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Tifa Wig + Boots. by cupcake-rufflebutt Tifa Wig + Boots. by cupcake-rufflebutt
Finally some Otakon progress! FFVII was the very first RPG I ever played [if you don't count the old Indy and Monkey Island games for Mac, LOL] and lately I've been replaying it. We all know how little it takes for the cosplay bug to bite, so before I knew it, I was entertaining thoughts of making Tifa's original outfit. Then of course my bf had to mention that he had always wanted to do in-game Cid, and I was sold.

Here's a progress collage of my finished wig and boots. The wig was styled from Cosworx's Misty wig in dark brown [2]. The wig fibers were a little warped due to the way it had been folded in the bag, so I took a steamer to it, then cut in the bangs and layers. I still have to make the ponytail clasp. I'm a big fan of the Misty [I also used it for my Erza wig], so I was happy to be able to work with it again.

The boots. THE BOOTS. I knew that if I was going to do in-game Tifa, every little detail would count, and so I searched high and low for an inexpensive pair of boots with a very large, rounded toe. In the end I went with some absurdly oversized hiking boots I found on eBay and hacked them down to the soles. I patterned out the various layers and transferred them to craft foam, which I molded with heat and set with a coat of watered-down white glue. Then came many, many layers of red paint and a very light application of dark green for the weathering and edge detailing. The layers are glued to the sole with hot glue [aka, my lord and savior] and I added the grommets and lacing as I worked. The lacing is all non-functional, since the shoes are big enough for me to slip my foot into. I'm not going to lie, I'm really proud of these things. It's been a long time since I've had the luxury to put a tedious amount of work into a costume [I've been in "cosplay lite" mode ever since I began teaching last August], so I'm really looking forward to finishing this!

Now if my bf's Cid jacket would only make itself.

Please no critiques/criticism. I'd like to keep this gallery happy! <3
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kalisheedra Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm in love with your boots, seriously. I've been entertaining the idea of making Tifa but I really didn't want to just get a pair of Doc Martens for the shoes. You've given me the inspiration to try my hand at her boots, thank you! :heart:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure thing, they were a fun project!
Kitty-the-Shadow Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The boots zomgosh....amazing
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you like them! <3
tswanArt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010
Oh wow I love your boots! I've made cosplay shoes once and hated it! It was even something semi simple. Sakura Naruto Shippuden boots and they came out awful.
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I can imagine the Sakura boots were difficult - my friend and I always used to puzzle over them, back when we were considering doing the Shippuuden designs.
tswanArt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010
I pretty much cut up old sneakers I had and added on to them. They really are horrible so I don't let people look at them up close. ^^;;
CloudZlight Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
OMG!!! The water filler soda bottle is an amaizng idea!, haha that would help me with getting my wig heads up higher to work on!^^ And your wig and boots came out great by the way!
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hahah, glad I could help you out. ^__^ It's a trick that has saved me many tears over the years!
BrokenEver Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009
You're so pro! Anxious to see it all put together. And Cid! Post the Cid progress too! :D
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