Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Predator Wristblade Gauntlet DIY

I want to apologize, as I didn't take as many pictures for this tutorial.  Sorry guys!

As with any cosplay craft, make sure you have plenty of reference images.  The first thing you need to do is make a base to build everything up on.  Using EVA foam, I cut out a rectangle in a size that worked for my arm.  I then used craft foam to create a sling for my arm to sit in.

You also need to cut out a blade holder.  I did eyeballed it, then trimmed it down later.

The blade is a template made by vinman on the predatorium forum.  He does templates for a nearly entire AVP pred.  Next, I did some detail work.  Cut this out of craft foam.

Glue the base together (not the blade part)

I also added a little detail using the hot glue gun.  Now, for the blade, I used a thick sign plastic, then covered it front and back in foam.  This keeps it soft, but sturdy.

Glue the foam to the plastic.  Then, glue the blade into it's casing.  Trim up as needed.  Cover in craft foam for a smooth finish.

Using black plastidip, coat the entire thing 2 or 3 times.  Next is painting.  Since I used black plastidip, I went right into painting.  If you didn't, I recommend painting a base coat of black first.  Personally, I like how sliver pops on black.

Ignore the Elsa egg thing.  I was painting multiple things that day.  After painting, do your weathering using black and silver and a dry brushing technique, or however you like best.

Finished!  Now, if you, like me, made your wrist bit too small, cut up the bottom and install some elastic.

Until next time, keep cosplaying!  Any questions, comments, or requests, leave them below!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Predator Cosplay- Mask Part Two

At the end of part one, you should have had a fully painted mask.  Be sure to weather it as needed.  After your mask is painted, time to make the dreads.  I used backer rods (found at Home Depot or Lowes).  The largest size my store had was 5/8" so that's what I used.  It's a little smaller than most masks, but I'm doing a fem predator, so I thought it would work.  Backer rods come as one long tube.  Therefore, you need to cut it to size.  I put my mask on and held the rod to the mask and marked.  Then used that one to measure the rest.  Cut out a bunch.

I ended up needing 3 packages of backer rods to have enough dreads.  Once cut, melt one end.  I used my heat gun.  You can also use a flame.  Take this step slowly, because they melt pretty quickly.

Next, you want to add beads.  I decided on 2 per dread and I used worbla.  Basically, I cut a long thin strip of worbla, heated it and bent the sides in, then heated it again and wrapped it around the dread, snipping with scissors.

Ignore the painting on the dreads in the pics.  Found out the hard way that I really didn't need to paint it before the beads.  After you have your beads on, give your dreads a couple coats of black plastidip, followed by black spray paint (if needed).  Then, carefully, paint your beads.  I did a metallic finish, therefore they had to be base painted black (which is why you don't need to paint the dreads first).

This was about half of the dreads I needed (actually slightly less than half).  Once your dreads are ready, you can hot glue them to your mask.  I did mine in two layers, alternating heights.

You could also heat the dreads and bend the top so that you can glue just the circled end to your mask, but be very careful not to melt them or bubble your paint.  Repeat on other side.

Typically, screening is inserted into the eyes.  But I had some mirror tint available so I used that.

This biohelmet ended up being WAY too hot, so I am currently working on a new one.  I'm sculpting it out of clay, then making a mold, then casting it.  Be on the look out for a tutorial for that!

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, let me know!  Until then, keep cosplaying!