|Time Taken :||7 days|
|Worn to London MCM Expo May 2013 to meet Hideo Baba-san~!!|
I wanted to make this costume in about 2003 when I first saw Leon's design online. Tales of Destiny was never released in the EU, but Leon was the first 'Tales of' character I saw and liked, and I guess what got me into the Tales of series in the first place!
10 years after wanting to make the costume I finally finished it and wore it to MCM Expo May 2013, and to meet 'Tales of' Producer Hideo Baba-san at Namco HQ in London! He was so lovely in person and wonderful to meet, and apparently didn't expect to see a Leon over in the UK because of it's release ;)
After all, if it wasn't for Leon and the Tales of series, I probably wouldn't have started cosplaying or be where I am today at all. It felt appropriate to involve costuming somewhere when meeting the man responsible for my hobby!
|Silver Sculpey for Collars||£3.30||Bought|
|Blue Vitrail dye for gems||£3.85||Bought|
|Resin casting kit for gems||£18.99||Bought|
|Siligum moulding kit for gems||£10.95||Bought|
|Gold bias trim (already had)||£0.00||Bought|
|Gold buckle for belt||£2.85||Bought|
|Gold eyelets for belt||£5.75||Bought|
|White leather for belt||£4.50||Bought|
|White suiting for trousers||£7.50||Bought|
|Dusty pink cotton for cape||£12.00||Bought|
|Purple t-shirting for turtleneck||£5.00||Bought|
|Red suiting to line jacket||£7.00||Bought|
|Blue suiting for jacket and boot covers||£10.00||Bought|
|Blue fabric for jacket||£27.00||Bought|
|Materials for earring||£0.00||To Buy|
|Stuff to make Chaltier||£0.00||To Buy|
Resin Casting (Posted 4th February 2011)
I've not done resin casting before but finding gems for Leon's cape is proving impossible, lol so I'm gonna try my hand at it at long last.
For the gems I cast a makeup lid with siligum, a silicon moulding kit. It takes about 10 minutes to set completely solid .. kinda daunting when it stays kinda squidgy as to when it's done, but it seems to have worked lol. I heard you can cast resin in artist palettes to get different size round gems but all the ones I found were either way too small or the wrong size completely, bah.
The resin kit I'm using is the standard Gebeo Clear Resin kit, comes in 2 parts and.. relatively easy and painless, lol. Put it together mix it up and cast away.
Since Leon's gems are blue, I dyed them with Vitrail 'Cobalt Blue' glass/metal paint I'm hoping I didn't put too much in.. it recommends a teeny drop and I put a couple of drops in, but I guess I'll see when it's finished casting.
Only thing I'm worried about is.. I have 1 mould.. I need 2 gems.. I need to mix this resin twice to get the same colour and cast it again exactly for the same size gems.. This will be interesting x__x