Makers! Cosplayers! Show off your masks, your wands, your headgear, your swords, your arsenal, and your amazing accessories! Enjoy an appreciative audience and community of makers with a fantastic selection of prop makers and expert judges at Maker Faire Bay Area.
- The Janome HD-3000 Black Edition is a heavy duty machine, perfect for a beginner or sewist looking to do a wide range of sewing. A handy instructional guide is located in the top tray door of the machine, which indicates the feet and stitch settings for a variety of sewing tasks. Heavy duty aluminum body and 18 stitches, including a one-step buttonhole give you the tools you need to handle any kind of sewing project.
- $200 Gift Card from TNT Cosplay Supply.
Bonus prize can be awarded as a supplementary prize, to any of the prop prizes listed above, or individually to the entrant with the best cosplay that supports their prop.
- Premium Member Subscription to Tested.com
- Limited Edition cosplay poster from Adam Savage
The top 20 entrants will be invited to demonstrate their props and be interviewed on stage at Maker Faire Bay Area by our contest emcee, Jackie Craft, Sunday afternoon, May 19th at 3pm, on the Make:Frontiers Stage. Our judges Norman Chan, the Egg Sisters, and Chad Hoku are all great prop makers themselves and are thrilled to see what you make.
Projects will be evaluated by judges both through your project listing, and a final in person review during the stage show at Maker Faire Bay Area 2019.
All information about arriving and exhibiting your prop at Maker Faire Bay Area will be communicated to the 20 semi-finalists by May 15th.
To participate in this contest:
- Your prop must be an accessory or accent to your persona that can stand on its own. It must be able to be hand-held.
- No purchased or pre-fabbed items (props should be minimum 75% original work).
- You must be the primary maker of the prop you are entering.
- You need to be available to show your prop, in person, at Maker Faire Bay Area, May 19th.
Projects need to contain the following information:
- Project title
- Short description about your prop and what it is.
- Main image that shows off your prop in it's best light.
- Long description, describing what you made, and why. Also include what parts you've fabricated and which parts are pre-fabbed.
For bonus points, projects can also contain:
- Details of the build
- Video of the prop in action (if it has movable parts).
- Any other details you would like to share.
- Costumes that may be confused with local law enforcement or other Emergency Response Personnel uniforms are not permitted at the event.
- No real weapons of any kind are allowed at Maker Faire Bay Area.
- No realistic gun props are allowed.
- All props must conform to state and federal law.
- Projectile costume props must be rendered inoperable.
Submitting a project to this mission does not guarantee entry to the live contest at Maker Faire Bay Area. The email associated with the entrants account will be used to contact you for additional information regarding your entry. If you have been selected to participate, you will receive information about arrival onsite at Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 by May 15th.
At Maker Faire Bay Area, we want to celebrate makers and the amazing creations they’ve brought to life. This means no purchased or pre-fabbed items (props should be minimum 75% original work). You must be the primary maker of the prop you are entering, and you must be able to carry it by hand.
Due to the very public nature of Maker Faire Bay Area, no realistic guns (must have orange tip at a minimum), no live edge blades — please conform to typical "con safe" standards.
To enter, create a project to showcase your prop on Maker Share, and once it’s published, click on the Participate button above. Our fabulous judges (see below) would love to see any documentation of your build, which you can easily upload into the project. Deadline to apply is May 15, 2019.
The top 20 entrants will be invited to demonstrate their props and be interviewed on the Make:Frontiers Stage at Maker Faire Bay Area by our contest emcee, Jackie Craft, Sunday, May 19th at 3pm.
Even if you are not competing we invite you to bring your cosplays to Maker Faire Bay Area and meet up with fellow creators to talk shop!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions
Meet the illustrious panel of judges for the The Second Annual Maker Faire Prop Contest!
Cosplayer and costume designer Jackie Craft has taken her passion for costume and prop making and turned it into a career. Jackie has worked with many game companies including Blizzard Entertainment, Nintendo and Versus Evil. You can check out some of her work in commercials for Blizzard's Hearthstone.
Jackie is one half of a podcast called "Craft & Geek" where she shares everything from stories of her convention travels to wild material mistakes and crafting disasters. She has carried that microphone from podcast to stage where she hosts cosplay contests all over the U.S. and now recently internationally. In 2017 Jackie partnered with Simplicity Patterns to bring the first all foam female armor pattern to stores in the US and Canada. Jackie’s goal is to spread her confidence and enthusiasm for cosplay to as many interested crafters as possible while trying to make their journey a little easier through her love of pattern making. Looking to start a new cosplay? Check out her site, Jackie Craft Cosplay to get a kick start with one of her patterns!
Norman Chan is the co-founder and Editor of Tested.com. Norm loves learning new photography tricks, is fascinated by comic book and cosplay culture, and is still on the hunt for the perfect pair of headphones. He is also an unabashed adult fan of LEGO. Follow Norm on Twitter.
Shawn Thorsson is the author of Make: Props and Costume Armor and the founder of Thorsson & Associates Workshop. He has long suffered from a severe case of Obsessive Creative Disorder which has manifested itself as a continuous drive to make bigger, better, more elaborate costumes and props year after year. You can usually find him in his workshop at any hour of the day, buried in dust and a cloud of paint fumes and loving every minute of it. Follow Shawn on Instagram.
The Egg Sisters are two sisters from Chicago who enjoy making creature-type costumes with an emphasis on SFX, prop work, armor building, and costume design. Their builds come to life through the use of diverse materials, intricate detail work, and a whole lot of trial and error. They approach each project as an opportunity to try out new tools and learn new techniques.
Since starting in 2014, Egg Sisters have won Best in Show at the FFXIV Fan Festival (2014), 1st in the “Larger Than Life” category at C2E2 (2017), and 1st in the Individual/Duo category at Blizzcon (2018). Their projects and DIY tutorials have been featured in various publications, including Kotaku and Cosplay Culture magazine. Follow the Egg Sisters on Instagram.
Hokuprops is a team Lead by Propmaker Chad Hoku and Sammy Hoku. Chad's background in 3d has him designing props and costumes digitally and utilizing different fabrication techniques to produce armor, props, and other costume components. Sammy works with fabric, covering all sewn requirements. HokuProps is best known for their Lionhardt cosplay which won Twitch's 2016 Twitchcon Cosplay Contest's grand prize. Follow Chad on Instagram.
Don't forget, the mission will close on May 15, 2019 — so enter now!