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 [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?

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PostSubject: [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?    [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?  I_icon_minitime3rd March 2015, 7:20 pm

Hey, all! I am working on a civilian spy Mimete cosplay and am wondering if anybody in the guild has any experience with making colored belt buckles, dying wigs, and/or getting fabric scarves to 'defy' gravity. Any suggestions are also welcomed! I detailed what I am trying to accomplish below for your convenience. Smile

UPDATE: The temperature was finally well above freezing so I did not have to worry about my dye concoction's effective lower temperature limit.

1. Has anybody ever tried to dye a synthetic wig with FW acrylic ink? If yes, do you happen to know if there is a temperature range where the method might not work so well? I would prefer to dye my wig outdoors, but it is unfortunately well below freezing and may not be warm enough before this costume needs to be completed. Sad




2. Has anybody ever tried to color a metal belt buckle? I need to make mine red, but I do not want anything rubbing off on the pretty yellow coat that I am making. I could maybe try making a fabric cover around the buckle. However, I am not sure if there are any alternative methods that do not use a "belt buckle covering kit."

3. I was wondering if I should try to make the ends of my headscarf 'defy' gravity (like seen in her reference picture) or if I should let it droop naturally. Would thin wire work? Or should I use some sort of stiffening strip? (forget what it is called) Note: I am using red jet knit fabric for the headscarf.

Thank you very much!

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PostSubject: Re: [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?    [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?  I_icon_minitime3rd March 2015, 9:07 pm

I'm not sure about the other ones but for the scarf thing, if you have a sewing machine you could fold the fabric on the edge over a thin stiff wire and then use wire cutters to cut off the ends ^^ Then you can adjust the scarf to whatever position you want ^^
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PostSubject: Re: [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?    [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?  I_icon_minitime4th March 2015, 7:34 am

Yes I do have a sewing machine! Smile As for the wire's thickness, do you think that jewelry wire would work or do you think that would be too thin?
I found this exact type of wire in my supplies. (For an idea of the item's size, the blue tag is about 2 inches (5 cm ish) tall.
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PostSubject: Re: [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?    [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?  I_icon_minitime4th March 2015, 9:21 am

Jewelry wire would work (it's what most people use!) but it's going to need to be fairly thick or else it will lose its shape throughout the day. The wire you have pictured is far too thin.

As for the belt buckle, I would look into Krylon spray paints! They have quite a few that are suited for metal. You'd just need to tape off/cover whatever you don't want to get paint on and then do a few coats (with drying inbetween).
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PostSubject: Re: [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?    [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?  I_icon_minitime4th March 2015, 1:51 pm

Henshinyo wrote:
Jewelry wire would work (it's what most people use!) but it's going to need to be fairly thick or else it will lose its shape throughout the day. The wire you have pictured is far too thin.

As for the belt buckle, I would look into Krylon spray paints! They have quite a few that are suited for metal. You'd just need to tape off/cover whatever you don't want to get paint on and then do a few coats (with drying inbetween).

I'll add a "ditto" to what Henshinyo has said here. Krylon can do wonders on metal, but in order to look its best, it will need to actually be sprayed on with the can and not painted with a brush. Depending on the size of the can vs. the size of the buckle, you might need to remove the buckle from the belt (if at all possible) to avoid any spray over (otherwise just cover the belt really well before painting).

I'm not sure, though, if you'll need a top-coat to prevent rub-off (depending on the metal and how well paint dries on it), so I'd give it a few test wipes just to be safe.
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Henshinyo wrote:
Jewelry wire would work (it's what most people use!) but it's going to need to be fairly thick or else it will lose its shape throughout the day. The wire you have pictured is far too thin.
Is there a particular brand, type, and/or approximate thickness of jewelry wire that you would recommend? Does Darice produce thicker wire? 
Maritime wrote:

I'll add a "ditto" to what Henshinyo has said here. Krylon can do wonders on metal, but in order to look its best, it will need to actually be sprayed on with the can and not painted with a brush. Depending on the size of the can vs. the size of the buckle, you might need to remove the buckle from the belt (if at all possible) to avoid any spray over (otherwise just cover the belt really well before painting).

I'm not sure, though, if you'll need a top-coat to prevent rub-off (depending on the metal and how well paint dries on it), so I'd give it a few test wipes just to be safe.
Alright thanks! Luckily I am making the belt by hand, so none of it has been attached yet. C: I will see what my local craft store has in terms of Krylon spray paints suitable for metal. If I cannot find the right red, I might try out a buckle covering kit. [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?  1955989781
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I was actually going to suggest wire too. Been pinteresting cosplay things since I'm going to a con this summer with a friend. Saw a tutorial for making the bow for Princess Serenity's dress and it used wired in it. You could adapt that to the scarf just like suggested above. Annnnd Id link you to it but apparently I didn't pin it. Poop.

Also, Ive been seeing some stuff for wigs on pinterest too (its such a great way to find things lol).

Here is one thing for removing the shine from a synthetic wig: http://alexamadden.deviantart.com/art/Removing-the-shine-to-your-wig-353751870

If I come across any dyeing tips, I'll try to remember to link them. :3 Good luck with your cosplay! I hope you post pics when its done. Very Happy
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Small Lady wrote:
I was actually going to suggest wire too.

If I come across any dyeing tips, I'll try to remember to link them. :3 Good luck with your cosplay! I hope you post pics when its done. Very Happy
Thanks! I definitely will! I could probably post some progress pictures too. Smile



UPDATE: I went to to store and picked up 16 gauge AND 20 gauge jewelry wire because I didn't know which one was a good thickness. I would assume that the thicker 16 gauge wire might be better because it will be supporting around a yard of fabric, but I am not sure if it would make things too stiff.

Small Lady, if you see the stumble upon the Princess Serenity bow tutorial again, please do let me know what gauge wire they used when making it. I will try to look around for some tutorials as well just to get an idea of what worked and what didn't. [Help] Coloring belt buckles? FW Ink? How to defy gravity?  3186387542
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I have yet to see that princess serenity bow tutorial since i told you about it. /sad face
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That's alright! I ended up going with the 16-gauge wire and it worked fantastically! I even won my first costume contest with the cosplay! Smile Thanks again to everybody for the suggestions! I am working on getting some pictures posted of the costume.
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OMG! Congratulations!! I can't wait to see pics. I'm sure it was fabulous. xD
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Ooooo I can't wait to see pics!!!
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I just realized that I have no clue where to post any of this. Is there a topic already made for cosplays or should I start one of my own? And where?

Thanks!
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You can post your own thread in this forum to show off your cosplay Smile
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