Cosplay progress for tonight! I’ve really gotten back into the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix, and Lirael is a character I’ve wanted to cosplay for a long time. There are a lot of things about her outfit that involve skills that I want to learn/practice (leatherworking, casting, goldwork, possibly even shoe making?) so I decided, screw it, now’s as good of a time as any to start working on pieces for her.
Right now I’m working on a soapstone Dog! This is one night’s progress carving with a hand knife and a dremel attachment for the area around the legs. It’s funny because she’s described numerous times petting it like a real dog, and like… I didn’t realize soapstone would feel so nice to hold. It’s got a nice weight to it and feels very silky – I can totally see why Lirael would want to hang on to a little figurine like this.
I think this particular model might have to be a practice piece, because there’s a large, hard inclusion in the back where the shoulder blades should be that seems to go fairly deep into the stone. I’m not sure I can work around it, but I have two other stone blocks to practice with.
Progress from last night! I have to hand sew the braid onto the bottom edge of the wig, but otherwise the Amethyst wig is done! It is an Arda Grace Classic in Dark Lavender with matching long wefts for the braid, tinted slightly with red RIT Dyemore. The plastic pieces are tinted Transpart, with cellophane and mylar adhered to the underside of the Transpart with Elmer’s spray adhesive.
I’ll be wearing Amethyst this Sunday at Cosplay America!
Amethyst progress for tonight! I modified the Moonstone pattern from Heycutsew for the uniform, and the Transpart pieces for the wig are coming along. Now that the uniform is finished I can focus on getting the wig done for this weekend!
More progress on Carmen’s mask! I made a silicone mold of the exterior with Moldstar 20T, with a two-part mother mold out of plaster bandages. I did a slush cast of the inside with some Ecoflex 00-20, but things turned out a lot bumpier on the inside than I had hoped. I’m trying to even out the thickness in the back of the cap by doing a second coat of Ecoflex and pressing it into the back of the mold with a balloon. I’m kind of bummed I couldn’t find a non-latex balloon so I included a layer of plastic wrap between the balloon and the Ecoflex so that the latex wouldn’t interfere with the cure of the silicone. Hopefully I’ll be able to demold tomorrow night!
Current progress on Carmen’s chest piece! I decided I wanted to cast one out of pink Ecoflex so that I won’t have to worry about any modesty issues. This will also let me like… put the boobs wherever I want in relation to the rest of my torso, because hers sit up really high as if they’re supported by a corset even though her corset is extremely open in the front. So I’ll end up wearing two corsets for this – one for actual support and waist cinching, then the chest piece, then the costume corset on the outside.
My headcast mold also covers my collarbone and shoulders so it was a really good shape to start with. I love Monster Clay because you can melt it in the oven and pour it into a mold, then tweak the shape as it cools. It saved me a lot of work on having to sculpt my neck and collarbones! I still have a lot of finishing to do but I think this is the general shape I want.
More Carmen progress. I thiiink what I’ll be doing once I finish the sculpt is to make a mold, then paint in a layer of Ecoflex all over, then reinforce the front of the mask with some brush-on resin so the facial features won’t get distorted. I need to do some experimenting to see how thick the Ecoflex needs to be strong, but I’ve got some gauzey fabric I can include in the casting to help protect it against tears.
Getting some use out of my headcast! I definitely want to do lots of stuff with it but I figured Carmen’s mask would be a good starting sculpt since it doesn’t have a lot of complicated shapes or texture. Once the sculpt is done I’ll make a mold and probably brush in some resin to keep everything lightweight.