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Trading Dates 2017

I’ll keep this post updated as and when we book into events, it’s our first year of pushing ourselves into getting out there more so probably only a few in 2017 but with a view to doing at least 6 in 2018 including a London based one.

Yorkshire Cosplay Con – June 3-4th Sheffield Arena

For the Love of Sci-Fi – Dec 2-3rd B.E.C Arena, Manchester

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2017 in Events

 

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True Believers Comicon 2017

Trying to get to more comicon that I’ve never visited before in 2017 so when one of our minions needed a ride down to Cheltenham to attend True Believers it was like the cosmos wanted me to scope it out!

Wasn’t a bad ride..about 2.5 hours from Cheshire…

It’s quite a lovely venue (Cheltenham Race Course) and for the relative to the heavy weights, smaller size, there is a really good proportion of amazing cosplayers. 

The lower level is chock full of nicely varied stalls and a really good selection of independent comic artists and better known names.

Cosplay alley is on an upper level off the mezzanine and there is lots of space around both inside and outside for photo opportunities as well as a really nice catwalk set up in the middle.

On a personal level it’s really awesome to see the likes of Food and Cosplay away from the London scene ūüėČ

All in all I’m impressed..cosplayers and non cosplayer attendees young, middle aged, older, #63, disabled, able, and everyone in between all having loads of fun, supporting artists, small businesses and generally creating an air of “we love being here”.

…you should hear the cheering for the catwalk cosplayers! Well done everyone!!

Before I forget…a special shout out to my new favourite trader at a comicon “Wonderland Scentopia” created by their 17yr old son all hand crafted scents (all legally tested and cleared too I might add!) inspired by Alice in Wonderland…OMGS the Parma violet room spray, bubble bath and candles are to die for! Other scents include a rather scrumptious lemon meringue!

Here are his super supportive parents at the event today…go buy their stuff!

So maybe a bit of exhibition space here is in our future too..

Next up is possibly Telford next weekend!

Jules



 
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Posted by on February 4, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Cosplay Oscars 2017

¬†Well, as the Oscars are setting out on their journey gazing upon the talent and popularity of 2016’s film industry, we thought it would be fun to create the Cosplay Oscars, our prestigious nod to the very best in costuming at comic cons…the Coscars if you will!

If this works well, we might make it a yearly thing to tie in with the Oscars and have some goodies and statues organised, we’ll do what we can for this initial one! ūüėÄ

But for now, we need your nominations!

The categories are as follows:

  1. Overall best Cosplay Costume
  2. Best technical skills Cosplay
  3. Best Prop Build
  4. Best Rule #63
  5. Best Male
  6. Best Female
  7. Best Junior (Under 15 years old)
  8. Best Cosplay Performance
  9. Best Disney or Animated film Cosplay
  10. Best Manga/Anime Cosplay
  11. Best TV Character Cosplay
  12. Best Comic Universe Cosplay
  13. Best Film Character Cosplay
  14. Best Mashup Cosplay
  15. Best Game Character Cosplay
  16. People’s Choice (by public vote)
  17. Best UK Event for Cosplayers (by public vote)
  18. Best US Event for Cosplayers (by public vote)
  19. Best International Event for Cosplayers (by public vote)
For your Information:
Nominations will be considered by an unruly bunch of misfits, namely the Cosmic Workshop crew and associates, and narrowed down to a final 5 per category.
These 5 will then be announced here on our blog and final votes by a selected panel of cosplay peers who will determine the winners!
  • Submissions for all categories will end on March 31st and the final 5 decided and announced¬†April 7th
  • The final voting for public voted categories will be April 12th
  • All winners will be announced April 15th at a live stream on Facebook 8-9pm GMT and later on Youtube.
Public vote categories will take place across on our Facebook page and Twitter
Winning participants will be informed and their images shared across social media platforms and we’ll see what we can arrange in terms of some form of rewards!
Rules:
  • Please think carefully before nominating a cosplayer for a category, ask their permission if you think there is a chance they would not appreciate the attention.
  • Double check the list to ensure they are being nominated for the correct category.
  • This is not a popularity contest for categories 1-14, no public voting will happen.
  • Please do not submit #63 Genderbend cosplays into the Male or Female categories, and by Male or Female, we mean whatever you the cosplayer being nominated, identify as.
  • Any gender can be submitted in the different genre categories
  • Please do not sneak in over 15 year olds into the Junior category, you’ll end up caught out and that’s not going to be nice for anyone ūüė¶
  • By Mashup, we mean the cosplay is a blend of two or more characters, for example, Disney Princess version of an Overwatch character.
  • People’s Choice award can be any age, and gender, any genre and once narrowed down to 5 will be 100% public vote
  • The best event categories will be public votes. ¬†All nominations will be included in these categories, not narrowed down to a final 5.
  • Event Nominations MUST be from 2016-2017 event attendees.
  • Images submitted for any category may be from any location within the scope of the event (i.e. Inside or outside) and taken in 2016-2017. Photographers MUST be credited. Non credited images will not be admitted to the final 5.
  • You can nominate yourself or another cosplayer you know or have seen/photographed (see Rule #1)
  • Cosplayers can be nominated for more than one category, but not by the same person…if that makes sense!
  • The technical category is for where over 80% of the costume is hand made by the nominee.
  • Event nominations are for those hosted in 2016-2017, not a “generally it’s good” kind of thing.
  • Prop builds must be props seen at a 2016 event.

 

To nominate a cosplayer or event please email webmaster@cosmicworkshop.co.uk and include the following:

  1. Name of the nominated cosplayer
  2. Your name if you are not the cosplayer being nominated.
  3. Age of the nominated cosplayer if under 15
  4. The character being portrayed and where they are from..eg Hellboy from Guillermo Del Toro’s film Hellboy II – The Golden Army or Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast animated feature.
  5. The category they are being nominated for.
  6. The event they were at in 2016-2017 in that cosplay
  7. The nominated cosplayers contact address and email.
  8. A link to the nominated cosplayers social media page if they have one
  9. If being nominated for the Technical category, a breakdown on the skills and materials incorporated into the costume
  10. An hi-res image of the Cosplayer in the full costume, not just head and shoulders etc.. including the photographers name/link.
  11. For event nominations, please include the Event name, Hosting Country, reasons for your choice and an image if possible from your experience there in 2016-2017.
  12. For best cosplay performance, please link to the online footage of the performance.

 

ENJOY AND GOOD LUCK! – Jules and the Cosmic Workshop Crew!

 

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2017 in Uncategorized

 

Measuring Up!

Okay my beauties, this blog is going to be the detailed, image intensive guide to measuring yourself up for pretty much any item you might order from us…when you order in fact, I’m going to link to this blog page for your referencing pleasure ūüėČ

I’ll use a mixture of male and female figures on the charts, but the measurement lines translate to either gender.

Rules!

  1. Unless stated otherwise, our definition of MEASURE = Taking a flexible tape measure around the area needed, keeping the tape snug to the body.
  2. If you are not going to be naked when you wear the item, ensure you are wearing appropriate clothing or the actual costume it is going over before measuring up for anything!
  3. Measure each one 3 times and please get someone to help you if you are unable to hold the “pose” required and measure at the same time. ¬†Second pair of hands especially useful for arm and head measurements!

Belts are a good chunk of our items available on the website, so we’ll start there!

When we ask you to measure your belt line we are asking you to consider not where YOU wear your belts, but where the CHARACTER wants their belt to sit.  Have a reference image of the character in front of you as there may be slight deviations from the charts provided.

Sometimes a belt, such as the one Rey wears in Star Wars – The Force Awakens is split, so we ask for both the belt line measurement and hips measurement (over the widest part).

Occasionally there is also some form of leg strap for a holster etc..so ensure all measurement we ask for are included with your order as this will reduce delays our end while we try to contact you to find out.

Reference Chart A)

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Belt Measurement reference for Cosmic Workshop

15 is around the waist, this is the smallest part where the body generally pinches in slightly.  Think where a pair of very high waisted trousers would sit.

16 is what I would call your usual belt line, where a regular (not hipsters) pair of jeans or trousers would sit. This can be found by feeling for the top of your hip bones and going around here,

17 would be measured for a belt that hangs off at a jaunty angle ūüėČ ¬†So for example, Jyn Erso ¬†from Star Wars Rogue One.¬† You would need to drape the tape measure loosly around your belt line, letting it droop to the level you require.

20 is what we refer to as your hips measurement.  This would be the widest part please, not like 16.

21, 22, 23 are all thigh measurements used for leg straps used on a variety of thigh holsters etc. ¬†Basically it’s the TOP, the MIDDLE then ABOVE KNEE.

Head and Neck items

Reference Chart B

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Head and Neck reference for Cosmic Workshop

1 goes from the mid forehead, vertically over the head to end at the middle of the back of your head (think of it as the mirror of the mid forehead point)

2 is a horizontal measurement around the whole head, sitting mid forehead and above the ears.

3  goes from top of one ear, in a straight line over the head, to the top of the other ear

4 Not often required, but for thoroughness sake included here.  At the side of the neck, go from the bottom of your jaw, following the shape of your neck, to the top of your shoulder.

5 is simply measured with head held looking straight forward, from the bottom of your jaw to middle of the little dip at the base of your neck

6 again is not often required, but included non the less, ¬†above ears in a slightly droopy curve to the top of the shoulder. ¬†Don’t follow against the skin, imagine more how a piece of fabric would drape if pinned to both points…vertically down then a scoop out towards the shoulder point.

Arms are next up on the list!

Reference Chart C

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Arms reference for Cosmic Workshop

7 is your bicep..round about the middle of the top of your arm is the bicep muscle, when you flex, it is the muscle you feel tighten on the inside of your arm. ¬†When measuring, please keep your arm relaxed…if it is flexed and larger when you measure it, whatever we make will simply fall straight down your arm when it is relaxed…see…makes sense ūüôā

8 is asked for when we are creating shoulder pieces, it helps us make sure they do not come too far down the front and back of your arm and restrict movement,   So stand in front of a mirror with your arms by your sides.   You see the top of the line where your arm connects? go from there, over the top of your shoulder to the top of the join line at the back of the shoulder.  You will need a second pair of hands for this one.

9 is straight forward..bend your arm and go from the tip of your shoulder, down to the tip of your elbow..again, tricky without a second pair of hands.

10 is simply from tip of shoulder to the bend of your wrist…keep arm straight.

11 is around middle of your forearm, keep arm relaxed.

17 bend your arm and go around your forearm just below your elbow.

18 is the distance between 17 and 19, especially important when ordering vambraces (bracers) so we can make sure you have good movement ability.

19 is simply around your wrist.

Body Beautiful heart

Just a little break to add a note from the whole crew here at Cosmic Workshop..

We create costumes and accessories for people all over the world, all shapes and sizes and all ages and gender identities. ¬†You all rock! you go out there and put yourselves in the position of potential vulnerability at comic cons, re-enactments, LARP events and even just for your significant others…seriously..YOU ROCK! ¬†How amazing that you choose to celebrate your fandoms and hobbies in such a public manner! how spectacular that you, even if for a brief moment in time, feel good about the way the world sees you…you should keep those thoughts up my friends! Just another day in the office? Strut around like you really are Wonderwoman under that corporate image of woman! ¬†Truck driver? Remember those feelings of adoration you got when kids really thought you were their favourite character at comic con! ¬†

We love you all and love that we can help, even if in a small way, help you feel great about yourselfheart

Now..about those bodies!

Reference Chart D

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Body reference for Cosmic Workshop

12 is required for items such as sword baldrics and bag straps etc.. Just start the tape measure from one mid-hip point, wrap the tape over the opposite shoulder and around your back to meet the tape at the starting point.

13 goes from the middle of that dip at the bottom of your neck, where your throat is all the way down to level with the top of your hips

14 Needs to be taken from the back, across the shoulders, from tip of shoulder to tip of shoulder

15 is the chest measurement on a man, and bust measurement on a woman, please wrap the tape around the body…keeping it as horizontal/level as possible and go across the nipple line.

24 goes from armpit to top of hip bone

25, 26, 27 all start at the base of the neck at the back; Neck to top of hip bone level, Neck to bottom of your butt level, and neck to back of knee level.

*EDIT* Just noticed that there should be one more..same as 25-27..start at neck, but goes all the way to the floor..we’ll call this 27B until we adjust the image!

Lastly are those pins of yours ūüėČ

Reference Chart E

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Legs reference for Cosmic Workshop

21, 22, 23 are just the same as we discussed in the very first section on belts

34 take the tape measure around just below your knee

35 is all the way around the middle of your calf

36 is around your ankle

28 needs to be measured from the top of your hip bone to the middle of your thigh length

29 goes from the crease where your leg joins your body to the top of your knee

30 would be from the top of your knee to your ankle bend.

31, 32, 33 all start at the top of your hip bone and go straight down to the top of your knee level, mid calf level and to the floor.

This was a really long blog, but I hope it is of use!

Jules x

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2017 in Customer Info, Uncategorized

 

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New to Cosmic Workshop? here’s what you need to know!

Greetings from the Cosmic Workshop crew! As usual, Jules here ūüôā

I’m going to kick off this years blog by running through some answers to questions we regularly get asked..Highlighted link words that run throughout the blog will link to relevant pages on our website or social media.

  1. We are a family run workshop based in Cheshire, England.
  2. If you have emailed or messaged us, it is me (Jules) who you will probably be speaking to, same goes for if you see us at a comicon or event.  Also on board this crazy train are a group of unruly rebels that go by the name of Pod, Neane, Pete and Colin!
  3. Leather is what we specialise in but we also make occasional props that utilise a huge range of materials!

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    Mad King Thorn head piece with EL Wire detailing.

  4. Clothing grade leathers for items such as cat suits, cowls, capes etc are being developed over 2017 as we get to grips with sewing machines!
  5. Yes, wherever physically possible, if we say we can make a cosplay item, it will be screen accurate and functional.
  6. Although our range of geeky knowledge is vast, especially where Star Wars is concerned, please when making enquiries, include character name and source (i.e name of game/film/show/anime) that it is from, it helps us to quickly search our database of images.
  7. Nope, we do not have a physical shop front you can visit unfortunately, costs too much!
  8. Yes we can post internationally, obviously costs will vary depending on the weight of your order but for most stock items we make it runs at ¬£12.45 for international tracked and signed for (where available, there are a couple of countries that do not have this option, we’ll let you know if you are one of them!) or ¬£8 (tracked and signed for) if you are UK based.
  9. Currently there are glaring blanks in some item categories…January sees the whole of the main website undergoing an upgrade and items will return there as and when I get the time to make the images look prettier ūüėČ ¬†In the mean time, anything you don’t see? just contact us via the website link.
  10. We are all over the internet on social media but not all of them are current and up to date all of the time, best places for daily/weekly news is Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…and as of 2017, here will have a monthly blog!
  11. Thank you for all the compliments every time we show off a piece of hand tooled leather, it is available on pretty much any leather item we make, but be aware, extra costs will be incurred as it takes time!

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    Witch Beatrice commission from Dark Souls

  12. YES! we love doing brightly coloured and metallic leather work, and can also hand mix custom shades where required.  The white leather we use is bought in however due to the process of creating this colour to the highest quality.

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    Huntress leather items

  13. You are particularly petite, tall or cuddly in size? Not a problem at all, we can create any item to fit any body shape and size as everything is made to order, just include your concerns when ordering and we will get in touch to clarify. ¬†This includes children’s sizes…we cosplay as a family and know it is sometimes hard to get the little ones at the same standard you want them, so we are happy to adapt designs to fit them too….Pets not so much, sorry! ¬†Keep your eyes peeled this month for our blog on measuring yourself correctly!
  14. Well fitting items will depend on your measurements..if you catch us at an event, there is always a tape measure to hand, otherwise we highly recommend roping in a friendly second set of hands to help out. ¬†Unless it is our error, adjustments will incur a small charge to cover any time and materials…so measure everything 3 times to eb sure!
  15. We offer free repairs to any damaged leather work we have produced for you if the damage was due to our work being shoddy (not yet had a case in 6 years of working, but we are only human so I would not be so over confident as to say it will never happen!) if it happens within 12 months of you receiving it. General wear and tear of your leather can be avoided by following some care advice we laid out here.

If you think I’ve missed any questions, feel free to drop them in the comments section and I will answer!

Huntress cosplayer – Sharon O Brian Lumley

Photographer credit: tbc

Jules x

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2017 in General News

 

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Star Wars Celebration 2016 – A review

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Star Wars Celebration 2016 was¬†not an event we were looking forward to…

The chatter on t’internet was not looking good, past attendees cancelling flights, people selling tickets because it looked to be the worst organised event ever; which to be fair, I had to agree with, Reedpop was NOT doing a great job on that front as far as we could see either.

BUT it was the first time our Heir to the Empire was attending with us, and her excitement was one of the reasons we decided to suck it up and go, with the backup plan of museums and Harry Potter tour in case day one killed our interest.

We were, in a nutshell, wonderfully wrong for the most part ūüôā ¬†BUT like any con, there were things that did not go down well for us…

I’m going to go through our entire experience in the format of Good Point, Bad Point etc..

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-with Ian Sparrowhawk (Chewie..Rawr!)

  • GOOD Being able to pick up the tickets before the event! ¬†Amazing idea, and open very late to allow workers to get there, really short queues at around 9pm meant hubby walked straight in and had everything in his hand and back on the DLR within about 20 minutes…the knock on effect of this genius was that when we rolled up to the venue at 11am they were already in free flow! no queue to get in for tickets!
  • GOOD The cosplayers from all over the world we met and spoke to ūüėÄ You all looked AMAZING!!
  • BAD Overnight queue for the talks wristbands…seriously, did you even consider the fairness of this and a 6am start time when you made it a family event? ¬†and disabled attendees? Health issues? ¬†this idea sucked balls quite frankly…I can’t begin to imagine the day of the event in agony from my body being in both physical pain and the heat and tiredness kicking in…now include the 10yr old…totally ridiculous ūüė¶ ¬† ALL tickets/wristbands should have been available to book online, first come first served basis, much fairer!
  • GOOD The bag check queue you had to go through, however annoying the idea was to you, was well done, flowed quickly and the weapons check afterwards had no more than about 5 people in at a time while we were going through it each morning.
  • BAD Bag check was a token gesture, not really searching, just a peep at what was obviously there, no pockets checked, no cosplay belt pouches checked…so why bother searching main bags at all?! ¬†Bad things come in small assembly packages too you know!
  • GOOD Unlike many conventions we attend, I was pretty wowed by the variety of merchandise, the quality and the reasonable pricing of most of it. ¬†I’m sure there were exceptions to that, but it was much less of a rip off than many I’ve encountered!
  • BAD The Star Wars Celebration Shop…what a screw up they made of that! ¬†The lowest I saw the wait time was 60 minutes all weekend, 90+ most of the time. ¬†No way was a family with small people/babies going to be waiting in that line in the heat and crowds…do you know how much kids can cost us in shops like that?! clearly not SWC ¬†were deliberately excluding them! and what about disabled people? or people with health problems? it¬†totally excluded them too if they were unable to stand in one place for that amount of time, and that included myself, who would have spoilt my daughter rotten in there if I could have stood the queue with my knackered back and knees! ¬†I heard from people who actually made it through too that they ran out of stock of many items pretty quickly, but didn’t announce what, so you had to stay in line on the off chance they actually had in what you wanted! ¬†Not having a brochure or leaflet as to what was even in there and costs put me off too as I had no idea how much money I needed…the whole farce made me pretty angry on the Saturday! ¬† All in all, it was pointless, why could it not have been a regular traders area set up? ¬†It makes me wonder if they knew ahead of time that they did not have much stock…
  • BAD Signs outside all the halls were not well thought out really! ¬† Didn’t list everything that was in there and was not placed high enough so basically until to walked right up to them you could not see them for the crowds heads.

Read on for more!

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Photo Opp areas were brilliant!

  • GOOD Food was available throughout each of the halls. ¬†Hotdogs, burgers, chili nachos (yummy!) as well as sandwiches and slushies for hot kiddies and chilled drinks. ¬†Also alcohol bars..this meant that even when the dinnertime rush was on, the queues were tolerable and the food fresh.
  • BAD Biker scout helmet area..WTF were you thinking? You want people bidding on these amazing pieces of art, so you shut them away!? ¬†Waited outside the closed off area for freaking ages, no sign of getting let in to actually see them…tried a few times throughout Sat, not a snifter was to be had, settled for peeping through gaps in the walls…not impressed about that set up ūüė¶
  • GOOD Rogue One costume gallery..accessible to see without being in the queue to get into the actual area, but the queue, which moved pretty well, was a brilliant idea as it means that it was not 10 people deep when trying to get photos and see them up close..well done…a queue I enjoyed being in place hahaha!
  • BAD I’m addicted to pins…so why did I not chuck money at the event left right and center to collect all those amazing collectible pins they were advertising? Because where were they selling them? The shop we couldn’t get in.. so yet more of my money you saved me!
  • GOOD *FREE LEGO WOOOO!* ¬†Lego had one of the best areas ever, choose your side, light or dark…build an x-wing or fighter, hand it over for their display…GET FREE SW LEGO!
  • BAD Air Conditioning…an oldie but a goodie! Spoke to a few stallholders I knew, one of which was directly under a vent…nope, wasn’t on all day, just in blasts. ¬†Why?! ¬†The amount of people that would be more comfortable in the halls (you know, spending money, enjoying your event) MUST be worth the cost of just banging it on for the duration?!
  • GOOD Inflatable robots from Blade toys…TOTALLY worth ¬£30 each! ¬†Had so much fun at the hotel with ours ūüėÄ
  • BAD Seriously…where was the Disney stall? Tell me the owner of the actual freaking rights to the damned franchise had a stall and I just missed it…

and we will finish on the best GOOD I can think of..

  • Staff…the staff at this event were brilliant! ¬†Smiling faces, always happy to help, not a snotty attitude in sight! You should share your secrets with the “other two”…for the sake of us on the receiving end LOL!
 
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Posted by on July 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Custom Leather pt 3

Sorry this has been such a long time coming to it’s conclusion…got so busy completing orders, the blog was neglected, leaving you in leather limbo ūüėČ

We left you with lots of interesting shapes waiting to be dyed up…and here is what the next 3 stages look like. First it is dyed a lovely shade of red, adding a gold inset line detail.

 

Next up is to create a more weathered feel to the edges as part of the design and finally to bring that bright red down to a rich, deeper red..

Checking that the embellishments look the part at this point again, prick marks are for where the special glue is re-enforced with hand stitching.

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Checking that the center piece as a whole works and to check layout of the pieces before they all get stitched together!

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Holes punched in for hand stitching…

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the lovely vintage machine in the background is our new baby ūüėČ ¬†This is how we plan on expanding our portfolio of design work..learning the ways of clothing grade leathers!…I digress… Here is the finished belt! ¬†Same techniques employed throughout the costume.

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…and here is the final full costume, not fabulous photos however, it really does not do those hand tooled, gold feathered wings justice!

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All in all…a really enjoyable order, and Gwyn was one very happy customer ūüėÄ

Jules x

 

 
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Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized