GoldieNeko
 


Costume :Black Waltz No.2
Source :Final Fantasy IX
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo October 2010


Costume Photos

Bowing Out At Ayacon

Staring Contest

Reaction To Cameras In Gaia

Game Over

Fight To The Death!

Waltzie Hugs 8D

You're In My Way!

I See Them On The Horizon

Masque

THIS Is How You Use Fire!

Neo Waltz's

Over The Shoulder

 


Costume Information

General
Cost : I suspect it's into the triple didgets, this hasn't been a pocket friendly project TT.TT
Time Taken : God knows how long, been working on it since Oct 2009

Description
I'm so proud of this despite the fact it takes two people to get it on and the wings + hat weigh ya down a bit. I LOVE THIS XD I seriously hope I get a chance to wear this again. After I've re-inforced the dress cage and got a new zenati suit top since the one I used for this kinda tore to the point of no return 8S

I've been itching to Cosplay as a Black Waltz for ages! I mentioned this to PicklesOfDoom when I first met her at MCM Oct 09. She wanted to Cosplay as No.1 so it was decided I'd be Cosplaying No.2 in Oct 2010!


Comments

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:O THOSE WINGS ARE LOOKING SO EPIC!!!!!!!

by Freyarule on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 09:57
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Wow, this is coming along very nicely. I can't wait to see the finished product! ^_^

by ChibiandthePenguin on Wednesday, 12 May, 2010 - 20:24
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Thankies I hope I don't disapoint this is most likely gonna be the most complex Cosplay of mine up to date TT.TT I have a long road of feathers hot glue and fabric dying ahead of me

by GoldieNeko on Friday, 14 May, 2010 - 18:42
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Oh oh oh the progress looks so epic, If you want i could bring out my garnet again for this =].

by Zelda on Tuesday, 1 June, 2010 - 23:38
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if ya don't have any other cosplays planned 4 October that'd be great!!!

by GoldieNeko on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 08:57
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Progress is amazing, i love your cosplays, they are so well done =D

by FusionRose on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 13:43
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Jesus that wing looks amazing!

by Numta on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 13:55
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^///^ thank you all for your kind comments I do try my best but I have a long way to go til I'm fully confident in my construction skills. I'll make sure to keep you all posted on the progress of my cosplays both present and future!

by GoldieNeko on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 14:00

Gah! Those wings! I..I have no more words *_*

by on Tuesday, 8 June, 2010 - 00:50
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Your wings are awesome hunny!

*squeees* Can't wait to get started on mine now! Dawww Black Waltzy ftw!!!

by picklesofdoom on Thursday, 17 June, 2010 - 21:05
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Looking forward to seeing this one! Great progress!

by SlimDefinition on Thursday, 24 June, 2010 - 21:14
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loving this so much huni shame im not doing a ff girl in october :(

by Sasashie on Monday, 5 July, 2010 - 20:00
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ok me again but just seen the progress and im in love with this xxx

by Sasashie on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 20:01
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Tis always a pleasure to hear from you Sasashie m'dearie ^.^ i'm happy you approve of my work, I've yet to figure out how the heck I'm gonna make the horns for this thing lmao, Hints and tips are always welcome ^.^

by GoldieNeko on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 20:03
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id try foam its light and you can mold it no problem and paint it my other idea would be pulp paper mache like i made my shoulder armour for rosa, good luck with this hunixx

by Sasashie on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 20:13
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Can't wait to see the completed thing!!

xxxx

by letmelive on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 23:13
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WOW this is looking utterly amazing...pffft great work on the wings too <3

by SachikoYumi on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 23:23

AMAZING!
I definitly look forward to seeing this!!

by goodbyeworld on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 23:34
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niiiiiiiiiiiiice XD, this will be EPIC

by nanahara on Tuesday, 20 July, 2010 - 23:36
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Woah this is looking like it's going to be amazing!

by Dark and Light Samurai on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 16:25
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loving the progress hun xx

by Sasashie on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 19:48
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Omg, those wings are looking SO badass!!

by Yuka on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 20:11
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Thanx for the tips and all your kind comments ^.^ The wings may change a lil though as I am currently having a lot of problems with the mechanism as I think it got badly damaged when I moved and it was slightly faulty anyways. So Show o' hands peeps who thinks I should still try to get them bad boys moving and who thinks I should go with the more conventional stand alone wings. Help me in this difficult Cosplay dession plz I'd really apreciate the help ^.^

by GoldieNeko on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 20:28
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Looking sick! Can't wait to see this finished :D *watches*

by GAINAX on Wednesday, 21 July, 2010 - 21:38
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wow looking amazing O.O cant wait to see this the progress is looking awesome

by timpey on Thursday, 29 July, 2010 - 00:09
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I really like the look of this! Good luck with the rest.

-Tab

by KhaosKreator on Friday, 30 July, 2010 - 23:20
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i cant wait to see this at expo
looking good so far

by Leolarua on Saturday, 31 July, 2010 - 14:40

This is looking great! Can't wait to see you in Oct :)

by Creative-Stitches on Tuesday, 3 August, 2010 - 10:19
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Fantastic progress hun xxx

by Sasashie on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 19:33
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DAT WING WIP <3

by CharlotteLuna on Friday, 6 August, 2010 - 20:00
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HOLY...

I pray for your soul when you travel with this to London my dear >__<;;;

It is indeed epic though :D you might have beaten our apartment record for widest prop XD (shakes fist)

by Freyarule on Sunday, 8 August, 2010 - 10:42
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Thus the reason I throughly intend upon yoinking some of the big suitcases me ma has from when we went to Florida a few years back. Hopefully I'll make it so I can transport most of it in pieces then quickly assemble upon arrival then disassemble on the Sunday evening. I guess it depends on how well this one turns out LMAO

by GoldieNeko on Sunday, 8 August, 2010 - 12:03
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The progress is looking epic!!! it's a real shame you couldn't make amecon, cause they had a black waltz 1 and 3 =D all they needed was 2 lol!!!

by Zelda on Monday, 16 August, 2010 - 16:48
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Aww I loves the dress cage! Looking really snazzy <3

by Freyarule on Thursday, 19 August, 2010 - 08:16
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Tis finally coming together ^.^ Thankies to all for your kind comments

by GoldieNeko on Thursday, 19 August, 2010 - 08:26
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This looks like it's going to be amazing can't wait to see more progress. ^_^

Well done. ^_^

by RebaSephiroth2 on Friday, 20 August, 2010 - 12:22
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Deffinately the bestBlack Waltz I've seen.
Can't wait to see it finished!

by Marauchettes on Monday, 30 August, 2010 - 11:23
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O_O ... Wow.. stunning!

by Alyx on Monday, 30 August, 2010 - 11:25
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This looks so amazing so far! I really can't wait to see this done *---* <3 xx

by Cheetos on Monday, 30 August, 2010 - 12:03
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this is just awesome so far O_O!

by Kouji on Monday, 30 August, 2010 - 12:25
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That dress is looking so amazing!!!!

by Zelda on Monday, 30 August, 2010 - 13:49
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This looks amazing!!! Keep up the good work, i soo can't wait to see this! ^__^

by ElegantAura on Monday, 30 August, 2010 - 18:19
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The dress is epic and I will kidnap it MWAHAHAHA >8D

by Freyarule on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 09:22
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O.O Thankies everyone for ya kind comments ^.^ Kinda overwhelmed that I gots so many peeps liking this cosplay. BTW Freyarule I'll be attatched to that dress and me lover would have somethin to say if it got kidnapped LOL

by GoldieNeko on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 15:19
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This is look amazing! You're doing a great job on this!
Keep up the excellent work!

by DuskatNight on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 17:34
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I can't wait to wake up at expo and come down to see you beating everyone up with your wings everytime you turn round! It is looking gorgeous!

by Sammykins on Wednesday, 1 September, 2010 - 20:13
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No doubt people will get beaten when I wear the wings but I'm trying to make it so I can wear it without the wings when walking about and then put the wings on for photoshoots & masq ect

by GoldieNeko on Friday, 3 September, 2010 - 07:01
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That's a good idea with the wings :) (my petals were the same and would have completely worked if it WEREN'T FOR THE WIND grrr)

and oh noes, we see your arsonist side with the fabric XDDD

by Freyarule on Friday, 3 September, 2010 - 11:08
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Wowie!!!! Serious OMG, chick this looks sooooo amazing >_< So much so that i can't put words to it lol!!! <3 <3 <3

by Feather-to-Earth on Sunday, 5 September, 2010 - 11:57
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OMG!! This looks amazing! You're gonna look sooooooooooooo awesome!
Well done xD <3

by Bambi. on Sunday, 5 September, 2010 - 13:50
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counting down the seconds till i get to see this, so much detail already im impressed.

you have become my cosplay goddess xx

by Sasashie on Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 12:01
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OOFT! This is looking AMAZING! I seriously hope you are doing it for Sunday so I can take pictures with you~ X3

I seriously cant get over how EPIC this is @___@

by Demented Kid on Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 14:21
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amazing.
*w*

by Emzone on Monday, 6 September, 2010 - 14:41
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This is looking really good - look forward to seeing it at Expo :-)

by Lunar_Kitten on Wednesday, 8 September, 2010 - 10:14
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^///^ so many kind comments, I hope i won't let cha all down and look forward to meeting y'all at Expo ^w^
O.O *bows down to Sasashie* I AM NOT WORTHY OF SUCH HIGH PRAISE!!!! *Bows & Grovels to the Almighty Sasashie*

by GoldieNeko on Thursday, 9 September, 2010 - 08:43
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*sings* It's coming together, it's coming togetherrrr 8D <3

by Freyarule on Monday, 13 September, 2010 - 19:46
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Tis looking 110% Amazing so far! :3

by DuskatNight on Wednesday, 29 September, 2010 - 09:54
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wow! You sure got alot patience and dedication to do this! It looks great so far!

by FuriePhoenix on Wednesday, 29 September, 2010 - 13:26
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Patience? LMAO Lord knows I know several people who wouldn't think of that word when they think of hyperactive impatient lil me FuriePheonix. XD

by GoldieNeko on Wednesday, 29 September, 2010 - 14:23
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Show us the litted up eyes :3

My gosh you really do think about things don't you :D a mask under the zentai hood, I never would have thought of that XD

by Freyarule on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 09:50
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Well I wore the hood and took a pic and it showed all me skin underneith, I looked like a squished version of the joker from the batman movies LMAO and i should be taking a few progress pics later on today of the whole thing ;3

by GoldieNeko on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 09:58
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*squeals* This makes me happy >w<

by Freyarule on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 09:59
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Wow, this is looking totally epic--really looking forward to seeing it at Expo!

by Storme on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 10:00
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Omg Wow! This is incredible!!!

by Kacela on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 13:17
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This is looking amazing! You're doing an amazing job!

by DuskatNight on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 13:45
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STEEL BONING!

by GAINAX on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 13:55
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oooft looking awesum yet scary all at the same time im am in awe of this hun xx

by Sasashie on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 14:43

My gawsh! the level of detail that has gone into your costume is beautifully done. I Hope I will be able to get to see you at the expo

by Muraaski_Butterfly on Sunday, 17 October, 2010 - 15:07
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DJ:BEDO:BP(£QUR:AWDBSFASIOPJAF *faints*

HOLY FECK THAT IS PURE EPIC RIGHT THERE!!!! <3

by Freyarule on Monday, 18 October, 2010 - 05:56
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Ur Black Waltz is positively amazing! Keep up the good work! :)
It'll be great to see u wandering round the expo :P xxx

by PokethePixie on Monday, 18 October, 2010 - 16:31
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This is really impressive.

by SilentDragonfly on Monday, 18 October, 2010 - 21:02
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this is looking fantastic ^_^

by Smallfry0 on Monday, 18 October, 2010 - 21:15
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FFFFFFFFF I think I died! xD
This is ... I don't even know! WOW... amazing don't even suck it! *blast limited vocab* xD

by Bambi. on Tuesday, 19 October, 2010 - 22:01
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Ooo those new bulbs are really effective! This is looking great. :)

by Storme on Saturday, 23 October, 2010 - 11:43
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Wow!! Totally amaaaaazing!

by PapercutPerfect on Saturday, 23 October, 2010 - 11:53
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THE EYES LOOK AMAZING!

by GAINAX on Saturday, 23 October, 2010 - 16:10
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wow! i love the finished result! especially those creepy glowing eyes!

by kaasutii on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 14:56
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Amazing costume :O Will look out for you this weekend!

by alytheluvly on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 15:00
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one word amazing :D

by J-Po on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 15:02
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one word amazing :D

by J-Po on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 15:02
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Holy shit this looks amazing D:

by FairyPorchQueen on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 15:11
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If there's one costume I have to get a photo of at the expo, it's this one.

by NetCeer on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 15:13
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F*CK ME! That is incredible!! Like.... my jaw hit the keyboard! such beautiful work! I must see you at expo!

by Alyx on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 15:17
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YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

I love you <3

by Freyarule on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 15:27
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This is by far the one costume i'm looking forward to seeing the most at expo. It looks absoloutely incredible hun =] x.

by FusionRose on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 16:03
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wow perfecto. Jelous of your skills by far. amazing. *_*

by SachikoYumi on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 17:07

This is amazing, must take photo with you :)

by Edwin347 on Wednesday, 27 October, 2010 - 18:53
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I was talking to you at expo and wow props just for wearing this, it looked so annoying and tiring.
Amazing with every detail! *_*

by SachikoYumi on Friday, 5 November, 2010 - 10:07
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It had it's moments but I'm quite proud of Waltzie, the pain and annoyance is so worth the response it got at Expo ^.^ am so pleased everyone liked it so much XD

by GoldieNeko on Friday, 5 November, 2010 - 12:25
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This was legendary! Waltz looked sooo amazing! and you did well get in and out of the apartment in one piece too ^__^

by ElegantAura on Friday, 5 November, 2010 - 17:05
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This costume was awesome :D Well done!
Was great talking to you also XD

by GAINAX on Monday, 8 November, 2010 - 23:15
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The wings on this are amazing! Great job!

by AmethystEyes on Sunday, 12 December, 2010 - 14:37
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I absolutely loved this!! It's truly amazing :D

by BabemRoze on Friday, 17 December, 2010 - 15:18
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This is seriously epic. Love it.

by Sephirayne on Wednesday, 2 March, 2011 - 00:17
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OMG just OMG!!!

by DrunkleyCP on Sunday, 6 March, 2011 - 02:49
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/49011410@N05/6082140403/in/set-721576273982...

The rest will appear within there soon!
Thanks for modelling for us =D

by Emzone on Friday, 26 August, 2011 - 17:14
 

To-Do List

Tweek GlovesLowComplete
Finish Main Coat, sew in all the detailingLowComplete
Make Tarnished Petti CoatLowComplete
Make Dress CageLowComplete
Make The Eyes using LEDsLowComplete
Finish WingsLowComplete
Make HatLowComplete
Finish the hornsLowComplete
Find The Right FabricLowComplete
Draw down the detailsings of the coat for referanceLowComplete
Iron Waltz Coat Before Expo!LowComplete

Journal

Miffed (Posted 22nd October 2010)

Moving wings aren't as moveable as I intended them to be. To get them secure on the harness some bits needed to go 8S They're still quite large but I would've liked em to move more than they currently do. Aw wells

Putting it on (Posted 17th October 2010)

Having posted my WIP shots here and on the MCM Forums someone brought up a very good question which I thought would be nice to forward my answer here to Cosplay Island as well

korilsapy wrote:

Just curious..but are you wearing a morph suit under that? Also..I have to admit it looks really heavy to wear D: how many layers of material is it and does it feel hevay to wear?

My Reply was :

I wouldn't say that it feels heavy to wear as I've worn heavier Cosplays in the past, but it is one of the hottest to wear (only rivaled by my mascot moogle of MCM Oct 2009) however I have yet to see how much weight and strain the wings shall put on for photoshoots & the masq as I shant be wearing them all the time as I am so afraid that they might get broken which would be horrid as my mate picklesofdoom has kindly allowed me to join her and her mates in an FFIX group for the sunday masq.

Here's how the layers go including the small bits (not including wings as I haven't sorted those just yet, but if any where I'd say they'd go on between the Coat and the Hat and would have to be put on either outside or close to the intended area for shooting ect)

Base (basic undies, tights, Long sleeved thin black shirt & shoes)
Dress Cage (easy)
Tattered pettie coat (I usually have help getting this just right so the dress cage is completely covered)
Mask (Battery case fully loaded for led's is duct taped excessivly to the far left of my upper chest for accessability and security)
Zentai hood & top (the hood is attached to a sleeveless top which sits just beneith me bust) BTW What's a morph suit, tis it just another word for Zentai or something competley different?
Coat (which takes roughly 10 mins minimum to secure and lace up propperly)
Hat (easy)
Gloves (the gloves are always the last thing as they aren't designed for fiddely finger work which is needed in putting on the other layers)

Hope this cleared a few things up ^w^ I'm actually very happy of how much of a good response this had received so far even though it's not finished as of yet. I shall continue to try my hardest not to disapoint y'all come Expo!

LED's Done & figured out the underwear for black waltz No.2 (Posted 17th October 2010)

Okay so we've all had this problem, omg what if the skrt of my cosplay flys up and reveals my not so apropriate undergraments?! Well Luckilly this time I've thought ahead and figured out just what dear old Waltzie would wear beneith her usual garb in october (see the unflatering pic attatch to this journal).

So far so good. All that is left to do is strach up the colar, finish off ribbony bits and the wings. Trust me to leave the hardest and most fiddely things til last! LMAO

Hands (Posted 29th September 2010)

Okay am almost done feathering up me wings, the boney bits for said wings are done and attached. Still need to finish off the ribbony details and add the collar to the coat but aside from that Waltzie tis almost finished! XD

So Much Left To Do So Little Time! (Posted 8th September 2010)

*Panics* Just realised just how much I have left to finsih on this D8 I really wanna get it done before I start my tempt job at the theatre on the 21st but realisticly with LED's to be wired and so much detailing to be sewn in I'm not 100% sure I can get it done by then. Must get it done for Expo! Must Get It Done For Expo!!!! XD

FireStarter! XD (Posted 1st September 2010)

This seems to be the one bit most of my cosplay refs don't seem to cover. Just how the heck did Waltzies pettie coat get so tattered? I decided it was through PRACTICE! Not every Waltz or Mage for that matter starts off knowing Fira or Firaga so No.2 had a few acidents whilst trying to level up the Fire spell LOL

I could not find any long matchs so I let myself a long dinner candle and stretched the fabric over the flame. Making sure I had a bowl full of wet rags & water so I could control or kill the flames where needed.
My house smells like smoke now LMAO Whoops

Itchy Hands! (Posted 21st August 2010)

Okay so I tried one of me wings the other day ( back pieces tucked under me arm) and noticed I had a hell of a lot of bending going on. Not good! I'd been pondering for a while how to fix this until this morning when me ma was kind enough to snag me an old hiking back pack off the car boot (which I have already gutted to become the harness for the wings). It had this nice solid looking white stuff inside. So popped down the good old B&Q and tried to find the cheapest equivilant to it that wouldn't bend and snap like a twig.
Thus I ended up with fiberglass poles and very itchy hands from the walk back and working with them. They've seemed to have worked quite well. I just need to cut up my last bit and attach it to what ever parts on the wing base I think will need to be more sturdy.

Tape Can Save You A Lot Of Trouble! (Posted 16th August 2010)

Okay so before I went and paper mached me horns I used a wee bit of metalic industrial tape to give em more of a body. This also gives you a nice serface to start off with when it comes to getting the paper mache on. Nice & solid without it seeping too much into the holes of the chicken wire.

Bloodied and Bruised in the name of Cosplay (Posted 8th August 2010)

Yo!
Tis time for another progress Journal with GoldieNeko reporting from the land of roundabouts! Well at this current moment in time I have reached a standstill due to lack of funds (which'll be remidied by the end of the week) however a new component has walked onto the scenes with the use of that oh so blood thirsty material CHICKEN WIRE!
I've got so many cuts from this dang thing and the problem is I didn't feel any of em being inflicted! It should be chicken wire the stealthy killer! Okay I'm being melodramatic. But either way Waltzies Horns are under way.
The wings are looking good, but I think I may need ro re-enforce it's basic structure as the wood I got is fairly light weight and feels like given the right push it may end up snapping. But I recon a wee bit of strong metalic wire attached in the right places should do the trick!
I've yet to find a good back for the wings to be attached too but hopefully once I've been paid I can get all problem sorted and finnally get to work on the actual dress for Waltzie number two! ^.^
I also wanna say a big thanks to everyone who comments on my costumes. CYBER GLOMPS FOR ALL OF YA!

And Now We Wait (Posted 29th July 2010)

Well a few glue burns and sore fingers later My Black Waltz's Hat tis nearing completion and I think the new style of wings are progressing quite nicely. I've used 3/4" Mirror Screws, 3/16" Flat Washers and 3/16" Cap Nuts fixed with Araldite Rapid Steel metal adhesive to fix the moving mechanisms in place wilst still allowing free movement. So YAY Black Waltz No.2's moving wings looks VERY promising! However the stuff takes 8hrs to set propperly... so I guess I shan't be feathering this set up until later this evening or tomorrow at best.
^.^ I've placed my writen down design spec and placed it as the pic to this journal but if you would like a larger copy to help you out in your own Cosplay works please feel free to PM me and I'll get back to you ASAP
The design includes all the measurements I've used thus far, but not the size of the back mount as I haven't figured that out yet LOL ^.^

Working The Hat and Re-Designing The Wings (Posted 22nd July 2010)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SB173gdYn8
As some of you may have already heard my wings got completly trashed when I moved house so I've had to start again from scratch. Which in this case isn't such a bad idea. The link about is to a design which I am currently in the process of making. I'm just waiting for the weather to lift so I can continue my woodwork outside.
You may have already seen my progress upon the hat, THE THING IS HUGE! LMAO Black Waltz No.2 is easilly turning out to be by far my biggest cosplay to date. Hopefully I'll stick with my origional goal and ensure everything aside from my shoes are completly custom made so that ways I can expand my creative skills. I can also use the Hat for any average Black Mage which I may construct as a secondary outfit for MCM Oct 2010 for the Friday.

THE BRILLIANCE OF MY HOARDING! (Posted 16th June 2010)

I was just going through all of my old Fabric which I've kept in the back of my wardrobe for the last three years and have unadvertently found the PERFECT fabric for my Black Waltz No.2! XD A lesson to be learnt from this do not throw fabric away unless it's completely and utterly f*cked!

Dress Hoop Info (Posted 14th June 2010)

Here is most of my research I found on Dress Hoops via the interwebz. I'm posting it up in the journal incase anyone else finds it difficult to get their heads around dress hoops, much like myself. I'll be providing as much info on my methods of making as possible so that other Cosplayers may use some of the same methods to help in their own works.

Hoops became all the rage in the 1850s, when finally women were liberated from layers of heavy petticoats. These full cage hoops harkened back to the panniers popular in the latter half of the 1700's but with a new bell shape.
Our full circle 4 bone hoop skirt is made of 100% cotton. Approximately 40 inches from waist to bottom hem. Bottom hoop measures approximately 39 inches diameter, 119 inches circumference. Perfect for a full look or for warm summer days when a full petticoat will be too warm.

Ideal for later 1880-1900 period this versatile hoop skirt features 1 REMOVABLE hoop 4 inches from the bottom of the skirt. Skirt is also lined with approximately 12” of netting for fullness without the hoop. Hoop maximum circumference is approximately 89 inches.

The following Info is from http://trulyvictorian.com/catalog/60cat.html

The Elliptical cage crinoline was the main support foundation for the later- and post-Civil War period of 1863-1868. Called a "cage" because of the cage-like appearance created by the hoop wires and vertical support tapes, this type of crinoline offers maximum support capabilities for a perfect shape, combined with flexibility for comfortable wear. Our Elliptical shape is narrow over the hips, close to the body in front, and dramatically expanded to the rear; the most popular shape for 1865-1866 skirts.

Our crinoline is 126" in circumference at the hem, 36" in length to hem level, and has 12 hoop wires to support the weight of heavy skirts. The self-supporting, elliptical shape is maintained by strategically placed vertical supports, as well as ties on the inside of the 4 top hoops. A "bag" at the hem keeps the wearer from stepping through the hoops.
Yardage requirements:

Fabric: Use broadcloth, muslin, calico, etc.
--- 45" wide or greater, 1¾ yards.
--- 44" or less, 2 yards.

Bone Casing: 14¼ yards. Use ¾" wide bone casing or other tubular casing.
Grosgrain Ribbon: 7 ¾ yards. Use 7/8" wide ribbon.
Hoop Wire: 28 ½ yards (three 12 yard rolls). Use 1/2" wide, plastic coated hoop wire.
Belting: 1½ yards. Use ¾" wide, thin webbed belting. 
Tie strings: 4 yards. Use narrow ribbon, laces, etc.
Notions: one buckle, ¾" wide, must fit belting and hold firm. Eight (8) ½" U-tips to cover ends of hoop wire.
Sizing information
This crinoline is given as one-size-fits-all, and can be easily adjusted to size by letting out or taking up the tie strings inside.

This skirt is of the style used during late and post Civil War period. It is designed to be worn over TV103, Elliptical Cage Crinoline. The front and sides are gored, fitted to the waist with a pleat at each seam. The full back is tightly gathered into a few inches. This skirt has 9 panels in all, and is about 185" at the hem The placket is in the center back seam. A pocket is in the right side seam. The hem is 42" long in front, lengthening in back to 49", for floor length all around the elliptical cage.
Fabric: 45" wide fabric, with nap: 6 ½ yards all sizes.
Yardage without nap may be less
Notions: Hook and eye closures.

Wide belts were very popular through the 1860's. Belts with long tabs were a favorite in 1864-1866. They look wonderful with a blouse, and also with a Spanich Jacket. A belt can also dress up a plain bodice. They can be either the same fabric as the skirt, or a contrasting fabric to define the waist. Period examples were used for both day outfits and dinner or evening dresses.
This belt has two long tabs in the front, and 2 longer tabs in the back. The center back has a laced closure. It fits very nicely over the TV103 elliptical hoop, but can also be worn with a round hoop. Decorate with braid, beading, or lace for very pretty results.
Suggested farbics: Twill, velvet, silk, brocade, etc.
Fabric 45": 1 1/4 yards - all sizes
Fabric 60": 1 yard - all sizes
Lining: 1 1/4 yard - all sizes - may be either fashion fabric or a lining type fabric
Interlining (optional): 1 1/4 yards - broadcloth or other tightly woven fabric.
Yardages given are with or without nap.
Notions: 10 Grommets, 2 yards lacing, ¼" wide steel stays (bones) in the following lengths: One (1) stay 4½" long, and 6 stays 5½" long.

1st Entry (Posted 2nd June 2010)

I think this may turn out to be one of my most ambitious cosplays yet. With an intention of moving wings and glowing led eyes I hope to bring a Black Waltz to a quality that has yet to be seen at MCM Expo. And that is setting the bar REAL high as I've seen some truly EPIC Black Waltz's appearing at MCM Expo!
First of is the moving wings of which I found the following tutorials by tusense which have helped me greatly, despite my thoughts of scrapping my current wings and using the same feathers to try make a more flexable pair of wings.
Part I : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV6Yd9wPb30&feature=PlayList&p=A03B54D7CE...
Part II : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3v6oGQSR6k&feature=PlayList&p=A03B54D7CE...
Part III : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hv2JyqDN6U&feature=PlayList&p=A03B54D7CE...
Part IV : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDkS3o-l0wE&feature=PlayList&p=A03B54D7CE...
Part V : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWvbyEatfGw&feature=PlayList&p=A03B54D7CE...
With my expansive To-Do list I hope that I'll be able to have this Cosplay be the first cosplay that I hand make pretty much 100% of.