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Author Topic: Cosplay advices: the "will not buy/do it again list"  (Read 1240 times)

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Cosplay advices: the "will not buy/do it again list"
« on: February 22, 2012, 12:16:51 PM »
I have experimented endless techniques and products to make my cosplay props and I thought it would be useful to share with you my "WILL NEVER BUY IT AGAIN" and "WILL NOT DO IT AGAIN" lists.
Products which do not work, or destroy your stuff, products that are not efficient enough...products which are not worth your money, your patience and your time...They are all here so be careful and read this list before starting any prop!

We will begin with the paints/polish.
USE PAINTS ONLY IN A VENTILATED SPACE.
- Non colored polish, satteen finish by NUANCE GUIDEAL: it doesn't polish anything, it DISSOLVES everything!! Even dissolved super glue stains...and all my painting work.
- school paiting: it will not work on fabrics, plastic or wood.
- oil paint: NOT on fabrics, nor in plastics or wood!!
- fabric paint: Be careful to choose opaque colors if your fabric isn't white or clear color.

Glues First things first: USE GLUES ONLY IN A VENTILATED SPACE AND PROTECT HANDS AND EYES.
-super glue: be careful with it. Protect your eyes, clothes and anything that may be stained. You should use super glue in gel: it is less messy than the liquid version. Never use super glue on fabric!
- hot glue: it doesn't work with everything! Be careful with metal, hot glue is often useless on it.
-school glue will not glue anything but paper. Forget it for anything else!
-basic plastic /paper glue will not work for most of plastics and heavy things.

Hair products
-basic hairspray: it will not work to sculpt your wig. The effect disappears withing two minutes. Do not waste your time with it!
-hair gel: do not use it on your whole wig, only on the tips if necessary! It will ruin your whole wig if you put it everywhere.
-hair dryer: verify that your wig won't melt ...
« Last Edit: February 22, 2012, 04:20:35 PM by Corycaly »

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Re: Cosplay advices: the "will not buy/do it again list"
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2012, 12:26:52 PM »
So what type of glue  is the best for coplay costumes ? Apart from superglue.

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Re: Cosplay advices: the "will not buy/do it again list"
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2012, 04:18:23 PM »
I use 4 kinds of glue.
Fabric: a fabric glue, specially adapted to sewing.
Super glue (basic): works on many props. Never use it on fabrics!
Super glue gel: useful for delicate gluing, like the beads on my Esther Blanchett scepter.
Hot glue: it works with a glue gun. I like that method, It works with many props too. Works with wood, plastic etc but not metal.
Neoprene: as useful as super glue. I haven't used it a lot yet...but I will test it soon.