Sunday, January 24, 2016

Doctor Fate Hoodie

Doctor Fate Hoodie/Amulet

Testing out my new fancy sewing machine with a cosplay project! I've been meaning to make a Doctor Fate costume for a long time. The new version of Doctor Fate seemed easy enough to do, so I dove right into it.

Here are the progress pictures!

Dog (and the cats) trying to help me with the patterns. I used a commercial pattern.

I decided to add pockets to the hoodie, because my hands get cold.

Lady helping me with putting in the hood.

Some of your might remember my tutorial on Doctor Fate's Amulet from a while ago.
It turned out slightly too small for this costume. So I'm making a new one

Drawing a circle on cardboard. Dog was too tired to help this time.

Cut out two circles of worbla from worbla scraps.

Made a circle with more worbla scraps

and more worbla scraps.

And done! I'll make a separate post once I make the helm!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Vampire the Masquerade Circle of Crones Box

Vampire the Masquerade Circle of Crones Box

So, it's about time I started LARPing...a local group is running Vampire the Masquerade. One of the players had a box in the shape of a book to hold her items and I thought I'd fancy it up a little. Here's how you can make you own!

Box in the shape of a book (Michaels ususally has some)
Acrylic paint (I used black, red, and gold)
Matte clear spray paint
Hot glue gun/hot glue
Painter's tape

1. Strip the book box (you can skip this step if you don't mind having a shinier texture)

2. Draw the design onto the book with a marker and trace over it with hot glue.

3. Cover the entire box with gesso (do at least two coats to even out the small bumps on the surface)

4. Paint the entire box black then dab on red paint with a dry brush

5. Paint the hot glue parts with gold paint.

6. Add more details with gold paint

And we are done!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Princess Peach Crown

Princess Peach Crown Tutorial!

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  • Scissors, ruler, pen/marker
  • Craft foam
  • Worbla (wonderflex would work too)
  • Heat gun
  • Acrylic paint (black, white, and gold)
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • 60mm round acrylic gems (2 red and 2 blue)

Let's get started!

1. Gather materials

2. Draft a rough crown pattern on the foam and cut it out. I cut it into 4 pieces so it'll be easier to heat/reshape for the worbla. You can do it all in once piece if you are using a different material.

3. Roughly cut out pieces of worbla to cover the crown pieces.

4. Use a heat gun to heat up the worbla pieces and seal the foam between the worbla.

5. Connect the worbla-covered pieces together to shape a basic crown.

6. Roughly draw design details onto the basic crown.

7. Add the details with strips of worbla.

8. Spray paint the crown with a black base. *I usually prime the worbla with gesso, I ran out of time and did not do so for this piece, so the texture of the crown came out a little more rough.

9. Dab on a layer of gold paint with a dry brush and a tiny dab of water.

10. Trace the shadows with black paint, and high light with white paint.

11. Hot glue on the gems and we are done!

I put two little hooks on the bottom of the crown so it can be attached to hair/wigs with pins.

Bonus: Princes Kira!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Hail Hydra Pie

Super Easy Hail Hyda Pie for your geeky needs!


9 inch pie pan
butter for greasing

For Crust,
2 sheets of frozen puff pastry

2 cans of 12 oz. pitted sweet cherries
1/2 cup of brown sugar

Or pre-made pie filling of your choice.


1. Drain the canned cherries.
2. Place cherries in sauce pan on low heat.
3. Add brown sugar and spoon in water until sugar dissolve
4. Stir until mixture is simmering and all the sugar is dissolved
5. Turn off stove and put the filling aside.

1. Thaw puff pastry for 40 min at room temperature, or over night in the fridge.
2. Grease pie pan with butter.
3. Gently press puff pastry onto pan to form bottom of the crust.
4. Trim off excess pastry around the pan.
5. Place pie filling in the pan.
6. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
7. Make 6 tentacles and a skull from the trimmings and the second sheet of pastry
8. Place tentacles and skull in the pan.
9. Press the tentacles and skull a little so they are soaking in the pan.
10. Place in oven on lower rack for 25 minutes.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Steampunk Cat Mask Tutorial

Photo by Bruce Medic Photo at

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I made this fun cat mask for a Steampunk tea party at the Geek Bar in Chicago. Here's a tutorial for making your own!

You will need:
Hot glue
Acrylic paint
Acrylic sealant
Pattern - I used the cat mask pattern from Chris Huebert
A LOT of patience
Optional: worbla/thermalpastics

Let's get started:

print out the pattern
you can absolutely make your own if you are good with pattern drafting!

Trace it onto craft foam, twice.

Cut out the foam (cat helper optional)

Optional: trace the pattern onto worbla and cut out the pieces

Optional: Heat and wrap the warbla around the foam.

Match and glue the pieces together
Worbla sticks to itself when heated, you can use contact cement or hotglue if you are only using foam

Start shaping the mask to head.
The eye hole were a bit small for me, so I enlarged it a bit.

All the mask pieces together.

Add ears.

Embellish as you like.
I used a mod podge hot glue mold for the cogs but you can also cut them out of cardboard.
The lens was from a pair of reading glasses from the dollar store.

Prime with gesso. Lens covered in painter's tape.

Prime again with black acrylic paint then start on first layer with a dry brush.
I used bronze for the main colour and gold for the embellishments.

Seal it with a clear acrylic sealant (I used satin) and we are done!