~~~ Cosplay – Costume Play ~~~
“What is cosplay?”
Cosplay – born in the minds of TV viewers, torn from the pages of comic books, spun out of Mom’s old sewing machine, paraded up and down convention halls; and now, brewing up a tiny, little storm in the realms of modeling, entertainment, fashion and American media.
The word “cosplay” is a Japanese-invented term: derived from English, inherited by the Japanese, and delivered right back to us only to roll off our native tongues minus the charming accent (pronounced ‘kosupure’). When fused together it combines the words, “costume” and “play”. In short, cosplay is just another way of saying “dressing up as your favorite character for fun”. It began as a mid-80′s convention buzzword, which eventually grew to define the present trend of fan costuming (and original works) which we enjoy today thanks to the inspiration of entertainment and the gatherings that fuel this underground art movement.
That’s simple. Its fun!
~~~ Materials – Wings ~~~
“What are your wings made of?”
I use a strong, coated wire for the frame. The material or fabric that I use to cover the wings is made of either organza or cellophane. I do have a step by step picture tutorial. You can read my tutorial HERE.
~~~ Construction – Wings, costumes and accessories ~~~
“How do you make your wings, costumes and accessories?”
All of the products I have made had a lot of time, effort, and experimentation put into their making. I encourage you to do the same!
~~~ Orders – Taking custom orders ~~~
“Do you take custom orders?”
Yes, I absolutely do! Please email me your questions (under the “contact” tab).
To place a custom order with me, please send me an e-mail with the following information:
1. Tell me in detail what you are looking for.
I take orders from Anime and Video Game character cosplays; replica costumes, and accessories from the Sci-Fi genre and Motion Pictures; and Fantasy Wear such as Fairies, Angels and Mermaids. Please provide ample reference pictures or links to pictures. Be as specific as possible, the more info I have up front, the more I can make the item accurate to your expectations. Please include color specifications or any other specifications you might be looking for.
I can also design a original costume for you. To help you get started here are a couple of questions that will help you
- What type of creature would you like to base it off of? (fairy, elfven,
cat-like, mermaid-like ect. ect.)
- What look are you wanting to accomplish? (elegant, gothic, punky, sexy
- What colors would you like to use? (monochromatic, fall color seam,
complimentary colors, ect. ect.)
- Do you have any pictures or artwork that you would like to elements
After I get a general idea of what you would like I can send you sketches.
2. I will need a number of your body measurements, please utilize my size-chart to measure yourself.
3. Please be aware of the turnaround time for custom and made to order items.
3 – 4 weeks for accessories (such as hairpieces, necklaces)
4 – 5 weeks for wings
6 weeks for a complete costume.
I begin working on a project upon receipt of payment.
4. Give me a deadline for your order – I advise you to at least make the date a week to 3 days before the event you will be needing the item for, to guarantee it’s on time arrival.
5. After receiving the information above I will quote a price for the inquiry you made. I quote a costume keeping my usual standard of supreme quality in mind at all times.
6. Payment Information
I accept the following methods of payment:
Paypal – the preferred payment method! it is the easiest and fastest way, and very recommended.
Please send all payments to this firstname.lastname@example.org
For orders totaling over $500, a payment plan can be set up upon request. In that case you have the option of paying through 3 (three) installments (unless otherwise specified). 1/3 of the total as the first downpayment, 1/3 during the creation of your project, and 1/3 upon completion. Please note that I do not ship any items until they have been fully paid for.
Money Orders and Checks – Please note that check must be cleared first (7 – 10 business days) before item can be made or shipped.
7. Shipping Information
All items will be shipped through USPS Priority Mail ( 2 – 5 days delivery depending on location), for International orders we prefer International Priority Mail.
Orders over $150 will be insured, Insurance on all orders upon request.
Any other shipping methods accepted upon request.
8. I do NOT accept Refunds or Returns
Because of the personal, intensely customized nature of the products I offer, I can not accept returns or exchanges. I want to assure you that our quality is guaranteed – if for some reason you are unhappy with the item you receive, please let me know and I will try to fix the problem for you.
If you have any questions, or are ready to place an order, please e-mail me at email@example.com
~~~ Pictures – Obtaining permission ~~~
“Can I use your picture for…?”
Yes, as long as you let me know where and how you will be using it and that you make sure to give me credit by adding my link.
To arrange the “non-commercial” use of a photo or image, you can contact me directly by sending your e-mail query with the following subject header.
Subject: Non-Commercial Use
On the other hand, the commercial use of a photo or image is something I would need to discuss in greater detail.
You can contact me directly by sending your e-mail query with the following subject header.