Our Crafting Books

I’ve written a lot of books! Here is a handy little list of what each volume is about.

We’ll teach you what we know! With our tutorial books you’ll be able to create amazing costumes in no time. All of them are available as printed softcover versions or digital PDF downloads. Check out our shop!
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Getting started with Cosplay –
A Beginner’s Guide

Want to get into cosplay, but no idea where start? Then this is the book for you! I’ll show you how to pick a character, get basic materials and tools, search for tutorials and work with a limited budget and a tight schedule.

I’ll help you to organize your crafting corner, share your work online and stay motivated during a long project. Cosplay is for everyone, so let’s have some fun together! I also show a ton of work examples and useful tips. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Make your very first costume

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48 Pages, 140 pictures

Best place to start!

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The Book of Cosplay Armor Making – Worbla & Wonderflex

My very first book. In this volume you’ll find everything you need to know about building cool looking armor with thermoplastic materials like Worbla and Wonderflex.

It covers everything about material explanations, required tools, preparation, creating patterns, shaping armor parts, detail work, attaching your armor and transportation. I also show a ton of work examples and step by step guides. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Armor with Thermoplastics

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48 Pages, 110 pictures

No experience required

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The Book of Foam Armor –
Comfy & Affordable

In this volume you’ll learn all you need to know to get started with Foam Armor.

It covers everything from tools and materials, to choosing the right foam, creating tight and loose patterns, cutting, glueing, heat-shaping and sanding foam, becoming a dremel master, creating textures, priming, painting and finally attaching foam armor pieces to your body. I also show a lot of work examples like my Erazer Girl, my Monk and my Monster Hunter Zinogre. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Armor with EVA Foam

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48 Pages, 170 pictures

No experience required

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The Book of Cosplay Painting – With Brushes and Acrylics

In this volume you’ll find everything you need to know about painting your finished armor with traditional brush techniques and acrylics.

It covers everything from choosing the right references, to three-dimensional painting, priming, paints & tools, basic paint, painting metals & organics, gradients, shadows and lights, details, weathering, sealing and repairing cracks. I also show a ton of work examples and step by step guides. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Painting with Brushes & Acrylics

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48 Pages, 100 pictures

No experience required

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The Book of Prop Making –
With Foam and Worbla

In this volume you’ll find everything you need to know about building cool props out of EVA foam and Worbla.

It covers everything about material explanations, preparation & tools, scaling, creating weapon patterns, separating weapons for transportation, shaping foam, covering foam with Worbla and detail work. I also show a lot of work examples like Heartseeker Ashe’s bow from League of Legends, a Zweihänder sword from Guild Wars 2 or Malthael’s Scythes from Diablo 3. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Prop Making with Foam & Worbla

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48 Pages, 130 pictures

No experience required

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The Book of Cosplay Lights – Getting Started with LEDs

In this part of my books collection you’ll find everything you need to know about building LED circuits to light up your costumes and props.

It covers everything from introducing LEDs, understanding electricity, calculating resistors, explaining and choosing circuit types, estimating battery lifespan, tools and materials, how to solder, casting LED gemstones and lighting up acrylic and plexiglass. I also show a lot of work examples like my Protoss Wizard, Dani Moonstar and my Druid T9. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Introduction to LEDs

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48 Pages, 170 pictures

No experience required

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The Book of Cosplay Sewing – Starting at Zero

In this volume you’ll learn how to get started with cosplay sewing.

It covers everything from sewing by hand or with a machine, choosing the right fabric, sewing stretch fabrics, creating new or working with existing patterns, sewing a mock-up, adjusting patterns, adding a zipper, lining, sewing gloves, leggings, boot covers and a dress and attaching armor to fabric! I also show a lot of work examples like my Cleric, Xena and and my Monk. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Sewing your first costume

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52 Pages, 220 pictures

No experience required

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The Book of Cosplay
Photography – In Front and Behind the Camera

In this volume you’ll learn how to get started with photography.

It covers everything from important photography terms, handling a camera, location scouting, image composing and photo editing but also gives tips about proper posing, good facial expressions and make-up! I also show a lot of work examples like my Nergigante, Diablo and Fallout photo shoots. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Get started with photography

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48 Pages, 190 pictures

For cosplayer and photographers

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Advanced Armor Making –
Helmets & Pauldrons

This book goes a bit deeper into armor making and shows you more advanced techniques, especially for some of the hardest parts: helmets and pauldrons.

You’ll learn how to create complicated and fitting patterns, discover new ways to work with Worbla and different kind of foams and attach your builds properly. You will also learn how to create realistic antlers, horns and carve other interesting shapes out of EVA foam. Build everything you can imagine! Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Building Shoulders and Helmets

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48 Pages, 160 pictures

Some confidence required

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Advanced Painting –
Airbrush & Weathering

Time to level up your colors! In my second painting book I’ll introduce you to the wonderful world of airbrushes, spray paints and weathering!

I’ll teach you how to get started with airbrush and spray paints to create even more realistic effects! You’ll learn how to fake metal and create many other awesome 3D textures. Weather and age your armor and props with washes, chipped paint effects or even real rust! There is also a big chapter on how to age and weather fabric and even how to build your own little paint booth! Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Airbrush & Weathering

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48 Pages, 150 pictures

Some confidence required

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Advanced Prop Making –
Creating Guns & Rifles

It’s time to create some crazy guns and rifles! This time I’ll show you how to draw your own blueprints and turn them into crazy fantasy blasters and massive space guns. Covers in-depth EVA foam techniques as well as Worbla! Learn everything about materials, preparation & tools, scaling, creating blueprints, shaping, glueing and carving EVA foam, working with Worbla and of course all detail work! I teach with many work examples like Miss Fortune’s guns from League of Legends, Miss Moxxi’s Rubi from Borderlands 2 or Symmetra’s Photon Projector from Overwatch. Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Guns, Rifles and Blasters

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48 Pages, 170 pictures

Some confidence required

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Advanced Cosplay Lights – Animated LEDs

You already know how to solder static LEDs but want to take it one step further? Try animated LEDs!

In this volume you’ll learn everything about working with animated RGB LED strips and how to create mesmerizing light effects for your props and cosplays. Choosing the right materials, soldering micro-controller circuits, ‘programming’ your very first LED strip and building it into your costume – every step from start to finish! And the best is: This book is still for beginners! No programming knowledge required! Available as printed softcover or eBook.

Animated Lights

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48 Pages, 170 pictures

Some confidence required

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The Costume Making Guide

You want to get into Cosplay but don’t know even where to start? Allow me to guide you! In this beginner’s guide to Cosplay you’ll get the perfect introduction into this wonderful creative world. Learn what Cosplay is all about and make your first big steps into armor and prop creation. No previous knowledge required! Available as paperback through my shop, amazon.com or Barnes&Noble.

Beginner's Guide to Cosplay

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128 Pages, 337 pictures

Great place to start

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