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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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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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Bravely Default: No Pants Club by Malindachan
Bravely Default: No Pants Club
...There's a fun story behind this group. XD

Not long after Bravely Default came out, Johnny suggested the idea of doing a group at Dragoncon. We were going to have all the main 4 characters, and we planned to do some really cool costumes (Such as the Dark Knight armor, Edea's Garb, etc)

Summer con season hit hard though, and we were cos-pooped. I had already started on Edea's wig though and still wanted to do some kind of group if it was possible, so I suggested going with easier costumes. Easiest costumes happened to be THESE, and then suddenly it became a thing. And it's ok that we don't have a Tiz anymore, because he doesn't have a "No Pants" costume.

AND THAT'S HOW THE NO PANTS CLUB HAPPENED

Not going to lie; I haven't felt so self-conscious before. I won't go into details on some of the things I experienced while in this costume, but despite the problems, it was thanks to these friends that I had an amazing Dragoncon. :)

"Bravo Bikini" Edea Lee - Myself www.facebook.com/pages/Malinda…
"Wakoku Warrior" Ringabel - Junkers Cosplay www.facebook.com/JunkersCospla…
"Bravo Bunny" Agnes Oblige - SpacePizzaCosplay www.facebook.com/spacepizzacos…

I styled the wigs for everyone! All materials are from Arda Wigs!

My Edea wig is a Matilda with 2.5 packs of short wefts in Platinum Blonde. I call my antenna the "Pringle" and it's a separate piece I made using stiff felt and the wefts, and it's attached to a wire piece that goes under the hairline of the lace front. I cut a small piece out of the lace front itself so it can stick in far enough for the bottom to line up how I like it. Check out my facebook post here for a picture of it before it was glued in place! I plan to curl the back more once I make another Edea costume. I just ran out of time, and it wasn't my highest priority.

The Ringabel wig was a Jareth in Titanium Blonde, and I added pieces from a defective Cady on the sides so it would be like a lace front. :) I tried to go for a nice balance between the in-game render and the artwork for his style since it's different between the two.

The Agnes wig was a Le Tigre in Dark Brown. I used the render from the opening of the game as a reference. 

You can see more images of the wigs on my facebook via this post! www.facebook.com/permalink.php…
If you click on the Edea wig pic, you can also see a progress shot of my "pringle" before it was glued to the wig. :)

Photo by Photosnxs www.facebook.com/AnimazeGuyPho…

Bravely Default is (c) Squeenix
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Latest update: Sorry I haven't been as active with this! We started moving last weekend and are still in the process of unpacking things and moving the remainder of items over from our old place, so it's been tough to find time to add more listings and make trips to the post office XD. All costumes that have gone up for sale so far have been shipped out, and we'll start adding more costumes for sale hopefully within the next few weeks. :)

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Hey all! So two things!
One is that I'm moving to a bigger apartment soon! (whoo hoo!) 
Second thing is that we've been saving up to FINALLY visit Japan in the Spring! I'll spare you guys the details, but in a nutshell, the move is hurting our savings account a bit more than we anticipated. ;A;

So I'm putting up some of my older costumes for sale! Most of these have only been worn a couple times and are still in great condition. I'm having a real hard time parting with some of them because they took a lot of hard work and have some great memories attached to them, so I do hope you guys check them out and help me find a good home for them!

Items sold so far:

Animefest 2009: Princess Judai by Malindachan Carly Nagisa: Aslla Piscu by Malindachan Yusei Fudo: After Class by Malindachan Yusei Fudo: Poncho by Malindachan A-kon 2009: Judai Yuki by Malindachan Look to the sky by Malindachan   Nakakon 2010: Yusei Fudo 2 by Malindachan Carly Nagisa by Malindachan Deidara cosplay 1 by Malindachan Haou Judai: Confidence by Malindachan Gene and Melfina: Hand in Hand by Malindachan The Hunter of Souls by Malindachan Katsucon 2013: Jack Frost by Malindachan

I will update this journal each evening with more costumes!
I'm sure a lot of you guys want to know what else will be for sale, so here's a list of upcoming sales:
Team Satisfaction Uniform 
Undercover!Yusei "Daniel" uniform
Wallmarket Cloud Dress
Halloween Town Sora
Older Aqua wig
Ouran High School uniform

If there's a costume of mine you like that is not listed, please DON'T ask if I will be selling it. I'm still keeping a few of my favorites, and the costumes I plan to wear again soon. :) I've also gotten a lot of comments from fans thinking I will not longer be cosplaying Jaden or Yusei since I've sold a lot of their outfits, but don't worry! I still have my lastest Jaden and Yusei costumes, and I don't plan on retiring them yet! :3

I have pieces from others I will also be selling, though I will list them as I find them in storage. 
Many of the costumes listed might not include wigs or pieces that were re-used in other costumes (like boots, pants, or shirts). I will make note of it within the listings when they're posted.

I will warn you guys that I'm pretty tiny, so if you want to buy these costumes to wear the entire thing, they will not fit if you are larger than a small (and all sales are final; no returns)! 

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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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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.
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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!
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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.
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nanjari Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
Ah ok! That makes sense.
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PhantomDetective1513 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love your cosplay vids some make me laugh so much
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Keiterfly Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi ~ Just dropping by to say I like your paper dolls!~ Save me from bored while playing with my nephew~ Thank you so much!!~ And I hope you can do Fruits Basket paper doll one day~ That would be awesome! hehe Have a nice day! ^^
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Yugilover1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014
Malindachan I did somehow came across attack on titan on a Saturday night and watched it and it was okay but not my cup of anime it was on Cartoon Network but I will stick to the anime's that don' t make me feel scared
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jrhall22 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're really an amazing cosplayer, especially your Final Fantasy cosplays!  Would you consider joining my FF Cosplay group on FB?  www.facebook.com/groups/252909…
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Kahama Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
psst I tagged you!
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werewolfs-curse Featured By Owner Edited Jun 26, 2014  Student General Artist
If I could get some advice on cosplay, it'd be much appreciated. I am planning a cosplay of Delphox gijinka original design. In my design the dress fades from white(top) to redish brown. How can I achieve this look on fabric? Would bleach dyeing work best? Any suggestions would be of great help. 
Thank you 
Addy
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