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Jin's Flower Wreath Process
Sometime last May, Kat moonlightflight and I cosplayed our favorite Vocaloid song, "Just Be Friends".




Their outfits seem simple at a glance, but that actually makes things more complicated sometimes. Hahah. Despite Luka's dress looking like something you could probably find in a mall, Charmie yaoiangel14 made the dress from scratch exactly as it looked in the artwork, just for Kat moonlightflight. Kat and I also did our best  with the part of their outfits that had the most amount of detail (which also happens to be our favorite parts) — the flower wreaths.

I have some pictures of the progress of my wreath, so I thought I'd share them. This probably isn't the best method of going about this, but this is how I did mine and I found it pretty easy. (I wish I could have taken more photos or a video, but to be honest I wasn't quite sure I'd pull this off at first. Hahah!)


The first step for me was shopping for materials. I looked at the artwork closely to get an idea of what kind of flowers and leaves I should keep an eye out for. Here's a little breakdown:

1. The main pieces were the red roses. I noted that some had a magenta tinge, while others had a more orange tint. I was lucky enough to find a bundle with both, and in the right stage of blooming (open, but not fully bloomed).

2. As for the leaves, I noticed they were tear-shaped and were a mix of several green shades. Light green, forest green, and olive green mainly.

3. For some little extra touches, I noticed there were small bunches of peach-colored blossoms. I couldn't find some quite like the ones in the illustrations, but I did have these berry-like things that gave a similar visual effect from a distance.

4. Another little extra detail I mixed in were these tiny splashes of light yellow-green.


Here is half of my flower haul. They were from the home section of SM Department Store.


A better look at the flower bunch


And here are the leaves


I also used these green craft wires. They're just really thin wires with a green paper covering. I got this at the crafts section of my usual office supply store (National Bookstore).


The wires are really thin so I started out by braiding three pieces for a slightly more stable base. It didn't have to be neat, because I will be adding a lot more stuff on top of it, and it won't really show in the final wreath.

The wires weren't very long so I just kept adding to the ends by braiding and twisting more wire. Again, it didn't need to be neat. I did that until I got the estimated length I needed. I didn't close it up just yet because I wanted to fit it around my neck after putting the flowers on. (Sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this stage! I was in the zone hahaha)


I cut off the flowers from their bunches, leaving about this much allowance on the stem so I could twist it onto the wreath. I didn't have specific measurements. Whatever felt right, really.


Same with the leaves.
Aren't my scissors great? The advantage of having something SO BLOODY KAWAII YO is that nobody ever tries to steal it. It would be easy to spot and I'd be like HEY MAN, THOSE ARE MY SCISSORS, MAN.

I DON'T KNOW WHY PEOPLE KEEP STEALING MY SCISSORS


Here's how I attached the flowers and leaves to the braided base. I basically just held the stem against the base ring, and twisted more wire around them to keep them together. I made sure to push the ends in to avoid them potentially poking my neck.


To ration my main roses and make sure I had enough, I started by distributing the biggest roses around the ring.


It's starting to come together!


After I had positioned the main roses, I added in the smaller bits to fill up the gaps.


Soon, I had this.


After the flowers and leaves had been put in place, I brought out the floral tape. You can get these at office/craft/art supply stores too. It feels like thin stretchy fabric and the adhesive is very mild but adequate. You just have to keep winding it around itself tightly and pinching around it to secure the hold.


I just wrapped them around parts where the base braid was showing, and around everything else I possibly could.


This helps keep everything together and make everything look generally neater. But I wasn't quite finished at this point and it doesn't look very neat at all in the picture.


After a couple of hours of patience and some WIZARD MAGIC
Finished flower wreath! Cue fanfare!

And here's how it looks when worn:

Vocaloid: JUST BE FRIENDS by behindinfinity
(Click for full view)


Group photo with some of the people who made that event enjoyable <3
:iconviospace: Kaito, :iconjesuke: Gakupo, :iconyaoiangel14: SeeU, :iconhana181: Len, :iconbehindinfinity: Luka's nameless ex-boyfriend in Just Be Friends — hahahaha, :iconmoonlightflight: Luka, :iconlunaru: Hagane Miku

Our flower wreaths weren't completely 100% accurate because the scale of the available flowers was bigger than it looks in the artwork, but we worked with what we had and were happy with what we made. I actually like the larger scale because it makes the wreaths stand out more. It also felt very rewarding that people came up to us to ask about how we made them or just express their appreciation. :) I hope this was helpful!


Sequel to Just Be Friends
So have you guys seen the sequel song to "Just Be Friends"?

Here it is, it's called "Answer (アンサー)"

Click here to watch (includes English subtitles)


AUGH. Right in the feels. </3


Ciel Phantomhive Lenses
For those of you out there who are planning to cosplay Ciel, Alice and Rabbit's Shop is open for Custom Orders/item pre-orders right now! One of their sets that are in high demand right now are the Ciel Phantomhive lenses. Christine and Kathleen sent in their pictures wearing the Alice and Rabbit lenses.


You can also see them in higher resolution on Christine's post :pointr: darkamylee.deviantart.com/art/…



Awesome!

You can get your own Ciel Lens Set at the Custom Orders (pre-order) page :pointr: www.aliceandrabbitshop.com/cus…


Crystal Max Lenses Review (Part 2)
A while back, I posted this review of Alice and Rabbit's Shop Crystal Max Lenses:
WHAT TIME IS IT? + Crystal Max Lens reviewIt's journal time! Today I've got some random spazzing and a lens review!
Schmowzow!
Oh man so I had just come home from an extremely enjoyable but very tiring day and I was just about ready to fall into bed when I spot a parcel waiting for me.
Gasp! ADVENTURE TIME merch from Hatah Hatah!! My friends and I were stopped in our tracks by their Finn hat at the con last weekend and we ended up kind of collectively staring at their booth and puking rainbows. We were all like MOTHER OF WANT WE MUST HAVE ALL THE THINGS
So after that I ordered the Finn pocket shirt and I got them today then I saw these hats and AAAAAAA brb wearing these everywhere
Adventure Time with Jin and Jake
(With the Glasses of Nerdicon)
Hahahahaha
Everything is SLAMACOW and comfortably squishy! If you like them, you can check out Hatah Hatah at their Facebook page :D
Crystal Max Lenses from Alice and Rabbit's Shop
Alice




I covered the other colors (Pink, Violet, Blue) in this Tumblr post :pointr: behindinfinity.tumblr.com/post…

Alice and Rabbit's Shop has excellent, brightly pigmented and reasonably-priced contact lenses which are great for cosplay. I highly recommend you check them out if you're looking for lenses to go with your costumes! :D


Some pretty awesome news
Remember these shirt designs/artworks?
Forever and Always - PRINTED! by behindinfinity All Hail Cathulhu by behindinfinity Mercurial II by behindinfinity

My designs have been produced by T-shirts.com and are now available at their online store! Check them out over here :pointr: www.t-shirts.com/artist-design…

I'm one of the artists they selected for T-shirts.com's Artist Designed line for which they selected illustrators around the world to make shirts of our artworks. Very honored to be part of the roster!

I'll be creating more designs over the next several months :D If you like, comment to let me know what you'd like to see!


I miss updating DA!
Yet again, sorry I seem to have disappeared from deviantART! I really like to take my time when I update this page, and lately I just haven't had much time to do that. There are so many things that need to be done, that sometimes it's almost maddening. I say almost because a lot of these things are far from unpleasant, but I so often end up wishing there were hours in a day so I could make time for everything!

Apart from the incoming updates from the things I'm currently working on (new costumes, shoots, paintings and Tuxessories!) I actually still have a backlog of updates piled up that I need to post. Despite being very late, I will exert more effort to get them out here so they don't end up forgotten. So for the nth time, I apologize that I haven't been able to reply to you guys. It's just that I feel like if I start responding to someone, I need to do it for everyone or I'll feel bad about it. But I do my best to read all your comments and stuff, and I sincerely do appreciate everything! :thanks:

Other places you can keep in touch with me:
:facebook: facebook.com/Jin.behindinfinity
:twitter: twitter.com/skybluedays
:bulletwhite: behindinfinity.tumblr.com (random little updates)
:bulletwhite: jinjoson.com (art blog)

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:iconnataliecosplay:
NatalieCosplay Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Student General Artist
ASDFGHJKL I LOVE YOU! Looking for Ciel lenses literally EVERYWHERE!<3 GAH! *glomp*
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NobleCielPhantomhive Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
The contact's are amazing from that store :D
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sleepyhead8888 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
when your into something, results are really fascinating ,. im a big fan of ur work :)
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kil-gores Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
you are also "SO BLOODY KAWAII YO"!!
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Ai-Kibo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
I have always admired the fact that you're very detail that shows a lot of dedication that you put into your work, as always very impressed and I hope some day to put the same dedication as you in my projects
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differing-opinions Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Ah! That wreath is so adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!
And you scissors are so cute! I WANT THEM! Why don't they have cute things like that in America? ;__;
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DarkAmyLee Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
aaaa kawaii Jin-samaaa :3 my photo is in your journal ^^ I'm so happy, such an honor ^___^
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Oh hey, there you are! :D Thanks again for sending my friend your photo, Christine! I linked to your gallery submission too. ^^
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DarkAmyLee Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Aww arugatou ne~ :blush:
:hug:
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sora-h Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Student General Artist
It's funny how people insist that I/them/we should just cosplay simple things because then it would be easy to get them at the mall... most of the times they ended up not really being able to find the exact same one '___'
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Hahah yeah! It's actually harder to find simple things most of the time. We're often frustrated that ready-to-wear clothes have too many embellishments. :XD:
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viospace Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
awww this is really useful!
thanks for sharing!
and I'm missing all of you so badly! :heart:
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
We all miss you too! But not for long, eh? ♡(*´∀`*)人(*´∀`*)♡
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:iconviospace:
viospace Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
kyaaaa~:heart: :huggle:
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MsDominicana Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012   General Artist
NICE FLOWERS
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Daidairo Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
And now... when you want to shoot or wear this again, you have to buy new flowers. XD;;;;

Still, I love the way you did it with nice fresh flowers instead of fake ones; it just looks prettier *w*
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Actually, these are artificial flowers! ヽ(´・∇・`)ノ I'm glad they look like they would pass for fresh ones though! I would have really liked to try using fresh blooms, but considering the time needed to make the wreath (not to mention to wear it to an event or shoot) they might wilt before the day is over. XD (And make JBF even sadder ahahaha)
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Daidairo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
............what really. I must have misread something then this is so embarrassing weeps
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Oh, don't worry about it! I didn't really get to mention that the flowers weren't real. I thought it would be obvious from the pictures, but I guess I'm glad that a number of you guys thought they looked realistic enough to be fresh flowers :D
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miacchi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Your scissors! O_O
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Ahahah welcome to Jin's Scissors Fan Club? :laughing:
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:iconmiacchi:
miacchi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
WOO!
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Sungirl800 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
After I finally attended my first con I have to repeat myself: You guys are the most AMAZING cosplayers I evercame across. :la:
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Aw, we're still working at improving ourselves, but I appreciate the sentiment! :rose: Thank you!
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chaos-shadow Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Oh wow, had no idea you went and made the wreaths out of fresh flowers and such. <3 It came together perfectly, and the extra mile is what totally put the icing on a wonderful cosplay. <3
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
They're actually artificial flowers but I'm happy they would pass for fresh blooms! I would have wanted to use fresh ones but it's highly possible they would wilt during the event. It would make JBF sadder than it already is! Hahah!

I'm glad you liked this cosplay <3 Yours are getting more and more intense! It's amazing to see your progress. Also, I miss your face :< Hugs from far away!
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chaos-shadow Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Ahh, I was wondering. I was worried that at the event they would fall off. @ @ Or get smooshed from other people.

And thanks so much! I think I'm taking a break from intense costuming - still don't think I'm ready for it~ Lol~ Miss you too! At one point we were planning on going to Manila or something around Christmas time, but being laid off kind of threw that one under the rug. :< Hopefully we can make our way over there soon though! <3 Bought a book to start learning filipino but man, not going so well. LOL. Uhhhh... kumusta ka~? Mabuti~ LOL. XD;;;;
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Animeviolinist001 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
The amount of attention and detail you guys put into cosplaying is really inspiring to me. To see people who are so in love and passionate about what they do is truly amazing. :heart:
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
I am always hoping to be able to inspire people to be more than they thought they could be, and I'm glad that even by doing these little things we enjoy, we are able to do that for people like you. Thank you! :rose:
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Akusesu Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
TOO HARDCORE!!!
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Love all the attention to detail, very much worth the effort. The outcome is gorgeous. Grats on getting your art t-shirts done! Very kewl. The x-ray hands was always one of my favorites. And no worries about not replying. I think most your watchers know you are rather popular and answering dA comments can become overwhelming. (I spend all day replying back and forth, fortunately I have nothing better to do! :lmao: ) Good to see what is new. I know your watchers enjoy reading your blogs because it really is a lot of time you put into compiling them.
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Look at you, Senior Member! I am late to the party but congratulations! :D

As always, thank you so much for appreciating these things I do, and for understanding. It means a lot! :)
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GillianIvy Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I about fell over when I found out. Good thing I was sitting! :XD: I think I look nice with a 'stache! hahaha. Btw, I made a 'stache announcement journal where I featured the mustache tuxessories deviation... looking for link: [link]

Your journal reminded me I intend to interview you, but still need to work on a good journal for such a feature. I'm like that, need new journal for everything! :D Did you make yours? I've never seen anyone else use this and never noticed skin creds.
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hainrihi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Oh wow the tutorial was helpful. I plan to make a flower headband for a cosplay by October and I was thinking of whether I will use plastic flowers or real ones. Looks like I can use real ones :)
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hainrihi Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Oh wait, are they real flowers? They look real :)
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
They're actually artificial flowers! But I'm glad they look good enough for people to think they were real!
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hainrihi Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Wow, that is great! I really thought they were real! :D Well glad to know I found a place to buy artificial flowers since I plan to make a headband out of it for a cosplan.

Thank you for the info and the tutorial. I am sure it will help a lot in making my headband :3 :D
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Sayuri-Chiba Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I love your scissors!! They are so pretty!
Its incredible all the effort you put into the making of cosplay... Thats why I love all the things you guys do
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Ah, my scissors seems to have attracted a fan club! Good job, scissors!

That is sweet of you to say, and I am very thankful for the appreciation :rose:
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Salvaa Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
And that's prrecisely why your cosplay is an art <3
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Aw, thank you for seeing it that way! :thanks:
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Nami15 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Aren't my scissors great? The advantage of having something SO BLOODY KAWAII YO is that nobody ever tries to steal it. It would be easy to spot and I'd be like HEY MAN, THOSE ARE MY SCISSORS, MAN."

Dude, that's what I was thinking before I read your comment. I love those scissors.. watch out, I would steal them and tell you that you were wrong and they were mine. :rofl: No, I'm just kidding... I'd beg you tell me where you got them. :XD:
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Hahaha! I just picked them up at my usual supplies store. I believe the brand was Staedtler. :XD:
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Nami15 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aheh... your usually supply store. Dude, uncool! No supply stores around here have totally rockin' scissors like that!
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sorairo-days Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Those scissors are freakin' KAWAII, I kind of need them in my life. Beautiful wreath~
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:iconbehindinfinity:
behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
I knew I had to have them the moment I saw them. Bahahah. Thank youuu!
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wingedlight Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
HEY MAN, THOSE ARE MY SCISSORS, MAN! XD New catchphrase for the day.
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behindinfinity Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012   General Artist
Hahahahaha OH U
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