Monday, August 15, 2016

Harley Hammer (Superhero Girls) DIY

So you want to cosplay Harley Quinn, eh?  And you need to make a giant hammer?  You've come to the right place! In this tutorial, I will walk you step-by-step on how I made the hammer for my DC Superhero Girls Harley Quinn cosplay.  First, let's get some supplies. 

You will need:
*Dowel rod (thickness and length depend on how you want your hammer to look)
*Hat boxes (Found mine at Hobby Lobby.  Once again, size depends on the look you want)
*Exacto knife, or box knife
*Glue (hot glue, contact cement)
*Kwik Seal
*Sandpaper (various grit)
*Painters tape
*EVA foam (1/2"-1" thickness)

First, use your dowel rod to measure out your cuts in your hat box.  You want the rod to go in about half way, at least.  You can insert it further if you like, but don't go any less or the hammer head could pop off.

Once you have the section cut, test fit your rod.  Make any adjustments as necessary.  Now, use your dowel rod to trace a circumference on your foam.  Cut out the circle, then cut the foam into a usable square.  Cut in half down the middle. This will help stabilize the rod.

Use contact glue and attach your hat boxes together at bottom.  Do not glue the tops on yet.  Once glue is set, take off the tops.  Insert your dowel rod completely into space you cut, and glue in place using hot glue.  Be generous.  Also glue your foam pieces in place at base (inside hat boxes).  Allow glue to cool completely.  Glue lids on to hat boxes.

Using a combination of spackle and kwik seal, smooth your seam.  I used spackle first, then used kwik seal.  Sand smooth.  This is a long process.  The more time you take with it, the better your hammer will look.  You can also use gesso or a sandable primer once mostly smooth to get it smoother.  Once satisfied, paint, using painters tape to mark out your design.

 And done!!!

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


Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Linkle's Crossbow Tutorial

Time to make some crossbows!

The first thing you need to do with any cosplay project is to gather loads of reference images. These are immensely important in making sure your cosplay is as accurate as possible.

The main body of the crossbow will be made out of pink insulation foam. This can be found at any hardware store, usually near the lumber section. Once you have obtained this item, it's time to sketch out your crossbow body and arms. I sketched two dimensions, a side view and a top view.

Using a grid helps keep things symmetrical. Cut these out.

Use the side view to cut out the foam for the body, and the top view for the arms. For the body, I used two pieces of foam glued together. I didn't like the trigger so I ended up cutting it off and making it with worbla later.

Mark on your crossbow where you want your magnets to go. Once glued together, use your top view to guide you as you sculpt your body piece. Use a sharp razor or cut down little by little until you have your basic shape. Do the same for the arms.

After you have the basic shape, sand it smooth. Notice the trigger isn't included in the body. Once smooth, cut out the circles for you magnets. Go slowly, only cutting deep enough for the magnet to set in and be flush with its surroundings.

Hot glue in place. Use spackle to clean up any defects.

Sand smooth. Carve in side details. I used a wood burner to do this. Cover in worbla. I use two sheets and tried to eyeball the measurements.

Be careful when using the worbla as the heat gun will melt the foam. I recommend covering the entire thing, then going back to press in the details. Trim excess worbla.

Use dremel to sand down trimmed edges. Use bondo to fix any defects. Repeat entire process for arms. Mark where arms will go, measuring as needed.

Drill a hole in the body and arm. Measure out a dowel rod to affix the arm to the body.

Glue dowel into body. I used wood glue and allowed it to sit overnight. Drip glue into arm hole, then heat worbla on body and arm. Affix arm to body.

To make trigger guard, cut foam in thickness and length desired. Sandwich in worbla. Heat and bend and attach. Make front piece in the same fashion. Make trigger by heating and sculpting worbla.

Glue on googly eyes for rivets.

Prime with wood glue then paint. Attach string.

 And be neat and tape off your design the first time so you don't have to repaint like me!

And you're done! Fast Build video

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


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

DIY Linkle Bootcovers Tutorial

Let's make some boot covers! This tutorial is for the boot covers pictured above, but could easily be altered for any boot covers.

Now, one of your feet is generally bigger than the other. If you don't know which one is, measure to find out. For me, it's my right foot. Therefore, I used the right foot/leg for all my patterning. First, put on the boot you plan to wear with the cosplay. Next, wrap your leg in plastic wrap, and cover in duct tape. If you don't have help, I recommend doing this in stages (ie wrap boot in plastic, cover in duct tape; wrap shin, etc).

Draw your design on your tape, then cut off using a seam (for me that was straight down the back). Cut out your pattern. Make sure to label and notch for easier reassembly.

Transfer pattern to wax paper or newspaper, adding in a seam allowance. I used 1/2".

If you are worried about fit, use muslin or spare fabric and create a toile. Once happy, cut out of your fabric. I used brown pleather. See your boot sides, then add the shin portion.

I cut four of my top flap. I used fusable fleece (used in purses for strength) on the outer (the part that shows) top piece for stability. I also inserted a magnet for my crossbow. Basically I pinned the flap in place, then held the crossbow to it and marked where the magnet needed to be. 

Put two right side together and sew around side and top. Clip corners. Turn right side out and top stitch around edges. 

Tip: use plastic bags to ease the fabric through your sewing machine.

Add flap to boot covers. I put the two fronts together, sewed, then turned the flap right side out and top stitched across to catch the back piece of the flap.

Linkle has a decorative bit near her knee. To make this, I traced out a pattern on paper and tested it with the boot cover on. Once I like it, I transferred it to foam and cut it out.

Hot glue everything together.

Cut out a piece of fabric about an inch larger than your foam piece. Using hot glue and going slowly, glue fabric to foam, making sure to press all the details.

Wrap around and glue down.

Now clip in place while wearing boot cover. Mark in chalk where it goes, and mark for the second magnet. Glue magnet in place on foam. Rough up your fabric (if needed) using sandpaper and glue foam piece to boot cover. Attach zipper, making sure to sew through the foam piece. Test fit and adjust as needed.

And you're done!

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