AlexM
 


Costume :Ezio Auditore da Firenze
Source :Assassins Creed 2
Progress :Complete
Worn At :London MCM Expo May 2011


Costume Photos

Ezio

Ezio

Ezio

Ezio

Ezio

Ezio

Ezio buckle and baldric

Ezio embroidery

Ezio boot covers

Hidden blades

Baldric for Ezio costume

 


Costume Information

Description
For my first costume I carefully considered the fact that I have no skills or tools available and made the inspired decision to construct a really tricky one. Meh... Ezio is cool and learning is fun, right kids?

The first thing I did was buy an Ezio costume off the interwebs to use as a base... Yes I know, but my plan was to replace the whole thing with handcrafted components and my lack of clues as to what I'm doing meant I needed all the help I could get to start.

The biggest expense so far has been all the tools required to make the components. My OCD requires me to make things 'for real' so I can't cut any corners, so the skills (and assorted tools) for the costume include: leatherworking, casting, tinkering and tailoring. A sewing machine was the biggest expense, not to mention £30 of buckles (!! seriously... ) and over 20 square foot of leather (so far).

The hardest part has been figuring out how to translate a digital artists imaginary costume into a real working example without resorting to (too much) fakery and trickery.

I've learned enough so far to wet my appetite and want to learn more. I've learned that the people who make cold cast moulding supplies don't want you to buy them... Read the warning labels on that stuff some time, it's enough to bring you out in a cold sweat... They might as well write: 'If you use this you will DIE' on the label.

As for wearing it, I've spent a full day in the costume and didn't require any 're-arranging' or suffer and 'malfunctions' during the day, as long as you discount the hidden blades. There was no way those things were going to last the day, but I have a plan for hidden blades version 2...

Comments

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Nice work!

by Wyrdsister on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 22:37
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I got well excited about the Ezio sackboy icon, something that should definitely be done.

Great job with the costume.

by Kata-san on Monday, 11 July, 2011 - 23:53
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Good GOD this is looking amazing! All the details, I love the attention and how much effort you're putting in to all the small bits and pieces. The belt buckle is especially gorgeous!
[You wouldn't mind if I picked your brains about a few things at some point, would you? Just I'm planning on making an assassin apprentice outfit and have no idea how to construct the belt buckle or the hidden blades].

Back to the costume, I really look forward to seeing more of the detail progress. :3

by BlusterSquall on Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 - 01:18
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Woah this is fantastic stuff, the details are incredible!

by Eloraborealis on Tuesday, 12 July, 2011 - 01:21
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The details = wow.
I am really looking forward to seeing finished photos.

by NakedSalad on Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 - 01:31
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This is an AMAZING Ezio :D

by Taldur on Wednesday, 13 July, 2011 - 22:57
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This is amazing.I love your attention to all the little details as well as the major ones.I would give you a load of cash if i had some to buy this off you.And again wow!Amazing work so far.

by SOLIDCAL on Thursday, 14 July, 2011 - 16:56
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I love how you decided to tackle this costume, step by step, and it's going awesome! Good luck with repairing your hidden blades. After 5-6 cons I need to replace mine as well. >.>

by Lisu-chan on Monday, 15 August, 2011 - 13:59
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This looks so awesome - the belt buckle, leatherwork and shoe covers especially look fantastic ^_^

And monitors make much better light boxes than real light boxes do ;)

by Zelvyne on Monday, 12 September, 2011 - 20:27
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BRILLIANT!

I love the photo's, they look really effective, Good job! x3

by Karakulz on Thursday, 12 July, 2012 - 21:34
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It looks amazing! Love the photos :)

by Deathblow_Prime on Thursday, 12 July, 2012 - 21:52
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the detail on this is mind blowing - seriously wowzer!

by Numta on Friday, 13 July, 2012 - 09:20
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Beautiful crafting! And amazing location for the photos!
Mind blowing.

by eternal_aranel on Friday, 13 July, 2012 - 10:13
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Wow this is absolutely amazing! You've done an incredible job on bringing Ezio to life. He's one of my favourite video game characters of all time, its really nice to see this with the level of detail you've put in!

by Trifling on Friday, 13 July, 2012 - 23:55
 

To-Do List

Replace Hood and doubletLowPlanned
Replace skirt thingyLowPlanned
Cast left bracer armourLowPlanned
Rebuild left bracerLowPlanned
Hidden blades v2 (v1 were broken at London film and comicon 2011)LowPlanned
Rebuild cloak in leather - need to figure out how to emboss leather..LowPlanned
Add throwing knives to belt assemblyLowPlanned

Journal

Casting a metal buckle without melting any metal - Part 1 Supplies (Posted 14th July 2011)

This sequence of journal entries will describe the process I went through to create the metal buckles and clasps used in the costume. The final result looks like metal and polishes like metal, is strong.. but brittle so may shatter if dropped. I'm only going to go into one sided moulds as that's all I needed to do.

The process is called cold casting, it involves creating the thing you want to cast using your choice of modeling gunk, making a mould of that, then mixing clear resin (the stuff used for sticking glass fibre together) with fine metal dust, sticking that in your mould and letting it set.

Step 1.. Gathering the supplies

The mould
To make the mould you'll need something to contain the mould, I like to use lego as it means I customise the containing box to whatever size I need.

I decided to use Vinamold to make the mould out of, I like this stuff because although it's less 'sturdy' than other moulding materials such as silicone or plaster it has the benefits of being very flexible, good for fine detail but most importantly you can melt it down and make new moulds with it as much as you like.

Required:
Lego
Talcum powder
Medium sized paint brush
Tin foil
Pan
Vinamold
Cooking thermometer
Scissors
Stirrer
Cooker
Gaffa tape

Where do I find the..
Vinamold
(http://www.tiranti.co.uk/subdivision_product_list.asp?Content=Vinamold+%...)

Casting
I went for multi purpose resin and aluminium powder for the silver look, I also had to buy some liquid hardener which is necessary to make the resin set.

This stuff is dangerous if breathed or touched while it is setting so get safety gear, and make sure it is ok for chemical use.

Required
Multi purpose resin
Alluminium metal filler
Liquid Hardener
Mixing pot
Prodding/air pocket removing device (wooden stick)
Spoon
Measuring jug
Breathing mask
Protective gloves

Where do I find the..
Multi purpose resin
(http://www.tiranti.co.uk/subdivision_product_list.asp?Content=Polyester+...)

Liquid Hardener
(http://www.tiranti.co.uk/subdivision_product_list.asp?Content=Liquid+Har...)

Aluminium metal filler
(http://www.tiranti.co.uk/subdivision_product_list.asp?Content=Metal+Fill...)

Polishing
What you use to polish the finished cast depends on the detail and surface.. I used:

Dremel
Small and large buffing wheels
Polishing compound
Wire wool
Metal file
Brass brushes