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Unread 01-07-2010, 02:59 AM   #31
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Costume Tutorial: Kagamine Len (part 4)



4) Attatch the Waist-band
Iron the shorts with an iron then sew the band to the top of the shorts. Next, fold the belt over on itself (inside-out) and close the ends (where they will fasten). Turn the band right-side out and fold over the top and sew closed. Add a fastener hook.



5) Adding the Cuff-Belts
Fold both ends of the belt in on itself lengthwise and stitch shut on the top and bottom by machine. Measure and mark spots for 15 studs on the top and bottom of each leg-belt and attatch.



Check!
Tools and Concerns for Attatching the Studs
You'll need a hole punch or screw punch to make holes in your vinyl for the studs to fit through, a handheld tool to push the studs in place (an indented chisel or small portable indented screwdriver will work), and a cushioned work-mat so that you don't mark the surface you're working on. It's okay if the holes you create are a bit too small for the studs, but be careful not to force them through as you might tear the vinyl.

6) Adding Belt Loops
Check your fit, then fold in and hand-sew the leg cuffs. Set leg-belts in place add add belt loops to the waist and legs as-shown. (You can sew the belts in place under the belt loops and use the loops to hide the stitches if you don't want them to shift).



(note: arm and leg warmers, belts, headsets and shoes are not included)

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Unread 01-07-2010, 03:36 AM   #32
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Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage)

Customized Deco-Carts!
A Layer's best friend is their cart, so don't neglect it!

"What's a Deco-Cart?"

Every cosplayer needs a carry-cart to transport their luggage, props and wigs. Some people have lots of props, complex wigs and a lot of makeup to move around too... Our carts help us out a lot, so why do so many of us take them for granted?

I often find myself wondering "Why do cosplayers carry around such plain carts?". With so few designs and colors, it's easier to mix up carts or pick yours out of a crowd, isn't it? That's why, the idea of a "deco-cart" was born! Why not get in on the popular cosplay-world movement and customize your own?

In this article we'll introduce some of our own original deco-cart designs. We tried to play with a few different types and come up with some ideas that would be easy for Layers to use.

Making them is easy! It's just like decorating a cellphone or a portable game-system, so let your imagination run wild and you'll be designing like crazy in no time!

If you want, you can plaster your cart with your own decorations, or you can alter the designs you learn here. "Gosh, this is like a homework assignment" right? But hey, I really want to see some cooler carts!

We're giving away the carts introduced here as presents, too, so take a good, long look at them, okay?

Oh, and if you come up with a neat deco-cart of your own, we'd love to see your pictures!


With Ribbons and Lace, You Can Achieve Sweet-Lolita Mode



If you've got a black polka-dot cart, a few ribbons, a bit of lace and sparkly stones can give you a cart that matches your sweet disposition perfectly.

We made it like this!

First, decide on a design.

Point: Making your design is the most important part! To make sure you end up with just what you've envisioned, be sure to sketch out every detail.

Gather the materials you need for your design.

Point: you can use leftover fabrics and trims from your costumes too!

Make a frill with a sewing machine.


Attatch the frill to your cart


Sew on your lace


Point: This kind of cart actually takes a lot of work. Some carts are made of material that can't easily be sewn onto, so please check beforehand! When you sew on trims, be careful not to sew places you don't want sewn. What happens if you sew shut your pockets...?!?! Don't rush, or you'll make a mistake!

(continued in the next post)

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Unread 01-07-2010, 04:56 AM   #33
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Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage) (part 2)

Make two cloth ribbons


Glue on stones


Add a charm and you're done


You can come up with a lot of different looks just by using decorations that catch your eye. With an original cart, you'll have a special sort of cuteness and charm. You can take pride knowing that all eyes are on your cart.


Skulls and chains give you a hardcore style. We've tried keeping it punk without going too dark.


With a big, imposing cart, how about embracing your inner Gothic and Punk?!



The prep for any cart, even a gothic cart is the same. This time we're working with a big cart so you should prepare enough material to cover the surfaces you're working with. We tried using a star chain we particularly liked -- but you can try using your own favorite accessories.

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Unread 01-07-2010, 05:45 AM   #34
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Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage) (part 3)



Our design calls for some messy cloth coverage, so cut the fabric haphazardly for an interesting shape. For once, you need messy edges! So fray them apart, then seal them with clear nailpolish so that they don't run.



Hold your fabric tightly in place and sew it in place with strong thread. Use thread that will match your cart's fabric and coloring. It's okay to mess up here and there, since this cart has a messy look to begin with!



Now to keep the fabric from flapping around when you walk. The easiest way to do this is glue. Some glues have a distinct color to them when dry, so be careful when choosing one. Then add chains, weapon charms and/or badges for your final look!




With your favorite frilly lace and some felt flowers, you can create a simple but unique cart just-for-you.



Enjoy a simple design with materials available anywhere!

This sort of design isn't just for events and travel. It's subdued design makes it perfect for regular shopping and for girls who always end up buying more than they can carry when they go out with their friends. Some simple decorations can turn your cheap black suitcase into something adorable!

Points for a simple, cute and natural cart

First, collect your materials.

This time our parts are some nice felt flowers and lace, so a lightweight glue will do just fine!

(continued in the next post)

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Prop Tutorial: Deco-Carts (customized luggage) (part 4)

Attatch your parts, careful to achieve balance

Arrange your parts over and over until you find yourself saying, "this is it!" Then glue them down. It may be hard to achieve a nice "simple" design, but be careful not to go overboard.

Put heavy items inside and on top of your cart until the glue has set
Try putting books inside the cart to make sure it doesn't shift accidentally...



Use something heavy to weigh down the top of your cart for a half a day or so.. Resist taking a peek until it's done... then you can use it freely.

Here's a New Trick!!

There's something else every Layer needs... yep, a mirror! Rather than taking up space you need to carry one, how about attatching it to your cart? If it's part of your cart, you'll never end up forgetting it. I've got one in mine and it's totally useful!! Even just a little mirror is bound to bring you big happiness.

*CosBon vol. 2

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Unread 01-07-2010, 04:10 PM   #36
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Wig Tutorial: Basic Chop Cut

Let's be more careful arranging and cutting our wigs!
These days every Layer needs to wear a wig. But what if you suck at cutting and styling them?! "I can't arrange it the way I want!" "Cutting wigs is too hard..." It's easy to fumble when most of the big magazines show you elaborate style but no basic techniques to achieve them, but fear not newbies to hair and makeup, Saber Hands Matsumoto is here to teach you some simple and basic techniques.

Style 1: "The Chop Cut"
"Use a medium-length wig for this spikey bob style"


1) Cut your wig 10-20cms below the jawline.


2) Trace an imaginary line back from the top of your ear and use a pair of regular hair-styling scissors to thin the hair there. (Hold your scissors vertically and cut at a slight angle, taking only small bits off at a time).


3) Above the ear (trace an imaginary line from your eye-level back) block the hair into small portions and thin the ends with small, staggered snips.
*working from the bottom up makes it easier to guage your progress and move your scissors without "collateral damage"


4) With the rest of the wig, bring the hair slightly back to thin with the same technique.
*this will isolate the hair, making cutting more simple and will give you a longer look on the sides.


5) To make sure the right and left sides are the same length, bring the top portion of hair from both sides together (in blocks) over the top and adjust length/thin accordingly.


6) Taking random bits of hair loosely out to the side, cut slowly from upward down in a slide cut.
*Don't begin these cuts too close to your wig's base or you'll end up with see-through patchy spots

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Wig Tutorial: Basic Chop Cut (part 2)


7) Roll spikes gently at the ends with your fingers and finish the ends with hard spray


8) All done!

Point: Cut slowly and move bit by bit, always aware of how much you're cutting and in what direction.

*Cosbon vol. 2

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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:48 PM   #38
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Very helpful~ Thanks so much for taking the time to translate >w< I was wondering what issue the Len pattern came in?
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Very helpful~ Thanks so much for taking the time to translate >w< I was wondering what issue the Len pattern came in?
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Wig Tutorial: Basic Slide Cut
A short visual kei arrangement

1. Block and clip/tie off the hair above the ears.


Lightly grasping a bit of hair between your fingers (at the end) cut slowly while sliding your scissors downward.


2. To create more open space at the jawline, deliberately slice-cut in larger strokes on the sides.


3. Gather and gently twist the top portion of the style gently and slice cut in an upward stroke from the center.
*twist at random and not too tightly!


4. For the bangs (usually the portion of your wig which is thinner or shorter), comb them flat over the eyes then slice cut from above in downward strokes.
*If you cut from the center, the balance will be thrown off.


5. Dispense some hard styling wax into the palm of your hand and rub it evenly across both of your palms. Run your product-covered hands throught the wig all over, styling as you go.

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Wig Tutorial: Basic Slide Cut (part 2)


6. Use a hard spray to set the wig. Spray all over.


7. Finished!!

Point: Style the wig without any big empty spaces or flat sides for an illusion of extra volume!!

*Cosbon vol. 2

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Wig Tutorial: Basic Razor Cut
an arrangement for long hair


1. Begin by placing your razor 15-20 cm below the jawline and then pull it lightly through the hair in a falling motion.
*If you hold the hair at the end, the razor will move through it more smoothly


2. Lightly gather blocks of hair and old them back at a 45 degree angle before using the same falling razor stroke.


3. Run soft wax through the whole wig to help it retain shape.


4. Finished!!


Point: A lighter hand with the razor will give you more body in your finished wig.

*Cosbon vol. 2

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Wig Tutorial: Basic Dango
a pretty dumpling arrangement

"By staggering the placement and size between the right and left sides, you can achieve a cute asymmetrical look."


1. Collect hair for the small dango


After slicing and blocking off the hair you want to use, tie it off in a loose, messy ponytail.


*If you don't tie off the ponytail tightly, your dango will fall out!


2. Wrap the loose hair in a spiral around the banded base, twisting lightly as you go.

3. Use bobby pins to hold the hair in place at random points.


4. After slicing and blocking the hair for the big dango, repeat the same process.

Point: Be careful not to bother other Layers when arranging and restyling this one at events.

*Cosbon vol. 2

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Unread 01-08-2010, 11:42 AM   #44
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Omg, this is very helpful! ^^ Thank you so much for the translations!
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Unread 01-08-2010, 05:50 PM   #45
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Wow~ I found these tips and guide quite helpful
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