I’m really sorry! I’ve made a good amount of props, but I haven’t had as much experience with them as I have other aspects of cosplay/costuming. I did as much research as I could to make up for the lack of expertise, but…it wasn’t enough. Thank you OHI Cosplay for the corrections!
It can be overwhelming to try and select the right kind of
supplies for a project, so it’s best to start small. These are some of the most
commonly used primer, paints, and sealants for props:
These are divided into two classes (primers often use the
same kinds of bases as well):
This is what you should be using. Initially designed as the
poor man’s oil paint, acrylic is is easy to use, durable, and has a nice finish
when dry. It is, however, more expensive than water-based paint and a little
harder to clean (but not by much).
When you buy a can of spray paint, the actual paint you’re
spraying is usually acrylic-based.
Poster paint is water-based. It dries quickly, is easy to
clean, and cheap. It doesn’t have the same smooth finish and lifespan as
acrylic paints, though.
You know that scene in The
Adventures of Tom Sawyer where he has to whitewash the fence? That was
pretty much priming. You’re completely covering up the materials you used to
make your prop, blocking out any of its original color and smoothing out the
surface so the paint looks the same way on the prop as it does in the bottle.
Very easy to use, provides great coverage, works for several
different kinds of projects, and goes a long way. If you apply it in layers
you’ll cover up any bumps in the surface of the prop. You need to sand it to
make it smooth.
Paper Mache Clay
Requires a little more skill than gesso to use, but allows
for molding and sculpting. It totally covers the surface of your prop. You will
need to sand this as well.
This doesn’t cover up any bumps; it only blankets the color
of the building material. Paints and primers share the same kind of bases
(water, acrylic, oil, etc.). You should try to match your primer to your paint,
but acrylic primer will work for most projects.
This goes on last and is essential to any project. It makes
it waterproof, protecting both the paint job and the material used to build the
prop. Sealants range from matte (don’t reflect light, like paper) to glossy
(reflect lots of light, like glass).
Also used as a glue, this sturdy and glossy sealant will
become your best friend. It really is one of the best products a crafter can
Works surprisingly well for how cheap it is. It’s extremely
easy to use but will get cloudy if you touch it before it’s dried completely.
Also used to make props, resin dries very hard, helping add
support to relatively weak crafting materials. It’s a favorite for paper-based
With the selection narrowed down, it’s a little easier to
choose what to work with. You can find all of these at any craft store.
Cosplay Public Service Announcement: AVOID THESE WIG CAPS
So, I got these wig caps at Sally Beauty Supply, and wore them for all four days of ECCC. They hurt my head somewhat while I was wearing them, and left my scalp rather sore afterward, but I thought it was just that they were a little small for me, and were causing some compression bruising. Since they were all the wig caps I had, I just kept using them. However, when I got home from the con, I noticed lines of what appeared to be chemical burns right where the edge of the wig cap rested on my forehead and scalp (swelling, redness, blisters, and patches of raw skin). Several days later, these burns are still healing, and I am full of regret.
Now, I’ve used many different wig caps before, but I have NEVER had anything like this happen. Also, I should add (to be fair) that my brother, who was using the neutral color of the same wig caps rather than the black, did not have problems, so it could just be that I have a bad batch somehow. Still, though, I would recommend being VERY cautious before using these wig caps. Have a backup with you, and maybe avoid them altogether if you have sensitive skin.
Hey guys! I know I haven’t posted anything in a long time and I’m really sorry about that. I’ve been in a lot of plays recently along with school and work, I hope to get back on track once this last play is over!
In the meantime, here are some full pictures of my Chrom cosplay and my friends who cosplayed Robin and Lucina! Feel free to ask any questions you may have about any of my cosplays or any tips in general! Thank you guys so much!!
my viktor wig arrived just in time for an awkward, cringy valentines picture and i thought “well it’s not like i have integrity on this website to begin with” so have fun with au where viktor has bad hair and roller skates