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ninjar-pirate
08-15-2010, 05:12 AM
So I'm going to London's MCM Expo in October. I had been planning a Riza Hawkeye cosplay, but after playing through both L4D games in a day with my sister, I decided I really wanted to cosplay as the Witch. She's so awesome! I need some help, though. I've been trawling the internet to see what I can do for several aspects of this cosplay. I've already ordered a white bodysuit, which I plan to dye a light grey colour, rather than paint. The thing I need help with is the wig and the claws.

Looking at most references of Witch images, the hair seems different in every one. Looking at other cosplays shows they're different again, so I'd like it if someone could give me a little hint as to how to go about styling it. Like, what colour do I start off with - Grey, white, blonde? What sort of thing would I need to do to it to get that Witch effect?

And the claws, well, that's obvious! Surprisingly, the hours I've spent searching online have not rewarded me. I've got tons of ideas for what to make them with. The thing is, I don't know how! There are no tutorials I've found so if anyone has any hints on that, I'd be so grateful!

Also, footwear. What sort of thing? I was thinking a simple pair of ballet pumps, then going barefoot once I actually got to the convention, but is there any other ideas I can go with?

Thanks all~

ninjar-pirate
08-27-2010, 09:07 AM
So my bodysuit arrived today. It's a fishnet one, which is not really what I wanted, but it works well, since I can put my fingers through the gaps at the sleeve edge. I'll post a picture of what I've got so far, costume wise. I'm using a t-shirt to cut up, since the seams on the shoulders are weird, but I know what I'm going to do with it.

I still have had no luck with claw-making, and I'm still at a loss for what to do with the wig, but shoe-wise, I'm thinking a pair of flip-flops. I'm also going to take a bag with spare claws,and a coat, since it's late October and I'll be freezing!!

MayAlex
09-06-2010, 04:15 AM
Hey, there! I'm also cosplaying the witch in about two weeks, but the Wedding one.
First of all, sorry if I make any grammar mistakes, English is not my first language and I haven't practised it in a long time.

The flip flops are the best you can do to walt to the convention, and then go barefoot, I personally think it completely ruins a Witch cosplay to wear something in your feet. If you can't handle going barefoot, wearing a pair of thin socks could help, you could dye them along with your bodysuit.

So, first, the wig. The Witch's hair is a whiteish blonde, though it looks quite grey because it's dirty. I found this wig some time ago when I was looking for one for my own cosplay, I think it's absolutely perfect
http://cgi.ebay.com/KALLEN-STYLE-MEDIUM-STR-PALE-BLONDE-COSPLAY-FULL-WIG-/320512226919?pt=US_CSA_MWA_Wigs_Extensions&var=&hash=item76be7d9351#ht_1867wt_911
It's cheap and looks exactly like the Witchs hair, you should throw some dirt on it, and maybe darken the hair tips with a bit of black shoe polisher (it looked very well in some pictures of other cosplays I've seen)

And about the claws, I'll tell you what I did, step by step.

You'll need:
-A box cutter or a pair of scissors
-A printer
-Red and black paint (you can use acrilic paint or tempera paint, which I believe is cheaper) You won't need a lot, so only buy a small amount, 50ml of each should be more than enough.
-Toilet paper (you can use what you have in your house, you won't need the entire roll)
-White Glue (About 150-200cc should be enough)
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1207569/2/istockphoto_1207569-spilled-glue.jpg
-A box of cereal or anything made of cardboard.
-Masking tape
-A small brush
-Halloween costume nails, these are the ones that I used:
http://images.halloweencostume.com/accessories_witch_nails.jpg They come with the tips of the fingers, so you can attach them to your hands without glue, and that's what we want from them, so any other product that offers the same possibilities could work


The steps:
-First, you need a picture like this:
http://yfrog.com/bh37manoj

It's just the bones of a human hand, I stretched them to make it as long as a witch's hand (they're about as long as the lenght from your elbow to your wrist)

-Print the image or trace it from your computer's screen if it is a flat screen. Remember you have to do this twice since you need two set of clawa, and everything I tell you to do from now on you'll have to repeat on the other hand.

-With the image as your guide, cut the shapes of the finger's bones (you can paste the image on a piece of cardboard, like froma a cereal box and cut the shape with a box cutter or a scissor) Don't cut every bone separately, just separate each finger from the others.
Make sure you don't mix the fingers (put a label in them or mark them somehow) so you know which bone belongs in which finger.

-Using the masking tape, add the cardboard fingers to the halloween nails you purchased before. Cover the halloween nails completely by putting masking tape all around the hole where your fingertips will be inserted.

-Now make thin rolls with the toilet paper and add them to the fingers with the masking tape, in order to give the fingers the width we need.

-Bend the cardboard fingers a bit, so they look like claws, make sure you bend them in the correct places, that is, in the fingers' joints.

-In a recipient, mix the white glue with water (Two parts glue, one part water)

-Cover the fingers completely with the diluted glue using the brush and lay toilet paper over them, putting more diluted glue on top of every layer. (in order to do this comfortably, put something finger-sized (a big marker, for example) inside the cardboard fingers, so that you can hold them in the air without touching them
(if you are unsure about how that last step is done, this video could give you a fair idea of how it works http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYCTLZ7iaFI)
Remember to keep the image of the fingers in your mind at all times so they look realistic, here's a good picture to reference.
http://gallery.techarena.in/data/1/medium/Left-4-Dead-Game-Picture.jpg
Wash the brush thoroughly when you finish because the glue will harden it.

-Let the fingers dry with the(can take a whole night, but if you put them in front of a fan, air conditioner or a fan heater it'll take significantly less time, about an hour or two)

-When the fingers are completely dried, they'll get hard and you'll be able to paint them. Mix black paint with a bit of red paint, so you can get the reddish black color of the Witch claws and paint them.

-When the paint dries, your claws will be ready, all you have to do is paint your own fingers with make up or the same reddish black paint you used before and use whatever gripping system the halloween nails had to hold them to your own fingers, and you're ready to cosplay.

Sorry for such a long explanation, but it's a complicated process! I'll make a video-tutorial some day.

Here's a picture of what my finished Witch claws look like, it's the only photograph I have of them yet:
http://img411.imageshack.us/img411/2036/dibujooy.th.png

Good luck!

Melodious Nocturne
10-21-2010, 10:50 PM
Got any ideas what I can attch my claws to my fingers with. I heard someone used duck tape the painted over it. I don't wanna use a glove cause it will look bad.

Snugzpow
11-16-2010, 07:45 PM
I know a girl who did her claws with black duck tape, I don't really know how...but I know it was black ducktape! Hah sorry that really isn't that helpful. I plan on making a witch cosplay this spring, let me know how it goes!

Snugzpow
11-16-2010, 07:49 PM
Can you post an images you are using to do the wedding witch cosplay?