|Cost :||More than I originally thought OTL Around £60-70 for both Ice Climbers|
|Time Taken :||2 weeks in total|
|EDIT 8/8/13 - Ice Climbers are complete! I'm looking forward to wearing them :D Not looking forward to overheating OTL|
Because I'm stupid and plan cosplays I will be ridiculously warm in during the summery months...........
For the Smash Brothers group at Ayacon, and it's a cute couple cosplay to do with neko_riddles (who will be doing Popo).
Will be making the parkas out of fleece and fake fur most likely, and we're in progress of working out how to make the hammers!
Hammers 100% (Posted 9th August 2013)
I SEALED THEM because the pencil was coming off if I rubbed hard enough
Sealed with PVA/water mix at 3:1 ratio |D
THAT IS ALL COSTUME COMPLETE NOW YES
HAMMERSSSSSSS 99% (Posted 8th August 2013)
TECHNICALLY NOT COMPLETE AS I STILL HAVE TO SEAL THEM BUT I MIGHT JUST NOT...I SHALL SEE
Anyway after spraying them yesterday, I brought them in today and looked at some references of wood. Using that, I started with the ends and the cross sections and then did the length, which was a bit hard but I realised wood isn't perfect like that, it is very random in lines so it ended up looking authentic. I then mixed some darker paint and dry brushed on the weathering, using them on imperfections to create that feel that wood sometimes has when treated. I am surprised at how well it turned out!
Hammers - 90%!!!!!! (Posted 7th August 2013)
I CAN TASTE THE END
IT TASTES LIKE SPRAY PAINT
Today I have had fun spraying the crap out of the hammers. I used up a can of primer on them, making sure to get rid of the newsprint, and then used a can of Plastikote Daffodil Satin spray paint (it's a bit yellow but was the closest colour to what I wanted)
Once it's dry completely overnight, I'll be adding wood details with a brown colouring pencil - I'm using this rather than a felt tip as I'd get more of a soft feel and I won't need to worry about the felt tip running out halfway through XD;;;
Hammers - 75% (Posted 6th August 2013)
Thought I'd update everyone on the progress on the hammers - they've been given the paper mache treatment, and the handles have been glued on with contact adhesive, with the wooden dowels running through them - to give them support as the bases are quite heavy, doh. Then I'll use hot glue round the seams to give them strength.
Since the photo was taken I've repositioned the handle of the right hammer, since it's wonky hahaha XD
I smoothed the paper mache over with a coat of a mix of flour, water and PVA. Gets rid of some of the worst bits, and it will still be a bit lumpy but it's better than what it was!
Outfit 100% - Hammers 60% (Posted 3rd August 2013)
So I have finished all sewing jobs for the Ice Climbers! The fur is so nice to work with but a terror. I've bent one machine needle and like 12 pins, OTL. But it all looks good and proportioned ok (although the hood fur is a bit big but oh well, it looks that way in the ref)
In regards to the hammers, I have covered them in a few layers of paper mache, and will possibly give it a layer of paper mache pulp before painting and texture! We shall see :)
Hammers 40% (Posted 30th July 2013)
So the 3 cans of expanding foam has hardened so I had a lot of fun (note: sarcasm) carving the shapes out of it! Obviously there are a few gaps that the foam didn't cover, so will fill that with probably some paper mache pulp. The general surface will be masking taped and a layer or two of paper mache before using the modelling paste!
In other news I've also finished sewing the fur bits I can with the machine and will go into the process of hand sewing them to the jackets/hoods soon!
Boots (Posted 24th July 2013)
I made both pairs for me and neko_riddles at the same time - we bought cheap Primark trainers as a base, and I used these to create the boot cover pattern, which was made from white felt. I then hand sewed the fleece parts (the beige and coloured bits) using a stab stitch (which is invisible if you're not looking at it closely lmao) and then glued the white studs using felt again.
In the next week or so I will be adding white cotton lining to the inside of the leg parts, as the trouser ends need to be tucked inside and it is visible through the felt.
Hammers part 2 (Posted 18th July 2013)
Then I cut smaller pieces that I attached to the main frame to create channels - this will help the expanding foam not become one big blob, and also give it some support when carving. They look like bee hives LMAO
Hammers part 1 (Posted 18th July 2013)
Taking a break from sewing for a bit and starting the hammers!
My plan for these will be to make a frame from foamboard, fill the gaps with expanding foam and then carve/sand, then if I have time some paper mache layers, then prime and paint using modelling paste to create a wood grain texture. The handle will be foamboard stacked up and taped together before paper mached and then glued into the hammer.
So this is the first part - the basic shape. I created a shape on paper, then used that to cut out 4 big pieces. I cut slots down the middles, so I could slot them together into one 3d shape.
Mittens 100% (Posted 18th July 2013)
Fleece arrived this morning so I've made mine straight away, will be making James's next week once I've drawn round his hand this weekend LMAO
Hood at 40% (Posted 14th July 2013)
Start of the hood! There is a piece that goes underneath this to cover the neckline of the jacket - I will finish this once I get the fur trim done so I can get it all sorted in one go.
Jacket and Trousers WIP (Posted 14th July 2013)
Trousers at 100% completion - elasticated waistband and pockets on both sides! My first trousers with pockets I've made...aah
They are both made from same pink fleece, trousers look darker as I'm wearing black leggings underneath, so will have to bear underwear colour in mind on the day :P
Jacket still needs the fur trim added. - 70% completion!
In progress! (Posted 28th June 2013)
As of today, Ice Climbers is in progress! I bought some fleece from cheapfabrics.co.uk, in both light pink and royal blue (I had to compromise on the blue colour because it was really hard to find the right shade with indigo in it)
Next week I will be buying the fur trim, white felt for the boot covers and some more beige fleece for neko_riddle's mittens (I will be reusing my mittens made for Stiltzkin) as well as a unisex elasticated waist trouser pattern! (I will also need elastic as well!!)
Then soon after I will be purchasing the expanding foam and foam board so then I can start construction on the hammers :)