Velvet
Odin Sphere

Cosplayer: Angelphie

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

26th August 2009: Psyphers 11 Shiny! But overall, the results are far from perfect. There’s a black spot where the lights themselves are, although that doesn’t usually show up in photos. The joins in the plastic are not very neat or strong. Being unable to use anything opaque inside, and having to ensure the crystals can open and close for me to access the lights limits a lot of what I can do about it though.

On the other hand, it was all comfortably within my ability - I didn’t need diverse tools to deal with a thick plastic, or have to learn about wiring up electronics for the lights. It was also cheap. The plastic was 35p a sheet, the lights were 50p each and I already had the other materials I used. Can’t really complain if it’s not perfect when it was ridiculously cheap and simple. At least when it’s dark, you can’t see any of the rubbish bits, and the glowiness is sufficiently distracting!

That said, these psyphers aren’t going to last well. I’d like to get more suitable lights, so I can have a switch to turn them on and off, which would then mean the crystals don’t need to open up, and I think that would improve things a bit, but problems like joining the plastic remain, so a re-think with new materials might be for the best.

26th August 2009: Psyphers 10 The final result (doesn’t everyone leave painted items to dry propped up in the toaster?)

The black tops of the lanterns (which really look like squids when on their own…) were nice and easy.

The domed top is half a styrofoam ball. The rounded rim for the dome’s base is sculpted from Crayola model magic, Pudding did this bit for me! The rim actually isn’t just a rim, it’s attached to a flat base going all the way underneath the styrofoam (like a gem setting). I thought it would be better to glue the styrofoam to a base like that, rather than sculpt only a sausage rim to glue around the edge. It also looks neater, in case the lanterns are viewed from below. The model magic is light enough so using a lot didn’t matter.

The rest of the clay pieces are Fimo clay. I made the 8 squiggly legs, and curved pieces you probably can’t see well - they’re hooks at the tops which the chain appears to attach to. All of these clay pieces have lengths of wire sticking out of their ends, which I embedded in the clay before baking. They could then attach securely to the styrofoam/squishy model magic base by shoving the wires in, and a spot of glue on the ends to ensure they stayed.

After painting them black, I attached the black tops to the red plastic crystals. I hollowed out an indentation in the base of each dome for the point of the crystal to sit in, and have a hole punched right through each dome. There’s a hole at the top of each crystal for the wire (the wire that wrapped round the lights and extends up). So each black top just pops over the wire and sits in place. Not even glued. The squiggly legs also aren’t attached to the plastic crystals.

Last thing was attaching the chain. The attachment had to be secure and capable of load-bearing - the entire weight of each crystal would be on it. So, the wire sticking out of the top wraps round the end link of the chain. I then cut off the excess and painted the visible bit of wire (that’s what they were doing in the toaster - waiting for that last little bit of paint to dry!) Then the little hook I sculpted was glued in place over the wire. It looks like the chain is looped through that hook, as in the reference, when really the wire takes all the weight.

26th August 2009: Psyphers 9 Flipping one panel open isn’t quite enough, so the horizontal seam at the middle is only attached with tape at one side. That operates as a hinge. With the velcro unfastened, the entire thing flips open.

(You can also see in this photo that I figured out an even better way to plug the light-leaking gaps in the outer crystal - tape the inner plastic layer into a cone! Then there's only one join to worry about, and it's solid all the way round where the corners are in the outer plastic)

26th August 2009: Psyphers 8 How do I get in to switch the lights on and off (and eventually change batteries)? One panel on each crystal isn’t glued, it just velcros shut. Not ideal, but that’s what I get for using those particular lights. In future, I’d like to buy more sensible ones, and have a nice convenient switch outside the crystal for turning them on and off.

26th August 2009: Psyphers 7 I discovered after testing the lights inside that the joins in the plastic were very obvious when the lights were on. The tiny gap at each edge became very noticeable when lit up! Instead of all glowing red, I got glaring white lines at each join where the light was escaping.

How to resolve this? I tried a few things to plug the gaps, but anything opaque was a no, since it just caused an obvious silhouette. Unfortunately, that even included red paper; it blocked too much light and became visible when illuminated from behind. Eventually, I settled on using a second layer of red plastic, but positioned slightly askew so its joins were not exactly in line with the joins on the outer pyramid. This was great for getting a better red glow too, with only one layer, it had been more pinkish.

26th August 2009: Psyphers 6 Since each light is made up of 3 LEDs, I put tissue over each one to diffuse the light more evenly.

26th August 2009: Psyphers 5 I wrapped each pair of lights up in the wire, and left a long tail of wire which was to go up through the top of each crystal for later attachment purposes.

26th August 2009: Psyphers 4 The lights are battery powered spotlights which switch on and off when you press the fronts. They came with adhesive backs, so I stuck pairs of lights back-to-back. They still unscrew for accessing the batteries no problem. They’re secured inside the crystals with bendy wire.

26th August 2009: Psyphers 3 The inside

26th August 2009: Psyphers 2 I figured out a cardboard pattern, cut out all the triangular shapes, and assembled them using hot glue and clear tape on the inside. I was limited in how I could assemble the joins because any opaque tape or materials turned out to be too obvious once the lights were on. Silhouettes of tape and stuff aren’t what I was going for…

26th August 2009: Psyphers 1 The tale of how a prop-incompetent girl nevertheless attempted the glowy lanterns. Now you get to see all the ghetto-tastic fail involved!

My original plan was to score my red plastic and fold it. Unfortunately, this didn’t work as the red coating would crack, revealing white. Having white edges maybe isn’t a big deal, but I really didn’t like how it looked, so gave up on doing it origami style, and went with lots of seams instead.

26th August 2009: Fork Pleats! http://trulyvictorian.netfirms.com/videos/ForkPleats.MOV

Great easy way to get guaranteed regular pleats with little effort. You can even make ones this tiny, but only if you use a fondue fork :P


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sonia_leong - 2nd April 2009
Hey sweetie!! Your Velvet was gorgeous, really well done on the chain crystals too! ♥ The quality fabrics really look so good ^w^

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Amy-Lou - 2nd April 2009
Wonderful Velvet! I'm so impressed with all those ruffles and I love the glowy pic especially.

Beyond the call of duty on the stockings XD

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Sephirayne - 5th April 2009
Stunning Costume. I loved the props and how they light up. You looked amazing. Great job.

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Chii-ren - 7th September 2009
very cool!

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Anonymous - 12th December 2010
Very cool! I like the velvet and the props!
And your white skin is great for the genre :)

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Pandora-Chi - 1st November 2011
I couldn't believe how amazing you looked as Velvet!! Everything is so well made and accurate :) I really love your fabric choices! and it was lovely speaking to you again xx

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Uni - 19th November 2011
Fabulous as always! <3

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Donna - 22nd November 2011
So beautiful!