|Heh.. a cosplay that is a little more suited to my height and shape!! XD|
I really love Midna, and to be honest the first thing my boyfriend said when he first saw her in game was "....it's just like you!"
From that I'm guessing he meant Small, Squishy and annoying? Lol.
But yes.. this should be so much Fun! I get excited just thinking about how I'm going to make that helmet!!!
The reactions I have been getting on the progress of this costume have been fantastic! Thank you so much everyone! I'm really enjoying making this, and I really cant wait to show you all at the Expo.
So far everything is going smoothly *touches wood* Lets just hope it continues this way!!
*12th May Edit*
No longer for May Expo as i have had a few issues with the suit! See journal for more info!! I'm too proud of the helmet to display it with a shitty suit :(
she will be completed...it will just have to be for another time, when I have more time to do a new suit! *cries at failure and waste of time and money*
still... *holds head high* at least I know what NOT to do now, and I can make an even better suit!!!
I'm just too much of a perfectionist to be seen in anything less than perfect, the helmet deserves a perfect suit!! I've just had to be big enough to step back and say no.. this isn't good enough!!
.. ¬_¬ that is my excuse and I'm sticking with it!! lol
This is now for October 2011 to go along side the beautiful SachikoYumi's Princess Zelda! And ryukredapples's Link! <3
|Paint Black parts of Zentai||High||Complete|
|Make Fused Shadow Helmet||High||Complete|
|Buy Orange Wig||High||Complete|
|Buy Yellow Wig||High||Complete|
|Paint Blue pattern onto Zentai||High||In Progress|
|Buy Red Contacts||Medium||Complete|
|Style wig and attach it to the helmet||Medium||Complete|
|Make Fake Tooth||Low||Complete|
|cut up and blend yellow and orange wig||Low||Complete|
|Touch up helmet (paint/glue)||Low||Complete|
|Snazaroo Clown White||£4.00||Bought|
|Custom Zentai OTL||£34.00||Bought|
|Turguoise Fabric Paint||£7.00||Bought|
|Lots of different glue!!||£10.00||Bought|
|Dylon Fabric Paint (waste OTL)||£33.50||Bought|
|Zentai (waste OTL)||£27.98||Bought|
|Stargazer White Pressed Powder||£3.00||Bought|
Pattern (Posted 15th September 2011)
Started mapping out the patterns today, here is the pattern for the upper and underside of the arms.
Its quite messy, but you get the general idea!
And yeah.. I totally drew round my hand, I feel 5 again!
Back on track!! (Posted 3rd August 2011)
RIGHT!! Fianlly something is happening with this costume!!
Yesterday I found a company that make custom Zentai suits. And... I do kinda feel like I'm cheating... But... I really have tried with this costume!! I tried really really hard.. and as much as I want to do it ALL myself... I can't afford to waste any more money on this. And I really want it to be as perfect as I can!!
So... I sent off a front and back image of the suit I painted, and they said it was possible for $50.. which is amazing, and they make it to your measurements for free! To be honest it all seems too good to be true... I really am keeping my fingers crossed for this!! So much has gone wrong, and I have spent so much money.. I just want it to go right for a change!! Lol.
The suit will be made from black and white lycra stitched together, and I will be painting the blue pattern onto the suit once it arrives!
I'm still so nervous about this costume, but at least I wont have to deal with anymore paint issues, and I wont have to deal with my dreadful sewing!
...and hopefully all the hard work I put into the helmet will make up for cheating with the suit!! >_<
patches (Posted 12th May 2011)
Here is a pic to show just how bad they look, bare in mind these patches have been coloured/painted over several times, and its just not working...
OTL (Posted 12th May 2011)
Who knew that a few hours could make such a difference...
Im sorry to say it, and completely heart broken, but Midna is over.
The suit just.. hasnt worked. have had way too many problems with it, and no matter how hard i try it just cant be fixed. The photo doesnt show it, but the suit is very patchy on the black parts, and i have tried everything to cover them, but everything I use just comes straight off! getting the suit on causes so many patches because of the way it has to be pulled over my legs, its prints onto anything i sit on or lean on, just gently rubbing your hand on it causes it to come off.
I can only think its the material of the suit, nothing seems to like it.. Ive tried dylon paint, pens, fabric spray paint, fixing with an iron.. and it just does the same thing...
I really dont want to give up on it, but I just cant see a way around it with Expo so close! And its getting to the point where it is just beating me down to the point of not wanting to do it!
I hope I can figure something out for the future, I have put far too much time, money and effort into it to give up completely, but for this expo.. Midna just wont be happening! (╥﹏╥)
right.. (Posted 5th May 2011)
the wig is now attached to the helmet... not as secure as i'd hoped but its staying, and i can always go back and do a little more fixing.
at the moment im trying to focus more on the suit. the fabric spray paint was horrible!! didnt work at all!! hate it hate it hate it!! its scratched off!! ERGH!! anyway.. I have got to the point where I will literally do ANYTHING so I have just sat for an hour, and coloured in the whole leg with a shitty fabric pen.. and its worked! I mean it will probably come off a bit when i pull it up my leg.. but its certainly making it alot easier! so.. buying a fuck tonne on pens it is then!!! >_<
Hmm.. (Posted 5th May 2011)
Okay.. Its about time I did a proper update. things arent goig exactly to plan.. and lets just say the suit... well im having some issues!!
so.. at the moment in time, I am currently doing a test on the cut off hood, with some black spray on fabric paint.. if this works i can just spray the arms and legs and fill in the patches.. but of course there is a chance that it will rub off the same way the dylon paint did.. I guess I'll just have to see.. If it doesnt work, all I can think is.. as i'm running out of time.. buying a fuck tonne of black fabric pens, and filling in the patches, on the day after getting on if need be! >_< *dies inside*
As far as the other bits are concerned, I have ordered everything now, the contacts are on thier way, though they arent the ones I wanted, as they were out of stock, so they are just plain red contacts (was hoping for some with a black rim) And I also have a retainer on the way, so my lip piercing wont be as visible against the white paint.
I have also started to try and attach the wig to the helmet.. which isnt proving easy! lol (see picture)
I think thats it for now.. so all in all, alot more problems with this costume that I had ever imagined... silly me assuming this would be a simple costume!!
OTL (Posted 2nd May 2011)
Seriously... fuck this suit...
that is all.
Little Update (Posted 7th April 2011)
Soooo lately I have just been working on the suit, painting all the bits that I can reach, until I can get my friend to come back and be my model again! lol. So I have painted the hands and arms, and tonight I will be painting as much as i can on the leg.
Last night I ordered eerything else I need for the costume, so thats paint... and more paint.. and some face paint too!! lol. So sopefully that just leaves the contacts to buy! Im still really pleased with how it's coming along, Just starting to feel the pressure now as Expo is NEXT FRIKKIN MoNtH MAN!! ARRGGHHH!!!!
(pic: painting this zentai is sooooo much fun! >_<)
More helmet progress (Posted 24th March 2011)
It seems I havent had the time to work on this costume for AGES so tonight, I am dedicating all my time to making this helmet perfect! So I thought Id do a little update, who knew that doing a little silver dry brushing would make such a difference!!
There is still a fair amount detailing to do, but I have dry brushed on some silver and some darker tones, to give the helmet a more distressed look. And I'm pretty happy with the result so far, I have uploaded a short video to show the helmet a little better, And I will be taking proper photos when I can get hold of a camera! :D
wefting so far.. (Posted 22nd February 2011)
So here is what it looks like so far (modelled by the lovely boba fett) I have sewn in all of the yellow wig in strips, except the skin top.. I'm not too sure how I am going to get the yellow coming through the top... Its doing my head in tbh, lol. Never mind, this is all I can do for now. I think Im going to work of the length and the layers next, and figure out the spikey top later.
Wig W.I.P (Posted 22nd February 2011)
The image is pretty self explanatory really. But What I have done is cut the yellow wig into strips, these will then be stitched and blended through the orange wig. At the moment they're both far too long, But I want to blend it and do the spikey top first, before going too mad! I really hope I get this right!! >_<
Wigs (Posted 22nd February 2011)
The wigs I am going to use for midna have arrived, I think the orange one is a little bit too bright... got me a tad worried, I'm just hoping once they're cut, blended and styled it wont look too bad... Let me know what you think?
Little Update (Posted 10th February 2011)
Not much to update on really.
I left the helmet for a few days just to give the model magic time to dry fully, and go as solid as it can get. And today I have used PVA to seal the whole thing ready for painting. I will be away for a few days after tomorrow, so in the morning I'll probaby give it another quick coat to just give it a little bit of extra strength, but i have to be careful ot to make the texture too smooth as i still want it to look rough.
I also ordered the 2 wigs I will be using, and the fabric paint today, so hopefully they will be here soon!
... think thats it for now n_n
WHOOP! (Posted 1st February 2011)
Well.. despite feeling really crap today I have made lots of progress on my fused shadow! I have used carpet adhesive to attach the two pieces together, now that all the carving is done. And I have been able to do all of the moulding!
I officially LOVE model magic! It is so much fun to work with, so squishy, and soft, and clean!! It's like modelling with marshmallow but not as sticky!! lol. And it is so lightweight, which is prefect for my helmet.
I have moulded around all the top edges of the helmet to smooth it all off, and I have done all the details like the snakes, and the eyes. And I'm actually really pleased if I do say so myself!! now I just have to wait and see how it dries, and pray nothing goes wrong.
I did some research about using model magic, and it can be sanded if careful incase there are any rough bits, but due to its spongeyness it is very porous and will just soak up paint, so I will have to seal it before painting. so that is the next step!!
Last night I ordered my Zentai, and soon I shall be getting the fabric paints!
I am struggling however with finding the wigs. I will need two, as I need the two colours, and it will need alot of styling, but I havent had any luck with this yet.
(pic: close up of the model magic, I know it looks messy, but it wont, promise ;P)
progress at last!! (Posted 31st January 2011)
I FINALLY GOT MY MODEL MAGIC!! HOORAAAAHHH!! *ahem*
So yes.. I can finally make some progress now! and I think It is surprising how much more it looks like her now I have added ears! SO CUTE!!
More progress will be coming soon, I promise!!
OTL (Posted 24th January 2011)
T..TH..THEY SENT MY MODEL MAGIC TO THE WRONG ADDRESS!!! FFS!!
someone..somewhere... does NOT want me to make any progress on this! lol.
I JUST WANT TO STAAAAARRTT!!!
Tooth (Posted 18th January 2011)
I'm going mad not being able to make any progress on this costume so today i found some of the plastic putty stuff used for attaching fake fangs, and after a few tries, I managed to mold one to the right sort of shape. It's not perfect but It was good to practice! Its so hard shaping it and fitting it around your tooth before it starts to go hard, but it turns out that you can reshape it again and again with boiling water, so that made it a lot easier to get a good point and a smooth surface! Because who wants a tooth with a finger print in!! lol. So yeah... after a lot of boiling the kettle and some patience I got one to look about right XD
ARGH!! (Posted 16th January 2011)
I want to get on with this costume SO MUCH but there is nothing I can do at the moment, and it's so frustrating. I ordered some model magic for the helmet AGES ago, and it still hasn't arrived!! And I can't start anything else until after I get paid!
Still on a lighter note, thanks to the lovely CharlotteLuna I now know what paint will work best for the body suit which is fantastic, as that was my biggest worry!
So.. yeah.. HOPEFULLY there will be more progress sooooooon!! >_<
Fused Shadow (Posted 3rd January 2011)
Progress on the helmet is going well. the basic shape is cut out, and today I bought myself a soldering iron, so I can emboss the design into the foam cleanly and neatly... only snag?? melting foam ... STINKS!! *chokes and dies*