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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Bi-Polar Bear on: November 02, 2012 11:27:51 AM
My Halloween costume for 2012 is the Bi-Polar Bear. The Bi-Polar Bear is one of my roller derby aliases, and I've been waiting all year to make this costume. I took my inspiration from a variety of sources, including Ruben Ireland's work and these Gloomy Bear arms and hat.



I looked at the pictures of the arms and hat to get an idea of how to draft the patterns. The head and arms are furry fleece and polar fleece. The claws are pleather. The eyes and nose are polymer clay. The cape is satin with marabou trim, with polymer clay bear paw brooches. The name was machine embroidered by a friend.



The feet were so huge they felt kind of like wearing swim flippers, so it made running around pretty... interesting.



Anyway, thanks for taking a look, your questions and comments are welcome.
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Bi-Polar Bear on: October 31, 2012 05:16:32 PM
My Halloween costume for 2012 is the Bi-Polar Bear. The Bi-Polar Bear is one of my roller derby aliases, and I've been waiting all year to make this costume. I took my inspiration from a variety of sources, including Ruben Ireland's work and these Gloomy Bear arms and hat.



I looked at the pictures of the arms and hat to get an idea of how to draft the patterns. The head and arms are furry fleece and polar fleece. The claws are pleather. The eyes and nose are polymer clay. The cape is satin with marabou trim, with polymer clay bear paw brooches. The name was machine embroidered by a friend.



The feet were so huge they felt kind of like wearing swim flippers, so it made running around pretty... interesting.



Anyway, thanks for taking a look, your questions and comments are welcome.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: WoW Beanies on: November 16, 2009 07:17:29 AM
Ariethine, I know exactly how you feel, Horde players get camped too Undecided  If it makes you feel any better, the kind of people who do that stuff are probably not even reading this board.  I bet Craftster WoW players are the nice ones who /wave and let you keep questing Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: WoW Beanies on: November 12, 2009 06:58:27 AM
lol, little harsh methinks ! No-one is being disrespectful, anyone who plays the game is gonna have a favourite, plus the fact I made both must say something right ?

Seconded!  Lighten up, they both look kick@$$  Cheesy
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Final Fantasy 7 -- Cloud and Aerith costumes! --IMAGE HEAVY on: November 05, 2009 12:31:33 PM
Love love love these costumes!  Grin  So well made and the photos are awesome.  And the braid is PERFECT, 100% awesome.
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: WoW: troll shaman and orc warrior on: November 05, 2009 12:19:25 PM
Amazing job on all the details! I just made our costumes this year too(cloud and aeris), and after all the hard work, now that it's over, I feel empty inside ahah!

Thanks for posting the link to that tutorial too, I found her site to be very helpful for next year's idea!

I saw your costumes, and they look great!  The photo shoot is really good too.  I saw the closeup of Cloud's shoulders and thought, "Ah, antiquing: the one quick step that makes everything look KICKASS."  And I know exactly how you feel!!!  I think we should both take our costumes to a comicon to enjoy them a bit more  Grin

@ojy : Thanks for the perspective on the excesses of some cosplayers  Cheesy  I have to say, though, that I found a lot of really helpful information and resources on the forums of cosplay.com and some other LARPing sites.  Cosplay.com has some good tips on selecting and styling wigs, and the tusks I found through a lengthy discussion thread on a LARP site.  I'm not ashamed to benefit from the knowledge and experience of people who spend waaaaaay more time thinking about these things than I do.

The one thing I wish I could have found some insight on was a better way to attach the shoulders.  Both of them are designed as separate pieces from the rest of the armor, and are attached by ropes that hook in on the inside of the pauldrons.  Pugool's shoulders each have one rope running from front to back under the opposite shoulder.  Mine have a rope in front and one in back running from left to right, then another rope on each shoulder that goes under my armpits.  They were far and away the hardest parts of the costume to put on.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: WoW: troll shaman and orc warrior on: November 04, 2009 06:18:30 PM
Thanks everyone for the kind words!

How did you do your gloves?

The gloves are different colors of vinyl, with the contrasting pieces sewn on top of the brown leather-look base.  The vinyl was antiqued with black acrylic.  I needed a fast way to simulate those outlines, and while it's not perfect, 1/4" purple cording highlighted w/ silver spray paint was at least easy.  I sewed a tube of brown knit to the upper cuff and tucked it inside to create a fake lining.  The crescents are made from Crayola Model Magic and painted with acrylic.

Note to self: hot glue does not like to stick to vinyl.  Cry  epic fail.

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: WoW: troll shaman and orc warrior on: November 04, 2009 02:15:39 PM
So leet! Me and my boyfriend quit in may but were talking about going as our belf locks. Being in T7 gear made is too hard for us to fathom how to make the robes and shoulders. This make me want to play again and try crafting them for next year.

I joked that I'm going to roll a clothie just so I can have an easier time making the costumes next year  Tongue  But you're right, the tiered gear is insane!!!  Even the cloth armor is so detailed, it would be nutty to make. 

I looked at a lot of costumes on Cosplay.com, and those folks are serious.  There are some amazing costumes on there, and it was hard not to get caught up in a sort of "keeping up with the Joneses" mentality.  I had to pull myself back by reminding myself I had two costumes and only a month to make them and a limited budget.

A lot of the cosplayers chose tiered gear because it's recognizable, but for whatever reason I liked the idea of making my costume a "snapshot in time" of my character, with the random assortment of gear you acquire while leveling.  It was sort of a mixed blessing that the costume took so much of my time I actually stopped playing, so Hermetus and others, I sympathize!

@Spirited: I want to see pictures of your costumes!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: WoW Beanies on: November 04, 2009 01:52:58 PM
No way, the Horde one looks awesome!!!  My heart covets it Smiley
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: WoW: troll shaman and orc warrior on: November 03, 2009 08:39:47 PM
I know your post is totally detailed already but I personally couldn't get enough of this so if you feel like telling more I'm all ears. ('Cause none of mine are on your belt *snicker*.)

Those are my favorite part of the costume!!  I was doing the D.E.H.T.A. quests right around the time I started the costume, so I had to make myself some Nesingwary Lackey Ears Grin



Mind if I post a link on my guild site?  We got a few shammy trolls (and orc warriors!) who would really love it.
- Cristy

Go for it!  I'm honored!
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