Ever repurpose a cosplay item for something else?
Have you ever taken a cosplay item (usually something meant for a specific character or fandom) and repurposed it for something else?
I'm guilty of using some of the hilt designs that Ultrasabers offers, and repurposing them as psionic or other energy based weapons. After all, Star Wars isn't the only franchise to use energy blades, just the most famous and well marketed. Now, I won't use a "licensed replica" that's an exact replica of Obi-Wan or Darth Vader's lightsaber. The hilt design's too specific and recognizable, and you can't even change the sound effects to simulate anything else.
However, the original or generic hilts on offer are fair game, and if you get one of the advanced soundboards that the saber-building community has come out with, you can customize the sounds. At the moment, I'm looking to get a very basic hilt, and have another saber builder add a Katana styled handguard to it. By the time I'm done, it won't look very Star-Warsy at all. And I've seen others do this- buying the plainest hilts on offer and making their own handguards, so they can simulate anime energy swords.
I'm also debating getting a Stormtrooper breastplate (just the upper part, and customizing it with my own details and paintwork. By the time I'm done, I won't have people wondering why I'm wearing a stormtrooper chestplate, it will look unique, even if its shape is familiar.
So who else has done this, or thought about it?