|Awards :||May 2011 MCM Expo Cosplay Competition Run By DigViz @ Manga Entertainment Stall|
|After promising myself i wouldnt do a mascot cosplay after me Moogle here I am again making another one! LMAO XD|
|Red & Black Felt||£1.00||Bought|
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! (Posted 11th May 2011)
I finally found a way to stop me skin from showing around the neck line and to get the tail to sit right! BWAHAHAHAHA! I'm ready to face London head on with this Cosplay now! XD
HEAD'S COMPLETE! (Posted 20th April 2011)
I finally got the bow sorted! Granted I had to shop up on of me red shirts but it was SO worth it XD
And with that my Bouncywild has a head! I had a wee bit of trouble with the tapestry canvas being so easy to look through from the outside so I found so old shimmery fabric (which thankfully breaths well) and pinned that to the insides where I had some the the tapestry fabric hanging from where I'd hot glued it to the inside.
I'm quite proud of myself for only getting two minor burns this time around. When I worked on the Moogle I eneded up loosing my finger prints for a few days thanks to hot glue burns!
Bouncywild Ear - Step Two (Posted 20th April 2011)
Okay after doing the 1st step twice, so you got yaself two ears, you'll want to tape the whole thing with industrial tape. Keeping close the the curve and keeping it nice and neat. This will help smooth out the ears and get rid of any large seams you may have between the noodle top and the bottle. After that you paper mache it! Cause you've already got a nice firm base the ears will only need 2 to 3 layers of paper mache in comparison to the freestanding head with it's 6 to 12 layers.
Bouncywild Ear - Step One (Posted 20th April 2011)
Okay to start off with you'll want the top of two everyday items you can easilly find. The top of a 1 liter bottle of fizzy drink and the top of an instant noodle pot (I prefer Oolongmen noodles cause they're tastey and the pot is the right kinda size for the bouncywild ears. I found Oolongmen noodles in the international food section of Asda). You'll want to make a cut along the side of the bottle and cut out the top nozzel as we won't be needing that part to make the ears. Cut plastic with caution it can get sharp and nick ya one if ya not careful!
Okie dokie the you'll want to figure out how deep you want the curve of the ears to be. Figuring this part out is fairly simple as you take your noodle pot and place it around the lower part of the bottle top. Slowly moving it closer to the curved top until you think it looks right. Then tape it into place using industrial tape. I'd suguest industrial tape for most projects as it's strong reliable and a hell of a lot stickier than simple selotape. You'll then want to trim down the plastic bottle until it sits neatly on the inner side of the noodle top you've taped to it.
Bouncywild Head - Step Five (Posted 20th April 2011)
Okay the next step is a very imte consuming one! After you've cut the sight hole and a hole big enough to get your head through (so you're looking through the sight hole obviously) You've gotta get your fabric on there. Now may people have their own way of goin about this (much like the paper mache) I personally favour a technique I used when working on my Moogle Macot. First I take the fabric and pin it into place seeing which way to get it to fit onto the head with the least amont of creasing and keeping said creases in certain areas (such as where the ears will be or simetrically placing them in certain places so it looks nice and neat). Once you've got that sorted you should be able to feel where the sight hole is and cut & pin the fabric apropriately ensuring NONE of the cut edges of the fabric are on the outer side of the sight hole and each fold neatly into place. Do this for ya head hole as well. After that you hot glue said fabric into place, using the creases as your main points of focus. My suguestion is to start with glueing the sight hole fabric and ya head hole fabric 1st. That way you'll have a bit of support when glueing the other creases into place.
Bouncywild Head - Step Four (Posted 12th April 2011)
Fairly obvious, using the small hole to get you started you cut out the face so you're left with a nicely shaped hole for you to see through. (Don't fret this will be covered propperly later on in the making)
I'd suguest taping up the edges of where you've cut (industrial tape is ALWAYS best) so that way you don't get any unexpected paper fraying while you work.
I had to re-insert the ball into mine as it wasn't 100% dry in places and some of the points were drooping when I took this pic. But the tape stopped said drooping from continuing 8D
Bouncywild Head - Step Three (Posted 12th April 2011)
Okay once you have a few good layers of paper mache on and dry you'll be able to remove the ball. (I suguest a combination of sucking the air out and GENTLY pushing the ball downwards to get it deflated enough to fit through the hole ya left over to slip it out.) Now you should have one BIG paper mache ball with a wee lil hole in the middle of it. You use that as your centre point and draw out the face roughly on the front.
I know the hole I left in mine looks kinda dodgey but meh. NOW ONTO STEP 4!
God bless the humble charity shop! (Posted 12th April 2011)
Well I CAN MAKE IT TO MCM IN MAY XD So Ifrit's on the back burner as I feel that I cannot complete it to a high enough quality with the amont of work needed with the little amount of time I have left til the inevitable deadline. Thus the bouncywild comes forth!
Being a nice summy british spring day I ventured out to price out felt fabrics as that was the origional fabric choice for this project. But at roughly £8.00 a meter in store and £3.70 a meter via e.bay this was looking to be an expensive route. However the highstreet I had ventured too with me ma had a pleathera of charity shops to choose from. Ever eagle eyed for a bargin me ma spotted a lightweight cotton fabric (over 8 yards of the stuff) for a mere £7.00, if I recall correctly. Naturally I picked it up with a new vigor and plan to use a lighter weight fabric, which means I won't be cooking in this mascot style cosplay like I had been when I wore the Moogle back in Oct 2009. So I found an old double duvet cover (for just under £4.00) and I'm blazing along and will hopefully have more progress pics and details on how to make the bouncywilds head soon.
Bouncywild Head - Step Two (Posted 10th April 2011)
Time to get nice and messy! Everyone has their own preferances to paper mache, I personally stick to 100% PVA Glue and apply liberally with sqaures of news paper I've chopped up from the stage. Some may argue that this isn't the best solution or paper mache at all, but it works best for me as I used this method on my Black waltz horns and they prooved pretty sturdy.
You'll want 6-12 layers of paper mache making sure that you keep the nozzel of the beach ball clear by at least an inch so you can give it a wee lil boost of air if it deflates as the paper mache dries. And when it comes to removing the ball you shouldn't have to cut too much of your creation away (at least not until it's needed lol)