mandag 20. november 2017

Bubble Star Review

-Sponsored-

So there's a new rival in town and it is Bubblestar. This is a thermoplastic is close in appearance to worbla.

NB: The Bubblestar material was sponsored by Outland, so I could test it out and make a review. All opinions are my own. 

This thermoplastic comes in sheets and 1 mm thickness. You cut it using scissors and shape it by heating it (I prefer a heatgun). By heating it it become flexible and the embedded glue is activated. You can bend, stretch, mold and glue it to itself (no additional glue needed). When it cools down it keeps it shape. I did a series of test to see you it was to work with. I will compare it to Worbla, for those of you who know this material. 

Stretch test
To the touch it fells like Bubble Star is made by very fine grains, And after heating it and stretching it over a dome the surface stayed surprisingly smooth. It stretches evenly, but a little different than Worbla. There's a risk of tearing the material since the fibres are so fine and while warm it feels more flexible than worbla. 


Closeup of the surface after the stretch test. 


The armor test
I have made this exact bracer in several different thermoplastic materials, making it easier to compare the different steps using different materials. 

Step 1 is to see how well it can be covered around a foam base. It gets warm and pliable much faster than Worbla (Seems like the melting point is a little lower for Bubble Star). This means it can be a little difficult to handle as it gets very soft very fast, but it it perfect for wrapping around a foam base. Another observation is that it glues to itself very well, so if you touch two "glue activated" pieces they will stick and not come undone. The black worbla is more forgiving as you can take parts off and reposition, you can not do this with Bubble Star. It is easy to press out any mishaps as it is very moldable. 

Step 2 is to shape the base to your body. As it requires less heat before becoming moldable this was quite easy. You can still get some air bubbles, but a pin and pressure will remove those. 


Step 3 is adding details. I have added a strip of Bubble star around the edge. It stick very well to it self, but such small details gets easily distorted or stretch while warm, you need to work slowly. 

Step 4 is how well you can use the left overs and mold it. And this is where Bubble Star shines. It is very well suited for molding, felling soft and fives a smooth surface. 



Laser cutting
It is possible to laser cut Bubble Star, but as mentioned earlier, you need to be careful with tiny details while it is warm as to not deform them. 







I wanted to see how well Bubble Star could be molded using SIlicon molds and I'm impressed. It was easy to scult into the molds and it took details very well.


Conclusion
It is the molding abilities of Bubble Star that makes it interesting for me. For traditional armor making it is a little too unforgiving for my taste (meaning when it stick to itself it is stuck). But it can be used in a mix with other worbla types, playing to each ones strengths. 

tirsdag 14. november 2017

Cosplay on a Budget November - Original Character Inspired form the Kitchen

The theme for November is a little different, here are the details from Martini's workshop:

November is here! And the theme is Original characters!! Take out your creativity and show off your oc! This time tho it has some criteria to be made: 
1. A 3 sentenced backstory! It can be longer but 3 sentences is minimum
2. 3 different things on the costume! For instance horns, capes, jewelry etc.
3. An object from the kitchen!!!!


So I was thinking of sweets, the sugar plum fairy and inspiration from Sakizou (no way I'm going to get that level of detailing into my costume for 100 NOK, but inspiration is good). I'm excited for this, updates will come later. 
Sakizou artwork

onsdag 8. november 2017

I am part of Nerdeportalen Cosplay

I am happy to announce that I am part of Nerdeportalen Cosplay. 

What is that you ask? Nerdeportalen is a Norwegian retailer, they sell nerdy clothes and cosplay supplies. As they are very engaged with the cosplay community they offered to set up a print shop with their stand when they were present at different conventions, from there it only grew. Nerdeportalen Cosplay is a cooperation between several cosplayers, photographers and Nerdeportalen themselves. 

I am not the only one let me introduce the lovely people who are taking part in this project (and we are looking for new joiners too)

The Cospalyers

The photographers

And

Together we want to offer more back to the community by offering workshops, photo shoots, panels etc. And this means we have taken print sales a step further. It is not easy for a small cosplayer as myself to set up a shop by my own, and definitely not worth it in case of return of investment. 

So I present to you https://nerdeportalen.com/ our international print shop. https://www.nerdeportalen.no/ is the place to visit if you live in Norway. 

tirsdag 31. oktober 2017

Cosplay on a budget October: Monsters

The theme for the 100NOK/10EUR/10USD challenge for October was Monsters! I have so many monsters I wanna make. But some of these I might have to save for later. 

But I made a creepy clown as my monster (and as my Halloween costume)


In addition I pimped up my old Spider Queen, by using parts from other cosplay I didn't have to spend anything on making a new concept. 
Photo by reflective.photography and cosplay.studio

But for future monsters I really want to make a version of Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. But a little more vintage pinup style on the dress and hair. This is also a perfect budget project as I can use a lot of scrap fabric. I don't think my costume will be like this illustration, but it gives you an idea of where I'm going. 
Art by Veebsy

Also Hannah Alexander revealed her complete design of Sally yesterday, so I might find some inspiration within her design too.  
Art by Hannah Alexander

And maybe make the full costume for Emily from Corpse Bride. But I don't think I can make this under 100 NOK.

mandag 30. oktober 2017

Updated Spider Queen

Last Halloween I made a Spider Queen inspired costume, but I was not really happy with the completed look. Therefor I did a redesign for the Halloween event at the hospital. 

Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

I wanted a more regal look and ended up reusing my Morrigan cosplay for some of the parts. And I had tons of spider web left overs from decoration my apartment. 



To get more spider details I used this table runner as decorations down the front. 

The finished result
Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

Here is also a recap of how I made the Face application:
I wanted eight eyes for my costume, that meant a little sculpting. I already had a face cast of myself (gift from my sister) and I used Monster Clay to sculpt the overall shape and details and resin eyes for the eyes.

Then I cased the sculpt in plaster. After it was cleaned out I poured gelatin into it. 

Gelatin mix is one part gelatin powder, 1 part glycerin and 1 part 50/50 honey and warm water. 

My raw cast


Then came painting. I base painted it with PAX (50/50 pros aide and acrylic paint) This way I can continue using acrylic paint for detailing with out it chipping off. 


Video tutorial for the makeup 

And while taking the makeup off I realized it looked kinda cool without the wig, like a spider alien almost

Crown
The crown is made from left over worbla pieces. The web is hot glue. The crown is attached to my head with the help of a plastic headband.


This is Halloween

I love fall and Halloween, all the colors and creepy creative. And every year I make a few looks inspired by this season. Here you can see some of my earlier tutorials, eg how to make a zombie makeup.

For this season I give you fist a cute look with the witch Mercy (closet cosplay)

And another closet cosplay Emily from Corpse Bride

I also visited the children's ward again as a Spider Queen (updated version)
Photo by cosplay.studio and reflective.photography

And here's the full group of cosplayers, with Nordic garrison in strong numbers. 

And while in the middle of taking off the makeup I realized this could be a great look with a bald cap too - Spider Alien. 

I also hosted my own Halloween party this year (I never get the time to do so) And created this clown inspired look. 


All of NCC team Norway 2017 represent, me, Superhero Girl Creations and Bettcanard. 

And as a tradition I made a new purse for my costume, to match my freak show spirit of the night. 


And decorated my house for a Halloween party


Lastly there was a Halloween part at the office at work and my darling sister Bettcanard casted a third eye for me and I created this Fortune teller look.