Saturday, January 29, 2011

Using end stop crimps to shorten a zipper

tutorial by Saeru

Shortening a #30 zipper is easy and straightforward to do.

For materials, I recommend:

- a strong pair of sharp scissors (We use Cutco brand shears, but a much more affordable alternative is Erdi snips)
- a bottle of fray check (you can purchase this anywhere that sells craft supplies, even wal-mart. However, white glue will do in a pinch)
- 2 end crimps
- a pair of needle-nose pliers

To start with, always shorten a zipper from the top. This will allow you to keep the bottom stop or insert intact. Know exactly how long you want the zipper to be before you place it in your garment or project, and then measure up from the bottom of the zipper. Make a mark on both sides of the zipper tape at this point, then make certain the zipper slider and pull that you intend to use is on the zipper below where you intend to shorten

Cut a straight, even line across the zipper tape, aiming between two zipper teeth. Repeat this process on the other side where you have made your mark. Before doing anything else at this point, moisten the end of the freshly cut zipper tape with fray check on both sides, then leave it to dry until it is hard and invisible. Trim any stray fibres for a clean edge.

In the top-most gap of the zipper-teeth, place the end crimp and crimp it in place with the pair of pliers. Be certain to do this from both sides to ensure the crimp is secure. Repeat this process on the other side of the zipper teeth.

Now your zipper is ready to go into a garment!

*Please be careful when using end crimps, as they will only keep the slider from coming off the end of your zipper provided that it is not being yanked. If the slider is yanked too hard, it will slide through the crimps and off the end of the zipper. If this occurs, it can still be placed back onto the zipper manually.

(Photos to be added later...)

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

(non-styled) base wig : S-22 Shaggy Wave with Long Bangs from

One of the new(er) wigs from - I got this a while ago, right after the original "Cosworx" line was discontinued. (Now they are " Premium Wigs"...which is a mouthful.)
- This style doesn't have a name yet, so it is referred to as: "S-22 Shaggy Wave with Long Bangs" ...which is, again, another ridiculous mouthful that no one will remember. ^_^;
- This particular color is: "Autumn Orange"

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This is one weird wig. Very pumpkin colored. It looks to be a combo of 3 incredibly similar shades, approximately: regular bright orange, golden auburn and butterscotch blonde = which makes the color seem as though it could be actual real hair that was dyed an intense color rather than a costume wig. However, like all heat-resistant wigs, it is very shiny.

(If you are going for the flippy look, it does retain its waves very well when storing or when worn. The wig in these photos has been been worn for one full con day prior to the pictures, but it has not be cut, colored or otherwise styled from its initial out-of-the-bag look.)

Also, here is shot of the top:

Shaggy Wave Wig with Long Bangs in "Autumn Orange"

...and a comparison of other common orange wig shades (from New Look):

comparison of orange-toned wigs

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

new giant zips available (yellow for Taokaka from BlazBlue)

With our most current batch of giant zippers, we've included some yellow zips this time around, too - due to the *very* highly requested color of yellow, for those constructing their own Taokaka cosplays.

giant #30 gauge zippers = yellow

The yellow zippers will, by default, include a matching yellow slider...but we also offer the option to swap it out for a light-orange goldenrod slider instead to best match her character design.

giant #30 zippers = yellow or orange slider options for Taokaka costume use giant #30 zippers = yellow zip with orange slider for Taokaka costume use

These zips are full-separating, in a jacket-style. And, just like our other over-sized #30 gauge zippers, feature zipped teeth at a full 1" wide.

giant #30 zippers = yellow giant #30 gauge zippers = yellow

These guys are now available here in our specialty zipper shop here.