Formerly a pie store, now run by cosplayer Maggie Hu as Lumin’s Workshop. According to Maggie, there is still a bakehouse at the back of the store.

The place now only sells cosplay material rather than pie. The workshop contains all kind of things for a cosplayer, from prop makers stuff such as foam, thermal plastic, and clay, alongside glue, paint, dye, LEDs, to all sort of books about cosplaying. The place is also a ground that helps beginner cosplayers with their learning and practicing. As the store’s stocks are placed around the edge of the store, leaving the store’s center for a table where everyone works at their pieces. As Hu explains, the store has been hosting more social events like craft parties an event where people join hands crafting together. However, she explained “Those things may have outgrown the place, so we’re planning on moving our craft parties to other premises.

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The store work in a unique way, it is described as this. In a week, the shop opens for a few hours on some particular days, which earns them a steady amount of customers. Their customers usually the types who are coming home from their work and stopping by to hand pick material for their project, or people who consult for advice on how to begin with their cosplay project. Beginner cosplayers usually grasp a common knowledge when they visit the shop for advice, according to Hu, she wants cosplayer to gain certain access in this particular field unlike how she had to learn them by trials and errors as she was a child in a small town of Australia.

She shared her experience as she was a child, her first cosplay of Bandos armor from Runescape was terrible. Before she realized that there are specific materials that serve cosplay purposes, she made hers vie air-drying clay, cardboard, and drying clay. She stated that just a couple of pieces, the cosplay was 15 kilos. It’s literally an armor!

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It is hard to get access to cosplay materials, Hu explained that she had to import them from overseas. She eventually bought them in bulk in order to save money, and she sold what she did not need for her friends who needed them. Later on, the words would spread, and Hu was becoming some kind of a dealer in imported foam. She pointed out that as she was selling imported cosplay material out of her apartment she had no idea that people would need more of what she was selling, and from there it just grew.

As she was a girl who majored in architecture, the fact did not stop her from jumping at the chance to turn her passion into a business. Eventually, she leaped from her sister’s wardrobe (where she formerly kept her stuff at) to her warehouse half an hour away from her current workshop. She explained: “We import stuff by the container,” she says that their cosplay material now of their own designs, a lot of them are their formula.

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One of their product is Lumin’s Foam Clay, which is recommended by Lumin’s for crafting props. It’s based on a product designed for kids, however, they applied some little tweaks to the recipe to make it more suited for modeling things like armor for example, and for the record, it weighs much less than fiberglass. She compared her product to that of Crayola Model Magic, as she explained, her product was improved upon Crayola Model Magic, which, as she described, was more flexible and sandable.

Cosplayers around the world have been trying creative ways to recycle existing everyday things to fit their purpose, however, if they have access to these kinds of luxurious products, they can make even more impressive products for sure. According to Hu, the floor mat is certainly impressive, however, at the end of the day, it is only designed as a floor mat.

 There was a time after she gave up on fiberglass, and a little before she found out about foam clay, she used a thermal plastic called Worbla, a substance that can be shaped when it is heated. However, it is still considered heavy, particularly when cosplayers who are trying to use them for making Lich King’s armor. How does Hu know of this? Of course, she knew it the hard way as she had done it before. She claimed that the heaviest part was the videogame shoulders. She said that the shoulders were attached to the front but there was a steel bar at the back that attached them together. It worked at the time, however, she stated that she wouldn’t do that again.

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It would be a problem for the actual Lich King if he literally has an armor having an axle that connects both shoulders. Why? As both shoulders have to rise together, and the person who wears the armor might risk bashing his or her head if they raise one arm. In common sense, Hu states that she a huge Monster Hunter’s armor fan. She explains that whoever designed those must have given deep attention on how an actual person would fit into the armor.

Monster Hunter’s armor always carries a dramatic look, due to its oversize weapon that the armor always comes with. A particular image that comes in mind when you think of any Blizzard’s characters. Monster Hunter’s armors are designed to look stand out in the crowded convention room. Hu has given a simple reason why she has a certain like for them is that she was a small person, and she would like to be tall an imposing looking.