14th March 2011: The Mirror So, I found a really nice handmirror on ebay. It's very heavy and as you can see from the picture, is made from some sort of metal. I'm thinking it's brass, it's very very similar to Neptunes mirror so I had to go for it. I diddn't want to try and make it because I knew I'd never match the craftmanship that this mirror had.
The back of the mirror was just the back of the plate that is screwed in possition to keep the mirror in. It had a very weird design on it but was mostly flat.
I used air dry clay, not paper based, I'm not sure what it was but it's a really nice one. Seems to just be called "air dry clay" how usefull huh?
So I sculpted the back on over the span of about 2 days. I then used a fine surface polyfiller to smooth out the majour imprefections and try to level it off.
Once dry, I used a very fine sand paper and sanded it so it was fairly smooth.
Then using acrylic paints, I painted it. The symbol was awkward. The paint had started to crack so I had to be quick finishing and getting a top coat on to seal it in. The first stages of the symbol were horrific. My hands were so shakey from having flu that it was hard to get a straight line. I finally managed it, having to thicken lines to get it to be vaugley symetrical. The symbol took about 10 coats to make it stand out enough.
I then used good old PVA glue, never watered down. I added about 4 thick coats over the top. This dryed suprisingly hard, I can't even dent it with a finger nail. It's made a nice glossy shine without being all plasticy and it's protected the paint from chipping or flaking.
If you look REALLY close, you can see some of the paint where it started to crack and you can see the imperfections. But honestly, I'm happy with it.
13th March 2011: Nearly done I swear it is!
The mirror is done and I'll have pictures up tonight of that.
The shoes are mostly covered, but due to being sick for a week and then the silicone glue I was using (which is not the plumber variety) has really done a number on my resphiratory system (lungs) I was stupid and diddn't open the window and then suddenly after that I became sick again with some sort of flu. Likley triggered by the silicone glue decimating my immune system even more and allowing the sore throat I'd just recovered from to go into a full scale war on me.
If you are ever using a form of silicone adheasive which has a sharp, sour almost vinegary smell, use caution. Open a window, try to do it outside, use a rebreather if you have one, or at the very least, a dust mask with an open window. Don't pull a Darwin like me.
Also, use latex gloves when using this glue, It's increadibly waterproof, which means you have a hell of a time washing the damn stuff off!
Saying that, the shoes are looking pretty swish, I just need to neaten them up, cover the heel bits OR paint them and add the straps and the costume is done.
I'm still waiting on the brooch though and may have to make one myself.
27th February 2011: It takes longer that you'd think! Using Ranma 1/2's Brilliant tutorial for creating the glove tops, hip roll and shoulder rolls for the scouts uniforms. It's genius and before starting you'll think it wont take that long.
It took me collectivly, probablly something close to about 10 hours to complete JUST the glove tops. The result is great though, I'm very happy with them.
I'd deffinatly advise others to use the same tutorial when making them. One thing to bear in mind though, is that the best material to use for it is a stretch material.
I'm using lycra, both for the main suit (white parts) and the coloured parts, like the skirt, glove tops, collar and such are also made using lycra. You CAN find lycra in almost every shade you could think of, you just have to be prepared to dig for it. It took me about 3 days of searching the internet to find the colour I was happy with. I'll supply some links at the end of this journal entry for great places for stretch material.
You can use other materials for the various rolls that the sen shi have on their uniforms. Say you were doing an eternal variant. This calls for shiny things, so satin is your best bet. I favour a matt type satin like duchess, never acetate satin (which is usualy called ecomony satin, its VERY shiny in a bad way and it's usually not backed with anything or backed with a slightly plasticly feel)
If you were using satin to cover the glove top rolls, then you'll have to cut your peice of satin FAR FAR bigger than the length of your foam roll, this will ensure complete coverage when you form the roll into a hoop and fix in place.
For my glove tops, I have attatched snap buttons to the very top of the gloves and then to the inside of the glove tops, to fix them in place and ensure that they wont slip. They are very snug.
Here is a link to Ranma 1/2's tutorial:
And the following are links to several places to buy good quality stretch fabric:
6th February 2011: Little update I'm still trying to decide what version to do. I'm leaning towards the super stars? one, the one with the heart brooch and longer bow at the back.
I think I can easilly make the shoulder bits detatchable so that the same body can be used for her first transformation and the supers one.
Soooo torn on a wig though. I really like how this one looks:
Got the shoes though, and ordered samples of some fabric.
4th February 2011: Finding Neptune Finding the perfect fabric for a sailor scout is harder than it seems. I'm a firm beliver that satin is not for any senshi APART for the Eternals.
So satins out, which is a shame because there are infinite shades of satin.
I want a stretch fabric for the skirt e'ct. So that when it's attacthed to the body suit, it also stretches, making ripping far less likley and allowing the costume to be pulled up over my hips.
Now, as with every senshi, the official art for both the manga and anime differ, and not just between the 2. The in anime colour differs from the movie colours which also differ from the official art for the series. Then you have the artbooks, which differ, mainly because they are mostly hand painted, you'll never get the same shade with paint mixing, no matter how hard you try.
So out of all of the art work, which one am I meant to choose? Do I go a lighter shade? close to a sea green? or do I go dark? like a bottle green?
I'm leaning towards bottle green at the moment, mostly because Uranus's colours are fairly dark (the blue) and Neptune is meant to match with her somewhat. Jupiter is already green, so I cant have that shade or shades of green. Most people tend to use a fairly light shade it seems, matching the skirt to her hair but the more I look, the less her hair and skirt match. Her hair is lighter.
I've found this:
which I'm leaning towards more and more, the more I dig for images and watch video clips.
It's fairly cheap too which is nice.
Mighty Odango - 7th February 2011
I really like the third choice you listed for the wig - if you have a dark wig like the first one AND go for dark colours, you risk it all looking a little bit drab.
Lulu Rose - 7th February 2011
Good point! I have taken your advice and bought the lighter wig. Looks like I'll be able to use it for any Myu versions of her should I ever be insane enough to do one.
Sephirayne - 7th February 2011
This is a fab choice. Looking forward to seeing this.
angel aiko - 9th February 2011
i will be sailor uranus at kita! will need to need to get some pics with you <3
Lulu Rose - 10th February 2011
Awesome! I don't really have a set day I'm planning to wear her so it's whenever really ^_^
Ranma1-2 - 13th June 2013
Great job. Your Neptune cosplay is looking really nice. :)
(If those shoes are uncomfortable tho, find some others that are actually comfy to wear. Shame,cuz those ones actually do look quite nice.)
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