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How to make scaled leather, the easy method.

You could just glue it all together, but glue is unreliable and wears out fast, especially when in constant movement. I don’t want my costume to fall apart while I wear it, so everything is getting stitched. The glue is just to hold it together while I stitch.


Also! using regular tacky glue isnt the most effective to tack down the scales. e6000 is a better adhesive to use on leather


Hiccup (HTTYD 2) Cosplay Refs and Help!

Top: Black and brown shoulder and torso armour. Scaled brown leather beneath this. (beneath that a long sleeved green top) Brown and black leather gauntlets with multiple straps. One opens to reveal pages from a book. Another, the left holds a knife. 

The black armour on the torso can be opened to hide a folded map. He has a compass strapped to his right arm. 

Theres a red dragon face painted on the right shoulder armour and a circular red dragon symbol on the torso armour.

Beneath this is the dial for his “spine”. 

The leather scales extended past the hips.

Scaled Leather Tutorials: 1, 2, 3.

Scaled Leather Alternatives: 1, 2.

Shoulder Armour Tutorials: 1234567.

Bracer/Arm Armour Tutorials: 12, 3456789.

Green Fabric Ideas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Pants: Green leather? Stitched together in several places. Not sure how it’s attached but theres brown leather extending from the hips down to the legs. It’s attached with several belts. Theres a part below the knee? that he can put his hands through belt loops and pull out concealed wings. These are hidden in pockets and can be packed away just as easily. You dont have to make these though.

The artifical foot is probably going to be the hardest. Theres not many tutorials but there are wip’s and cosplays that show you what they’ve done. I’ll include that instead. If you make the boot as big as you can, than the peg leg would look so big with your foot inside or hiding.

Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Green Fabric Ideas: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Wigs: Shoulder length, but layered? choppy brown wig. Two or more short braids. 

Buy: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.

Some may need to be styled. Arda reccomends a Jett, Jaguer or Hansel in Spanish Brown or Mahogany.

Makeup: Small scar on chin, small smattering of freckles still and a bit of facial hair.

Scar Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Freckles: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Facial Hair: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Props: Sorry not much help here.

Buy Sword: 1, 2, 3.

Flaming Sword Tutorials: (mostly flames in general) 1, 2, 3

General Non HTTYD Specific Tutorials

Working with leather: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Helmet Patterns and Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, some skyrim links that may help 5, 6.

Peg Leg tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4

I hope this helps D: theres not a lot of tutorials or anything out there right now. But as more crop up I’ll try to put them on the blog!











"Image Credit: Carol Rossetti

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. 

Thousands of shares throughout the world later, the appeal of Rosetti’s work is clear. Much like the street art phenomenon Stop Telling Women To Smile, Rossetti’s empowering images are the kind you want to post on every street corner, as both a reminder and affirmation of women’s bodily autonomy. 

"It has always bothered me, the world’s attempts to control women’s bodies, behavior and identities," Rossetti told Mic via email. "It’s a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don’t even see it’s there, and how cruel it can be."

Rossetti’s illustrations touch upon an impressive range of intersectional topics, including LGBTQ identity, body image, ageism, racism, sexism and ableism. Some characters are based on the experiences of friends or her own life, while others draw inspiration from the stories many women have shared across the Internet. 

"I see those situations I portray every day," she wrote. "I lived some of them myself."

Despite quickly garnering thousands of enthusiastic comments and shares on Facebook, the project started as something personal — so personal, in fact, that Rossetti is still figuring out what to call it. For now, the images reside in albums simply titled “WOMEN in english!" or "Mujeres en español!" which is fitting: Rossetti’s illustrations encompass a vast set of experiences that together create a powerful picture of both women’s identity and oppression.

One of the most interesting aspects of the project is the way it has struck such a global chord. Rossetti originally wrote the text of the illustrations in Portuguese, and then worked with an Australian woman to translate them to English. A group of Israeli feminists also took it upon themselves to create versions of the illustrations in Hebrew. Now, more people have reached out to Rossetti through Facebook and offered to translate her work into even more languages. Next on the docket? Spanish, Russian, German and Lithuanian.

It’s an inspiring show of global solidarity, but the message of Rossetti’s art is clear in any language. Above all, her images celebrate being true to oneself, respecting others and questioning what society tells us is acceptable or beautiful.

"I can’t change the world by myself," Rossetti said. "But I’d love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."

From the site: All images courtesy Carol Rossetti and used with permission. You can find more illustrations, as well as more languages, on her Facebook page.

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