Wedding Reception


Costumers: Jeff Allen, Madeline Anderson, Diana Patraw, Tatiana Allen, Leonard Patraw, Erich Schwab, James Douthitt, Jeffery Knotz, Jordan West, Doug Smith, Jeremy Horn, Mike Giralico, Kris Heding, Matthew Bastyr, and Amber Rae.

On March 31st, we were invited to attend a wedding reception. We don’t get asked to do this very often, and it was my first time attending a wedding reception in costume. The bride wanted to surprise her husband, so we had to be super sneaky when we arrived.

During the wedding party’s first dance, the Dark Side stormed in to the Imperial March and Darth Vader “confronted” the groom. The look of utter surprise on his face was priceless! Then, the Light Side came in, and Leia told Vader to leave the couple alone – they just got married!

The couple were so incredibly kind and they were really fun to work with. We had a blast at the reception! A few characters busted a move on the dance floor, and a few joined the newlyweds in some photos.

The Darth Vader ice sculpture was definitely awesome.

Costumers: Doug Smith and Kris Heding.

Photobooth props are fun! Costumers: Mike Giralico and Kris Heding. Photo on the right was taken by Tatiana Allen.

General Hux doesn’t know what to do when it comes to dancing. Costumers: Kris Heding and Jordan West. Photo on the left was taken by Tatiana Allen, photo on the right was taken by Madeline Anderson.


Minefaire 2018

We were invited to have an information table at Minefaire on March 17th and 18th. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and surprisingly there were a lot of people who stopped by our table to talk about the various Star Wars fan and costuming clubs. By the end of the day on Sunday, we were pretty much cleared out of the trading cards and brochures we brought along. I’d say it was a successful event!


Just pretend we’re in the same movie. Costumers: Madeline Anderson and Kris Heding.


Force Fighting. Costumers: Madeline Anderson and Kris Heding.


Preparing for battle! Costumers: Kris Heding and Madeline Anderson.


We were going for a “Last Jedi” throne room fight scene, but I’m not sure if we nailed it or failed it. Costumers: Kris Heding and Madeline Anderson.


Joining forces, for a little bit, I guess. Costumers: Madeline Anderson and Kris Heding.

Scarlet Witch Hex Powers (Tutorial)

A week before going to MarsCon I decided to come up with something to look like Scarlet Witch’s hex powers (not really sure what to call this particular prop: Hex powers? Magic orbs? Glowing chaos magic?). I’m not sure why I always decide to do these things at the last minute, but there you go.

To my surprise, they turned out pretty well, and so I thought I’d share a tutorial with you all!


Photo of the Hex Powers in action! Photo by Scott Saniti.

What you’ll need:

  • 2 red battery-operated LED tea lights
  • 2 clear tea light candle casings
  • Red tulle/netting (about 1/3 yard)
  • 2 sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ red cellophane sheets
  • 1/2 yard of red gathered lace trim
  • Mod Podge
  • Red glitter
  • 2 ring blanks
  • Piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper
  • Black Sharpie
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Small paintbrush
  • Dressmaker pins
  • Sharp scissors

Most of the items I had on-hand because I hoard craft supplies, but I’d say all of these could be found at any craft supply store (with maybe the exception of the LED tea lights).

The first (and potentially optional) step is to add glitter to the LED tea lights. I did this so that they blended in more, and also to reflect some of the light from the LEDs. The LED lights I purchased were in a pack of 36 from Amazon. They’re really bright, and the color is good! They’re about the size of a US quarter, and run on two cell batteries (included).

Using a small paintbrush, paint a coat of Mod Podge onto the top of the LED tea light (avoiding getting any on the bulb part of the light, if possible). Sprinkle red glitter over the Mod Podge and shake off any excess. Allow the Mod Podge to dry and add another coat of Mod Podge and glitter if you think the tea lights need more coverage. After the Mod Podge is dry, coat the glitter with a layer of Mod Podge to seal in the glitter. I used the Extreme Glitter Mod Podge because I like the extra sparkle. Allow the Mod Podge to dry.


The next step is to create a template for the tulle and cellophane. I basically just folded a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″  paper into fourths and sketched out a spiky design, and then cut it out. This can look however you like, but the above photo is how mine looked.

I bought a pack of multicolored cellophane sheets from Amazon, but I only needed the two sheets of red cellophane for this project. Lay the red cellophane over a piece of white paper (it makes seeing what you’re doing a lot easier) and then lay the template over that. Use a black Sharpie to trace the template (it doesn’t need to be super accurate). Cut out the template and make sure to trim off any of the black lines from your tracing. Repeat the process for the second cellophane sheet.

Next step is to cut out tulle from your template. The tulle I used was glittery, but you can use regular tulle. I folded my tulle in half and used dressmaker pins to pin the template to the tulle, and then cut it out. Again, it doesn’t need to be perfect. Repeat the process again, and when you’re finished you should have four tulle “bursts.”

Add a small dot of hot glue to the center of one cellophane burst and then lay one tulle burst over the dot of glue, but slightly askew. Your goal is to sort of “stagger” the tulle and cellophane so that the spikes are not perfectly lined up. Once the glue sets, flip over the cellophane and tulle. Add another dot of hot glue and lay the other tulle burst over the dot of glue (again, slightly askew). Once the glue sets, you should have a cellophane burst sandwiched between two tulle bursts. Repeat this process for the other set.

For this part, you’ll need some sort of shallow, clear, plastic container that’s just a little bigger than the LED tea light. The ones I used were plastic “casings” from some tea candles I bought from Target (like these). I took out the candles, and then washed the plastic casings with soap and water to remove any wax residue.

On the bottom of the casing, add a dime-sized dab of hot glue in the center, then place the casing onto the center of the tulle and cellophane burst. You’ll basically be covering up the dab of hot glue from the previous step. Allow the glue to set.

Add a strip of hot glue around the base of the casing and then bunch the cellophane and tulle around it until the glue sets. This will adhere one layer of tulle and the layer of cellophane to the casing.


Add a couple dots of hot glue on the cellophane layer and press down the outer tulle layer and hold it in place until the glue sets. Rotate, and repeat the process until the outer tulle layer is tacked down to the cellophane layer.

The next step is to add red gathered lace trim along the bottom edge of the casing. The pattern of the lace is not important – but make sure it’s gathered lace and not flat lace. Add a line of hot glue along the bottom edge of the casing and gently lay the lace along the glue. Try not to press the lace down with your finger because the glue might seep through. Continue until the lace is glued all around the bottom edge (and overlap about 1/2″) before trimming. The purpose of the lace is to keep the tulle and cellophane upright, and it also hides any flaws in the gluing process from the previous steps. It also looks really cool, I think.

Ring blanks are basically rings that have a flat metal piece attached to the top where a stone or other object can be glued to create jewelry. For this, the shape of the metal piece isn’t important, so use whatever kind of ring blanks you want. I used these.

Add a glob of hot glue to the flat metal piece and press it into the center of the underside of your casing. Hold it in place until the glue sets.


Unscrew the top off of the LED tea light and remove the two batteries. Because you’ll be attaching the bottom piece to your casing with hot glue, it’s a good idea to remove the batteries beforehand so there’s no chance of the batteries exploding. (Safety first!)

Add hot glue to the underside of the bottom piece of the LED tea light and press it into the inside center of the casing. Allow the glue to set, and repeat for the second casing. Once the glue is set and cooled, the batteries can be inserted and the top can be screwed back on.

You now have hex powers! Having the LED tea light inside a casing allows you to turn the lights on and off, and also replace the batteries when necessary. Because the hex powers are on rings, you can wear them and move your hands however you like (go crazy and wave your hands around!) and it looks super cool.

MarsCon 2018

On March 2nd and 3rd, I attended MarsCon! It was a good time and I got to spend a lot of time with some friends.


I dug out my Scarlet Witch costume for the first time in a very long time! It was really fun to wear it again, and when I posted this photo to Facebook, a lot of people didn’t recognize me. Guess it’s kind of weird to see me with long hair.


Wigs make all the difference, I guess!

I stopped by the photobooth and had some nice shots taken of my costume by Scott Saniti:

Later in the evening, Lindsey took some nifty photos, playing around with my “hex magic”:


On Saturday, I was part of two panels. The first one was “Cleavage Optional: Gender, Cosplay, and Genderbending Cosplay” and my fellow panelists were Justin Grays and Bridget Landry.


The first half of the panel went really well, and then an audience member asked a question about why genderbent cosplay is okay, but wearing makeup to change your ethnicity is not okay? In case anyone is wondering, this is what I look like when I’m trying not to channel Kylo Ren and flip a table over:


[screaming internally] – Thanks to Marie Porter for the photo.

Justin responded with tact and grace, and we moved on from that subject. Thankfully. Good lord. (You can listen to the audio of the panel here.)

Later in the evening, I was part of the “Star Wars: The Costumes” panel with Todd Murray, Jennifer McNitt, and Eve Zabronsky. That one went well, even though the majority of the audience were friends of ours.

The rest of Saturday was a bunch of shenanigans where Matt and I took “Father and Son” photos as Han and Kylo, and then Lindsey took some awesome photos of my Kylo costume. See below the cut for a dump of silly and awesome photos!

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