Monday, March 23, 2015

Shuto Con and Elf Ear Tips

Costume, Cosplay

Ok, so this was just a little learning experience that I had this weekend and a tip that I thought I should share.  I've been keeping myself busy and having too much fun with things I've always wanted to do. This weekend was the anime convention in Lansing, Shuto Con.  Every year I have observed thousands of costumed people running around downtown Lansing and thought: I want to be there.  I was into Sailor Moon in high school, in college there was an anime group that showed movies and tv shows once a month and then life got busy.  I've been playing catch up and one of my recent favorites is Sword Art Online.

As I waffled on buying a three day pass, I also was considering costuming.  I didn't have time to make something, but I do have LOTS of dress-up pieces. I decided a generic character from Sword Art Online (someone who would have definitely died, I've never beaten a boss in a video game, except maybe that first level of Mario on original Nintendo...).

So EARS.  I have had pointy ear tips since college, after using them for Halloween or something, I kept them in my makeup case. Hence, every once in a while when I was getting ready to go out dancing or to a concert, I'd put them on. They were just subtle enough that not everyone necessarily noticed. You're supposed to use Spirit Gum to apply these on to your ears, but I quickly realized that my skin was too sensitive for it and I spent a week or two with my ears swollen and itchy (it was awful).  Since then, I would just balance them over my ears and hope no one touched them....but they're pointy ears sticking out from under my hair, people can't help themselves.

I considered getting my ears pierced in the cartilage just for the purpose of keeping them on.  I have one ear pierced like takes for ever to heal! Plus, then I tried to thread it through, it was hard, maybe I'll get better at it.  As I went though my wardrobe I ran into Matchsticks, a double-stick tape for clothing-to-skin application.  I thought, why not?  I cut them a bit smaller and just attached them in one spot a the top interior of my ear (triangular fossa area).  They stayed on all day, no issues.  I ended up out at a bar for a friend's birthday in costume afterwards and did have a few people tug on them (they did ask to touch them first), no issues. 

Also, at the end of the night, they came off easily, and the tape rolled off of the latex with ease. I remember having to get new ears on occasion because the spirit gum made them gross and sticky.

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Ears pre-makeup

Another tip on ears.  They come pretty light skin-toned. I saw a number of people at Shuto Con with this issue. All you have to do to get them the correct color is use a liquid foundation.  I applied it when they were off my ears, just with my fingers, it takes really well.

Lastly, Shuto Con was a blast. I can't wait for next year, talk about people who are SERIOUS about making costumes: 
Skeksis, the dark crystal
I met a Skeksis (and the panel was how he was MADE. So cool)

Me and Valeta

Up-close of another monster from the panel.

Her wings were folded up and then she pulled down on two grips to open them up!

I was just a Japanese school girl on Friday since my costume wasn't done.

Lots of light up pieces too. Hello #eTextiles!

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