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Work In Progress: Jack Frost + Walkthrough by CosmicalFox Work In Progress: Jack Frost + Walkthrough by CosmicalFox
I've been taking a fair number of pictures as I've been working over the past few days on my Jack Frost Cosplay. I still have a ways to go, but here is what I've gotten done so far.

(Comments, Image by Image basis)
1. I bought a piece of white Styrofoam. God awful stuff, but it did the job. Helped me get the angles and make the hook part of the staff more light weight. I then used floral wire (not pictured) and connected the pieces before gluing them together in place (I used SEVERAL wires per piece).

2. These are the pants I purchased, from walmart. You can see the before on the left side and the after (painted) on the right.

3. Totally out of order, but this is my staff as it stands now. It has 3 coats of paper mache, and about five layers of paint. It still is missing the elwire (as it hasn't come in the mail yet).

4. Also out of order. This is my staff after the last layer of paper mache. This layer I took a lot of time to make texture with it (which helped in the painting a lot).

5. The beginning of coat one of paper mache. I worked on this coat for two days before I finished it. Things to note: paper mache does not stick to that type of foam without a fight. The paper mache strengthened the hook pieces a lot once it was dry.

6. A detail shot of the second layer of paper mache. I wasn't worried about making it perfect because I knew that I was going to cover it with a 3rd, very textured layer.

7. Be sure to take a trip to McDonald's and buy a happymeal, it could have one of these bad boys inside (he shoots little round cardboard snowflakes).

8. My staff after two layers of paint. I painted with a medium brown to start (due to the fact I had the most medium brown and I knew I was going to need a base coat), and then completely painted over it with a dark brown.

9. This is me, being weird, because I can, and I don't have a roommate (basically I'm wearing everything as completed as it is at this very moment).

10. A detail shot of the jacket. This was just taken from a different picture (not shot specifically). I basically zoomed it to 100% and then cropped a section out of it just to show what it looks like closeup.

11. Movies (percy jackson and the olympians) are great while you wait for layers of paint or paper mache to dry. Featured are two of my friends (one of which will be working on a toothiana outfit for the same con I'm wearing jack to!)
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GreenBetty Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist
Hi there, i would love to feature your photo on my fb page! 
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Student General Artist
That'd be awesome!
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jadenfangirl Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student Photographer
how do you paper mache????? I've never done it in my entire life....:iconawkwardplz:
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my gosh, you are missing out! Paper mache is done by taking strips of paper (in various sizes, but usally 2 inches by 4inches is a good starting point) and dipping them in a mixture of glue and water. You then take the glue soaked paper and apply them to your object. When they dry, they'll be a hard coating you can sand, paint, etc.

Various things can be substituted for the glue, such as flour (what you cook with), modgepodge, and so on.

Google can tell you more then I can!
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jadenfangirl Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Student Photographer
ok thanks!! and yes i have been missing out!!!!!!!!!
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Gini33 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
Wow awesome!I tried to work with Styrofoam too,how did you get those to a round rod?I have a plate and cutted square pieces out of it and now I don't know how to get them round...Can you help me?:)
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Okay, sorry this took a few days to reply to, I was out of town.

I used an exacto knife (but I bet a hotwire/box cutter would work much better), and just shaved bits off the corners. Kind of like peeling a cucumber in a way. You just keep taking bits off until it gets more round.
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Silverfang98 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
DO you have a tutorial on making the staff?
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I unfortunately don't. I remade it and still didn't make a tutorial due to rushing tog et it done before a convention this past weekend.

I can definitely answer any questions you may have though.
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Silverfang98 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How did you paint the pants, exactly?
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Student General Artist
I used a large rough brush (from walmart that I got in a pack of 10), and just put a tiny amount of paint on it. I then basically dry-brushed the paint on around the edges. It gave it that distressed look and helped me to match the color closer to the actual jack frost. A bit of advice: less is more when it comes to painting. Acrylic paint is extremely difficult (or impossible) to get out of clothes, so always start somewhere not noticable, and only start with a small amount of paint. Building on more as you see fit.
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Silverfang98 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks! What type of color did you use?
And would it posibly help to water down the paint a bit?
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student General Artist
In this case I just used a darkish brown color, nothing too abnormal. I was using really cheap paint, so I didn't water it down. High pigment paint (like nice artists paints) may need to be watered down.
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Silverfang98 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Okay, thanks!
This will really help! Thanks so much for all the tips and info!
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Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Student Photographer
awesome thanks for posting this so i can make mine hahaha is the entire staff all foam then carved and then paper mache? XDDDD wasnt sure if the pole part was haha xD
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
The polepart is actually PVC pipe. Honestly the foam idea works, but I wouldn't be rough with it before you put on SEVERAL layers of paper mache. As far as attaching the foam to the PVC, I used PLENTY of wire wrapped really tightly around the foam and threaded through a hole in the PVC. I also put some of the wire through the foam for added stability. I'm actually remaking my staff currently and doing it quite differently.

For the new staff I'm using a broom handle (the broom part broke off, to be honest I just use a lot of materials I have lying around my house). I then drilled into the broom handle, and added more wooden pieces cut at angles to make the hook part of the staff. I used holes in each of these, and really strong glue to attach them using wire. (The piece of wire fits inside the holes on both parts and is sealed with the glue). I'm not papermache-ing over it. I already like this method better, as it feels less delicate.

long comment is long. D:
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Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student Photographer
AHH OKAY THANKS cause I am about to start mine XD so how are you getting thr texture without the paper mache? XDDD Cause wont it just be wooden flat peices and a pole? XD hahaha oh god I fear starting this thing so much GAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, I am paper maching over it! Sorry that I didn't make that clear.

I'm doing at least 4 or 5 layers on the hook part for stability, and 2 on the center pole. :X Hope that helps.
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Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Photographer
okay then dabbed with brown paint everywhere? haha thank you for helping me :D last thing I wanna do is mess up and waste all that money hahah XDDD I think the hardbest part with be attatching and shaping the foram to make it 3D for the hook my biggest worry haha but maybe if i make it fat enough with paper mache it till look less flat haha since styrofoam is fat and its hard to carve the roundness on non edeges
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student General Artist
I literally just cut the foam into maybe 2inchx2inch segments (that's for width and height, as far as length I just made it however long I wanted each piece of the hook to be). I then just took an exacto blade and carved the edges way down.

As far as painting: I did two layers of the darkest brown iw anted first, then I drybrushed a lighter brown, and then drybrushed an icy blue. Hope that helps.
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Larina-Satome Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Student Photographer
yes thank you so very much for everything!!!!!!!!!!!!! <33333333333
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Anytime! I'd love to see pictures!
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Ash-chan94 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Would you mind if I asked what kind of pants those are? I'm going to try for a Jack Frost cosplay and I wanted to try to look at walmart for them. :3 you really did a great job!
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh gosh uhm. The tag says "Jordache skinny"
So uhm, maybe that will help?

I think they were these actually:
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In that caramel color.
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Ash-chan94 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012
Thank you! Your Jack Frost cosplay is so wonderful!~
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RainiePandora Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist
awesome job! How did you make the pole part of it? like what did you use?
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
For this one, I used a piece of 10foot PVC pipe cut in 2 (3/4inch diameter). I had it left over from another project.

I'm actually going to pass this staff off to my suitemate back at school though, and make one that is more appropriate for my height (as this one is wayyyy too tall for me).
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RainiePandora Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Oh cool thank you, this is so much help! :hug:
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EhnviousVhanity Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Your way of making Jack's staff is alot easier than what I am doing. XD Like I said awesome job! :D
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Nebulous62 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
looking good! how did you do the painted texturing on the pants? also, what did you use for the cord that's wrapped around the ankles?
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CosmicalFox Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!

The pants were just done with a large paint brush. I just put VERY little paint on the brush and really just scrubbed it around to get that texture.

The chords on the pants are actually strips of a large white t-shirt, that were cut so that they would stretch. To get them brown, I just watered down the same brown paint I used on the pants and dipped it in them and then wrung them out. Making a sort of faded version of the same color.
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Nebulous62 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
great! thanks so much!
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EmilynnQuinn Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. Pretty awesome!!
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