Keith from Emerald City Comicon

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Just wanted to drop some amazing photos from Downen Creative Studios on here. He did such a great job of capturing Keith! Also some great photos of my bayards and Keith’s sword (both available in my Etsy shop!) Enjoy!

The bayard was made using Smooth Cast from Smooth-On and the sword blade was all 3D printed using Matterhackers PRO PLA! I have a full write-up of the sword build coming soon! (Even sooner for Patreon supporters).

Keith’s Galra Dagger Giveaway

To celebrate Emerald City Comicon and my son’s birthday (both which occur in March and on the same weekend), I’m doing my first big giveaway-Keith’s Galra Dagger!

Use the entry form for a chance to win! The contest will last for the entire month of March which will give me time to actually finish the dagger 🙂

Billythebrick Cosplay Keith’s Galra Dagger

Unmasking Keith’s Sword

The sword blade is all painted! Now the only thing left is to put in the electronics and finish up the mountable bayard for the handle. I can’t wait to take this to Emerald City Comicon next week!

Enjoy this fun little video I made of the unmasking 🙂

February Polls Week: What’s Coming Soon

Last week was polls week for February over on my Patreon. Depending on the level of support, patrons got to vote on a bunch of different topics. Here are the results and things you can expect to see in the next few weeks. I’ll be doing a similar Polls Week every month, so if you’d like to participate in the future, go check out my Patreon!

  • Next tutorial – Making faux leather straps and belts
  • Next set of Blueprints – Keith’s jacket (yes, technically a pattern is not a blueprint, but close enough!)
  • Video Poll – Most folks prefer Twitch for streaming
  • Next 3D model – Keith’s Galra Sword
  • Next Resin Kit – Keith’s Galra Dagger

‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Keith Cosplay Build

Voltron CharactersI was in love with Voltron: Legendary Defender from the first minute. Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have done an absolutely fantastic job of updating a show to make it new and fresh while still making it so nostalgic that it hit all the right buttons. Here is the full build write-up of the entire casual Keith cosplay. I am still in progress on his sword and paladin armor, so that will be a later write-up.

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Best Week Ever!

I’ll start with yesterday because, what an amazing way to end the week.

Yesterday afternoon this popped up in my Instagram feed along with the below caption.

So this is Loooong overdue. But with season two and the holidays now behind us I’d love to give a huge shout out to @billythebrick for making these amazing, super legit Voltron bayards! Cannot tell you how exciting it was to get these in the mail The craftsmanship is top notch! A true artist you are! You guys should go check out his other cosplay work. It’s absolutely insane!

Not only is that a photo of Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomrey, and Tim Hedrick holding my bayards, but Joaquim gave me a glowing review!

I originally met the three of them at SDCC 2016 when I did an interview for GeekDad.com. I hadn’t started my business or making bayards for sale yet, but I promised them that I’d make them some. As soon as I got up and running I sent them a set. I love it and it totally made my day to see them in action.

And as if that weren’t enough to make this a great week, I was also invited over the Punished Props workshop to be on the Q&A livestream. You can watch the recorded version over on their YouTube channel.

While I was visiting, Bill also helped me with part of my Keith Bayard sword. I got some transparent aqua acrylic for the glowy bits, but I just didn’t have the proper tools to cut it well. Thankfully, Bill has every tool you could ever need, plus a ton of great advice. We got the acrylic pieces cut out and glued where appropriately, and everything fit perfectly! Now I just need to finish the sword and bayard, install the electronics, and I’ll have one more prop ready for ECCC.

Speaking of having props ready for ECCC, I also made a ton of progress on Keith’s Galra dagger. In addition to putting the blueprints, 3D printable files, and 3D printed kit up in my Etsy store, I finished assembling my own dagger! Just as an FYI, I started using the PRO PLA from Matterhackers and it is amazing. I cannot recommend their PLA enough. The response has been so overwhelming that I’ve decided to make this the next finished prop I make and sell in my shop.

Minor spoiler alert for those not done with Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 2, I’ve also started on my next prop that will have blueprints, 3D files, and a 3D kit available. That’s all I’ll say about that for now.

And finally, I received my Red Lion kigu from RTS Cosplay! This is my very first (and probably only) kigu, but why would I ever need another? Thank you!!

Voltron and Star Wars Props

Although I’ve been updated a ton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I realized I’ve been somewhat neglecting updates here on the site. Here are the latest updates from my workshop!

First up are a ton of Voltron: Legendary Defender goodies. If, like me, you’ve been enjoying Season 2, you’ll most likely have seen all kinds of great new things that inspired me to get to work! I finished designing Keith’s bayard sword and am currently working on building it out. I also now have blueprints, 3D files, and 3D printed kits available of Keith’s bayard and sword.
Very similarly, I have done the same with Keith’s dagger. The unveiling of his dagger was amazing, and I had to get to work on it right away. Blueprints, 3D files, and a 3D printed kit are also available.
Just for fun, I decided to cast one of my bayards in all black. I call it the Zarkon edition! I’m going to paint some purple on it and call it done. Maybe Neil Kaplan would like one?

And to celebrate season two of the best show you can watch right now, I’m having a big sale in my shop. Use coupon code VLDS2 to get 15% off your order!

Next up is Kanan from Star Wars: Rebels. This is the main costume I’m trying to get done for ECCC (which is now barely over a month away. I’ve made a lot of progress on the look, including a makeup test. I’m going to be doing another, hopefully final, makeup test as a live stream soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I also found a great, cheap pair of boots to use as a base for Kanan’s boots. Hopefully these will allow me to quickly build the boots since I’m not building the entire structure from scratch.

Lastly, I painted all of my Kanan belt pieces. I used this amazing new paint I just got–Alclad 2 Aircraft Aluminum. Oh man is it gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my belt all assembled.

I do have a handful of other things I’m working on, but, for now anyway, they are all secret projects or for my Patreon patrons only! More updates, videos, and tutorials coming soon!

Secret Updates and Tutorials

For better or worse, I’ve been spending a lot of time these past two weeks on secret projects and write-ups that my Patreon backers get early access to. If you want to see a couple of the cool props I’m working on to unveil at ECCC, my Patreon is where the action is!

One of the things they have been following along with is a new 3D printed prop. In the next couple of weeks, I should have it all done to unveil and then the blueprints and 3D files will go up in my shop. Have fun trying to guess what it is!

Happy New Year!

I did a 2016 review, so I figured I should also do a “what’s coming” for 2017!

Cosplay

To start off with, I thought I’d list out the cosplays that I currently have in progress for myself that I’m hoping to have done this year!

First up, I’ve talked about this one a whole lot, is Kanan Jarrus. I’m working strictly on Season 3 Kanan right now, but depending on how my work load goes and how well I do getting things crossed off of my list, I’m hoping to work backwards to also do a Season 1/2 Kanan. The nice thing is that there is some reuse between those two versions (blast, lightsaber, belt, and pants) which makes a second Kanan a little more doable. And a super stretch goal is to also add one or both of the Kanan’s that Lorna Ka came up with. I LOVE both of these renditions of Kanan (essentially a Season 1/2 and a Season 3 samurai version) and would love to wear them some day. Seriously, go check out all of her amazing art too. The first part of my Kanan build write-up is already available, with more coming soon. Remember, my Patreon supporters get behind the scenes and early access to all of my builds!

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2016 in Review

2016 has been a wild ride. My first 100% handmade cosplay (Ashitaka) won first place at Renton City Comic Con​, and my casual Keith from Voltron​ kicked off this cosplay and prop business. I’ve made more bayards than I can count. I’ve learned SO much, from sewing to mold making and casting, to 3D design and printing. And I’ve met so many wonderful and helpful folks in the cosplay and prop community.

I’m really looking forward to what 2017 has in store for me. I have more cosplays queued up than I can realistically get done, but that won’t stop me from trying. I also have a ton of ideas for more props to build and put up for sale in my store. And hopefully even more commissions will come my way (I have three on my table right now!) I also have a ton of stuff planned for videos, tutorials, workshops at Sodo Makerspace​, and even more for my Patreon backers.

Special thanks to a couple of folks that have inspired me and/or helped me in one way (or many ways) or another: Bill​ and Brittany​ from Punished Props​, Eric​ from Coregeek Creations​, Beverly​ from Downen Creative Studios​, Charles​ from Ebony Warrior Studios​, Anabel​ from Men vs Cosplay​, and the Foam Friction Cosplay​ gang.