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KaineMaxwell
04-21-2004, 02:48 PM
I finally got around to working on my Melvin glasses this morning and here's the finished result:

I'm using my older glasses for this, cut/tore plastic wrap (wasn't easy) to a sizeable shape and taped it around the rims. Then used black model paint for the swirls.

likely premire first version of Melvin at the NE Cosplay Picnic this Saturday, though I don't have the jacket yet (its being worked on)- likely wearing black slacks and a tucked-in white t-shirt (next time use a real button-down dress shirt).

Adara
04-21-2004, 07:58 PM
Ehh, the tape looks pretty obvious. I would try using the kind thats very transparent. Melvin's glasses are round.. You could probably go find a pair of round sunglasses and pop the lenses out, or leave them in if the color isnt very noticeable. The swirls look kinda big and uneven.
Not a very neat job (sorry if any of this was offensive, but you did ask for a critique x.x;; ), but I find this amusing. ^^ I'd never even thought of anyone cosplaying Melvin before. Im interested in seeing the whole costume when it's done ^_^

KaineMaxwell
04-21-2004, 09:45 PM
I know the tape was obvious, I tried hiding that best I could- plastic wrap isn't the easiest to try to manipulate without screwing it up. With the glasses shape the ones I used are my old pair (I wear glasses normally and if you look in my gallery, I got a more recent pic of me with less-geeky glasses). Heh, I tried doing the swirls best I can, I'll try improve on them by AnimeNEXT methinks.

But thanks, alot of people have liked them so far too!

KuroBara
04-21-2004, 10:11 PM
Hmm...I'm confused about the tape. Are you trying to protect your glasses from the paint?

Crayola makes a product that is made to go on glass. It's very easy to use, and will come off the surface later. I forget what it's called, I believe it's window paint. Since it's Crayola you should be able to find it in lots of places. It comes in easy-to-squirt pens so your lines will come out neater (they are rather inconsistent). You could draw or print out a swirly template, place plastic over it, draw the design, let it dry, then stick it on your glasses.

edit: It's called Crayola Window FX Window Cling Kit. Oh, I just remembered, aren't Melvin's glasses opaque? As in, when you look at him, you can't see his eyes? I achieved this with my Naru glasses by popping out the lenses, spraypainting them silver, then popping them back in. The downside, of course, is that you can only wear them for photos. Aah, self-imposed blindness for the sake of accuracy. To get the opaque look you could also look for mirror sunglasses, the kind that don't let others see through the lenses. You'll still only have partial vision because of the swirls, but it'd be better than no vision at all.

As the first poster said, aren't Melvin's glasses round? And I believe they're really big, as in they take up 1/3 of his face. Maybe some oversized glasses from a party / costume store as a base? Hmm...a link to a reference pic would be helpful.

KaineMaxwell
04-22-2004, 07:36 AM
Actually my old glasses, which I'm using for Melvin, are pretty big compared to my current ones. :P

What about this fabric-coloring stuff, I think the company is called Tulip? A friend mentioned it to me late last night.

KuroBara
04-22-2004, 10:02 AM
Why would you want FABRIC paint if you're painting on glass?

Actually, since you didn't post a pic of the glasses on your head, I have no idea what size they relative to your face. I was just passing along my suggestions to make your costume more accurate.

KaineMaxwell
04-22-2004, 02:14 PM
I'll try to get a pic of me wearing them later on.

KaineMaxwell
04-22-2004, 03:32 PM
Ok, took a pic of me with the glasses on. Not the best, but gotta do.

DarkindDreamer
04-22-2004, 04:06 PM
actually YES use tulip paint.. it sounds funny and strange yes, but it peels off glass and plastic easily while staying on well unlit you need to take it off. it would also give a really good finish to the glasses and will have a shine of it's own. i know this works because i have used it on glass tables and wood dressers when i feel like getting crafty, then when i get bored with it, it peels right off! so yes their is reason to use fabric paint on something that is not fabric.
think of it as:
fabric paint + porous surface(fabric)= Permanent
fabric paint + smooth suface= Removable .... this is why bottled fabric paint doesn't do well on satin sometimes.. it's to smooth

KuroBara
04-22-2004, 07:50 PM
actually YES use tulip paint.. it sounds funny and strange yes, but it peels off glass and plastic easily while staying on well unlit you need to take it off. it would also give a really good finish to the glasses and will have a shine of it's own. i know this works because i have used it on glass tables and wood dressers when i feel like getting crafty, then when i get bored with it, it peels right off! so yes their is reason to use fabric paint on something that is not fabric.
think of it as:
fabric paint + porous surface(fabric)= Permanent
fabric paint + smooth suface= Removable .... this is why bottled fabric paint doesn't do well on satin sometimes.. it's to smooth
Ahh, good to know. I personally only have experience with the aformentioned glass paint, so that's why I recomended it. Hmm...I have plenty of Tulip fabric paint and some very boring windows...

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KaineMaxwell
04-22-2004, 08:48 PM
If anyone who has this Tulip stuff is coming to the NE Picnic on Sat could you bring it please so I can see what it looks like when I buy it please?

jeans
04-22-2004, 08:58 PM
Tulip is fabric paint, you should be able to find it at any craft store. It's a rather popular product.

Adara
04-23-2004, 07:26 PM
I just got some Tulip paint at JoAnn Fabrics a few days ago. They had it on clearance for $1 a bottle! I'm not sure if thats how much it is at all JoAnns, but if you have one near you, I suggest you go check it out. ^-^

KaineMaxwell
04-23-2004, 07:34 PM
I'll check out my local Michael's on Monday definitly!

Mizuho
04-23-2004, 10:57 PM
I do agree that the tape makes them look sort of funky... maybe try that paint, or find a black-colored static-cling sheet and use an exacto knife to cut out the shapes that you want... then just cling them to your lenses =P

Takuropop
04-24-2004, 11:56 AM
Like others have said - you need to escape the tape of doom or else people will be leaning in wondering what it is and it will draw the attention away from the costume.

I'd go with the paint option people have suggested *nods*

KaineMaxwell
04-24-2004, 11:55 PM
I plan on fixing the glasses for my 2nd version of Melvin. Thanks everyone!

Zetchi
04-25-2004, 12:02 PM
Arent' Melvin's glasses thicker and mainly black. I don't know how to do the tape issue...

KaineMaxwell
04-26-2004, 05:34 PM
I found the fabric paint by Tulip at Michael's today. Now you sure it'll peel off glass without any problems?

felicity869
04-26-2004, 06:27 PM
I found the fabric paint by Tulip at Michael's today. Now you sure it'll peel off glass without any problems?

Why don't you try it on some unimportant glass (window, mirror etc) to make sure before you try it on your glasses?

Adara
04-26-2004, 07:45 PM
xCastleOutsider:
Arent' Melvin's glasses thicker and mainly black. I don't know how to do the tape issue...

No.. they're really big and round, and an opaque white-ish color with thin swirls.

http://www.angelfire.com/anime2/reiyanspix/images/sm/usagi_melvin.jpg

Bad pic, but whatever. X.x


Good luck with the glasses, Kaine ^-^

Ami Yuy
04-26-2004, 09:02 PM
Do you still have the lenses? Since you have that paint now, you could put the lenses back in and forget the tape and plastic wrap all together...

KaineMaxwell
04-26-2004, 10:33 PM
Why don't you try it on some unimportant glass (window, mirror etc) to make sure before you try it on your glasses?

I had planned on it! Earlier I took the tape and plastic wrap off the glasses. Gotta but the fabric paint soon. What's that Crayola stuff like?

Ami Yuy
04-26-2004, 11:07 PM
Hehe, when I went to my UserCP this thread was on Page 2, 22 repiles, and 222 views. Thought it was just a fun little thing. ^^;;

KusanIvy
04-27-2004, 06:54 AM
You can also get a paint at Micheals called "Rainbow". It is fairly cheap (I have even seen it for sale at Dollar stores) and it is specifically designed to be peel and stick on glass and plastic.

It is designed to make pseudo staned glass windows so the black might be marked as "leading".

RoboGundam6
04-27-2004, 11:14 AM
Remember, just don't run with them on! I dunno if you can see right/well/at all O_o;.

I'd cut out clear plastic to fit the glasses rims, or find some novelty "glasses" and use those, but the others are ight, I dunno about tape, & the Tulip paint sounds good!

TyJILDown
04-27-2004, 03:50 PM
I'd cut out clear plastic to fit the glasses rims, or find some novelty "glasses" and use those, but the others are ight, I dunno about tape, & the Tulip paint sounds good!

Well, I think he is trying to use his own glasses for a reason, since they seem to be perscription glasses. So using novelty glasses wouldn't help because they wouldn't correct his vision ^^;;;

But yea, the tape thing was just sloppy to put it simply, then again you were experimenting and trust me I've had my pitiful tries with cosplay stuff :X

When you get the paint on and it peels off, just let everyone see what the improvement is like.

Speaking of which, I remember awhile back I used to have Elmers glue that peeled off surfaces and was colored. It came in blue, black, pink, green, orange, etc. I don't know if they still make it but the stuff I know for SURE peeled off glass! (or my mom would have beat me when I used it on glass when I was younger :XX)

KaineMaxwell
04-27-2004, 07:17 PM
JILs right, my old pair were the glasses I wore for years before getting my most recent, smaller pair. Prescription is mostly the same- so I'm using the old pair so I can mostly still see and fuction if I have to walk around outside of photo ops.

Kusan, I was actuall ylooking at "Rainbow" yesterday before finding Tulip! What's the Crayola stuff like?

procrastinator
04-28-2004, 09:26 PM
When I saw this topic, I immediately thought of tulip paint. Making glass clings are so fun! *nerd*
Anyways,
Make sure the tulip paint you buy is the squeeze kind not the brush on kind.

KaineMaxwell
05-01-2004, 05:29 PM
Michael's only has the squeezes tube kind. Is Tulip easier to use then the Crayola stuff mentione dor Liquid Rainbow and it DOES peel off glass, correct?

Hotaru Tomoe
05-14-2004, 04:20 PM
You know what.. I actually have a ton of tulip fabric paint. Just stuck some on my wall mirror, I'll let you know how well it comes off as soon as it's dried.. might be an hour or so though but I'll be sure to post again as soon as I can. ^_^

KaineMaxwell
05-14-2004, 04:35 PM
Hey, thanks! I'm actually getting the Tulip fabric paint I need on Monday. I'm using one the pains from my breezeway window that fell out (and didn't break totally) during a t-storm earlier this week.

Hotaru Tomoe
05-14-2004, 05:41 PM
Ok, desided to peal it off, it came off without a mark. I think it should work perfectly for your glasses, just make sure to be careful with them because I think the paint could get messed up if something hits them.

As another hint, you might want to cut a thin spiral into some paper, and use it as a stencil so you get the fine lines like the images show.
Or if you could actually do the same with masking tape that might work, but it's a bit of a pain to put making tape together to get something like a large square, and would be an even bigger pain cutting it. ^^;

KaineMaxwell
05-14-2004, 05:44 PM
Thanks Hotaru! I had planned to make a stencil actually too! *hugs*

Hotaru Tomoe
05-15-2004, 03:19 AM
Hey, np.. Glad I could help. ^_^
I'm sure this method will really make the glasses look much better... too bad you couldn't find something that would look opaque yet you could still see through... that one I doubt can be done though. lol

The only other idea I've got is you could use resin (doesn't it come out clear?) and make wire frames then use the resin to make REALLY thick (like half an inch) lenses.... Then it wouldn't need the swirls, since they represent big thick geeky glasses anyhow. lol

KaineMaxwell
06-01-2004, 06:06 PM
Thanks for the help Hotaru!

KaineMaxwell
06-05-2004, 04:20 PM
I redid the glasses:
http://home.earthlink.net/~bahamut24/melvin_glasses.jpg