|Cost :||About £100|
|Awards :||1st place Square-Enix cosplay battle, Hyper Japan 2011|
|Time Taken :||1 month to plan. About 90h+ to put together|
|25/07/2011 Updated for Hyper Japan 2011. |
1/ The wig was double wefted and re-styled. I may soon make the sad decision to kill the wig and turn it into regular Cloud as I already have half the outfit.
2/ The left arm bracer was repaired and the corks were all shortened as I felt this was more accurate and less sticky outy and breakable by careless people.
3/I replaced the brown leatherette grip on the sword for a coil of red leatherette and used a much stronger glue to keep it in place. All the wear and tear on the sword was filled with air dry clay followed by layers of PVA then paint then more PVA. I also enlarged the materia holes to enable them to take 'Materia'.
4/The materia were made from 6cm diameter PVC spheres which could be split in two. I painted the insides (green, blue, red) of the sphere using an acrylic PVA mix to ensure a tranluscent coverage that would not appear streaky when lit from the inside and popped in a simple three LED circuit to make it glow.
5/ I made a materia pocket which I could wear around my arm in order to reach into my sleeve and retrieve a materia. This was for performance purposes
6/ I added a pocket to the inside front of the belt which I have dubbed the thong pocket. It does what it says on the packet and, like the materia pocket, was for performance purposes.
This part of FFVII cracks me up. So I had to do this. As Cloud in this costume is severely pixellated it left a lot of scope for my own design. This also meant it required a lot of extra planning. In the end, I decided to do half of Cloud's regular outfit under the dress (gloves, wrist armour, boots, trousers,...)
Tiara: I found a cheap, second-hand tiara on ebay. Unfortunately, it mussed the spikes a little when it was pinned in place.
Wig: A base wig (colour ash blonde, punk style from southpanda-8 on ebay. Great quality) and a load of hair extensions. I made 12” wefts from the hair extensions using Katie Bair’s no sew weft tutorial and stitched them into the wig starting from the bottom at the back. These longer strands became the pigtails which were tied off with red ribbon. The front and top of the wig was trimmed using razor blades to soften the cut and spiked using Got2BGlued spiking glue. The glue was run through gently to give the spikes a soft rather than a plastic look. For each spike the wig was positioned so that gravity could draw the spike in the correct direction whilst the glue set. Gentle heat from a hair dryer speeded up the drying process.
Dress: Indigo fabric, white & pale blue embroidery thread. The fabric was a difficult colour to find and was a nightmare to work with, due to its weight on the sheer amount it frayed. The dress was made using a vintage pattern I found on ebay as the base and then altering it for my own needs. It was my first attempt at setting in sleeves. Most people add lace trim to Wallmarket Cloud dresses but to be a bit different I embroidered the sleeves with a Wolf scene on the right sleeve and a Chocobo themed scene on the left instead. Shoulder pads were used to give the impression of broader shoulders. The top of the dress was left deliberate loose fitting the skirt flared so that the belt could be used to give the illusion of a waist. The aim was to design it to hide a male body beneath.
Brooch: Card, foam, glue, glue on studs, safety pin. The wolf was then painted on.
Belt: Red stretchy fabric. This fabric was gorgeous to work with. The belt is held together with poppers which are hidden by the large bow at the back.
Gloves: Brown fake leather. The brown fingerless gloves were made out of fake leather to match the boots. The black and the white gloves, I came across in a drawer at home.
Wrist armour: Round bottle with ridges, craft foam, corks, glue, paint. The small bracelet on Cloud's right wrist was made using a ring cut from a bottle as the base, cushioned with craft foam to smooth it out and make it fit my wrist.
The left hand bracelet was made using a ridged bottle, craft foam and corks. Both bracelets were primed with watered down PVA and then spray painted silver. The two were dry brushed with black to give them a metallic finish. The paint was then sealed with another layer of watered down PVA.
Trousers: An old pair of navy tracksuit trousers I had lying around. As only the bottoms were ever going to seen I ignored that they didn't fasten correctly at the top.
Boots: Fake leather, glue, zips, boots. I found a pair of short brown boots on ebay with the correct sole. I then matched fake leather to the leather of the boots. I made a pattern for extending the boots which would fit my leg whilst at the same time being able to fold over at the top. The final extension was made out of fake leather. Because of the fold over and the tab at the top back of Cloud's boots, the boots had to be lined with the same fake leather. I then inserted zips into the front of the boots.
Sword: Wood, expanding foam, cardboard, paper maché, paint, glue, masking tape. What is Cloud without his trademark sword? As I was cosplaying such an obscure version of Cloud I decided the sword would give people a hint. A friend helped me make a wooden scaffolding onto which the blade and the detailing were added using cardboard. The blade was then filled with expanding foam to reduce its breakability before covering the blade in masking tape. A fake leather grip was added to the handle and the whole lot was given a couple of layers of paper maché to smooth the surface before it was primed, painted, weathered, and sealed as with the wrist armour.
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Wig 1 (Posted 4th May 2011)
Well i've just ordered a 62inch wide blonde weft so that I can add volume to the front of Miss Cloud's hair which will allow for more detailed styling. I ran out of hair last time and only managed to incorporate enough for the pigtails.