19th May 2012: Circuit building The heatshrink and extra solder FINALLY arrived today so I could finish off the circuit for the EL wire for Lightning's pauldron. It is actually a lot more yellow in real life. It's all ready, all I need to do is paint the pauldron and then it can be installed. I'll probably hide the battery pack somewhere in my vest.
19th May 2012: Butt holster Heh. Funny name. ANYWAYS, this actually took a lot longer than I thought it would, because I had to spend a long time pinning down the trim. The open end it also a little floppy, so I'm going to reinforce it with craft foam on the inside. Just needs the straps so I can attach it to my . . . butt.
19th May 2012: Under-top Done! YAY! I finally got my ass into gear and hacked at the jumper. I cut off the sleeves, made the arm holes much bigger so it's not visible under her vest, shortened the neck and body and added the zip. By hand, again. ¬_¬
The zip itself is actually a gold colour, so I painted the pull silver so as to make it appear closer to what it should be. Why? Because, for once, my huge box of zips failed to deliver the perfect zip.
18th May 2012: Skirt and short shorts Yup, finished the skirt, minus the yellow belt and also made her short shorts. The gold ribbon here is just a temporary fixture until I can get some yellow cord.
I've also glued the zip pulls in place with hot glue, just in case.
18th May 2012: BOOTS! So, after spending a millennia in shoe shops and charity shops, I realised that I'd regrettably have to use a pair of boots I already had. My Lara Croft boots. T_T
So far, I've just painted the sole silver. I'm gonna leave these til last because I think I'll be able to get away with wearing these as is. And I really wanna keep them perfect for Lara.
17th May 2012: Arm warmer Made out of a scrap of leather left from Tifa. Saved me buying more fabric. Hooray for recycling!
17th May 2012: Skirt Start Since I lack a zipper foot, I'm having to install all Lightning's zips by hand. Not fun . . .
I glued small craft foam circles onto the ends of the zip pulls to make them more like Lightning's. The funny thing is, the zips say "ECLAIR" on them. Wat.
Will be putting in the second zip when I can be arsed.
17th May 2012: Papier Mache Ahh, the lovely messy papier mache. Smothered it all over the sword once I had finished and dried the paper mache. This will smooth everything out and with a good sand, should make a lovely painting surface! ^^
Just need to let this side dry then I can smother the other side!
16th May 2012: Carving and paper mache So, now I've carved out the details and have started paper macheing the sword, but as it's tedious and I'm tired, I'll finish it off tomorrow.
15th May 2012: Flattened out So I've carved out the basic outline and removed the foam from where I don't want it as well as flattening out the sword ready to be carved tomorrow. Should be fun!
14th May 2012: Now, when I say attack I MEAN ATTACK! MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!
I think there's a sword underneath all that xD
14th May 2012: All cut out So, here's the Saber all cut out and ready to be attacked with expanding foam. And there's the pauldron with the rim finally attached and some random splodges of papier mache to even it all out.
Now, to attack that sword >D
12th May 2012: GAHHHHHHHH! My friend's jigsaw has decided to break, so I'm now having to cut the whole thing out with a coping saw. I HAVEN'T SAWED ANYTHING IN AGES AND THIS IS SO INTRICATE FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF
10th May 2012: Under-top Find So whilst I was sorting stock in the charity shop I volunteer in, I found a jumper which was perfect for Lightning! Brown and ribbed with a long collar. Epic win.
Now all I need to do is hack it to pieces and add the zip. Definitely need to see to the collar, it's far too long.
7th May 2012: Papier-Mache and Rank Strips Done! Pauldron has now had the paper clay (papier mache) layer, been sanded and now I have just added the craft foam rank strips and once the glue has dried I'll be adding the rim around the edge. Then it's painting time!
ALMOST FINISHED THIS PAULDRON!
4th May 2012: Papier Mache Prepping I felt the foam needed another layer of paper mache to stregthen it up before adding the papier mache so I went ahead and added yet another layer to it. This thing's gonna end up heavier than I thought, especially with the wire. -_-
30th April 2012: Expanding Foam Carved So yesterday I SMOTHERED the pauldron in expanding foam and this morning I attacked said foam with my craft knife. The result is seen here, except in the picture it has a masking tape layer over the top. I'm pretty pleased with it, it's been ages since I've done any kind of sculpting so I'm happy. Just needs smoothing over with the papier mache now then I can get to adding the details.
29th April 2012: Pauldron Beginning I began by simply cutting out a card base and then covered it in masking tape and a layer of paper mache to strengthen it before adding the expanding foam. I have since sprayed it with expanding foam and it has been drying overnight. All I need to do now is carve it out.
28th April 2012: All Pieces Drawn Out Finished drawing, now I just need to get it cut out. Once it's cut out, I'm going to glue the overlays to either side of the sword then sculpt the rest of it using expanding foam. Then I shall strengthen it with paper mache and paper clay (papier mache) and paint it before finally adding a thin layer of clear resin to ensure it stays strong and sturdy and the paint doesn't chip.
THIS WILL TAKE A WHILE!
Strangely enough, I'm doing the same for her pauldron, minus the MDF.
28th April 2012: Blazefire Saber Progress Drawn out on MDF ready to be cut out. The middle sword is the main base and the one on the right is the overlay for one side. I just need to repeat that for the overlay for the other side and then take it to my friend's to get it cut out.
yumcarrots - 28th April 2012
You are going to make such an AWESOME Lightning!!
Lady Bahamut - 29th May 2012
You looked super epic as Lightning :3 I loved the sword!!
KiraraYumi - 31st May 2012
Your Lightning is seriously amazing! I loved seeing your progress on her too, so much! Excellent work, looks like it was really worth it! 8D
Fizzykat - 31st May 2012
hey fellow lightning! it was nice seeing you back stage, i loved your pauldron it was amazing, so clever with the lights! x
DuskatNight - 1st June 2012
This looks amazing. You suit her quite well!
Pandora-Chi - 2nd June 2012
Your Lightning is really amazing! 8D Fantastic job! x
CrystalNeko - 2nd June 2012
You did an amazing job on this! Definitely your best costume. Everything looks so neatly made and I can tell you've put in a lot of time and effort on it :)
I love the bit of electronics too, I have a bit of a weakness for people that involve it in their cosplays x)
LinkyLex - 2nd June 2012
ALL DEM SWISHES <3
This is an amazing costume Emma, you've done such a wonderful job and you look amazing!
Anonymous - 4th June 2012
Hello beautiful, thank you for letting me steal your flawless face for makeup! Sorry I replied so late, I was looking for "meow" not "emo", my deafness is terrible?! I just noticed you commented on my fiance's Murdoc costume a year ago too, small world!
ANYWAY on to the main comment: you looked fantastic, your costume is flawless! So in awe of it all! Especially as I said that weapon, skills!
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