I'm Yuka, I'm 22 and I live in the UK! I'm a cosplayer, and this year I have the honor of being part of Team UK for World Cosplay Summit 2013! Last year I was also part of the 2012 UK Team for European Cosplay Gathering. I might post some progress pictures here, but most of it will be over on facebook, so pop over there if you're interested in seeing more!

I mostly post about cosplay (surprise), video games, movies and music that I like, and about funny conversations I have or things that happen to me. Things that I often post about include: Final Fantasy, League of Legends, Pokemon, Harry Potter, Sailor Moon, Firefly and Scott Pilgrim.

I like receiving asks so feel free to message me! I'm also happy to answer any cosplay-related questions, so if you want any help, critique or tutorials give me a shout. But please check the FAQ in case I've answered your question already! :D

 

Hey suddenlyapples, here’s a photo of my progress book where I explained a little about how I made my mask for Vivi! I’ll try to explain it a bit further below.

SHAPING
I used worblas (a thermo plastic) to make a curved shape that would cover my face. You could use cardboard with papier mache though! After I got the shape right from heating and shaping, I cut out the two eyeholes so I could shine the yellow LEDs through, and I also cut a rectangular slit where I would actually see out with my real eyes.

DETAILS
I painted the worblas black, then covered it with a black gauze so it would look more mascot-esque. I chose the gauze because when held close to my face, I could see out of it, but people could not through it. 

I then built up a small ridge or wall on the inside of the mask to separate the slot where I could see out with my real eyes, from the area where my fake yellow eyes would be. This helped prevent light leakage from the LEDs.

ATTACHMENT
I originally attached the mask at the back of my head with a strip of velco. This worked fine in my test runs at home, but of course once I got down to London something went wrong and it wouldn’t keep shut. If you’re just wearing the costume at a convention, you’ll want to be able to remove your mask quickly for speaking to people, eating, or for getting some well needed fresh air! However if you’re going on stage, I’d recommend installing a sturdier system to keep it on, for example thick elastic straps around the back, or turning the entire mask into a hood that you pull over your whole head.

I hope this helps, let me know if you need any clarification!

Anonymous asked
may i ask where you got your dirk wig? (your cosplays are marvelous btw!)

Thanks! :) I got my Dirk wig from here: http://matchwigs.com/home/88-calina-v-short-light-blonde-wig-cosplay.html

Also since some other people have been asking me how I styled it, I loosely followed lucillesmile’s WIP images here as a ‘tutorial’ :D http://lucillesmiles.tumblr.com/post/31429117165/dirk-strider-step-by-step-1-the-base-wig-2

chancewit asked
How did you make your Damara/Handmaid horns? They have such a good shape were they very durable?

I have a tutorial here! http://yukapants.tumblr.com/post/24613935924/handmaid-horn-tutorial

They are fairly durable! I have zero spatial perception so I walk into walls a lot normally (sob I am always covered in bruises) so I know from first hand experience that they can take light whacks into walls and door frames without denting. Over time they have cracked a little bit in a few places, I’m not sure if this is because I stored them in a hot/dry area, or if the fimo was just thin in those areas or if the base structure was just too flexible.

If I were to remake these, I would use a sturdier base than just the thin armature wire, and a thicker layer of fimo (probably 3 or 4 packs instead of just 2).

cosplay asks!!

ok I have a few cosplay asks building up in my inbox! including:

-crossplay make-up tutorial (nakedsalad)
-how to style dave and roxy wigs (anon)
-how to make a hair bun for damara (anon)
-tips on making handmaid’s dress (hero-save-me)

I’m not ignoring you guys!! I’m going to try to get these answered soon. u_u I’m currently without my laptop because my power cable decided to give up the ghost on saturday night and I’m too skint to order a new one until Friday, so there’s going to be a bit of a delay!

Anonymous asked
I have a question about your Roxy cosplay! Did you make your scarf or did you buy it somewhere?
Anonymous asked
Hello! I am cosplaying roxy for DragonCon and I have to ask how you made your scarf. It looks fabulous and I am seriously having a hard time with mine, I even tried to learn how to knit, to no avail.

Well I was really lucky, and when I was over at my friend’s house we were having a rummage through her fabric bin and we found…. THIS!!

 

So all I did was cut it into strips and sew them together to make one continuous piece. Although I know it’s unlikely you’ll find any fabric like this, so if you’re making your own what I’d suggest is to get two pieces of fabric of the two shades of purple you want, cut them into rectangles double the width that you want your scarf to be, and then sew the long ends together (right sides together of course!). Once all the rectangles are sewn together, fold the scarf in half and sew the top end and the side closed. Now you’ll have a big tube, turn the entire thing inside out and then neatly top-stitch the bottom edge closed. Here’s another diagram, hopefully it helps:



If this is confusing or you need any more help please do ask 8D Good luck!! (and send me pictures when you’re done!! *_*) 

Anonymous asked
can you please tell me where you got the sweater for the roxy cosplay? :c

It was a lucky find from a private seller on ebay! The brand on the label inside the shirt is “MIM”. I looked for white off-the-shoulder tops and found this one from a private seller. I stitched the top of the collar down a bit because it kept slipping out of place, and then I got my friend Frazzy to help me do the iron-on transfer of Mutie’s face onto the front.

Hey I hope this tutorial makes sense, if you have any other questions feel free to drop me an ask!

Figure 1 (wire frame)

First of all, I made the base shape of the Handmaid horns out of armature wire. Getting them to curl into a shape that made sense actually took quite a long time and was probably the second most frustrating part of making these. I decided to go with a shape that would mimic the spiral shape of the original reference when my head was turned to the side, rather than the literal interpretation which would look akin to bizarre troll-mickey mouse ears on either side of my head! lol

After I was happy with the shape, I covered it with expanding foam. This was tricky because it would fall off the wire, so I had to do this in a few different stages by only working on the bottom part of the horn that was touching the newspaper at a time.
 

Figure 2  (tape and tinfoil)

At this point, I ran out of expanding foam and since it’s expensive I bulked up the rest of the horns with tinfoil. Then I wrapped it all in masking tape (I used an entire roll for each horn) to cover any holes and to flatten any lumps, and to help keep the tinfoil compacted against the horn.

At this point, the horns were still flexible to an extent, so I was able to bend and twist them a little bit more to get the right shape on them.

Next, I covered each horn with 1 packet of 250g fimo air dry light each. Once this dried, I wasn’t able to bend them any more without cracking the fimo, so make sure you’re happy with the shape before you start putting it on! I was skint when I was making these, if you have a little bit more money I would highly recommend buying 3 packs of fimo air dry light instead, I really could have done with a third packet to cover up some of the thinner parts.

Figure 3 (fimo layer)

This is just a close-up of the horns after the fimo dried. As you can see, the texture is really bumpy.

Figure 4 (sanding)

This was the most frustrating part of making the horns- sanding them. Oh my god the spiral shape is SO hard to get my hand around to sand these properly!! Anyway, in this pic you can see the difference sanding makes, the horn on the left hasn’t been sanded and one on the right had been sanded for maybe about 30~60 min. I think I went OCD and sanded it even more after I took this photo, though.
 

Figure 5 (painting)

One thing I’ve learned with cosplay, is that your paint job is important and you shouldn’t rush it. A good paint job can cover up a really shoddy prop job, and conversely a bad paint job can destroy a really well made prop. This was just the first undercoat of paint.


Figure 6 (gradient)

Once I had a base coat of the colours down, I mixed a fixed a few intermediate colours and dry brushed them together to get the gradient you can see here. Personally I prefer the block colours for the younger troll horns, but on the super long ancestor horns I think the gradients can look really pretty. Go with whichever method you prefer!


Figure 7 (wig alteration)

And finally… wearing this damn thing. I didn’t mention, but at some point during this I used electrical and duct tape to attach my wire frame for my horns to two pairs of headbands. To counter balance the horns (which are SUPER light, btw!) I used a really thick piece of plastic (cut from an old notebook from school) and made like… a bill cap to stop the horns from slipping forward. Anyway, the rig to keep the horns on my head looks stupid as hell so I had to cut up my handmaid wig to get the horns underneath, and then carefully sew it back together afterwards.

NOTE: There are alternative methods to cutting your wig. For example, creating a hair piece that you pin over top of your headband to cover it, or making the horns detachable from the headbands with screws and screw plugs, so you just poke the screws through your wig mesh and then attach the horns on top afterwards.

Finally once it was all done, I sprayed the horns in a few layers of clear matte spraypaint to protect the paint job from Britain’s lovely weather, and voila!! Done!

Anyway I really hope this helps!! And send me pictures of your horns and your cosplay if you use this tutorial, I want to see what you make!! :D <3

(Source: yukacosplay.com)

try-to-hide-when-the-bullets-fly asked
Hiiiiiiiii, I'm planning on going to my next convention as Dave and have been looking from wig to wig and yours just seems perfect. So I was wondering where you got your amazing Dave wig from and if you could link it? Thanks :D