|I first fell in love with this character design when I saw a certain person cosplaying her. I will edit this with her link soon. I just loved the colours and the hair.|
Then I saw her in the series along with her "partner" Uranus, and instantly decided I wanted to cosplay her. I dont think I can top Heather's Neptune though!
The Tiara has been purchased from:
It is stunning, on the expensive side but worth it.
The brooch has been purchased from:
Southernmoon Creations Etsy
I hope to bring this to Ayacon 2013. Emphasis on the "hope"
|Cover shoes and add straps||High||Complete|
|Buy gloves again because first gloves were crap!||High||Complete|
|Make fuku collar||High||Complete|
|Make hip roll, glove tops and shoulder rolls||High||Complete|
|Buy Upholstery foam for hip roll, glove tops and shoulder rolls.||High||Complete|
|Make main suit||High||Complete|
|Buy green and Blue fabric||High||Complete|
|Add the back to the mirror and paint||High||Complete|
|Add snaps to EVERYTHING!||High||Complete|
|Make brooch because Bought one is....not what I want.||High||Planned|
The Mirror (Posted 14th March 2011)
So, I found a really nice handmirror on ebay. It's very heavy and as you can see from the picture, is made from some sort of metal. I'm thinking it's brass, it's very very similar to Neptunes mirror so I had to go for it. I diddn't want to try and make it because I knew I'd never match the craftmanship that this mirror had.
The back of the mirror was just the back of the plate that is screwed in possition to keep the mirror in. It had a very weird design on it but was mostly flat.
I used air dry clay, not paper based, I'm not sure what it was but it's a really nice one. Seems to just be called "air dry clay" how usefull huh?
Once dry, I used a very fine sand paper and sanded it so it was fairly smooth.
Then using acrylic paints, I painted it. The symbol was awkward. The paint had started to crack so I had to be quick finishing and getting a top coat on to seal it in. The first stages of the symbol were horrific. My hands were so shakey from having flu that it was hard to get a straight line. I finally managed it, having to thicken lines to get it to be vaugley symetrical. The symbol took about 10 coats to make it stand out enough.
I then used good old PVA glue, never watered down. I added about 4 thick coats over the top. This dryed suprisingly hard, I can't even dent it with a finger nail. It's made a nice glossy shine without being all plasticy and it's protected the paint from chipping or flaking.
If you look REALLY close, you can see some of the paint where it started to crack and you can see the imperfections. But honestly, I'm happy with it.
Nearly done (Posted 13th March 2011)
I swear it is!
The mirror is done and I'll have pictures up tonight of that.
The shoes are mostly covered, but due to being sick for a week and then the silicone glue I was using (which is not the plumber variety) has really done a number on my resphiratory system (lungs) I was stupid and diddn't open the window and then suddenly after that I became sick again with some sort of flu. Likley triggered by the silicone glue decimating my immune system even more and allowing the sore throat I'd just recovered from to go into a full scale war on me.
If you are ever using a form of silicone adheasive which has a sharp, sour almost vinegary smell, use caution. Open a window, try to do it outside, use a rebreather if you have one, or at the very least, a dust mask with an open window. Don't pull a Darwin like me.
Also, use latex gloves when using this glue, It's increadibly waterproof, which means you have a hell of a time washing the damn stuff off!
Saying that, the shoes are looking pretty swish, I just need to neaten them up, cover the heel bits OR paint them and add the straps and the costume is done.
I'm still waiting on the brooch though and may have to make one myself.
It takes longer that you'd think! (Posted 27th February 2011)
Using Ranma 1/2's Brilliant tutorial for creating the glove tops, hip roll and shoulder rolls for the scouts uniforms. It's genius and before starting you'll think it wont take that long.
It took me collectivly, probablly something close to about 10 hours to complete JUST the glove tops. The result is great though, I'm very happy with them.
You can use other materials for the various rolls that the sen shi have on their uniforms. Say you were doing an eternal variant. This calls for shiny things, so satin is your best bet. I favour a matt type satin like duchess, never acetate satin (which is usualy called ecomony satin, its VERY shiny in a bad way and it's usually not backed with anything or backed with a slightly plasticly feel)
If you were using satin to cover the glove top rolls, then you'll have to cut your peice of satin FAR FAR bigger than the length of your foam roll, this will ensure complete coverage when you form the roll into a hoop and fix in place.
For my glove tops, I have attatched snap buttons to the very top of the gloves and then to the inside of the glove tops, to fix them in place and ensure that they wont slip. They are very snug.
Here is a link to Ranma 1/2's tutorial:
And the following are links to several places to buy good quality stretch fabric:
Little update (Posted 6th February 2011)
I'm still trying to decide what version to do. I'm leaning towards the super stars? one, the one with the heart brooch and longer bow at the back.
I think I can easilly make the shoulder bits detatchable so that the same body can be used for her first transformation and the supers one.
Soooo torn on a wig though. I really like how this one looks:
but then theres these that are likley far more accurate to the colour:
Then this one which is a slight bit more blue:
Got the shoes though, and ordered samples of some fabric.
Finding Neptune (Posted 4th February 2011)
Finding the perfect fabric for a sailor scout is harder than it seems. I'm a firm beliver that satin is not for any senshi APART for the Eternals.
So satins out, which is a shame because there are infinite shades of satin.
I want a stretch fabric for the skirt e'ct. So that when it's attacthed to the body suit, it also stretches, making ripping far less likley and allowing the costume to be pulled up over my hips.
Now, as with every senshi, the official art for both the manga and anime differ, and not just between the 2. The in anime colour differs from the movie colours which also differ from the official art for the series. Then you have the artbooks, which differ, mainly because they are mostly hand painted, you'll never get the same shade with paint mixing, no matter how hard you try.
So out of all of the art work, which one am I meant to choose? Do I go a lighter shade? close to a sea green? or do I go dark? like a bottle green?
I'm leaning towards bottle green at the moment, mostly because Uranus's colours are fairly dark (the blue) and Neptune is meant to match with her somewhat. Jupiter is already green, so I cant have that shade or shades of green. Most people tend to use a fairly light shade it seems, matching the skirt to her hair but the more I look, the less her hair and skirt match. Her hair is lighter.
which I'm leaning towards more and more, the more I dig for images and watch video clips.
It's fairly cheap too which is nice.