Cosplay Update 5-trials with sealant

Things didn’t exactly go to plan this week. I found out a few things about being a UK based cosplayer that made life difficult and almost ended in disaster. It also meant I couldn’t get on with the more impressive build that I wanted to do, but nevermind – lessons learnt and going in the EVA foam tips blog.

So here is the tale of last week’s adventures. I finished cutting, gluing and sanding my chest piece – pretty happy with that. My cosplay helper also dutifully taped up my head so I could make a pattern for my mask, the whole of which took about 3 hours to draw, cut and assemble.

After reading Kamui cosplay’s books and watching a few videos, I know that plugging any gaps is important and for that I needed sealant. I made the (foolish) assumption that kwik-seal is the same as any other sealant and bought silicone bathroom sealant and spent many hours applying it. When I went to sand it down after 24hours, it all pealed off. After hours of research, it transpires that I a) can’t get ahold of kwik-seal conveniently in the UK and b) that I didn’t want sealant (DEFINITELY not silicone either – turns out my primer doesn’t adhere to that at all) – I wanted acrylic decorater’s caulk.

Off I went back to the hardware store, caulk bought and more application time. It went one better than the silicone stuff and behaved more like the videos, so I thought “phew – sorted”. Nope. Sander on and off it came again. So generic decorater’s caulk can’t be sanded. More research resulted in finding ONE product that does everything I need it to and that’s evo-stick decorater’s caulk WHICH DOES ALLOW SANDING.

By this point, I’d actually created more lumps and bumps than when I started, so I bodged it together as best I could and got on with priming, knowing that this wasn’t going to look as perfect as I’d intended. Thankfully my primer behaved perfectly and this is where I am now. I need to cover the primer in black paint (I know it’s black already, but the spray can couldn’t get into all the fiddly bits and I want to be sure everything is covered) and then I’ll paint properly!

Written by: Lulu

I’m best described as a jack of all trades type - I have a lot of interests and tend to bounce sporadically from one to another, picking up new ones on the way. Predominantly I make things and read. I do play console games (I think at present I own three four consoles that fight for space), but even then I wouldn’t say I play one type of game more than any other. I’m a big final fantasy fan, but I also like puzzle games and FPS. There are plenty more console games enthusiasts on here though, so I’ll be sticking to reviewing tabletop games. I grew up with a culture of playing board games with my family frequently, especially Hero Quest with my dad. Whenever we have a social gathering, which is usually every other weekend, we inevitably play at least one board game. Then there’s the making of things. My current list of enthusiasms includes crochet, embroidery, clothes making and cosplay, bags, leather work, some jewellry, plushies of all shapes and sizes and some other random bits and pieces. You can read all about my nerd-craft in my blog and if you’re interested and willing to part with some cash, I do take commissions on certain things. If you can think it, I can probably make it out of something - just ask!

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