Costume :Claves
Variant :RETIRED
Source :Eternal Sonata
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Minamicon 16 (2010)

Costume Photos


Side View Claves

Masquerade Claves

Masquerade Group

Back of Costume

Claves and her Sword

Close up

Claves in the Sun



Costume Information

Cost : £150 and a small fortune in superglue
Time Taken : 6 months

I am doing this for the Eternal Sonata group for London MCM Expo in May 2010.
I quite like her style and would love the challenge to do a character that isnt cosplayed often. Recently been playing Eternal Sonata and loving her action phrases especially *Unicorn Horn*


Wig has been commissioned from Sephnoir. Gauntlet has been made with a craft foam base and covered in paper mache. It is now painted silver, and also found a grey under glove. Bracelet is completed, needs a quick re-paint but that can be done nearer the time of the expo. On to the main costume.


Main costume is now officially completed, this includes sleeves, cape and the main body of the costume. Boots are now in progress and have little details to do now. The belt is now on the way to being completed just abit of silver paint.
Wig has arrived and looking lovely thankyou to Sephnoir for that.

Now completed and ready to go after 3 days on and off it is the first weapon I have ever attempted and Im really proud of it. She was incredibly uncomfortable due to the suspender, once that was gone it was much easier to move around :D Hurzah! The hardest part was the boots as all Eternal Sonata characters have ridicious shoes... ¬_¬

Made some changes for MCM Expo and she was very comfortable to move around in and the suspender stayed in place, just wanted to put some photos up to show her in all her glory with everything still on :D

Due to so much damage she is now retired from the cosplay scene


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Good luck with this!

by Brinny-Chan on Friday, 3 April, 2009 - 18:55
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Yay more love for ES!

by White Leviathan on Friday, 3 April, 2009 - 18:57
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I think there's an Eternal Sonata group planned for Aya - I'm going to try and have my Viola done by then anyway! Are you going? I'd love to see this!

by Sillabub on Friday, 3 April, 2009 - 21:19
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Awesome you should get her done for May 8D
It's funny I was contemplating Claves but I preferred Viola! x3 She's got a lovely design though so you'll have fun with making it X3
Good luck :D

by Charlie-Bear on Friday, 29 May, 2009 - 09:26

Wow! So much ES next may!
Good luck! ^^

by goodbyeworld on Tuesday, 4 August, 2009 - 23:23
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Oh wow! So purdy! You're gonna pull this off so well - I just know it!

by PandaaPaws on Thursday, 6 August, 2009 - 14:10
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thankyou for all the lovely comments ^^

by Limegreenjelly on Thursday, 6 August, 2009 - 23:22
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Thats a really cute and quirky character design. Bet it will look fab!

by Ilpala on Monday, 10 August, 2009 - 12:58
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Love the Bracelet and gauntlet! Can't wait to see more progress! =]

by Charlie-Bear on Saturday, 3 October, 2009 - 15:49
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Wow~ the gaunlet and bracelet look amazing~! (Sorry for the comment spam!)

by BlusterSquall on Tuesday, 3 November, 2009 - 12:39
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Wow! That main part looks great!

by perfectly_purple on Wednesday, 30 December, 2009 - 22:34
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ah this looks amazing! T___T

by letmelive on Wednesday, 10 March, 2010 - 21:27
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Looks great!! ^__^ Gawd ES costumes are so lovely...!

by Natsumi on Saturday, 13 March, 2010 - 01:34
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Looks great!! ^__^ Gawd ES costumes are so lovely...!

by Natsumi on Saturday, 13 March, 2010 - 01:34
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by Shenny on Saturday, 13 March, 2010 - 01:41
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Nice top stitching on that leatherette!


by KhaosKreator on Saturday, 13 March, 2010 - 10:38
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thankyou very much for all the comments :)

by Limegreenjelly on Saturday, 27 March, 2010 - 19:16
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You're doing a fantastic job of this, can't wait to see it in person.
I love the stained glass effect on the sword.

by Amy-Lou on Monday, 29 March, 2010 - 11:32
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Wow! Sword is gorgeous. I love it as well as the boots.

by Sephirayne on Monday, 29 March, 2010 - 13:51
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O_O Oh wow! Really well done!

by sjbonnar on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 21:23
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You looked amaaazing! The costume was really impressive, looked fantastic!
Thank you very much for letting me steal you away for photos too, I shall get them to you soon x)

by CrystalNeko on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 22:26
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not a problem thankyou for taking some photos before it decided to collapes and crumble around me XD

by Limegreenjelly on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 22:30
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Woow this turned out perfectly! *O* I love how you did the sword too.
I'm so pleased I got to see this in person, very well done 8D

by Charlie-Bear on Monday, 19 April, 2010 - 22:42
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this one was awesome

by Defrain on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 08:22
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Wow! Stunning costume.

by Sephirayne on Tuesday, 20 April, 2010 - 16:10
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So great to see it all finished! Beautiful costume.

by Amy-Lou on Wednesday, 21 April, 2010 - 12:44
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That sword was stunning. The colours reflected behind it are so cool! Beautiful work! ^_^

by perfectly_purple on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 15:41
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was nice to meet you at minami :)
good work on claves was awesome to see it for real :D

by montblanc on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 16:13
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this is really well done, loving the sword ^^

by nanahara on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 16:48
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by RanmaSyaoran on Thursday, 22 April, 2010 - 19:02
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This is so beautiful - you did an excellent job - the sword is amazing :)

by gaming_goddess on Tuesday, 4 May, 2010 - 18:02

Thanks for joining us in Eternal Sonata group goodness ^_^. It was lovely to meet you and hang out on Sat. Great costume, I loved the sword :D. And your Penelo was awesome too!!

by caylithe on Wednesday, 2 June, 2010 - 17:40

I loved this costume, the sword really impressed me ^-^

by Sakurastar123 on Tuesday, 5 October, 2010 - 19:22
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This is amazing work, love the entire outfit!

by cowiee on Saturday, 9 October, 2010 - 16:56
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This looks so beautiful ^_^ congrats!

by Raye-chan on Saturday, 9 October, 2010 - 19:01

To-Do List

Main CostumeHighComplete
Sleeves and capeMediumComplete


Claves's sword (Posted 27th March 2010)

Due to a let down by a commissioner me and my dad have been tackling this weapon ourselves :S its been alot of hard work.
First started with the template which I drew up within a few hours (see on the left)

Then dad found some hard wood and cut out two flower shapes (see middle top)
Dad attatched two thin pieces of metal to the bottom of the rose pattern.
The blade is made from some soft wood which has been plained down and sprayed silver. With help from an old snooker cue the handle was formed, abit of black paint and the main basis was done (see right)

Abit of white and burgandy paint on the rose's frame, found some green and red acetate to make the coloured inserts. This was perfect as it looks like a stain glass window in the reference picture. (see middle bottom)

Now to stick it all together and make the final silver details and put the bandage looking ribbon on the sword and viola it is complete :)

Time so far: 9 hours +

Claves completed? (Posted 9th March 2010)

Well.. Claves is nearly completed I can see the light ^^
Boots are now corrected and finished Huzah! the belt has been extended,painted and fixed on, flower still needs painting and then it can be pinned on the belt.
and finally silver pen to do the detail on the stocking.

My wig is finally here and its gorgeous it fits really well and I love it sooo much I can't wait to try everything on :D Thankyou Sephnoir

If all goes well it will be debuted at Minamicon if not it will be at MCM Expo in May :D

Get Set Cape (Posted 11th February 2010)

complete the cape today yay! last piece of the main costume to be done.
The boots are now paper mached ready for painting and layer of PVA
Just need to sit and work the belt out around her waist and make the top of the stocking out of some leatherette... maybe will purchase a pen to draw the daggers on the stockings also. Bit more work to be done ^^'

Bits and Pieces (Posted 1st February 2010)

Havent done alot to Claves for a while and so very slow progress at the moment..
Re-painted the bracelet and its looking better than what is was like, painted the brooch on the costume just need to hot glue it on.

Sleeves are half completed, got to do red ribbon and the triangles on the tops to do. Cape is still in pieces at the moment but should be done by the end on the week.
Glued shoes now paper mache and painting. Rose needs painting, last bit will be the belt around the middle. Having problems with getting the rose sword as my friend moved away so that should be coming undamaged in the post soon. *fingers cross*

Armoured Boots (Posted 9th January 2010)

Yesturday I decided to start Claves Boots as these are the other main piece of the costume.

Covered some charity brought shoes with the base and the top cover of the boot, ran out of glue sticks so have to get more before I can do any more.

Done the calf pieces of the boot, as well as the centre piece at the front, all needs glueing before starting the paper mache part once again.. :(

Time so far: 4 hours +

And it begins... (Posted 23rd September 2009)

I have recently completed a pattern for claves, and have sew the fabric pieces together to create half the outfit... there are more things to be done like the belt around her waist and her boots. The sleeves are cut just need to get some white elastic and sew them together :)

pictures coming soon once I retrieve a camera
Time so far : - two days

Gauntlet 2 (Posted 28th July 2009)

An update on the gauntlet, found some grey gloves in a charity shop, and found a flower brooch for claves belt pouch piece. The gauntlet is now papermached and drying for the night before I will attempt to paint it...

SO far on Gauntlet: - 2 days

Gauntlet (Posted 28th July 2009)

Started abit early with the gauntlet as I thought it would be the hardest thing for Claves :)
I design a templete from card and cellotape to see whether the design would be suitable... then cut craftfoam pieces and hot glued them together with my new glue gun ^^

I havent found a glove yet which would be the basis for the gauntlet, however today I have paper mache the pieces so my hot glue lines wont be seen (they are abit aweful)

Onto the drying and hopefully the painting in the near future.

Wig Commissioned (Posted 26th June 2009)

I have asked Sephnoir to make my wig for me as I have not alot of experience with wigs and would possible ruin it to the core... so this was definately the best option for me.. should be picked up in the next couple of weeks and should be progressing with the gaunlet soon too...