16th November 2008: Base of headdress
After about a week mucking about with wire mesh I have finally made the base for the headdress…I seem to have an antenna theme going on with my costumes at the moment what with Pang Tong and now Lu Bu. The base of the headdress is made from wire mesh, garden wire and cardboard. I started by making a crown piece, secured by a thin craft wire and was made slightly larger than my head so I could line it later as I don’t fancy going all day without some kind of padding in the thing. Next I cut an oval shape from card and once happy with the size I used this as a template for the wire mesh. I attached the oval to the front of the crown by threading the craft wire through the holes. I repeated the progress with the two gold wing details at the side of the headdress, keeping a cardboard template of each detail so I would be able to define the gold patterns after the base had been applied with several layers of paper Mache. Once the wire mesh was in place I had added a section to the back of the headdress between the top of the oval and three inches down which I hope will be a good enough support for when I add the feather plumes. Then I used more cardboard templates to define the shape if the headdress at the bottom, sides and around the oval.
The antenna I made by drawing out a cardboard template which I used too cut the shape from wire mesh. This I added to the front of the headdress with garden wire and small sections of wire mesh. I ran some lengths of garden wire up through the mesh to give more support before adding templates of cardboard with more cardboard sandwiched between them and covered in masking tape. Finally I covered the whole base of the headdress in masking tape ready to apply the paper Mache.