|Time Taken :||Pfft I dunno... lets say 12-15hrs!|
|I was kinda tired of sewing and needed to do some experimenting, I hadn't really tried out craft foam armour before so I thought I'd give it a go. Final Fantasy IX is my favourite game in history and so who else to pick but good ol' Rusty!? He cracked me up so much in the game, especially when looking for the Knights of Pluto and the *clank clank clank* noises, no he is not my favourite character but he is certainly very humorous!!|
The best thing about this cosplay is that I don't need to spend any money on wigs because I can just hide my hair in the chainmail! What I find funny [and certainly a lot of other people] is the contrast between my previous sweet little Princess Garnet cosplay and this manly Steiner, oh the laughs!
Cost break down:
£16 - 18 sheets of A3 craft foam
£1.35 - 1m black tulle
£9.98 - 2 Silver spray paint
£6 - 2 large belts
£1.16 - Builder's gloves
£4.50 - 1.5m Grey polycotton
FREE - ?? black polycotton [already had it]
?? - many packets of hot glue sticks...
How I made it:
The armour was entirely made from craft foam and hot glue and nothing else. I started off with the torso armour and basically sealed it by lining up two pieces of craft foam together then pouring hot glue on the back and pressed an additional piece of craft foam on top of the hot glue so that the two pieces of craft foam stick together - obviously this is done on the back! I did this because I didn't want the craft foam to overlap and to make it appear all smooth, this was basically how I made the whole armour apart from the leg and shoulder armour which was overlapped as it is in the reference pictures! The bolts are made from big blobs of hot glue, the quick and cheap way of making bolts, yay!
The helmet was the trickiest object to get right, the general shape of it I could not get accurate so I had to make do. I started off with a cylinder shape for the top then built around it, after it was spraypainted I stuck the feather on hehehehe, the feather cracks me up for some reason!
Elbow armour was a cone shape with trapeziums on top, it was actually really hard to get right and I'm not happy with them at all. They had to do though because I didn't have time to experiment!!
For the shoes I used my bright orange converses as the base. I used maskin tape to cover the areas I didn't want craft foam on because they're supposed to be black mesh. Then I built craft foam onto it to give it the pointy shoe shape I wanted, gosh they're massive and a pain to walk in! This took a while to make as well because of the shape! The flap is just grey polycotton, which decided to lose it's place during the day xD
After making the basic shape of the armour I sealed it with two layers of 100% PVA glue - quite foolish of me because I found out afterwards on a craft foam armour tutorial website that you were supposed to water down the PVA, woopsie. But that meant I didn't have to do 7 layers ohohohohoho. After it was sealed I spray painted it outside, we now have a silver washing line - yay!
Gloves were builders gloves my dad bought from Barretts for me, I then added a cover/extension and spray painted the cream bits silver. Unfortunately the cover/extension didn't stick up because the iron-on interfacing failed me and I lost my medium weight iron on interfacing! Raaaah.
Trousers were basic trousers, made them before so they were easy blah blah blah. Then I made additional chaps to go over them. The belts were hot glued on, yes I am cheap, leave me alone xD;
The giant belt was actually two belts, well 1 1/2. They're hot glued in place at the shoulder armour and at the bottom of each side. I didn't have time to paint the details, Crystal is saaaad!
The "chainmail" is all made from a black polycotton base then black mesh over the top, cheap yet effective! [Unless the mesh decides to fly away, this only really applies to my left shoulder armour because I didn't glue it properly!
I think that's just about it, I don't think I can get into any more detail unless you want to know the area of the armour or something LOL!
Ah yes, and in the future I'll paint on the details for the belts and make the sword and shealth, I really didn't have time though ;_;
|Finish craft foam armour||High||Complete|
|Buy/Find/Make padded gloves||High||Complete|
|Seal craft foam with PVA then spray||High||Complete|
|Make elbow armour||Medium||Complete|
|Make sword||Low||In Progress|
|Paint details on belts||Low||Planned|
26/10/08 - Almost there!! (Posted 26th October 2008)
Phew!! Got everything done! I've made the chaps, cut out the lining for the sleeves and helmet and so all I need to do now is glue it together which I will do tomorrow morning [or perhaps after this journal if I'm in the mood]. I have spray painted the base of the gloves as well so they're no longer silver and cream but instead all silver! Since it's still wet as I literally did it an hour ago I'm going to HAVE to glue the extension tomorrow morning along with the bolts. I have the whole night to think about whether or not I should glue on the gloves to the elbow armour, yay for last minute decisions!
If I am not tired after this journal then I might paint on the black details. If not then Steiner can just have brand new shiny armour instead of rusted armour [although then I don't get the nickname "Rusty" ;__;]
This has been a long and tiresome costume, but I'm fairly happy with my first craft foam armour result!! [technically second as this is a remake but meeeeh, I never debuted or finished the first attempt ;P]
SEE YOU ALL IN SEVERAL HOURS TME! ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzz [One day I would like to rewear this and make the additional sword, shealth and painted details on the belts!!]
24/10/08 - Crystal is hard working! (Posted 24th October 2008)
Most of it's done now, yaaaay!!! I'm not going to make the sword and shealth, too much hard work to do in one night! I'm not gonna paint the details on the belts either - that takes well over several hours and I only have... 40mins LOL! Unless I'm nice and energetic tomorrow evening then no detailed belts, orz.
The gloves will be spray painted tomorrow evening as it's dark and moist so I can't go outside!! My boot covers have been spraypainted, I love the look of them 8D My elbow armour have been spraypainted as well, they look terrible! But I'm leaving it otherwise it's not accurate, raaawr!
I've made the trousers, they're pretty baggy I must admit, but fitted at the top! ^_^ I don't have enough mesh so I'm just leaving the trousers plain, it's driving me nuts now but I'll calm down by Sunday!! Butt belts are made from my leftover Hao material, because they're the perfect colour! The main belt is made from two mahoosive belts from Primark, yes I needed two in order for them to fit around the armour.
No pictures, still have work to do! I'm just taking a break by writing this journal ohohohohoho, SEE YOU AT THE WEEKEND!
21/10/08 - Paint & glue (Posted 21st October 2008)
MAIN TORSO ARMOUR IS SPRAYPAINTED! My dad did it though, he didn't want me to suffer the evils of solvents, but I stood around and watched anyway... for half of it - he says I'm only allowed to spraypaint small things like the bootcovers and elbow armour ;__; Ah well, I'm grateful 8D
Bootcovers and elbow armour officially have one layer of PVA glue on. This new glue I bought is thick and runny! Lets see if one layer will do it :)
I also bought two belts from Primark today, gonna get painting tomorrow! I'm gonna be so booooored orz -_-. Sometime I hope to buy some grey fabric for the trousers, I NEED TO HURREH! [No picture today, me ish lazeh!]
20/10/08 - Random stuff (Posted 20th October 2008)
- If you haven't noticed yet, yes I like to keep track on every update. Hence why I'm making journals everyday up until expo because I always leave things till the last minute ohohohoho -
Well I was supposed to do another entry yesterday but meeeeh. So yesterday I did another layer of PVA-ing. It's very smooth now another in some areas I think it'll need 3 layers. I also made a start on the bootcovers yesterday, yes they're my orange converses!! They're the only shoes that I can slip on and off that are NOT my school shoes!
Today my dad has been a great help, I LOVE YOU DADDY!
I've made some elbow armour, they look ridiculous and nothing like what it's supposed to be in the reference picture, I CAN'T GET THEM RIGHT AND I HAVE NO TIME TO FIX THEM TT___TT They shall suffice!
That is all I have done so far, ouchies... So many hot glue burns ;__;
19/10/08 - ONE LAYER COMPLETE! (Posted 19th October 2008)
Boooyah. Took me two hours roughly but I managed to seal the armour and helmet with a layer of PVA, one of the shoulder armours and half of the collar has two layers. Being the idiot that I am I forgot to water down the PVA so the concerntration is 100%, this makes it a tad lumpy. The plus side is that I only need to do 2-3 layers and not 7, WAHEY!
Here's a picture to show how I did it all in one go without getting glue on the carpet and tiles, yes I used a hover thingy with string and attached it to the ceiling ohohohoho.
18/10/08 - Base of torso armour complete! (Posted 18th October 2008)
Lol... I feel so manly XP
Yaaay, I'm making good progress!! I've finished the main armour!! Attaching the leg armour was humourous for both me and the family:
So anyway the leg armour comes down to roughly by knees, I made mahoosive blobs of hot glue for the bolts. Then finished off bolting/blobbing the torso armour [and stuck my hand on the wet bits leaving many cries of pain... I did this three times on the same blob!!] and then I shouted with glee 8'D
Now here comes the boring bit, sealing it with PVA glue ;___; I think I'm only gonna do 3 layers to save time, I only have one more week! D'x
15/10/08 - Base of torso armour almost done!! (Posted 15th October 2008)
Took a lot of measuring but it was well worth it as the bottom half of the torso armour fits perfectly onto the top half first try, yay! ^_^
I don't really have time to make the waist fitted so I'm leaving the armour looking like a mahoosive cylinder ohohohohoho.
I'm done cosplaying for the night, I've run out of craft foam! D'x Need to buy 4-6 more sheets go go go!! [possibly more hot glue sticks too damnit]
P.S. Guess what? I CAN SIT DOWN IN IT! 8DD But I have to keep my back uber straight - I may as well just stand up! XP
11/10/08 - 1/2 base of torso complete (Posted 12th October 2008)
Scrapping the chicken wire base was a very very good idea. I got a lot done, yay! ^_^
The top half is complete, that includes collar and shoulder armour. This took a lot of planning and running up and down the stairs to look in the mirror then returning to my work station aka the plug [needed for glue gun, most of my stuff was downstairs and I couldn't be bothered to lug it all upstairs - plus it's good exercise running up and down the stairs! XP]. The torso is basically a mahoosive rectangle with arm holes with another two rectangles to rest on my shoulders it's not visible though]. The collar is also one long strip and glued in place. The shoulder armour is two pieces and overlaps, the bottom bit being smaller than the top bit so that there's a small gap when glued together - this is accurate btw!!
To make the armour smooth without any bumps when joining the pieces of craft foam together I lined up the two pieces together, attacked it with hot glue then stuck a small piece of craft foam over the glue and pressed like hell til it stayed.
Costume trivia: I now know why you never see Steiner put his hands down by his side - YOU PHYSICALLY CAN'T!! I know why he does a funny walk/run as well, because of his armour - yes I have to do his funny walk/run in order to move around D'x. I also cannot sit down or crouch.
11/10/08 - Crazy Neko (Posted 12th October 2008)
I swear my cold/sore throat has driven me to insanity. I've scrapped my old torso armour and starting again - told you I've gone insane! With only 2 weeks to go I wasn't making much progress at all, I lost my motivation because I just wasn't happy with it at all! I felt the need to redo most of it, so here I am - cutting foam crazily trying to get it done in time!
Making the armour without a base is very very hard, I've struggled loads! But it's better than letting the foam go bubbly. 1/3 of the torso armour's pieces are cut out and labelled ready to be glued together - I'm awaiting it to be glued together first before I do anymore just so I can get the proportions right. So much maths involved in this costume! But it's worth it as it allows me to save up on foam - seeee Maths IS useful for something! 8D
Btw, I'm still keeping the helmet. I like the helmet, it's pretty accurate and it took too much time and effort to make it so I certainly won't be dumping that for a while!