Meet Kyle Plaisance of Plasauce Props and Cosplay. Kyle creates characters based on film, TV, and video games by making props and costumes out of everything from floor mats or wood to printer paper and poster board. Over the years, he’s developed budget-friendly techniques and enjoys sharing what he’s learned with others.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started making things.
I’ve always been fascinated with costume design, but never saw it as something I could work on. Everything changed in 2010 after seeing the multitudes of Halo–related armors being made. After much research and trial–and–error, I built my first full set of armor. I was hooked. I love talking shop with other makers and cosplayers. Discussing different methods, materials, and tools.
What does the term “Maker” mean to you?
To me, Maker means someone who is a creator, painter, sculptor, carver, coder, molder, caster, etc.
Who or what inspires you?
Seeing the creativity and passion of other cosplayers and makers drives me to work harder on my own projects.
Is making your hobby or your business? How does it relate, if at all, to your day job?
For now it‘s all a hobby. I hope one day to make it a full time job, but for now, I have a regular day job.
Why is making important to you?
I need a creative outlet. I work a desk job, so working on different projects helps my artistic side.
What have you made that you are most proud of?
I have a full size replica of Longclaw, the sword of Jon Snow from Game of Thrones. The entire sword and scabbard was scratch–built. The sword itself is carved from wood and assembled in the same fashion as a real steel sword.
What would you make if you had unlimited resources?
If I had access to multiple 3D printers, I would create the entire armor set of Noble Team from Halo Reach.
What up-and-coming maker trends excite you the most?
The different types of worbla (thermoplastics) and foam clay are getting me especially excited about what‘s possible with cosplay.
What advice can you give someone who wants to get involved in the Maker movement?
Start slowly. Find something small to focus on so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up. This is a time consuming hobby, but it‘s all worth it in the end.
Tell us something surprising about yourself.
I can talk shop for hours. I love brainstorming and working with others on projects.