Yumichika's (Bleach) Face Feathers - Tutorial!

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#1 Reiko-chan on 12 years ago

BTW, this is posted under 'accessories' since I don't QUITE consider them make-up, but the mods may move it if it truely is.

Alright, so with a convention looming on the horizon, I've found myself having to finally tackle the last minute details for pulling off Ayasegawa Yumichika from Bleach. And one thing that I have noticed that seems to give people trouble are the feathers that he wears on his right brow and lashes. I experimented a little, noting that others had used everything from real feathers to foamies (fun foam) to just drawing them on, and I think I may have found a great technique. So let's learn it!

Also, I apoligize for the blurred photos in some steps. My camera decided to throw its presets out the window today and only focus when it WANTED to.

What you'll need:

- 1 pair of SHARP scissors (preferably small)
- 1 disposable razor
- 1 pack of multicolored 'Indian plume' feathers, 3" length
- 4 feathers from said pack, 2 yellow and 2 red

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_01.jpg[/url] - Here are your basic supplies as prescribed above

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_02.jpg[/url] - And here are my preferred feathers. I bought mine in the Wal*Mart kid's craft department for about $1.29 or less.

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_03.jpg[/url] - For this demonstration, I have chosen to do the shorter red feather on the left side of his brow. Make sure that whatever feathers you pick are sturdy (no parts should 'kink' when you flex the feather) and has a good curve to it.

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_04.jpg[/url] - The first step, simply, is snipping off most of the bottom quill. You'll want to leave a small portion at the bottom, both for grip and to attach them later on.

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_05.jpg[/url] - Next, you'll want to 'fluff' out the wider wide of your feather, to make it easier to trim. This also establishes the side you will be using as the actual accessory.

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_06.jpg[/url] - CAREFULLY trim along the mid-section of the feather, being cautious as to not break the middle shaft. Doing so will mean restarting from the beginning with a fresh feather.

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_07.jpg[/url] - So here we have the carnage: a pile of red cut-away fluff, and a somewhat ragged feather. If you don't mind rough edges, you could stop here. But being the nitpicker I am, I wanted a nice, smooth edge.

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_08.jpg[/url] - In that case, firmly hold your feather by the bottom quill (I told you we would need that little bit!) and it's time to use your razor. Simply glide the blade along the feather shaft, shaving away any excess fuzz and such from the trimmed side.

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_09.jpg[/url] - And there you have it! The technique for nicely-trimmed feathers for all of us crazy enough to cosplay as Yumichika!

[url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v282/reiko_sazanami/Feather Tutorial/feather_tutorial_10.jpg[/url] - And my completed set, that I'll be wearing at Ohayocon 2007.

Good luck to anyone trying this out, and thank you for reading. Constructive feedback is ALWAYS welcome!

#2 Ditto on 12 years ago

I don't plan on using this really, although it is good, but how would you attach them? or am is it completely obvious and I'm just dumb?

#3 Reiko-chan on 12 years ago

Whoops, I forgot that in the main thread!

I'll be using the same glue that you use to attach false eyelashes, myself. I usually use spirit gum for things like this, but I didn't buy any this year and don't have time to find it online and have it shipped here.

It's also why I suggest leaving just a bit of the quill exposed, so you glue that and not the lower feathers, which would ruin them.

#4 benihime on 12 years ago

YAY! i was thinking that you would cut feathers. gosh he has such a weird costume doesn't he? thank you so much for this!

#5 Reiko-chan on 12 years ago

[QUOTE=benihime;1667812]YAY! i was thinking that you would cut feathers. gosh he has such a weird costume doesn't he? thank you so much for this![/QUOTE]

Yes, his costume is pretty weird. I just finished Fuji Kujaku today, and am making his collar over the next few days.

And thank YOU for the kind compliment! ^_^

#6 Neko-Miko on 11 years ago

Thanks for the tutorial! ^_^ I've experimented with wig fiber since I couldn't tell if those things are really feathers or something else, I'll try out your method and see if it looks better ^^

#7 Neko-Miko on 11 years ago

I've finished the costume now, [url=http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1259744]this[/url] is how the feathers turned out ^^
I had to use a drop of hot glue to shape the base of the yellow feathers to make them stick slightly away from my face (they were more pointing backwards before I did that), also I want to replace one of the red feathers with a bigger one (couldn't get another one last time).

#8 benihime on 11 years ago

[QUOTE=Neko-Miko;2100674]I've finished the costume now, [url=http://images.cosplay.com/showphoto.php?photo=1259744]this[/url] is how the feathers turned out ^^
I had to use a drop of hot glue to shape the base of the yellow feathers to make them stick slightly away from my face (they were more pointing backwards before I did that), also I want to replace one of the red feathers with a bigger one (couldn't get another one last time).[/QUOTE]

thats a good idea! i had that problem O:
btw where did you get those feathers? i got mine at walmart and they wern't that pretty :(

#9 Neko-Miko on 11 years ago

I bought them at a store for arts and crafts supplies, it was a small packet with feathers in all colors ^^ Since there were only a few red and yellow feathers in each packet, I thoroughly checked all of them before I chose one, the saleswoman must have thought I'm insane XD"""

#10 bakausagi on 10 years ago

I can see that this thread died a while ago. To be completely honest, they aren't as "realistic" in regard to the anime/manga but I basically bought a package of craft feathers at Joann Fabrics. I simply shape two feathers together and glue them with super glue and have them pressed together until they stick. After that i attach them to my face with spirit gum. Once in a while you may need to apply some more spirit gum, but they basically stick as long as you follow the natural curve of your head near your eye socket.

Like I said, they're not really exactly like his feathers in the series, however people have commented on how they enjoy the full feathers and imho they look really flamboyant. ^-^ I think your tutorial is nice though

#11 Captain_Kunimitsu on 9 years ago

can i ask how do you attach the feathers to your eyes?

#12 DlGlT on 9 years ago

Spirit gum.

#13 Ink on 9 years ago

I thought I should ask, because I can't decide: in the anime, the feathers are red and yellow. On the cover of volume 37, they are clearly multicoloured (as seen here:[url]http://pics.livejournal.com/delwynmarch/pic/00005ewe[/url]).

Should I go for the easier red/yellow ones, or the more complicated multicoloured ones?

#14 Ink on 9 years ago

Hm, yes, that's true. Oh well, less work for me, then :) Thank you.