|Cost :||Totalled £100|
|Awards :||CosplayFever - Cosplay of the Week|
|Time Taken :||Seven months on and off.|
|I've decided to deviate a little bit from the costume in the film. |
I have issues with Faramir from the film, because Faramir from the books is so unbelievably lovely.
So I won't make him 100% movie version, he's a little bit of "my" version but still recognisable.
This makes me happy :)
|Tooled leather breastplate||High||Complete|
|Tooled leather vambraces||Medium||Complete|
|Misc quilted (extra armour) items||Low||Complete|
|Brown leather gloves||Low||Planned|
|Bow and Quiver||Low||Planned|
|Green wool (surcoat)||£20.00||Bought|
|Green wool (cloak)||£10.00||Bought|
The end in sight... (Posted 9th September 2010)
I am THIS close to finishing the costume now :)
Although I'm borrowing some boots.....I've run out of money to buy more leather to make my own....and I don't think I have time now anyway...but they look ok.
But yeah....the suede padding is half finished....I've done the lower arms....and now need to get the upper arms done. And the vambraces need sewing together :)
And then it's finished. Can't quite believe it lmao
Dyeing...... (Posted 1st September 2010)
Ok. So while the surcoat material was beautifully woven......it was too clean and green and.......clean.
I'm dirtying it up a bit in a bucket of steaming hot water with no less than 2 and a half scoops of coffee, six teabags and half a jar of China Lavender Tea. I'm still unconvinced it will be enough to brown the green satifactorily. But we will see.
I'm quite excited lmao...........can't wait to smell of lavender coffee :P
Vambraces. (Posted 10th August 2010)
Woo ok so the shirt is all finished now :)
Started work on the vambraces....from what I can make out there are three layers, the base layer is really thick brown leather and has the buckles but no tooling or decoration and this is what I'm working on just now.
There's a tiny second layer in brown leather that has a small floral design, and the main cover to the bracers in thick green leather which has the tooled feather and tree design.
So for now it's just a base, but one down one to go :)
Sword ^.^ (Posted 10th August 2010)
Woooo. Well I've finished the first of the vambraces today, progressing quickly :)
I'm going to get some green leather asap and get them done completely :)
anyways!!!! Sword progress, my dad is lovely and is going to help me with the woodworking coz it's what he specialises in :P
but I've got the basic draft drawn for how the sword will look. We're not sure yet whether we want to redraw it onto the wood or trace the original draft on....but it's looking good.
Took me hours and hours to get the proportions right. What kills me are the little metal details on the hilt and the tip of the scabbard. Very nasty indeed.
It will be awesome though, watch this space ;)
Little bit more progress.. (Posted 20th July 2010)
So that's one sleeve done another to go.
Basically, the sleeve is fastened down the bottom seam by leather thonging....which means 40 eyelets to each sleeve.
I'm leaving that till last.....eyelets = loathing!!!
Progress!..... (Posted 16th July 2010)
Found some amazing linen in Remnant Kings xD It's really beautiful, and very clean......I'll have to see about that, something involving teabags or coffee probably.
It feels nice though and it sits perfectly......I've almost finished the shirt itself, the collar just needs turning in and I need to attach the sleeves.
Only thing is, the whole underside of the sleeves is laced together with eyelets.
HORRID HORRID HORRID EYELETS. I loathe them, but I'll need about 40 to each sleeve so i'll just grin and bear it.
wwwwoooo :) (Posted 5th June 2010)
I has trousers :)
They are made of linen not suede. The idea of wearing suede trousers as well as all the other layers at expo is not something I relish.....soooo....I've gone for brown linen instead :)
It still looks awesome, but that's because they are very old, worn and ripped trousers that I rescued, patched up and altered.
Later on I might make an extra pair of suede trousers just for accuracy, but linen ones are nice for summer.
hates... (Posted 4th June 2010)
serious loathing for eyelets!
it's ridiculous. Only like 1 in 10 actually work nicely, the others just crumple or fold the wrong way. Major frustration!!!
i'm going to get the better of them eventually......or buy better ones...after I've exhausted the first option anyway.
It's all going to work out in the end, meanwhile i'm raiding charity shops for some cheap leather I can make into vambraces. :) good times.
Calcifer. (Posted 2nd May 2010)
I just can't let my poor fingers be......
Decided I didn't like how the cuirass sat on the shoulders, so I've unpicked it and re-cut it and re-sewn it.
Much better now :)
Also also also!!!! New demi-project tehe
My mum recently got a log burning stove for her studio. I wasn't as impressed with it as everyone else was. This has all changed. It produces ash! Like real ash and charcoal and general wholesome fire remains.
I'm in the process of soaking the end of the cloak, smothering it in the day's prize from the fire, drying it, beating it and beginning the process again.
It's starting to look like a real worn dirty cape :D
I have completely fallen in love with the fire now, and christened it Calcifer, as a testament to how helpful it's being in the making of this cosplay.
Cuirass :) (Posted 29th April 2010)
Cuirass is all finished :) woohoo.
I've killed all of my fingers sewing the leather together. Particularly the buckles at the side.
But I'm done! I've also scrubbed the leather with a black wax, so it looks a bit more dirty and worn....but also roughly polished, like a captain's armour ought to be :)
And now to start on more sewing of leather for the vambraces.......IT WILL BE WORTH IT IN THE END! lol
Also also also. STARS ARE NOW SATISFACTORY :D
More cuirass work. (Posted 26th April 2010)
Also also, progress on the leather straps which hold the rings for the thonging at the sides of the cuirass.
Rings have been ordered and all the straps cut out. What's difficult is that the straps should have like a four leafed flower design tooled into them.
And because the leather is much softer than the stuff I used on the breastplate and will use for the vambraces, it doesn't work very well with the wood chisels. So i'm going to have to find another way of tooling the softer leather.
I'm seriously contemplating trying acid etching. My mum uses this technique for windows......and while the acid used for glass will be useless on skin/leather, a weak sulphuric acid might work.
Leatherworking. (Posted 26th April 2010)
Soooo the breastplate is very nearly finished. All the silverleaf on the tree is done, I'm taking off the stars with a weakened xylene solution. (Mainly because I can find no acetone in the house) I'm going to tool out the shapes because the outer leather gets a bit discoloured this way, and then get the silver leaf into the tooled 8-POINT stars.
I've also been practising the tooled design for the vambraces. I can make a start on these soon because they're made up of two layers. The bottom layer is dark-brown and a sort of H shape with buckles. The second layer is dark green/black leather in a kite shape with the White Tree, Stars and feather patterns. The tooling work is difficult....using wood chisels, but it's starting to look ok as I get more practise with it.
Progress :) (Posted 21st April 2010)
wahey! Things are going well.....Cloak is following a semi-circular pattern, which has used up just about all of the fabric, I'm going to have to be very very careful with the hood.
I get to play with leather tomorrow, it's only the rest of the cuirass though, I really don't want to have to do the vambraces, I can just tell they are going to be the most difficult, but at the same time I REALLY REALLY WANT TO START THEM! :P
Anyway, finishing the cuirass is exciting, hours of making holes and hand stitching will be tedious though, but worth it.
I'll get pictures of the cloak progress when I can, and proper photos when the hood is finished too.
Stars. (Posted 18th April 2010)
Curse me for being so used to 5 point stars. 10 point stars I mean omg they just don't work.......
I have NO solution to fixing them......aaaaaaaaaaaah they need to be 8 point stars. What self respecting Man of Gondor would walk around with armour covered in 10 point stars.
**panic** (i will find a way around this....there is no way in hell i'm repainting that tree)
happier note :) I found the wool for the cloak. It's dark olive green, tightly woven and intended for a jacket or coat, so perfect for a ranger's simple cloak :)
best of all it only set me back a tenner. Happiness.
Leather cuirass. (Posted 14th April 2010)
wooo i started work on the breastplate, because it's nice and simple and the materials are to hand.
I have a massive hide of leather that's matches the colour of the darker leather on the cuirass, so i've cut out the breastplate, and painted on the tree of gondor.
I'm currently going over it with a silver-leaf buff, and when that's done i'll polish the whole thing so it's nice and oiled :)
I have to redo the stars.....i've done 10 point ones by accident and need them to be 8 points, not quite sure how to correct it, other than making them a little bit bigger.....but i'll get there.