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Unread 04-14-2010, 08:53 AM   #346
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Prop Tutorial ~ Fake Cigarettes (Durarara!)

super-easy fake cigarettes



These are perfect for people too young to purchase real tobacco products! Just by adding a filter portion, you can make dozens of cigarettes for only a few bucks. The 100 yen shop has everything you need, too ~ so it's a great choice for people who love to cosplay on the cheap!

You'll Need:



-a brown envelope
-glue sticks (white)
-a box-cutter
-glue
-a cutter mat



Step 1 ~ Finda a glue stick the right size for a base
Glue sticks about 10cm long and 7.5mm thick are best. Opaque white gluesticks are ideal.



Step 2 ~ Cut a filter from the envelope
Cut a long strip the desired width of your cigarette's filter from the envelope using your cutter knife and mat. A plastic ruler will help you get a clean, straight line.



Step 3 ~ Glue the back of the filter
Choose a glue that will bond well with plastic to ensure the filter sticks to the glue stick without sliding.



Step 4 ~ Glue the filter on by wrapping
Wrap the filter tightly around the glue stick. Be sure to hold the glued portion securely too so it does't slide.

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Prop Tutorial ~ Fake Cigarettes (Durarara!) (part 2)



Step 5 ~ Use a magic marker to color the tip
Use a dappling of black and brown marker on the white end of the glue stick for the most realistic looking cigarette end!



Finished!
The perfect prop for cool-posing, without the cancer!

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Reference Sheets: Inazuma Eleven Season 3 (anime)



Introducing some of the members of a new starting team!!

Endou's already led Raimon Junior High's soccer team to victory in the national championship "Football Fronteir". Next, he takes his specially-selected team to challenge the world! We'll introduce you to just a few of the key players here.

Inazuma Eleven
tv animation
TV Tokyo, every Wed at 7:26pm
Level Five
Produced by OLM
http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/inazuma/



The main character, who always puts friendship first
Endou Mamoru
cv. Takeuchi Junko

A dark-skinned boy with an orange bandana. He's the goalkeeper, so his uniform is one-of-a-kind

Check! ~ Chest Badge

All of the members of the team wear the team's insignia on their left chests. Endou's is a bit differently-colored than the others.



The genious striker
Gouenji Shuuya
cv. Hirofumi Nojima

He helped lead the team to victory alongside Endou and was the first new member ever recruited. His hair is a particular challenge ~ you can get the color by dying a wig by hand with copic markers or dye.

Check! ~ Shoe Pendant

Goenji wears a special pendant. It's a plate metal charm in the shape of a soccer spike.



The brilliant strategist
Kidou Yuuto
cv. Yoshino Hiroyuki

Former captain of Teikoku Academy's soccer team. His dredlocks and goggles are the most striking part of his appearance. Be careful to use good fabric for his cape or you won't be able to get accurate volume.

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Reference Sheets: Inazuma Eleven Season 3 (anime) (part 2)



An easy-going surfer from Okinawa
Tsunami Jousuke
cv. Sakaguchi Shuuhei

Though he has no experience playing soccer, this member has a godgiven talent for it. To set the wig, backcomb like crazy before making spikes to get the huge amount of volume you'll need.



A former track-star, fast as the wind
Kazemaru Ichirouta
cv. Nishi Masayuki

A former member of the track team, this member is a top-class sprinter. His ponytail divides into multiple strands in the back, giving it the impression of movement and speed.



An ace-striker from the frozen north
Fubuki Shirou
cv. Miyano Mamoru

A lazy boy who liked to take things at his own pace. He has grey spiked hair with two prominent cow-licks in the center that are shorter than the rest.



Area Academy's former "Gemini Storm" captain
Midorikawa Ryuji
cv. Ohira Natsuki

He'd been a pretty cold character until recently, but now he's one of the team and a good friend to Endou and co. His light green hair and almond eyes are his trademarks.

Check! ~ The curly end of his ponytail

His thin ponytail is shaped like an S and curls at the end. Be sure to curl yours, too!

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Reference Sheets: Inazuma Eleven Season 3 (anime) (part 3)


Inazuma Eleven 3
Sekai he no Kyousen!!



There's a new game coming out too!!

The 3rd game in the Inazuma Eleven series is on the way! Collect even more teammates and travel the world together looking for new challenges!!

Inazuma Eleven 3
Sekai he no Kyousen!!
Nintendo DS
Soccer RPG
Level 5
Summer 2010
http://www.inazuma.jp/inazuma3/



-Build your own Inazuma Eleven with new teammates from all over the world!

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Cosplay Love
We all angst over it, but seldom discuss it openly: love. But we recently asked the members of our Super Layers Club to level with us about matters of the heart and collected quite a few cute episodes to make your heart skip a beat.



Question 1: Have you ever fallen in love with an otaku boy (or girl)?

67% - Yes
33% - No

67% said they have. Among those who hadn't, quite a few lamented that "if our interests are too similar, they seem to see right through me."

Question 2: When you're dating someone who isn't otaku, do you "come out" to them about cosplay?

52% - Yes
24% - No
24% - Depends on the person

Nearly half of respondants expressed a desire to come out to their partners, though many were timid or unsure of when and how to breech the subject.



Question 3: Can you share some stories about being closeted to your significant other?

-When he says he wants to come over, sometimes I say "You can't! It's dirty!" But that really just means I've got wigs and props and costumes all over the place.

-Once I intentionally put a suspicious seiyuu song on one of their driving CDs to test their reaction to that sort of thing.

-I'd been hiding it from my boyfriend, but one day he discovered my cosplay costumes. I thought for sure I was done for, but he ended up confessing to me!! "Actually, I really love Gundam!!" Our mutual coming out soon degenerated into Gundam-talk.

-I'm always having trouble coming up with excuses for why I'm busy every single Saturday and Sunday.

-Once I was dating a guy who hates otaku and he asked to see my digital camera while it still had some event photos on it. I wouldn't show him and it turned into a huge fight. I made up with him by quickly erasing the geeky pictures and handing it to him quickly, but I lost a lot of really good pictures in the process.

-I'm always booked solid on Saturdays and Sundays, so he started to suspect me of cheating. Though I guess I sort of am... with cosplay (laughs)

Question 4: Have you ever dated an otaku boy (or girl)?

55% - Yes
45% - No

Slightly more people had than hadn't. Some even answered that they're in a relationship with one right now!

Question 5: To those who answered "yes" to Q4 ~ What's nice about dating an otaku?

-It's nice to talk about our mutual interests.

-We can talk about anime! And they don't get upset if I go off on fujyoshi tangents! (laughs)

-We can go to events together and hang out at cheap places!

-Dates = events, so we don't spend much money.

-I can use words like "moe!" without worrying.

-It's nice not to have secrets from each other. It's an easy sort of relationship.

People seem to agree that the best part of being an otaku couple is how easy it is to be open about your hobbies.

Question 6: To those who answered "yes" to Q4 ~ What's bad about dating an otaku?

-They're hard to distract from their interests.

-It won't work if they think of themselves as 2nd-rate people! They ought to be more confident!

-They try to get me to dress up in costumes from porno games.

-They only talk about what they like most. It's endless! I've spent whole days just listening to them go on and on and on...

-I'm embarassed when they show up at events I'm cosplaying at and want to take pictures!!

-How hard it is to fit dates into the schedule! It's almost always full of events.

-Having a cosplaying boyfriend is the worst! He's always going to be surrounded by other girls.

-All the presents are anime goods and games.

Among the most common complaints: low self-esteem, jealosy and embarassment. Remember! It's not a good idea to compare yourself or your relationships to others!!

Question 7: If you answered "yes" to Q4 ~ Can you share some "otaku couple" episodes?

-We always throw out anime-centric words and lines into conversations, even if they have nothing to do with anime.

-We use game centers and event calls as date spots.

-We went on a date to Summer Comiket (laughs).

-We took cosplay purikura together. That was our very first purikura together, too, since it was our first date!

-We always run into each other when shopping on our own.

-On dates in Akihabara, we always designate one hour "individual shopping time" to split up and look at doujinshi and erotic games.

-My Christmas and birthday presents were really geeky.

-We play anime BGM in the car.

-We go on dates on online games too. I think that sort of thing strikes most otaku couples as perfectly normal.



Question 8: How would you confess to another otaku?

-I want to try confessing like they do in bishoujo games.

-"I love you even more than (character name)!"

-As a joke, I'd say "You're the only one who sees the real fujyoshi me!!", then a normal "...I like you" (laughs)

-A kamen-rider esque speech.

-I'd try to get him to cosplay one half of a couple we both like, then confess in-character!

-"Will you be my `love interest`?"

-"I don't care that your room is full of bishoujo figures! I'll even go to radio show tapings with you!"

-"I don't mind your figures and anime girl merchandise! But please put me third in your heart!"

-"tch... I don't like you or anything... I'd never fall for you!! Don't go misunderstanding!" Tsundere-style ftw!!

Quite a few people favored a "normal" confession, but as you can see, a few had some especially fun responses!



Question 9: How would you want to be confessed to?

-Just like in a Neo-Romance game!!

-"I'll never betray you!"

-I want him to mix in lines from my favorite anime.

-Manga-style confessions are too embarassing -- normal is just fine (laughs)

-Dressed as a Prince of Tennis guy!

-I like chasing better than being chased. Like hell I'm the one getting confessed to!!

-I'd flip out if he did it dressed up as my favorite character. He could be the lamest guy in the universe and I think I'd still end up accepting in spite of myself (laugh)!

-I want him to ask in a joking way at an event.

This one also had a lot of different opinions, but nearly everyone wanted a manga-style confession of some sort.



Question 10: What's your dream otaku date plan?

-Cosplaying or going to a voice-actor event.

-Playing games together at home all day.

-Going to a popular date spot like Odaiba then stopping to buy anime goods and games on the way home.

-A normal date on Saturday and an event on Sunday.

-Cosplaying couple characters.

-Going to buy wigs and costumes together, then dressing up at one of our houses. If it goes well, we can wear them to an event together! Couple characters, of course (laughs).

-Games in Akihabara, shopping for doujinshi, shopping for costumes and ending up back at the game center!

-Sexy cosplay at home (laughs).

-Watching our favorite show together.

-As long as we can be together, anything's okay!

-Singing anime songs at kareoke!

-A round-trip tour or Akihabara and Ikebukuro.

Well it is otaku love! I suppose no one should be surprised that so many people wanted to stay at home and enjoy time together there.

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Survey Says: Your Cosplay Debut



Do you remember your first cosplay experience? We asked out SLC (Super Layers Club) to take a trip down memory lane and share their own beginners' stories.

Q. Why did you first decide to cosplay?

-I just got it into my head one day (laughs).

-I used to look at cosplay magazines and started to want to do it myself.

-My friend was participating in a doujinshi event and I went along. Seeing so many awesome layers made me want to try it too.

-I was so impressed by the cosplayers at the first event I went to.

-It was the result of loving a certain character way too much...

-Because I love mascot costumes.

-I went to see the "Sailor Moon" musical and left thinking, "I want to be Sailor Moon!"

-My friend invited me along.



Q2. Where did you first cosplay?

-Neoromance Festa

-At a manga dance party in Nagoya.

-Mydome Osaka. I'm so sad we can't use it as a venue anymore.

-Odekake Live in Dome Sapporo.

-Spring Super Comi. It was 17 years ago and I still remember how awesome it felt. Am I too old for this now?!?!

-I debuted in my own bedroom!

-It was so long ago (laughs). I don't remember well, but I think it was Comiket or Game Show.

-It was at a small, local doujinshi event.

-Overseas! The schedule was amazing.



Q3. What mistakes did you make with your first costume?

-I screwed up cutting the wig more than I'd thought. Even now I sometimes look back in embarassment on that wig...

-I didn't know how to wear a wig-net.

-I went to events with props without checking first if they were allowed or not.

-I made a great male costume, then finished it with girly buttons...(crying)

-I got too into my cosplay and started talking and acting too freely with strangers cosplaying the same series. I know better now, so I think I must have annoyed those people a lot (laughs).

-I hadn't thought of a cosplay name.

-The costume I made wasn't fitted properly. When I got the event, the sleeves ripped right off. I cried and cried, then attented the event in my street clothes.

-I took an hour to do my makeup and inconvenienced my friends! orz

-I forgot my props.

-I didn't prepare any poses -- I just flashed peace signs. I look back on it as a mistake.

-I didn't know about namecards, so I hadn't made any.

-I went out in my costume without taking my glasses off.



Q4. What was the biggest problem you faced when you were just starting out?

-Lying to my mom about going to the event. Hiding cosplay is always a challenge (laugh).

-I was too embarassed to get into character, so I refused to pose at all (laugh).

-How expensive wigs are! 8 years ago, wigs were even more expensive than they are now, but I think for anyone without a fulltime job, wigs are a fulltime pain (laughs).

-It took too much time to change. By the time I got to the coin lockers, they were always full.

-I couldn't do my own makeup, so I always had to rely on my friend.

-I didn't know cosplay manners or rules, so I learned a lot of things the hard way.

-The money! (laughs) If you're going to start cosplaying, you really need it. I had to get a part-time job jsut to support my cosplay habit!

-I wasn't used to binding for cosplay, so it hurt and I felt sick at the end of events.

-I had trouble getting my color contacts in.

-I didn't have a budget for wigs, so I had to torture my real hair into manga-esque styles.



Q5. How do you feel looking back on your first time cosplaying?

-I'm so embarassed looking at old pictures now, I can hardly stand to see them.

-I think I'm still pretty low-level, but I can see how much I've improved in costume construction.

-I think I did a pretty crap job. I ended up shredding the magazine that took my picture.

-I'm amused at how excited I was just to be in costume.

-I still have the costume around and want to wear it again, but I feel like no experience could possibly top the first.

-I think it was great fun! Just looking at photos and talking with friends makes me feel a little shy... but really nostalgic.

-I refuse to look back. LOL

-I'd rather forget that dark chapter of my past (laugh).



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Survey Says: Your Cosplay Debut (part 2)

Q6. What's the first thing you did when you decided to start cosplaying?

-Diet! Seriously, the first thing I did was to cut out breakfasts completely (laughs).

-Material hunting. I had no form of income or mode of transportation, so finding things I needed to make the costume was a big challenge.

-I collected accessories from around my house that I thought I might be able to use.

-I started studying hairstyles.

-I grew my hair out. (I thought I could use my own hair if I grew it out long)

-I looked up a metric ton of cosplayers on the internet.

-I wanted to do a Sengoku Basara character, so I went all over looking for the cheapest possible commission for it. I was really desperate!

-I looked up references for the character I wanted to do on the internet. I also looked up other layers who had done the character to see how they made it work.

-I invited my friends to join me.

-Having never sewn before, I went straight to the school to borrow one of their sewing machines....

-I brought a picture of the character to my salon and asked them to cut and style my hair to match.



Q7. How did you decide on your cosname?

-I used my favorite gemstone.

-I smushed together some of my favorite words to get something that sounded cool.

-I used the name of a character in a novel I was reading at the time.

-I took the first character in my own name and filled in the rest on instinct.

-The inspiration just hit me.

-I used the first character of a nickname my friend had given me and paired it off with another that sounded nice.

-It's the same name I've used online forever. To say how I got it would take hours (laguhs).

-I put a cute spin on the name of a character I like.

-It's the name of a flower that I've always liked.

-I wanted a name that no one would be embarassed to call me and that I wouldn't immediately be outed as a cosplayer if it was discovered in some other context. I also wrote it in hiragana so no one would be confused as how to read the name if they stumbled on it online or in a magazine.

-I tried to imagine myself a character in my favorite anime.



Q8. So why can't you give up cosplay?

-I love becoming my favorite characters. Somehow just changing my appearance makes me feel like a whole new person. I'm addicted to that feeling.

-I like the attention (laughs).

-Since starting to cosplay, I've met a ton of new friends. It's because of those meetings that I can't stop cosplaying. They're more fun than any other part!!

-It was fun learning to do male makeup, changing your gender and getting away with it is super-interesting.

-There are just too many awesome characters and wonderful series' to give up!

-Because I love the characters!

-Because I can meet people who love the same series' I do. Cosplay is just a way of wearing what you love on your sleeve. You can tell just by looking what other cosplayers are into and they know what you like. It's a great tool for networking!

-There are too many characters I still want to do...!

-I live for stress!

-It's fun trying to get the body and stature of your favorite character!

-Every time you cosplay, you find yourself one little step closer to your own ideal, a little better at one thing or another, and a more confident person overall. I'm addicted to seeing that progress. I can't stop until I've seen how far I can go.

-Because it's fun getting to meet and exchange ideas with so many amazing layers!!



Q9. What are your words of encouragement to beginning cosplayers?

-Welcome to our world (laughs)!

-Find some nice senpais to look up to and count on them to teach you the ropes. It isn't as scary as it looks!

-It's all about love! If you love the series and you love the character, you can't go wrong.

-Let's enjoy ourselves together as layers!

-I think first cosplays take a lot of courage. You have to overcome embarassment and do your best but if you pull through, you're going to fall in love with it. Just get your feet wet!! If you do, your first year will be over before you know it (laughs).

-It's okay to go online and look up information about rules and manners.

-Be careful not to tear your costumes! Sew them well... and if not well, at least securely!

-There are a lot of premade costumes available these days, but making your own really is a lot of fun. The idea of doing your best to make something out of love ~ that's one of the best parts of cosplay.

-Start with your favorite character!

-Some people are perfectionists, but I think the most important part is to have fun.

-Please enjoy yourself.

-Don't wait... just do it!

-Be careful not to use shoes and color contacts that don't fit you ~ you can hurt yourself.

-Do your best to do the character justice!

-You won't know anything at first! But I think the cosplay world is really wonderful. Whenever I see great cosplayers around me, I think "I have so far to go..." but it's a lot of fun. I really love it!


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Survey Says: Which? A or B?

We gave the SLC (Super Layers Club) 30 A or B questions. This is how they answered. How about you?

Q. If you're going to cosplay?

It'll be a character I like 88%
It might be a character I don't know anything about 12%

It makes sense to be a character you like. After all, cosplay is an art born of love.

Q. How do you get the costume?

I make it myself 53%
I buy it 47%

Most people make their own costumes, though quite a few people fell in between, doing things like remaking or altering pieces. We put those people in the "buy" category, too.



Q. Would you do an "original" costume?

No way! Only canon! 79%
Yes, without hesitation. 21%

Only a few people had the guys to try out original costumes without worrying. Most people seem to prefer established characters and costumes.

Q. What kind of wigs do you prefer?

Straight 67%
Wild 33%

Silky, smooth straight styles won out over the wild and crazy ones. Maybe because they're easier to style?

Q. What wig colors do you prefer?

The closest match I can get to the character's 85%
The ones that compliment my face 15%

Most people choose wigs as close to "the real thing" as possible. But a few made adjustments to be sure the look suited their facial features and skin tone.



Q. Which do you prefer to participate in?

Events 86%
Photoshoots 14%

Events can be attended without reservations and cost much less. But the cosplayers who preferred photo shoots had a lot of praise for them too.

Q. Which kind of event do you prefer?

Outdoor 69%
Indoor 31%

Outdoor events yield better photos with better light and natural sky for backdrops. Those who prefferred indoor events were lovers of air conditioning, heat and liked not having to worry about the weather.

Q. When making groups

Mixing series is OK 50%
Mixing series is no good 50%

A 50/50 split! It seems there are as many people who wanted to refuse mixed-series groups and photos as there were others who just wanted to have fun.

Q. When you cosplay a tall character

I use tall shoes 68%
I use inserts 32%

Most of you are in love with your cosplay shoes! You can get more height with platforms than inserts ~ maybe that's the secret to their popularity?

Q. If you go to an after party...

I want to talk over dinner 87%
I want to sing karaoke 13%

Eating out after an event is more popular than karaoke. Maybe it's because we use up all of our energy at events?



Q. How about male makeup?

I go for a natural look 61%
Visual Kei, baby! 39%

Natural makeup is the winner, by far. Student characters look better natural and make up a good chunk of popular characters, but a lot of people used both makeup styles and switched between depending on the character.

Q. How do you refer to your friends in costume?

By their character's name 13%
By their cosplay name 87%

It's more popular to call people by their cos-names than to refer to them as their characters. But according to your stories, there are some times when it's easy to make a mistake and call out the character's name without thinking!

Q. When dieting

I watch what I eat 65%
I excersize 35%

Calorie control is more popular than excersize, probably because excersize requires a more solid committment.



Q. Anime or manga/novels?

Anime 17%
Manga or novels 83%

Most layers prefer the original book-form to the anime. But a few people expressed liking original anime characters, too.



Q. Which clothing-style do you prefer?

Girlish 46%
Boyish 54%

Nearly half and half again... but it seems the gender you cosplay doesn't have a huge affect on the casual style you prefer.

Q. If you cosplay a title you love...

I do just one character 29%
I do a lot of different characters 71%

Most people were repeat-offenders for their favorite series', doing one character after the other.



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Survey Says: Which? A or B? (part 2)

Q. For coupling shots

I prefer BL couples 48%
I prefer straight couples 52%

Boy/girl pairings are more popular, but the split was very nearly even. There are a lot of real M/F couples who cosplay together too, which might throw off the count just a little bit.

Q. What do you do after wearing a costume at an event?

I wear it over and over 31%
I move on to the next costume 69%

People seem to prefer changing costumes constantly to repeat wear. Maybe it's because making costumes is so much fun.

Q. Your beloved camera is...

a compact digital 58%
an SLR 42%

Easy-to-carry and use: digital cameras win the category, but SLRs seem to be gaining in popularity.



Q. You see a "suteki-san" (an awesome cosplayer)...

Rush to take a picture 63%
Admire them from afar 37%

If you find a "suteki-san", you shouldn't let the chance to get their picture fly away from you! Most of the layers surveyed seem to agree with us.



Q. If you're shooting photos at an event...

I take pictures of lots of different people 20%
I only take pictures of my own friends 80%

Most respondants had lots of friends active in different genres, so they move around a lot and take quite a few photos. Friendship bridges all gaps!



Q. If you fall in love...

It's with a supporting character 78%
It's with a background character 22%

People seem to fall for the characters who surround the main character often. But be careful, once you start noticing the minor characters, you might be in too deep to turn back!!

Q. What kind of characters do you fall for?

Energetic ones 32%
Cool ones 68%

Even more than the headstrong, energetic main characters, the cool supporter-type is en vogue.

Q. What happens if you get worked up while shooting photos?

I end up screwing up a lot 47%
I get my best shots 53%

Another close split, but most people got their best shots when they're "in the zone." Others had a case of "more-bure" ~ shaky hands from excitement resulting in blurry pictures.

Q. If you find a character you want a picture of...

I ask to take a picture together 7%
I ask for their picture alone 93%

Nearly everyone was satisfied with a solo shot, but people were more likely to ask for a photo together if their costumes were from the same series.

Q. Do you eat during events?

Yes 46%
No 54%

Some people held back to spare their costumes but other began to feel sick if they didn't eat something.

Q. How do you carry your costume?

In a roller-suitcase 88%
In a big bag 12%



Most people favored the light rollers for convenience reasons. Some people even used them to carry multiple costumes.

Q. Your cosplay group

Is usually the same people 54%
Varies depending on the series 46%

Another nearly even split. But more people seemed most comfortable working with the same people time and time again.

Q. The morning of an event...

I get up early 79%
I sleep in 21%

Most people get up early to panic over last minute pieces and preparations. Be careful not to forget anything!!



Q. At an event...

I wear one costume 70%
I change at least once 30%

Most people prepared one costume for each event. But a few people changed as many as five times!

*April 2010
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Wig Tutorial: Curly Twintail

A fluffy, curly twintail look

Wig used: CTA-001-CTWL (prichara)

Step 1



Use a hair iron set to low heat (we recommend 150 degrees celcius) to heat the hair of the wig piece by piece, then immediately wrap the still-warm hair around a marker or pen and hold for a few minutes while the curl sets.

Step 2



Repeat the process with each section of hair until the whole wig has been curled. If you want a softer look or are trying to bring out volume, use a wide-toothed comb to tease the curls out a bit.

Step 3



Taking care not to expose the wig net, divide the wig into two ponytails and tie them off with small eslastics on each side just above the ears. Use claw clips to create makeshift vances and hook them above the hair gums, with the ponytails threaded through (they should poke out above). Style the hair in each tail to completely cover the clip on both sides and use hairspray to solidify coverage.

Step 4



Style the bangs to finish.

Finished



You can use the very same technique in a single clip to create a curly voluminous ponytail too!

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Reference Sheets: Kiniro no Koruda 3

An unforgettable summer of music begins--



Kanade has joined the orchestra club at Seisou Academy. While navigating the trials and tribulations of loves, rivals and school life, she needs to prepare for the summer National Championship. All of the characters aren't only good-looking, but they're passionate about music, too!



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The main character
Kohinata Kanade
(name changeable)



A girl who came to Seisou Academy out of serious desire to study music. She wears her hair in a bright orange, short bob. Her eyes are deep green.

Check! - Sailor Collar



The collar is shaped like a cape. It may be best to make the shirt and the collar seperate pieces.

The driven leader of the Orchestra Club
Kisaragi Ritsu
cv. Konishi Katsuyuki



Kyouya's older brother and the leader of Seisou Academy's Orchestra Club. His long-sleeved shirt is paired with a dark brown vest.

Check!- Frameless glasses



The glasses are a frameless type and give the impression of "knowledge". They're oval lenses, so they should be simple to find.

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Reference Sheets: Kiniro no Koruda 3 (part 2)

Childhood friend and fellow-dreamer
Kisaragi Kyouya
cv. Fukuyama Jun



He transferred to Seisou on account of his relationship with Kanade. He wears his shirt rolled up at both sleeves but both his shirt cuffs and his collar have the school's usual black line.

Check! - Undershirt



Kyouya wears a red undershirt under his uniform. His sleeves show off the shirt underneath, so choose or make a shirt with slightly longer sleeves to compensate.

Leader of the brass section
Yagisawa Yukihiro
cv. Itou Kentarou



The kind, quiet leader of the brass section. He's polite, even to his rivals. He has deep green hair parted generously to the right.

Check! - School badge



The character "makoto" (誠, sincerity) is printed on the school badge o his sleeve. You can iron-print it onto the shirtusing ironprint paper and an image enlarged from the computer.

A guy hard on himself and others
Hozomi Shirou
cv. Morita Masakazu



A member of the brass section with a cross-shaped scar between his eyebrows. His all-back red hair ends with orange-colored tips. So be careful to get the color right.

Check! - Coat lining



Hs coat is lined with red and orange flames. Don't forget the pattern on his left sleeve either.

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Reference Sheets: Kiniro no Koruda 3 (part 3)

A disagreeable chellist
Mizushima Haruto
cv. Mizubashi Kaori



Straight forward to a fault, this underclassman seems to think of nothing but orchestra. He can be a bit hard to handle sometimes. His short, blonde hair falls to his jaw.

Check! - Line



The line on the uniform shirts denotes year. 1st graders have red lines on their sleeves, collars and pockets.

Playboy second-in-command
Sakaki Daichi
cv. Uchida Yuuya



The vice-leader of Seisou Academy's orchestra, he's extremely kind to women. His outfit is a deep brown uniform shirt and a navy tie worn with navy pants.

Check! - Belt



A belt with a dark brown line in the center. It's easiest to find a similar belt on sale in menswear shops.

A bright, natural young man
Mizushima Arata
cv. Kishio Daisuke



A boy who's just returned to Japan from Brazil with a bright personality. His necktie and bracelets can be made from colorful elastics.

Check! - Pants



His pants are actually a half-worn jumpsuit tied with the sleeves. In order to get a bulky sillouette, choose a big size.

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Reference Sheets: Kiniro no Koruda 3 (part 4)

Eastern champion
Tougane Chiaki
cv. Taniyama Kishou



Shinan High School's spoiled musical star is the leader of the strings section. His hair is blonde but turns brown near his collar.

Check! - Vest



His vest is trimmed in silver and has silver buttons. Use wire to fold the collar and sides back more easily and keep them from falling open.


A cool, worldly guy
Toki Housei
cv. Ishikawa Hideo



Chihaya's childhood friend and vice-leader of the strings section. His deep purple hair falls to his waist. He also has rimless transparent colored glasses.

Check! - Hair ribbon



The tip of his purple hair is bound in a green ribbon. Tie it about 10cm from the end for the most accurate look.


Kanade's antagonist
Myouga Reiji
cv. Hino Sou



This proud young man seems to have something against Kanade. His long gakuran coat has slits in the back.

Check! - Bangs



His hair is all combed back. His bangs aren't even, the left side is longer than the rest.

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