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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:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sure thing, they were a fun project!
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Kitty-the-Shadow Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The boots zomgosh....amazing
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I'm glad you like them! <3
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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.
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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.
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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. ^^;;
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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!
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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!
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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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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'd love to post pictures of Cid, but I honestly am so fussed for time, I don't think I'll be able to sit down and take pictures before the convention. [I have to make 7 costumes before next Thursday. ^__^;] I'll definitely post finished shots of both costumes after the convention!
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xChancex Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Those are the best Tifa boots I've EVER seen. o.o I can't wait to see the finished cosplay! :D
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I'm glad they were worth the time I spent on them. XD
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AlyonaMaksimova Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Whoa, working big again I see! I mean the details, the DETAILS! I love that you love them. XD

Keep it on, can't wait to see mooooooooore <3 ~
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Belatedly, thank you! I'm glad all of the time I invested in these paid off. ^__^
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AlyonaMaksimova Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, it's quite quite plesant to see good results :iconnya:
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serephita Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
AAAAAH! This makes me wish I could get my Aerith armbands and bracelets fixed in time for Otakon! XD I can't wait to see the costume :D :heart:
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh, you should be able to manage those! It took me all of 30 minutes to make mine. ^__^
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serephita Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
They're already made, they just need to be fixed up with a new coat of paint, and some sealant, to keep it from rubbing off onto me...again. XD (I'm just slacking, since I'm still waiting for materials and patterns to come in for 2 planned costumes. I'm thinking about switching one out for Aerith though)
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CelesChere18 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
You're making good progress! I can't wait to see it finished!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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lilylighting Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
OOHHH This makes me excited! :O I should send you some of my Yuffie progress. Heck, I'll just post it!
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:iconcupcake-rufflebutt:
cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, please! Miles and I are so psyched. XD
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destianna Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Holy wow, girl! Man, those boots are amazing. OH it's so good to see someone actually put a decent amount of work into Tifa! Most people think it's just a miniskirt, a belly shirt and suspenders, but you will definitely do her justice. I cannot WAIT for the finished product- I may be more excited than you, lol!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you so much! You give me inspiration to continue with this, hahah. ^__^
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destianna Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad! I'm a huge Tifa fan and did her Advent Children costume a few years back and took her to Otakon. I had a lot of good feedback cause I took the time to do the details :D
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Effery Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
I am in love with these, and hell yes to craft foam boots!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have to admit, your boots were definitely the inspiration for mine. If I hadn't seen yours, I probably would have just done like any other Tifa cosplayer and painted a pair of Doc Martens.
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Effery Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
I was alittle insane with my shoes, and they are actually STILL intact. Just goes to show alittle foam can go a long way. I think yours look a LOT better than mine, though!
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Bigpaw Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Those are really cool boots and the wig is fun :D Can't wait to see the finished costume!
By the way, Monkey Island is awesome. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Monkey Island was a HUUUGE part of my childhood. Nothing beats those old games! ^__^
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kaffien Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can't imagine the pain of being punted by boots like that if the metal was metal.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL, truly. Of course, as they are now, I'm more afraid of doing harm to them than doing harm to others. XD
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tastee-tea Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
I don't have much to add onto what's been said so far, except that the Pepsi bottle amuses me :giggle: Really nice job so far!! :D
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOL, yeah, 2 liters filled with water are the perfect method for holding up back-heavy wigs. ^__^
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ImmortalMuffin Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Student General Artist
the shoes *o*!!!
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you enjoyed them!

PS: I love your Chii avatar. <3
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ImmortalMuffin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Student General Artist
thanx! ^ ^
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myfandomincolor Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Did you just make craft foam magic happen? I think you did. I want to see these up close and admire the textured paintjob.
(btw this is Christina AKA that Apollo Justice from Nekocon).
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
SUPER LATE REPLY GO. Hahah, I'm so bad about replying to things on here, and then it takes me months to reply to it all. I'm glad you found me on here, and I'll have to watch you! <3
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daPatches Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009   Digital Artist
the boots THE BOOTS! omg
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irishais Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Hot boots! :D

Are you putting anything in the way of moleskin, etc, on the inside? I'd be worried about rubbing right through the craft foam when you walk.
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CaptainMiles Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
The sole of the boot is an actual old boot.
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Definitely not going to happen. It's very thick foam and each piece has been lathered with several coats of glue for endurance. Besides this, my legs hardly touch the foam, so "destruction from rubbing" is not even an issue.
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irishais Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Hawt. Figured I'd ask, though, haha.

I'm excited to see these in person (and shoot them! :D)
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celo-strife Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
wow...good luck!
i hope that will be wonderfull
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I hope you were able to see the finished product in my gallery. <3
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SaphireSpirals Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009
Ooo i love Tifa!! Really looking forward to the compleation of this cosplay! Great work on the boots and wig, by far the most detailed VII Tifa items iv seen!!

Good luck :)
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cupcake-rufflebutt Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you! I hope you were able to see the finished product in my gallery. <3
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SaphireSpirals Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009
I sure did and it really turned out to be a brilliant cosplay...WELL DONE!!
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