Last Updated: 05-31-2012

While my interest in the Bleach storyline has waned somewhat, I've remained a loyal fan of its characters, including Orihime's battle sprite, Tsubaki, whose sleek look and belligerent attitude I've always loved. This, my second cosplay, was debuted at Anime North 2012.

I engineered the wings from scratch over a period of about a year. They're rigged to open by pulling two drawstrings hidden beneath the white cowl draping my shoulders and extend 9˝ feet from tip to tip. The bones were cut from a combination of quarter-inch and eighth-inch hardboard sheets with a jigsaw, sanded, and painted with black Gesso. The main "shoulder" joints rotate on bearings (the kind used in a Lazy Susan) and the rest of the bones were jointed with Chicago Screws. The wings are skinned with stretch fabric velcroed to the forward-facing side.

The bodysuit was adapted from Kwik-sew Pattern 2335 (the wetsuit) with quite a few modifications, including the the red trim, leg fins, and foot covers. The fabric used was Sport Stretch in a charcoal grey and red. (I have my wife to thank for sewing the modified bodysuit together.) The leg fins are made from foamcore and inserted into the fin "sleeves" sewn onto the bodysuit legs.

The face-covering/cowl I made from an off-white drapery material that had the kind of “burial shroud” look I wanted. It's actually two pieces - the face/neck wrap and a shoulder wrap - but looks like a single piece when worn. Strategically placed stiches give it permanent contour folds and jaw definition; a cardboard reinforcement folded to fit my nose and attached to the top inside fold makes it comfortable to wear; and velcro fasteners at the back make it easy to attach and remove.

I cut and styled the wig, which I bought from Cactus Mafia, with Spiking Gel and Freezing Spray to make it look as radically spiked as I could to match the character's hair.

The makeup - eyebrows, red scar and crescent moons beneath the eyes - was a combination of theatrical grease paint and eyeliner set with a dusting of talcum powder. It held up well after 8 hours of roaming the convention space.

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Character Tsubaki
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Upload Date 05-26-2012
Debuted Anime North 2012

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