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|Cost :||£30-35 approx|
|Awards :||2nd place juniors @ Midlands MCM Expo 08|
|Time Taken :||22hrs approx|
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Shaman King is one of my all time favourite anime/manga. Hao is my favourite character from the series and I have been wanting to cosplay him ever since I got into cosplay!
I started off with the clock, it's roughly 4m worth of fabric and made out of an off-white polycotton. The fabric from the collar extends and flows out into the main clock as I didn't see any seam lines that attaches the collar and cloak. The cloak folds in on itself so that when I open it out it drapes across my body as well.
The trousers underneath are just green combats that I've had for ages.
The chaps are made the same way as trousers only without joining in the middle. It's more fitted at the top than it is at the bottom and is gathered at the hem. I think it's made from polycotton but it feels a bit higher quality for some reason, I got it from the Birmingham Rag market years ago so I can't remember what it actually is.
The braces are made from red polycotton and black cotton drill. I cut out 6 strips of polycotton, painted the stars on using my own template and yellow dylon fabric paint for dark fabric. Once it dried I sewed it onto a plain piece of polycotton and then sewed on the black clasps which was made from cotton drill. The clasps is just a hollow triangle and a rectangle, double layered.
The gloves were tricky. It was my first time making gloves and they had to be fitted, and match the fabric of the chaps, which was non-stretch material. So I used trial and error to get it right. I split it up into two sections, the main glove part then the bit that extends out. (My terminology sucks, excuse me)
For the main glove part I traced my hand on the fabric and cut out two pieces, sewed them together then cut out strips of fabric to go inbetween each finger. The thumb was sewn on separately. This was hemmed by hand.
Then for the bit that extends out it's a sort of trapezium shape with iron on interfacing to make it stick up and then sewn together onto the main glove. The red band is made from polycotton and then the patch on the glove is made from cotton drill, polycotton then the star was painted with white acrylic.
The lego attaches on with velcro.
The lego is made using different shaped mounting board and hot glued together, it felt like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle! The circles are made from model magic. The ones for the gloves and shoes attach using velcro. The ones for the belt have a hole through it for the belt to go through.
The belt is a random black belt I own.
The belt buckle is made from 3 layers of red polycotton and 2 layers of medium weight interfacing. I wanted it sturdy and I wanted to use scrap fabric instead of going out to buy some... So I just sewed lots of layers to make it nice and sturdy XD
The top of the buckle is sewed on and the bottom has velcro.
The buckle makes me feel as if it's censoring my crotch as I know Takei uses stars to censor their crotch in the manga and it's pretty damn close to mine... Yeaaaah XD
The earrings are made from model magic and acrylic. I use double sided sticky tape to attach it onto my ears because I don't have my ears' pierced! (Otherwise I would have made it functional)
The boots I got from Shoe Zone years ago.
I don't use a wig for this cosplay because my hair is just as long and his hair differs between brown and black in the manga anyway, deeerp! Might get a wig in the future, depends what my hair is like when I come to rewear it. I do prefer wigs but long wigs tangle like mad and I hate having to detangle it after wearing it.
It's not complete yet, I still need to make the lego for the shoes. I ran out of mounting board and paint so this is put on hiatus again.
I also want to make Spirit of fire (not to scale), Spirit of fire sword and other props. I will make them when I wear this to an actual convention.
I would love a cute little Matamune plush too <3
|Hem & fix cloak||High||Complete|
|Finish off gloves||High||Complete|
|Make lego shoes||High||In Progress|
|LEGO LEGO LEGO LEGO||High||In Progress|
|Make Spirit of Fire prop [not to scale]||Low||In Progress|
|Make Spirit of Fire sword prop||Low||Planned|
Loooool checkit (Posted 16th August 2010)
I can build a tower with my lego blocks 8'D
6 down, 6 more to go! I AM RUNNING OUT OF PAINT!
Time Taken: 2hrs
Belt complete (Posted 16th August 2010)
Yeah man, this is what the belt looks like with the lego and buckle on it.
It is VERY hard to get the belt on and I can only just about get it on on the biggest holes ;____; Damn lego blocks, they only cause annoyances!
Haaaarcooooore (Posted 16th August 2010)
Well don't I feel hardcore with giant blocks of lego on my hands... They are now detachable using velcro. But once they're on it's hard to take off and I have limited movement with them on.
I've started the feet lego... And I'm running out of mounting board ;_; I might have to cut up my Seth hat for the time being... or one of them anyway...
Time Taken: 1hr
On hiatus again (Posted 16th August 2010)
Awwww, I was so close to finishing... Till I ran out of mounting board and red paint...
Special-Pleb did lend me some of her red paint... But then I found my own in a box somewhere and the paints are from different companies and different shades and I'm fussy like that XD
Have a picture of the shoe so far anyway!
Time Taken: 1hr
For the Birmingham shoot I won't wear lego on my feet, I would look downright bonkers with just the one lego on one foot! XD
I'M... GETTING THERE... (Posted 15th August 2010)
Finished the earrings. Made from model magic and acrylic paint. I painted the stars on the gloves and belt buckle too.
Currently in the process of making the LEGO! I have seriously underestimated the difficulty of this cosplay, well not really, but I've certainly underestimated how much patience is needed for this oTL. All this lego... It's like trying to fix a jigsaw puzzle! Pictures to come~
Time Taken: 2hrs
LEGO LEGO LEGO LEGO (Posted 15th August 2010)
IS DRIVING ME INSANE... HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I SAID THAT NOW? OTL OTL OTL ORZ ORZ ORZ.
I've made 22 round bits for the lego from model magic. I was originally going to make it out of mounting board so that it can match the lego pieces... But mounting board can't bend very well and so I would have had to either make LOTS of circles to layer up or use a different material (e.g. craft foam) anyway... So I just decided to make them all out of model magic to save time XD
Picture to show how the lego is being made. Literally, it's different shaped mounting board glued together. I really did mean it when I said it was like a jigsaw puzzle XD
It's quite sturdy, so hopefully when I come to do the shoes they will hold.
I'd paint the lego gloves but I've only just made the model magic circles and so I'll paint them all tomorrow once I've made -all- the lego. Should be long enough for them to dry XD
Time Taken: 2hrs again -flails-
I miss the days when I was a complete n00b at cosplay and didn't know how to make things so just left it alone and inaccurate oTL oTL oTL.
THIS COSTUME... (Posted 14th August 2010)
... WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME... OTL OTL OTL OTL orz orz orz
Oh Fiona, why couldn't you be awesome at sewing all those years ago and make gloves properly so that I didn't have to spend ALL THOSE HOURS fixing them up TT^TT
I'd love to remake the general shape of the glove but I'm too lazy, it will do XD
Now the fingers are nicely hemmed and fitted better.
The first version of the star patch was made from craft foam, I didn't like how flimsy it was and didn't want to attach it with velcro. So I opted with fabric, and I chose black cotton drill for the backing for a reason in that I know it's suppose to be some form of armour so this stiffened the patch up. I was going to double layer it... But a single layer of drill cotton worked just fine!
I need a different star template to my braces, so I will do that tomorrow as I cba to get out the paintbrushes and paint XD
The red bits are polycotton to match the braces.
Time Taken: I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE... LET'S SAY 4HRS 8|
I love/hate this coplay so much 8'D
Braces (Posted 13th August 2010)
ARE DONE 8D
I don't know why or how but the braces have taken me absolutely ages to make!!
They're made from double layered cotton drill cut offs that I've had lying around and it makes it feel nice and sturdy, like how a clasp should be like.
Now I need to position them correctly, can't quite make up my mind where to put them... I occasionally tripped over them when I had them the way they were in the photo xD;
Time Taken: 2-3hrs
Braces 80% (Posted 12th August 2010)
And here we have me on the brink of losing it because of the number of stars I have painted... Here is also me in my pajamas lolol 8D They have stars on them (Y)
Used dylon fabric paint for dark fabrics and painted each star on individually using my own template. I watched so much TV whilst painting this, and my neck ached T^T But it was worth it as I now have a more accurate Hao cosplay <3
I would have preferred not to use paint for the stars but I sucked so much at cutting out felt stars that I gave up oTL.
Time to make the clasp things! ... When I find my leftover cotton drill...
Costs: £3.15 1m red polycotton
I have to make this before Tuesday as that's when I'm leaving for the Midlands... MUST GET THIS AS ACCURATE AS POSSIBLE, AAARGH!
28/02/2010 - Pipes! (Posted 28th February 2010)
It's been over a year since I last worked on Hao. And well, I wouldn't really call it progress but I'm just logging how much I'm spending really.
I bought 2m worth of clear PVC pipes so that I can attack Spirit of Fire to my back without being too obvious there's piping there. (Yes I still intend to make him! I bought the fabric for it years ago and still have it! I can't exactly use that shade of pink for anything else, so may as well keep it for Spirit of Fire!)
10/09/08 - one glove down (Posted 10th September 2008)
THIRD TIME LUCKY!!
Oh my gosh... I cannot believe how hard these gloves are to make. Honestly they're the hardest things I've ever had to make since I started cosplaying - mainly due to the fact that they are made from NON-STRETCHY material and are supposed to be FITTED! I think I've succeeded in trying to make them as fitted as possible, but oh you can see the edges fraying because it's too damn hard to hem! T__T Anyways I think it has taken me... 2hrs just to make ONE glove, and that's just the base! I'm way too tired and hissy to carry on making the details [although knowing me after I finish writing this journal I'll probably carry on and make the details because there's only two days left til Midlands!]
Times like these are when I hate taking progress pictures with my camera... it shows up too much detail even when resized down to 15% of it's original size XDDD
I am seriously dreading making the other glove ;__; Gotta get cracking tomorrow!!