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18 March 2006 @ 03:57 am
E-6000, we love you  
Don't mind me. For some reason, babbling about my work ad nauseam encourages me to do more. It's also helping me get past my writer's block...and when I'm doing something new, I think it's a good idea to write about it during the process so I have notes for adding to my articles.

Speaking of which...eh, the hell with it...here's the new cosplay site with its whopping three articles and no costume writeups or visual aids yet. Woo fricking hoo. It's still not linked off the main page, but y'all can go look anyway. The articles are lengthy and detailed, so I figure it's worth sharing.

I'm done gluing Xiahou Dun's sunburst. The outer strip of vinyl tubing was somewhat of a pain in the ass, but it's weighed down and curing and it should stay put.

I started sticking together the darts of Zhang He's armor. My first attempt at this failed, but I discovered the trick pretty quickly. I tightly taped the dart together with several small pieces of masking tape. Starting at the point, I undid the tape, spread E-6000 in the crack (squeezing a small blob of glue onto a craft pick so I could squidge it in there without making a mess), and retaped the dart. I'm afraid to fully untape the seams right now - I'm going to wait 24 hours first - but they are holding beautifully, and it was a snap to scrape/pull off the extra glue ooze. I'm glad I didn't try this with craft foam because I really had to manhandle the foam to get the darts to close tightly. I was gripping it and twisting it and shoving the seam together by jabbing it with my thumb, and that would have definitely dented craft foam. This problem might be alleviated with a very strong and instant contact cement, but as I mentioned earlier, I can't work with that inside.
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(Anonymous) on March 20th, 2006 08:23 pm (UTC)
Cosplay Armor
Hi, my name is Daniel. I have also been researching the JP cosplay armor process (cardboard, fiberglass, and recently material to form) for the last month or so. It seems that we both use many of the same sites as refrences (drknight, goldie, ferio). I came across your LJ and cosplay website using google. It is nice to hear of another norther American who has similar intrests in the JP design concepts and is also willing to go to the degree of design as I am. I was wondering if you would like to share ideas and tips (aside from your website) via AIM or E-mail. You are farther along than I am in the experience area. I am beginning my first project. I am also just starting on my first paper form step, and I have ordered my Polyethylene Foam sheet. My e-mail address is ultrablue18@gmail.com, and my AIM is ultrablue18x.