Long Over Due Update - Sailor Moon Wand & 3DMG Progress
So I’ve been busy with the recent semester and steadily working on projects and commission though I’ve gotten lethargic about posting. So heres some content to give you an what I’ve been up to.
I finished this nifty wand/staff from sailor moon. Excuse the fact I only have some cell phone pics and I ended up making this piece really fast so I forgot to take too many progress pics.
Heres the first pull of the mold. I did cast these so when I launch my store envy, these will be available.
Super exciting pic of silicon curing!!
A shot of the piece before molding. The master was made by lathing urethane resin. The head, wings and crown pieces were made from layers sintra and styrene (some heat molding was required on the crown.). And a couple of wooden balls were used to make the nice round piece on the very top and bottom.
Also, as an added bonus, here’s a progress pic of the 3DMG kit I am working on. (And you all thought I forgot!)
Q:Where do you purchase your sintra? About how much did it cost you to make the 3DMG?
Sintra (which is a brand name so the product you’re looking for is usually called expanded pvc board) can be found at most plastic companies. If you’re lucky, a local sign shop will give you scraps or sell the, to you discounted. But regardless sintra is a fairly cheap product. I can get mine in a 3mm thickness for 8 dollars a 2ft x 4ft sheet. I suggest finding something local cus the shipping can get high because of the size. Honestly it shouldn’t cost much in materials. I’s estimate I spent 5 - 10 dollars in materials on the prototype I casted.
Q:I love everything you've made! ^^ I'm going to do a Jirall cosplay and I was wondering if you could give some advice for the "Emperor"? I have zero experience with crafting swords and such, so it would greatly help. Thank you!
Thanks! Also that would be super awesome. First what types of tools do you have access to? If you don’t have access to general wood working tools, i’d suggest layering softer materials. Personally sintra (expanded pvc board) is my top pick since you can super glue the layers and it will be solid like a single thicker piece for the blade. The larger cross guard part i’d make similarly by using sintra layered but i’d make the base out of great stuff expanding foam and carving that for cheap and durable filler.
Q:I was wondering what do you use to glue the sintra layers together?
Sorry for the super late reply. For styrene and sintra I always use super glue. Sintra in particular chemically bonds to it extremely well.
For a show that is supposed to have the interests of the cosplayer in mind, their actions convey a different tone. Angelwing's work and the works of other cosplay photographers are often found on the internet, without credit, without permission-it's a constant struggle. SyFy's using the works of others without credit to promote their new show. This cannot become the standard. Cosplayer is Riddle’s Messy Wardrobe.
Normally I really don’t like to get active about these sorts of things. And this is going to sound a bit much. But Judy is my girlfriend. Shes probably the kindest, most giving person i’ve ever met. And though she was against speaking out when this happened for fear of drama and back lash, she did anyways. For those of you that don’t know her, she works full time as an ICU nurse. She works hard everyday treating very ill people and often saving their lives. She is someone I proudly call a hero. However this show uses that name in mockery. Glorifying drama and elitism towards fellow cosplay enthusiasts. The term hero is used as a social rank to indicate the “stars” are better than other cosplayers. And of course whats worse, is that the show clearly has no qualms stealing the work of a real hero. Despite the fact Judy spends day after day helping people, she still volunteers her time towards her fellow cosplayers by doing cosplay photography and taking photos of them so they can have nice photos of their cosplays to showcase their hard work. She spends a lot of her time and money doing this and never asks for anything in return except to simply have her work credited. She refuses to let people pay her. (Unless you count a kitkat or twix bar as demanding payment) Anyways though she didn’t want to speak up, I however will.
Q:Do you ever plan on releasing your Illustrator files of the handles to the public/to someone if they asked?
Usually if someone asks me for a particular one, I’ll email them a copy. But I never really considered putting the files on an image host. I may look into doing that.
Alright, let’s make this happen: SHINGEKI NO GROUP ORDER. Pics above for reference only :P
The patches for these are a pain to make in small quantities and, considering how many you need, it’s bleeding expensive to buy. Stack that on top of the fact that shopping for the best price means your back patch won’t match your shoulders…? I think we can do better.
PATCH DETAILS: I’m using a US patch company. All patches will be fully embroidered with hot cut edges. These will not have iron-on backings so you’ll need to sew them down, but it’s easy to do by hand or machine.
I’m getting the Scouting patches, anime colors (White/navy wings, grey backing with white and black edging). I’m electing to add in the black borders because they’re drawn that way and otherwise the white wings fade into the grey background on many patches I’ve seen. Digitization will be done based largely on the above image (though it will be straight, not skewed at the edges; also they’ll be flat colors, not shaded)
UPDATE: YOU WILL RECEIVE A PICTURE OF THE FINAL PATCHES BEFORE YOU MAKE YOUR FINAL DECISION TO PAY! At that point in time you will be able to increase or decrease or cancel your order.
TIMEFRAME: I will begin talks with the company in the beginning of July
as soon as both patches have reached their minimum order (50, 20) unless that’s super quick, then I’ll keep it open until the higher minimum is met for the small set. They will provide me with a sample which I’ll email everyone on the list for confirmation and payment details.
Once all payments have been received, I will place the order. 8-12 days later they will arrive, and I will ship asap.
I would like to start talks NO LATER THAN JULY 12 in order to assure patches for those attending Otakon. Payment would be due no later than July 20.
UPDATE: Due to the huge response, we can proceed earlier than planned! I’m shooting to start talking around the beginning of July. It is now reasonable to expect patches arriving TO YOU before the end of July. Ordering will likely cut off around July 7.
INTERESTED?: Please fill out the survey HERE.
This isn’t a binding contract, but it’s also not “I might be interested eventually!”, we need enough people who can front the money for these.
I will make another large post when minimums are met or almost met so people are up to date on the pricing, but otherwise please be prepared to pay the larger of the two prices. Either way, $3.75 is way less than the $11+ that other sellers are charging per patch.
As a note, if you have local friends doing a group, it’s easier for me and cheaper (combined shipping) for your group to place one order rather than several individual ones.
Questions: Fanmail or ask me here (non-Anon please), or email AttackOnCosplay@gmail.com. All updates will be tagged “Attack On Patches”
Note: If you want this to go through, PLEASE reblog! PLEASE share! Please link on your FB page, your twitter! This isn’t just for cosplayers! Let’s make this happen!
Survey Link in case you missed it
I’ve pretty much worked all the kinks out of my molds and gotten used to the onyx fast resin. I also figured out how to cast the blades and have them remain stable. For those who are curious, the raw cast kits will be these when I start selling them on my store envy. (Still trying to get it set up and make some stock before I put them up there.)