Ishizu Ishtar
Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City

Cosplayer: XxSylentiumxX

Variant: (battle city)

Status: Complete

Condition: Not Set

16th October 2011: Gold belt I found this part to be quite a dilema as I was not sure how I could m ake a belt look believ and solid gold and to make it worse, it was a three teird :(. Howeve I founds some ideas on Youtube by use Duct tape to make belts from scratch (though most versions the belts looked flimsy). So I went In to discount shop and bought three plain belts , roughly the same length and cut the buckle and studs out. Next I measured four strips of Duct Tape to the length of the belts and overlapped them. I aligned the three belts with 5mm gap in between each belt and layed my Duct tape sheet over them then contiued wrap the tape around till completely covered.
I purchased some PVC gold stretch material off ebay, to be used to cover the belt to get the shiny metallic surface. First I had to measure the length and width for security, then used hot glue and carefully wrapped the belt around till the surfaces were completely covered.
afterwards then elastic was inserted in and sewing down along with velcro to fastern easily around the waist.

9th October 2011: head dress + dress Headress- was finshed under three days- mostly due to drying. My concern I found with the head piece was the clay crumbling away from frequent movement. However, I found a few tutorials on papeier mache and sealing foam sheets armour by using abndage material. So I cut the thin strips of bandage and diluted glue and started appling layers to thicken the surface andto creature texture. I used my hairdryer speed it up and applied five layers of pva glue to ensre that the clay would be secure . When the headress dried I used two layers of gold acrlyic paint and mixed black with some of the painting to create a defination for the motif in the centre. Added the finishing touches by using diluted PVA as a varnish. Whilst waiting for the glue the dry, next day I made the beads for the bottom of the head dress out of Polymer clay. Orginally I was going to use air drying clay, but later found that it was bulky to stay upright on the head dress. Luckly in my local art shop they had gold polymer glay similar to my scheme:)
Figuring out how the headress was going to stay against my forehead all days was a little diffcult , but with trial and error I found it was more effective flexible for it to be attatch to a ellasticated band. Hoping it work , I used a large amount of fabric glue and left it over night to dry over .

Dress- The dress was slightly more simple than making jewellery as the shape I chosen was Grecian- styled dress. Although the reference picture shows that the dress is more wrapped around than straight, I felt it the style I chose was more flattering for my proportions. I bought 5m of Jersey cotton and tripled my measurements to achieve a more 'floaty' effect. I split the material into panels so that the top half the dress was more fitted towards the chest than the bottom half.
Afterwards I sewed the elstatic in from the top half and middle section, then hemmed and lightly pressed the seams flat.

14th September 2011: Gold bands THis part I have struggled with becauase to make gold look realistic and curve round the arm, with out gaps feels impossible. However I wandered into to my local art shop and found out that they sell paper-thin sheets brass metal used for embossing that is cuttable and can bend easily on a roll. ^^ I measured my arm (both the upper and the wrist) and cut them out and put the pieces on a foam backing for comfort. Issues still remain that the upper band tends to slide off regardless of the velcro fastening thats been applied. *le sigh*
Will have to sort out at a later stage

10th September 2011: making the headress and millenium necklace - I didn't know what to make the jewellery out of since it had to be durable and strong enough to last for all day. So I bought air drying clay and got to work on them in the evening. To support it I used card board as a based and cut roughly to hsape of the pieces. Since the head dress was quite detailed; I had to work parts of design in sections and smooth parts of over to remove any trapped air with in the clay. Next day, it had completely dried left some cracks and wobbled slightly :S

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SamanthaKaiba - 21st September 2011
progress is looking good and air dry clay is a pain to work with

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XxSylentiumxX - 21st September 2011
thank you, I appreciate it :) I know especially at the drying stage drying stages , but I just realized that polymer clay would of worked even better... D'oh >.<

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Pandora-Chi - 22nd September 2011
Oooh the progress of the jewellery is looking great Vanesssa!! :D I'm super excited to wanna cosplay with you -^^- I need to decide which YGO cosplay though - If I decide Duelist kingdom Mai, it means more work -_- and if battle city Mai, I have to remake parts of it as I lost or damaged some parts of the outfit T^T Joey is still a back up :) xx

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Pandora-Chi - 9th November 2011
I was so impressed with all your genious ways to make Ishizu's outfit - I wouldn't have thought of those ideas for the jewellery and bling 0.0 When I make my one, I know I'm gonna run to for advice =b Seriously upload those photos girl! People need to see all your hard work on the final outcome =b x

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XxSylentiumxX - 12th November 2011
I thanks Ellen, it take me a while to get the hang of it but it worked out pretty well afterwards. I know duct tapes seems to be quite random to use but I never realise the many uses it has! Lol if you need help I be happy to assist either way XD

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Street-Angel - 12th November 2011
Wish I'd seen you in this, you make a fabulous Ishizu <3

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XxSylentiumxX - 12th November 2011
Aw thank you very much >w< There was alot going on the saturday I didn't get yours either :( But I'll wearing this again for sure ^^

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SamanthaKaiba - 12th November 2011
Love this so suit her very well

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j_mercuryuk - 12th November 2011
This looks amazaing. I love the dress, it's very pretty and the jewellery (especially the head piece) looks fantastic. Love it all.

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Plasticsharkattack - 12th November 2011
This is really beautiful, well done!

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Pandora-Chi - 12th November 2011
I know I have already said this loads but I'll say it again - you made a wonderful and beautiful Ishizu!! 8D It was so fun taking the photos and next time I so wanna wear Mai to have photos with you!! and hope that when I get to Ishizu it'll be half as amazing as yours xx

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XxSylentiumxX - 28th November 2011
@ Samatha Kaiba : Thank you very much, im happy tt you like it:)

@j_mercuryuk: aw that means alot as I was hoping did the outfit justice ( especially getting the jewellery right ) , thanks ^^

@ Plastic Anime : thank you I appreciate it ^^
@ Pandora : Thank you for being my photographer some of pics really made jewllery glitter which I am thankful for - we have to do a group cosplay and take same some together too XD I would be happy to help if you are thinking about doing this version :D

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FusionRose - 28th April 2012
I thought this looked so beautiful on you! Gorgeous =D <3 x.

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XxSylentiumxX - 1st May 2012
Aw thank you very much! ^^

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rosieroo - 20th July 2012
OH MY GOSH i remember you i saw this cosplay i was the cinderella in the disney group

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KiraraYumi - 3rd September 2012
Aah, hey there! 8D I didn't know you were looking for me on here, I woulda given you my username! xD
I loved meeting you too, you make a really gorgeous Ishizu and I'm so happy I got to hang out with you at Kita! Hope we can do something together again sometime! 8D

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PandoraCaitiff - 15th November 2013
Oooh pretty costume! You look fab, and you've done a great job on the crown/head-dress thingy :)