Princess Mononoke

Cosplayer: beefnoi

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

25th October 2014: London MCM October 2014 Decided to break this costume out again. Wore a wig with it this time which looks much nicer and got some better photo's this time too :)

Credit for 3 of the photos goes to

25th May 2013: Finally at the convention I had lots of fun at the convention. It was nice and sunny but had rather cold breezes throughout the day. I even managed to get sun-burnt down my arm. I had loads of pictures taken of me but sadly I cant find any of them :( This is the only one I have of me there which my friend took whilst I was posing for someone else. We were there from 8:30am to 6:00pm so by the end all I wanted to do was sleep.

I held on my fur with Large safety pins. I safety pinned my bottom layer of fur to my dress and tabard because it kept slipping backwards, then my top layer of fur to the bottom piece at the shoulders. I also used large hair grips to also hold on the mask as well as the elastic. I also just used an old woven bag to keep my stuff in which I tied around my waist.

25th May 2013: Quick Finishing Touches I really did a good job of not finishing this in time. I was about an hour late meeting my friend because I hadn't finished and was still doing stuff when I woke up at 4:30am. The main parts I did where super-gluing the foam to my mask (which my dad had spray painted black for me), sewing in some elastic to keep the mask on my head better and making a metal hook to hook my mask onto when I took it off my head. My mum sewed on the elastic and my dad made the hook so you can imagine we were all really tired and I hadn't even got dressed and sorted yet. When I got it all done I ran upstairs, got dressed and painted my face as quick as I could. Then me and my dad rushed outside to the car and then to the station.

I recommend that you give yourself PLENTY of time for making a costume because I really do not want to be rushing like this again. It really is not fun. It didnt help that I was at work during the weeks too so that gave me even less time but I got there in the end and learned my lesson.

24th May 2013: Sans Wolf Ears To make the ears all I did was get an old cardboard tube and cut two triangles out if it. This worked pretty well because the triangles were curved for being in a solid circle. Then I cut out two triangle pieces of black felt and red cotton to cover the cardboard. I stitched it all together and the sewed them onto the fur. It was 12:30am at this point so I was exhausted because I had to wake up in 4 hours to get ready for my dad to take me to the train station.

It really sucked at this point because when I went to bed there were still things that I hadn't got done yet >_<

24th May 2013: The second layer of fur and finishing off Day before the convention and I decided to leave the whole of the large part of fur till last. I cut out the shape that I wanted. making it slightly curved where it is going to sit on my shoulders. I didn't like how it hung flat on my back so I got my mum to sew in some darts to give it more shape. Then I cut out the lining fabric and stitched it all together. The sewing was pretty hard for this part but pinning to fabric to the fur was the worst. Me and my mum where both getting frustrated because it all kept popping out. We were relieved when it was all finished because it took hours and the convention is tomorrow. Eek I still haven't done everything.

I also stitched my fabric to the hat pins in my mask. Then had to think about making the ears. At this point it was getting near 11pm and I was really tired. Plus I had to wake up at 4:30am to get all sorted and dressed.

23rd May 2013: Holding the fabric to my mask I had no idea how I was going to attach my fur the mask. Lots of people said that they used super glue but I really didn't want to risk the whole thing falling apart at the convention. Plus my fur is pretty heavy. So in the end me and mum came up with the idea of using hat pins. I got a few and super glued them inside my mask, not down entirely so that I could sew the fabric to them. The I wasn't convinced that would hold it either so I also covered the base of them in modroc for more security then painted the whole of my inside mask black.

Theres also one right at the front of my mask that the picture doesn't show. This one is for holding the mask onto my back when I don't want it on my head.

21st May 2013: Lining my fur My mum bought me some nice fabric that looked like animal hide so that it was more realistic that it had been skinned off a wolf. Lovely thought. This was pretty difficult as I had to make sure all the fur was inside the pinned fabric. I sewed it inside out then pushed the whole thing through a gap in the top and then hand sewed up the gap. When I had sewn it all I stitched mt tooth necklace to the two points that went over my shoulders.

The convention is drawing really near at this stage seeing as its on the 25th.

19th May 2013: Starting my fur I cut out the first part of my fur to the shape that I wanted. This is the part that hangs from my shoulders.

18th May 2013: Finished my mask Ok finally finished it. The paint job isn't perfect but other than that Im happy with how its turned out. Just used whatever paints I had in the house. I plan on sealing it but don't have anything to do that with yet.

16th May 2013: Almost there Ok now Iv got all the sculpting done for my mask the only thing I have left to do is paint it. Finally. I added the strips of fimo by smoothing them on with some water. Then I just shaped them how I wanted. I didn't want them flat so I only pressed on them slightly to make sure they were definitely stuck on.

15th May 2013: Finished dress and tabard Finished the dress although I'm not sure if I want to rip the bottom of it up or not yet. I had to make another tabard because the other one I made didn't fit over my dress at all. It looked awful.

15th May 2013: Thus more mask I got my dad to cut out some holes for me and then I placed my napkin rings where I wanted them. I then sealed them in by smoothing some caulk around the grooves on both the inside and the outside of the masks around the rings. This filled in the gaps around the rings as well.

14th May 2013: More mask making I decided to add a layer of fimo over the top of the modroc because I didn't like how rough and lumpy it was. I used a rolling-pin to smooth out a large flat piece of fimo and then smoothed it over the base. Once it had dried I sanded it down a bit in places to smooth out the overall shape. Still not completely smooth but I can live with it. I also cut out the circles for Sans earrings. Just waiting for my earring blanks to come. I need clip on because I don't have my ears pierced.

Gosh I like the word smooth lol.

11th May 2013: Mask testing I added the modroc to the paper mache base. I placed it onto my head to see what it looked like and the first time it just sat on my forehead and looked awful so the second time (in the picture) I placed some foam inside it before I put it on my head and it sits much better and doesn't touch my forehead at all. It sticks out quite far at the sides but I tested it by holding some fur under it and with the fur you cant notice how much it sticks out at all.

11th May 2013: Necklace My spikes have completely dried and I added some beads to see what it would look like. I think ill keep it like that when Iv done the fur.

11th May 2013: Started my dress Sewn most of my dress. All I have left to do is sew on the poppers at the back and put in the rips at the bottom. I made the dress pattern for the top half of the dress too small and unfortunately I had already cut out the fabric so I had to add extra strips to the dress but it doesn't look bad at all. I also made the top out of four separate parts so that I could put all the seams inside and not visible. The bottom is only made from two pieces of fabric.

6th May 2013: Ashitaka's Necklace When the clay had dried I painted it and wrapped some red wool around it.

5th May 2013: Started the Necklace Parts Made the necklace pieces from some air dry clay I had. Its not the best stuff in the world but it will do. Planning on buying some blue beads for the other parts of the necklace. My clay isn't good enough to make them.

5th May 2013: Making my Tabard Started by cutting out a pattern from some newspaper and adjusting to the shape and size I wanted. Then I cut out the fabric, which was difficult because Im using jersey for it which is pretty stretchy. Ended up cutting it out twice because the first one didn't cut straight at all.

5th May 2013: Arm bands Made the bands for my arms. They could have looked a lot better but my sewing machine didn't appreciate the metal. Made from navy binding, poppers and washers.

5th May 2013: Finished the boots Well my mum finished both my boots today. The second one went a lot quicker than the first because we actually new what we were doing for it. They are made out of canvas and then some linen for the base. Planning on putting something else on the bottom because its pretty slippery. We made it so that I can pop my feet with shoes on inside.

4th May 2013: Started my boots Basically because I was having so much trouble making these myself my mum had to make them for me. We started by cutting out some patterns from newspaper and then cutting and sewing the fabric together. There was a lot of adjusting it to fit as good as we could get it.

2nd May 2013: Materials Slowly getting all my materials together. Iv now got my fur, dress fabric, tunic and pouch fabric, canvas to go over the shoes, clay for the accessories, blue fimo for Ashitaka's necklace, thread, binding to make the arm and head pieces for which im planning on using washers for the circular parts, napkin rings and my paper mache mask base.

I also have my finished spear but its obviously not in the picture. Dont know whether i'll use the velcro or not. Iv also just ordered my modroc so just waiting for that to arrive. Then I need to find some clip on earring backs because I dont have my ears pierced, so Ill need them to make the earrings.

29th April 2013: Started my mask. For the base of the mask I just used paper mache over a metal kitchen bowl. I used 3 sheets of newspaper over it but thats up to how thick people want it. I plan on covering the rest in modroc to make it thicker and firmer. I'm also using the napkin rings for the mouth and eye holes.

20th April 2013: Making my spear Started on making the main parts for Sans spear. Made the spear head from wood and the pole is literally just a metal pole that I spray painted black. The picture is just after I had sawed off the parts of the wooden blocks that I wanted to. Then after that I used a rasp and sandpaper to smooth the whole thing down to the shape I wanted.

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Amehhful - 20th April 2013
I can't wait to see this finished :D it looks like it's going to be really good :D

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Siouxsie James - 20th April 2013
Weapon looks cool, it's nice to see what materials you're using too :) can't wait to see the rest :D

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Heorot - 16th May 2013
Looking great! The mask is awesome.

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Siouxsie James - 17th May 2013
Nice mask! I hope to remake mine this year and if it looks anywhere close to that good I'd be happy!!!

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nanahara - 15th December 2013
looking great ^^

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naki_uk - 18th February 2015
Great props! You look badass :D