Monday, May 27, 2013

Monday Minute: Pepakura

Hello Cosplayers!!!

Today I wanted to share a bit of info about the Pepakura Software.

First of all what is it?  


Well, Pepakura is a software that lets you take computer generated 3-D models and break them down into a 2-D format so you can print them out on cardstock and reassemble them.  If you google it, you can find some pretty amazing models out there and even tons more files you can use with the software to make models of your own.  Like this little guy.


The software is available at 

http://www.tamasoft.co.jp/pepakura-en/

And is free.  Well... The Pepakura Viewer software is free.  And it’ll allow you to open, view, and print Pepakura files.  However, you’ll be unable to alter them as the Viewer version of the software is pretty limited.

You can pay for the Pepakura Designer software, which WILL let you manipulate the files, but there’s a one time fee of $38.00 USD.  If you plan to do a lot of this, it’s probably worth it. 


 So, how do you use it?

Easy... Well... Kind of... You can find models already made on the internet... Then you just open them up and print them out on cardstock.  Then you cut out all of the pieces and there’s lots of little numbered tabs that you match up and glue together.  Once you’re done... You have a completed model. 

I’ll be posting a video/blog documenting my adventures in this soon.

How does this help me with COSTUMING?

There are a lot of files out there that people have made for armor, jewelry, props, helmets, masks, etc.  All of which can be altered to be used for costumes.  Seriously just look up Pepakura armor on YouTube.

Now go forth with this knowledge and Pepakura it up!!!!

Jason

Thursday, May 16, 2013

And now for a change of pace....

Remember this guy?



Well, there's nothing wrong with him... but  I can't quite figure out how to finish him... without him being really heavy... 

So, I'm gonna try using the pepakura technique that alot of people use to make armor... 

I found a pepakura Jack... and I printed it out... 

Well, here's what I have after many hours of work... 


This was sort of a trial run... I've never done pepakura before...

Maybe I should clarify what pepakura is... Pepakura is a Japanese software.. actually, without looking it up, I'm pretty sure Pepakura is short for Paper Craft... or Pepa Kurafto  in Japanese... but don't quote me on that...but the software allows you to print out 3 D models on cardstock that you then cut out and glue together...

Anyway... some super crafty people on the internet figured out that they could resize the models to be life size... so they started printing out and making armor and props and stuff... 

After you get your paper model together, you seal it and coat it with resin and you have a sturdy, light weight prop.  

So the plan is, to resize ole Jacky Jack here to fit over my melon and then do all that armor stuff... I'll let you know how it goes.

Later!

Jason


Monday, May 13, 2013

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!

So... a month or so ago, I bought this pattern.... 
 


As you can see it's vintage.. therefore rare... and usually expensive.  At the time there were two sizes I could find for sale on the web... A boy's Large and a Men's Large... or maybe it was an extra large...  The Boy's large was only 15 bucks and the Men's was for 30 or 35 bucks... The boy's is also closer to my chest size... 

So foolishly, I bought the boy's pattern... thinking I could easily resize it to fit me.. Well that was dumb... because this is a huge pain... I just spent 3 hours working on the back panel and I can't get it to work... 

I don't know if I wanna scrap it and start over with a new idea/pattern... Maybe I'll go back to my original idea of using the priest robe and just cutting it off at the hip... 

I think I'll sleep on it... hahaha...

Moral of the story... sometimes costumes are evil and make you wanna cry.

Good night.

Jason