Hi there, I'm Samantha. I've been cosplaying for about 8 years, and mainly attend conventions in central Florida.

I work for Action3 Events and serve as their cosplay events coordinator for Tampa Bay Comic Con, Orlando Comic Expo, Nashville Comic Expo and possibly more events in the future!

Although I do not purport to be an expert in making things, I am more than happy to answer any cosplay/crafting questions you may have.

I was recently asked by Action3 to make a Fanpage, and if you want, you can like it here. However, this Tumblr is the best way to keep up with my antics, unless you want to actually add my personal profile on Facebook. I'm not shy about adding friends there so feel free to send me a request IF we have met or at least have mutual friends: "Samantha Petrone"

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(I write fics sometimes)

Deviant Art

Cosplay.com

My Better Half

 

abessinier:

Casting clear gems with EpoxACast

Video tutorial

Short, written tutorial [video has more information, this is just a little summary!]:

Materials

  • Chavant NSP Medium
  • Oomoo 30 
  • Ease Release 200 
  • EpoxACast 690 Clear

Tools

  • Cutter
  • Scalpel
  • Spatulae
  • hotglue gun
  • scoops

ATTENTION!! Your health and safety should always come first! Please read the safety instructions that come with the materials and follow them!

  1. The basic shape of the gem is cut from clay.
  2. The facets are cut into it and smoothened with water
  3. The silicone is being mixed. Attention! Please follow the safety instructions for working with silicone! Mixing ratio is 1:1 and you’re done mixing once there are no pink or blue stains in the silicone.
  4. Only when all air bubbles have vanished (yet before pot life expires), the silicone is poured in a thin stream from the deepest point of the moldbox.
  5. After 6 hrs the silicone has cured. Before mixing and pouring the resin, I used a release agent. When working with resin, you have to follow the safety instructions and protect your skin, eyes and respiratory system by wearing the necessary protection and working in a well ventilated area! Mixing ratio is 100 parts of epoxy to 30 parts of hardener. Use a kitchen scale to measure, stir carefully so there will be no bubbles, pour carefully.
  6. After 24 hours the epoxy is cured and hard. You can now demold it.
  7. Pro-tip: Put mirrorfoil behind it for le shine!

You can find aditional information about the materials and possibilities this technique gives you in my facebook-gallery on this topic!

mohrigan:

Eva foam bracers tutorial
*sorry for my english if any errors*
My page: www.facebook,com/m.cosplay
Use plastic wrap to cover the area you want to take out the pattern from.
Then cover it with tape.
Cute it and paste the pattern to paper. (I always add lil bit extra in the sides in this case added left, right and bot)
Paste them to Eva foam and cut it.
Add details with foamy (borders) and glue everything.
The small cut you see in the back its because that way I can Fit my fist with no problem.
Cover it with wood glue.
Now with plasti-dip.
Paint it and after it dries put a layer of modge podge.

mohrigan:

Eva foam bracers tutorial

*sorry for my english if any errors*

My page: www.facebook,com/m.cosplay

  1. Use plastic wrap to cover the area you want to take out the pattern from.
  2. Then cover it with tape.
  3. Cute it and paste the pattern to paper. (I always add lil bit extra in the sides in this case added left, right and bot)
  4. Paste them to Eva foam and cut it.
  5. Add details with foamy (borders) and glue everything.
  6. The small cut you see in the back its because that way I can Fit my fist with no problem.
  7. Cover it with wood glue.
  8. Now with plasti-dip.
  9. Paint it and after it dries put a layer of modge podge.

tumblingmagpie:

I’ve put all of the fabric painting tutorials into one big photo post.

Includes silk painting with resist (Elven Banner), free-hand painting on stretch fabrics (Jareth from Labyrinth), fake embroidery with puffy paint (Peter of Narnia), graphite transfer paper with fabric paint pens (Tali from Mass Effect) and regular Tulip fabric paint (TARDIS lab coat).

Maybe this format is better?

cosplayblog:

Submission Weekend!
Genderbent versions of Han Solo and Slave Leia from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Cosplayers/Costumes/Submitters: C&C CosplayPhotographer: Zach Picard

cosplayblog:

Submission Weekend!

Genderbent versions of Han Solo and Slave Leia from Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Cosplayers/Costumes/Submitters: C&C Cosplay
Photographer: Zach Picard

Anonymous asked
would you happen to know what's up with the weird dueling cons? someone told me there's a con in Orlando the same weekend and there IS, is it usual for cons that are so geographically close to compete like that or is it just bad timing or??

Okay so for those not in the know, Con-Jure, a first-year con (under that name at least, it used to be Dream Con) is happening in Orlando the same weekend as Tampa Bay Comic Con. Tampa and Orlando are pretty close to each other (I live right in between them and they’re both about 45mins to an hour from me). Con-Jure has a few good guests, one in particular I’d love to meet, but I’m working for TBCC, so it’s not feasible.

Personally, I think it was really irresponsible for Con-Jure to schedule their con the same weekend as TBCC. I don’t say that to be petty; it’s just bad business. Last year, we (TBCC) had 1/3 the space we have now and pulled in 28k people in a single day (Saturday) when we were expecting 20k over the entire weekend. That was back when there were about 20k fans on the Facebook. Now there’s over 40k fans on the Facebook page and we’ve rented out the entire convention center. We’ve got really good guests. News coverage. And we have ‘Comic Con’ in the name (as far as advertising goes it’s the most searched term when ‘non-con-goers’ search for these events so that means more “civvies” through the door). But anyway, for perspective, last time I checked, Con-Jure had less than 1k fans on Facebook.

I don’t think it’s going to be a bad con. I actually think it’s going to be a great, small, intimate con with fantastic guests, like Asylum Tampa was. But, like Asylum Tampa, I think they’re going to sell very few tickets and have very few attendees. Did I have a great experience at the con? Yes. Did the con make enough money? No. It’s honestly just a sad situation that was completely preventable, but what’s done is done.

Anonymous asked
Hmm..I feel really lame asking this but how do you know which fabric to pick for each costume? Because I get super overwhelmed when I go to a fabric store.. D':

It’s really just something you learn over time. Looking at labels on things or searching online can help you get an idea for how fabrics are named. I’ve gotten to the point where I can look at a fabric online and have a pretty good idea from the photos how it drapes and how thick it is. I’ve said time and time again I wish this were something I could do a tutorial on but it’s really just a thing you learn as you go.

yurihooves:

Huge shoutout to Short Fuse Pinups and FFFUUUtography for these amazing photos! Seriously, check these pages out because they have great work!

My Lady Beast cosplay is still a work in progress, but here it is! It is truly an honor to be able to cosplay not only a Disney character, but my favorite one from my favorite movie.