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|made the finalist list in the Manga UK Cosplay competition =)|
big thank you to all the people who helped me out over the weekend with drinks and the wings and the escorting and the photos <3 I love you all for what you done you are the best!
All photos are from either photos aken by Paul Jaques, Neo Maq or other atendees during the weekend thank you all for the pics!!!!!!!! <3
For May 2012 I have decided to do something I've always wanted to do, it was on my to do list and i took it off just after may Expo 2011 for some reason, so this is my next project, and with moving, foldable wings! Yes i will do it, I'm starting this in my "in Progress" Area because i am currently as of now doing research and sketches on how i can create it all, the wings i thought were going to be my hardest task, but 5 minutes of thinking and planning and talking to my hang gliding/microlight pilot of an uncle we've already come up with some ideas!
I will record some of the making of on video, just for fun.
I wont be putting up any progress images or reference images til a later date =) this is purely because of what a friend told me, and it makes sense, plus it keeps everyone else intrigued whilst they are reading my journal =)
I will also be keeping a scrap book along side of this for all my images, sketches planning and material trials e.c.t Measurements, and materials costs. So you may not see much here until after New years 2012 ;)
I'm doing this solo this time as far as I'm aware, but if you wanna team up or anything just mention it, and we shall see what happens ( i wold love someone to be my spirit D=.
This is for the Saturday of the Expo, I'm re-wearing my Sylvari for the Sunday =)
right, to the drawing book and my archives...
Journal Entries Available with progress Pictures
Also a change in heart about some materials, but feel they look just as good, however also had a change in heart obout what day im wearing this so watch this space =)
|Back Ring||Medium||In Progress|
|Silver Fabric (0.5m)||£2.54||Bought|
|Other electronics (extra LED's and resistors e.c.t)||£5.45||Bought|
|Battery Clips 9v x10||£0.99||Bought|
|Red wire 100m||£2.54||Bought|
|Black wire 100m||£2.32||Bought|
|White wax paper (grease proof)||£2.00||Bought|
|Knuts, Bolts and Washers||£2.89||Bought|
|More expanding foam D8||£3.49||Bought|
|Black Courd (4m)||£1.00||Bought|
|White Fabric (3m)||£6.00||Bought|
|Gold fabric (1.5m)||£4.46||Bought|
|Black Fabric (2m)||£2.00||Bought|
|Single LED's (x40)||£1.52||Bought|
|Silver Curtain Rings||£2.98||Bought|
|Plastic Tubes (x4)||£7.12||Bought|
|White lace trim||£0.75||Bought|
|Corrigated card (FREE)||£0.00||Bought|
The last entry? (Posted 8th May 2012)
So this maybe my last entry here WHOOOO
See you all there =3
Apologies D= (Posted 28th April 2012)
I bought my gloves... i sinned i know i am sorry =( but the ones i was making just weren't working and i had no fabric left to remake them in time or me to leave for london (15th may) with what i have left to do. if i have time i will re attempt, but i probably wont. but it is the only part i have bought that was pre made. so what have i got left to do? not too much =D
Make white details
and then it shall be done... in fact i think it will do the paint tonight so its dry in the morning to finish off sewing the last bit on machine and touch ups =D I CAN DO THIS! motivation is high, specially when it looking to a wearable standard lol
bit of a low down (Posted 12th April 2012)
I havent done one of these in ages, Everything's going good, royal mail managed to loose my extra order of wire that i needed, Electrics are going well apart from that, some re already installed and working, overall 12 circuits i think i counted? geez thats more than i had hoped >.< Since i last posted i seemed to have sorted issues, the top now fits perfectly.. ish that might change when ive cut in the hole for wings e.c.t in the back =\ hope not lol. seems a shame to paint all this detail and then cut into it. The cuffs i washed all the paint off and spray pianted them, they are now up to a decent standard imo. The collar now is almost done, well i guess the better way to do this is one of those epic "still to do lists"
- Paint Sleeves
- test run....if i get time lol
wooow thats a lot left to do O.o
Never ever. (Posted 31st March 2012)
NEver ever ever have i felt like crying over a cosplay... never, I think this is the first time i have been so upset, it was going so well, maybe i took on too big a project for my own good? Everything was going so smoothly, until i lost motivation... then the cuff paint cracked.. the details broke...the gloves wont sit right... The top doesnt sit right...an LED goes in a circuit...i run out of wire... the list goes on =( Im just going to go sit under a rock and hope magic faeries come and repair it and finish it all off for me.
slow progress... (Posted 17th March 2012)
The last week progress has been majorly slow, however i have made now the underlining for the wings and one out of 4 set of feathers, also i have almost finished one cuff which just needs a paint touch up before varnishing. The hand sewing is upto date but i expect there will be more down the line haha! I just finished painting the boot covers and pinning the fabric to the top of them, the best part, they are really comfey <3
I kinda have to buy myself a new glue gun though.. mine exploded XD so its put a bit of a hault on things. i also need a soldering iron but i know where i can get one cheap =3 so im happy i will hopefully get that in the week ^_^ am slightly panicking coz i want to get my sylvari repaired and my secret cosplay completed, and these wings are taking forever.... so if anyone wants to lend me a few hands XD
oh and if you hadnt already noticed my wig came, i styled it too and im pretty happy with it ^_^ its probably one of my best wigs to date but it was majorly stubborn on how it wanted to be styled.
Buckle and details (Posted 10th March 2012)
Yesterday my Wonderflex arrived, so since then i have been concentrating more on the harder elements playing around with this awesome stuff, im really pleased with how it turned out, especially as i used hot water, not the usual method of a heat gun to mould it =)i have also made the bracers and have yet to make the collar which shall also be made of it too. theres more to do on these pieces, and im planning on varnishing too, and adding a few other little details =3
The wall! (Posted 7th March 2012)
Today i hit that awful place no one wants to hit! yup... THE WALL! today nothing would go right, the back ring broke, the gloves went wrong, i took 5 attempts at the same section of my harness before it was good enough to use, the top i couldnt pin straight, I got myself in a majro muddle, guess im happy though i got the last i need for gems, and i did eventually after a lot of imput from friends fix the ring (the main join for the bars where it goes in the harness broke) ... tbh i think it wa a days gap of not doing any that knocked down my motivation, i hope after a good nights sleep i might be motivated to do a bit more...
Who knew! (Posted 6th March 2012)
Who knew sewing could be so fun!!! I've nearly completed the whole bottom part of this cosplay, just awaiting wonderflex and to hand sew some bits and it will be done (minus boot covers)the gems are looking awesome too =) quite proud
only issues im coming across is all this fabric weighs a tonne! so im having to use a belt to help hold it up... thats not the only reason seems ive lost weight since i started making this =\ it practically falls off me lol i guss its a good thing though, really needed to loose weight. also done a gem test, they're looking awesom i just hope others will love this as much as me
SEEEWWWIIIIIING!!!!!!! =D (Posted 2nd March 2012)
I finally got my grubby little mits onto the sewing machine, and i've been sewing almost solid for 2 days straight. Completing the 2 large skirt pannels the main skirt, almost finished the boot covers too! And i've added the pockets =D so all is going good ^_^ oh i've also almost finished the hip guards they just need the trim on now, The pouldrens also need a second layer of varnish,and the back ring and Gauntlet are looking awesome with their forst half done in paper mache, but im happy =) all is going well...... for now.
Wig n stuff (Posted 27th February 2012)
Finally I bought my wig and the last of my LED's and electronic bits yesterday and they have been shipped already this morning! talk about service =3 I have also started on the dreaded gloves, boot covers, the back ring and gauntlet are officially finished carving wise just need to put gems on paper mache + details and put in electronics.... and of course paint I just really want to get onto the sewing machine right now though! If i do that it would help me know what i have to do next, not entirely sure on which bits i havent cut out anymore =\
Lore (Posted 25th February 2012)
since my last entry i thought i would stop and study some Lore about Aion, WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOWWWW!!!! i am impressed, im almost and ingrosed as i am with Guildwars Lore (and thats something hard to do) I love spiritmasters even more and the world they're from the story, and ive found out some thiings i didnt know before about terms and names of thigs... the "hub" is actually refered to as a guantlet in Aion terms.... common sense i guess? All thi i feel is a major part of Cosplaying imo you need to know who youre cosplaying for yourself, the character and the fans =)
on a more cosplay related note ive also been researching how to set up my electric =3 im all done now and finally figured it out haha, all thats left to do is await the last LED's and battery connectors and solder it all together. (i realised i also needed red LED's for the gauntlet and one purple LED for the "choker/collar")
My wonderflex has also been shipped, should be getting that mid next week hopefully =) Cant wait! =D
....... just so fail! (Posted 23rd February 2012)
Well they always say nothing stays good for long, today has had some major downfalls, My fabric arrived and it is NOTHING like it was meant to be >.< however i have compromised and it will still look good regardless. so i hope that'll be good, then I found i had a refund for my wig i had ordered ... no e-mail jus a refund, on further investigation i was told that they had none in stock, even though it was listed! URGH! so i had to go on search for another wig, thankfully i was able to find a replacement, although not heat-resistant its the perfect colour and style and cheaper XD so i guess that a bonus? the 3rd thing that went wrong today was my foam, it hates me, i swear it trickled out of the can like it was epty! but it was brand new =\ thankfully a spray with some warm water made it grow really huge, howver i still had a few gaps, but they were repairable with any offcuts just glue em on and carve again. On a plus side i did get more plastic of my gems today =)
Orb "hub" (Posted 21st February 2012)
so why am i calling it a hub? well Its whenre the orb usualy sits when its not in use, however there is no significant indication on it where it sits when not in use and when in use (i dont play aion so yeah this bit gets hard) I know spiritmasters use these and i know its an Elos wepon, but i've nto seen it in gameplay so i cant tell much more than the reference, alot of "hubs" turn into the orb where as this one doesnt seem to (bonus for me lol) anyway ive made decent progrss on this already =) and very happy how its looking ^_^ cannot wait to add the details and start painting!
WONDERFLEX, pockets and pouldrens (Posted 18th February 2012)
Before i can get onto the actual title ill just do a bit of progress update, called epic win! you'll see why ;)
My solder finally came in the post today - WIN
See where this is going? haha anyway other than all that which im uber happy about I figured out ill need somewhere to store battery packs for my back pannel lights, then it came to me, this is the first cosplay i can actually have pockets in without people seeing! SCORE! so i have cut out the fabric ready to put in, for 3 pockets which wont be seen but will be really easy for me to get to and store things in without a bag =) like cosplay repair bits, money and a phone and camera ^_^ cosplay not practical? it is now 8D
I also managed as stated to get my pouldrens done, theres still more painting to do but i am majorly happy! they just appeared out of nowhere in the space of a few hours.
Now onto the WONDERFLEX....what can i say? I'm being sent some wonderflex which will be used on this project! being sent by www.wonderflexworld.com manager. This is going to make my life for this project a lot easier and cannot wait to get using it! I have a lot planned i can use it for, lets hope it works ^_^ ill give full reviews on teamtimes with pictures when its done =)
(i swear these entries are getting longer)
....and at this rate ill be finished by the end of march XD (i wish)
Nother journal needed, just ranting and mumbbling i guess? (Posted 13th February 2012)
So I am writting another journal entry! yeah..... I ran out of gold paint a few days ago, and turned myself into a babbing bafoon about part of the cosplay i thought i knew about, but now fter a few days sitting thinking about it im ready to roll again, and i've also bought some white thread and some more gold paint as i seemed to have run out of gold >.< however its looking good! one thing i can say i feel like this is my best yet and cannot wait to sew what i've done so far together.... HOWEVER I now have to put it on hold for a week =( I have a room to decorate tidy blitz and a website to get up =\but hopefully after that i can get the sewing machine out ooooo *so excited* but with 14 weeks to go.... erm why am i stressing about getting it done in time already? Well I still got ALOT to do, most of it detail, but still its alot,
well thats a rough idea, going to plan it out so that i can hopefully finish it a couple of weeks before so i can adjust anything if i need to, transport it upto london and maybe even give it a full try out because my wings are currently being stored in london (the frames) and will stay there until AFTER the event DX Well i guess thats enough essay, needed to get it off my chest, probably be another one like this at some point lol not for 10 weeks i hope =P
Gems (Posted 10th February 2012)
So there seems to be many effective way of making Gems. Overall i think i looked at 5 techniques 3 of which i considered and then opted out of due to cost. I really wanted to make resin gems however it would cost way too much for what i want to achieve (especially the giant top gem) So when making lunch as i went to get a pear i looked at the packaging and thought "why do i have to vacuum form my own plastic when someone else has already done it for me!" the shape of the pear packet was PERFECT for a few of my gems, however i'll need more, I better start eating a lot healthier XD I used the same technique for the top of my staff and it worked wonders =) no one realised that i'd used a coke bottle for the crystal! So wth nail varnish at the ready im trying this out, and so far it looks awesome (IMO of course) Nail varnish just makes sure it sticks and gives it a decent pearlescent effect =) actually liking the fact its thicker in some parts it looks like the ligh is shining through a real precious gemstone ^_^
Fabric fabric everywhere!!!! (Posted 7th February 2012)
(i really dont think anyone else here blogs as much as this =S)
Today has been really productive, I cut out lots of fabric for different things, the belt (which was left over fabric from another project) the hip guards, the "necklace" and other details. I also painted on more details and found leftover fabric from another previous project that is a slightly lighter red for the back (YAY!) which is a thick fake suade. Also for the first time i tried using some Iron on studs, i will liek to say this was very sucessful only one fell off and thats because i didnt heat it well XD so if i need studs again i will defo try these =)
on a plus side during my rummaging to see what fabrics i had i also found a light white weight net fabric which will be perfect for the basse of my wings =) SCORE!
GODZILLA STRIKES! (Posted 6th February 2012)
Yeah.. not so amazgin as the title sounds but just as disasterous. MY brother decided to come in and walk all over the bits id done whilst they were still wet, thankfully a wet scourer spounge got the worst off, just taking it stage by stage to oget it off >.<
Cutting painting, more cutting... (Posted 5th February 2012)
so for the last 2 days since i got home all i have been doing is cutting and painting. I've managed to paint the back pannel and cut out details to sew on it, paint the details on the white part of the top cut out more fabric for the necklace collar bit which has all its studs layed out on it ready to be ironed on, and i've started on the painful task of drawing and cutting out feathers... which is where i wish i had a few slaves to help lol. oh well it will be more worth it at the end if i do it on my own.... right?
Let the cutting begin (Posted 22nd January 2012)
with a lack of patient and waiting to get home to start i thought i would start whilst im still in london just incase i need more fabric! Truth be told... i couldnt wait any longer. so today i have Drawn my pattern out on paper after quick small sketches covered in measurements and dived straight into the cutting after that, sp pleased so far, i managed to buy the exact amount of fabric i needed for a change, i usuallyoverbuy (not that thats a bad thing) but im enjoying it =D Cant wait to start sewing and putting it together, the more i make cosplays the better i get i feel and the easier things become =)
Wings THEY WORK! (Posted 18th January 2012)
The wings are actually put together 2 more adjustments nd they will be ready to attatch to the corset and feather up =D the reason for adjustment is pure choice of wanting them to fold in a little more and the main top wing is too long, although aion wings are huge... this is a little OTT XD
Feathers (Posted 17th January 2012)
Hmm, there are many ways to make wings with feathers, most people Buy feathers and shape them, only issue is feathers do not exist in Aion wing size! What do? I found many options.
1. Make each feather from foam
Now all the above options have been used by other cosplayers and all look really effective, my only problem is which to choose? I may have to opt for card due to size, stability and movement. though maybe making the smaller feathers from one of the other options as these wings will move, and cards not flexible enough for that unless i use split pins maybe? *long hard ponder*
Picture of Progress by
Wings Building is a go! (Posted 15th January 2012)
yup yup I have all the things i need now to make the main structure of the wings so its time to get going a template was made, it worked they fold and everything! next to cut out the tubing and bold it all together and add loops of something to make handles and done ready for feathering.... which also have to all be made because feathers arent that big.
Material buying is a go! (Posted 9th January 2012)
Bargin after bargin of materials i've been finding lately so im majorly happy ^_^ i've cut down a lot of my cosplayu materials cost by half! and they're 3 times the quality they should be for the price SCORE! Also cant wait to give tassel making a go (doing this as buying them is more expensive) someones offered to help me with my electronics even suggested having them on a remote O.O this shall be interesting!
They are here!!!! (Posted 13th November 2011)
I Have lED's i have wire, Bits n bobs of cosplay are slowly appearing =D alls getting exciting, so i thought i would share my drawing from my sketchbook with you ^_^ i dont have a camera now so not many pictures =(
Progress is progress (Posted 31st August 2011)
Finally got sawing out part and making the buckle in the last few weeks the sketch book is filling up and all ive spent so far in 98p looking out for bargains and the right materials searching and browsing shops =) i will post some images later of sketches, maybe ;)
Breakdown (Posted 14th July 2011)
I finally got my sketchbook and have been drawing away breaking down the cosplay into manageable bits, each part I've written out how I'm planning on making it, what materials to use and the method, with a "blue print" like drawing dimensions and so on, I'm hoping that this will help me a lot more, especially with the wings! Also enjoying doing this, i get a feel of the shapes of each part too, i done a similar thing with my sylvari, but not as much or as detailed as this.
So it has begun (Posted 11th July 2011)
I started doing research as of 2 days ago, and I have already learnt so much, and with other information i have also known and learnt with my Sylvari project i can safely say i am defiantly excited! this project has got me working on Moving wings, which i have wanted to do for a long time, and more electronics than i thought possible O.o making my own circuitry this time however and using some new material such as Plastazote, Resin, 3D Fabric paint, soldering iron and Wood. And using some old fav's such as Heavy fabrics, a technique i picked up from 30Secondminionspawn, Foam, well i guess you will have to wait and see about the rest.
I haven't done much yet, however i will be buying myself a scrap book tomorrow to start putting all my info collection links diagrams material and wig options electric circuit information in and so on =)
when i write a journal entry from that point on i shall be using my Book for photos rahter than just random images, hopefully you will be able to understand better, however some things i won't be posting up ;) I want to keep people excited about seeing the final cosplay and really keen to see it all working =D
That's all for now ^_^