View Full Version : Do you buy or make your accesories?

05-05-2003, 09:43 AM
Just curious to know how many people make they're own stuff and how many people use ebay :D

05-05-2003, 09:51 AM
I usually make my own. There's something about your own touch in a prop/accessory that you can't get from someone else's creation ^^

05-05-2003, 10:38 AM
Depends on what you mean.

I bought my angel wings but made my own faerie wings.

I bought my plushies but sewed an outfit for one of them.

I made my own Rose Duellist ring. I've made all my crowns and tiaras.

So I put that I made them for most of them.

05-05-2003, 10:49 AM
I guess it really depends, but like Babbit_Chan said, "There's something about your own touch in a prop/accessory that you can't get from someone else's creation."

05-05-2003, 01:33 PM
I've made all of my own accesories. From Inuyasha beads to my mint ears an lol they are humongous.

05-05-2003, 02:28 PM
Im having a friend make my Arm Canon For Chise, Everything else for props Im making

05-05-2003, 03:32 PM
Anything I can make, I will make (swords, guns, Meruru's nail file, etc.). I much prefer to have made it myself.

For my husband's Prof. Kusakabe costume, however, I comissioned a friend to knit a red pullover vest, because I don't knit, and the character wears glasses - I bought a pair of sunglasses and removed the lenses. ^^

Space Invader
05-05-2003, 03:52 PM
I make all my own stuff too. I'm in the process of making my Vela blaster (almost done! ^_^), and I do all my own armor and jewelry and sewing.

I will NEVER commission anything unless I have absolutely no other options, or if it's something way beyond my abilities to make (materials, skills, or otherwise).

Psychotic Jei
05-05-2003, 05:05 PM
I tend to make all my stuff....mainly because its the one part of cosplay I'm good at. x_______x; But like....some things I cant seem to do...like simply gauntlets. v_v;

05-05-2003, 05:10 PM
I make them all myself just because I think it's pretty cool if you can say that you made everything for a costume and it lets me be creative (with other stuff than just the costume itself!)

Shadow Lady
05-05-2003, 05:42 PM
I make props for both myself and my friend.
The Yuna staff I made for her is really cool. It took me two weeks total but it was worth it.
........except for that yellow paint. Damn you paint! >_<

05-05-2003, 05:45 PM
Lol, my yuna staff was 4 day's of on and off work. Foamcore is hard as heck to cut cleanly without crushing the foam inside. I had to you a hand snapaway razor to cut the pieces... and I had to cut 3 pieces for the layers...sore hands at the end of the day...

05-05-2003, 06:45 PM
i hear ya! The pain we all go through for this stuff eh? I constantly get callouses from making chainmaile and it seems like I never need to make more chainmaile till the callouses are gone and i have to condition my fingers all over again! O_o -Jan

05-05-2003, 07:47 PM
Although I haven't done much if any cosplay, I am in the SCA which I guess is close enough for government work. And I tend to try to make most of my own stuff. However things I have no skill or idea on I will hire or buy.

For instance I made my body armor, period brigindine with leather and plastic plates. Allso I have made a large amount of chain maille, 2 shirts, several head peices, jewerly style, the one coiff I made got recycled into a camail. Also, have made a maille 'kini. And am getting to the point of making all my garb.

While in constrast have bought both my helms, and arm/ leg armor. And of couse all my live steel has been bought.

Making my own allows me to custom make the peices. Also I tend to build to a durability level most people wouldn't bother with. And if I ever get to the point of doing much cosplay, then this factor will transfer, I dislike my things breaking if they get looked at wrong....


05-05-2003, 08:35 PM
Hmmm... I'd like to make most of my own accessories, but I'm not really all that crafty with 3d things. But, I'd choose buying a licensed product (ie: moon rods or Chii ears or Misha bunnies) over making my own. I don't really like the idea of commissioning something (for me), because it makes me feel like I didn't do the project "all-by-myself", but I won't hesitate to ask for help.

05-06-2003, 05:00 PM
I've only have one accessory so far that I made by myself. There is one accessory I plan to do in the next few months that will also be made by myself, so as far as thing look I would rather make my own. I would probably be too picky if it's not my work.

05-06-2003, 07:35 PM
hmm, I'd like to make more accessories, but it depends on what. I usually buy jewelry, but I made my Wolverine claws. So as of right now, I guess I"m kind've balanced, but overall the sense of accomplishment after making is enough of a reason to try and make it.

05-06-2003, 09:34 PM
i usually make them......if its something i can buy...and it looks exactly like what its supposed to be then i might buy it.....also depends on the price ^^; ........but if its a cheap copy ...then ill just make it myself then.....i think it better to make them yourselves....because you can alter it anyway you may need to...so yeah...thats my thought

05-07-2003, 12:09 AM
I'm a firm supporter of my fellow cosplayers... so yes, I'm a commissioner. ;D

Nothin' like helping out the economy one accessory at the time (as some of the folks on this board who I've commissioned items from already know.) LOL

05-07-2003, 12:26 AM
I hate making my own accessories but I do it anyway. ^^; My friend is making me my henshin wands though! :D

05-07-2003, 07:04 PM
It's usually a combination. If I can find something that's exactly what I need, I'll save time and buy it. With most of my costumes, however, the chances of finding the exact item is slim to none so I usually end up making things. For my Hyakurin costume, for example, she wears unusually-shaped geta and there's no way I'd find those exact shoes, so I'm carving them out of wood.

As for commissioning, I tend to pride myself on my skills and would feel that commissioning somebody else to do it would be sort of cheating. ^_^;

Amethyst Angel
05-07-2003, 11:22 PM
Depends. Sometimes when I'm feeling really masochistic, I like to choose a character with scads of extremely difficult to make accessories and make them all myself. I may drive myself batsh*t insane in the process, but the end results are always worth it. (Well, almost always..)

05-08-2003, 12:48 PM
I make almost all my own stuff, and my brother makes the rest. Right now we've come to a sort of agreement, I make all his costumes and he makes all the accessories. I don't mind doing it, but he's so much better at that sort of thing. I made all the accessories in my costume gallery right now, but he's making mi Misao from Kenshin's blade/knife/thingys and he cast a Utena rose duelist ring (how cool is that?).

05-08-2003, 02:50 PM
I made Princess Mononoke's mask all by myself!

05-19-2003, 07:29 PM
Occasionally there's some kind of mystique to be had in the official items, though. I love my Utena Duelist ring to death; it carries so much meaning to me and looks so fancy and beautiful that whenever people see it around my neck, they ask about it and I get to tell them my fairy tale-like story XD I tell them my prince gave it to me. I dunno. I'm ordering the official Chii ears too just because I really like their shape better than foam ones and because I didn't get any other birthday presents this year ._. I did make a Duelist ring and wore it every day for about a year but lost it; it actually fit, too. I guess when it comes to official cosplay items, since they're so expensive most of the time, it tends to show off your level of obsession, or spoiled nature, depending on how you want to look at it. Sometimes I find that bought accessories are easier and look a lot better than what my shaky hands could produce, at least when it comes to jewelry.

05-26-2003, 12:35 PM
I've made most of my stuff unless it absolutely HAD to be made of metal, in which case I've purchased it from a person online.

Generally though, I get out the sculpy and some acrylic paint, and go to town..!

05-26-2003, 06:20 PM
I think it's more of a combinatoin for me. Sure, a hand-crafted outfit and accesory make you feel accomplished, proud, and boost your strengths to make new stuff, however, sometimes, jobs may require items that require skills a few to many levels ahead, so a couple buys really dont make you any worse of a cosplayer, I suppose.

05-26-2003, 09:33 PM
lol yeah it's mostly about how well it all goes together to begin with.

I have mixed skills, for example I know I can make a sword, for the same reason I doubt I can make a very good shield, but clothing.. anyone should be able to make.

I don't know how to make it well, nor do I know the terms or methods, I just know how to put the cloth together and then tie it up :)

05-26-2003, 09:42 PM
It's all about making your own stuff. Not only is it a lot cheaper but you can sell your extra stuff on eBay ^_^

I will only buy an official replica if making it out of Fimo is completely out of the question - but I do believe that Fimo is god's gift to cosplayers everywhere! I make pendants, brooches, belt buckles, etc. on my own. The metal-working I leave to my bf.

He's my prop's expert and he always creates the most amazing things for me. :cool:

05-26-2003, 11:43 PM
I make my own stuff, unless I find what I want for a really really good price and my mom lets me get it.

05-28-2003, 11:35 AM
Uh.....i'm 1/2 and 1/2. Right now, i'm trying to buy my Alucard guns off ebay. Also my Sakura staff (all becasue of the stupid duck/bird head on top is tricky). Also, my vash glasses that i love that are being subsituted for Alucard glasses! So...i buy a lot. BUT, i can make jewery and stuff like that....(thank goodness for baking clay, paint, and string!) BUT, i will ALWAYS buy wings. I've tried them, failed, and will never try again! EVER!

06-01-2003, 10:38 AM
I'm a cheap @$$ cosplayer, that I'll buy the stuff off them!!!.... It's good to be a rich bastard!!!

Trust me, I can't do it...

06-01-2003, 05:49 PM
I seem to be one of the few people who would much rather make accessories than sew.=) Admittedly, I've mainly focused on hats and wings, but I like making...things. Accessories are generally cheaper and easier to create for me and I don't have to sprawl out on the floor cutting a pattern.=)

Metal is a different story...I need to find a way to play around with that...it can generally be kinda-sorta faked with sculpey and paint, though.

06-01-2003, 11:45 PM
Silver foil on Fimo can be made to look like sterling silver.:p

06-02-2003, 12:54 AM
it really depends. If I think I am capable of making the accessories, then I do them.. but if not then I ask ducky_feet to make them for me. XD