Tutorial: Moana Heart of Te’Fiti Pendant

Tutorial: Moana Heart of Te’Fiti Pendant

This weekend’s tutorial is a guide on making Disney’s Moana Heart of Te’Fiti pendant. The pendant–technically a piece of rock–is iconic to the movie, and is central to the plot.

When I made this tutorial, Moana was only recently released, and high resolution photos of the stone weren’t available yet, thus the end product isn’t as accurate as I’d like. Someday I may revisit this and make a more accurate tutorial!


 photo Moana-86.jpgReference from the Moana movie.
Materials:

  • Polymer clay in greens, pearl white, and translucent.
  • Scrap polymer clay
  • Mica powder
  • Microfine Glitter
  • Casting Epoxy (I use Castin’ Craft) and colorant (I use oil paints.)

 photo tefiti_1.jpgFirstly, I made a Skinner Blend using the pearl aqua green clay (my own blend of colors) and pearl white clay. Mica powder has been conditioned into each color to give it more shimmer, and the look of a precious rock. I didn’t want the rock to just be one slab of color, so I settled on making a soft gradient for it.

 photo tefiti_2.jpgThe Skinner Blend is a polymer clay technique for making gradients, and click here for a wonderful tutorial on it.

 photo tefiti_3.jpgI made the rock shape in scrap polymer clay, and go over it with the gradient. I usually use scrap clay to fill in insides of shapes or molds, so that nothing goes to waste.

 photo tefiti_4.jpgSmooth the gradient sheet over with a silicone tool. Now it looks more like a “rock”. Notice the rich shimmer thanks to the mica powder!

 photo tefiti_5.jpgI haven’t been able to take enough photos of this process, but next thing I do is roll a very thin sheet of translucent clay mixed with fine glitter, and then cut out shapes from it according to the shapes of the reference. I also cut out a shape from the rest of the gradient clay I made earlier, this time the darker part of it. I then put the cutouts over onto the base gradient rock, smoothing and blending it into it.

I then baked the rock in my oven, and then sand and buff it with a rotary tool. I meant for the stone to become a pendant, so I put in a screw pin into it.

 photo tefiti_6.jpgI wanted to give the rock it’s “glow”, so I mixed some yellow green oil paint into casting epoxy, then coating the base rock with it. I let it cure for a day.

 photo tefiti_7.jpgNotice how there’s an illusion of the rock “glowing” when it’s hit by light? It looks really pretty! *w*

If you’re aiming for a more accurate stone, I’d suggest casting the entire thing in Casting Epoxy for that transparent look, and perhaps mixing in some glow in the dark powder!

I hope this tutorial still helped you out, and I may redo this stone when time permits!

xoxo Xarin

 

Yuri Plisetsky Cosplay Construction Notes

Yuri Plisetsky Cosplay Construction Notes

Seeing Yuri!!! On Ice last year was certainly iconic for me. I personally invested in seeing all of it for one reason: Yuri Plisetsky. The moment his eyes glittered over from seeing the tiger shirt in episode 2 (or 3) resonates with me when I see cute stuff, haha! From then on I decided to give cosplaying him a go, in his edgy streetwear.

His streetwear version can be broken down into:
– Tiger Shirt
– Leopard Print sports jacket
– Zip up Black Hoodie
– Black pants
– Studded bag

HOODIE AND PANTS:

The pants and hoodie is something you’re likely to already have in your own closet (…or in my case… my brother’s closet LOL) which makes the major part of this cosplay clearly the tiger shirt and the leopard jacket. Most of my sewing / construction is on the jacket.

SPORTS JACKET:

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For the leopard print, I scoured the thrift stores (ukay-ukay, Goodwill) for any garment that had a leopard print in a good fabric.

Things to consider when buying a base piece to upcycle are firstly the quality of the print–don’t go for a garment with a blurry print–and then the quality of the fabric. Other things to consider? The size/amount of fabric, make sure there’s enough in the base garment to make the new garment you’re making.


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I scored a winter faux-fur vest that had off-white fur and was fully lined with leopard spot faux fur inside. For P220 (4-5USD). Later I found out a yardage of this leopard faux fur is P460 (10-11USD) … so by upcycling you save up a lot! Also I’ll be using the white fur for another cosplay, haha!

For the new jacket itself, I took my black fabric scraps (I used peach twill) to construct the upper part of the jacket. I used the pattern for an ordinary bodice, only sewing in shoulder darts. (You can even get by without doing that.) No waist darts since this is meant to emulate ready-to-wear menswear.

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Attached the black jacket parts to the leopard. I kinda did an epic fail and cut the leopard print before looking at the reference… it was supposed to attach diagonally to the black parts, but I cut it at a straight… SO MORAL LESSON! LOOK AT THE REFERENCE BEFORE CUTTING! I just decided to roll with it though and crossed my fingers that no one will notice

I didn’t do it here since I realized it too late (again… I wasn’t looking at the reference), but you’ll probably want to add a welt pocket.

The faux fur itself is flimsy, so I lined the jacket with lining fabric (carillo/pongee/geena)inside. Also for comfort when wearing.

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Eventually, I added the sleeves and the collar, and the sport-y stripes. If you’re into details, use knit cuffs , collar and jacket trim. I had no access to them so I just used more black peach twill and white bias tape.

For finishing–added decorative buttons and a jacket zip. The buttons aren’t functional and are decorative. I’m confused by the references because on some photos he has buttons on both panels of the jacket?


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Jacket done!
TIGER SHIRT:
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For the shirt, I went to my local t-shirt printing service and had the shirt printed. The tiger print in the series was remastered by my brother, who is a digital artist. I had it done as a normal shirt, not a long sleeved sweater as is the reference, for ease of wear (so its not too hot… he’s wearing like 3 layers of clothes he can’t survive in tropical weather).

WIG:


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The wig I chose for Yurio was one of the  blonde bob style wigs from Airily, which my friend happened to be destashing/selling from her personal stock. The Airily brand is a brand from Japan by the people behind World Cosplay and is one of the best wigs I’ve ever used.

Cut some layers from the wig to style.

MAKEUP:

For the makeup, I used Gwyshop’s Sugoi Eyes Dango Green, did subtle contouring, and focused on extending the eyes to make it look longer. That and a “manly” arched brow.

FINISHED COSPLAY:

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Cosplay done and debuted last Christmas Toycon 2016! Featured photo by Jipri.

I didn’t have the hoodie here yet, and the bag either, but I’m hoping to improve this cosplay again come YOI-con!

Hope this helps you guys put together your own Yurio cosplay! If you have questions, just comment down and I’ll try my best to answer. ^^

How to Roll out Even Sheets of Worbla from Scraps

How to Roll out Even Sheets of Worbla from Scraps

Hey everyone! Today’s post will be quick and easy. This was a method I found out while I was reheating my worbla scraps the other day! I found the quick, easy solution to making even sheets was the same way I do with clay–with the pasta machine!

…Okay, the odds are pretty low that an ordinary crafter will have a pasta machine that they can just dedicate for crafts, but I do have one I use for clay. It was in the kitchen and was unused for decades. If you happen to have one you no longer use, consider using it for crafts like clay and worbla instead!

First, heat up your worbla a bit with your heat gun.
 photo IMG_4441_zpshrjghanq.jpgI let it cool to the touch and then put it through the pasta machine. Since the machine is all metal, the worbla won’t stick as long as its not too hot!
 photo IMG_4443_zps60hrxklt.jpgThis method is great because it makes the rerolled sheet completely even, and you can set a preferred thickness!

Goodluck!

Tutorial: Make Cosplay Accessories out of Polymer Clay

Tutorial: Make Cosplay Accessories out of Polymer Clay

Hi, I’m Xarin from Three Smitten Kittens, and for some of you who don’t know, I’ve been making a livelihood for about four years now, making cosplay accessories out of polymer clay. It’s such a versatile medium that you can use to make anything from your imagination, as long as you’re equipped with the proper tools and knowledge. Here’s a basic guide for making your own cosplay jewelry from clay. This guide is for flat jewelry, but you can apply the knowledge here to your other projects. 

The example we’re using today are the hair accessories for Corrin of Fire Emblem: Fates.

Before that, here are some resource materials you may need to learn about clay!

Where to Buy Clay in the Philippines

Which Polymer Clay Should I buy?

Polymer Clay Starter Kit Shopping List

STEP 1: MAKE A TEMPLATE OR PATTERN OF WHAT YOU WANT TO MAKE
 photo IMG_4235_zpshszwdpy0.jpgI have templates and patterns of almost everything I’ve ever made. I either extract the pattern from the actual reference on a software like Photoshop, or hand-draw my own pattern on paper or board, making sure to have accurate measurements. It helps make the item visibly proportioned and accurate. Having templates also gives you ease of reproduction–you can make an even, almost exact same duplicate copy, especially if you need to make something in pairs or more.
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STEP 2: ROLL OUT EVEN SHEETS OF POLYMER CLAY

Making sure the sheets are perfectly even in thickness gives your accessory a professional finish. After conditioning the clay, I use a pasta machine to roll out even sheets of clay for me to use. It was an old pasta machine no one at home was using anyway, so I got permission to use it for clay. Note that once you use a pasta machine for clay, you MUST NOT use it for food again. Polymer clay, when ingested, can be toxic.Not everyone has a pasta machine or clay conditioning machine at home though, and buying some costs a lot. You can use slats instead to help guide you to getting an even thickness.

STEP 3: Cut out your clay using aid of the template.

 photo IMG_4237_zps8ehxihsp.jpgDepending on the thickness of your project, you may stack your clay on top of one another, and use a craft knife to cut your clay based on your template. I like to put the template on the clay and go over it with my acrylic roller lightly, so it “engraves” the design on the surface, and then cut based on it.

STEP 4: Assemble your accessory, bake and then add the finishing touches.
All that’s left is assembly of your item and then baking! Then you can add the finishing touches, which may be paint or varnish, and adding metal findings.
 photo corrin_etsy_main_zpsgigtrlzs.pngGoodluck and hope that helps!

Xarin

 

Maya Fey: Cosplay Construction Notes

Maya Fey: Cosplay Construction Notes

Hello to another construction note entry from me! This time, I’ll be walking you through how I made my Ace Attorney: Maya Fey costume. It’s actually a pretty easy project to tackle; Maya’s outfit is meant to be loose-fitting, so accuracy in fit is not much of an issue. The colors are basic with no prints, so there’s little need to match up things. You can also complete the cosplay in a matter of a few days, even if you’re an amateur. I hope this entry helps you with making your own Maya costume!

 photo maya_pattern_zpspvyz2jat.pngFirst, let’s start off with the pattern for the kimono top. Before proceeding, I’d like to tell everyone I’m no expert in drafting patterns and took no professional classes; I make things based on instinct and just observing how clothes are made. My way may be technically incorrect, but they work for casual costuming. So that also explains why there won’t be technical sewing jargon here, and why the pattern draft I’m showing is very… raw. xD

I drafted a one-piece pattern that only joins at the shoulders, as opposed to a four-piece pattern. This is kinda more authentic to what she’s really wearing, and let’s face it; seams are unflattering. This pattern joins together at the shoulder seams only.

The whole garment is based off of the widest measurement in your body that the garment will cover. For mine, it’s the hip measurement. If your bust is bigger than your hip, you should be basing this measurement off of your bust instead. The other measurements needed are the whole length of the garment (I had it fall to my mid-thigh) and armhole measurement.

I just basically joined it at the shoulder seams and turned the armhole allowance and sewed it down. For strip down the front of the kimono, I cut out a long rectangle of fabric, folded it in half, and used it to encase the raw edge of the garment.

I added some darts to give it more shape, instead of something that was entirely loose.

I WILL PROBABLY EDIT THIS ARTICLE AND GIVE A MORE ACCURATE PATTERN SOMETIME

 photo maya_0_zpsr7h1gkdn.pngI regret not having photos to show you the process… xD

The purple cardigan/jacket thing on top of it was made with the same base pattern as the kimono, but of course with sleeves, and the front parts were edited so that they don’t overlap each other. I made them slightly less wide, so that the front part doesn’t close all the way, like Maya’s own purple throw jacket thingy.
 photo maya_1_zpsu3qpqj0u.pngThe red sash was one big strip of rectangle that i just tie/knot into place. The red bow that goes with it was a detachable bow that I just pin onto the sash. Because I can’t knot a pretty bow even if I tried, so I thought it’d be more convenient of the bow was detachable.

 photo maya_3_zpskk2ep9qa.pngThe wig was honestly fun to style! Okay it was frustrating at first, but then I figured how to get that neat topknot. You’ll have to use barettes–the ones that have a spring-like thing inside?! Not that ones that you snap shut. This evenly distributes the wig fibers into a wide section, as opposed to just one section if you tie it with an elastic. I used two barettes, and sandwiched the topknot in between those, to get it to stay in place. I used purple polymer clay on the barette fronts, to match the ones Maya is using.

 photo maya_2_zps3aj1h4mh.pngThe round hair orbs are also made from polymer clay. I used Ultralight clay inside (so it doesn’t weight too much), and covered it with Sculpey’s purple, and then punched an hole through the orb with a stick or whatever you have on hand. How do I get it to stay on the wig? First, you have to section the hair and tie it around the part you want the orb to stay with hair elastic, and then slip the orbs over to those elastics. The orbs will grip the hair elastics and stay in place.

The magatama necklace was also made with polymer clay, the bigger orbs made with Ultralight. I threaded them with nylon string (the transparent fishing line stuff apparently?) to create the illusion that they’re floating, because Maya’s necklace in all her art is like, where’s the thread holding them together?!

The wrist bracelets were red bias tape strands that I just knotted into place. xD For makeup, I made it light, and “barely-there”–just focusing on clear skin and bigger eyes. I didn’t even put on falsies! They will just be covered up by her bangs haha

 photo mystery_burger_zpsy6lazdu8.jpgSo I think that covers it! Find your Nick, get ready to hit the courtrooms, point fingers, and yell “OBJECTION!”

Feel free to ask anything in the comments!

xoxo, Xarin

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!

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