loving crap out of it. This last part of the Celty helmet was the most time-consuming, but it’s one of my favorite steps on a project. Let’s see how this one went, shall we?

First up, we have the priming. Now, initially, I despise the priming step with every fiber of my being. Why you ask? Every time I’ve primed a prop or anything that’s made with EVA I’ve always missed a spot, done it too weak, or the spray can doesn’t even work. Safe to say, I haven’t had the best of luck using Plasti-Dip. But! Lo and behold this time it actually worked really well for me.

When I sprayed it upon my helmet, I somehow managed to spray the coat even enough that it didn’t create any bubbles and I didn’t miss a single spot. And to top off my surprisingly good luck, I only needed to put two coats on it. And that’s only because I wanted to make sure it looked absolutely perfect. I’m a certified perfectionist after all guys.

With that step out of the way, I no longer had to worry about having to paint coat upon coat of paint onto my helmet. Because unfortunately, if you don’t prime it first, the paint job looks really bad the more you use the prop or costume piece, and the foam sops up any paint you try to put on it making the painting process go forever.

But, as I said I primed it, thankfully. So It only took at least two coats of yellow paint and then sectioning out the parts for the blue paint to go on and just one coat of that seeing that I first painted the entire helmet yellow, so it had a base coat to work off of. And it turns out yellow isn’t that hard to paint over. Go figure.

Then finally…the detailing! I only had to do a little bit of this for the helmet. Just draw in the lines on the sides, the little detail on the chin, and of course, the symbol on the top left of the helmet. That one was probably my favorite thing to put on since I free-handed the whole thing. Usually, my drawing isn’t the best, but it looks really good now that I see it on the helmet.

So now that it’s primed, painted, and perfected it’s gotta be done, right? Nope! We have one last little thing my friends…the visor! Now that was an interesting endeavor. I’ve never dealt with this kind of material before–seeing that it’s the type of material you would see in a welding helmet visor, and I’ve never inserted a visor in anything. But as I warmed it up to shape it, (wear gloves, by the way, you guys when doing this else wise your hands will hurt.) Then measured it out to the correct dimensions. And finally, put it in with some contact cement. It looked good. And even though it made the helmet shape slightly off, it still looks good in my opinion!

Well, that’s that my friends! End of phase one, the helmet is done! Now on to phase two eh?

See y’all in Phase two…

Rebel Fae out!

The Collison of Costume and Fashion ~ Male! Cruella De Vil x Fem! Reader

You gaze out of the window of the stretch limo as the scenery of the suburbs continues to pass you by signally the ever-nearing closeness of the city. You shake your head in disbelief. Who knew I’d be in this situation just because I refused to give up my perfectly comfy spot at a table in a park no less. You think. And this event only happened just a single day ago.

“This is a perfect design to go with the cosplay I want to do for the upcoming cosplay contest.” You mutter to yourself as you lean back in your chair, taking in the crisp air of your favorite park in your hometown. It has always been a great place for inspiration for you ever since you were little. Plus, it helps that you only lived a few blocks down from it.

With all of the surrounding trees bunched up like the area was encased like a forest, and the light and senseless jabber of the little kids nearby playing pretend on the Jungle gym seeing who “King of the mountain” could be or who was the bravest to do the fanciest tricks. Ah to be young again. But then again, you wouldn’t trade your experiences for the world. Without them, you wouldn’t be the aspiring costume designer you were today.

You went to look back down at your sketchbook and were about to continue on with your design, when your thought process was interrupted by the silkiest, deepest, and dare you say it, the sexiest voice you’ve ever heard in your entire life.

“You there, girl. You’re in my seat. Off you go.” The sexy voice demanded.

Ah hell no.

No one tells you what to do. Especially not in the middle of a very productive inspiration session. You placed your drawing pad down beside you for a brief moment and you found yourself staring all the way up to meet the stranger’s face dead on. You could easily tell this guy was some kind of prima donna. Black Armani shoes, tailored slacks, a white button-up with a blood-red vest, and a, what you hoped to God was a faux fur mink coat draped around him. His fashion sense though wasn’t exactly what drew you in though. NO, it was that perfect alabaster skin, the wry smirk on his face those piercing blue eyes that seemed like they were devouring you with each passing second. And last but most certainly not least, his monochromatic hair. One part was perfectly styled and coifed being white in color. While the other side was much like the other side except it was jet black.

You find yourself taking a deep breath just to steady your hummingbird-like heart. Then you try to pair his smirk with one of your own. “I don’t see your name on it, mister. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some drawing that needs to be finished.”

“Snarky little thing aren’t you?” He remarks with an eyebrow raised.

You just click your teeth in response. “I’ll take that as a compliment.”

Before you were able to get back to your own work though, your cellphone rang. Pulling it out to check you mutter a few curses under your breath. It was work. Apparently, there were a few more call-outs than usual at the boutique and they needed you asap. You start stuffing all of your things into your purse hurriedly trying to get to the boutique in time. If you were late, you’d never hear the end of it.

“Well, it looks like you get your wish after all. Work calls.” You mutter as you dash off of the bench completely forgetting the fact that in your rush you forgot to put your sketchpad in your bag as well.

The man picks up the book and flips through it for a minute, a curious smirk gracing his features as he does. “Well, it would seem, Ma Cherie, you have more to you than just a little snark.”

“So you see Miss (Y/n) …Miss (Y/n)?”

The voice of the assistant of the pompous but unfortunately very handsome fashion designer—who you just barely learned was named Cruello De Vil brings you out of your reverie.

You turn your head to face the wiry brunette. She had light green eyes with a soft face. She looked like a very kind-hearted person but considering who she worked for there was definitely more to meet the eye.

“Hm? Oh, sorry. My mind was just wandering back to what started all of this. Me basically telling your boss to go to hell, forgetting my sketchbook, him finding it, and now me being captured from my work the very next day to become some sort of personal designer/muse or whatever he wanted of me.”

The woman gave a soft chuckle. “He wants you to be his new Chief Costume designer. It’s a new position Mr. De Vil decided to give his fashion line just recently. And we gave you back your notepad once we brought you in here.”

You let out a snort. “More like dumped it into my lap.” You look down onto your lap and brush a thumb over the cover. This thing contained your dreams, the very thing you wanted to do all of your life. Any time you lacked inspiration for any of your other tasks you would draw and create new costumes. Maybe they never got created, but just knowing you had the plans were enough.

“So, you were saying…”

“Oh, that’s right I never told you my name. It’s Katerina. And what I was trying to tell you Miss (Y/n),”

You interrupted her. “Just (Y/n) is fine.”

She nods and smiles. “Alright. I was trying to tell you that when we get to the building that Mr. De Vil is currently occupying, I want to give you a heads up that with his designers he can be quite the finicky man,”

“You don’t say.”

Katerina chuckles. “Though, I highly doubt you will have much of a problem judging by how he practically bit anyone’s head off anyone who dared come near that sketchbook of yours yesterday.”

That threw you. Why would someone so obviously pompous and full of himself be so protective of your sketchbook? You didn’t know much about this man—hardly anything for that matter, you were always one for being more into cosplayers and Broadway names than fashion designers. That was your mom’s bread and butter so to speak. But from the info you found out from her after you got her to calm down and stop asking if you were ok and then what he was wearing, he was even more pompous and self-serving than what your first impression was, to begin with.

“Well, that should be an interesting experience then.” You mutter.

The next thing you know, you’re slowing down to a crawl and stopping in front of a very ritzy building. The door of the limo swings open and the driver holds the door for both you and Katerina. “After you mademoiselle.” The chauffeur says.

You take a deep breath and step out of the limo and stare up at the towering building. It was at least Thirteen stories high. “Well, here goes nothing I suppose.”

Rebel Fae’s Cosplay Adventures: The Celty Cosplay ~ Phase 2: Celty’s Helmet – Pt. 1: The Build

Alright guys, if I ever in the future or the not-so-distant future say that a project I’m working on is harder than anything I’ve done…remind me of this helmet. Cause holy cannoli, when I first printed out the pattern and cut out the different pieces so I could trace it on the EVA foam, I did not see how difficult this build was actually going to be. Sure, I had my worries, what if I didn’t measure the pieces right so then it won’t fit my head, or what if I can’t do this project in general but that didn’t stop me.

Now, I say it was difficult because of all the odd things I had to do to make the pieces fit so it would look like Celty’s helmet. Because you see, the initial helmet plans are for someone who wants to build Nova’s helmet—she’s from StarCraft for those who don’t know the character, so since the design is for her helmet you can see how the shape is, well, not the correct shape for Celty.

So, adjustments most definitely had to be made. When I cut out all of the pieces and started putting them together, I had to leave out a few of the back-end pieces and bend the two major parts in the back closer together so instead of creating a shape that looks very much like Zenyatta’s head—Overwatch my friends, I created a shape that actually looked like a motorcycle helmet. When it was all said and done it looked like it was an easy job, but hah looks are deceiving guys.

Yours truly had to go through a crap ton of contact cement—which by the way I actually learned that you could apply contact cement pretty well with just a q-tip if you’re using the jars of contact cement. I learned this after my fingers were effectively glued together from holding the first half of the pieces of the helmet together. My life was made a lot easier for the second half eheh. Not only was that a little fun venture but I had to make sure that the two long pieces on the bottom were longer than required so it would give that motorcycle helmet look. After gluing all of that together and pressing the pieces together for an ungodly amount of time and scrubbing my hands so thoroughly that they couldn’t stick to silly putty I had my helmet. And I’m pleased to say, it does indeed fit.

Now for the fun part.

The operative word is fun folks.

Because it initially was Nova’s helmet it didn’t have a face shield hole as motorcycle helmets do. So, I got to carve one out! In hindsight, this would have been easier if I just built the pieces in a way that there would be a hole but…yea I didn’t think that far. It was my first helmet build after all heh. So, the carving! I’m so glad I got a box cutter out of pure impulse one day because my Exacto knife would not pierce those seams at all. Not even if it was attached to a thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot poll—points to whoever gets that head nod quote.

But thankfully because I had my box cutter I was able to cut all around the area I drew out for the face shield with relative ease. Sort of. When it got to some of the rather stubborn contact cement globs I thought my box cutter was going to get stuck but after a few yanks, it cut through!

Then to make it nicer in the long hall I just took my sanding block and 150 grit sandpaper and made that once jagged empty cavern look pretty dang good.

Now we have the last part of building the helmet, the ears! And I must say this was actually probably the easiest part in making this helmet. It was just a simple thing of measuring out two triangles of cardboard and putting them together on the top of the helmet approximately where Celty has her ears on her helmet. I even learned a pretty good trick to glue it down. Contact cement! Who knew it would work on cardboard eh? And to make it more stable and because I wanted to see if I could actually make it work, I covered the ears with Worbla. After making my Leafeon armor I swore off of Worbla, but out of pure curiosity, I decided to try it again. I certainly wasn’t disappointed. It made it (the ears) stronger, and it actually made it easier to prime and paint.

But that’s a story for the next part of phase two, my friends. See y’all there!

Rebel Fae out!

Rebel Fae’s Cosplay Adventures! ~ The Celty Sturluson Cosplay ~ Pt. 1

Celty Sturluson. The badass Dullahan from the anime Durarara. She’s definitely a memorable character and one of my favorites this is why she’s my new and current cosplay project. She’s been a dream of mine to cosplay for a really long time and now that I have more skills and have eight years of experience under my belt, I can achieve this goal. And I’m taking y’all on this journey with me from its first designs to each part of the build. So, let’s get this thing started!

Why Celty?

Now, why exactly did I choose to cosplay Celty? Well, in all honesty, I have a ton of reasons. But here’s my main ones:

  • It’s a creation challenge for me
    • Making the helmet from scratch
    • Actually sewing for once seeing that I’m going to need to edit the crap outta my bodysuit.
    • And…Making probably the biggest weapon I’ve ever made so far.
  • It’s a lot more cosplay experience for me since I’m trying a lot of new techniques.
  • Celty is a strong female character.
    • She works tiredlessly towards her goal–getting her head back from Izaya.
    • She stands on her own feet, not immediatly going for help to reach her goal. But she still knows when she needs help.
  • She’s a character I admire, and I strive to cosplay characters that I admire and want to emmulate .
  • I want to do more female character cosplays and strong female characters so, Celty is a perfect way to start that off.
  • I’ve always loved her designo–simple but detailed in its own way.
  • Pictures and tik toks will honestly look so awesome.
  • My confidence will get a defenite boost when I complete this cosplay and wear it.

Phase 1 ~ Prepare and Gather

To start this whole project off I, of course, had to find a boatload of references. From headshots, screencaps, even 3D files for inspiration. You name it. I gathered it. (R.I.P. my printer ink) But that’s not all I had to prepare. I had to find myself the patterns to build both the helmet and scythe. Thankfully, I made myself the scythe pattern already from when I did a cosplay of one of my mascots–Grimsley. But…for the helmet, I had to get creative.

Seeing that there wasn’t any pattern out there that was the specific shape I needed to replicate Celty’s helmet, I had to find a pattern that looked at least a bit similar and then modify it slightly. The one I used was made by Kamui Cosplay and here’s the link for it if you guys want to make the helmet or use it for making a Celty helmet of your own! I’ll be doing a tutorial on how to make the Celty helmet in the coming parts of this adventure so keep an eye out for that!

Now, for the last part of Phase one is getting all the materials to make this cosplay a reality. And boy was this a list…

List of materials

  • 5mm EVA foam–at least two rolls
  • Yellow paint
  • Black spray PlastiDip
  • Dark blue paint
  • Hobart Face Sheild
  • PVC Pipe–to your heighth
  • Body suit — black and fabric, not spandex
  • Small battery powered fan–y’all will no why soon
  • Worbla
  • card board
  • duck tape
  • D rings and elastic

Welp, that wraps up Phase One! Get ready for next week’s Phase Two: The beginning of the helmet!

That’s all for now…

Rebel Fae out!

The Cosplayer and The Tale of The Cosplay Contests

The applause, the performing, meeting new friends, and being proud of what you made. Those are just some of the amazing things that come with being in a cosplay contest.

But even though cosplay contests are a lot of fun there is a lot of stress that comes with it. But that’s where I come in! I’ve been through the stress and the fun, so I know pretty well how to navigate it. I’ve also gotten a lot of advice too so spreading the info to all of y’all makes me more than happy. So, let’s get to it eh?

Good time frame to get cosplay together

This is absolutely crucial when entering a contest. Especially a cosplay contest. You want to make sure you give yourself enough of a time frame to build your cosplay. Because trust me, trying to finish your big build just a week before the convention and contest are not fun experiences in the absolute slightest. So my recommendation to you my friend is to plan it out for at least six months.

Practice your speech for your Costume Judging.

This one I had to learn the hard way. I can’t stress this enough. When you go in for costume judging make sure know what you’re going to say. Make sure you do well with not only explaining the details of your costume but the thought process behind it too. And if you can take any work in progress pictures and put them in a cool format, maybe a scrapbook or something relevant to your character it’ll make it stick out and make your speech about your costume memorable.

Rehearse your performance—walk on or skit

Basically rehearsing is practically everything when it comes to these things. Even when you go up there on to the stage it helps when you have a step-by-step plan of what you are going to do. So you can really make all of the elements of your cosplay shine.

Well, that’s all I have to say for cosplay contests. The main point I want y’all to take home if anything is first and foremost just have fun! It’s supposed to be a memorable experience so try to relax and have fun with it win or lose!

Anyway, that’s all for now…

Rebel Fae out!

A Rebel Fae Feature ~ Cosplay is Not Consent

Sexual harassment has always been a hot topic in society and has been discussed repeatedly from incidents in Hollywood to politics. But, it doesn’t just happen in places of public figures, sexual harassment has been a problem in the cosplay community as well.

               Whether it’s a scantily clad superhero or a risque pin-up of someone’s favorite anime character or even a simple cosplay of a cartoon character, people will see cosplayers everywhere in conventions or online. Cosplay has become widely popular and people love viewing each of their pictures. The problem is some people behave inappropriately when they see these cosplayers. Either getting handsy at conventions, posting crude comments online, and sometimes, in one cosplayer’s case slipping ruffes into their drinks.

               According to an article posted in LA Weekly, “Some con-goers tend to get over-excited when they see someone dressed up as their favorite character. But, not all of the harassment cases are that innocent. Some come with a twisted sense of reality that because they are dressed up as these characters they are no longer human, but objects. Things that can be toyed with. That is why conventions nowadays have to be more vigilant and create stricter harassment rules.”

               With stricter rules, conventions would be able to make it a safer environment for con-goers and cosplayers alike. “The conventions themselves need to be just as open to conversation as the people who attend them. Security must be open and watchful of situations, and not just pass off people’s stories as ‘little things.’ Conventions need to make strong rules against the behavior or assault and avoid using victim-shaming language or rules while doing so.” A cosplayer from Cosplayers of Utah said. “They need to listen to attendees when they voice concerns about guests or panelists or attendees. They cannot be fully responsible all the time, but they need to start by setting parameters that exist to help victims feel empowered to speak up.”

               When harassment happens in a convention or online, it begins to make cosplaying certain characters harder and less fun. These cosplayers are less likely to make or wear a costume that shows more skin or is more sexualized for fear of being harassed.

               “I think that a lot of cosplayers tend to shy away from cosplays that can be revealing and that puts them in a situation where Cosplay is not Consent comes into play. This can restrict a cosplayer’s artistic freedom and their ability to be comfortable in not only their own skin but in their cosplay. It’s mainly for fear of what could happen to them. Especially speaking from experience,” A professional cosplayer from Utah said.

               As sexual harassment becomes more noticeable in the cosplay community, several things have arisen to help stop it. Things such as the Cosplay is not Consent movement as Aspen mentioned–where people make it known both in social media and conventions that just because someone is dressed up as a certain character, does not make it ok to do whatever they wish to them. To groups of cosplayers banning together and patrolling social media and/or conventions to be on the lookout for anyone who does something without a cosplayer’s consent.

               “Someone here (in Italy) proposed to organize a sort of group of superhero cosplayers, with masks to make them anonymous (ex. Spiderman or Deadpool) who would take turns to patrol the convention and if they see or are told about a bad episode, they would circle the harassers and single them out peacefully, by like shouting “perv” at him. I thought the idea would be funny to see and might actually work in some bigger conventions,” Imriel Cosplay, a professional Italian cosplayer said.

               Overall, it’s clear that sexual harassment isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. And things can escalate very quickly if people aren’t aware of their surroundings or who exactly they are with. But, with stricter rules and movements like Cosplay is not Consent the cosplay community can be made a safer place.

“For a long time, the idea of randomly hugging people or making crude comments wasn’t ever called out, so there is this idea that those kinds of things are acceptable when they are not. If you see that type of behavior happening, say something. If you see a cosplayer in a situation where they look uncomfortable, act. Ask questions of cosplayers to see if that hug is appreciated or if they’d rather you not, complement the costume, not the way it makes their body look. Be willing to listen.” A cosplay photographer said.

Rebel Fae’s How To: Styling a Sukuna Wig

Picture this: You were able to put together every piece for your latest cosplay and now you only need to style the wig. One problem though. In order to get it to look canon-compliant or like your design, you need a tutorial to figure out how in the bloody hell you’re going to attempt such a feat. The thing is, no such tutorial exists.  Now my friends, if said wig is for a Sukuna cosplay from Jujutsu Kaisen, look no further your tutorial is here! (And if it’s not…ask me to do one! I love new ideas and new challenges and helping my fellow cosplayers.)

So let’s get started, shall we?

Alrighty, so first off this tutorial is honestly gonna be pretty short and straightforward because yours truly found out…it really doesn’t take much to style go figure. The first step is pretty simple and doesn’t take too much patience or time. All you have to do is fluff it up so to speak. What I mean by this is take a thin tooth comb and take parts of the wig and brush upwards in quick movements. But brush underneath the fibers because if you brush on top you’re going to get a lot of static and frizz. I learned that the hard way. So in the end, the wig should start looking like this.

Next and last is the step that takes a lot of patience and a lot more hairspray. Start with the chunks of hair in the front so you can make that look Sukuna has whenever he immediately changes from Yuji. So, what you do is grab a chunk so it looks like a triangle—as if you were going to just make a spikey wig. Twist the tip of the chunk so it spikes and flatten the whole chunk with either hair gel or the styling paste. Then with the hairspray spray both on top and under it and flatten it slightly on the base so it looks like the hair is sticking up slightly at an angle. Make sure to hold it in place for at least three or so minutes else wise that sucker will come undone and trust me that can get frustrating.

After you get the frontal part done, just continue the flattening spike method until you hit the end of the pink hair fibers. Just finish it off with one last wave of hairspray and voila! You have your newly styled Sukuna wig!

That’s all for this tutorial! I hope this helped and if you have any questions feel free to ask! And if you have any wig styling tutorial requests or article ideas in general I’d love to hear ‘em!

That’s all for now…

Rebel Fae out!

Coming a Long Way From Level Zero

You have to start from somewhere. That’s how the saying goes, doesn’t it? And that, I find, is something that rings true time and time again. Especially with cosplay. Seven years ago I literally had no clue what I was doing when it came to cosplay. I just barely found out about cosplay just after I graduated in 2014. It was when I went to my first anime convention Anime Banzai. I saw how everywhere I turned there were these absolutely amazing cosplays of so many of my favorite characters. After I left that weekend, I knew I had to give it a try. I just didn’t know how. Thus the adventure began.

you gotta make mistakes to learn

When I say I started from zero, I literally mean zero. I had to save up money to get all of the materials from the tools to the materials. And even then I had to go on different websites to find out what exactly people build with in the first place. I’ve learned how to be a foam smith, Worbla crafter, makeup artistry, and even upcycling old clothes! But it wasn’t just the material and tools I needed to learn about, I had to learn about setting up my space. Because apparently you can just take a small table and think that’s good enough. It may be for small projects, but when you start getting into working with a Dremel and working with large builds you need at least a decent-sized desk. I had to learn this the hard way. When you start building and really getting into cosplay, you will find that you need a sizable space to work with. Even if you live in a small space as I do, there are several ways to make it work. For example, organization boxes galore. Those things will be your best friends when you get more tools and materials. Gotta have somewhere to store all of it after all.

Even with starting from zero and being where I’m at, I’ve had insecurities galore, but you have to be able to overcome them and from that, you’ll be able to love what you do even more. I have an eye problem and because of it, I have always been really self-conscious about pictures. But after doing cosplay for so long I felt more confident about pictures and more confident about myself. That shows that no matter the situation you find yourself in, you can overcome it and come out stronger.

So many things have been learned from just starting from zero. Knowing nothing and then learning how to get better with each step. This completely shows that even if you have never even picked up a makeup brush or just barely learned that EVA foam is the stuff that flip flops and puzzle mats are made of. You can become amazing at building cosplays and maybe even find you have a love for them. Or it could even show you a path to something you’ve never tried and you absolutely love. Literally, anything is impossible.

Well that’s all this Fae has to say–heh did a rhyme there,

Rebel Fae out!

Rebel Fae’s Top Ten! ~ Things To Do At Conventions!

Cosplay Conventions, everyone has a lot of fun with them and the different things your able to do at them. So, going along with Wednesday’s What the Bleep Am I Doing?! I will be giving all of you this week’s top ten list of popular things that many people love doing at conventions! So, let’s get to it shall we?

10. Getting away from daily life for just a couple of days

Just skipping right away from those adult responsibilities for a while

9. Pictures

Racing over to take a picture of your favorite character or an awesome cosplay

8. Guests

Senpai noticed me!

7. Cosplay Contest

Just strutting yourself right down that stage!

6. Vendor Hall

Oh how the wallet weeps, but it’s so so worth it

5. Panels

Really the best place to click with and meet new friends really

4. Just the feeling of being there

It really is the best feeling to be at a good convention

3. Cosplay

That moment when someone recognizes your cosplay and compliments you on it.

2. Artist Alley

Ooh everything is so shiny and well done! Fan girl/boy level overload!

1. Spending time with friends

An accurate depiction of what it feels like to meet up with everyone after last year

Well, there’s this week’s list! What do you guys think? Do you agree, disagree? I’d love to hear y’alls thoughts! And if you have any ideas on future top ten lists I’d love to hear em!

That’s all for now…

Rebel Fae out!

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