Hathor was the mate of Ra and the mother to Heru'ur. Stranded on Earth after the Tau'ri rebellion, she became imprisoned in her sarcophagus for centuries before being set free. (From the Stargate Wiki).
|Kara Kesh||Medium||In Progress|
|Yellowish gold taffetta, 1m||£3.99||Bought|
|Taffeta - orange 1m, dark gold, 1m||£10.10||Bought|
|Copper leafing sheets||£3.59||Bought|
|Teardrop earring charms||£4.80||Bought|
|Turquoise gemstone chip beads (4-8mm) - 25g||£0.99||Bought|
|Bronze spacer beads, 2mm - 20g||£3.00||Bought|
|Bronze fabric paint||£2.45||Bought|
Scales (Posted 7th July 2014)
I finished the scales for the dress (finally!). They wrap all the way around.
To make the scales I pained the same fabric I used for the chest area of the dress gold then dabbed bronze paint over it to give it a bit of texture and a two-colour effect. I then cut all the scales out and sewed them all on by hand.
All that is left to do is to attach the gold part of the dress and the halter strap, and finish trimming the wig (I think...I hope!).
Arm band (Posted 7th July 2014)
I used the same fabric that I used for the chest area of the dress, sewed in some wire, then painted it. I then sewed darker thread round the entire length of the wire and sewed the beads onto the 'head'.
More dress stuff (Posted 27th May 2014)
Got it mostly sewn together now, just making adjustments. I installed a concealed zip in the side as I don't need to make it removable just yet.
I also made the pleats narrower than they originally were, and part of me wishes I had made them narrower still. I'm not the tallest person around, so I'm worried that the orange section of the dress will seem rather small in comparison and maybe the narrower pleats would have helped make it seema little longer.
I still want to try to make the scales a little more metallic.
Dress progress (Posted 16th May 2014)
I've sewn together the panels of the dress - the back still needs some work before I finish it all off.
The bronze teardrop pieces are earring charms that I glued onto fabric and covered with copper leafing (I'm improvising here!). For the 'scales', I painting the gold taffeta first a lighter gold, then dabbed bronze over as they look gold in some references and bronze in others. I was contemplating making them a lot more metallic, using foil/leafing, but...it was just too expensive and too much. Maybe some day.
Kara Kesh progress 8 (Posted 8th May 2014)
Started to apply gesso to the kara kesh after adding the remaining details to the end of the arm piece - the rectangular parts were cut from foam, the circular part was the cut-down top of a Kinder Egg capsule (lol).
Kara Kesh progress 7 (Posted 3rd May 2014)
I sculpted the crystal out of polymorph, and attached it with strong glue (I was an idiot and forgot that I should have painted it all before I attached it...that's going to make things difficult!).
The Kara Kesh itself is pretty much all made. It's very lumpy, so I'm hoping that I can smooth it out a bit. Just need to add a little detail to the arm part and then gesso, sand and paint it all.
I ended up attaching the finger pieces using springs, which looks a lot better.
I also modified the pleats on the dress, making them a little smaller. My aim for this week is to get the back panel pleated and cut out, then maybe the panels all sewn together and the main part of the dress lined.
Dress progress (Posted 22nd April 2014)
The pieces aren't really lined up properly here, and they're not sewn together yet but I thought I'd see what they looked like together!
The top part is lined and pretty much ready to sew the embellishments on to. The fabric is the same as the lower part, just in a different colour (and I used the lighter/slightly rougher side). It was originally for the longer bottom part of the dress, but it was the wrong colour. I wanted a contrasting colour to the lower part as the background in case there are any gaps in the embellishments.
Just need to pleat and cut out the back part of the dress then I can sew it all together.
Tried my best to shape the top part. I'm not too bothered about how it looks since it will all be covered by the scales/beads :).
Kara Kesh progress 6 (Posted 19th April 2014)
Cut out two pieces of worbla for the holding piece for the palm crystal. I cut out a small ring of EVA foam to act as a padding to smooth the edges out and stretched it around the 'crystal' before sandwiching it between the pieces of worbla.
Pleating (Posted 18th April 2014)
Ironed the pleats into the dress then sewed them in place.
I hate pleats.
Dress fabric (Posted 10th April 2014)
I love it! It's a bit darker (closer to the references) IRL, the photo doesn't really do it justice.
Kara Kesh progress 5 (Posted 10th April 2014)
For the 'wire' connecting the palm gem to the fingertips, I used floral wire and silicone tubing with a 3mm inside diameter and 5mm outside diameter. It was more practical than using actual wire (and easier to work with). The silicone tubing is thick enough that it doesn't 'crease' when it moves, and the florist wire gives it strength and flexibility. I probably should have gone with a smaller inside diameter, since filling the tube out completely with florist wire makes it a little too stiff, so there is a little bit of space inside the tubes. Fortunately, this should hopefully not matter much.
Kara Kesh progress 4 (Posted 10th April 2014)
To make the slightly domed palm gem, I use polymorph, which I molded to shape using the concave bottom of an espresso cup. While still soft, I trimmed the edges (still leaving some of the 'flat' area). When hardened, I painted it using nail varnish (after practising on a spare bit of hardened polymorph, it was the most durable option!). I used a light red, then a burgundy, and then a shimmery semi-transparent multi-tonal gloss.
I also molded the crystal on the back of the device from polymorph.
Pattern making (Posted 5th April 2014)
Because I couldn't find a dress pattern close enough to what I wanted, I decided to make my own. Yes, the girl that sucks with following patterns decided to make one. Oh dear.
So, I used the old cling film and masking tape method (I'm sensing a pattern here...).
Kara Kesh progress 3 (Posted 5th April 2014)
I made the 'rings' using the same method as the fingertips.
Kara Kesh progress 2 (Posted 4th April 2014)
I made duct tape patterns for the fingertip pieces, cut them out of worbla and assembled.
Kara Kesh progress (Posted 4th April 2014)
To make the pattern, I wrapped my left forearm in cling film, then in duct tape (more rigid/sticky than masking tape), then masking tape (easier to mark than duct tape), and drew on the pattern that I needed. I then cut this pattern out, transferred it onto worbla and molded it around my arm.
Once the basic shape was achieved, I heated it again and held it tight, so that it fit better/tighter around my arm.
I'm not sure yet how I will do the gem or the parts that connect the fingertips to the main palm piece, but I am hoping to be able to sclupt everything else from worbla.