Eloraborealis - Props and Accessories - 18th March 2013
Item: Blue Shell
Source: Mario Kart
Time: The time taken to watch series one of Spice and Wolf, and most of Kim Possible XD
One of the most fun props to make, and also one of the cheapest! (all I needed to buy was more PVA glue, there's quite a few layers of paper mache!) It was so simple to make, anyone could do it, seriously! First I paper-mached a balloon, then I cut out the leg and head holes and added the brim around the middle and edges. Then I padded out certain sections, like each hexagon on the top and each stripe on the underside to give it more texture as they aren't supposed to be flat (then more paper mache). Then I added the horns (paper mache again) and then the wings (more paper mache). Painting wise, I used acrylics, it was very fiddly to paint the inside black mind you!
Overall I really like how this turned out! My only regrets are that my balloon was a bit warped, so it isn't as symmetrical as I'd have hoped for. Also, I realised only after painting the yellow underside that the colour was off, I was using a green shell charm I had as my reference and didn't realise it was off colour. I swear this thing got more attention than me at Amecon! XD