Mei cosplayers, if you’re like me, you’ve found the available selection of Mei hairpins… uninspiring. Or made of foam.
Anyways, I thought I’d share my experience making a pretty nifty hairpin on a budget.
A big magnet (Home Depot)
Also tiny magnets
I used spacers of ¼ and ¾ inches, since the lower spacer needs extra length to stick out from the center of the big magnet. Plus, it acts as a better stabilizer for the hairpin’s stem.
Take a standard chopstick…
… And shave the detailing off of it. (I used an exacto knife but there’s probably better methods lol) I originally started with an 8 mm knitting needle I degreased the anodized color off of, but it had a more matte and less shiny look to it.
Finally, order a red ball - a Redditor recommended the type of red knob used on the ends of machinery pulleys that you can order off of Amazon, but I imagine any red rubber ball would work too. I hot glued the ball to the ¼ inch spacer, then added the small magnet so it would stick to the top of the large magnet. It’s strong enough that it didn’t need additional gluing. The ¾ inch spacer slotted into the large magnet, then I added a bit of hot glue to stabilize the chopstick down the center of that. Finally, add an official Overwatch keychain for Mei’s signature snowflake, and you’re all set!
The Mondo record release of the Over the Garden Wall soundtrack had a really cool version of the Beast’s lantern on the cover that showed Wirt and Greg walking through the woods and it was such a neat alternate version I decided to make one. We only get to see that one image for one of the sides though so I had to make up the designs for the Woodsman and Beast but I think they look ok. Still deciding on something for the last side of the lantern.
Finally after so much work, flip flopping between hating it and loving it about 60 times my Sheikah slate is finally finished. The iPad inside is still fully functional bar the front camera but I can take selfies! Catch me at mcm and we’ll take one together. 👌🏻 (now just to finish the rest of the cosplay)
Most of the time wings that are a bit heavy needs the support of straps that goes around the shoulders and under the chest to stay up against your back.
Harnesses works very good but if the dress etc have bare shoulders however the straps are going to show.
This is how I normally do wings in a way to avoid having a harness for those character designs.
First of all this method will not work if the top/dress is loose fitted. The wings will require some support to hold them in place on your back. I find that corsets are the best for this especially if the wings are a bit heavy but I have also used it in tops without boning.
Start of making your wings seperated on two bars. Make sure the bars are made out of a stiff material since they are going to support the weight of the wings. If they end up being too weak and bend the wings will slope and gap away from your back.
For my angel wings in felt I used 3 mm thick aluminum bars to hold up my, a bit more heavy, wings. I then covered them in worbla and connecting them using some more worbla, This creates a good wing base and makes them stay with a good distance from each other.
In a similar way I attached an other pair of wings made out of worbla to a base, but since these wings are quite light a few layers of worbla was enough to keep them stiff and not bend.
Make sure not to make the base too short since you will stick it into your back lining and don’t want it to fall out.
One of the most important steps when doing these kinds of wings is to bend the base a bit. Most backs are not 100% flat so put the wing base against you back and mark where on the base where a gap between the base and your back starts to show. If the base is made of a thermoplastic you can just heat it up and bend it at the marking into the right angle. Otherwise, like for the base with aluminum, you can saw it of and reattach them again to create the right angle. You can of course make the angling of the base before attaching the wings but I find it easier to do it after.
When the base is done you can just stick it in to the top. I find that sticking it into the bra strap also helps the wings stay in place a bit better.
I personally love this method since you super easily can take the wings of and back on if you want to sit down or walk in a crowded hallway without worrying about people bumping into you wings.
~Bubblefish (Photo at the top was taken by
The beastly Lynel Crusher is just about finished! Nearly everything that could go wrong on this sucker did (which is gonna happen with trying new things, c'est la vie), but it’s just a leather wrap away from done, and still 8 pounds!
Starscream ( @tyrantofthefirmament )has gotten his talons on some dangerous toys, and he’s having too much fun with the Energon Harvester and the Omega Keys. The ability to suck Energon out of anywhere (or anyone) or restore an entire planet is heady stuff and makes for one cocky Seeker, but he also enjoys the simpler things, such as an inexplicably entertaining cartoon monkey. It’s too funny not to show Knockout ( @ask-dr-knockout ). Don’t worry, Soundwave ( @tfg1-minibot-lover ) or Prime ( @imgaladriel), they’re not up to something (this time) - they’re just watching dumb internet videos.
Our first photoshoot as a whole group was a smashing success! The props KO made were amazing and Daniel Sennet at TaoPhoto captured the best of everything.
Got one of each standard bone charm variant finished, now I just need to work on stock for the con I’ll be a vendor at. Once the con is over I will make a page on my Etsy shop to sell these and the other types made to order.