Nana (Female Ice Climber)
Ice Climber

Cosplayer: Freyarule

Variant: Super Smash Brothers Brawl

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

9th August 2013: Hammers 100% I SEALED THEM because the pencil was coming off if I rubbed hard enough

Sealed with PVA/water mix at 3:1 ratio |D



Anyway after spraying them yesterday, I brought them in today and looked at some references of wood. Using that, I started with the ends and the cross sections and then did the length, which was a bit hard but I realised wood isn't perfect like that, it is very random in lines so it ended up looking authentic. I then mixed some darker paint and dry brushed on the weathering, using them on imperfections to create that feel that wood sometimes has when treated. I am surprised at how well it turned out!

7th August 2013: Hammers - 90%!!!!!! SO CLOSE




Today I have had fun spraying the crap out of the hammers. I used up a can of primer on them, making sure to get rid of the newsprint, and then used a can of Plastikote Daffodil Satin spray paint (it's a bit yellow but was the closest colour to what I wanted)

Once it's dry completely overnight, I'll be adding wood details with a brown colouring pencil - I'm using this rather than a felt tip as I'd get more of a soft feel and I won't need to worry about the felt tip running out halfway through XD;;;

6th August 2013: Hammers - 75% Thought I'd update everyone on the progress on the hammers - they've been given the paper mache treatment, and the handles have been glued on with contact adhesive, with the wooden dowels running through them - to give them support as the bases are quite heavy, doh. Then I'll use hot glue round the seams to give them strength.

Since the photo was taken I've repositioned the handle of the right hammer, since it's wonky hahaha XD

I smoothed the paper mache over with a coat of a mix of flour, water and PVA. Gets rid of some of the worst bits, and it will still be a bit lumpy but it's better than what it was!

3rd August 2013: Outfit 100% - Hammers 60% So I have finished all sewing jobs for the Ice Climbers! The fur is so nice to work with but a terror. I've bent one machine needle and like 12 pins, OTL. But it all looks good and proportioned ok (although the hood fur is a bit big but oh well, it looks that way in the ref)
I'm happy with the hood, especially the fur at the front - the refs show it is all bobbled into sections, so I split it into sections when pinned onto the hood, sewed lines down to make the sections, then filled each section with polyester stuffing, and handsewn the hems down so it looks nice. It works really well!
The parka fur consists of 5 parts - 2 arm cuffs, and 2 front bits and 1 bottom piece. Instead of having an odd pattern and cutting a right angle in the fur, I've sewn the fur on so it blends and looks like one consistent piece. I am also happy I was able to hide the zips!

In regards to the hammers, I have covered them in a few layers of paper mache, and will possibly give it a layer of paper mache pulp before painting and texture! We shall see :)

30th July 2013: Hammers 40% So the 3 cans of expanding foam has hardened so I had a lot of fun (note: sarcasm) carving the shapes out of it! Obviously there are a few gaps that the foam didn't cover, so will fill that with probably some paper mache pulp. The general surface will be masking taped and a layer or two of paper mache before using the modelling paste!

In other news I've also finished sewing the fur bits I can with the machine and will go into the process of hand sewing them to the jackets/hoods soon!

24th July 2013: Boots I made both pairs for me and neko_riddles at the same time - we bought cheap Primark trainers as a base, and I used these to create the boot cover pattern, which was made from white felt. I then hand sewed the fleece parts (the beige and coloured bits) using a stab stitch (which is invisible if you're not looking at it closely lmao) and then glued the white studs using felt again.

In the next week or so I will be adding white cotton lining to the inside of the leg parts, as the trouser ends need to be tucked inside and it is visible through the felt.

18th July 2013: Hammers part 2 Then I cut smaller pieces that I attached to the main frame to create channels - this will help the expanding foam not become one big blob, and also give it some support when carving. They look like bee hives LMAO

18th July 2013: Hammers part 1 Taking a break from sewing for a bit and starting the hammers!

My plan for these will be to make a frame from foamboard, fill the gaps with expanding foam and then carve/sand, then if I have time some paper mache layers, then prime and paint using modelling paste to create a wood grain texture. The handle will be foamboard stacked up and taped together before paper mached and then glued into the hammer.

So this is the first part - the basic shape. I created a shape on paper, then used that to cut out 4 big pieces. I cut slots down the middles, so I could slot them together into one 3d shape.

18th July 2013: Mittens 100% Fleece arrived this morning so I've made mine straight away, will be making James's next week once I've drawn round his hand this weekend LMAO

14th July 2013: Hood at 40% Start of the hood! There is a piece that goes underneath this to cover the neckline of the jacket - I will finish this once I get the fur trim done so I can get it all sorted in one go.

14th July 2013: Jacket and Trousers WIP Trousers at 100% completion - elasticated waistband and pockets on both sides! My first trousers with pockets I've made...aah

They are both made from same pink fleece, trousers look darker as I'm wearing black leggings underneath, so will have to bear underwear colour in mind on the day :P

Jacket still needs the fur trim added. - 70% completion!

28th June 2013: In progress! As of today, Ice Climbers is in progress! I bought some fleece from, in both light pink and royal blue (I had to compromise on the blue colour because it was really hard to find the right shade with indigo in it)

Next week I will be buying the fur trim, white felt for the boot covers and some more beige fleece for neko_riddle's mittens (I will be reusing my mittens made for Stiltzkin) as well as a unisex elasticated waist trouser pattern! (I will also need elastic as well!!)

Then soon after I will be purchasing the expanding foam and foam board so then I can start construction on the hammers :)

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Ice-climber - 26th November 2012
I approve. ;)

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Freyarule - 26th November 2012
Thought you might! XD

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hitmanx2 - 26th November 2012
cool so your the maybe ice climbers for the ayacon gourp me and lai are hopeing to cosplay them sometime soon as well

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Freyarule - 26th November 2012
Yeah, we will most likely rewear these to Aya as it will save making another cosplay, and save me money XD

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Amy-Lou - 28th June 2013
Adorable choice! We'll keep the fans and water on standby ;)

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Freyarule - 28th June 2013
Thank you! Much appreciated! <3

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Mr. Sat-Ash - 15th July 2013
^o^ D'awwwwww... Looking adowable so far.

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Siouxsie James - 15th July 2013
Bit of a crazy choice for a con in August ;) but a cool choice at that!!

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Freyarule - 15th July 2013
Yes you're not the first to point this out and definitely won't be the last XDDDD

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Mr. Sat-Ash - 5th August 2013
Okay, since the comments randomly duplicated, and I noticed I essentially said the same thing in the comment... Redo!

"Eeee! ^o^ You look totally adorable!"

And I get you on the trying to not let greasy hair spoil the costume. I have my Kinkotsuman cosplay, which is probably going to be the death of me.

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Freyarule - 5th August 2013
Haha thank you! :D Yeah greasy hair is the worst D: If I ever see a photo of me with it I cringe badly (unless it's a hilarious candid of me after taking off my Stiltzkin head, cos my hair after being in that sauna trap is ridonkulous...XD)

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Mr. Sat-Ash - 9th August 2013
Hammers looking pretty shweet. Better than my props, at the moment, anyway.

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Freyarule - 10th August 2013
Aww thanks! I'm sure your props look awesome too :)

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Pandora-Chi - 10th August 2013
U look so so cute!! I'm in aww of the hammers!! The group is gonna be aweeeesome <3

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Freyarule - 10th August 2013
Yess thank you!! Aww I didn't know you were in the group as well! I didn't tag you in the FB pic XD *RECTIFYING THIS RIGHT NOW*

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Raine - 4th September 2013
This cosplay was so cute!~ :D

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Mr. Sat-Ash - 19th September 2013
^o^ Awwww, doesn't she wook so cute with her ha- Oh, god, she's gonna brain me with that thing!

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Freyarule - 19th September 2013
Mwahahahahah!!! >8D

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Mr. Sat-Ash - 19th September 2013
And whoever's playing the Beatles right now, stop that! That's neither appropriate nor funny!

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ToroSonyCat - 19th September 2013
I love this!

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Siouxsie James - 19th September 2013
Adorable!!! :)

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Freyarule - 20th September 2013
Thank you my dears! <3

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madmazda86 - 2nd November 2013
Great photos, looks like you had fun :D