Gandalf
The Hobbit

Cosplayer: Ilpala

Status: In Progress

Condition: Not Set

22nd May 2013: Beardy Beard progression!
1) Head cast with 4-5 layers of latex to form a face fitting beard wig base...
2) Crepe wool thinned out and slowely applied to the latex base. Attached with latex and dried with a hair drier to speed things up
3) 1 full layer
4) Additional layers of crepe wool applied to suit
5) Tash added
6) Trimmed to suit
(may need some hair spray to keep it together a bit.

Beard wig will now be peeled off the head cast and excess latex trimmed away. It can be stuck to my face with Prosaid.

20th May 2013: Robe ver 0.8 done Initial dying and weathering of the robe was a success, though such a shame to treat the silk like this. Good enough for an initial wear at least.

15th May 2013: Robe Progress! Gandalf's robe is nearly finished and ready for dying. I had to modify the pattern conciderably to get the box pleats in and the yoke to the right shape so now it's sewn up I'm glad it fits ok without any major rework required. Only one minor panic when my material came up half a meter short (so much required due to the outside turnups) but I managed to get some more :)

19th April 2013: Patterns So after much searching I've settled on Butterick B5626 - an out of print pattern for choire robes, It has a yoke and should have enough fabric to accomodate the box pleats. I'm modifying the pattern at the moment.

17th March 2013: Material bought I've spent two months looking for suitable-not so-expensive material for this project.
I have finally lucked out and found some reasonable Silk Noil for his robe and a grey dappled brushed cotton for the cloak/hat; it's not wool but it has a very similar texture, look and feel, It's also a lot lighter so I shouldnt get so hot.


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Yes-My-Lord - 17th March 2013
I cosplayed as Gandalf yesterday! So I'm interested to see how this turns out, good luck!

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Siouxsie James - 17th March 2013
I'd really love to see what materials you use for this please share all the details!!

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Ilpala - 17th March 2013
I'll try and keep the journal going for this one then!

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Siouxsie James - 18th March 2013
Thank you that would be great!! Really looking forward to this :) love Gandalf!!

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Sephirayne - 19th April 2013
ALL MY YES FOR THIS! I really hope you wear it a few times so I can get a pic of you when I wear my Legolas.

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Boo - 26th April 2013
Yay Gandalf! Hope to see this!

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Sephirayne - 20th May 2013
Progress is looking fantastic. So much excite for this.

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Chibi - 20th May 2013
I'm so excited about this like woah!
You, sir, will look fantastic!

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DefineImagineMJ - 20th May 2013
Looking EPIC!

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Heorot - 22nd May 2013
Dat beard! Gonna look great, will be keeping an eye out for pictures~

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springinstep - 28th May 2013
I remember seeing you around! Absolutely brilliant!

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Amy-Lou - 28th May 2013
Brilliant! Looking forward to the upgrades too :)

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KhaosKreator - 1st June 2013
Like the awesome picture you got at expo, why don't more people have smoke machines?

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Freyarule - 2nd June 2013
Yessss perfect Gandalf, that photo is amazing!

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Fizzykat - 5th June 2013
loved this!! you look like a young gandalf who jumped out of the film :)

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otakugirl - 13th December 2013
This looks so great, Love the robe