diy harley mallet

Last month we revealed that plush versions of Harley Quinn’s Suicide Squad bat and mallet are coming this fall for a fairly reasonable price. However, if you’re into DIY projects and want to make something more elaborate for your cosplay, Vinny Logozio of DIY Prop Shop has produced a tutorial on how to make a simulated wood grain Harley hammer on the cheap.

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One thing about cosplay—you never know when you might need a scaled bra.

So it’s a really good thing that La Forga Maguri has put together this great little tutorial to do just that.

Basically, all you need to do is cut out some rubber scales then attach with glue and add a little paint. I also love that it can be done with a regular bra.

Check out more pics below.

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There are a lot of college graduates out there, so you’ll want to stand out from the crowd. You can start by wearing an LED graduation cap with scrolling messages on the top.

Human person Dan Barkus has customized his graduation cap with a Teensy 3.2 board and a small Bluetooth module connected to a full-color LED that can display a handful of pre-designed graphics or, if he’s feeling a little cheeky, a customized scrolling message. The commands are sent to his hat via his phone. That is not a sentence I ever expected to have to write in my life, but there you have it.

Check out a video of the hat in action along with a second video highlighting how the cap was made.

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hair washing robot

Simone Giertz is the self-proclaimed “queen of sh*tty robots”.

We are her loyal subjects. Long may she rule.

In her latest project, Giertz built a hair washing robot that will lather, abuse and repeat. Possibly electrocute.

Watch the video below.

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Okay, I think The Hacksmith outdid Allen Pan with his working Captain America shield build.

The secret? Powerful-ass electromagnets and a sweet replica shield from Machinaprops:

It uses a set of lithium-polymer batteries from Hobby King running in series at 72V. This produces 720kg of magnetic force at each electromagnet. That’s over 3000lbs of magnetic lifting force together!

The electromagnets are available on Amazon, and are rated for 12V, which produces ~120kg (1200N) of lifting force. We’re running them at a much higher voltage for short periods of time to create awesome power. They will overheat if you use them for over a minute at this power level!

See how it was done in the video below.

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project heroes top

A few weeks ago we featured a video in which Mythbusters alum Grant Imahara teamed up with Allen Pan (whom you may recall as the guy that built a Mjolnir replica only he could lift) for a friendly Civil War-inspired build competition.

Namely, they set out to build “real” versions of Iron Man’s gauntlet and Cap’s shield. See how they turned out in the video below.

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The following guest post/tutorial is by Gillian Conahan, editor for McCall’s Vogue Patterns Magazine.

If you’re making a gothic gown for your themed wedding, cosplay, or alternative fashion event, you need the right accessories to finish it off. And what could be more appropriate than a matching bouquet? All you need are a few silk flowers and some basic supplies, and you’ll have a gorgeous lasting memento of the occasion. Read on to see how you can create your very own customized floral accessory.

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mccalls belle

McCall’s has teamed up exclusively with Fashionably Geek to premiere the third wave of patterns in the Cosplay By McCall’s collection.

Two new patterns BELLE ROGUE and BELLE NOIR were developed in partnership with Ichigo Black, a designer known for her Japanese fashion inspired line of handmade clothing. Like all of her pieces, these new McCall’s patterns draw their inspiration from gothic, lolita and steampunk styles.

But wait until you check out the pics below. The patterns pop even more thanks to custom pieces from Extasia Jewelry, wigs from Arda Wigs, and some gorgeous DIY bridal bouquets (tutorials for the bouquets will be available soon).

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After launching the first three patterns in their cosplay line back in February, McCall’s has partnered with Kelly Cercone, a cosplaying costumer and the driving force behind Anachronism In Action, to bring DIY cosplayers and costume makers two corset patterns for Wave 2—LACED and SHAPESHIFTER. She notes:

“It was my goal to create a versatile range of corset patterns for cosplayers; corset slopers if you will,” she said from her studio in Los Angeles. “Curvaceous, sturdy, easy to fit, and even easier to creatively adapt to bring any character to life.”

One of the most celebrated corsetieres in the business, Kelly designed both LACED and SHAPESHIFTER with an eye toward highlighting different embellishment techniques ideal for corsets. LACED features three completely different corset constructions, with a variety of lace appliques and trims, while SHAPESHIFTER offers two distinct underbust corset constructions and a brief tutorial on working with sequined fabrics.

Take a closer look at the patterns and read more about the new releases below.

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leeloo cosplay

Looking for a fun and inexpensive cosplay project? Well, then DIY Costume Squad has got you covered. In this episode, Claire Max, Benjamin Martin and Dustin McLean show us how to craft Leeloo’s outfit from The Fifth Element using basic household items.

However, if want to save some time on crafting your own multipass, you can actually buy a pretty awesome replica for only $10.00.

Check out the DIY video below.

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