The Costume Making Guide

Creating Armor and Props for Cosplay

Get ready to impress ordinary mortals with your superhuman costume-making skills. No matter what your experience level, internationally known cosplayer Kamui Cosplay (also known as Svetlana Quindt) can teach you how to easily create elaborate costumes and successful props out of items from your local arts and crafts or hardware store.

The Costume Making Guide is the first full step-by-step technique book on cosplay — with no sewing! Turn foam into a realistic ax, create a breastplate from scratch, and use a glue gun to modify just about anything. You'll even learn the best and most accessible techniques for working with specialty cosplay materials such as Worbla.

Packed with more than 30 step-by-step demonstrations that teach the skills of bringing your favorite characters to life no matter the genre, Kamui Cosplay deconstructs the work that goes into making a complete costume, from the first thought to the final photo. Tutorials cover design planning, fabricating body armor, 3D painting techniques, and more. Best of all, you can adapt every lesson to use in future fandom projects spanning video games, books, anime, movies — even your own original characters.

The Costume Making Guide includes the following:

  • How to choose a costume and find good reference art
  • A short shopping list of necessary materials and tools for beginning cosplayers
  • Basic safety tips
  • A beautiful photo gallery featuring inspiring images from other cosplayers
  • Next steps — how to grow your workshop, take professional photos, participate in contests, and join the cosplay community

Author — Kamui Cosplay.

Paperback. 128 pages. 8-1/4" × 11" (21 cm × 28 cm).

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