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Ep. 54 - Tools of the Trade

Stitchers, Seamers, and all the In-Betweeners,

What tools do you like using when working on cosplays? We discuss our favs and which ones work best with various materials and methods. These are not required tools for cosplaying but tools that can make your crafting job easier. Some of these tools are cheap and easy to implement while others are a bit pricier. Enjoy the bonus content!

Favorite Tools:

  • Foam Clays
  • Sculpting Tools (dental tools)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Beading Needles
  • the Right Glue
    • Research what kind of glue you need to do the job. there are so many to choose from but the right glue will do the job best!
    • Barge Contact Cement is great for open foam cell materials as well as leather!
    • Rapid Fuse is an amazing super glue
  • Belt Sander
  • Grommet/Eyelet Setters

  • Router
  • Dremel (or Rotary Tool)
    • And just about any attachment you can add to it
  • Math
    • Basic math is so important! Scaling, sizing, etc. It is really important!
  • Art programs
    • These are great for plotting out your cosplay plans and helping to fit something to your height as well.
VFire LOVES drawing CosBuilds
  • You can also use a projector with your prop image and put it onto a wall and trace it onto paper.
  • Knowing your Sewing Machine and the feet with it.
    • zipper foot
    • satin stitch foot
    • walking foot (evenly pulls fabric through the machine with heavy duty fabrics)
    • button holer
  • Lighting! "I need my room bright and I need it bright now!" Having the right light bulb and lighting can make crafting so much easier.
    • Having good flashlights or portable lights are also helpful.
  • Frixion Pens (Magic disappearing pens!)
  • Heat gun
Take note: the heat box is tinfoil and is set on cardboard to keep the carpet/cutting mat safe.
  • Blue tooth music box for music and skit rehearsing
  • Rotary cutter, mat, and clear ruler
  • Leather shears
  • Dye pot (fits two to three yards of fabric) and tongs to help move your fabric without splashing and making messes.
  • Band saw
  • EVA cutters that can do angle cuts
  • Scroll saw
  • UV Resin (auto bonds in a chemical reaction)
  • Cricut machine or dye cut machines
  • Wood lathe! or metal lathe
FYI: VFire's test to put model clay under friendly plastic... did not happen. Her model clay was all dried out.... XD So here is her first Lathe Project to make up for it!

Thanks for listening! We love you!

- The Stitch and Seam Team

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