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|God help me, I did it. I finally redid Pronyma. It was the perfect time - my first convention returning, and the original was the first costume I made completely on my own. It was a returning to my rooms sort of thing, as well as my own way of seeing how far I'd come.|
My favourite part of the costume, made out of craft foam and painted with metallic blue and gold acrylics. I couldn't find the right colour of gems so I used a little creative license. The wig unfortunately didn't want to be cut into Pronyma's style - kept coming over my shoulder and wasn't thick enough for her V, but I gave it a rudimentary shape. Two lengths that were cut were then attached to kirbys and planted between the front ridges for her long front strands.
I got a gold wire base from a bead store, and formed the shape in air dry clay. When it dried I painted it with metallic gold acrylic and glued in the green gem. Not the most durable part of the costume - the right part keeps trying to break off - and was saved through superclue and sellotape at least 3 times during the convention.
Made from Red lycra and the original blue leotard as well as some simple navy fabric. Gold ribbon was used to line the back cloak, while fabric paint was used for the front. The armour is craft foam decorated with fabric paint and then painted with metallic gold acrylic, and attached via sticky velcro - this didn't really work and safety pins were added at the last minute for extra hold.
Originally it was all going to be one piece, but it became clear VERY early on that wasn't going to word, so instead added popper buttons to the shoulders. Drove me nuts more than once when one would somehow come loose and result in me having to stitch it on again.
The belt was a NIGHTMARE, mainly because I wasn't sure how to do it. Eventually I took several chunks of foam and glued them together before a paper mache and cloth tape layer. Then it was covered in gold acrylic before a layer of metallic gold. The two armour pieces are craft foam painted with metallic blue and decorated with 3D gold fabric paint. They had me on nerves because they STILL weren't dry when I was at the con, and one of them had a nasty incident with some varnish which resulted in me essentally having to repaint the whole thing. They were attached to the belt with gold eyelets which I meant to paint but ran out of time/paint, and necklace elastic.
The bodysuit I got from a dance store online, and painted the symbols by hand with a friend. Naturally they turned out very messy but from a distance you don't really notice. Some of the bodysuit had to be stitched on to me once the leotard was in place to keep it from slipping - eventually resorting to safety pins by Sunday.
The blue gloves arrived they day before I left, so finished them off when I went to Redkun's the day after. Used the excess red spandex for the top layer, and then decorated the edges with 3D fabric paint. Her bracelets were two gold bracelets from New Look that were only 50p each cause they used to have designs on them, that have since shattered leaving nothing but gold. One still had some crustations that refused to move, so painted over them.
Something of a disappointment. They started out as wet look leggings decorated with 3D fabric paint and a little gold ribbon. Unfortunately the ribbon kept them from being very tight at the top, and the body suit didn't take kindly to them being stitched, so they had a tendency to drop. The two gold covers for the middle of the boot also looked really out of place and I eventually just discarded them.
Ugh, every plan I had for these went up in smoke. They're a mix of foam, paper mache, masking tape, cloth tape and gold acrylic (which I bought in BULK), finished of with two tubes of rub and buff. The insides of the 'gems' are painted with glow in the dark paint (though you don't really notice), and the gems themselves are blue acetate.
I used industrial strength velcro to keep them attached to the hoop. The handles are craft foam strengthened with white cloth, again painted with gold acrylic and rub and buff, finished off with blue acetate and 3D fabric paint.
The hoop was always a problem because Pronyma's wings float around her, but I eventually chose to make them white to match her horns. It was the smallest hula hoop I could find, but it didn't take well to spray or acrylic paint, eventually resulting in me wrapping it in white electrical tape. The horns originally started out as air dry clay, but they ended up being too heavy, and so I wrapped electrical tape around the bubble wrap they'd been in to get the shape.
The weight eventually became so much of an issue that I had no choice but to discard the necklace elastic I had originally used for the first Pronyma in exchange for string. It looks terrible but there was no other way to fix them in the time I had. As a whole though, the wings looked great, and I got a lot of suprised looks when I was carrying them around.
I am so glad I ended up choosing to finish this one off. Its something I always wanted to do, and now I can tick Pronyma off as a complete satisfaction.
090809 - Headdress Complete (Posted 9th August 2009)
And the headdress is done! I can wash my hands of it and focus completely on the other factors.
Still working out the mathematics for Pronyma's waist high leg slits, but answer goes on backburner while tomorrow is spent dedicated to wings. Rub n buffed two today, and the holders are being strengthened with fabric and glue. Painting to begin tomorrow.
080809 - Started work on shoes/wig (Posted 8th August 2009)
Got Ricky to paint the body symbols, but need to do them again. Also started work on the leg covers (to my dismay, I found the ONLY pair of leggings in the world that AREN'T skin tight. Good thing I'm stitching them to the body).
Started styling wig since headdress is nearly complete. Didn't go too well but I'm hoping I can spruce it up once the headdress and co are finished.
Wings are coming along too. Need to put in some 3d designs and another coat, then I'm going in with the rub n buff. Will be starting work on the holders tonight to.
030809 - Headress heading for EPIC Fail (Posted 3rd August 2009)
I should never glue early in the morning - I've only gone and glue two parts the wrong way round. Admittedly its not a terribly large mistake but given how difficult the foam is being in just going into the shape I crafted...Its causing more than a few tears.
Tomorrow all the foam gets put away and its time to bring out the sowing machine again.
010809 - Painting is my Bane (Posted 1st August 2009)
Hokay, spray paint hates the carpet tape/Primer that the wings are now wrapped in - so unless it dries unbelievably well that's another £6 down the drain and I need to get my hands on a TON of acrylic paint next week.
Headress - looks GORGEOUS even in 5 pieces. I've put on some of the 3D designs and tomorrow I can finish it off and put it together hopefully - so ONE part of it will be complete.
280709 - Getting too Close (Posted 28th July 2009)
Headdress - still in 5 pieces getting its third coat of glue - the main designs look great and cant wait till its solid enough to paint and see if its going to work as well as I hope.
Wings - On their third layer of paper mache. Will get protruding designs glued on tomorrow and the penultimate layer of mache will go on so I can start working on the harness.
Body - Base is made, need to modify leotard for the high legs (just discovered that this costume means no underwear, joy of joys -_-), and need to shape and trim leg cape.
Still to start: