Ezio Auditore da Firenze - Assassins Creed 2




For my first costume I carefully considered the fact that I have no skills or tools available and made the inspired decision to construct a really tricky one. Meh... Ezio is cool and learning is fun, right kids?

The first thing I did was buy an Ezio costume off the interwebs to use as a base... Yes I know, but my plan was to replace the whole thing with handcrafted components and my lack of clues as to what I'm doing meant I needed all the help I could get to start.

The biggest expense so far has been all the tools required to make the components. My OCD requires me to make things 'for real' so I can't cut any corners, so the skills (and assorted tools) for the costume include: leatherworking, casting, tinkering and tailoring. A sewing machine was the biggest expense, not to mention £30 of buckles (!! seriously... ) and over 20 square foot of leather (so far).

The hardest part has been figuring out how to translate a digital artists imaginary costume into a real working example without resorting to (too much) fakery and trickery.

I've learned enough so far to wet my appetite and want to learn more. I've learned that the people who make cold cast moulding supplies don't want you to buy them... Read the warning labels on that stuff some time, it's enough to bring you out in a cold sweat... They might as well write: 'If you use this you will DIE' on the label.

As for wearing it, I've spent a full day in the costume and didn't require any 're-arranging' or suffer and 'malfunctions' during the day, as long as you discount the hidden blades. There was no way those things were going to last the day, but I have a plan for hidden blades version 2...


Wyrdsister posted on 11 July, 2011 - 23:37
Nice work!

Kata-san posted on 12 July, 2011 - 00:53
I got well excited about the Ezio sackboy icon, something that should definitely be done. Great job with the costume.

BlusterSquall posted on 12 July, 2011 - 02:18
Good GOD this is looking amazing! All the details, I love the attention and how much effort you're putting in to all the small bits and pieces. The belt buckle is especially gorgeous! [You wouldn't mind if I picked your brains about a few things at some point, would you? Just I'm planning on making an assassin apprentice outfit and have no idea how to construct the belt buckle or the hidden blades]. Back to the costume, I really look forward to seeing more of the detail progress. :3

Eloraborealis posted on 12 July, 2011 - 02:21
Woah this is fantastic stuff, the details are incredible!

LittleRecordGirl posted on 13 July, 2011 - 02:31
The details = wow. I am really looking forward to seeing finished photos.

Taldur posted on 13 July, 2011 - 23:57
This is an AMAZING Ezio :D

SOLIDCAL posted on 14 July, 2011 - 17:56
This is amazing.I love your attention to all the little details as well as the major ones.I would give you a load of cash if i had some to buy this off you.And again wow!Amazing work so far.

Lisu-chan posted on 15 August, 2011 - 14:59
I love how you decided to tackle this costume, step by step, and it's going awesome! Good luck with repairing your hidden blades. After 5-6 cons I need to replace mine as well. >.>

Zelvyne posted on 12 September, 2011 - 21:27
This looks so awesome - the belt buckle, leatherwork and shoe covers especially look fantastic ^_^ And monitors make much better light boxes than real light boxes do ;)

Karakulz posted on 12 July, 2012 - 22:34
BRILLIANT! I love the photo's, they look really effective, Good job! x3

Deathblow_Prime posted on 12 July, 2012 - 22:52
It looks amazing! Love the photos :)

Numta posted on 13 July, 2012 - 10:20
the detail on this is mind blowing - seriously wowzer!

eternal_aranel posted on 13 July, 2012 - 11:13
Beautiful crafting! And amazing location for the photos! Mind blowing.

Trifling posted on 14 July, 2012 - 00:55
Wow this is absolutely amazing! You've done an incredible job on bringing Ezio to life. He's one of my favourite video game characters of all time, its really nice to see this with the level of detail you've put in!

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Progress Journal

14th July 2011

Casting a metal buckle without melting any metal - Part 1 Supplies

This sequence of journal entries will describe the process I went through to create the metal buckles and clasps used in the costume. The final result looks like metal and polishes like metal, is strong.. but brittle so may shatter if dropped. I'm only going to go into one sided moulds as that's all I needed to do.

The process is called cold casting, it involves creating the thing you want to cast using your choice of modeling gunk, making a mould of that, then mixing clear resin (the stuff used for sticking glass fibre together) with fine metal dust, sticking that in your mould and letting it set.

Step 1.. Gathering the supplies

The mould
To make the mould you'll need something to contain the mould, I like to use lego as it means I customise the containing box to whatever size I need.

I decided to use Vinamold to make the mould out of, I like this stuff because although it's less 'sturdy' than other moulding materials such as silicone or plaster it has the benefits of being very flexible, good for fine detail but most importantly you can melt it down and make new moulds with it as much as you like.

Talcum powder
Medium sized paint brush
Tin foil
Cooking thermometer
Gaffa tape

Where do I find the..

I went for multi purpose resin and aluminium powder for the silver look, I also had to buy some liquid hardener which is necessary to make the resin set.

This stuff is dangerous if breathed or touched while it is setting so get safety gear, and make sure it is ok for chemical use.

Multi purpose resin
Alluminium metal filler
Liquid Hardener
Mixing pot
Prodding/air pocket removing device (wooden stick)
Measuring jug
Breathing mask
Protective gloves

Where do I find the..
Multi purpose resin

Liquid Hardener

Aluminium metal filler

What you use to polish the finished cast depends on the detail and surface.. I used:

Small and large buffing wheels
Polishing compound
Wire wool
Metal file
Brass brushes