Emileigh's Art Corner

~Emi~
Fine Artist
Cosplayer
Student

I will post on everything related to my artistic endeavors.

teastars asked: I am completely FASCINATED by how you dyed your Raven wig (it's beautiful)! Did you find that the iDye Poly had much of an influence on the color? I ask as a disperse dye needs to be at a constant boil to penetrate synthetic fibers and I can't imagine you boiled your wig for an hour, haha. Also, did you use the color intensifier or decide to leave that out? I'm sorry if this is a bother, I'm just completely excited by hearing this! Thank you and keep creating great things!!

i love answering cosplay questions, so you’re no bother at all!

 It definitely had a huge influence on the color as I started with a silver(almost white) wig. I used an entire packet of purple and a 1/4th of a packet of blue with about half of the intensifier. I brought it all up to a boil and then turned my portable stove off and let it set for about 10-15 minutes to cool off. I was scared what actually boiling the wig would do it to however “heat resistant” it claimed to be. I only needed to swish the wig around for about 30- 50 seconds to get the color like it is. I tested it on a bunch of different extra wefts to determine exactly how long to keep it in there for and it didn’t really seem to matter if it was in there for 50 second or half an hour. the color remained basically the same. Any less than that though and the color would be much lighter. After I took it out of the dye bath I sprayed it with a hose and washed it with dish soap until it no longer ran purple, and let it dry.
Dyeing a wig like this kinks and tangles it like CRAZY. Getting it all de-tangled took 2 hours and it looked like a horrid frizzy mess. However going over it with a hair straightener turned it back to the texture of smooth silk. You’d never be able to guess how terrible it looked out of that bath. I almost think the wig feels better NOW then it did before i dyed it. this method has none of the crunchiness of marker dyeing, and it NEVER rubs off on anything. It’s perfection!

I recommend dyeing with iDYE poly 150% on a HEAT RESISTANT wig. I’ve heard that it does well with most other colors too!

The only thing I would have done differently would be to use a resist on the lace of the wig. The dye turned it all purple, the wig fibers, the elastic, mesh, and the lace for the lace front. I’ve heard that Vaseline works.

ardawigs:

Imladris in Silver (063) and a pack of short wefts in SilverRaven from Teen TitansVentilated in a widow’s peak, dyed with iDye Poly in purple and blue, and finally cut it into an A-line style. EmileighWild Tiger Cosplay
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ardawigs:

Imladris in Silver (063) and a pack of short wefts in Silver
Raven from Teen Titans
Ventilated in a widow’s peak, dyed with iDye Poly in purple and blue, and finally cut it into an A-line style.
 Emileigh
Wild Tiger Cosplay

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You can submit too! Click here and read the rules!

The Making of Wonder Woman, the armor - Part 2

It’s almost 2AM, do you know what that means?!! It’s crafting time!

I’ve been making pretty good progress on the armor for this costume. the hardest parts of it are done with. You can see the progression of the chest armor in the first 5ish photos. I still have a few minor details to add to it (and then to paint it of course, but that’s later). I’m ridiculously happy with it so far though. the two stripes on the boobs are engraved with designs so that when it is painted it’ll look ultra-cool.
 for all the gold designs on the sides, I think I’m going to make those out of worbla as well and sew it onto the corset along with the weave work I’m doing for the pattern there. I’m almost done drawing the design to scale. once I am I’ll transfer it onto some clear plastic and start building it.

I’ve also started making the arm band and the bracers. They are almost done and should be ready to be painted soon. Then it’ll be on to the belt. I’ll need to make myself a good looking star that I can cast a whole buncha times for all the stars on the costume. I’ll have to do that before i can get bast the drafting stage with the belt.

My scale mail should be here tuesday, so i can start working with that soon! It’s right before my days off as well (wednesday and thursdays) so I’ll be crafting for days! After that I’ll be ready to tackle that daunting looking pauldron.

jei-cos:

emileighsartcorner:

My boyfriend was messing around with my worbla scraps and started putting them on my cat. She was pretty tired so she was putting up with the things being put on her. as he started to build up items, the more it started to look like little kitty armor. Specifically a helmet. A cute fucking kitty…

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My boyfriend was messing around with my worbla scraps and started putting them on my cat. She was pretty tired so she was putting up with the things being put on her. as he started to build up items, the more it started to look like little kitty armor. Specifically a helmet. A cute fucking kitty helmet. I NEED to make this for real. I know my cat will hate me and scorn my existence until i die a thousand deaths, but it’s going to happen. I’m going to have a little warrior kitty, and it’s going to start with a little kitty helmet!

So I’m leaving for a camping trip in a few hours! I’ll be gone 5 days! there’ll be another update on wonder woman when i get back!

vvhorelovesyou asked: I've seen your Kyoko cosplay and well I'm having trouble with the undershirt. I wanted to know how you done it because your whole Kyoko cosplay was amazing and I would like to achieve such a great outfit. Thanks c:

I used a really old pattern that I got for one of my very first costumes when I was learning to sew. I’ve made a lot of stuff from it and made lots of different patterns and such from it. I’m pretty sure I used one of my modifications.. but the patterns is from Burda young fashions pattern # 8044. I used a modification of top B, added a zipper to the front, added straps that criss-crossed in the back, changed the shape of the bottom of the shirt.
I’d definitely make a mock-up out of some muslin tweak it until you achieve the look you’re going for. You can use the muslin as pattern pieces if you’re careful to keep them straight.

Good luck on your Kyoko cosplay and let me know if you need any more help!

The Making of Wonder Woman, the armor - Part 1

I’ve been plugging away at the armor at a pretty good pace. the first couple pictures show me drafting the patterns for all of the armor. I started by making a dummy of myself by wrapping myself in plastic wrap and masking tape. I them drew on where i wanted all the pieces to go. then when i cut those out i had a good rough estimate of the shape and size i needed my final pattern piece to be. tweeking is needed to those to get it perfect but it’s a lot faster than trying to draw it out by hand without it.
Then the next couple are some of the pattern pieces being cut out of worbla, and what it’ll roughly look like. I started shaping some of the chest pieces as well.

The last photo is all of the pieces of foam and worbla cut out and ready to be shaped(sans boob pieces because I had already started shaping those). I’m doing the sandwich method for a lot of my pieces here, but It has used much less worbla then I though it would. I still have a few things to draft and make, like the belt and tiara, but they wont take up that much more that I’ve already used.

silenceoftheporkchops:

Excellent tutorial, found here (X)

Whhhaaaat? A good way to get things to a mirror polish without the tedious work of polishing?!?! Where has this been all my life??

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Spent the last two hours cutting strips of fabric for designs on the side and back of the corset. Need to iron them next… Not looking forward to that. Ironing is my least favorite part about making costumes

Spent the last two hours cutting strips of fabric for designs on the side and back of the corset. Need to iron them next… Not looking forward to that. Ironing is my least favorite part about making costumes