Weekly Update

I’m working on a couple of things I hope you’ll all enjoy including more detailed tutorials as well as some video tutorials and how-to type stuff. Let me know if there are any specific things you’d like to see. But in the meantime, I thought I’d do some quick updates on a bunch of the projects on my plate right now!

coldcasting

All of my cold casting supplies from Smooth-on just arrived. I have a little more work to do on prepping the masters for my Voltron coins. This is going to be my first cold casting project so there will be a little trial and error along the way which is also why I’m working on making it my first video. I figure learning and making mistakes together will be pretty fun.

rebelpinAnd, while I’m at it with the cold casting, a friend asked if I could make her an actual pin or necklace based on the Rebel safety pin image that’s been going around. I said yes of course and will be making these as well. This is my initial prototype and my master is almost ready to get molded.

ritoharpsealedIn between everything else, I’m still making good progress on my Rito Harp commission. I am almost done sealing and coating it and ready for starting on the final paint job. If you’re wondering what that “tongue” looking thing is on the bottom, that’s the harp strings wrapped in masking tape. I glued them to a dowel that is sandwiched into the foam since I didn’t want them getting pulled out, ever. Once I’m all done painting, I’ll then tie the strings around the nails in the top cross beam.

kanan-lightsaberAnd lastly, more work on Kanan. First up is the lightsaber. I’ve gotten all of the parts sanded, puttyed, sanded, puttyed… you know the drill… as much as I plan to and am now starting on the final paint. I used a flat black primer on all the metallic pieces to help with the shading and to make the final metallic paints pop more. Using a white or grey primer under metallic paints just doesn’t seem to have the same great final look.

kanan-glovesI’m also trying my hand at making my own gloves for Kanan. I’m just not really happy with any of the ones I can buy, plus I love being able to say my costume is 100% hand made :) This series of pics gives you some insight into my process on prototyping and making my own patterns. This is definitely going to turn into a how-to post.

kanan-pantsWhat I spent most of my weekend on was my Kanan pants. I’ve only ever made one other pair of pants before–my Ashitaka pants, and those were a lot easier – sort of baggy and with a drawstring at the top. These are made from a much more form-fitting stretch denim and required a zipper or button fly. The pattern I loosely based my patterns off of had a button fly so I figured I’d give it a go. I’m REALLY happy with how they turned out. These are also the most comfortable pants I own now. I think I’m going to just start making my own clothes going forward. My wife said I was making jeggings and so now we have coined the term “Jedi Jeggings” to describe the pants Kanan wears!

I’m hoping that next weekend with the holiday will allow me to get a lot more done. We shall see.

Coming Soon! Voltron Coins and More!

I have a couple of small updates on my continuing projects as well as a big announcement of a new project!

customer-bayardsFirst off, I wanted to share a couple of pictures I was sent from a client who purchased two raw bayard castings. She did a great job on painting them, plus her and her friend had some spot on Lance and Keith cosplay!

kanan-mask-sightI’ve also made some more progress on my Kanan mask. I’m pretty much done except for figuring out the visibility piece. It looks like my best bet to make eye holes is going to be to cut out part of the white pieces and replace them with white nylon. I did some tests with my original prototype and it actually turned out pretty well. A couple more tests and I’ll be ready to butcher…I mean…finish my nice mask. The last shot shows you what my visibility is like through the nylon.

voltron-coins

And now for the big new announcement. I’m almost done with my prototypes for my Voltron: Legendary Defender coins! I plan to offer two different sets (singles may be a possibility, but we’ll see). One set will be cold cast to have a metallic look and feel like real coins. The other set will be painted resin similar to what you see above. Each coin has the lion on one side and the paladin element symbol on the back (the sixth coin is Voltron of course). Let me know in the comments if you have any preference or comments about the coins!

RenCon Cosplay Contest First Place!

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What the hell just happened?

I decided to finally enter a cosplay contest. I choose RenCon this weekend because its local and small, and it’s the first year. The competition was amazing and there were a ton of great costumes in the contest. I mostly wanted to go through the process to get feedback from the judges so I could better prepare for future contests.

Once all the judging was through, I hung around to see who the winners were going to be. After third and second place had been announced in the beginner category, I was sure it was over for me. I thought I may have squeezed into third place, but there was no way I’d get first place on my first ever contest, especially not with these judges who have seen it all and judged dozens if not hundreds of contests in total.

I typed, “I didn’t win…” into my phone to text my wife and just before I hit send, they said my name. I was shocked…and still am. Despite the 150+ hours of work I’ve put into Ashitaka, I was just totally not expecting it! I am so thankful and grateful to the judges and to all the other cosplayers who have inspired me and taught me so many things on this journey. Now I need to figure out how I’m going to do even better next time! (Finally finishing the additional pieces on Ashitaka is probably a good next step).

rencon-prize

The prize for first place was this giant box of supplies! A pack of EVA floor mats, a glue gun, contact cement, spray adhesive, instant epoxy, pencils, Sharpies, a heat gun, duct tape, sanding sponges, assorted chip brushes, two different cutting knives and extra blades, a mold making and casting kit from Smooth-on, and, the thing I’m the most excited about, a roll of Worbla.

While everything in the prize box will definitely get put to use, Worbla has been on my list of things to try, but I just haven’t been able to justify the cost. Now that I got a free roll, I can experiment without worrying about throwing away money!

Thanks again to RenCon and ZakLabs (who sponsored the contest) for making a dream come true!

And while I was writing this, I hit 100 likes on my Facebook page! What a great weekend!

Works in Progress : Kanan, Medli, Shiro

A few small updates for everyone.

I’ve made a little bit of progress on my Kanan mask. I’m pretty happy with the shape and fit so now it’s on to the detail work.

Next up, both of my current commissions were kind enough to okay me sharing progress pics so they are no longer secret!

The first one is Medli’s Rito Harp from Zelda Wind Waker. I started by making a blueprint (available for purchase in my shop) and then cut out the pieces. I still have a few more to go before I clean them up and glue them all together. This build is going to be almost entirely EVA with a few pieces of wood.

The last update is that I’ve also started working on Shiro Galra arm. Well, I’ve started planning. I’ve gathered most of the supplies and this was a test that the lights were the right color and would have guessed right coverage (yes, it’s just taped to my hand). The lighting color is perfect!

Hope you’re enjoying the progress pics!

Works in Progress: Kanan and Bayards, and Commissions  

I wanted to share a few updates with everyone.

First up, work is progressing, albeit slowly on my Season 3 Kanan.

2016-10-13-15-48-22After watching more episodes and getting some good up close screen caps, I’ve heavily revised my prototype mask. This takes into account the two layers, better sizing, outer shape, and the ‘bolts’ (where the bump outs are) which is where I’ll attach the strap.

2016-10-04-15-17-44I also finished printing my Kanan lightsaber. I’m not sure if I’m just going to finish this up and call it good (probably for the first iteration) but my end goal will be to make it even nicer and mold and cast it. I’m going to test out XTC-3D from Smooth-on on this print to see how it does for smoothing everything out.

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Keith, Hunk, and Pidge!

I’ve also been hard at work making more bayards. I even made a new mold off of a better master. I moved the seam line and pour spouts and air vents and am very happy with the results! It’s a lot less work for me (and anyone buying one) to clean up a casting now!

I also secured two new commissions! I can’t reveal them yet but I can give a couple of hints. One is from Zelda and one is from Voltron! I especially enjoy doing commissions from properties I love, and both Zelda and Voltron are near and dear to my heart!

Star Wars Rebels Kanan Cosplay

I’ve been thinking about trying a Kanan Jarrus (from Star Wars Rebels) cosplay for awhile now. I even grew my hair out for it! I’ve collected a ton of reference photos and made mental notes about how to build a lot of the props.

And then I finally got to watch the first episode of Season three last night. I woke up this morning still itching to make a season three Kanan cosplay instead of my original plan. So much so that I had to spend 10 minutes making a quick prototype of Kanan’s new mask.


It’s not quite as oversized as it looks. While it does need some trimming the main thing it needs more of is shaping so it’s not sticking up or out as much. Since this was a base prototype to use as a template, I didn’t spend too much time getting I  perfect since I’m just going to flatten it back out again anyway to make my templates.

What do you think? Should I go full on season three Kanan? Stick with my original plan for season one and two Kanan?

Preacher Coffee Can Build

Preacher is my favorite show on TV right now. In my opinion, it’s the best comic to screen adaptation I’ve ever watched.

So when someone asked me if I could build them the coffee can from the show, I jumped at the chance! This was a really fun build, and, if you’re interested, you can read the full details of the build process.

I’m thinking I may make one for myself and do a Preacher cosplay in the near future. If you’re interested in getting yourself one or know a Preacher fan who would love one, you can also order one from me on Etsy or StoreEnvy.

Voltron Cosplay

I absolutely LOVE the new Voltron: Legendary Defender show on Netflix. As soon as I saw the first episode, I got to work on building my plain clothes Keith cosplay for SDCC. Somehow, even with a new baby, I managed to get it done in time.

If you want to read about how I made any of the parts of the costume or props, you can read my write-ups at GeekDad.com.

The initial work in progress details.

The final build details.

2016-08-05-19-31-31Next up is working on the armored version of Keith for ECCC. My original goal was to have it ready for DragonCon, but that ended up being way too ambitious! So far I’ve managed a base for the helmet. More to come on that in the near future!

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Lance bayard.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on fulfilling orders for bayards. You can get a fully finished bayard for any character, or even a custom color, or a raw casting, or even the STL files I created to make my original master.

Check them out on Etsy or StoreEnvy.

 

Welcome!

Welcome to Billythebrick Cosplay. I’m a cosplayer and maker of props. I’m just getting my site up and going but in the meantime, if you want a custom prop or to buy one I’ve made, let me know! You can also visit my store or my Facebook page!