Day : Do you prefer to make or buy?
I will assume "buy" to mean commission a Cosplay and not purchase parts independently and compose or modify into a Cosplay. Based on that I prefer to make and or mod to create my prothstetics, props, and costume. This is why my son and I started @mad.props.and.cosplay we enjoy the process as much as we enjoy the playing part. And in the spirit of me being a cheap Cosplayer, I look for either deals in makeup supplies or create my own as seen in the burn effect using a DIY concoction of geletin, water, glycerine, and food coloring then makeups. Or layers of mounded liquid latex and Cheerios as seen in the second photo. I've since learned to sew as well (Dr Zed Borderlands)... very therapeutic, allows me focus all those dark thoughts into a single release of chained curse words and raw emotions when the thread jams, or needle breaks, or just a simple miss stitch... very cathartic