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tmirai said: Question about using your dremmel: when you sanded down your worbla, which tool did you use?

I just used the regular sanding tool?  I’m not too well versed in my dremel to say more than that haha, but it’s the same bit that I was using to sand my EVA foam, I just used it on the slowest rotary setting just in case ^_^

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evadne said: So you're amazing!! I'm also doing Dee for NYCC and I'd love to see you there. We'll see what the nycc fates have in store for us, but seeing your cosplays is making me kinda of intimidated! This is the first major cosplay I've done, that's not just a hogwarts uniform. I'm excited to see how yours comes out!!

I’m sad I missed you! D:  And take it from me, don’t ever be intimidated by another cosplayer!  Everyone starts off with a “first major cosplay”, and I’ve been cosplaying since 2009 now.  Just keep trucking and you’ll make super awesome stuff too!  Never underestimate yourself, and never let intimidation stop you from making something you want to make :)

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msjillyjelly said: Your Scarlet cosplay was phenomenal and I thought you couldn't be any more perfect until I saw your Harime Nui!!! I'm in love!!

Aww~~~ Thank you so much uwu~  You’re too sweet :3

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yuridoka said: How did you make the brown things that go over emerald's pants?? I can't figure out how to do that..

So they’re actually just a flat piece of pleather that’s open at the back!  The red strings tie them on my legs through two holes on the back.  They’re super simple to pattern, don’t overcomplicate them ^_^  Good luck!

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dantasteel117 said: I enjoy your work and I think you are doing great!

Thank you very much! <3

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Dee Cosplay Made and Worn by Me
Photo by Stephen Esguerra
Taken at NYCC 2014

Guys, I’m so thrilled with how Dee turned out!  I’m incredibally proud, since this is my first cosplay to include complicated props that I made all on my lonesome ^_^  I’m so so so glad everything came out as I hoped it would!  

Later on in the day at NYCC, I dropped by Roc’s booth and he signed my shield!  I’m so thrilled~!

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Oh, everyday sexism, you fiend…. (turns out men literally can’t see you?)

I usually don’t do this so please excuse me, but I’m genuinely concerned for the male population.  You’ll see why.  

So this girl in creative writing class submits a allegorical piece about the struggles of women in the 20th century, written in the form of the struggles of an insanely powerful and notorious female pirate who is executed for killing a crew mate who attempts to rape her (because the ship she is on declares that anyone who kills another crew member must walk the plank). Our male professor and male classmates chose to fixate on how the ending should have been more satisfying and involve her somehow managing to escape her execution and survive despite all the odds.

Excuse me, did you not understand the point? You’re not supposed to be satisfied with how this piece ends. You’re supposed to be pissed to the ends of the world. Yes, she’s insanely powerful. Yes, she’s got all these skills she’s built up from living as a pirate for most of her life. Yes, she’s fucking badass and should be able to do whatever the hell she pleases. And she still is killed. YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE PISSED OFF. THIS IS NOT YOUR GODDAMN HAPPY ENDING. THIS IS A FUCKING COMMENTARY ON THE LIVES OF WOMEN AND THE SEXISM WE FACE EVERY FUCKING DAY. The fact of the matter is that while it doesn’t end in execution, most women in environments of sexism (like a pirate ship) *don’t* escape their terrible fates and survive despite all the odds. That’s the goddamn fact.

TL;DR
Men don’t understand everyday sexism. They choose to fixate on tiny details instead of the big picture. Yes, this is a generalization. And if anyone wishes to prove me right by fixating on my generalization instead of the message, feel free.

TL;DR take two
Seriously annoyed, will auto-block anyone I see being mildly sexist today across all forms of social media, no fucks given.

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Attaching worbla tentacles to a jawless human skull to make an octopus for Dee’s belt… sounds legit~

But here’s how I made Dee’s belt!  I used a skull + worbla tentacles to make the octopus head.  For the side belt bits, I cut two pieces of eva foam in the twisty tentacle pattern on the belt, sanded them down with a dremel to make them rounded, and covered them with worbla.  I then attached the sides of the belt to the octopus head with some wire, hot glue, and worbla, and heat formed the tentacle-arms around my hips~! :D

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Coating all of Dee’s stuff in gesso!  Ughh this is so tedious D: D: D:

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Adding raised border details to Dee’s pauldron and hip armor~! :D