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About Varied / Hobbyist Premium Member Malinda MathisFemale/United States Group :iconsynchro-hearts: Synchro-Hearts
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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
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.



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:…
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:
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


Zack and Aerith: Sector 5 Church by Malindachan
Zack and Aerith: Sector 5 Church

Long story time: FFVII has always had an extra-special place in my heart because it was the first RPG I ever played, and to this day it's still my favorite game of all time. About a year and a half ago I learned about this abandoned church in Gary Indiana through my friends, and it's located just roughly an hour from where I live. XD

It became a dream location for a cosplay shoot, and Crisis Core Aerith became a higher priority on my to-do list.

Once I had finished Crisis Core Aerith last year we did a shoot, but the image files were lost. Luckily I kept the flowers and was determined to try again with a better idea on what to expect in terms of flower bed placement and whatnot, but when the best opportunity arose to do the shoot again....the church's roof collapsed. D:

I was pretty devastated, but determined to make it work! Friends joked that the roof falling made it Advent Children appropriate, so I got to work immediately on Advent Children Aerith.

As an extra boost of motivation, a favorite photographer friend volunteered to shoot us. We don't get to see him very often, but we turned it into a weekend of fun hangout times and delicious food.  

Thank you so much Joe for coming all the way out here to shoot with us, to Genia for sharing church in the first place, and to all of my friends that supported me during the planning process.

Needless to say, the wait was well worth it! :)

Zack: :iconex-shadow:
Sword & armor made by Ex-Shadow, wig and sewing by me.

Aerith cosplay made and worn by me

Flower bed was made by us; not photoshopped! :)
I got a bunch of fake flowers and bent the stems so I could tape them to a slab of cardboard.  Once it was placed in the location we gathered leaves and stuff from outside to hide the cardboard.

Photo by Joseph Chi Lin…

Rosa and Snivy by Malindachan
Rosa and Snivy
The highlight of Cosplacon this year was all the Pokemon festivities! It was lots of fun to wear Rosa/Mei again. :3

Rosa cosplay made and worn by me (except the Snivy; he's from Toys R Us! >:D )

Photo by TSIM Photography

Pokemon is (c) Nintendo
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:
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…

Pokemon is (c) Nintendo
Moltres by Malindachan
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:
You can see info about the cosutume construction in the info box here! Pokemon Gijinka: Moltres by Malindachan
Photo by Miss Mallo:…
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…


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.

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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.
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.
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.
SwanElizabeth Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I actually already styled it since I needed it to be done for AWA. I ended up making the spikes flatter and tried to 'criss-cross' the hair for spikes to hide any holes. It also works for if I were to lay my head back because I don't have a huge spike pointing out, but it looks good! I can upload some photos on here if you'd like to see what I did though.
melani329 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Hey malinda. When are you going to another convention? I would love to see your videos on YouTube. Your videos are the best. I am your biggest fan ever. I liked it when you dressed up as matt ishida from digimon adventure. That was so cool. Your judai, carly, and yus3i costumes are so cool. Great job
Malindachan Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Besides London this weekend, I might not be attending another con until Acen next year. Unless I go to a con for work or as a guest, and in those cases I'll be sure to announce it. :)
The con videos were fun when I had more free time, but it's such a time commitment that I've sorta retired from making them now that I have a full time job and more real-life responsibilities. I'm not retired from making costumes though, so you'll still see new things from me here and on my facebook! :)
melani329 Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Oh well i dont have facebook but i will still watch the videos you put on before. Oh im going to disney world in 2016 if my dance class is able to raise enough money and i get to be in the parade. I hope you have fun this weekend.
nanjari Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
Hey! So I was just watching the World Cosplay Summit Championships and I was curious if Synchro Hearts has ever considered attempting it!? Your work is always so impressive, especially after seeing what you two accomplished with your Bioshock work. Just a thought! Keep up the beautiful work!
Malindachan Featured By Owner Edited Aug 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I've thought about it a few times, though since I work for a company that sponsors prizes for the US qualifiers and finals, I don't think I'd be able to without there being a bunch of drama. It's totally fine though! :) I'm pretty satisfied just making costumes for fun, and we're saving up to go to Japan on our own.
nanjari Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Ah ok! That makes sense.
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