29th March 2012: the Dress I was a little worried about the dress , which was I left the sewing part till last ( not a wise decision^^;) I had to use three different patterns in order to achieve the right style for Pandora’s dress :
medieval pattern for the sleeves
short dress top pattern
wedding dress set for a long trail for the skirt
I started off with making the skirt as the trail will take up the most fabric and I could evaluate how much would be needed for both top and sleeves. I had to readjust the pattern as I found that trail was not long enough for my height. So far, the skirt alone took 4m of Black Crepe Satin and 4m white cotton for the lining. It was very confusing at first, trying pair the right panels to the skirt as they nearly all looked the same @_@ It came together once I had laid both the lining and fabric together, and proceed with ruffling over 12m of white cotton.
The top took the longest to finish as there were a few complications. The neckline turned out to be too wide for the ruffled collar so I put elastic in the seam to draw it in. Turned out it was too big so I had to gather the stitching manually but the collar was too heavy to stay upright. Eventually I decided that I would make the ruffle collar into a detachable shawl which can be concealed by the corset.
17th March 2012: Trident (part 2) I fixed this problem, by binding the faults in masking tape and then creating cast. I then layering the surface with newspaper and glazing it with linseed oil and PVA glue. When dried I resurfaced the shape the white Acrylic Gesso paint to even out the creases and then spray painted the surface in silver and black for the hilt. To make it look slightly more realistic, combined black, dark green and navy acrylic paint and worked into the creases with a tooth brush for a weathering effect . This was glazed with mod podge for a high gloss shine for finishing touches.I then used an adjustable feather duster handle as my staff base and coated in black paint:)
11th March 2012: Trident Head (progress) I had fun making this! Especially that I never made a trident before. I started off by analysing the shape to make it three dimensional and made a flat template out of cardboard for base. Then cut two more versions for both the front and the back so that they can be divided into section for the relief. There were a few problems that did arise, for example parts of the cardboard were too thick to fit or some of the edges didn’t meet properly.
24th February 2012: Corset (part2)
Next part was making a the two halves of the corset meet. I made a buckle which was part of the corset and used straps to attach them together with ease . On the design, shows a snake that coils around from the back to front. I was worried on how I was to achieve this without it breaking from creasing. I came across method by using hot glue as relief. What did was drew out my design across 10 sheets of A4 paper and stuck them together in a line. I then used 9 packs of Glue Sticks and carefully filled in the shape drew, then sandpapered the bumps for a smoother finish when cooled. . The remaining glue I used to attach the snake relief on to the corset.
I then primed the surfaces with Mod podge with 5 layers every 20mins for a even, textured coverage, then used Metallic spray paint to achieve the overall colour which was desired.
19th February 2012: Corset (part1) This part I found one of the most complicated pieces for this outfit… Especially that this corset had protect only one half of the bust. Firstly, I needed to make a custom pattern for an underbust corset. I used some wrapping paper to template my pattern and then transferred each panel onto 6 xA3 size foam card till it made the required shape. I then used the remaining pieces of craft foam cut into long strips to support the underside of the panels together without it sliding. To strengthen the corset further I used the same pattern to create a fabric backing. I used a mixture of Pva + fabric glue slightly diluted with water. I dowsed the surface of the corset with glue and laid the fabric evenly. To speed up the drying process, I used my Hairdryer on high heat for a few minutes, which made the surface solid :)
13th February 2012: Gauntlet Gauntlet
To make my gauntlet , I used a fingerless glove and mounted card board on each of the knuckles . For the bracers and knuckle plate – I used crafting foam and mounted the trimmings with extra layers. I then covered the rough edge with a hot glue gun and began priming the surface with PVA Glue. When dried, I used Brilliant metallic chrome spray paint and then attached elastic to the inside of the bracer for extra support.
4th February 2012: Hell's Necklace
I used two sections of sculpey and divided them up in smaller pieces for the beads and the ‘teeth’ sections. Made each jewellery part had a large hole as the clay would retract once put into the oven. After, I glazed the pieces with mod podge and painted black acrylic for the beads and gold for teeth sections.
21st January 2012: Snake Garter I found this asset quite tricky to deal with as I was uncertain as to how to make belt stay upon my leg . However I experimented and use to Insulation tubing and moulded the shape with gun. I formed the strip into a coil and hot glued parts of the coil fit more snugly around the leg. Afterwards, I primed with mod Podge glue and used purple metallic acrylic when dried.
17th January 2012: Armbands + choker + snake ring These were not too difficult to do as I was making them out of Crafting Foam. To create a raised surface, I used hot glue to trace around the edges. When cooled down, I used Mod Podge to prime the surface and after 20mins between each coat (3 in total)I then used silver acrylic to paint over the each asset. For weathering I used a combination of Dark blue , cool grey and green to create the rusted effect, then glazed over with diluted PVA glue.
Armbands were attached round with elastic and the Choker was attached together with Velcro.
I wasn’t really sure how to go about making the snake ring as I needed it to be solid and yet curve
gently around my hand. From research I found, Filmo clay has more flexible properties than sculpey.
It was difficult at first, to make the coil work as it needed it to be wide enough to work – broke at least three times before this worked . May need to figure out alternative options for this to work.
Pandora-Chi - 29th November 2011
I'm sorry I keep spamming your costumes but I'm so excited to see you do Pandora! 8D Make Pandora proud! ^O~
XxSylentiumxX - 5th December 2011
Its totally fine lol I'm excited too - I just don't know where to start! Yes sir I'll make you Proud!! *_*
Pandora-Chi - 29th April 2012
I was so super impressed and blown away by all that hard work you did on Pandora! (even though there was some costume failures ^^;) You have really inspired me to wanna cosplay with you as Athena for this! Well done lovely, u looked amazing! x
XxSylentiumxX - 1st May 2012
Thanks Ellen! I'm going to spend time re doing some of it so I can wear it again though.I don't think it came out badly for 3 months work though. pleeeeeease do Athena - it would totally awesome XD Never know I might attempt one of the knights if Im brave enough!
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