2nd May 2013: Skulls So I bought a set of 5 crow skulls with the idea of moulding them to cast more, and came to the conclusion that the film definitely used scaled down sculpted skulls. There is no way 6 crow skulls can fit down a corset!
I luckily have a very talented sculpting friend, a miss Emily Pooley, who I asked to sculpt a scaled down version of the crow skulls I had. She did an amazing job of it and made it very easy for me to create a silicone block mould of the sculpt so I could easy pull out lots of fast cast skulls.
I then cleaned them up, drilled 2 holes in the skulls as stitching points and gave them a quick blast of white primer and a clear spray as the fast cast tends to come out a bit creamy.
Thank you Emi for being awesome!
2nd May 2013: Corset progress So this is my corset all constructed, lined, boned, biased edges etc...
I used a silk Duchesse satin for the outer and a silk lining. All the edges were then finished with a non fray stitch to make stitching on the bias a lot easier - which I ended up doing all by hand as I was worried the tiny satin bias I had and all the tight curves would be too difficult to manage by machine.
Once it was all finished and neatened I put in my eyelets and stitched all the little leaf charms on - which was a lot of searching on ebay for the most accurate leafs! The snakey detail on the front panel was an exercise in relentless googling... I initially bought some silver cord that I thought I could use but felt that it really wasn't right and didn't fit the feel of the costume, after much peering at my screen trying to see what was used on Ravennas actual costume I came across some snake chains. I found a good supplier online and ordered various different thickness's and then got to sewing all the chains across the bodice in a twisted manner so they would all lay in and over one another.
I am REALLY pleased with this find and I think it really fits in with the feel of the character. Success so far!
2nd May 2013: Old corset This was the first corset I drafted - disaster!
I used an old pattern I had then modified it a bit, I even got as far as constructing it out of some old satin I had and began boning it, but decided I really wasn't happy with it so started from scratch and drafted my own corset pattern that I've mentioned in a post below that I am still chuffed to bits about!
11th January 2013: Corset I first of all created a corset by patterning off my dress makers dummy and then trying to emulate the structure of Ravennas. I almost completed it but decided I was very unhappy with the shape of it and that the seam lines didn't match up to hers, so I tore it up for scrap (I have a bad habit of doing this often!).
Round 2. I decided to do some heavier research into the style of corset she was wearing, her outfit has an Elizabethan style to it, however I felt her corset was more 18th century, a cut that I feel is also a little more flattering. I drafted a corset pattern using my measurements and adapted it to an 18th C style, dividing each half into 4 parts. Figuring out where all the bones would go and also support the tabs that I had added was quite a lengthy challenge! Once I had my pattern though making it took no time at all, I completed a canvas insert with boning in about 2 hours.
I'm really pleased with the shape I have so far, its just pulled together with some cord at the back at the moment, no proper lacing yet.
12th December 2012: Jewellery Her earring gem has been such a lengthy process as I got so particular about it.
I initially took an old earring I had and moulded half of it so I could get 2 pieces of fast cast out of it and piece them together to create the ellipsis shape I required. I then moulded this in platsil 7315 and cast it in proclear resin. However my gems came out cloudy, to get a clear gem the original I cast needs to be shiny so that the mould comes out shiny too.
I decided to cut up my original earrings and seam them together and mould those ones, giving me lovely shiny black gems, however (again) I then got picky and decided my gems were too big, so I sanded down my originals and re-moulded them a third time to end up with a smaller shiny gem that I felt was a more appropriate shape and size.
12th December 2012: Crown This was a lot of patient pattern building, figuring out all my angles and shapes that would slot together to form all the geometric forms on her crown.
It was built out of styrene sheet and super glued together as an initial shape to work with. It took me about a day to create the entire crowns base.
Once I had that I covered the entire thing in polyfiller and used it to strengthen areas of the crown and fill and seam it. I went through several processes of filling, sanding, filling, sanding etc... I used a few coats of spray in between just to see where I still needed to fill.
I left a few of the imperfections in and created beaten textures in areas of it as I wanted it to have that rustic metallic look to it. Once done it was given a coat of 2PAC primer and is now ready for painting!
Sephirayne - 12th December 2012
This is going to be amazing. Really looking forward to seeing. ♥
WhiteWraith - 12th December 2012
I love this outfit, can't wait to see this finished :)
Amy-Lou - 12th December 2012
That's quite some attention to detail! Great journals, excited to see your progress :D
Raine - 13th December 2012
You will look really good as her! I look forward to see it all done :D~
HarryKurt - 6th January 2013
Oh wow. Your attention to detail is incredible. I can't wait to see more progress!
Sephirayne - 3rd May 2013
The progress is looking amazing on this hun. I'm loving the research and the details you are making. Fantastic work ♥
naurarwen - 3rd May 2013
This is looking absolutely amazing!!
HarryKurt - 3rd May 2013
Oh my word. This is perfect so far! It's really coming together. :D
HarryKurt - 30th September 2014
Well done on the showcase! So well deserved! :D
Sephirayne - 3rd October 2014
So happy that this got showcased. So well deserved. Well done hun <3
Tracy - 5th October 2014
Fantasic work, love to see some good quality work and a period type costume. Your my new best friend. I know how difficult these types of garments are to construct and get to fit to your body shape exactly. So well done :)
BladeyCakes - 5th October 2014
This is a STUNNING costume, and your likeness to the character is breathtaking! Well done~~
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