Costume Musings

Making Light Up Deer Antlers Tutorial Using LED Foam

Tutorial by: Puppichu Cosplay

This tutorial was designed to create my Snow Fawn Poppy character from League of Legends, but the same principles can be applied for many different antlers or horns. 

Remember to always use proper safety equipment such as safety glasses, respirators, gloves, ear protection, ventilation, and cutting mats while following this tutorial. Also remember to ask for supervision if you are a younger reader. Cosplay can be a fun hobby, but make sure you are safe first!

Pattern:

Print this pattern on a 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper

PDF – Poppy Ear and Antler Pattern Sheet

 

Antler Materials

¼” thick LED foam (from CosplaySupplies. Get it here)
Contact cement
Rotary tool with drum sander
Heat gun
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Acrylic paint (brown/white) and paint brushes
Popsicle stick (spreading contact cement)
Scissors
Marker or pen

Electronics (optional):

4 LED lights (5mm, 3.0-3.4V, 20mA)
Electronic wire
4 Resistors (110-150 ohm)
9v attachment and battery
Heat shrink
Solder and solder iron

Trace the patterns on your ¼” LED foam with your pen. If you need your pattern to stay put you can also push some pins through the pattern into the foam. Then cut your antler patterns out with a pair of scissors or an exacto knife. You will need four pieces of “large” and  four pieces of “small” antler patterns. Don’t forget to flip your pattern and cut this all again for one left and one right antler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next step is to laminate the four pieces of foam together to make a larger/thicker antler chunk. Apply a thin layer of contact cement on two opposite sides. Follow the drying time directions for your contact cement, but typically the drying is done when the contact cement becomes “dull” and not sticky to the touch. Once this occurs, stick the two pieces together. Repeat this step again with the foam pieces you just glued to get all four pieces glued together. Do this for each of the antlers and for both the left and right sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grab your rotary tool with a sanding barrel and remove the sharp edges. You want to try and sculpt it into a more round/tube like shape. Remember the tips of the antlers would be thinner and rounder, while the base would closer to a rounded box shape. After sanding, use your heat gun to put a small bend into both the “large” and “small” antlers. This will make them look a bit more dynamic and not as flat/2D looking.

Apply more contact cement to the bottom of each of the “large” and “small” antler points. You want to glue a “small” antler to the front of a “large” antler. Once the glue has dried stick them together. Again, be careful you glue one left and one right direction.

 

Electrical components (optional):

In this tutorial I will not be going over the basic theory behind Ohm’s law. If you want to learn this information yourself I suggest you check out Kamui Cosplay’s books on LED lights or head over to the Adafruit webpage. You can use whatever different lighting and resistor combinations you can find available to you, this is just what I used for my set up.

Here is a diagram of my circuit and how they are wired in the antlers:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First prepare your antlers for installing the LEDs. Use an exacto knife to cut open the top of each of the antler points

Use your rotary tool to sand out a pocket for your led to rest in. This will also make the walls of the LED foam thinner to make your LEDs shine even brighter through the foam. Be careful not to sand all the way through! You don’t want a hole in your antlers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After soldering your circuit together (connect it to test that it works!), install it into the antlers by cutting a small channel halfway through the foam and stuffing in the wires. Give your circuit an extra test to make sure all wire are still connected and working!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now that your LEDs are working, seal up the channels and top of the antlers with some hot glue. Make sure you are using a low setting on your hot glue gun and try not to apply the tip of the glue gun directly onto the foam. This is to ensure the foam does not shrink/melt from high heat application.

With you antlers constructed and LEDs installed, it’s time to paint! I used an acrylic brown paint for the base of the antler, but be careful not to apply it to the tips of the antlers where you want your light to shine through. I used a very watered down white acrylic paint over the tips of the antlers to make sure the light won’t be obscured.

TIP: paint your antlers with the lights turned on to make sure you don’t cover up too much light with your paint.

Now your antlers are complete! The only step left is attaching them to wear on your head. My antlers were later attached to another piece of L200 foam inside my hood; however, if you need a simpler system a plastic headband is a great option. Hot glue the base of your antlers and stick them to the top of your headband. To make sure your antlers are extra secure, use a needle and thread to hand stitch them in place to the headband.

Enjoy your new pair of antlers!

 

Want to know how Puppichu made her adorable Fawn ears out of L200 foam? We will be posting that tutorial in the next few days so keep an eye out on our blog!

Interested in more League of Legends themed tutorials? Check out Vickybunnyangel‘s guide to creating Star Guardian Soraka Wings Using Varaform.

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Character Wig of the Day : Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas

Sally

Sally

sally costume

Super Deluxe Adult Sally costume

Today’s character is Sally from Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas. Sally is one of the most popularly cosplayed stop motion characters to date.

Here I’ll present two wig choices. One is  the officially licensed Sally wig which was released with the Deluxe Sally Costume. It is basically the standard Rag Doll Wig, with the pony tail ties removed.

This choice is good if you want to emphasis on a rag doll quality to your cosplay.

A wig style that is used popularly by cosplayers  such as the amazing Sally cosplayer ShlachinaPolina , pictured below is a more natural looking, long auburn wig with no bangs such as the Chez Coiffure 1417 or the Ashley 850, in red auburn and wine burgundy respectively.

Sally

Cosplayer ShlachinaPolina as Sally : Photo by Polina Raa

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Sailor Moon Obsession

Accessories to help you cosplay one of the most beloved magical girls of all time.

Sailor Moon in her classic costume

If you grew up in the 90’s, you are probably familiar with he cartoon heroine known as Sailor Moon Her iconic costume, odango, and fighting stances are immediately recognizable and she is one of the most well known anime characters worldwide.

In addition to her cartoon series Sailor Moon has appeared in, manga, musicals, movies, and a live action television series. She has been immortalized in toys, t-shirts, household items, food items, and a plethora of other merchandise. Her popularity is so immense that there are innumerable websites and fan clubs dedicated to her and her sailor scout friends in all their incarnations.

With all this popularity, it’s no wonder that Sailor Moon is a popular choice with cosplayers!

Thinking you might  want to dress up as Sailor Moon yourself? Below are a few accessories to help bring your Sailor Moon cosplay to life.

 

Hair

Do you remember the iconic odango, (those buns with pigtails),  I mentioned earlier? Sailor Moon

Sailor moon inspired wig from www.cosplaysupplies.com
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has  almost inhumanly long hair, so when the cartoon series first aired cosplayers would have to self style wigs, sometimes having to chop up multiple wigs to achieve the look of Sailor Moon’s golden locks. Fortunately as her popularity grew, companies started producing reasonably priced pre-styled wigs such as the one pictured on the right.

Gloves

We all know that sewing gloves can be a pain. Purchasing a basic pair of white opera gloves and adding to them is an easy way to work toward making Sailor Moon’s gloves. If you’re a thrifty cosplayer, I recommend adding sew on snaps to the top of the gloves so you can add and remove them at will. This way you can utilize your white gloves for other cosplay costumes you may have.

 

Sailor Moon inspired Boots

Sailor Moon inspired Boots
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Boots

Sailor Moon sports a pair of  beautiful, kick your butt, boots that many a fan has dreamt of wearing. Unfortunately custom boots an be very challenging to make for the novice or casual cosplayer.  Fortunately just as with wigs, as Sailor Moon’s popularity grew companies started offering real life versions of boots  resembling  Ms. Moon’s.

 

Jewellery

Sailor Moon Jewellry

Sailor Moon’s Jewellery

If you’re looking for finishing touches, fashioning Sailor Moon’s iconic moon jewellery from chandelier crystals or golden cubic zirconia crystal pendants is an elegant option. Beautiful glass oval Cabochons can be used to finish her tiara and boot tops.

Eyes

Those big, blue, anime eyes may seem impossible to attain, but you can create amazing illusions with copious amounts of cleverly placed eyeliner, false eyelashes, and blue anime contact lenses. Sadly makeup is often the most overlooked aspect of costuming. Adding a full makeup can make a good cosplay into a great cosplay!

This is just a taste of what is available to the Sailor Moon Cosplayer and by no means a complete list. There are a wide variety of items available, and each person will have their own preferences when choosing to recreate the look of this magical girl. Perhaps you’d like a wig with longer pigtails and the red odango jewellery already attached? Perhaps you would like your wig to be a more natural blonde instead of a cartoon yellow? Perhaps you would like your boot with a chunky or lower heel?  There are so many choices and it’s up to you which are the right ones for your Sailor Moon obsession.

"Bye for now!"

“Bye for now!”

 

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What is Cosplay?

Welcome to Dani’s Cosplay Corner!

If you’ve discovered us, you may be interested  in, currently involved in, or at least curious about the hobby of  Costuming and Cosplay.

If you’ve never heard of cosplay, or cosplayers, this is a great time to get to know what it’s all about.

What is Cosplay?

Cosplay (コスプレ kosupure?), short for “costume play”, is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centered on role play. A broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context.

Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books, video games and films. Any entity from the real or virtual world that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject. Inanimate objects are given anthropomorphic forms and it is not unusual to see genders switched, with women playing male roles and vice versa.

Although it’s often used to solely describe fans who recreate costumes from Japanese media, the term cosplay can be used to describe costumes worn by other hobbyists,. A few examples of this are,the costumes worn by  historical recreation enthusiasts,  sci-fi fans, zombie walk participants, LARPers, and steampunk fans.

The popularity of cosplay in Japan encourages the misconception that cosplay is specifically a Japanese or Asian hobby. The term “cosplay”, though Japanese in origin, was originally an American hobby from North America.

Despite its most popular demographic being that of  teens and young adults, cosplay is a popular hobby that is enjoyed by people of all ages around the globe. The hobby in fact is so immensely popular now, that chances are you yourself either have, or you know someone who has “cosplayed”.

More about cosplay at Wikipedia

More about shopping for cosplay at Cosplaysupplies.com

 

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