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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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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Han Solo Cosplay Tutorial: Han’s Belt and Holster (Part 2.5 of 3)

Han Solo Holster Belt Cosplay Tutorial

*NOTE* To skip to other tutorials for this cosplay, check out the links below!
Pants and Shirt
Vest
Belt Buckles, Accessories and Gun

Apologies that this belt tutorial is going to come in two parts, but I just found that there is so much to go over! This tutorial will cover most of the leather parts and what pattern I used for Han Solo’s gun holster and belt.

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Easy DIY: Make your own Denim Capris!

James Perse Spring Sweater and Denim Capris

Thank goodness for weekends. I wanted to start this weekend off with a very easy and quick tutorial on making your own capris. I went thrift shopping the other week and found a great pair of Paper Denim and Cloth jeans for only $8! They were only 1 size too large but still fit me fine. And since the inseam was already too short for me, I decided to make these into capris after realizing that I don’t have any denim capris at the moment! Read on for more instructions.

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Cosplay Tutorial: Wonderflex Arm Bands!

While researching what type of material to use for armor, I came across Kamui Cosplay’s blog, which blew me away! Her craftsmanship and attention to detail is amazing and her WOW cosplays are to die for! Turns out she uses a lot of Wonderflex in her costumes. So after doing some reading up on the stuff, I decided to buy a large roll of Wonderflex (free shipping too) since I figured it might come in handy for future cosplays. Continue reading