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Boba_Fett
02-05-2011, 05:23 AM
okay so im wanting to cosplay as Len Kagamine from the jap. software VOCALOID2 as seen here

http://www.chucksanimeshrine.com/catalog/images/4582191965185.jpg
http://img3.lln.crunchyroll.com/i/spire1/f06f67ab8d8f0ce24fab83e7e2b847c41231960693_full.pn g



only issues are that i would rather make the costume myself than ebay it or something else.

also, any tips on how to do the hair? gel, etc?

would it be weird if i did plastic hair to avoid unrealism?




lastly, i REALLY would like to have that lanyard he wears! anybody who can find somebody who sells em will have my eternal thanks.

inu.matto
02-05-2011, 05:52 AM
Len is simple to make... everything about him is clear from the pictures :)
I think your own hair styled with gel is fine enough, or get a wig and style it a bit.
Because in my opinion plastic hair would look quite fake and unfitting.

Another advice would be look through list of Kagamine Len cosplayers here on Cosplay.com
Some people that cosplay the same character sometimes give good ideas about how to do stuff.

Boba_Fett
02-05-2011, 06:07 AM
Len is simple to make... everything about him is clear from the pictures :)
I think your own hair styled with gel is fine enough, or get a wig and style it a bit.
Because in my opinion plastic hair would look quite fake and unfitting.

Another advice would be look through list of Kagamine Len cosplayers here on Cosplay.com
Some people that cosplay the same character sometimes give good ideas about how to do stuff.



*nods* mkay, makes sense. but the issue im having that nobody has been able to answer is how to get his hair without it looking flat, falling flat, and to make it as full as i need it. thats where the plastic thing came in. cuz its gotta look perfect. its the deciding factor in this cosplay.

Viveeh
02-05-2011, 12:34 PM
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=97834&highlight=tutorial

This might help with styling the wig.

FUYUMI
02-06-2011, 02:43 AM
the wig i got for my Len cosplay was already pre-styled :) ebay store "Fantasy-Sheep"

xSYN
02-06-2011, 03:10 AM
one thing about pre-ponytailed len wigs though is that the edges of the cap are *not stretchy*. mine likes to slide up in the back, and then when i tug it down, it slides up in front. i have a particularly small head, and it does this regardless of whether i cinch it up tight or leave the clips hanging loose. x_x so anyone with a bigger head might have a problem-- i know my best friend can't fit into my len wig at all.
am supposed to be installing weave clips into the front and back edges of the wig in hopes it'll help. P: (guess who still hasn't gotten around to it though)

Boba_Fett
02-06-2011, 03:45 AM
the wig i got for my Len cosplay was already pre-styled :) ebay store "Fantasy-Sheep"



mkay, ill have to take a look. only issue ive had with ebay wigs is that theyre flat when i order them. no spring or anything. my friend ordered one back in the day from ebay and it was perfect. spring and all. as of late, with all the sellers out there, theyre all flat. *sad face*

Boba_Fett
02-06-2011, 03:46 AM
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=97834&highlight=tutorial

This might help with styling the wig.


awesome. appreciate the pointer.

Boba_Fett
02-06-2011, 03:47 AM
one thing about pre-ponytailed len wigs though is that the edges of the cap are *not stretchy*. mine likes to slide up in the back, and then when i tug it down, it slides up in front. i have a particularly small head, and it does this regardless of whether i cinch it up tight or leave the clips hanging loose. x_x so anyone with a bigger head might have a problem-- i know my best friend can't fit into my len wig at all.
am supposed to be installing weave clips into the front and back edges of the wig in hopes it'll help. P: (guess who still hasn't gotten around to it though)



you would be forever cool if you kept me updated on that. any and all tips i can get for it are appreciated.

Boba_Fett
02-06-2011, 03:48 AM
one thing about pre-ponytailed len wigs though is that the edges of the cap are *not stretchy*. mine likes to slide up in the back, and then when i tug it down, it slides up in front. i have a particularly small head, and it does this regardless of whether i cinch it up tight or leave the clips hanging loose. x_x so anyone with a bigger head might have a problem-- i know my best friend can't fit into my len wig at all.
am supposed to be installing weave clips into the front and back edges of the wig in hopes it'll help. P: (guess who still hasn't gotten around to it though)

also, did you purchase the costume or make the outfit?

and do you know if theres anywhere that would sell his lanyard seperately? itd be cool to own.

xSYN
02-07-2011, 12:24 PM
i'll get around to it probably sometime early next month. P: i'll PM you when i do, shall i?
(also re: ebay wigs arriving flat, it's usually because with some of them you're supposed to hairspray/style it yourself since the base wig itself is flat ^^; and in the case of some prestyled wigs, the styling would have gotten crushed in transit too. my len wig had flat bangs, i chopped and sprayed them up myself.)

i got my default len costume second-hand, but it's just missing the belt+strap (previous owner was selling it minus those), so i'll be making those myself once i have access to my costume again.

Aleiki
02-07-2011, 02:12 PM
Got2Be Glued.

That is all.



Okay not really. If you have a nice thick wig that fits on your head well, you can have lots of hair to play with while keeping it on your head snugly. Got2Be Glued is the best product I've found for styling. It'll keep your hair in place like nobody's business.

Boba_Fett
02-08-2011, 02:08 AM
i'll get around to it probably sometime early next month. P: i'll PM you when i do, shall i?
(also re: ebay wigs arriving flat, it's usually because with some of them you're supposed to hairspray/style it yourself since the base wig itself is flat ^^; and in the case of some prestyled wigs, the styling would have gotten crushed in transit too. my len wig had flat bangs, i chopped and sprayed them up myself.)

i got my default len costume second-hand, but it's just missing the belt+strap (previous owner was selling it minus those), so i'll be making those myself once i have access to my costume again.

lol yeah keep me posted. you definately look and sound like you know what your doing, and this will be my first hair-stressed-important cosplay. all the others ive done have been simple with hair. (i.e. pip bernadette, solid snake, boba fett)

also, if your belt turns out good, lemme know, and i may offer to pay for a second to be made.

Boba_Fett
02-08-2011, 02:09 AM
Got2Be Glued.

That is all.



Okay not really. If you have a nice thick wig that fits on your head well, you can have lots of hair to play with while keeping it on your head snugly. Got2Be Glued is the best product I've found for styling. It'll keep your hair in place like nobody's business.


hmmmmm sounds interesting.... any pics i could see of it in action?

Aleiki
02-08-2011, 02:29 AM
hmmmmm sounds interesting.... any pics i could see of it in action?

This is it in my actual hair:
http://images.cosplay.com/big/23/2387647.jpg

And the same style (with a couple mistakes) in a wig:
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/25/2504910.jpg

Perhaps not the best example, but it's the most impressive thing I've had to do with Got2Be Glued, so there you go. When I used it in my hair, it stayed all day, and took a bit of work to get out when I took a shower that night, but it just comes out with shampoo. In the wig, though I only wore it a couple times, it stayed in until we washed it, as far as I know.

Hope that helps!

xSYN
02-08-2011, 03:12 AM
lol i'm not that great at wigs still, i just read up on them too much T_T;

seconding G2BG's staying power. the wig in my avatar has both the spiking glue and the hairspray loaded into it. it lasted an entire day at the con with me leaning back onto my taller partner, onto walls, onto the car seat, dropping it that night, and another day out. i need to restyle the bottommost spikes, but everything else is still standing firm.

my belt's not likely to turn out very good, i'm just going to sharpie brown triangles onto a length of webbing, cut it to size and attach a belt buckle/clasps. u_u


EDIT:
http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3292871&postcount=99
this might be helpful though, if you haven't seen it before. /was too lazy to dig up the link previously.

Boba_Fett
02-08-2011, 08:47 PM
This is it in my actual hair:
http://images.cosplay.com/big/23/2387647.jpg

And the same style (with a couple mistakes) in a wig:
http://images.cosplay.com/photos/25/2504910.jpg

Perhaps not the best example, but it's the most impressive thing I've had to do with Got2Be Glued, so there you go. When I used it in my hair, it stayed all day, and took a bit of work to get out when I took a shower that night, but it just comes out with shampoo. In the wig, though I only wore it a couple times, it stayed in until we washed it, as far as I know.

Hope that helps!



very interesting. the second pic definately shows it better. i am impressed. it does help. maybe ill just combine the two ideas and have an invincible head of hair. lol

Boba_Fett
02-08-2011, 08:49 PM
lol i'm not that great at wigs still, i just read up on them too much T_T;

seconding G2BG's staying power. the wig in my avatar has both the spiking glue and the hairspray loaded into it. it lasted an entire day at the con with me leaning back onto my taller partner, onto walls, onto the car seat, dropping it that night, and another day out. i need to restyle the bottommost spikes, but everything else is still standing firm.

my belt's not likely to turn out very good, i'm just going to sharpie brown triangles onto a length of webbing, cut it to size and attach a belt buckle/clasps. u_u


EDIT:
http://www.cosplay.com/showpost.php?p=3292871&postcount=99
this might be helpful though, if you haven't seen it before. /was too lazy to dig up the link previously.


lol very helpful. and thats alright i appreciate the modesty though.

im definately gonna follow up on the advice.