After spending countless hours trimming upholstery foam and sewing fabric onto, well, large pieces of upholstery foam, I was quite relieved when I got to work on something a bit different. It was time to create Foxy’s lower legs, which are quite different from his upper legs, mind you, for while his upper legs appear as dark brown pants, his lower legs seem to be missing, revealing the metal endoskeleton underneath. (And not a delicious, caramel filling, as one would expect.) As a result, this part of our dear, piratical fox’s legs needed to be much thinner than his upper legs. The best material for the job? Craft foam. Plain, simple craft foam, oh how I missed you.
To give the appearance of a simple metal rod, as I would expect the legs of his endoskeleton to essentially be, the craft foam I cut out for his lower legs are not form-fitting, but rather just a tube of craft foam the circumference of the thickest part of my lower legs. I seem to have rather chubby legs, though, as these tubes are not as thin as I would have liked. Hmm. Anyway, the lower legs needed to be closed off with Velcro, so I hot glued the edge of a piece of craft foam underneath one edge of the main piece of foam and hot glued Velcro onto it. This way, the edges of the leg should be able to meet up smoothly, as opposed to placing Velcro directly on the leg and making the edges overlap. The Velcro’s counterpart was attached to the underside of the leg’s other edge. While I hot glued this Velcro on, it seemed as if it could be peeled off without tons of effort (I wonder if using sticky-backed Velcro was unwise, as this may have interfered with the hot glue’s bonding abilities), so to ensure everything was as secure as possible, I also sewed the Velcro in place. There should be no way it can come off now. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Lower Legs
Now that Foxy’s waist is done, it’s time I finally got around to making his legs. Foxy’s upper legs are comprised of brown pants, while his lower legs are merely metal endoskeleton. I currently have a plan to ensure that his lower legs are much thinner than his upper legs, to give the illusion of a thin, metal endoskeleton showing beneath what’s left of Foxy’s bulkier, decaying body. I won’t know if this works until later, but for now, I started off with Foxy’s upper legs. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Upper Legs
Hey there, I’m still working my way through my Foxy the pirate cosplay, and now it’s time for the body. Though I got substantial work done on his torso recently, I actually completed his waist first, so that shall be the next piece to cover. To start, I like beginning with simple shapes when possible to make my work easier. Foxy’s waist began as a rectangle, upon which I drew, well, a bikini bottom pattern which I found online two times, side by side. Cutting this out, I folded it in half and attached the bottom area with spray glue. That created one leg hole and an open area to make it easier to put on, which I intended to close off with Velcro or some such thing.
After that, I worked on trimming the foam so that it would fit me better. The main thing involved shaping the leg holes, which is rather difficult to explain, but I basically drew on the foam with marker where it was tight on my legs. Then I would cut off this part of the foam, try it on again, and repeat the process. Slowly, I would trim and trim until the waist fit quite nicely. After eventually enclosing Foxy’s torso (which will be covered in another post once it has been completed), I was able to wear the torso and the waist together and trim the waist down where it went too high and interfered with the torso. I also accidentally cut the waist to the point that it was too tight, so I sewed some foam back on to make it larger again. Woops. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Waist
After making Chica’s cupcake for mom’s future Chica cosplay, I only had one final thing to create for her costume, as the rest is going to be store bought (I have my hands full making Foxy this year, you see). The last thing I needed to make was Chica’s bib. Even though her cosplay is going to be based more on Toy Chica, whose bib says “Let’s party”, this one is going to say “Let’s eat” like the original Chica. Because “Let’s eat” sounds far more threatening. What, or who, do you plan on eating, Chica?…
I could buy a “Let’s eat” shirt on Amazon and make some adjustments, but the shirts are rather expensive, so I decided to just make the entire thing from scratch. I bought some fabric paint and located the correct fabric with which to make the bib from. The only white fabric I have that isn’t shiny or spandex is this thin white fabric I used for Vanille’s skirt. Since it’s so thin, the bib will need to be two layers, which is all well and good. But first, I needed a pattern. Continue reading Cosplay Detour: Chica’s Bib
For quite some time, I’ve been pretty excited about making Foxy’s hook. I’ve never gotten to wear a pirate hook before, and, well, pirate garb is cool. (I look forward to adding an eye patch in the future, too. Foxy is pretty much a combination of too many cool things. Foxes, pirates, robots. He’s just awesome like that.) At the same time, I was also unsure how I was going to make it. A hook’s not exactly a very simple shape, now is it? (Answer: No, it is not.) Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Hook
Foxy’s costume has been quite a pain, but I’ve finally gotten another set of pieces done, the four pieces that comprise his arms. Foxy’s arms are made out of four tubes of inch-thick upholstery foam (the foam for the lower arms are tighter on one side to better fit my wrists). The ends were held together with my weird spray glue, which was rather difficult to hold together, but after a few attempts, I finally got it to work. These tubes were carefully measured to be snug on my arms, but not too tight, so that they will remain in place on my arms and not slide around. The lower arms worked out fine, but the upper arms were too loose, so I had to cut them smaller and glue them again. Yay, I sure love having to redo things…am I being sarcastic enough?… Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Arms
I’ve been hard at work on my Foxy cosplay, and after starting the arms, I decided to take a short break and make Foxy’s hand so I can ensure the proportions between the hand and arms is correct. After creating his hand and enduring all the trials and toil described below, I became very grateful for the fact that Foxy only has one hand to begin with. What a relief…
Okay, so his hand wasn’t really so difficult as it was tedious and frustrating, mainly when it came to the finishing touches. A Youtube video tutorial showed me that wearing a silver glove was a great starting point for an animatronic hand, so I bought a pair of shiny, silver wrist-length gloves from Amazon, which were surprisingly easy to find (there is apparently an actual demand for these). I then decided to make each segment of his fingers out of craft foam. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Hand
Has it already been six years already? Actually, it feels longer… Okay, well, today is the Duck’s sixth anniversary of blogging, and it’s been a pretty busy year. First off, let’s start with some stats. I currently have 295 followers, a grand total of 24723 views, with my best day being 208 views on…December 9, 2012? Huh, good to know my best day ever came about three and a half years ago. You’re really moving up in the world, Duck….
Now, for the major events, and there’s been some big ones. Well, one anyway. This past year, United We Game, the other blog I write for, finally started a Youtube channel! As a result, I finally got to begin a long-time dream of mine, learning how to record gameplay. In that time, I have learned how to record gameplay with video game consoles and the PC, how to edit videos, and how to live stream using XSplit Broadcaster, with my first live stream thus far being my Five Nights at Freddy’s Halloween live stream. Exciting stuff! And educational, too. If you like gaming and haven’t already visited our channel, please do. We have lots of great gaming-related videos on there. You’ll love it. Continue reading Six Years of Being a Quack
For next year’s cosplay, my parents have agreed to cosplay with me, which is quite exciting. Accompanying myself as Foxy the pirate, my dad will be the security guard from the first game, Mike Schmidt, and my mom will be a human version of Toy Chica. Most of the parts of their costumes are store bought, but there are a few pieces of mom’s costume that must be created. One of those is the cupcake Chica is often seen carrying. Continue reading Cosplay Detour: Chica’s Cupcake
Welcome back, everyone, time to continue my explanation for the creation of the feet for my Foxy the Pirate cosplay from Five Nights at Freddy’s. Now we’ll finally get to start discussing the details. The main “body” of the foot, so to speak, is complete, but how do I make it look like old, beaten up metal? Well, I didn’t think painting my upholstery foam was a very good idea, so I decided to go with a tried and true favorite of mine, craft foam.
When I originally bought this stuff for Ghirahim, I got a bunch of sheets of multiple colors. I’m nearly out of white foam, which is the best for painting, so I had to use colorful foam for the sides of my Foxy feet (it may take more coats of paint to cover this, but I didn’t have much choice at this point). So I first cut out pieces of foam to cover every single side of the feet, and with a shape like this, there are a lot of sides. With the narrow places, like between the toes and the notches around the toes, I cut out some little strips of tag board (it’s basically thicker paper) which I had left over from my Ghirahim costume, as well (I originally used this for the mold of his resin jewelry). It’s not the best option out there, but since it’s thin, I thought it would be best for these narrow parts of the foot, as the craft foam was too thick and would have ended up closing up the narrow bits. Continue reading Foxy Cosplay: The Feet Part 2