A fun and sometimes vital part of cosplay is learning how to accentuate your character with the finer details. This can mean embellishing your foam armor with bevels and shading or it could mean adding buck teeth to your Chuckie Finster cosplay. I personally didn’t do this for mine, but I thought it would be fun (and useful) to figure out the best method for DIY buck teeth.
You would think that constructing your own false set of teeth would be easy in comparison to foam smithing and sewing, right? Well, then you would be…
Now, I will say that this is a more tedious method, but it works wonderfully. The products might not be something that is in your typical cosplay toolbox, but I do recommend each and every one of these products for your arsenal.
Here’s What You’ll Need
Insta Morph Moldable Plastic
Yes, that is literally it.
How the heck do you expect to know how to use moldable plastic without knowing what it is first?
Here’s the product description:
InstaMorph is an advanced modeling compound that becomes moldable when warm (150 deg F) and solidifies at room temperature. It’s made out of a lightweight polyester thermoplastic which acts like clay when warm, but when it cools, it’s a strong plastic. Unlike other products that once they dry they are locked in that shape forever, InstaMorph can be reheated over and over again and re-molded into any number of configurations.
InstaMorph is a non-toxic substance, so it is completely safe to put into your mouth.
InstaMorph does come with a Choking Hazard label, specifically stating, “Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.”
RELATED: Chuckie Finster Cosplay eBook!
How-To: DIY Buck Teeth
Now that we have that out of the way, here is how you can DIY buck teeth!
(Pics coming soon)
Step 1: Heat water to 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius)
I boiled some water, but apparently, microwaving water works just fine.
Step 2: Pour a small amount of InstaMorph beads into the water.
Pro Tip: A little goes a long way. In other words, you don’t need much for two small buck teeth.
Step 3: Wait 2 minutes or until the beads turn clear and start to stick together. I recommend using a wooden spoon to bring the pellets together.
Step 4: Remove from the water and place on a paper towel.
Warning! These are heated plastic so it will be hot.
Step 5: Pat the plastic a little bit and wait a few seconds for it to cool. You’ll notice that the plastic will be flimsy enough to manipulate, but still not in its solid form. It’s kind of a jelly-like material.
Before it dries, place the plastic on your two front teeth and start molding to your teeth.
You may find that you need to add more pellets. All you have to do is stick the teeth right back into the hot water and add more. The new beads will start to gravitate towards the other plastic piece, making it easy to mold the plastic together.
If you need to make your buck teeth less prominent, you can heat the InstaMorph back up until it returns to its jelly-like form and start ripping the plastic apart to make smaller pieces.
Step 6: Let it cool at room temperature (usually takes less than a few minutes). And voila! You have your own custom DIY buck teeth.
The plastic dries white so you don’t have to worry about painting them or anything.
You can use more InstaMorph to create a kind of base for the top of your gums to hold the buck teeth in place, or you can simply glue them on with denture adhesive.
Here are some characters you can use for DIY buck teeth:
If you are a part of the cosplay community (which I assume you are, because why else would you be here?) then you have seen this Mary Jane Spider-Man shirt a time or two for a casual cosplay. Whether you are a fan of her off-the-cuff appearances in the comics or her newer renditions as Spinneret in the Earth-18119 series, she is a character that most cosplayers keep in their closets. So, in case you are in a rush and need a quick cosplay for your final convention day, or you are simply wondering how so many girls have this T-shirt, I’m going to show you my super quick, super easy DIY Spider-Man T-shirt tutorial.
What You’ll Need:
Plain White T-Shirt (style is up to you)
A printer with color ink
Spider-Man Heart Design (free printable version below)
The reason so many girls utilize this version of MJ is because it is without a doubt one of the easiest and most popular female cosplays you can conjure up. This cute Mary Jane Spider-Man shirt just needs to be paired with some jean shorts, knee-high socks, and a red or auburn wig to complete the look. If you need some help on Mary Jane’s makeup, check out my Five Ways to Freckle makeup tutorial to go along with this DIY Spider-Man T-Shirt.
How To Make the Mary Jane Spider-Man Shirt
Step 1. Create or find the Spider-Man heart shape design.
Submit your email below for the free downloadable Spider-Man shirt design that I used!
Step 2. Print it out.
Use regular computer paper first to determine if your design needs to be bigger or smaller.
Then, use white fabric transferable paper. I usually use the brand Avery, which you can get at Walmart or on Amazon. Print on the blank side of the paper.
Normally, you would have to do a mirrored image before you transfer it, but since this is asymmetrical design, it works without needing to reverse it. However, I did (just to be safe) use this method for the downloadable version.
Step 3. Trim around the design.
Make sure there are absolutely no white edges or else it will transfer onto your shirt.
Step 4. Iron it on.
Make sure you place it exactly where you want it to go before you iron on your Spider-Man design. I also recommend using a cutting board or something to stretch out your shirt while you iron it on.
Place it face down and use firm pressure to iron on the design. Use your body weight to press the iron down onto the design for one to two minutes. Move the iron left to right, then up and down to ensure the entire design is being transferred onto your shirt.
Step 5. Let it cool.
It’s recommended that you wait at least 24 hours to wear and wash your MJ Spider-Man heart shirt.
Step 6. Become Mary Jane Watson
And that’s it! You now officially have your own casual MJ cosplay. Or just a cute Spider-Man T-shirt. The instructions suggest washing your shirt inside out in cold water, and use tumble dry low to ensure your design stays on forever!
I never planned on doing a Harry Potter DIY wand display. I have had three Harry Potter wands sitting in their little Ollivanders’ boxes for the past year now. But after I saw this nifty little board at Walmart, I decided to embark on the journey of creating my own handmade wand holder. And in case you saw my Everything You Need to Know About the Wands at Wizarding World of Harry Potter, here is how you can make one, too!
Here’s What You’ll Need:
A wooden board, a frame, or a shadow box
Mod Podge (Optional)
Print of your favorite HP spell, quote, or picture (or a decal)
Now, you can always take the easier route and embed your hooks into the sides of a picture frame. Then all you will have to do is simply print out your favorite picture, quote, or spell to go into the photo slots.
Or you can use a shadow box and fill it with all of your favorite Harry Potter things. You can even just buy a decal for the glass and use the shadow box for dimension. And voila! You have a unique handmade wand holder.
There really are limitless options.
I wanted mine to be a little different, so I used the Mod Podge method.
Here are the steps for my Harry Potter DIY Wand Display:
Step 1: Paint, Wood Stain, or Burn your wood.
I wanted my wand holder to look a bit more dramatic, so I simply burned the craft wood board I bought from Walmart. I used a Zippo lighter, but this gets HOT very quickly so I recommend using a torch lighter or something with a handle.
You could also use paint if you a looking for a colorful/lively display. Using my house colors was another idea I considered! Or you can use wood stain for a more traditional aesthetic. (like something you would see inside Hogwarts).
Step 2: Find your favorite Harry Potter-esque quote, spell or picture
I love the quote from J.K. Rowling’s speech at the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 premiere. It also went well with the picture I choose! Print both of these out on regular computer paper, as a mirrored image. If you want to use the exact pictures I did, submit your email below and I will send you the PDFs!
If you are using a shadow box, you can skip this step and just add your HP memorabilia into your box. Or use a decal to place on the glass.
If you are using a picture frame, simply slide these pictures into the photo slots before moving on to Step 6.
Step 3: Mod to the Podge
I did this for both the quote and the photo for my display. You will want to trim the sides of the picture or quote as close as possible to the edges. Then, paint the front of your photo heavily with matte mod podge.
Next, place it face down on your board and use an old gift or credit card to get rid of wrinkles or bubbles.
Step 4: Let it DRY
For at least 8 hours. I know– you’re anxious! But it’s important to let it dry so that the image’s ink really settles into the wood.
Step 5: Remove the Paper
After it dries, you will be able to get rid of the surrounding paper by simply using water and a washcloth. Make sure the cloth is heavily saturated to make the process easier. Gently rub the wet cloth over your photo and watch as the paper begins to peel away, leaving your wood stained with your picture!
Step 6: Twist in little gold hook thingys
These actually screwed into the craft wood quite nicely. However, if you are using thicker materials, you may need to pre-poke a hole into your wood. You can use a thumb tack or a hammer and a nail to create the setting for your hook.
Also, the gold hooks also might need to be pried open slightly in order to fit in larger wands. I just used pliers to do this.
Pro Tip: Use a ruler to make sure your hooks are lined up perfectly.
Step 7: Display!
I added an picture brackets on the back and used a regular nail to hold the entire display in place. And there you have i; your own unique DIY wand display!
What do you think of this Harry Potter DIY wand display? I don’t think I’ve seen very many handmade wand holders like this, so it was fun to come up with a new look! If you use this tutorial, please tag me on social media!
Oh hey, guys! Here is the Cosplay Supply List to go along with my Debbie Thornberry Cosplay and Makeup Tutorial, with a bonus SFX tutorial! Here you can find quick links to a full Debbie Thornberry cosplay, as well as a list of all the makeup supplies I used to make this cosplay.
So grab your coffee, grab these cosplay supplies, and let’s get started.
What You’ll Need
Most of these supplies are easily accessible on Amazon. I provided a link banner under each list for a visual of the products I used and how much they cost. Anything not shown in the banner will have its own link or can be found at your local craft, general, or thrift store.
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Oh hey, guys! Here is the Cosplay Supply Link to go along with my Jenny Bravo Cosplay, Hair, and Makeup Tutorial! Whether you’re here for one or all of the tutorial supplies, this post lists every single item you will need and where to find it (including the bullet SFX wound)!
Most of these supplies are easily accessible on Amazon. I provided a link banner under each list for a visual of the products I used and how much they cost. Anything not shown in the banner will have its own link, but for these easy cosplay, I always HIGHLY recommend scavenging your local thrift store first!
Craft Foam, Acrylic Paint, and Earring Hook Thingamagigs
As I mention in the video, you can use whatever eye makeup look you want since the sunglasses will be cover it up. But here is what I used, along with the hair supplies you’ll need for the voluptuous Jenny Bravo hair!
e.l.f Eyeshadow (black, white, gray for smokey eye)
“It’s been years since Gwen Stacey was stripped of her role as New York’s heroine—Spider-Gwen. When she was forced to save Mary Jane from Venom, Gwen put herself in danger in order to thwart the symbiote’s attempt to consume MJ. With her ferocity combined with her powers as Spider-Gwen, she was able to stop the parasitic monster from taking MJ as its host.
However in the plight of MJ’s rescue, the symbiote turned it’s attention towards Gwen. As the liquid parasite jumped to her, she clawed her way through the venom, making her partially blinded and scarred in one eye. The symbiote mysteriously found itself unable to bond to her, but the remnants that clung to Spider-Gwen embedded itself until she was transformed into something different. Something darker.
*This is a completely original concept, not meant to be derived from any existing comic or story-line. This backstory synopsis is just for fun, made to along with pre-existing characters, that I did not create. Ownership and creation of these names of characters belong to Marvel Comics.