Tutorial: Ace Attorney Badge

Tutorial: Ace Attorney Badge

This is the delayed accompaniment post to our Ace Attorney Defense Badge tutorial! The Attorney Badge will complete any Ace Attorney cosplay, if you’re going as Phoenix, Mia, Apollo, or Athena. This tutorial uses polymer clay.

 photo materials_zpsixgl2i8n.jpgMATERIALS:

  • A circle template. If you don’t have a store-bought one, you draw circles using a compass on paper, and cut that out, to use as your template. Make your circle depending on how big you want your badge to be.
  • Gold polymer clay. We paint our badge after its baked so if you intend to do the same, color hardly matters.
  • Craft knife
  • Rubber shaping tools. Optional, but really help.
  • A pointed item, like a toothpick
  • Fade-proof, waterproof ink pen.
  • Brooch pins.
  • Paint or pigment of your choice. I will be using gold metallic spraypaint.

 photo 1_zpsmcsktswv.pngCondition and flatten your clay into an even sheet. Then cut out two disks of the size you want.

 photo 2_zpss2o6cnye.pngOn the second disk, cut out another circle in the center of it. You won’t be using that circle. Layer this “circle-with-a-circle-cut-out” on top of the first disk. You can make the edges smoother and more rounded using a rubber tool, or your fingernails.

 photo 5_zpspqavpd51.pngThe disk with the cut out will become the raised border around the badge. Using a toothpick, mark out the lines that will be the divisions in the border.

 photo 6_zps4jsyjlhg.pngStill using the toothpick, push these lines into the center of the disk, and drag it out was well toward the edges.

 photo 7_zpsbwn6fjmj.pngYou want it to look seamless to the first disk and not just something put on top.

Bake according to your clay’s instructions. After it has been cooled, I also spray it with some gold paint.

 photo 10_zps3yt9fpuo.pngAfterwards, I take my fade-proof, water-proof pen and manually draw the Libra scale in the middle of the badge. Practice first and use a good reference! I messed up mine a bit. xD

After that, it’s just a matter of waiting for the ink to dry and then sealing it in, and then attaching the brooch pins to the back.
 photo IMG_2978_zpslzqldybq.jpgYou now have a cute Defense Attorney badge! For those who prefer seeing things in motion, our video tutorial is also below. Please subscribe if you’d like to get updated on tutorials of cosplay or cute items!

You may also buy a badge from our Etsy shop here.

Thanks and have a great day! Happy crafting!

Polymer Clay Marshmallow Tutorial

Polymer Clay Marshmallow Tutorial

Hi guys! Today’s tutorial is a very easy and quick tut on how to make polymer clay marshmallows. These are very easy, and can be made in big batches for those who are looking to mass-produce these cute fluffy sweets! For the first time, our tutorial also comes with a video accompaniment, courtesy of our brand new Youtube Channel!! *w*

Let’s start on the tutorial! It’s very straightforward and easy to follow.

 photo COLLAGE_zpsvato1mbs.jpgFirstly, the materials. You’ll need your polymer clay–we recommend at least three pastel colors that are commonly seen in marshmallow twists–white, pastel pink, baby blue, pastel mint, etc. And all you need aside from that is a cutting blade. (top left photo)

Next, you should take each individual color of clay, and roll it into one long log. One log for each color! Try to make them as uniform and even with each other as possible. )top right photo)

Then you place the tips of these logs next to each other, and from then on start a twisting motion. It’s pretty much instinct and hard to put to words, but you’ll definitely get a feel for it when you’re actually doing it. You can also check out our video to get a good visual on how it’s done!

And there it is! All that’s left is to trim the ends, but into size, and bake according to your clay’s instructions. You may add some gloss to make it shiny too if you like!

 photo fin_02_zpszdf56qqu.pngYou can use them to make earrings, split them in half to make hairpins… be creative and think of whatever you want to do with them. ^^

You may also view the tutorial video if you’re more into visual examples and not written ones! Please follow our channel, we’ll be uploading tutorials weekly. ^^ Have fun and happy crafting!

How to Make your own Lolita Beret

How to Make your own Lolita Beret

Berets are very popular in the lolita fashion scene, and every brand seems to always be releasing a beret to match their current collection. Lolita berets are mostly, from observation, flat and barely serve the purpose of hiding or storing hair (unlike medieval/Tudor berets) and serve a mostly decorative purpose, almost just grazing over the hair/wig instead of being a snug fit. In this tutorial, we’ll make a beret like that! It’s quick, fun, and super easy.

Let’s start with the materials we need:

  • Your fabric
  • Interfacing/ Pellon (to give your fabric of choice stiffness and form)
  • Another color/pattern of fabric (optional)
  • Bias tape (for sealing in the edges)
  • Embellishments

First off, let’s start with the pattern!

 photo beret_pattern_zpsyfwn8nag.jpg

A beret pattern is made up of a simple circle. To ensure a snug fit, measure around your head first to get the circumference. You might want to measure around the place where you’d like your beret to go around. Then, get the diameter from this circumference by dividing  your circumference by pi (3.14). Math for fashion! WHO KNEW RIGHT?!

Map out the diameter in your pattern paper (any paper will do) and use it (and a compass) to draw a perfect circle. This is the inner ring of our circle. It will go around your head.

Next, add inches to your diameter, depending on how wide you want the brim of the beret to be. 1.5 to 2 inches is ideal. In this post I added 2 inches and seam allowance. Again, using your compass, draw out the outer circle.

 photo beret_1_zpsabcey2be.jpg

Cut out your pattern, You should end up with something like this.
 photo beret_2_zpse5aqkceb.jpg

Now, use the pattern to cut out your fabric. Cut a piece of fabric that is a whole circle based on the outer ring(the middle isn’t cut out), and another with the middle circle cut out. Also cut out their matches in interfacing/pellon. I recommend using interfacing/pellon because it makes the beret stiff and not lose it shape when worn.

My fabric with the cut-out has allowance, but that’s because the inner hole of my pattern was too big for me OTL because I didn’t measure and just guessed when making this pattern, basing it off the tutorials online. Other tutorials give a set measurement for the circle and it’s too much space for someone like me (asian) that has a smaller frame. THAT’S WHY YOU SHOULD MEASURE K GUYS.
 photo beret_3_zpsngybgrxi.jpg

Sew your two pieces together on the wrong side, with the right side facing each other. If something like this (in photo) happens, just fold over  and sew over it as displayed. You’ll see most hats and other berets have this at the back, so don’t mind it too much.
 photo beret_4_zps2sggqkxy.jpg

Trim the edges and seal them by encasing them in bias tape. I simply fold over the tape in half, and sew it around the edge. This is a cheap, easy way to seal up your seams if you don’t have an overlocker/serger, and it serves a decorative purpose too! It looks nice. :3
 photo beret_5_zpsb6a06pq4.jpg

Then you should have something like this~ Almost done!
 photo beret_6_zps1lmbi0u4.jpg

Now all we have to do is make a band to go around the inner circle. You can choose a different color for decorative purposes. Figure out how thick you want it to be, and take that measure, add a seam allowance (I normally go for half an inch) and multiply it by two. You’ll be cutting out a rectangle slightly longer than your inner circle circumference that is that wide.

Say, if I want my band to be half an inch, I’d add another half to it, and multiply it by 2 = the band would be two inches wide.

Fold it down the middle and iron it. (picture above) You may also want to tuck in the allowance and iron it to set it, but I’m comfortable with folding it as I go.

Depending on the thickness of your fabric, you may also want to put interfacing on it! A sturdy band looks way better than a flimsy one.
 photo beret_7_zpsyzi0b5al.jpg

Sew it into place around the edge of the inner circle~

Now when that’s done, congratulations! Your beret is complete!!

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You can customize it by putting embellishments like pinning on some bows and other decals. Most lolita berets are plain colored with embroidery designs, so you may also try your hand in that eventually! If your beret came out loose, you can sew hairpins or hot glue some clips into it to help hold it into your wig/hair.

Goodluck!

xoxo

Xarin

Cosplay: 3 Ways to Tell if a Costume is “high-quality”

Cosplay: 3 Ways to Tell if a Costume is “high-quality”

There’s a lot of demand for “HQ” costumes in the local cosplay market, with “hq” meaning “high quality”. But what is “high quality”? There are a lot of shops and costume-making services claiming to have “high quality” products, but by what standards can we measure costume quality by? Read on to find out.

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Flexi 3 Polymer Clay Review

Flexi 3 Polymer Clay Review

Today I’ll be giving a quick review on Flexi 3 Polymer Clay. I started using this clay around August of 2014 when I picked some up at Kawaii in Manila 3, they had a booth there selling some of the clay and a workshop about claying too.

 photo flexi_2_zps332a86e2.jpgAs the instructions states, this is an oven bake clay that bakes at 135C, and is non-toxic.

As the sticker claims, I find it easy to condition and knead, which is perfect for my not-so-big-and-strong-hands. It’s not the softest clay in the market, but no one will have a hard time kneading this clay. There is also no odor and for a flexible clay, it is not sticky. (other “flexible” clays tend to be sticky and soft)

 photo flexi_3_zps020e9a35.jpgMarshmallows made with Flexi 3 Clay. The clay bakes with a slight satin sheen–it does not bake matte. If you can observe from this photo and the following ones, the light is reflected on their surface, indicating a slight shine on their surface. This is without the use of glosses or varnishes.

The colors also stay true to their original color and do not change after the baking process.

Their white clay is my favorite because it tends to retain its whiteness easier compared to other brands that pick up dirt very easily.

 photo flexi_4_zps312e4bea.jpgFor a flexibility test, I made this small twizzler. Again if you look at it, its surface reflects the light, indicating that the clay bakes with a slight shine on the surface.

 photo flexi_5_zps1719ce44.jpgThe twizzler/licorice cord can be bent without causing damage or breakage to the piece, so it’s true to it’s “flexible” claim. :3

 photo flexi_1_zpsff65cf43.jpgThis is currently one of my favorite clays and I would recommend it to any beginner. It is also easily available locally! You may contact the Glitz of Joy store on their facebook page for available colors and for the price of each bar.

Hope this helps! Tell me your own opinions if you’ve already tried out this clay!

xoxo,

Xarin

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