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Hey, that Tony Stark is me!
hey it’s coulson! that’s me
Hey I know Thor what the hell
that Thor is me!
Evolution of the breastplate!
Went and re-painted all of my loose Loki armour (still have to tackle the front armour somehow), and I am so so happy with the result. Everything here is made from a combination of worbla, craft foam, chainmail mesh, and a dash of 3D paint for details.
For the aged metal look, I sprayed all the pieces with a metallic gold paint, and then covered them with a thin layer of dark brown acrylic, which I let dry and then rubbed off with paper towels and cotton balls.
Feeling so accomplished, whoo!
CRAFT FOAM VS. WONDERFLEX VS. WORBLA a guide by Eli Ebberts (oh my cosplay!)
View the full tutorial here:
Began work on the breastplates. We definitely veered from the original design, and worked this up on the fly. And by on the fly, I mean sat there for hours drawing a million different shapes on painter’s tape and saying repeatedly, “why does this look so shitty?”
Things we encountered when making breastplates:
For the base pieces (I apologize for the lack of pictures) we used the wrap yourself in plastic wrap super tightly, and then wrap yourself in painters/masking tape super tightly, and then freak out briefly about not being able to breathe and fight the urge to maniacally rip the tape from your body, and then trace on your shapes for the lil riblet part. Then cut the tape/plastic wrap off of your body, contemplate briefly the impermanence of life, and then cut out your shapes and make your traditional worbla-craftfoam-worbla sandwiches for each piece. You can also use a template for a guide. As we’ve said before, we purchased all of kamuicosplay's templates and those were extremely helpful. Then connect all of the pieces together, and form it around a dress form or your own body until it begins to cool and harden.
For the boobie part, we used a styrofoam ball, wrapped in aluminum foil, and rubbed with vaseline. This would have worked great, except the ball that we used was too small, and the result was a weirdly spherical and aggressive boobie shape. We should have used a larger sphere to get a more gradual slope for the boobie shape. I was a little nervous to use such a large spherical object as a mold because I am not the chestiest lady. However, I should have realized that I could have used a larger sphere as a mold, and then cut the boobie part according to size.
How we improvised: heating and gently stretching the worbla that was already in the boobie shape (that was made from the smaller styrofoam ball mold) and then stretching the edges of the boobie shape while pressed against the ball mold. This allowed us to stretch the boobie shape out for a more gradual curve, but with control. A good way to make sure the worbla is smooth when you do this is to cup your hand around the outside of the worbla while it is pressed up against the mold shape, and to hold the mold shape with your other hand and use the mold to actually smooth out the worbla. This probably doesn’t make sense because it’s really hard to put into words how to do this. You won’t even have to do this part if you just use a big enough boobie mold, like the back of a mannequin head. So I guess ignore that last paragraph, and we shall never speak of it again.
A good way to put your design onto your breastplate is to cover the boobie part in painter’s/masking tape, and then draw on your design. Then unpeel the tape, flatten it, cut out your shapes, and trace them onto worbla. From there you can cut out your worbla shapes and heat and affix them to the breastplate.
Now time to make stencils for the design of the riblet part!
Oh also, two unexpected kinds of scissors that are great for cutting worbla:
Hefty bone cutting scissors purchased in the kitchen appliance aisle of the Korean supermarket
Hair cutting scissors—very sharp, and nimble to cut intricate details.
LadyLoki Collar - Tutorial/process diary
Finished collar: http://anachronisminaction.tumblr.com/post/89984844404/decorative-armor-collar-made-for-my-lady-loki
Whole Costume: http://anachronisminaction.tumblr.com/post/91103284009/lady-loki-costume-for-the-labyrinth-of-jareth
1- I started by cutting out a pattern in craft foam and trying it on to get a rough shape to start with. I used one of my halter tops as a the starting point: https://www.facebook.com/Anachronism.In.Action/photos/a.269392913112439.80726.269295446455519/590989730952754/?type=3&theater I then cut the pieces out in worbla, and attached the shoulders and collar together.
2- Recruiting the help of a friend, we began to shape the collar to my torso. Going section by section, I would hold the collar and heat it up, wait a second for it to cool then put it on. My friend would then help me hold it in place until it cooled and hardened again. I wore a t-shirt over my corset to protect both my skin and the garment.
3- (not shown) Once we had it shaped, my friend marked out the edge of the corset on the worbla, and I cut it down to 1” bellow that line. I also cut and attached the shoulder Flanges.
4- I began to design and draw on the snake skin pattern. I found the basic design by googling “snake skin stencil” then blowing up the image. I used tracing paper and a soft pencil to transfer the design. Once I had everything laid out nicely, I went over it in pen just in case the pencil rubbed off.
5- I used an engraving tool ( This exact one:http://www.ebay.com/itm/Electric-Wood-Burning-Crafting-Tool-5-in-1-Leather-crafts-Cutting-Fushing-Darice-/141320784036?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20e76008a4) with the knife tip to cut/burn out the snakeskin. There will be smoke, so either do this part outside or wear a respirator (or both!) and make sure your canisters are for fumes, not particles like a dust mask etc. Save those for sanding.
6- Added little strips for some more detail, making the different sections look more intentional. I also at this point, used a hole pun to make the lacing holes at the center back.
7- I tried the collar on with the corset to make sure everything was fitting, and made little tweaks to various parts to make then a little better.
8- I applied 3 layers of Gesso (Sanding in-between) before I ran out and used some spray primer. This ended up being a mixed blessing as there was something wrong with the can and after a little use it started spewing powered paint. I ended up having to do extra sanding to get it off, but decided to leave it on the snakeskin part of the collar because I thought it added a nice textural contrast.
9- I painted the collar using the same method as the other parts of my look costume. I started with two coats of metallic acrylic paint (jacquard lumiere) followed by a layer of rub’n’buff. I used dry brushing, and watered down acrylic in black to add some shadows. The final step was a few coats of satin finish sealer (one of modpodge, two of clear kryolan spraypaint)
10- To finish the collar, I lined the neck, shoulder, and edges in moleskin for comport. I also painted a satin ribbon antique gold with some fabric paint to lace the back closed; because it seemed easier than going to the store again :)
I hope you enjoyed seeing my process for making the collar. If you try anything similar, be sure to send me pictures!
What if the Starks didn’t make stupid decisions? x
“Okay, I won’t trust you then”
this is the most beautiful thing i’ve ever seen
DEATH IS ON ITS WAY, HUMAN.
YOUR END SHALL BE PAINFUL
I KNOW YOU FEEL THIS
I AM ASSUMING DIRECT CONTROL.
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