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Fred and Elle Talk Shop

Fred and Elle Talk Shop

By Fred and Elle Designs

Cosplay. Costuming. Propmaking. Creating. Fred and Elle cover it all. Fred and Elle Reed are award-winning cosplayers and creators from Jacksonville, FL. Together, they create cool stuff. Join us for chats about all things nerdy and crafty.
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Fred and Elle Talk Sewing
Fred and Elle Talk Sewing
This week Fred and Elle are talking SEWING. Well, Elle is going to rant about how sewists don't get the respect they deserve, and Fred is going to stay out of the blast radius. They compare foamsmiths to sewists, and talk about their go-to sewing supplies and favorite materials. Elle gives her Seamstress's Manifesto and makes the case for why sewing in the cosplay world is hella fun and worthy of respect!
53:07
October 17, 2022
Fred and Elle Talk Conventions
Fred and Elle Talk Conventions
You can't talk cosplay without talking about conventions. For many of us, walking the con floor in our creations is one of the top reasons we do it. In this episode, Fred and Elle talk about their experiences as cosplayers at conventions, both small and large. They'll give tips and tricks on surviving the experience, some of which are quite controversial! Join us for stories about the wild days at DragonCon, and bring your questions about transporting big costumes, traversing the con, and getting the most out of your experience.    To access links mentioned in the pocast, visit their website here: https://fredandelledesigns.com/2022/10/09/shopping-list-conventions/. If you like what you hear, please consider supporting our work!
47:35
October 10, 2022
3 - Fred & Elle Talk Makeup and Prosthetics
3 - Fred & Elle Talk Makeup and Prosthetics
Do you want to cosplay from head to toe? Have you wanted to dabble in prosthetics but were overwhelmed by the choices, skills, and materials you'd need? In this episode, Fred and Elle talk about their cosmetics journey to more authentic cosplays. They talk failures, rashes, accidental successes, and advice for your projects. Links to the photos mentioned in this podcast: https://fredandelledesigns.com/2022/10/01/working-with-makeup/  Rigid collodion: https://www.mehron.com/rigid-collodion/ Duft Werks cosplay scents: https://duftwerks.com/ 3rd Degree silicone makeup: https://alconemakeup.com/shop/details/silicone_products/3rd_degree/PM3DEG 
43:00
October 03, 2022
Fred & Elle Talk the Process
Fred & Elle Talk the Process
Beginning any new project can be daunting. Starting a cosplay especially so. Do I have the skill? Do I have the materials? How much is this going to cost? Will I have enough source material? On this episode, Fred and Elle talk about how they tackle the process and how different they are. NOTE: The episode jumps RIGHT in because Elle forgot to unmute the first five minutes. Oops! Always an opportunity for improvement, right? 
36:51
October 02, 2022
Fred and Elle Talk Painting Techniques
Fred and Elle Talk Painting Techniques
When it comes to cosplay, how you paint and what you use is a hot topic. This week, Elle interviews Fred about his decades of painting both as a cosplayer and as a miniature figure painter. He shares his tips and tricks, talks about the tools he uses, and stresses the importance of contrast, contrast, and CONTRAST! 
40:56
October 02, 2022