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Intro to Leatherworking

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Continuing our quest to cover each material used by most cosplayers, we bring you the intro to leatherworking show!  Anthony brings some of his projects in and gives us a very thorough run-down of how best to get started working with leather, including what tools he uses most.  This show is our sixth show, and our first ever on Twitch, so if you are a Twitch user, check us out over there.  We did have some video syncing issues, so … forgive us.  The video is also posted below from YouTube if you don’t do the Twitch thing.

 

 

 

Intro To Crafting Cosplay With Foam

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Or first in a series of introductions into the basic building materials for Cosplay, our foam show features the amazing work of Gary at Beer Money Props.  Gary has been on the cosplay scene for about 3 years now, and has quickly gained a reputation for crafting highly intricate and amazing costumes and props purely out of foam.  So naturally he’s the shoulder we tapped on to give is a more detailed rundown on the best ways to get started working with foam.

 

Gary’s latest work-in-progress: Zarya’s gun from Overwatch – made from foam!

Our Cosplay Christmas List

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Happy Holidays, fellow cosplayers!  Today show is a short but timely one, because we are talking about presents.  Yes it’s that time of the year, when we are asked for our Christmas list and scramble to name something that’s not $200.

Anthony has come up with a decent-sized list of cool tools and equipment that is perfect for any cosplayer looking to start crafting their own costumes and/or props.  Everything here is linked to our Amazon affiliate link, so if you decide to buy something for yourself or the cosplayer in your life, we’d appreciate it if you grabbed it from the link here!

While going through this list, we talked about the Testors brand of spray paint, and how Anthony liked it so much better.  Here is an axe he painted with the Testors, and we included it here just to show the level of gradient you can achieve with just a (few) cans of spray paint.

 

Flareon’s Axe Head

 

In the leather-working section, we mention some gels and dyes that are great for getting the color of your leather just right.  Here is the Flareon helm, hand-stained and colored using the gels we discuss:

Flareon’s helm – you can do a lot with a little bit of gel

Thanks to you all for a great year, and we’ll see you in 2017 with more interviews, prop how-to’s, and jokes at Anthony’s expense!

Intro to Props

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When it comes to cosplay, the materials to choose in order to build your outfit are fairly straightforward, right?  Your props, on the other hand, are much less certain. Today on the show, Anthony and Jason give a rundown on a few of the major materials that are typically used in most cosplay prop builds, as well as the pros and cons of each.  The goal here is to help you first-timers break into the wonderful world of prop building without too much trouble.  Moving forward, we plan on doing full shows on each of these methods, complete with photos and maybe even a video – who knows?!

As our example prop, we used Soldier 76’s gun from Overwatch as a great example of just how complex your prop build could potentially get.

 

SOldier 76's gun, from Overwatch. We use this as an example in our show today!
Soldier 76’s gun, from Overwatch. We use this as an example in our show today!

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Interview with MaidofMight and BboySpiderman

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We welcome two amazing cosplayers to the BoC studio – Jess (AKA: MaidofMight) and Luc (AKA: BboySpiderman)!  These folks have been cosplaying for awhile now, and have ramped their game up a lot over the years.  From making costumes and props to buying bits and pieces when they need to, Luc and Jess bring us in to their world and hold nothing back. Luc talks about his Spiderman and Deadpool suits and how he is more screen-accurate with his cosplays, and Jess talks about how she gets inspiration for her amazing character mash-ups.

It’s a great show, and we hope you dig it!

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Luc as Deadpool, getting in the mood. Photo: @nels._
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Jess killing it as Punk SpiderGwen Photo: @yorkinabox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Intro To Cosplay

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Our first show!  Today, we talk about cosplay in general – what it is (and what it isn’t), and how anyone can get started with their first cosplay!

We also go over what you can expect from the Builders of Cosplay shows in the future.  Our goal here is to provide you access to some of the best cosplayers out there, and hopefully give you some tips and pointers to make your cosplay the best it can be.

Thanks a lot for joining us!

 

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Anthony and his hand-made leather holster as Thomas from Peaky Blinders. Photo by @Yorkinabox.

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Welcome!

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Hey there, and welcome to the Builders of Cosplay!  We are a monthly podcast covering all there is to know about the world of cosplay.  From photographers to prop-makers, and from cosplayers to the fans who make it all happen, BoC will bring it all to you.  We’ll be chatting with some of your favorite folks in the cosplay industry to not only bring you their stories but some helpful tips and tricks they use to get their builds just right.

Our first episode will be done soon, so in the mean time, please follow us on our Facebook page to keep up with us!

 

 

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