colorful foam

astrology for beginners

aries ♈: rules mars, cardinal fire sign, chemical element is iron, power color is red, lucky day is tuesday, season is spring, masculine/positive sign, motto is ‘’i am’’, sister/opposite sign is libra

taurus ♉: rules venus, fixed earth sign, chemical element is copper, power colors are green and beige, lucky day is friday, season is spring, feminine/negative sign, motto is ‘’i have’’, sister/opposite sign is scorpio

gemini ♊: rules mercury, mutable air sign, chemical element is mercury, power color is yellow, lucky day is wednesday, season is spring, masculine/positive sign, motto is ‘’i think’’, sister/opposite sign is sagittarius

cancer ♋: rules the moon, cardinal water sign, chemical element is silver, power shades are silver and white, lucky day is monday, season is summer,  feminine/negative sign, motto is ‘’i feel’’, sister/opposite sign is capricorn

leo ♌: rules the sun, fixed fire sign, chemical element is gold, power colors are gold and orange, lucky day is sunday, season is summer, masculine/positive sign, motto is ‘’i will’’, sister/opposite sign is aquarius

virgo ♍: rules mercury, mutable earth sign, chemical element is mercury, power color is jade green, lucky day is wednesday, season is summer, feminine/negative sign, motto is ‘’i analyze’’, sister/opposite sign is pisces

libra ♎: rules venus, cardinal air sign, chemical element is copper, power colors are teal and violet, lucky day is friday, season is autumn, masculine/positive sign, motto is ‘’i balance’’, sister/opposite sign is aries

scorpio ♏: rules pluto, fixed water sign, chemical element is steel, power color/shade is dark red and black, lucky day is tuesday, season is autumn, feminine/negative sign, motto is ‘’i desire’’, sister/opposite sign is taurus 

sagittarius ♐: rules jupiter, mutable fire sign, chemical element is tin, power color is purple, lucky day is thursday, season is autumn, masculine/positive sign, motto is ‘’i see’’, sister/opposite sign is gemini

capricorn ♑: rules saturn, cardinal earth sign, chemical element is lead, power shade is grey, lucky day is saturday, season is winter, feminine/negative sign, motto is ‘’i use’’, sister/opposite sign is cancer

aquarius ♒: rules uranus, fixed air sign, chemical element is aluminium, power color is sea foam green, lucky day is saturday, season is winter, masculine/positive sign, motto is ‘’i know’’, sister/opposite sign is leo

pisces ♓: rules neptune, mutable water sign, chemical element is platnium, power color is ocean blue, lucky day is thursday, season is winter, feminine/negative sign, motto is ‘’i believe’’, sister/opposite sign is virgo 

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The Last Unicorn [1/2] “The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.

Tips for working with foam!

So for cosplay, one thing commonly used to make armor, weapons, etc. is foam sheets like these ones (usually find these at the hardware store)

or thin craft foam like these (easy to find at almost any craft store)

now i realize we talk about these a lot and that it’s pretty common knowledge to cosplayers around the world that this stuff is great but hey i figured i’d show you exactly what i’m talking about

ANYWAY here are some easy tricks that it took us a while to figure out when using foam for cosplay crafting

1) USE HEAT GUN! IT’S SUPER EFFECTIVE!

(this one here is a regular craft one but you can also buy the ones that are more industrial power tools)

these are great for working with foam for a few reasons. first, they gently melt the top layer of the foam to make it less absorbent and less textured (it melts all the little teeny bubbles in the foam, making it smooth). this is important for if you want to paint your foam and/or make it look metallic. second, it also works great for bending foam and having it keep its shape. if you run your heat gun over it for a bit and then hold it in a specific shape until it cools down it will hold the new shape but still be malleable (this works especially well with regular thin craft foam; the thicker you go the more times you have to repeat the process to get it to stick.

2) GO CRAZY WITH THE POWER TOOLS

we’ve found it SUPER useful to use our bench grinder

and a handheld dremmel tool with a sanding tip like this

these are a great way to smooth edges and shape foam. box cutters and x-acto knives tend to leave a really rough edge so to clean that up you hit it with either of these to smooth it out and shape it (**or round edges**). the dremmel also was great for helping weather things by grinding and denting it.

3) PLASTI-DIP IS BEAUTIFUL!

this stuff works great to give your foam a smooth, hard surface. it makes the foam less squishy and gives it that authentic metallic texture. AND its a great way to prime pieces for the real paint (especially if you’re using colored foam).

edit: also this plasti dip stuff helps a lot to keep your pieces more resilient. this way when your wearing/using them, and you knock into something, it wont dent as easily.

And the great thing is all of these (excluding the bench grinder and besides a dremmel works just as well it’s just smaller) can be found at a local craft or hardware store no problem so enjoy your beautiful creations :)

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The unicorn lived in a lilac wood and she lived all alone. She was very old, though she did not know it, and she was no longer the careless color of sea foam, but rather the color of snow falling on a moonlit night. But her eyes were still clear and unwearied, and she still moved like a shadow on the sea.

Another piece for class. This time the unicorn from The Last Unicorn by    Peter S. Beagle. I chose it for the movie, but tried going by the book.  I also took huge inspiration from Mary Blair’s amazing concept art for disney.  Maybe later I’ll complete the Harpy as a companion piece.