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May 4, 2017 AT 1:32 am

May the 4th Be With You! #StarWarsDay #Maythe4th

A history is something that happened, a lie is something that never happened, but a myth is something that’s always happening. Star Wars is an American myth, and it’s always happening, even if it’s happening in a galaxy far, far, away — or, more recently, every single year in the movie theaters. At some point we’ll get tired of these movies. But not yet.

Here’s a round up of cosplay and projects about that’s strong enough to pull the ears off a gundark!


How to Make Rey’s Staff

We got a glimpse at how popular the Rey costume is earlier this week. I saw so many Rey cosplayers at WonderCon that I stopped counting. If the costume is on your to-make list and you’re wondering how to make Rey’s staff, Kat Cosplay has you covered. She’s been working on a staff for herself and documented her process for a video tutorial. The foundation of the build is PVC pipe, so the prop is nice and lightweight. Watch the above video to get all the details.

You can keep up with Kat’s work at Instagram.


John Park’s Happy Chewbacca Mask @StarWars

John Park’s Happy Chewbacca Mask in the Adafruit learning system:

Chewbacca is a lovable Wookie with a distinctive voice, but here’s how to give him a voice transplant and add your own fun sounds to this talking mask.

This guide will show you how to swap out the original sound board for an Audio FX Sound Board loaded up with lots of your favorite sounds. You’ll need a specific mask to follow along exactly, but these principals can be applied to nearly any toy designed to trigger a sound effect. Or, add a speaker and switch to the mix to give a voice to any prop or costume.


Make Your Own X-wing Helmet for Less Than $25

Who’s standing by? Red 5 is standing by. It’s always important to have an X-wing helmet. AWE me networks’ DIY Prop Shop is here to help. In the most recent episode, host Dustin McLean goes over the necessary steps to make Luke Skywalker’s X-wing helmet using everyday sort of materials that also happen to be inexpensive. Supplies include a baseball helmet he obtained from a thrift shop, orange safety goggles, cardboard, and hot glue. The tutorial requires a few tools, but overall, it looks pretty easy — via Slashfilm


DIY Star Wars Lightsaber by Bo-Yin Chu

Bo-Yin Chu shared on Thingiverse: Star Wars Lightsaber use LED string

Blade is 90cm long transparent 25mm outline diameter, 22mm inner diameter PC material tube. Inside is white foam hollow tube and 70-80 pcs 5Φ over 10000 mcd LED string powered by 18650 Li-ion rechargeable battery with 1 ohm resistor current limiter. There is a 16mm diameter metal button switch to control power on and off. Blade is locked by four M4 8mm save screws at the hilt top.


Star Wars Rebels Ahsoka and Kanan Costumes

Fractal Studio does incredible work creating mascot quality costumes that look like cartoons come to life. They created two characters from Star Wars Rebels for Celebration Anaheim earlier this year — Hera Syndulla and Zeb Orrelios — and they created new costumes for New York Comic Con. Their newest builds feature Kanan Jarrus and Ahsoka Tano, and they are seriously impressive. They did an incredible job of capturing likenesses. The costumes attracted crowds wherever they went


Incredible Queen Amidala Costume

Padmé Amidala’s outfits in the Star Wars prequels are nothing short of works of art. Costume designer Trisha Biggar created amazing looks for her. The most recognizable Amidala is perhaps the queen look we see in The Phantom Menace. Cosplayer JediManda made a replica of the intricate costume and put tons of time adding every last painstaking detail. She started the build in April 2016 and only recently finished. That’s about nine months of work. Please visit Manda’s website to read a post all about the build.


A Creative Yoda Cosplay, This Is

Holly Brooke decided to dress as Yoda for an event just before the release of the film. Rather than sculpt a mask, she figured out a way to capture the Jedi Master’s look with makeup. This is a great way to tackle the character if you want to head to the theater in costume; most movie theaters don’t permit costumes with full masks.

Holly started working on the Yoda costume about a week before it needed to be done. She sewed the dress and the robes and sculpted and painted the ears. She made a framework for the wig to hold the ears into place securely in a way that wouldn’t put too much weight on her head. She finished the look with olive face paint, green lipstick, and leggings. The result is creative, and as an added bonus, the Jedi robe works as an everyday dress.


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