hopeless-savages asked: I just saw your awesome Gaila cosplay and I was wondering where you got your body suit? I want to do Shehulk for Dragoncon this year and I haven't been able to find any.
I didn’t. What I did was buy 2 pairs of kelly green tights from We Love Colors. The first pair obviously were just for my legs, but the second pair I cut a hole in the crotch big enough for my head to comfortably fit through. I shortened the tights a smidge and cut places for my fingers.
I then hand sewed the fingers together with embroidery thread because it’s thicker, and dabbed nail polish over the seams to help them hold.
Then I bought a case of acrylic nails and super glued them on where my nails should be. Fair warning, use olive oil on your fingers to help keep the glue from seeping through the fabric and sticking to your nail. Also the super glue if you use a lot can melt the plastic and warp the nails a little bit so be careful. After that it was just a matter of painting the nails and I was done.
Recently I’ve been thinking about taking some fabric spray paint in a forest green and lightly spritzing both tights to give it a more mottled skin tone look, but I haven’t gotten around to doing it yet. Anyway, hope this helps.
EDIT- I’m redoing some of this tutorial/adding things I learned while making a second rifle. I hope I can clear up some more things, now that I’m happier with how my second rifle came out.
I would like to preface this by saying that this is not a perfect tutorial. In fact, it is far from it. There are many many things I really want to change about this gun, and I plan on redoing it in the future. But, it seems like there aren’t many tutorials about how to do her gun without a base (the only one I could find was based on a fanart version of her gun), so hopefully this will give some ideas to people. It ended up being really long, so I added a Read More bar so it wouldn’t clog up people’s dashes).
- FACE MASK (NOT OPTIONAL)
- EYE PROTECTION (NOT OPTIONAL)
- Utility Knife
- Heat Wand
- Sand Paper (variety of hardness)
- Tissue paper
- Wood glue
- Blue Insulation Foam (can be pink- this is just what they had at my local Lowe’s) ~$16
- 1/2-3/4” PVC Pipe ~$1.50 (Your choice honestly- I ended up doing both by accident)
- SUPER SCULPY ~$10
- Gesso ~$10
- Elmer’s Glue ~$1
- Bondo/Modge Podge/some type of finishing fiberglass or resin (I used modge podge, but I’m going to reseal it with bondo)
- Craft Foam (variety of thicknesses)
- Black and Silver Spray Paint
As requested, Armor!
Did I mention how much I love leather armor? Yes? Oh… Well, nothing has changed! Leather obviously isn’t the cheapest or easiest material to work out of, but it looks so amazing once finished, and lasts through so much more wear-and-tear than foam armor! Envel Cosplay documents the whole process on making a leather breast plate completely in the notes on the original Deviation. This tutorial is a keeper :)
Hey guys, time to learn stuff!
This is how we make all of our patterns. We use these plastic cutting boards from IKEA. They’re both sturdy and pretty flexible, and you get two of them for less than $3.00. They’re easy to cut and punch holes in (as you can see in the photos demonstrating how our various tools work with it), and are ideal for patterning armor. Heck, you could use these to make armor if you really wanted to (and at about the same price as craft foam, it’s a much sturdier alternative).
Anyways, once we get our pattern all drawn out and make sure it works and looks nice in leather, we just trace it onto the plastic and cut it out. Then, when we’re making product, we just grab them out and can trace the pattern onto the leather, complete with marks for all of the holes we need to punch. This stuff holds up way better than pattern paper, tagboard, and even cardboard. you can throw it around the shop, beat up on it, step on it, get it wet, and it’ll still work just fine.