5th May 2013: Hunting knives improved For the hunting knives, I had originally just added some wood stain, but then watching again, I decided to add some white and black acrylic paint and then to sand it down to give it a few more tones and to make it look a bit more rustic. I also drilled into and added the 'nail heads' for each and gave them a metal and black effect. Just a bit of fussing, but it looks much better now!
5th May 2013: Third hatchet I made a second small hatchet as part of my upgrade. It took a day to make and the head is as closely matched to the first as I could make it- but it came out neater! I've also added more paint detail to the hunting knives and am going to make some new boots for a photoshoot at Warwick Castle next weekend.
15th February 2013: Fastenings on doublet I couldn't find anything remotely similar to his fastenings, so I painted some mirror brackets, picture hooks and D rings and made my own... XD
12th February 2013: Hunting knife pouch and shoulder piece Finished the knives and pouch and the shoulder piece now. I've also customised the belts now and have made even more patterns for the last few pieces of the costume.
12th February 2013: Trousers These are the suede trousers I'll be wearing. I dyed the fabric a shade darker and they're fitted with a zip for ease, because I haven't had time to practise making a lace close front. So I just added the effect over the top instead for this costume (it's mostly covered anyway. Then I embroidered the triangle pattern down the front of the legs by hand. The embroidery only goes just below the knee because I'll be wearing long boot covers.
12th February 2013: Dyeing fabric All my fabric is dyed and the trousers are almost done. Ready to make the shirt and the last props over the next few days.
3rd February 2013: Large axe This is the final base of the large axe. It took me so many attempts to be happy with the axe head and after rewatching the film frame by frame, I found out the opposite end to the blade has an odd shape. It's all painted up now and ready for final touches.
26th January 2013: Doublet almost done I've added on the sleeve caps and have finished most of the embroidery now. The edge is finished off with a sort of blanket stitch and I've started to distress the leather and wear it down. Very pleased with it so far, despite how long it seems to have taken!
21st January 2013: Back of doublet Back of the doublet finished. Leather and faux leather all hand stitched with embroidery thread.
18th January 2013: Doublet test Pieces of leather and faux leather cut out and then masking taped together (to avoid ugly pin holes and to get the fit right! ;)) to check the shapes match up. I've also done a stitching test to make sure that I can sew it together by hand with embroidery thread just as the actual costume has been, rather than machine sewing it!
I've also made a shirt pattern, brought dye to tone down the shirt and have tested the leather to see how best to age and stain it.
(Hoorah for snow days!)
13th January 2013: Wood staining on axe and knife handles The result of finishing carving and sanding down the weapon handles and the first two layers of wood stain and wax.
Once dry the handles will be ready for the axe heads to be moulded around them and maybe a layer of varnish depending on the finish.
12th January 2013: Wood work One handle for the larger hatchett, two smaller throwing axes and hunting knives to go in the pouch on the first belt. I decided to just do the knife blades in wood, as they won't be seen. There's still some bumps to smooth out, but these are the basic shapes. Will be staining the wood tomorrow, distressing them, then making the polymorph axe heads to nail and glue on.
10th January 2013: Fabrics The fabrics for the doublet, shoulder piece, shirt, scarf, belts and knife pouch. Going to distress everything once it's made to give everything a worn, rugged sort of feel. [The shirt and scarf came out a bit bright here, but they're quite muted, though I'll be dirtying them up anyway!]
9th January 2013: Prep work Patterns done, have five types of faux leather, one type of leather, polymorph plastic, belt buckles, studs, clasps, scarf and shirt material. Sewing work begins tomorrow!
ThisIsLisaB - 6th February 2013
I am very excited for this! :D
HarryKurt - 6th February 2013
Thank you! I just can't wait to have it finished. XD
HarryKurt - 18th February 2013
Thanks so much, Stephen! :) It was lovely hanging out with you and you looked amazing as always.
I didn't realise you could add awards to costume until now, so thanks for pointing that out! XD I have some editing to do then...
ChibiMatsu - 18th February 2013
You two were amazing, thanks for the conversation when we were queing up
HarryKurt - 18th February 2013
Thank you very much! :D You were great too, loved your moves. :)
Ranma1-2 - 18th February 2013
I just came across a vid of your stage performance in the masquerade
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Great to see this cuz I missed seeing it on the day. :)
HarryKurt - 19th February 2013
Ahh, thank you very much! I'll have to watch everyone's performances tonight then. That's the only downside with competing in the masquerade- you miss everybody else! Cheers for linking me. :)
Rift Mage Cosplay - 25th February 2013
Congrats on your win! I was sitting in the front like 0.0
Fantastic costumes, they made me... very happy :D
HarryKurt - 25th February 2013
Thank you so much! It's nice to find some SWATH fans out there. :)
Sephirayne - 2nd March 2013
Great costumes and congrats on the win ^_^
HarryKurt - 3rd March 2013
Thank you very much! :D
Plasticsharkattack - 4th March 2013
I love this movie SO much and you look amazing! congrats!
HarryKurt - 4th March 2013
Thank you! :D I just had to do this after seeing the costume designs from that movie.
Fizzykat - 4th March 2013
excellent costume! congrats on the win!! x
HarryKurt - 4th March 2013
Thank you so much! :'D It was a fun day.
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