Costume :Elven Archer
Source :Lord of The Rings - The Two Towers
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Collectormania Milton Keynes 14 (2008)

Costume Photos



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Costume Information

Cost : about £60
Awards : 1 or two
Time Taken : too long

Believe it or not, this is my first costume. I had help from my boyfriend Paul, who used to make historical armour.

This is a pretty complexe costume, and has an insane number of componants.

The Underdress...Fairly simple. Made from o couple of sparkly shirts from a charity shop, inside out and redesigned to make a dress.

The Shirt. Similar to a waistcoat, zips at the back. the collar is layered with gold leaves. These were in strips, hand cut...there were many!

THe Bodice. Made of about twelve pieces of red vinyl, hand sawn and weathered with acrylics.

The Skirt. Adapted a 1960's A skirt pattern. Again, indiviually sawn strips of leaves. Many, many strips and it took hours. Back breaking!

The Gloves. Possibly the hardest things I had to make. It took many attempts! but I'm fairly pleased with them.

The Armour. Made the pattern from card, armour made from mild steel. Shaped and embossed. We had to make the tools to emboss it. Painted with car spray paint. Harness is made of leather and vinyl.


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Wow! This is my fav costume of your so far. I really love how you did the armour and seeing it in person is truely epic. I would love to make one one day.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009 - 03:18
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You will..I'm redoing most of it, so I'll have patterns. You're welcome to them anytime :)

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009 - 03:23
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by stripey_dani on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009 - 11:06
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Thank you xx

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009 - 12:56
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Amazing. What did you use for the solid armour parts?

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009 - 14:13
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Mild steel...

by Wyrdsister on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009 - 14:14
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lol ..just when I was thinking "don't say shaped metal"
Ah. That'll be why they look so good then. ^^)
Wow you have amazing skills. *_*

by Ranma1-2 on Tuesday, 1 December, 2009 - 23:25
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I can't take all the credit, Paul (my lovely boyfriend, you met him) and I made this together. He did a lot of the metalwork. That's his hobby...plus he wouldn't let me make it out of anything else!

by Wyrdsister on Wednesday, 2 December, 2009 - 01:43
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This is amazing :O

by Broseidon on Wednesday, 2 December, 2009 - 21:15
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What a great team you are!
..you must get him into some sort of costume. =P

by Ranma1-2 on Thursday, 3 December, 2009 - 01:18
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Working on it...

by Wyrdsister on Thursday, 3 December, 2009 - 01:31
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This costume is just AMAZING ! I'm really impressed

by thoetmosis on Thursday, 31 December, 2009 - 13:58
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wow wow wow! stunning, such beautiful armour!

by LittleMissMetamorph on Wednesday, 18 August, 2010 - 23:38