When I first decided that I would start cosplaying, I collected hundreds of pins for tutorials and tips for crafting a first-time cosplay. Honestly, I’ve thrown most of them out of my cosplay Pinterest board, but the one that has consistently stuck around from the beginning is one that involves creating a furry, fluffy tail out of yarn.
I was skeptical, too, even after reading all of the steps and seeing their photos in progress.
However, I can honestly say that it is probably one of the most realistic, swishy tails I have seen. Sure, you could buy a bunch of faux fur and sew it together, then turn it right-side-out, but I feel like this offers a more customizable version. This is great for fox or wolf tails!
The tutorial is available here, if you’d like to take a look.
Instead of using any acrylic yarn, though, I decided to go for a super bulky variety, more specifically, the Lion Brand Hometown USA kind. It’s just the right amount of bulk and it comes in a large quantity of colors. I went a little overkill on how many I thought I’d need…I’m halfway done with the tail and have only used a roll and a half!
Keep in mind that the more yarn present, the more yarn that will become unusable. I’ve stuffed 2 plastic shopping bags full of the fallout as of this moment. Believe me, you want to keep it in one contained area, otherwise you’ll wake up sneezing from yarn bits in your nose. Not that I have experienced that or anything.
I also received my 3D printed prop pieces! It was actually pretty fun to assemble. The gun fits well in my hand and I totally feel like a BAMF.
I learned a few things from this process, including:
- If you can’t sand the ridges enough, fill with bondo!
- Spray PlastiDip outside, even if you have a ventilated area and spray booth!
- Prime each piece separately before assembly!
- Paint each piece separately before assembly!
- Seal each piece separately before assembly!
- DID I MENTION YOU SHOULD DO EVERY STEP FOR EACH PIECE COMPLETELY SEPARATELY?!
If I had the money, I would do my Peacekeeper all over again. I feel like I really messed up and the final result won’t reflect the quality that I want it to. Brett says it still looks good, so maybe I’m just being a little hard on myself (usually the case).
I’m nearly done with the paint job, then I’ll be able to seal everything and glue the last few pieces together!
I have the fabric for the chaps and the fur part of the serape, so we will see if I can manage a pattern or two on my own…