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Hello all! :) For a while now it's been really difficult for me to be super active on DA in regards to answering all questions I get via notes and comments.

-If you're curious if I do commissions, I'm sorry to say that I don't take commissions anymore. I work a full time job now, so I just don't have the extra free time that I used to (it's hard enough to get my own personal projects done lol).

-If you have a wig-related question, please just shoot me an email at ArdaCustomers@gmail.com
At Arda-wigs, it's actually part of my job to give advice and wig suggestions to customers, so if you ask me there, I'll be happy to answer you (and pretty quickly!) in comparison to here. It's something I get paid to do, so I'm less inclined to answer the same kind of questions off the clock here, haha. XD

-If you have a non-wig question related to how I did something on a particular costume, lately I've been trying to add all that information into the description of at least one of the photos of that costume. Just browse through some of the different photos until you find it (it's usually in the first or second photo submission of that costume), or you might find a link to the costume construction information via another photo. If you still can't find what you're looking for, feel free to ask via a note.

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A Wild Moltres Appeared by Malindachan
A Wild Moltres Appeared
literally two days before we left for Collossalcon, my hubby decided to throw together a closet cosplay of Professor Oak. He was a huge hit! XD

Moltres costume made and worn by me. Gijinka design by Cowslip: generalcowslip.tumblr.com/
You can see info about the cosutume construction in the info box here! Pokemon Gijinka: Moltres by Malindachan
Professor Oak: :iconex-shadow:

Photo by Solar Tempest Photography www.facebook.com/solartempestp…

Pokemon is (c) Nintendo
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Moltres by Malindachan
Moltres
It was wonderful working with Mallo at Colossalcon! She does some cool things with smoke bombs and colors!

Costume made and worn by me. Gijinka design by Cowslip: generalcowslip.tumblr.com/
You can see info about the cosutume construction in the info box here! Pokemon Gijinka: Moltres by Malindachan
Photo by Miss Mallo: www.facebook.com/missmallophot…
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Colossalcon 2014: Judar by Malindachan
Colossalcon 2014: Judar
I had friends bringing Magi cosplays to Colossalcon, so I brought Judal! Perfect weather for those costumes! :3

Costume made and worn by me.
Info about costume construction posted in the info box here: Magi: Judal by Malindachan

Photo by Solar Tempest Photography www.facebook.com/solartempestp…
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Uh, not entirely sure when it happened, but this page reached 1 million views!!! Thank you everyone for your support. This summer I had been trying to think of what would be an appropriate way to celebrate the milestone. Since this year also marks my 10th year since I started cosplaying, I decided now might be a great time to work on my dream costume, which is Link's Twilight Princess variant. Over the years I had attempted making his tunic at least twice but wasn't satisfied either time; but now that I've gotten a lot more experience and a larger costume budget to work with, I'm ready to make it happen over this next year.

For those of you that are newcomers, welcome! I'm not too active on here due to real life things keeping me busy, but I do still check my facebook fan page on occasion: www.facebook.com/pages/Malinda…
If you have a question or have been waiting for a response to a question, please look at this post first:  FAQ Post!I don't get online a whole lot these days besides to check my facebook and occasionally put up photos and such on here.
To make things a bit easier for all of us, I'm going to post answers to some of my most frequently asked questions here and leave this on the top of my profile for hopefully everybody to see! XD If you've asked me a question before through a note or a comment, please read below!
Q: Do you take wig commissions?
A: No I do not! D: I occasionally take some here and there, but only from closer friends. Unfortunately I just don't have the time for them. I work a full time job, so I like to spend what free time I have on personal projects and having some relaxation time. 
Q: How do I style this wig!? What wig/color should I get?
A: I have a variety of wig styling tutorials both here in my gallery as well as on the Arda-wigs website! 
Here are the ones I've done on my own free time: http://malindachan.deviantart.com/gallery/37164049
The Arda website has t


For those of you waiting for me to post more of my older costumes for sale, it might not be for another month or two. I took up some projects for a few friends that need to be done before Halloween, and it's just been eating up a lot of my free time. 

If you've been following my facebook page, you might have seen my announcement about MCM London Comic Con! I'll be attending as a judge for the EuroCosplay Championship finals, and it'll be my first time both in London and at an international convention! I don't know what all will fit into my suitcase, but I know for sure that I'll bring Yusei and one other costume (I'm thinking either Aerith, Cloud, or Aqua). 

Again, I apologize for the inactivity; I've been slowly working on some projects both for myself and for friends, and I've also been trying to work at a slower pace since I've had a history of making myself sick with migraines and anxiety from stress. Once I return from London I'll be working on Arwen from Lord of the Rings, my Miqo'te Bard from FFXIV, Jessie from Team Rocket, and Link! I'll be posting progress through my facebook fan page as I go, so be sure to check it out! :3
Phoenix Wright Wig Tutorial by Malindachan
Phoenix Wright Wig Tutorial
Hey all! Uploading this by popular request, though a lot of it is the same processes I've used in other tutorials. So check these out too!
Yusei Fudo Wig tutorial v2 by Malindachan  Yami Yugi Wig Tutorial by Malindachan  Wig Hairline Tutorial by Malindachan 

And this is the video tutorial for hairlines: www.youtube.com/watch?v=KawyKs…

If you have any questions please email me (my Arda email address is at the bottom of the tutorial). I don't get on DA very often, so if you ask in a comment here I might not see it for a long time. 

Some Tutorial FAQs:

"Can you do a tutorial for ___(insert character wig I've already styled before)___?"
-It depends on if I took progress photos while I did it. Sometimes I don't because I'm either in a rush or already made a tutorial that used the same techniques. I recommend checking my tutorial folder here or the tutorial tab on the Arda Wigs page for a large variety of tutorials that should hopefully provide some inspiration! Even if a tutorial is for a specific character, the techniques used can be applied to other characters as well.
arda-wigs.com/pages/tutorials-…

"Can you do a tutorial for __(insert character wig I haven't styled before)__?"
-I don't do specific character requests, though if there's a type of technique that you haven't seen a tutorial for, feel free to suggest it on my work's Tutorial Suggestion forum: kingdom-arts.org/viewtopic.php…\


Wig and tutorial by me, and modeled by :iconex-shadow:
Wig base from Arda-wigs.com
First image was taken by George Duong at Katsucon 2014

Phoenix Wright is (c) Capcom
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Malindachan
Malinda Mathis
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Armed with a can of hairspray as her weapon of choice, Malindachan is all about her wigs. She taught herself to style wigs so she could cosplay her favorite overly-spikey-haired YU-GI-OH! characters, and eventually this led to her habit of selecting characters based on who's hair looked the most ridiculous. As a gamer Malinda loves to play RPGs, her favorites being Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Zelda, and the Tales series. Other favorite things include One Piece, animated films, magical girls, sweets, nostalgic things, and owls.

Encouraged to pursue her artistic talents, she earned a Bachelor’s in Art with a concentration in 3D Computer Animation. She feels she can best exercise her range of abilities through cosplay. She learned to sew at a young age, and other than her Jigglypuff costume attempt at age 11, she started making her own costumes in 2004 and actively cosplaying in 2007.

Malinda does Social Networking Management and Customer Support for Arda-wigs.com
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LostInTheDarkShadow Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Student General Artist
Sorry to burst out of the blue, but I wanted to say that you're Moltres cosplay is just completely and utterly gorgeous!~ ^^
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melani329 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Malindachan do you know if you will make a new costume? Cause i really want to see all of your costumes. The ones i have seen are really good
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YuGiOh5DsDuelist Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  New member
Hi Malindachan, I wanted to say you are the one that made me go to an anime convention on August 23 in Montreal. I really love your group and this group of you and you friends inspired me to go to anime conventions. So far, I only visited one, which was Otakuthon. For my first time going there, I was so nervous at the very beginning and then I feel that Otakuthon was home to me when I took pictures of other cosplayers. For sure, I'll take more pics of cosplayers for Otakuthon 2015. ;) All I wanted to say to you and to you friends is thank you. Thank you Malindachan for inspiring me to go to anime conventions! :D
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digialchem Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey Malinda - I hope you're enjoying London :) Gutted I didn't have chance to meet you today at MCM because you were judging all day, but I wanted to say that you're one of the first cosplayers I ever knew of and admired, so thank you for helping me get into a hobby I love! Hopefully we can have you back in the UK again soon? :D
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leavg Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your cosplays are so cool and the wig tips are going to help me a lot for my first cosplay im going to try and make for when I go to anime anime Milwaukee.
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ManishaChan Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
can't believe you're coming to london MCM! :iconcryforeverplz:
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Hey, quick question, how quickly do wigs at arda-wigs ship?
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
If the item you're ordering is in stock, then it should only take between 1-3 business days to be processed, and then shipping time depends on the type of shipping you select. If there's an item in your order that's out of stock, then you can check our restock list (under the info tab of our site) to see an estimate time frame on when we're expecting more, and then we ship out the backorders as soon as the boxes of restock arrive.
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SwanElizabeth Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I know you have a spiking wig tutorial, but do you have any tips on how to spike one like Sora's? I'm trying to section the hair at last, but sometimes the sections I make show the...I don't know that it's called, but the lining of the wig, I guess you could call it. I just figured I'd ask since you had styled a wig for Sora before.
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Malindachan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
What type of wig are you using? The ones that have a more "teased" top are ideal for spiking because the frizziness at the base helps hide the wig's wefting. You could do some backcombing yourself to help with those areas, or if you have the budget you might consider either getting a second wig or additional wefts to add in for more thickness. If you haven't seen my Cloud tutorial, that's a good example of a scenario where I was doing a spiky style, but the type of wig I would have normally used wasn't available in the color I wanted, so I improvised by combining two together.
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