Saturday, December 7, 2013


Hey guys, It's been a while. <insert excuse which is really just a cover up for being a busy adult with many important things to do>
I'm about to get real people. I'm not sure how a confessional starts because I don't believe in that business....but I did want to confess a realization I stumbled upon while getting out the ol' animation series to watch this evening.
You know how once boys and girls get to the "crushing" stage they have minor or serious crushes on other people in their schools, or even actors/actresses they watch, etc? I didn't.
After a conversation with a close friend I stopped to think about my schooling. I was not interested in a single person there.
My first crush was Batman ( should've guessed that by now) followed closely by Goliath (yep...the Gargoyle) Girls will talk of Prince Charming or Prince Philip... I chose Beast. Now I'm not talking that pansy, feminine blonde prince guy he was. I'm talking hulking were-monster. I was devastated when he got turned back in the end of the movie. I won't even watch it anymore.
I would look around at the people at school and they were NOT interesting to me. How was I supposed to crush on the local boys when they were not my cup of tea?
 I was way past 18 when I honest to god had a crush on a person. Don't get me wrong, I had had relationships, but I had them because I was trying to do what was considered "normal". Dating for dating's sake. Nothing wrong with that people...I'm just saying I realized it is not for me. I was bored. SO BORED. They'd blather on about things I had zero interest in, take time away from my true loves, and I stayed for no reason other than I thought I was supposed to. Once those relationships ended I was relieved. Happy. I'd make that mistake over and over until I put my foot down some time later. (Which I really want to erase ALL of those relationships because I really didn't learn anything except that I may have been a masochistic moron.) I do not miss being that ignorant.
Anyways, good night ya'll I will try to get some posts up this month.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Batman Themed Bathroom ( Batman Curtains / Wayne Enterprises Candles DIY Tutorial)

Okay, for those of  you who follow my Facebook or my Instagram @nerdrendezvous you'd know I've made progress on my Batman/Batgirl themed bathroom. Mostly DIY with some altered store-bought stuff, it's going along pretty well. I thought curtains would be easy to make myself, and I was right! For once a prject that didn't turn out to be harder than I thought. So....let's begin with some SUPER EASY DIY stuff for any room, not just bathrooms!

Wayne Enterprises Decor

What you will need:
Flameless Candles (preferably wax coated)
Printed out Wayne Enterprises logo
Paint & Paintbrush

Cut out your logos to fit/center easily on the candle. Cover the backside of the logo paper in graphite (basically scribble all over it, nice & thick.)

Tape the logo where you'd like it on the candle, and trace over the logo with a sharp pencil.

On the left you see the taped on logo after being traced, and on the right you see what it should look like after trace.

Fill in your traced logo with paint and wait for it to dry. Make a mistake? if you have the wax coated flameless candle, you can very gently scrape off the oopsies.

Batman Logo Curtains

What you will need:
Sewing machine
Iron-on transfer sheets you can print on with your own printer

You will need to measure out the length of the curtain rod/space you are putting the curtains.  I added a little extra so the curtain would be frilly.  You also need to measure how long you want the curtain (how far it needs to hang down) and add 3 inches to that number (you will fold that over to create the loop to slide the rod through. Here's my pithy sketch version of that sentence:

As you can see (you probably can't but I am pretending my scribbles were actually legible) I used 2.5 yards of cotton fabric that was 44 in. wide to make both curtains. Yay for planning and saving money.

You'll have to lay out your fabric right side down, mark all this out and carefully cut the two pieces out. If you did it like I did, where both curtains were cut out from the bottoms of the fabric, you won't need to put seams on the bottom of each, because the bolt of fabric they cut your material from should have sealed edges.  Fold in both smaller sides, the "ends" if you will (using mine as an example, the sides that measured 15&18.5) 1/4" and hem them.
With the right side facing down, fold the raw edge (the top, or on mine the 2.5&1.5 yrd side, you cut) over the top 2.5-3". The 2.5-3 inches will be the right side of the fabric, you will pin/sew a line 1/4" from the bottom of that edge (3" from the top of the curtain) and then sew another line 1-1.5" from the top depending on how wide your curtain rod is.

If you squint, you can see the two sewed lines on the left hand side of the picture which is the top of the curtain. I flipped the fabric over to show the right side in this pic.
Mark the center line(s) for where you want your bat(s) to go.
Iron on your bat(s) according to the iron-on sheets instructions. 

Since I had scrap I used it to make some strips for bows. Just sew the rectangular strips on to both sides of the curtain (4 pieces for two bows) and then tie them into bows.

Presto chango normal boring curtains are now gone! Also Ignore the hideous wallpaper in these pics...this is one of the reasons I decided to change my bathroom around, and will be gone as soon as I figure out what is behind it.

Custom Towel Rack

Mod Podge
Clear Coat (Waterproof)

I simply painted my existing towel rack black and purple, used some mod podge/comics to add a few details, and then clear coated it a few times to make sure no water could harm it. Wait for it to seriously dry before exposing it to the damp bathroom conditions. I waited three days before I put it together and hung it in the bathroom. Again...ignore the wallpaper.

Tadaaaa.....another detail I added was my Haunted Arkham Asylum print by artist Abe Lopez which can be found here:

I am currently designing some drawer pulls and other little touches to make it a little more batty in my bathroom. Not to newest cosplay is almost complete. I hope to release it next week or so....;)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Realizations/Star of Batman / Batgirl Bathroom Begins!

Howdy ya'll. I know I have been really quite as of late. I am a bit of an introvert. Shocking, right? I love to cosplay, it pushes me to the limits of my human interaction quotas, in fact it was at my first convention that I broke out of my shell and learned to "be cool" and calm in a crowd.
As Nerd Rendezvous will be changing around some to include other topics, like gaming and other fun goodies, I'd like to start writing more, not just photos and tutorials. I decided to begin posting on a few of my favorite things :D
Let's start with my earliest memory of comic-related things, shall we?

I was a teeny tiny tot of no more than 3 at the time, and Gerard Christopher was in a little show called, "The Adventures of Superboy." I grew up in a house where the kids were not allowed to change the channels or choose the channels, however that little half an hour show was right during an hour that no one else had claimed the tube. I am told I would run in five minutes ahead of the show, regardless of daylight savings or broken clocks, it was just an internal knowledge that Superboy was saving the world again. We didn't have chairs in the "TV room" so I would always sit directly in front of the dinosaur box and nearly go cross-eyed each time.
I didn't get excited about much as a kid, I didn't act like other children my age in preschool and was always informed by my teachers that I was the most disciplined child in their class. Justice, and a sense of right vs. wrong made me so happy, I'd hold my breath the entire scene, waiting for those commercials to breathe again. I'd pull my hair and freak out EVERY time the crooks, villains, and miscellaneous bad dudes got the best of Clark. My mother thought it so cute she wrote in to the show and scored me autographed photos of the stars. She also tried one of those, "guess what...superman brought a present for you" wool over the eyes trick that parents are wont to do. It worked for a day or so. The present? A pair of boys pj's that looked like the Superman costume, complete with flowy cape. I lie. The cape wasn't flowy. it was however, full of static electricity ALL the time. Which brings me to an important point. There were next to NO things for girls who liked comics back then. You bought boys t-shirts, pj's, shoes, etc. Unless you wanted to get stuck with princess Ariel everything.

Skip ahead a few years, I didn't get to continue watching Superboy. I stopped getting comic inspired clothes, and did not have the option of getting actual comics. I did happen upon a little series called Batman: The Animated Series a little while later, perhaps you've heard of it? (You should have heard of it....if you haven't re-evaluate your life.) I fell head over heels for Batman. I never saw anything like him. A bright beam of hope for me, that a human could be SO much. Do SO much. Save SO much. Have such a strong sense of justice...just like me...only I was little. I still didn't have the ability to get comics. I was scared around regular people. I got to see the live-action Batman movies, and that was a BIG deal for me. I was given a Batman vs. Joker collection and that was even bigger.

I LOVED Darkwing Duck and Goliath from Gargoyles, I would only watch shows with a sense of righting wrongs and criminal justice, now that I think about it. I never got to see all the episodes from my favorite shows, but now as an adult I think it's absolutely wonderful that we can get the dvds and a: fall in love all over again (Goliath, I'm talking about you, you big lug) and b: see those episodes we missed.

I only just found Justice League and JLU near the beginning of this year when I got a netflix. Holy cow. If only I hand known about these/it was possible for me to see them back, c'est la vie.

Now I am old enough, and able to go and do things related to what I love. And even though I can be a hermit sometimes, I promise to try to work out a schedule for writing here. Side Note: I started work on my Batman/Batgirl themed bathroom. I was going to wait until I pulled up the floor, and took down the one wall of wallpaper. I then saw about how long it'd be before that occurred so I took the liberty of starting to do what I can, like this re-purposed comic towel holder! Tomorrow I am getting the fabric for my above the shower/window curtains. Stay tuned for that and the changes here. Also...I post more frequently on our Nerd Rendezvous' page.

See what I mean about the wallpaper? UGH!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sorry I've been silent lately...lots of work to get done, and went to C4....for right now...let's just do a quick photo relay of C4! Also, thanks to Stunt Man Justin/Project Cosplay, I'm finally in a video! @ 2:36 beware the hawk!
 All photo's courtesy Madame Erica (Mrs. Foster from Killing Floor) For the full effect of our day, visit her Flickr account!

I will get back to posting soon! I'm planning out some things and changing it up! Meanwhile, I'm on the Nerd Rendezvous Facebook quite often!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Chay-Ara Hol Hawkgirl Cosplay Update 2 (Mace Tutorial)

Well...Chay-Ara is proving much more difficult that I originally thought. The way I decided to do the wings....I don't even want to get started on explaining it right now, but I promise I will, and I will refer you to an easier wing tutorial!
Here's what I've done so far:

Styrofoam ball, meet dowel, dowel, meet styrofoam ball.

Take a piece of card stock, roll it into a cone and glue it together with hot glue.

Probably a better visual for that step. Fill the cone tip with hot glue to make it sturdy, let it dry.

Glue those B******* in place.

VERY IMPORTANT: Cover the styrofoam in plaster putty/drywall repair paste. Otherwise when you try to paint it, your styrofoam will melt.

Paint that sucker, and add detail with dry brush!
Chay-Ara's top, yes I know..."it's different than the cartoon AND the comics" Well...I'm claiming artists privilege here. I love Ancient Egypt, and I wanted to look like a mummy! Yes...I know it's a crude dummy/helmet stand...but hey..I work with what I have.
My Stargate gauntlet...errr...Chay-Ara Hol gauntlet is coming along very nicely. I had to find the proper sized gems!

Scarab detail. It may be "Stargate" but it fits quite nicely into my Egyptian Chay-Ara Hol, quite nicely indeed.
PS! Don't forget about the Central Coast Comic Con, I will be BLACK CANARY on Saturday the 7th!!!! I will be a surprise on Sunday (That just means I haven't decided between HYDRA, Spoiler, and Zatanna)

As far as Chay-Ara Hol goes, I ran out of white shirts to rip up and soak in tea to make the skirt so I must get back to it soon!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Stargate Gauntlet/craft foam armor/Chay-Ara Hol cosplay update

Aside from Green Arrow, I've been yearning to be Chay-Ara Hol (basically the ancient Egyptian version of Hawkgirl) and have been trying to get a hold of the Endless Flight run by Geoff Johns. Anyways...I was watching Stargate, because I lurve that movie...and saw the gauntlet fitted with talons, and thought that'd be a lovely addition to the Egyptian version of Chay-Ara. Hawkman gets a talon gauntlet...I get one too. A Stargate one. I saw a really awesome video on making jewelry for cosplay out of craft foam and that was it....I HAD to do it. This is just increasing my love for craft foam. Hang on...this is going to be a wild tutorial:
Reference pictures are so wonderful!

I first started by tracing my hand on a piece of paper to map out my design, and also have an accurate measurement of all the sections so I wouldn't have to keep stopping. I don't have a picture of just that, so ignor the semi-finished pieces in the following picture:

You see that chain metal fingerless glove type thing underneath the pretty part? I'm just going to make a crocheted version in that multi-grey silver yarn. poof. Ok. Moving on....I broke this down into 5 talons, 6 gems, 5 rings, and 4 pieces to the gauntlet. This tutorial is going to focus on the gauntlet, and the talons because those are all made out of craft foam. That's right 1-2 sheets of craft foam will run you around $1.50.
Onto the magic!
Make individual finger templates that are the length of your second finger joint to however long you want the talon. I noticed the one in the photo had the contour/half circle cut outs so I cut them out, traced them onto foam and cut that out as well.

Use a hair drier to heat them up individually, wrap the lower portion around your finger, and fold the talon portion in half, pulling and curving it down. It took me several hair drier hits to the talon part to get it to curve the way it did in the above picture.

Next I cut out the hand and wrist portions of the gauntlet, and started to lightly sketch out the raised edge outline that you see on those pieces in Stargate.

Here is a cool tip about craft foam: Press in with your pencil, but don't tear, to create what looks like embossed jewelry, the pattern on his gauntlet was a bunch of arcs. If you are unsure of how you want them layed out, lightly sketch it on and then press down when you have it marked.

To create a raised edge around it, you have two options. I chose puff fabric paint, which does come at the price of an overnight drying time. You can also hot glue on thin strips of craft foam, and seal the edges / corners with glue, and it will look welded. After that is all dry, hit it with the hair drier, and bend it to your arm.
Here is where you need to coat it in glue or mod podge. I like at the very minimum 2 coats. Once the final glue/mod podge coat dries, use acrylic paint in whatever color you choose.
And this is 2 coats of gold acrylic paint. After I find the gems, I will dry brush them with some green/black to give them that ancient look.
The next part is going to take a little bit of doing since I don't want to learn how to use resin at the present to make my own gems, and since I don't really feel like making a chain mail glove, as mentioned above I am going to crochet myself a finger-less glove in a silvery/metal-look yarn. I will post pictures when I assemble it!
I really hope Chay-Ara is finished in time for the C4, I know it will be done in time for Comikaze!!!! So...I hope to see you all there :D
Nerd Rendezvous

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Gotham/Batgirl Inspired Bathroom Ongoing Project

Hey everyone....I know, where have I been? It's called life and too many times it gets in the way of what I really want to be doing. The other day I was in my bathroom cleaning and realized my shower curtain looks like a Gotham City skyline, and I got happy. Then I looked around at all the mis-matched pieces, peeling wallpaper, and Legend clock. Don't get me wrong, I love my Legend clock where two unicorns are silhouetted against a sunset,  "They express only love and laughter, dark thoughts are not known to them."'s red and orange. I'm going for purple and black with the accents of yellow! I had the idea to have novelty soaps i.e. these great ones from Luxury Lane Doap (Nerd section!) (who I love because they have a Young Frankenstein  Abby Normal soap, a Decepticon soap, Marvel soaps....need I go on?!?!), but you could go to any etsy seller, or artfire store such as these: Mel's Fun Suds, or the talented Tub Time, or Sky Rain Soap, among millions of other soap shops.
I also want to make my own curtains, and above bath fabric piece...thing to have bat signals and/or other comic details. It's not going to be completely in your face or lame/childish, but enough to please me.
I'm sorry for the small tiddly update...but seriously I am busy as a beaver, and also considering an Etsy or Artfire store myself.
I promise to do a Chay-Ara Hol cosplay tutorial soon, so stay tuned ya'll! Also, vsit me on facebook! I'm there much more frequently than here! Nerd Rendezvous
PS Get your tickets for C4 and Comikaze now...they're going fast!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New 52 Green Arrow Cosplay / Chay-Ara Hol Hawkgirl Weekend Success

After a very exhausting weekend, I have pictures for ya'll. Also, you can find me on instagram @ nerdrendezvous and on facebook: Nerd Rendezvous because I tend to post a zillion progress pictures over on those, including my Chay-Ara Hol Hawkgirl wing build which is a very SLOW process that is testing my patience. It's totally worth it because they look amazing so far. I hope they are done by C4 in September or Comikaze in November, I'll be able to go as multiple characters! Weeeeeeee!
Now for the meat and previous post was how to build armor using foam, and build away I did. 2 legs and 2 arms are now complete and are a nice glossy green!

BOOM! That just happened. I attached them by gluing velcro straps on, and sizing them to GA's arms/legs.
We made a pattern for the hooded vest base, cut it out of the green canvas material, sewed it all together, and as of right now it just needs the embellishments added on.
The quiver (I will absolutely make a quick tutorial right after this) and some arrows are now done.
This photo via @ chambernaut's Instagram feed:
the quiver in the first few issue of New 52 is more of a back pack type...thing so here is a view of that:

Now onto MY favorite part: Chay-Ara Hol: WINGS!!!!!!!!
As you can see this is a very slow (one feather at a time) process. After they are all glued on there, I will shape them, and texture them, paint them, and then attach a harness of some sort...I haven't thought that part out yet, and I'd be ecstatic if one of you guys had some ideas, or have done this before and could give me some advice!!!!! <3