troll cosplay help


Let me tell you about Smooth Finish.

See that lil bin right there? That’s it. And let me tell you how it will improve your life.

Ok so everyone know how lovely and light ModelMagic is for making horns, right? And everyone also knows how it loves to crack in the drying process. Well here is your solution. This stuff is like a super light crack filler meant for foam. It dries over night, doesn’t crack, sands baby smooth very quick and is paintable with no priming.

It looks like this when you open it (minus the fingerprints of course)

Then you just spread it in the cracks of your horns, gobbing up the stuff a little bit so you make sure it is filled, you can sand it when its dry. And its is a miracle worker. My Karkat and Kanaya horns were the first I had ever made and they were a mess. Cracked literally right to the core.

I just filled up the holes and let it dry. Here’s what my Karkat ones look like after being cracked, filled, then sanded.

See how wide those cracks are? Well let me tell you, the surface is so smooth now. Proof? My Kanaya horns were cracked even wider and deeper and look how nice they are now.

I even used it to fill the gap between the horn and the headband to make it look like they were properly growing out of my head.

This stuff saved me over 15 dollars by being able to fix up these horns instead of pitching them and making new ones, plus i smoothed out cosmetic dents and scratches in two other pairs. I have fixed 4 sets of horns with this stuff and it has hardly made a dent in the supply. The bin says it can cover a 12 foot by 24 foot area with one coat. Intense.

So yes, the stuff is 5 dollars at Walmart. Its made by FloraCraft, which is a really cool company thats based in the USA so thats a plus. I hope this has been really helpful to all you cosplayers out there!! Happy crafting!!


Body Paint 101 Panel, as given at SacAnime Winter 2016

Body paint has increasingly become an integral part of the cosplay scene, but with the many types of paint on the market, how does a cosplayer choose? And what does “seal your paint” actually mean? This panel will give an overview of the most common types of body paint, application methods, and sealing methods, along with addressing typical problems and pitfalls.

This is just the bare bones of the panel, as many of the examples were elaborated on in-person. It is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive, and is just meant for general advice and suggestion purposes only. If anyone has feedback they would like to give, feel free to do so. That said, I hope that people find this information useful.

I apologize for the photo layout here being a bit janky. I had an odd number of slides in the beginning and no real way to combine them into something readable, so the breakdown by twos splits up the info and pro/con slides for each type of paint. :| Sorry

I was very close to putting alcohol-activated paint in this panel, but I decided that I wouldn’t have time to cover it in an hour-long panel and it’s a little more advanced. (It comes in liquid form that can be airbrushed on or solid/cake form, and is activated by a special alcohol-based activator, and removed with a special alcohol-based remover. Cake form can be somewhat translucent. It is fully waterproof. Don’t use it near mucous membranes. The alcohol can be a bit harsh and drying. There’s the basics, for those curious.) 

I feel like these three types are more likely to be used by the average beginner. I also didn’t cover airbrushing (and there are a lot of types of paint that can be airbrushed, depending on the formula) because again, this is a 101 panel and that’s more advanced, though I do make mention of it. Maybe someday I’ll own an airbrush and be able to do an Airburshing Body Paint panel. ;]

Note on PAX: I know a lot of people swear by it, but the safety concerns should not be overlooked. DO NOT USE. It is not safe for use on skin.

I’m also personally biased against Snazaroo because it’s a lower quality of paint and tends to crack and flake easier than other types, but it’s a popular one so I included it because a lot of people use it and need to have the correct application/sealing information for it.

Two more general notes that didn’t make it into the Powerpoint:
Shave before doing this. Light body hair might be okay with something like water-activated paint, but shave just in case. You want the paint to stick to your skin, not hair.
For some reason, Wolfe brand paints are not compatible with Ben Nye brand products, such as Final Seal. They will turn pink. Keep these separate.

Here is a link to a pdf of the presentation. You may download for personal use, but please do not alter the presentation, repost without permission, or do any sort of other unauthorized use. (If you have a question about how you can use this presentation, please send me a message with your question and we can work it out. I promise I’m not scary. ;]) Feel free to reblog this post as much as you want, though. I do these panels and post them because I want the information to be shared.

I hope someone finds this helpful! :]

SU Gem & Homestuck Troll Cosplayers!

(and any other cosplays that require unnatural skin tones and lots of body paint for that matter)

I’m considering cosplaying Blue Pearl soon so started looking up the items I will need, and came across this really useful find on amazon uk!

These morphsuits/zentai suits/bodysocks come in a huge range of colours, and they offer a made-to-measure option at no extra cost! Just £23.49 with free UK delivery, which is a pretty reasonable price. This colour is absolutely perfect for Blue Pearl, and the goose grey looks like it would work well for troll cosplay! Lots of the colours look suitable for many of the gems.

With a little simple sewing I’m sure the head could be easily removed, then all you’d have to do is paint your face, and you have yourself a simple, practically mess-free cosplay! (though using the bathroom at a con might be a challenge…)

If I decide to go ahead and purchase this suit I’ll be sure to update this post with a review!

Okay, so umm, a while back I made these horns for my Karkat costume. I know they are pretty bad, the clay I used was some I had gotten as a present and it was pretty bad quality, no matter what it ended up with a crease in the final product, but I was broke and couldn’t afford to buy better quality clay for the horns. It was also the first time I’ve used clay for horns, I had previously used paper mache, which wasn’t working for these. Also my first time paint multi-toned horns.

Since these horns I’ve made several other horns with better clay, Sollux, Eridan, Nepeta and Gamzee, and they’ve turned out better (no pictures sice they’ve been packed for a move of rooms) but I never got around to remaking these. So what I want to ask is since I have no more clay and am once again broke, are these horns salvageable for a cosplay I’m doing in a few weeks, namely a zombie version of Kankri for a zombie march? I’ll of course be sanding these down to hopefully make the creases and a few bumps in the clay less noticeable and repainting them with cleaner lines and more accurate colours. Or should I just burn these to oblivion and somehow try to find the money to remake these?