Thoth Masquerade Mask – Egyptian God Cosplay

Thoth Masquerade Mask – Egyptian God Cosplay

Here's a fun and bold mask, now joining my pantheon of Egyptian god masquerade masks! Thoth, the Ibis headed god of wisdom and learning. I spent a long time finding the perfect dusky blue with just a hint of green, murky and mysterious. The radiant red sun disc rises on the forehead, like the sun through the mists over a river at the dawn of time. Rose gold lines the eyes, a frame to the mysteries of wisdom contained by Thoth. I think this would be a fun and bold Mardi Gras mask,…continue reading →
Spirit Gum for Cosplay – How to wear a mask without ties

Spirit Gum for Cosplay – How to wear a mask without ties

Ever wonder how cosplayers get their mask to just sit on their face, with no strings or ribbon? They're probably using spirit gum! It creates a skin safe bond that keeps your mask in place and secure, even for a long day in costume. Ready to learn more about how to use spirit gum with your mask? Read on! Hello everyone, I'm here today with Darkreilia Cosplay to talk about how to wear your mask with spirit gum! She's purchased a few of my masks in the past, and has even formed her…continue reading →
Starry Fox Masquerade Mask

Starry Fox Masquerade Mask

Hello, here's a preview of a new Starry Fox mask coming to my store soon! Handmade from leather and painted with acrylics. I wanted a textured, cratered surface with a lot of contrast between the metallic silver and glossy black. Touches of glitter accent this mask, and 14 crystals under the eyes add a touch of sparkle and shine. This masquerade mask adds a dark elegance to your next cosplay or costume! Looks great at a masked ball or on display. I went with a very dramatic up-swept eye markings to really draw attention…continue reading →
Making Bracers Part 3

Making Bracers Part 3

Once I have my bracers cut out, it's time to punch holes and set eyelets.  To get a sturdy and good looking eyelet set, you have to have the right tools.  First I punch the holes with a punch set.  It would be okay if the punch set is slightly bigger than the eyelet...however, if you go too big, the eyelets will not be able to be set correctly.  If you go too small, you won't be able to put the eyelet through the hole.  To actually set the eyelet, you will get…continue reading →

Making Bracers Part 2

The first step is to trace your design onto the leather and then cut each design out.  It's more efficient to do a bunch of them at once.  For this piece of leather I chose to cut out 7 pairs.  I like to overlap as many lines as possible so that I minimize the number of cuts I have to make.  Here is a time lapse of tracing and cutting out these 14 bracers.continue reading →
Making Bracers Part 1

Making Bracers Part 1

Hello! Since Kym is enjoying some awesome scuba diving in Bonaire this week, I thought I would do a short blog post that I will update as the process goes on.  As you can see I have a fresh new piece of leather laid out here.  I am going to use part of this leather to create a bunch of bracers.  The first step will be to lay out the template and try to minimize the amount of wasted leather.  I'm going to keep each post short and sweet...so tune in later for…continue reading →
How to Paint Leather Masks

How to Paint Leather Masks

Hello everyone! I put together some basic information on how to paint leather masks. It's a fairly simple process, and you can add as much or as little detail as you like. I use acrylic paints. They're water based and work well on leather. There's a wide variety of colors to choose from, and you can even blend colors for a perfect custom blend! Clean up is easy too - just use soap and water. To get started with acrylic paints, you'll need a few simple supplies. - Water dish - Plastic wrap or…continue reading →
Making Fox Masks

Making Fox Masks

I've been keeping busy lately, so I wanted to share a quick update of what's going on! I did a guest post on another Etsy seller's blog, I was part of a panel discussion on e-commerce in Fond Du Lac, I've been preparing for KitsuneKon this weekend, and I'm making lots of new masks! I ordered a new side of leather, which should arrive today. I'm always amazed how fast I can go through a side! They're 22-26 square feet on average, so that's a lot of leather. I lay out all my templates by…continue reading →
E-Commerce Panel Discussion

E-Commerce Panel Discussion

Hello everyone! Just a quick post to mention an upcoming event I'll be at. This week in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin I'll be part of a panel discussion on e-commerce. If you've been thinking of starting an Etsy shop, or taking your store to the next level, this is a great event for you! I'll be giving lots of advice and tips on how to have a successful Etsy shop. There will be 2 other panelists as well talking about different aspects of e-commerce. Let me know if you have specific questions that…continue reading →