Project Cosplay

Project Cosplay

This blog is about the behind-the-scenes aspect of the hobby. The process that makes it happen, tips, tutorials, memorable quotes, and the little moments that make it all worthwhile. Brought to you by mods (Xaynie & ElfGrove) and our cosplaying cohorts.

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi there! So I recently got my first wig (from Arda) in the mail, and even though I've brushed it out, it still looks so clunky and big and fake on my head. My head is pretty small so maybe it's just me- but is there any way to make it thinner/not as bulky near the top? (It's a Ferrari in black) thank you!
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

I feel your pain there. Arda makes very nice wigs, but the cap size tends to run a bit larger, which means when you’ve got a small head, they don’t sit right. I also have this issue, which is why I rarely order from Arda despite liking both their selection and quality.

Re-sizing a wig smaller is a bit of work, but less work than making one bigger.

Luckily, the internet has our backs here, and there are a couple of tutorials on how to make the wigs smaller. Arda even endorses two of the three I’m posting.

For wigs that are too big near the crown: 

For wigs that are too large just all around:

minimortem asked:

I wish I could submit a picture to you so you don’t have to image search or anything, but I’m doing Police Officer Stocking from Panty & Stocking w/ Garterbelt and she has these weird strap thins on both her arms. I have no idea what they are! I have no idea how to make them either. I’d really appreciate your help :)

I pulled up some reference pictures from Google. I hope these are right as I’m unfamiliar with the show.

Non-specific details like this from a show actually work in your favor as a cosplayer, because without canon definition, those things on her arms are whatever you want them to be.

You can take some jewelry arm cuffs and make them black. You could size down some thin black belts to fit. You can sew together fabric of your choice, turn it inside-out and stiffen by inserting craft foam to make a simple strip, size it to your arms, and make it either a circle or close it with a snap, buckle, or velcro. You could cut black craft foam (or black elastic) and fasten it closed with the same methods as fabric. Really, it’s whatever is easiest on and looks best to you. I note that the reference pictures appear to have a silver detail. This can be a buckle, a dab of paint, or a silver jewelry finding from a craft store glued on.

To wear this item, you should be able to just slide it up your arm. You may want to use foam mounting tape or fashion tape to secure it in place and avoid sliding.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
is there any way for someone who cant grow facial hair to get realistic looking stubble or scruffy facial hair on?
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

Hi! There’s actually a couple of methods available to you.

There are a variety of pre-made facial hair (both beards and sideburns) appliances out in the world that can be applied with spirit gum pretty much straight out of the package. They’re often sold at higher end costuming shops and wig retailers. I’ve never had need to shop for them myself, so I  cannot recommend a particular shop, but a quick Google search turned up this catalog just to give you an idea of some of the variety that’s out there: [link] (Please shop around to find the best deal.)

On a more DIY (and potentially cheaper) route, we’ve previously reblogged this tutorial [link] on using crepe hair to make a beard or stubble.

Additionally, there are a few purely make-up routes for getting the stubble effect. I like these tutorials:

okay, so I made a female version of Loki's armor (from the Avengers) and I have no idea how to fixate my armor on my shoulders and also the fact that my horns are a bit heavy and I don't know what to do.. Could you help?
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:

Hi! I’m not sure how your armor is set up but we have a post on attaching armor which might help you:

As for the horns, are they fixated on a helmit or are they individual horns which you are attaching to your head? If you have a reference photo, it will help us help you! Thanks!

These were made with mirror vinyl (bought from a Chinese seller) over craft foam held together with various glues.

This is the process / tutorial used.

Use the following chart when adhering materials so they stick well:

  • Vinyl front to vinyl front: Super Glue / Krazy Glue
  • Foam to vinyl front: Coat the foam in a very thin layer of hot glue, let it dry, then use Super Glue / Krazy Glue
  • Foam to vinyl backing: Contact Cement / Contact Spray
  • Foam to foam: Hot Glue (or your favorite method…this is my preferred)

Others have used contact cement to hold the foam to the vinyl backing but because contact cement smells like death to me, I prefer the contact spray adhesive instead.

Really love using this method as it’s fast, easy, and light. Luckily, my armor did not have any complex curves because if it did, I would have used Worbla instead.



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Larger Size avaliable on my Deviantart 

Just an addition: If you don’t have any beeswax around, a dryer sheet does the same job of stopping your thread from tangling so much! :) I have one stashed in my sewing box, you can use it over and over again!

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How I made scale mail out of faux leather, in case anyone finds this useful.  I used the same method for Morrigan’s camisole except that one I sewed instead of stapled.

Instructions are in the captions.

Asker trimizu Asks:
the trim on that uniform is flawless omg is it okay if i ask how you did it?
projectcosplay projectcosplay Said:


YES OF COURSE MY SON ill publish this ask because it might be useful for others

so here’s the thing with said trim


i would have used bias tape as usual for this, except for two things: it’s meant to be seamless-looking and metallic, neither of which you can accomplish with bias tape. SO WHAT DID I DO

this is going to sound completely crazy but it’s heat n bonded pleather vinyl. ‘why would you use heat n bond on vinyl??? are u insane??? wouldnt it melt???? did you wreck your iron???? did you burn yourself?????’ the answer to all of those questions except the last one is no.



heat n bond ultrahold (that’s the one in the red pack) (you can also buy it by the metre at most fabric stores i’ve been to so buy as much as you need for whatever trim you’re putting on?)


your pleather/vinyl - the softer the better. if it has a suede or polyester backing then we’re in business

and that’s all you need aside from an iron

read the heat  n bond instructions then figure out how much trim you want. i had to cut some angular shapes so i just cut a huge square about 1.5 feet x 1.5 feet from my pleather. i cut the same amount from the heat n bond, then i ironed it on. iron it on smooth!!! then let it cool.

heat n bond has a paper backing so you can use a pencil to trace whatever shapes you need onto it. in my case it was straight lines and angles, so it was easy, but if you’re doing something more specific, remember that you have to sketch it on backwards so it shows the right way when you iron it on.

cut your shapes out and peel the backing off of them. you should have a lot of leftover. keep the leftover big chunks of paper lining. you need them!!!

line up your shapes or trims wherever they need to go. put your iron at about a medium setting, though you should test the whole thing on scrap fabric first because everyone’s iron is different.

don’t just smack your iron down because if you do you’ll melt your pleather onto your iron and all over your fabric and you’ll cry. this is where the leftover paper lining comes in handy. put it shiny side down on  top of your vinyl, then iron over the paper. you shouldn’t need to hold it down for more than a few seconds, but do it firmly and in strokes. peel the paper off right away, then wait for it to cool and test to see if it’s affixed. if it’s not, no problem- iron over it again.

the nice side effect of the ironing is that it takes the pleather from a slightly textured, leathery finish to a perfectly sleek shiny smooth one. and then you have magical metallic trims with no visible seams!!!! we all win.


Costuming: the search for balance between accuracy, expediency, originality, expense, comfort, elegance and oh god the con is in a week where is the hot glue