Kili quiver is done, coat is nearly there. It needs the edging, the fur, toggles, and (if I have time) the embossing on the sleeves. But in the mean time, I love this thing. It’s freakin sturdy- it could go all the way over the Misty Mountains. It’s heavy leather, all hand stitched, and makes my build look very dwarf like. And someday when I’ve worn Kili enough, I can cut apart the coat and reuse it to justify my insistence on using so much real leather on one costume!
I’ve got a coat of primer on my Kili sword. I’ll be lightly sanding it, priming some more, maybe adding some shellac, and then starting the top coat. After that I mainly need to cover the hilt with leather (the ridges on it will show through and hopefully look sweet) and weather the paint- I already put several scuffs and gashes into the blade, so hopefully it looks well used.
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!
Look at this! It’s crazy sweet! Never would have thought about using a wood burner/knife attachment to cut out all those details.
I started working on this bugger (Kili’s sword) months ago, but was deterred by the new material (MDF), how to work it, etc. Well, my awesome husband bought me a router, showed me how to use it, and pushed me to keep trying. So, I finally managed to bevel the edges and blood groove. It’s not all smooth since I did a lot of it freehand, but I’m hoping some bondo will help me me fix most of that. Luckily, his sword is pretty dinged up and will help hide that. On to adding the hilt and then priming.
Oh yeah, Dragon*Con is in 30 days. *panicked breathing*
Hey guys! I’m booking private photoshoots at Dragon*con again this year for those who are interested.
Slots are for morning-early afternoon; after that I change over into cosplayer mode. But I’m happy to work with you to find a time that works for both of us. If nothing else – ask! I always try…
Siffy offering very reasonably priced photoshoots again! Which means me and Wonwon will probably be tagging along holding lights, bags, providing early warning when security is approaching (ahem, see photoshoot with “Khan” at DC13.) Get them while you can!
I made an ice dagger for my Elsa costume twistt! We’re still not revealing what the Princess Twist for this year is, but this doesn’t give anything away. I cast it using clear resin, and I think the look is fairly ice-like :) I still need to attach the hilt, which will be silver or white, but the dagger is nice and small for wherever I end up strapping it.
Working with leather- my fave! I’m in the process of wet forming Kili’s quiver, which I will also have to attach his scabbard to. I also picked up some gorgeously soft veg tanned leather that I did a dye test on today, trying to figure out which shade to go with. It’s difficult because Kili’s coat looks different in various pictures- everything from a light greenish grey to a medium/dark brown. I can’t pick! In the mean time my craft room smells like leather, which one of the best smells ever.
THESE TWO. I was trying to get my lighting set up, so I told them, “Tell each other a story or something.” And of course they launch into this adorable in-character rendition of Jack explaining what it means to be a guardian and Rapunzel telling him how badly she’s always wanted to go see the floating lights. STAHHHP being so cute you guys seriously
I can picture this perfectly, because Wonwon and Tim are practically Disney characters themselves. They’re so cute I want to slap them. In a loving way.