|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...
|Replace Hood and doublet||Low||Planned|
|Replace skirt thingy||Low||Planned|
|Cast left bracer armour||Low||Planned|
|Rebuild left bracer||Low||Planned|
|Hidden blades v2 (v1 were broken at London film and comicon 2011)||Low||Planned|
|Rebuild cloak in leather - need to figure out how to emboss leather..||Low||Planned|
|Add throwing knives to belt assembly||Low||Planned|
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
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.
Where do I find the..
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.
Where do I find the..
Aluminium metal filler