Star Wars Christmas

DIY Stormtrooper Christmas SweaterI don’t know what it is about the holidays, but I’m always in the mood to make things during this time. Sure, I work on cosplay throughout a lot of the year, but once Halloween is over, I tend to take a long break from costume making and focus on other crafts, whether they are Haunted Mansion inspired wreaths or Gingerbread AT-ATs. Today’s project came about after realizing I had too many clothes and too many black pullovers. I suddenly had the idea to turn my plain black sweatshirt into something more geeky and festive for the holidays and thus the Stormtrooper Christmas sweater was born!

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Welcome to October

Easy Halloween CostumesIt’s officially October, which for me means some crazy pumpkin project, lots of candy, and of course costumes. Sadly, I won’t actually be at home this year for Halloween since I will be spending the weekend at COMIKAZE!! More on that later, but in the spirit of October and making homemade costumes, here are some of my many tutorials that I’ve written up over the past 7 years or so that will hopefully inspire some easy Halloween costume ideas. So if you’re looking for ideas or not sure how to get started on a costume, definitely check these out!

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I Am Groot (Making of Baby Groot)

Baby Groot StatueLike many, I loved the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. And I knew it was love when I heard “I’m Not in Love” start playing in the first few minutes. GOTG incorporated everything I enjoyed in a movie – the ’80s, an awesome soundtrack, great characters, and a quirky sense of humor. The moment the movie ended, I was already itching to make some sort of fan art. I just didn’t know what – until I came across one of Funko’s toy posts where they showed this custom Baby Groot! I was so inspired to make my own version of Baby Groot and here’s what I came up with.

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Becoming Dragonslayer Ornstein

Dark Souls Dragonslayer Ornstein

Photo by Estrada Photography

Usually I like to do a write up after every cosplay I make. However, I feel like I don’t even know where to start for the Dragonslayer Ornstein cosplay I debuted at SDCC 2014. I was contemplating cosplaying Ornstein back in May when I beat Dark Souls after 100+ hours of gameplay, but knew it would be extremely challenging. However, after my trip to Paris and seeing the amazing armor pieces at Les Invalides (here’s an example), that pretty much sealed the deal. Ornstein was one tough cosplay and it pushed me in ways I never imagined. It wasn’t necessarily that it was impossible to build, but I think it was more the sheer scale of it that made it the most difficult cosplay I have built to date. Plus with only 6 weeks to build it and between travel, weddings, and work, I still can’t believe I pulled it off.

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Cosplay Tutorial: Empire Strikes Back Bespin Han Solo Costume

Female Han Solo Empire Strikes Back

[Photo taken at the San Jose Tech Museum: Where Science Meets Imagination Star Wars exhibit]

To be honest, the thought hadn’t even crossed my mind to make another Han Solo cosplay. But on a 4 hour road trip home, I suddenly had the urge to want to re-make my original Han holster and with that, I figured why not make a new costume to go with it? I ended up doing a lot of research on this since unlike A New Hope, Han has a few more costumes in the Empire Strikes Back film and he only wears the Bespin outfit for a portion of the movie – at least until he gets frozen in carbonite. Reference photos are key and luckily I found a few great ones like the ones below. I also combed through a bunch of forums to get some ideas of how other people were making the shirt and jacket.

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Han Solo Holster Tutorial – How to Wet Form Leather

Han Solo holster tutorial - how to wet form leatherAnyone who has done leather crafting knows that it can be tedious, frustrating, or even painful. But like most things that take a lot of blood, sweat, and tears, it’s all worth it in the end when you have a beautifully crafted piece. I’ve now made two holsters from scratch and wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to wet form leather to make your own holster or leather pieces. The idea of wet forming leather is just to get the leather into the shape that you want (box shape, gun shape, etc) and hopefully these tips can help you get started!

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The Fall of the Gingerbread Empire

Gingerbread Star Wars AT-AT Walker

It’s funny how fast Christmas comes and goes in an instant. If you think about it, it’s really just the anticipation of Christmas that’s really exciting. I start thinking about Christmas the moment Halloween is over. Christmas songs flood my iPhone, the Christmas tree and decorations go up, and the countdown begins. And of course somewhere in between there, I find something crafty to do. Ever since I saw this amazing gingerbread AT-AT last year, I wanted to try my skills at a creative gingerbread “house”. I figured since I know pumpkins, maybe I can do something interesting with this food. I admit that I am “not a jedi master yet”, but practice makes perfect! Read on for more progress pics!

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