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Making a Replica Discovery Combadge

I was pretty whiny about the costumes in Star Trek: Discovery last week. There is a part of the uniform that I didn’t talk about at all, though: the combadge. The original series didn’t have combadges, but crests that showed their department on the ship: command, operations or science. The …

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Star Trek: Discovery – Throwing Down the Gauntlet to Cosplayers

The costumes in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series are as baffling as they are beautiful. I imagine the artistic director found out that people liked to make replica star trek costumes and took it as a challenge. “We’ll not be having that,” they said. “We’ll have no pajama shirts or polyester jumpsuits …


Corporate Cosplay

Most of the costumes I make aren’t exactly workplace appropriate. I put mounds of work into them, but I only get to wear them four or five days a year, at conventions, where I effectively pay for the right to do so. This seems very silly. Recently, I’ve started making …

Newt Scamander standing with a sculpture of a lion

A Hufflepuffian Protagonist

Newt Scamander is an unexpectedly interesting hero. He is even more interesting when compared with Harry Potter. It may seem like an unwarranted comparison. Harry Potter was a child in children’s movies. Newt Scamander is an adult in an adult movie. They may share a universe, but they’re fundamentally different …


The making of Obi Wan Tenobi

Have you ever had a clever idea that has spun terribly out of control? That happened to me this year.It started with a tiny seed, and a bit of opportunity. I have wanted to make a replica sonic screwdriver for some time. I’ve also wanted to make a lightsaber for …

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WIP Weekend: Death Eater

For the next installment of “My Friends Make Cool Stuff,” this Death Eater mask styled after the ones from the later Harry Potter films is just one part of what will eventually be a full costume.


Why do we Mashup?

I was asked a question at Dragon Con this year that I have been puzzling over for the past two weeks: “Why are mashup costumes a thing?” What puzzled me was not the answer, I know the reason in the very core of my being. What puzzled me is how …