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Hey!

Sorry I haven’t been giving you guys an update since last week. I’ve been real busy, as always. Haha. Just the past weekend, I attended the Funan Anime Matsuri, held at Funan Digitlife Mall. It was so much fun! I only went on Sunday, since I was busy during the other days the event was on.

I expected the crowd to be small since it was a small event, but I cannot be more wrong. The whole place was absolutely FLOODED. The photog wall I was trapped in was humongous and really scary for a while.

Thank you Yamada Peter and Maidio for accompanying me the WHOLE day! Not to mention ALL the shots you 2 took for me. Maidio sent me 613Mb worth of pictures. Haha. That’s more than half of my 904Mb album for Funan Anime Matsuri! Haha.

More pictures can be viewed on my deviantart in due time, meanwhile, photos are on my Facebook page. My Facebook page can be accessed via the widget on the right hand side of the blog.

It was so funny that Terence pulled me from the crowd and requested for a mini-shoot AND we both didn’t recognise each other. /facepalmWe only realised AFTER we parted. Fail max. Haha. We haven’t seen each other for 3 years already though, probably the reason why.

Here are some of my favourite shots from the event. Big thank you to the photographers!

Other than all the fun I had cosplaying and making new cosplay and photographer friends, I WAS A SUPER LUCKY FANGIRL!

I managed to exchange coscards with ALL but two cosplay guests, shake hands with my two favourite cosplay guests, and got signed items from my two favourite cosplay guests and took photos with my most loved loved loved cosplayer.

Yes, my most most most favourite cosplayer of all time is KANAME☆! And I’m also a big fan of Clive Lee! So happy I got to interact with them. IN FACT, KANAME☆ ONLY SIGNED 2 COPIES OF HIS REVOLVER PHOTOBOOK!

Once KANAME☆ came up to stage, I was jumping up and down waving his photobook opened to the page of his BRS cosplay AND my shuriken. Must have been real scary for those people standing around me since everyone thought my shuriken could do serious damage if it hit them. Hehe. KANAME☆ only picked 3 people from the crowd and the Emcee did the rest. I was screaming when KANAME☆ spotted me and said “Ah! Yuffie!” OHMYGOD o_o
My heart began racing and my limbs became wobbly LOL! I was even wobbly while heading towards the stage area. That’s there I spoke to and shook hands with Clive! Very friendly fellow Singaporean cosplayer! Haha. When I was on stage,the staff didn’t let me get the signature of KANAME☆ and KANAME☆ could only smile apologetically and say “later, later!” Haha.

I’m so happy I managed to catch him when he was about to leave the event after HOURS of waiting (That’s how I caught the other cosplayer guests as well, opps). I squeezed myself into the escorts LOL! Then KANAME☆ pointed at me and said “OK!”. I almost fainted. Haha. I was so happy when he proceeded to sign my copy of his photobook! OMG!

KANAME☆ totally made my day!

After going totally insane and hyperventilating from the excitement, I had a nice quieter dinner with my lovely friends. I was so happy to see Incy again! Look at this pretty Taiwan!

New friends ^^
Hongzhu (Kirito) and Oda (Kotetsu)

Made many new photographer friends too! In fact, I’m going to have a photoshoot with one of them in July. The poor photographer who probably got frightened by me during the event. Haha. He was requesting for a mini-shoot, but I turned him down enthusiastically saying that I was camping there waiting for KANAME☆ LOL

Overall, it was a nice event, albeit too small a venue to hold the crowd. A good event start to the rest of the 2013 events!

Well, the week has been alright. I’ve been spending time brushing up my Senbonzakura dance and making all the props required for Luo Tianyi. The tailor has finished altering all the costumes I’ve sent to her and she’s currently working on my Luo Tianyi costume ^^

Besides that, I’ve been updating all my cosplay-related accounts like Deviantart and Cure. I’ve also made a WorldCosplay account. So you have more places to look for me now ^^

Hello all! Here’s the promised Tutorial for Yuffie’s (Collapsible) Shuriken. I will do my best to give you a detailed step-by-step tutorial. Do note that it is my first time making Yuffie’s Shuriken, so some parts of the tutorial could have been done simultaneously to save time. Shown here is how I made my shuriken in chronological order. Feel free to contact me for enquires about how to make! 🙂
Let’s all make the cosplay community a more pleasant place!

I suggest that you read through the whole tutorial and write down the list of things you need before you start. I didn’t include a “Things you’ll need” list because you may use a different material/method for making your own shuriken.

Step 1: Do the homework

You will have to look up pictures from your game consoles, internet, fanbooks and more. The more pictures you have, as well as the higher resolution they are, the easier for you to draft out a design in your mind.

Look out for pictures that
1. Feature the shuriken alone
2. Feature closeups of details on the shuriken
3. Yuffie posing with the shuriken at various angles
Tip: Look up websites that sell Yuffie’s Shuriken or Yuffie’s costume, they sometimes have useful closeups that you can save for reference

Step 2: Do the measurements

To make a Shuriken that will turn out roughly the correct proportion, you’ll need to do a little measurement. A little trick that I do is, take a picture featuring Yuffie posing with the Shuriken, where the Shuriken is placed in a straight angle. Here, I’m using a picture from Camera Store HK.

Copy and crop portions of the shuriken you want measurements of and put it against line it up with Yuffie’s legs, arms or torso. This will give you the rough gauge of how big the weapon should be.

As you can see from the red dotted boxes here, I measured the length of the blade and the handle separately. The length of the blade, is roughly equivalent to the length of Yuffie’s leg from the ankle to the top of her knee. Thus, I will need to make the blade as long as the length from MY ankle to the top of MY knee. Using this trick, you’ll save a lot of trouble trying to figure out the right proportions and size of the weapon.

Step 3: Record the measurements

This would sound redundant, but trust me, sometimes people do forget. Get a picture of only Shuriken alone and write out your measurements. Don’t forget to label them with arrows, least you forget which measurement is for which.

Step 4: “Disassemble” the Shuriken

I wanted to make a collapsible shuriken so I could easily travel with it. Therefore, my shuriken would need to be pieced and un-pieced like a jigsaw puzzle. Planning out the parts of this puzzle was a little tricky, but fortunately, Yuffie’s shuriken isn’t too complicated a prop to “disassemble”. I’m not an artist, but I managed to come up with an idea and drawing of the pieces to this shuriken puzzle.

As you can see, I separated the handles and the blades. The handles were going to be made up of 4 rectangular pieces, with a notch cut out in the middle for 2 of the 4 pieces (ignore the numbers on the picture, I tweaked my plan as I worked to make it more feasible). Since Yuffie’s shuriken has a round hole in the middle of the handle, all 4 pieces would have a circular cut-out in the middle as well.

The triangular pieces which served as the blades were just going to be fitted on the ends of the rectangular pieces. 2 Triangular pieces would be glued together to make 1 blade. A slit would be made at the middle of each triangular piece to make the blade “pop” out a little and make it a little more 3D.

Holding all the handle pieces together would be a little toilet roll that would be pushed through the circular openings of the handles when they are stacked together, cut to size.

Of course, the plan would be much simpler if you would like to make the shuriken in 1 (non-collapsible) solid piece.

Step 5: Materials

Of course, how are you going to make the shuriken if you cannot decide on the material to make it from! Haha. I decided to make the blades and handles of my shuriken from cardboard and the nuts and bolts using chair leg protectors (LOL). If you’re not sure what I’m referring to, take a close look at the handle of Yuffie’s shuriken and you’ll notice some knobs along the bar.

I just used plain red ribbon for the ribbon on the shuriken on Yuffie.

Step 6: Handle

Well, since you have your reference picture, draft drawings, measurements and materials, it’s time to cut your materials to shape. Be sure to draw out your measurements onto the materials before you pick up your penknife/scissors!

First, I drew out the dimensions of the handles on a piece of cardboard. You can do this individually if you don’t have a cardboard that is large enough. The first and third line are the guides where the notch would be cut out on 2 of the 4 handles.The length between them is the width of the handle.

Tip: Make sure the length of the blade is longer than you would like. You will need to accommodate for the portion of handle that will be covered by the blades when you fit the pieces together. If not, the handle will turn out to be shorter than measured when you fit the shuriken together.

The second line is the middle line, to be used as reference for the circular cut-out later on.

After you are pleased with the lines drawn, slice the cardboard along the lines to make 4 handle pieces. DO NOT CUT along the lines that you have drawn in the middle of the pieces to be used as guide lines for the notch and circle.

Now that you have your 4 pieces, pick any 2 pieces and cut out a notch. Take care not to tear your handle piece into 2. To be safe, you may want to cut out a few more pieces of handles to accommodate for errors.

Label the handle pieces WITHOUT notches 1 and 4, and label the handle pieces WITH notches 2 and 3. This is the order by which they will be stacked. Pieces 2 and 3 should have their notches FACING each other. The notch will be used to secure the handles together, while pieces 1 and 4 are used as reinforcements.

Make sure that pieces 2 and 3 fit snugly. Pieces 1 and 2 are supposed to be in line with each other and glued together later on. Same for Pieces 3 and 4.

Step 7: Blades

A useful tip to make sure that you will not cut slanting blades, is to mark out the middle of each cardboard piece you are going to use for the blades. For that, I drew little black dots on the cardboard for reference, before I started drawing the outline of the blades and cutting them out. Make sure you cut out at least 8 triangular pieces for the blades.

Next, for the “pop” and 3D effect on the blade, draw a straight line down the middle of the base of the triangular piece to the tip. Using a penknife, slit along the line. As deep as you did for the notch in Step 6. Likewise, make sure not to cut through the cardboard.

When you are done, bend the cardboard to stretch out the slit a little. The triangular piece should form an inverted ‘V’ shape when placed on the floor.

Proceed to coat your cardboard pieces with a layer of white glue on both sides.
To make things less messy, coat one side, let it completely dry, then coat the other side. Make sure to do this twice, so your cardboard pieces are coated with 2 layers of white glue.

You can choose to paper mache the cardboard pieces if you wish.

Step 8: Spray Paint!

Please work in a well-ventilated area and cover your work area with LOTS of newspaper. The newspapers I used were not enough and I ended up spray painting the floor as well.

Line your cardboard pieces out, close to each other but not touching, to save space and paint. Spray a layer of lacquer on top.

Next, you could use metallic spray paint if you like, but I find them too expensive to bother. So I used a different technique instead. You will need at least 2 colours for this technique. I used DPI Anchor 29 Flat Black and DPI Anchor *3P Premium Silver for this technique.

Holding your spray nozzle about hip level, lightly mist the spray over your cardboard pieces. No need to worry if the paint does not fully cover the cardboard. You are supposed to build up the colour in light layers. Repeat this step, alternating between the colours. You may want to let the paint dry completely every 2 layers.

Make sure you lightly mist the cardboard with your finger pressing onto the nozzle with constant pressure. Otherwise, you will get ugly spots like these.

The desired result should be as below. A nice mix of black and silver to give you a mimic metallic appearance 🙂

Don’t forget include the chair leg protectors while you are doing spray painting!

When you are satisfied with the result, let the paint completely dry before spraying 2 coats of lacquer on the pieces. Make sure you let the lacquer dry between coats!

Step 9: Blades II

Tip: Be generous with the glue

After all your cardboard pieces have dried, it’s time to partly assemble the pieces together! Starting with the blades, pair up the triangular pieces and glue the sides with white glue firmly together. Please remember to leave the base open as shown in the pictures! Remember to let the glue dry completely!

Step 10: Handle II

So while the blades are drying, you can start work on the handles!

Using the middle line as a guide, use a compass to draw a circle. Make sure you leave a sufficient gap between the side of the cardboard piece and circular opening so that the sides of your handle will not be too flimsy. Cut out the circular piece.

When you are done with cutting all the circular pieces from all the 4 handles, stack them together accordingly and make sure the circular opening stacks properly as well.

Step 11: Connecting Tube

When you are satisfied with the circular cut outs, paper mache the toilet roll and cut to desired length! The way I did it, I just slotted the paper mache-d toilet roll into the opening made by the 4 stacked handles and shaved off the excess length.

Step 12: Blade III

So, when your blades are completely dry, you’ll see this ugly tell-tale sign that shows the world that the shuriken is made up of cardboard ):

Fear not! Use paper mache! 😀

Make sure to cover the sides completely. Be careful to keep ONLY the sides covered. Leave to dry completely before attempting the next step.

Using the technique shown in Step 8, spray paint the sides. You may want to position the blade such that the paper mache side faces upwards.

Step 13: Finishing Touch!

Before you glue handle pieces 1 and 2 together, 3 and 4 together, piece together the shuriken and see if the handle can support the weight of all the blades. If not, add in reinforcements sandwiched between pieces 1 and 2, as well as 3 and 4. I reinforced my handle pieces with ice-cream sticks since I do not have access to tools that can cut wood pieces. Ice-cream sticks can be cut using scissors! However, it can be tedious work since ice-cream sticks are quite small. This technique is not shown as it is a “secret” non-circulated tip that a friend shared with me.

So… When you are done with gluing the handle pieces together, remember the chair leg protectors you painted? Yup, just stick them onto the handles as desired. Remember that Yuffie’s shuriken has a red ribbon wrapping parts of the handle, so do add that as well.

Finally, when all the glue, paint and lacquer is dry, piece the shuriken together and there you have it, Yuffie’s (Collapsible) Shuriken! Time to head for an event/photoshoot!

photo by Sleepycs

Good luck making yours! 🙂

For those who are interested to see how the photoshoot turned out, stay tuned to this space or watch my deviantart! 🙂

Greetings to all!

As mentioned in my “Lastest News” tab above, I had a FFVII:AC Yuffie shoot today.

I was extremely excited for the shoot!
1. It is my first cosplay and photoshoot after ‘A’ levels
2. I was working with a new photographer
3. I was going to see an ex-classmate that I haven’t seen in awhile
4. It was going to be an action shoot, with kicks and all!

I was lucky to have Sleepycs (aka Sleepy_Yume) working with me as photographer for the shoot. He’s still quite new on the scene, so everyone please help him out! I’m very comfortable working with this shy but friendly otaku who is super picky about shot lighting and scenery. If you want pictures that are sure to impress with his awesome lighting, drop him a message! (:

I’ll definitely ask him for a shoot again very soon!

For helpers, the unsung heros of every photoshoot, I had the luxury of getting Iso (aka nocturnalsolace) and Brian (aka BriannaCahn) come down to help out! Iso is an old classmate who pretty much pulled the shoot together since he introduced Sleepy_Yume to me for this shoot. Haha. Great to know that your old pals are doing fine as well! It is nice to catch up. Brian came over with more ribbons to help me out with the shoot. The ribbon I had for Yuffie initially was too thin and I had problems securing that stupid butterfly knot! Brian is also very well versed in the Final Fantasy Series, so he really helped in posing and shot ideas 😀

Oh yes, did I mention that the helpers today are also going to be editing and processing the photos since they are the professionals at photoshop and other photo enhancing software? :3

Anyway, the shoot lasted for about 5 hours? We met at about 10am, and managed to pack up and get food at about 3pm. We just spent another 2 hours chit-chatting about J-subculture/photography stuff haha. These guys really know their stuff haha. I’ve been out of touch with this circle for too long.

We had 4 locations in total for this shoot, all within the same area. The first area is the very famous spiral staircase that has been grossly overshot by all cosplayers and photographers working with them (well, almost). However, I must say I really love the effect that the staircase gives. It has a half dilapidated feel to it, which was what I was initially looking for. There was some simple climbing to be done, and I must say, if not for my natural phobia of heights, I may have suggested some rather dangerous stunts to try while balancing on the edge! Haha.

I guess shots there turned out rather stiff, for both me and Sleepy_Yume, probably still warming up. He did manage to catch a few closeup and moving shots though!

The other shots that followed were super enjoyable since they were action shots! Haha. I guess everyone got a little excited since it’s not always you get a cosplayer that escaped from the circus and a photographer who’s pumped and has the ability to capture them HAHAHA. Brian even commented “It’s hard to cosplayer Yuffie properly since she is so hyper and all over the place!”
We actually spent quite a bit of time trying out jumping kicks and other tricks. LOL. My favourite one was the “Shuriken throwing” one! That took awhile to get, BUT it was totally worth it because I LOVE the effect! Whee! Sleepy_Yume is awesome! Haha. For the kicking shots, I kept changing kicks to see which one would show up best on camera, I think Flying Side Kick and Jumping Turning are winners since they are easier to capture with the longer air time.

The difference between what I look out for and what the photographer and helpers look out for:
Photographer: “Ok!” *shows photo to everyone*
Photographer & Helpers:”Nice! Good pose good lighting!”
Me:”OMG DIE. Non-kicking leg never keep! Sir will kill me” T-T

OH WELL. Haha.

The graveyard shots were kinda… unsatisfactory for me though. It was a little hard to drop into a more somber mood when you were just bouncing around trying to do tricks mid-air. More balancing acts after that though! I thought the effect of me pretending to run on the stone railings was quite realistic with me having one leg in the air. Thank goodness for all the training I have in Ninja that enhances balance!

It was quite scary having to balance with a leg off the ground on high ground. Having confidence in yourself really helps I guess. I’m quite enthusiastic about climbing up and down now though. Oops. Heh.

All in all, I’ll say this was a great shoot, with kudos to the whole crew 😀
The good thing about working with guys is that I don’t have to keep reminding or confirming things. Discuss, Set, Arrange, Confirm, Done. Nobody forgets or delays or needs extra reminders.

I’m super hyped to get the photos uploaded onto deviantart. BUT, I’m going to wait for all the photos to be processed. There are 11 pictures that Sleepy_Yume says that doesn’t need any photoshop or editing or cropping or anything. These will have to wait till the rest are ready too, before they are released to cyberspace! I’ve seen them already, they have really good lighting and feel! 😀
Except that I’m quite stiff and emotionless in some shots ._.

I need to improve on a few things.
1. Makeup skills
2. Pose & Smile/Emo skills
:X

Again, BIG THANK YOU TO SLEEPY_YUME, ISO AND BRIAN! 😀

For those who were expecting photos, here’s a picture of my baggage for the shoot, along with a costest. Keep watching this space, I’ll have a new entry up once the photos come in. AND, I’ll be writing a Yuffie Kisaragi Shuriken Tutorial soon as well, be sure to check back!


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