Costume is still in pieces from 1.5 years ago, can still work on this!
I went out today to look for some purple pants. I stopped at Target first to see what they had, I got a pair of dark purple/red? exercise pants. I then headed to Old Navy and I should have just started here as they had exactly what I was looking for. This is 4/4 with Old Navy coming through with cosplay items!
I stopped at Joann to check out the fabric, nothing matched my pants of course. I will have to figure something out!
I needed to pick up some missing paint colors so I stopped at Joann on the way back from a Women Who Code meetup in Loveland. I got the paints I needed, some strapping for the knife harness, large red feathers and a test piece of green felt.
I traced the pattern off my screen to do a quick test if hat size 49-51 would fit me, and it did! I then printed out the pattern and traced it on the foam. I cut that out and started hot gluing it together. Everything was coming together nicely so I went to try it on, anddd it doesn't fit! It's too small. D:
Come to find out that preview on my mac was printing things at 98%, thanks preview. Now to try again!
I found a good hat making video on youtube and he had a pattern for sale for $6!
The costume was so nice to wear on Saturday that I wore it again on Sunday. The mask held together perfectly, while the cape had its usual cape issues. I had used up all the bandages so we stopped at the Walgreens to get some more. After a bit of a hunt we found another roll of them!
It went really well! The sunglasses frame made it really easy to wear the mask ontop of my head when walking around.
At the Marriott! Time to attach the nose and figure out bandages!
My time was running out and if I wanted any sleep before the con I had to finish early! I finished priming and did 3 coats of yellow paint, masked out the blue stripes and created the goggles. I also painted on the red lips and blue mustache.
I didn't finish it 100% before the con but there was still tomorrow night for finishing touches!
My time was running out! I finished attaching all the fins to the main mask with my heat gun and attached the mask firmly to the glasses with some more worbla. I then started drew out the features, cut the nose hole, and started priming with gesso. I used sharpie for the features which was a mistake as it was totally seeable through the primer.
Having done no work yesterday (I skillfully fell off my bike), I had to get things going today! I finished the prototype and started cutting the worbla out for the mask pieces. I also started attaching the fins to the main mask.
My dying of the jumper went well and I got a good color brown.
I also added some features to the mask, toilet paper rolls for the eye pieces and paper to create the fins.
I went and scouted out jumpers at Old Navy in the morning, they didn't have the brown one there but a blue one that was close enough!Jumper pic
I then stopped at Joann Fabrics to look at cape materials and get some brown dye for the jumper!
That night I needed to start this costume! I created a foam template to size out on the sunglasses frame I was using as a mask base. Then I sketched out the features and makeshiftedly attached it to the frame.
Right. I should have known this was going to happen. I was working slowly and carefully with the foam! I knew that the knife can dull from the foam and stick and get dangerous! But doing a slow type skinning procedure seemed to be working well for removing the textured surface...until the knife went into my left thumb.
Although probably one of the worse self inflicted injuries I have gotten, it stopped bleeding pretty quickly and I was able to use a bandaid to hold it together, no stitches needed! Hopefully it scabs itself over pretty quickly and I can get back to having two thumbs again.
So those mats I bought because I didn't have enough? I had enough. I had two pieces left from the original four! I only used two pieces to create 90% of two dreadblades! So now I have too many mat mats!
With the new mats though, I traced out the pattern for four inner gold raised sections. I was able to get them all from one mat with a 1/4ish of the mat left over. I did not learn my sharpie lesson though and forgot to let the marker dry. Blue hands it was!
I opened my new mats to cut out the pieces for the second Dreadblade and the gold pieces and THEY SMELLED SO BAD, so they went outside for a couple of hours. The fumes seem to have disappated so cutting them tomorrow!
Had some unplanned free time today as tutoring ended early, Harbor Frieght was nearby so I stopped to get some more mats for my sword! With the four original squares I had bought I was able to make about 90% of a Dreadblade so I purchased two more, one for the other sword and then one more for finishing off the pices + hilt mats
I couldn't find any relevant coupons but the mats were $9 a piece which isn't bad at all. There were a TON of people there for almost 1pm on a Thursday though!
what happens with html?
Cut the foam out for the gold layer to check on the thickness, it looks like it will work well! I will probaby need to figure out some way to uniformly taper everything -> need to investigate that
For the PVC structure/removeable handle, the hole in the sword prevented it from going straight through. Trevor suggested bending it and with my heat gun and a few minutes I was able to easily bend the PVC! And it stayed their nicely. Eman suggested flattening it to make it thinner and stronger, that will be the next step!