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Forging an Ice Sword Fit for a Winter Warrior

Philip Odango of Canvas Cosplay explains the fundamentals of cosplay prop-making in a special edition Creative Studios: Make at Home virtual workshop

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Words and Images courtesy of Slover Library and Philip Odango.

NORFOLK, VA—Torment the scourge—from an appropriate social-distance, by creating a frozen runeblade sword fit for an ice king or queen. The Maker Studio, one of four Creative Studios at Slover Library, will host a virtual, one-of-a-kind cosplay workshop on December 15, 2020 from 4 – 5 p.m. EST. In this free beginner-level class sponsored by Fiskars and hosted with Michaels, Philip Odango of Canvas Cosplay explains the fundamentals of how cosplay materials and tools work together to bring your imagined prop to life.

Philip Odango sits at a workbench surrounded by tools and materials, holding up his ice sword
Image courtesy of Philip Odango.

Odango is an internationally-renowned and award-winning cosplayer, “makerpreneur” and teaching artist. His love of crafting cultivated from theatre, and, using the magic of spectacle and visual storytelling into sewing, he is quickly gaining attention in the cosplay world. His "cosplay your way" approach to cosplay is inspired by diverse and vibrant DIY creators, ideas and communities he has met all over the globe. He has taught workshops and panels at conventions, universities and makerspaces worldwide.

Streaming live from the Slover Library Maker Studio, Odango will walk participants through crafting a prop sword with foam and other cosplay materials available at any Michaels location or online at A complete list of materials is available at the registration page. Participants can follow along during the workshop or download the step-by-step lesson pack afterwards to build their own runeblade from home.

War Crafting an Ice Sword Prop for Cosplay Creative Studios: Make at Home Special Edition Tuesday, December 15 at 4 – 5 p.m. EST Free virtual workshop. Registration open through December 15:

Philip Odango poses with the finished ice sword prop.
Image courtesy of Philip Odango.

About Slover Library:

Slover Library blends traditional library functions with the best of contemporary library resources and services. The innovative space design creates a vital and dynamic center of community learning, leading-edge technology and civic engagement, available to all citizens of the region, and it is known as an attraction for residents and visitors alike.

Slover Library is located in beautiful downtown Norfolk on the corner of Plume and Atlantic Street near MacArthur Square and the MacArthur Memorial. Call (757) 431-7491 for more information.

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