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When cosplay goes wrong: Marvin the Martian head


I am sure that we all have been there. Start a major project for your next big convention that you are going to. Pour your heart and soul into this piece four hours, weeks even. Some may even pour a lot of money into the piece. Then you take a step back too admire that item. That is when you realize that all of your hard work over the past few weeks is absolute JUNK.

Your heart sinks. Wonder why you even went down this path to make this item when you could have used something else. You feel like all of the money and time that you put into it is wasted. What do you do now?

After some morning , you brush yourself off and start work on Plan B. Or Plan G, if you are like me.

We all have been there. It is never fun to be in that position and have to start all over. But I believe that part of the magic of cosplaying is that journey that you take to make the costume. The ups and downs along the way to get you to that final piece.

In the spirit of this, I would like to introduce the first post in a series of many. When Cosplay Goes wrong. Today’s edition showcases the beginning process of me making my Marvin the Martian head. And boy, was it bad.

This was round 1 of making the head. I started out with using pipe cleaners for my base buy spacing them out with 1 inch spacers. It started off ok with this method. The shape was exactly how I wanted it and it was light weight.  Then it slowly went down hill when I tired to add the first layer to the base. I was using grafter tape because it was cloth and again, light weight for me. But because I did this, the pipe cleaners didn’t hold their shape. Thinking that this was ok and it would all be better after a layer of paper machete,  I continued on.



Yep, as you guessed it, it didn’t hold it’s shape. I didn’t realize that this wasn’t going to work out until AFTER I added the second layer of paper machete. It was only until after I left it to dry for three days that I realized I made a gigantic moon rock instead of a helmet. Yep.  This is the point where I said I needed to go back to square one.


What you see before you is plan c.  Before this, I was trying to use two plastic serving dishes that I got at dollar tree.  It almost worked, but it was just a little too narrow for the shape that I was trying to get. After a while, I just gave up and bought punching balloons that I could use for the shape of the helmet.  This turned out to be the perfect thing to use. Why I didn’t do it in the first place? I can’t tell you why. it just never occurred to me.



Next came the filler, sanding, and painting. This took forever and a half to do. I was trying to make the surface smooth and shinny, but I did the process wrong. I should have used a better method of paper machete and used plati-dip before I did anything. It’s not the worst thing, but I would defiantly do things differently next time.

Next disaster was the eyes. It took forever to do the eyes. Since this is Marvin’s only way to express him,  I wanted to make sure that this was perfect.  After an hour of two,  and many nagging questions to my boyfriend later, I finally got the result that I was looking for.

That is it for this edition. I am sure that there is going to be many more of these to come in the future. What were some epic costume fails that you had? I would love to hear some of your stories in the comments!

Fun Things


If you are a follower on Insagram, then you have seen the latest trend floating around. It’s called #CosplayAsthetic. Take a couple of photos of your cosplay and you add a couple of photos that match the character of theme of that cosplay. A few of my friends did it and they all looked amazing. They inspired me to create a few of my characters.