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Unread 11-12-2012, 09:00 AM   #1
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Frost Effects

Hello,

I am planning on cosplaying Jack Frost in the future from Rise of the Guardians. However I am a bit stuck on what the best technique would be to create the frost that is on his hoodie and trousers. I was thinking fabric paint of some kind as a base but not too sure.

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http://collider.com/wp-content/uploa...rost-image.jpg

Thanks in advance for any help
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Unread 11-12-2012, 10:25 AM   #2
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Maybe. You know how when spray paint gets old & clogged it can make drop instead of a fine spray? that might work to your advantage here.

Another, more tedious but would be awesome looking, effect is to go get the flocking powder from the scrap book section of your local crafts store, mix it with the iridescent super fine glitter (same section) and figure a way to make it stick to the hoodie. That would really look like frost.
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Unread 11-12-2012, 02:54 PM   #3
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Melt and then brush on candle wax. I went to a film costuming exhibit once and they had a video playing next to the display for a movie that was supposed to be set in Alaska, showing the costume designers using different consistencies of melted wax, brushed and dripped onto the actor's parka. They used varied coarseness and widths of brush bristles to get a realistic look. A few strategically placed drips looked like the jacket had been wet and then it was so cold that it instantly froze.
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Unread 11-12-2012, 03:41 PM   #4
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as of right now most if not all craft stores have snow flocking for christmas scene scapes or to fake snow. there is a type of it that looks like frost (its white but also has some clear pieces of celophane mixed in to give it a frosty look). id prob but some of that on too. would add that 3d effect
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Unread 11-16-2012, 01:08 AM   #5
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Certain CLEAR glues look like frost.
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Unread 11-16-2012, 02:56 PM   #6
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My first thought for his outfit was to sew shiny/silver thread into the fabric of the shirt and pants, you could control the pattern but it would be very time consuming. Alternatively, some of the US fabric chains sell "sparkle mesh" that would be perfect for that kind of frost effect, either tacked or glued on. The mesh pattern looks kind of like the tiny veins you see on leaves, very organic, not a straight weave. I assume you might be able to find something similar in the UK, though I don't know where to look.

Photo of silver sparkle mesh: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QW_wAuCwjl...0/IMG_3484.JPG
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What you need is bleach, you can sponge it on for the bigger frosted areas and for the detailed lines you can use a bleach pen. Alternatley you can use fabric paint, but this will give it a raised look if that's what you want.
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Bleach will just turn the fabric yellow-orange. It will just look dirty.
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agreed Nostrum, bleach would be the worst option.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 06:50 AM   #10
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No sorry, I meant bleach pens, they take the colour right out, just google bleach fabric art.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 07:11 AM   #11
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Like this one: http://reubenmiller.typepad.com/my_w...-bleach-s.html

Alernatley you can just airbrush or spray paint with fabric paint.
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Unread 01-07-2013, 08:10 AM   #12
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Yes, bleach takes color out, but the remaining color (because rarely does it actually take it completely out, as per your reference- note that there is no white in that image at all) will be a paler shade of whatever the original dye color was. On denim, the indigo leaves a beautiful sky blue. On nearly any other dark dye color you can get icky browns, dull grays, and even orange tinged barfy colors. In addition, bleach is very harsh to many fibers, it can actually burn a hole right through fabric.

In this specific case, snow/ frost is what effect is needed. Fresh snow is pristine pure white.
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True, I figure there's a lot of ways of going about it. I would pre-lighten the areas I was going to make white, for longevity. But I'll see how that works when I test it on my own hoodie.
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Melt and then brush on candle wax. I went to a film costuming exhibit once and they had a video playing next to the display for a movie that was supposed to be set in Alaska, showing the costume designers using different consistencies of melted wax, brushed and dripped onto the actor's parka. They used varied coarseness and widths of brush bristles to get a realistic look. A few strategically placed drips looked like the jacket had been wet and then it was so cold that it instantly froze.
Wow sorry, I just gotta say, this is a really cool idea.

Also if you have the time/patience/skill, a combination of that and hand embroidery for the details on the shoulders would be really sweet. I think I may have seen some fabric that kind of had that look of his pants at joanns or something too though? Don't quote me on that though, I have a weird memory.
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Unread 01-09-2013, 02:40 AM   #15
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What about a can of fake snow? I can't remember exactly what it's called but it's often used for model railroads, crafts and things like that. That might work, though I'm not sure if it sticks to fabric or not. Though it sticks to plastic pretty darn well...
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