As I do nearly every year, the Duck enjoys visiting the comic convention. Not only is it a fun way to explore all things geeky and nerdy, but it’s also the only time I can dress up as a video game character without looking like a weirdo. Even though this was the first year in a while that I didn’t have a new costume to wear, it was still a fun and exciting day filled with unique vendors, movie cars, Lego displays, and more. With the obligatory opening paragraph out of the way, let’s discuss…comicon 2019! Continue reading Comicon 2019: Tentacle Kitties and Mythbusters
I recently finished a part of Vanille’s costume that I originally had a lot of concerns about: her beads. Vanille’s costume actually has a lot of these little buggers, but the beads I mean for the sake of this post are the ones she wears around her torso, which I must admit is a bit…weird. Being such an unconventional article of clothing, I found myself putting this task off, but it had to get done, and, well, now it is.
First off, I learned when shopping for beads initially that the main type you typically see is called a pony bead. I bought a bunch of white ones and a bag of assorted colors, as some of the colors I wanted were not sold in bags of their own. This worked for many of my beads, and for any beads where I didn’t have enough colors, I had to paint white beads (as I had plenty to spare) the correct color. Let me tell you, painting beads is a very time consuming task. I would recommend avoiding such a fate whenever possible. Continue reading Vanille Cosplay: The Beads
Huff huff, I’ve finally done it. I’ve finished Rosalina’s dress! Fireworks and applause, everyone! It took absolutely forever, upon a bumpy path filled with trouble, but I prevailed, and now it’s time to tell you guys how I did it. First of all, I needed to find a pattern for her dress, and this turned out to be fairly simple. A search on the Internet told me that someone else had made the dress using Simplicity pattern 9891, which I bought for myself cheap on Amazon. Step 1 done. Several billion more to go. Give or take a couple billion. Continue reading Rosalina Cosplay: The Dress
To be honest, I’ve gone a bit overboard this year in terms of costumes. For some reason, I have decided to make two costumes rather than just one. In addition to Super Mario Galaxy’s Rosalina, I am also making a costume for Vanille, my favorite character from Final Fantasy XIII. I’m also practicing an Aussie accent, which I am still dreadful at. But, I am pretty good at saying a few words so far, like paper and Charlie. Pie-puh. Chah-lie. Chah-lie had some pie-puh.
And so, today it is time to share with you all my first completed items of Vanille’s clothing, her necklaces. I had to get some help online to figure out how to make these because they almost look like they’re made of wood, and I don’t carve wood. Ducks don’t do that kind of stuff. So, after a quick perusal online, I saw that the Internet said to cover memory wire with model magic and use ribbon for the lines on her necklaces. Long story short, I did just that. For the longer story, read on. Continue reading Cosplay Update: Vanille’s Necklaces
At last, I have completed pretty much all the main accessories for my Rosalina cosplay. The wand is done, and so are the earrings, plus the Luma plushie. And not long ago, I just finished the crown. Now that project was a bit of a mess. The crown itself wasn’t so bad. The first thing I did was cut out some foam. I then noticed that Rosalina’s crown had a four-pointed star shape on each of the points of the crown. I planned on painting this black, but first, I wanted some texture. So I drew the shapes onto the foam with pencil, then I used the end of a pen to create a deep indent. (I used a pen because I had nothing thin enough that wouldn’t simply slice right through the foam. I thought an actual knife would be a bad idea, you know.) Continue reading Rosalina Cosplay: The Crown
I have still been putting off making Rosalina’s actual dress for my third cosplay, as I prefer the smaller commitment and challenge offered by her accessories. With the wand and earrings done, I turned next to her crown and the Luma plushie I wanted to carry around. The crown will have to wait until a latter post, however, as I have run into some rather troubling trouble when it comes to making the round gems, as I apparently used the wrong materials for mold-making. Which I’ll get to in more detail in a post covering said topic. Nevertheless, as I experimented with various types of molds, I have not been idle. No, I have, in fact, been working on my first ever plushie. Continue reading Rosalina Cosplay: Luma Plushie
How do, everyone? Not too long ago, I went down to my local fabric store and bought the main supplies I would need for my third cosplay, Rosalina from Super Mario Galaxy. I wanted to make a fancier version of her dress, so I bought lace to go around the end of her sleeves and a fancier material for the white skirt beneath her dress, with sequins I hope will shine like the stars she watches over. It really is quite lovely and should really add to the costume. I also bought the material and stuffing needed to make a Luma plushie, silver paint, and some clay, which I heard works well as molds for resin. This costume will require about five round jewels, and I decided clay would be easier to work with than making round molds from tag board. Continue reading Rosalina Cosplay: The Wand
Good day, dear readers. It is finally time I gave you an update on my progress for this year’s masquerade. I’ve been quite busy with all manner of tedious and frustrating things, but it’ll all be worth it. I know it. So, on to all the nifty things I’ve done since the last update: Continue reading Ghirahim Cosplay Update Status: Bothersome
I just realized that I haven’t written about my costume progress lately, and oh, boy, the progress I have made. Which is…not that much. My first task of all was buying various supplies off of Amazon, which I may or may not have written about (I’m too lazy to check). Well, in case I did, I’ll summarize my experience with that for you.
Most wigs suck. Continue reading Diamonds Are Not a Duck’s Best Friend
For a lack of anything better to write about, I fall back on my trusty 100 theme challenge topics, this one being #14, smile (something a Mr. Carl D’agostino should know a thing or two about, if the title of his blog is any indication). I suppose this ought to be an easy one, as I’m not sure what else needs to be said about such a thing. I typically try to think (alliteration?) of something slightly more creative, but as of right now…I can’t. Smiles make me think of happy things (but they, ironically, also make me think of Wal-Mart…), like “raindrops on roses” (and any other flower, I guess, or perhaps just all flora) and “whiskers on kittens” (and otters), and I guess I can just write this post about things that make me happy. Aside from the things already listed.
But, that’ rather boring, isn’t it? You already know what makes me happy, don’t you? Gaming and blogging and fan fiction writing, not to mention my newer hobby, cosplay. Cosplaying? So instead, this post will focus on a new way to BE happy that I just learned about. It’s something I’m sure is quite obvious to most, but it’s something that used to clash with my personality, and thus, wasn’t often employed. Continue reading 100 Theme Challenge No. 14: Smile