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Unread 05-18-2004, 11:39 PM   #1
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Cheap cosplay tips and tricks

Brought on by the "How do you pay for your cosplay?" thread
Yeah, cosplay can really get expensive somtimes.... Any one care to share tips on how to do do good costumes for dirt cheap? I know I'm always looking for more...

Ok tip #1

FOUND MATTERIALS! Saddly nowadays it is really cheaper to buy somthing then to make it yourself, and you would be suprized the amount of Anime wear you can find ready made for cheap! Even if your costume isn't anywhere near being everyday clothes, so many things can be altered.

For example, when I decided to make my Relena outfit I knew I wouldn't find a white, old-style, military jacket...but what I did find was an old dress of my mom's in the attic. Slice it up the middle and you have a coat! The details and colar were added on with remnants of dollar a yard fabric, so the jacket was essentially free!

I've also made more then one pair of fingerless gloves out of knee-socks. Sounds gross, but it really does work!

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Unread 05-18-2004, 11:45 PM   #2
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Yes, I have found that many of my costumes end up eating away at my wallet, but what I have learned that is of vital importance is: Thrift stores.

Especially if you need a lot of tassles, you should collect clothes/pillows.. etc at thrift stores and such. It will definetly be cheaper than the ones you will find at fabric stores. I completely agree that you should look through old dresses and such. I have used many old prom dresses for nice fabrics in costumes.

I also would like to hear some other people's tips.. always trying to see where I can save a buck... or two.
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Unread 05-19-2004, 12:45 AM   #3
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Hand make the little things! ^^

Sculpey or Model Magic can work wonders to make jewelry from, then hand paint it so it looks just how YOU want it! This is great for characters with a lot of details and making thier MUST HAVE accessories (i.e. InuYasha's fang necklace, Miroku's prayer beads, Yuna's earring, Seymour's necklace thing, that red and yellow thing from Witch Hunter Robin, i even made an ice gem for my Hiei costume!) This is often far cheaper that buying the items (i've seen Yuna's earring sold at a few places for at least $20. I spent about $2.50 total for all the beading on her costume (including the ones that hang from her peach star on her obi).

Also, i couldn't find just the right color tassels for a costume without costing me an arm and a leg, so i made mine! We had a roll of string here in the house, so i cut about 50 pieces for each tassel and used another long string to tie it together multiple times. Then, since i was using acrylic paint to paint beads anyways, i dipped the tassel in water (since the string was white) and made the right color mixture i needed out of paint, dipped my fingers in it and evenly spread it throughout the wet string (which soaked it right up). When it was dry, i had the exact color tassel i needed, it doesn't rub color off AT ALL, and all for free! ^___^

Improvise when making weapons! If you need a handle for a staff, find an old broom not being used anymore and saw it off! Once painted, no one will ever be able to tell! I know i'll think of some more stuff soon, lol--watch out and stay tuned!

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Unread 05-19-2004, 10:46 AM   #4
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Besides the thrift store and using clothes you already have options, I really REALLY cheat on staves. Here's an example. I made that out of a wood dowel from the lumber store (which was cheaper than a thrift store broom), a pizza box, newspaper, duct tape, Paperclay, and a LOT of hot glue. The trick is to make a cheapy staff and then cover it in something nice like paper mache or Paperclay, and it looks really awesome. And the little gold ring? That's a washer covered in gold stickers. Nobody notices.
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Unread 05-19-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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If you have a 99 cents store near by they are sure to have all types of weird socks and stocking which are great for costume. Also another thing they tend to have are laundry bags.....they come in a variety of color and they can be over 2 yds of fabric...and it's only 99 cents! I plan to make a cape out of one or two of them. Also they have a variety of glasses which can be used for costumes. I found a really big pair of perscribtion glasses their and popped out the lenses then sawed off the bar on the top and plan to paint the exposed top with siver craft glue.......the 99 cents store saves me!!!!
To make a jade tear drop necklace which would have cost me about $30 I improvised. I used a crappy gold chain form a necklace fom those gum ball type machines so that was only a quarter. Then I used alittle package of green Sculpey and then white Sculpey and mixed and formed them in to the correct shape and size....then baked it. Each pack of Sculpey was around a doller so I saved $27.75 by making it.
Attics and yard sales are are great....one mans trash is another mans treasure!!!
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Unread 05-19-2004, 01:21 PM   #6
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All right, this one was taught to me by my dear friend Liz. Say that you want to make the ruffles on Yuna's gunner outfit or popstar outfit, or perhaps you want to make a quick cute Loli skirt. You don't have time to gather all those ruffles?
Head on over to goodwill or salvation army and but some curtains. Yup, I'm serious, curtains make for adorible skirts, and the ruffles are already gathered beatifully for you. I've made one skirt, and Liz has made quite a few succuessful costumes using this method.
Here's my example: Curtain skirt
it's not quite done, but you get the idea
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Unread 05-19-2004, 01:40 PM   #7
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Curtains...hmmmm....sweet!!
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Unread 05-19-2004, 01:43 PM   #8
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I know Im like going to the seventh layer of hades for this, but I swear by Wal-Mart. Their craft section is amazing and SOOO much cheaper than JoAnns. Most of the time they have a fabric section too, where most of the yardage is under 4 dollars. I get all kinds of stuff there....just this last weekend when I went I found this stuff called texturizing paint....I needed to make something look like bone but I wanted something lighter than clay since I was putting it on a foam backing. Anyway, that stuff hit the spot....the wing looks insanely cool and the two bottles only cost me a dollar. If you can handle supporting such an evil organization (just a little) my friends and I swear by it. I think I even managed to convert some people.

Other than that, check ebay for wierd stuff. I look for fabric there all the time so always good to keep an eye out!
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Unread 05-19-2004, 03:16 PM   #9
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This can be a time saver too.. but if you need to hem something and don't have time/access to a sewing machine.. try that Heat'n'Bond hem stuff. It's gold. I hemmed the bottom of my Hikaru jacket and skirt with it in 2001 and they're still perfectly good for my new updated version.
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Unread 05-19-2004, 03:36 PM   #10
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Some things I learned:

1) Shopthrift! It's the cosplayer's ultimate resource! I found an old Ford employee's smock that can easily be converted into my Aoshi vest by going to Value Village, and I found uniform pants to match (They have a uniform section which is a cosplayer's DREAM!!!). Hopefully, I can turn them from blue to purple. I also put my Barret costume together using an old jacket and some cargo pants from the goodwill, for about $8 altogether....

2) Walmart. Their craft section is inexpensive, and they have plenty of fabric for $1 a yard!! Broadcloth at under two bucks a yard will come in handy for my Ryoma costume, and I managed to get all the fabric for my Nyantaro costume for about $15.

3) Garage Sales. Never underestimate the power of dumpster-diving. 'Nuff said.
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Unread 05-19-2004, 04:37 PM   #11
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My secrets would be...

hotglue, sculpey/paperclay, and ebay

Walmart can be super for a lot of little crafty items too.
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Unread 05-19-2004, 04:50 PM   #12
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Old bed linens and curtains are great to use. Heat n bond is your best friend too along with safety pins.
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Unread 05-19-2004, 06:59 PM   #13
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Some things I learned:

1) Shopthrift! It's the cosplayer's ultimate resource! I found an old Ford employee's smock that can easily be converted into my Aoshi vest by going to Value Village, and I found uniform pants to match (They have a uniform section which is a cosplayer's DREAM!!!). Hopefully, I can turn them from blue to purple. I also put my Barret costume together using an old jacket and some cargo pants from the goodwill, for about $8 altogether....

2) Walmart. Their craft section is inexpensive, and they have plenty of fabric for $1 a yard!! Broadcloth at under two bucks a yard will come in handy for my Ryoma costume, and I managed to get all the fabric for my Nyantaro costume for about $15.

3) Garage Sales. Never underestimate the power of dumpster-diving. 'Nuff said.
I took a glance at that and I thought it started off saying, SHOPLIFT! Haha...I'm not sure many cosplayers are willing to go to jail for their hobby.
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Unread 05-19-2004, 07:32 PM   #14
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Velcro, safety pins, and liquid stitch... oh how I love liquid stitch.
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I agree with eBay and Wal-mart ideas. (Imagine if they ever merged... ) I've gotten 100% of my Genaki and Koenma(s) pieces from the two. eBay was where I found the sailor hats, pants and shirt(s) which need almost little alterations. And Wal-Mart is great for the fabric. And certain shoes too-they have a *huge* $3 section right now, allI have to do is dye them to the right shade.

And yes, behold the power of yard sales.
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