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How I Made That: Dwarf Wig Part 3 – Reusable Beard

As I’d mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I like to make my Tolkien cosplay dwarf wigs from scratch for several reasons. Beyond fit, style, etc.. I like to have matching loose hair available for making beards. The first time I went out as Thorin, I did the beard right on […]

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How I Made That: Dwarf Wig Part 2 – Sewing and Styling

As I’d mentioned in Part 1 of this series, Dwarf wigs for Tolkien cosplay have a unique set of challenges when it comes to obtaining them: commercially available wigs don’t have right texture, as they’re smooth and silky, not rough and with a bit of kink/frizz. Additionally, when making dwarf wigs, you need them very […]

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How I Made That: Dwarf Wig Part 1 – Making Wefts

Dwarf wigs are a pain – none of the commercially available wigs have the right texture, and then there’s the matter of having hair available for braids, extra wefts, beard making, etc. Makes most sense to make them from scratch. Problem: Weave caps never fit over my head/hair right! I always have my own hairline […]

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I am Fire! I am FRUITY! – Smaug Watermelon Bowl

Back in 2012, I got it in my head that I’d try carving a watermelon for the first time. I had a neat idea – Caladium leaves – and just kind of winged it. I posted a bit of a tutorial from it here. Within the following two months, I’d carve two more watermelons – […]

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How I Made That: Katniss’s “Catching Fire” Wedding Gown Wings

So, I’m going to start a new category here on the blog: “How I made that”. Not QUITE a costuming tutorial, but with enough information, photos, etc to help you on your way! So, let’s start this off: The wings on Katniss’s wedding gown in “Catching Fire”. You all remember my adorable Mini Katniss, right? […]

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