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I really don’t have words anymore for this man just please stop him 

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Cosplay Progress Photos: The making of Demon Ciel

aleksantaeri:

Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of all the parts of the costume that I should have taken pics of. Con rush took over, but I’m going to share what I have anyway.

Horns:

Step 1: take a bunch of foil and crumple it into a tube shape. curl into the desired shape and test shape/size on your head in a mirror. continue adding foil until just slightly under desired size

Step 2: cover entire surface in tape of some sort (to make it smooth for when you add the clay later on) (if you plan to put your horns in the oven instead of letting them air dry, i suggest using a type of tape that can survive the oven. AKA not duct tape)

Step 3: take rope/cord and wrap it around the horns. glue or tape the cord in place. (Hot glue is probably the best method. I was lazy and used tape, but I ended up having to take off the pieces when adding clay because they stuck out a bit) (If you plan to put your horns in the oven, don’t use nylon rope)

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Step 4: Make sure they look good against your head and appear symmetrical. Then cover them in paperclay or similar (paperclay is an air dry clay so it’s a lot lighter weight than other clay types, which is good because large horns that defy gravity need to weigh less. The package of paperclay that I got was $9, and I only used half of it and still covered both horns entirely. So pretty good deal. You can also smooth the clay with your fingertips dipped in water so it’s really easy to work with. It drys really slowly though, like a few days, so if you use materials that can go in the oven, that helps speed up the drying time. or you can do like I did and use a heat gun)

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Step 5: Let dry completely (make sure it’s not squishy anywhere), then sand out all the bumps to get a nice smooth surface. Then paint. (I just used acrylics -shrug-)

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Step 6: Put a headband on your head and hold the horns up to the headband to measure where they should be attached. Hot glue the fuck out of the horns to attach them to the headband. Realize you attached them to the wrong spot, cry, rip the horns off the headband, do panicked repair work, re-paint, re-attach, then paint over the hot glue and the horrible mess that you made when ripping of the horns to try and hide your mistake ;___; (AKA don’t make the same mistake as me, folks. Make sure you glue it right the first time)

Final step: Put the horns on your head. Pull some of your hair/wig over the top of the headband to hide it. bobbypin in place.

Hat:

I followed this tutorial, just modified the proportions a bit to get a mini hat instead of a tall one. 
http://chioky.deviantart.com/art/The-Tip-Top-Hat-Tutorial-103451650

I then added a bunch of roses and ribbons and random crap I found around the house. This hat was free for me cause I already had the materials from previous projects >_> heh.

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Sock Garters:

Buy black pants suspenders from a thrift store. Mine were $3.
cut off all of the suspender clips, but leave enough fabric attached to them to sew them back on. With the remaining elastic from the suspenders, wrap them around your legs where you want them to go and measure them. Sew on a buckle, as well as something for the extra “belt” part to tuck under. Measure where the clips need to go and sew them onto the straps and ta-da, done.

The pic shows me with the suspenders facing the wrong direction. Ciel’s go to the side, not the front. But whatever, you get the point.

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Cane:

Buy a simple cane from walmart. Get out your hot glue gun and draw a bunch of pretty swirls and dots and “s” shapes on the top and bottom

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As you can see I’ve already done here, wrap the cane in masking tape anywhere that you DON’T want to be painted.

Then, take it outside, lay down a protective surface like cardboard, and spray it with a metallic silver or gold spray paint. BE CAREFUL. Do VERY thin coats at first, and LET IT DRY between coats. Don’t make the mistake I did, which was add coats too quickly. What should have only taken a day to dry took ages and was still tacky by the time the con came around. (which is why i don’t have it in my pics from the con) You may also want to consider using a primer before hand as well if the material of your cane isn’t a good surface for paint.

Let dry, remove the masking tape, and done!

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Wings: 

I totally ran out of time here so I apologize for the lack of decent pics. But basically I started with a simple wire coat hanger, and I folded it into the shape I wanted with pliers. Notice how it’s curved slightly inwards. Then, while wearing protective eyewear, use a tool to cut off the excess hanger that you don’t need. I used aviation snips, but I imagine other types of wire cutters or other tools like hedge clippers or bolt cutters or something might work as well.

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Next, cut fabric of the same color as your feathers to the shape of your wire and slide it over the wire like a glove, then sew it in place. This is the base of your wings. The fabric is where you’ll attach the feathers to. It doesn’t have to be pretty cause it will be covered with feathers later.

Then, get your feathers and sort them into left-wing and right-wing. YES IT MATTERS. The feathers curve different ways. I HIGHLY recommend rainbowfeathers.com, because if you order at least a pound, the feathers will come already sorted into left-and-right. You can also buy feathers at craft stores, but the problem there is that the right-to-left ratio is super off in the packages. You may buy 20 packages and only get 4 feathers that curve to the left. Which doesn’t help you much.

Anyway, Basically you take your longest, prettiest feathers first, and line them up on the outside of the wing, fanning out and curving along the wing. The ends of the feathers can end in the middle of the wing, or even close to the edge, it’s okay because the ends will be covered by more feathers later as you layer them. (I wish I had better pics to explain this part)
Then, glue those in place, and use those main feathers you just attached as reference points. Continue to add and glue layer after layer of feathers on both sides until you have the whole wing covered. Then get some really fuzzy/fluffy feathers and glue those on top. This part is also useful in covering up any mistakes you made.

Here’s some pictures of the finished wings:

Inside view of wings:
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Outside view:

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Also here’s a white wing from a previous cosplay I did cause i figured maybe it would help you be able to see it more easily? Apologies for my kitty she wouldn’t stay out of the photos.

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Then, you need some way to attach them to your back, which can be tricky. I personally just found something from the craft store that would work for me, and attached the wings to it by wrapping the coat hanger wire around it and then taping it in place with electrical tape. What you want is that nice square shape though, cause that’s the part that rests against your back. I guess maybe search google for some good wing harnesses? Or maybe find some sort of metal base yourself or make one out of wire to attach your wings to. After that, I just tied on elastic straps for my arms.

I also went the extra mile and cut a hole in the back of my costume for my wings to come out of, because I don’t like the harness being visible, but most people don’t want to cut their costume so that’s just a personal preference thing.

Hope this helped some of you guys! Feel free to ask me any questions. Happy cosplaying!

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a-little-melancholy:

chaz-gelf:

sixmilliondeadinternets:

Gandhi has been historically the most aggressive character in Civilization due to an original bug in the first game that caused him to go all-out once he reaches democracy. They just kept the thing going ever since.


To further explain this bug, because I was chatting with mothmonarch about Civilization and other strategy games last night and I never got around to explaining this fully, but I love this story:
Gandhi’s AI in the original game had its aggression set to the absolute minimum (0 on a scale of 0 to 10, I believe, I may have this wrong but the basic idea I’m about to explain is accurate, as far as I can tell). Adopting democracy lowers an AI civ’s aggression by 2 points, so when someone who is fully peaceful loses two points of aggression, they should still be nice and polite, right?
Except this is an old DOS game, and so computer math is in place. What actually happened was that Gandhi’s aggression level ticked backwards two steps, from 0 to 255. On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.
And that’s the story as I recall it, but again I may have gotten some details wrong, so feel free to correct me! After that, as the original poster said, the devs loved the bug so much that they just kept it in as a running joke!

“On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.”I about pissed myself laughing at this.

a-little-melancholy:

chaz-gelf:

sixmilliondeadinternets:

Gandhi has been historically the most aggressive character in Civilization due to an original bug in the first game that caused him to go all-out once he reaches democracy. They just kept the thing going ever since.

To further explain this bug, because I was chatting with mothmonarch about Civilization and other strategy games last night and I never got around to explaining this fully, but I love this story:

Gandhi’s AI in the original game had its aggression set to the absolute minimum (0 on a scale of 0 to 10, I believe, I may have this wrong but the basic idea I’m about to explain is accurate, as far as I can tell). Adopting democracy lowers an AI civ’s aggression by 2 points, so when someone who is fully peaceful loses two points of aggression, they should still be nice and polite, right?

Except this is an old DOS game, and so computer math is in place. What actually happened was that Gandhi’s aggression level ticked backwards two steps, from 0 to 255On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.

And that’s the story as I recall it, but again I may have gotten some details wrong, so feel free to correct me! After that, as the original poster said, the devs loved the bug so much that they just kept it in as a running joke!

On a scale of 0 to 10, Gandhi is now 255 points of pure nuclear rage.”

I about pissed myself laughing at this.

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Tags: art

atrioventriculas:

socialismartnature:




This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”




reblogging for the millionth time 

atrioventriculas:

socialismartnature:

This sculpture by Issac Cordal in Berlin is called “Politicians discussing global warming.”

reblogging for the millionth time 

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neoamericana:

dynastylnoire:

What’s In My Purse?

Girlcode knows my life

I am ALL these women.

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theminttu:

Just testing out some brushes

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