Been a while since I updated my progress on Riju. The outfit is 90% done, the accessories just need a paint touch up and sealing, and….the Thunder Helm is still unstarted. I want to finish all of her I’m the next 3 days so wish me luck.
so for my gerudo vai cosplay i got this really nice light Viscose for the blue parts, anyone got tips on how to put the white patterns on there? i heard from a friend you can use acrylics to paint patterns onto fabric so im testing that out rn, tho im not sure how durable and even washable thats gonna be google is also not being very helpful rn so rip me
With Fabrication done it was time to get painting and detailing done. Everyone has their own way of sealing foam up, Personally I use a spray paint black primer and do 2-3 layers.
Normally after that I use model paint acrylics but because of the details on the paint job I added a silver spray paint base. It was a good call because when I made a mistake with the acrylics not only could I fix it with a wet q tip, I could also use the q tip removal to do the actual detailing on smooth edges.
I would later glue tinted fabric to hide these edges
For the cracked chest I taped the underside with several layers of clear packing tape and then poured yellow resin on top carefully moving it around to fill the gaps. Once it dried I was able to peal the tape off from the underside creating the effect.
Most of the gold effects I actually used a gold flake pen for. You can find them near the spray paint in most stores. First time using one so I had to go back over with a little silver to fix the mistakes you see here. But the gold flake pen worked better than expected over the paint.
Next came the gold edging. I’m a big fan of using 3d puff paint (t shirt paint) for these. The bottles usually allow you to do lines fairly well and the paint remains malleable for a bit allowing you to go back over it (Next to it with careful force) with a small tongue depressor to smooth edges.
I still hate my paint job on the cracked breastplate. But the other turned out pretty well. Puff paint for edging and acrylics for the middle.
For the Gerudo fabric I took some white fabric scraps I had and sewed them together and turned them inside out to be long strips. Then I took some earl grey tea, and used the used the tea bag to stain each strip twice. Allowing them to dry in between staining. Tea coloring can’t be beat for that weathered look on fabric/parchment.
I went back to the puff paint for the designs after fabric gluing the strips into the design I needed. However I applied the puff paint with a paintbrush instead of pushing it out allowing for a flat design that still pops. You need to clean your brush immediately if you do this or you’ll really hafta scrub it to clean it later as puff paint likes to stick in the bristles. But its an effective application method.
Skip forward a bit applying the puff paint edging to ALL (Frickin heck) pieces I added small gems I bought and glued them on before taking the puff paint and dabbing small drops all around them for the flowered effect. (They sink as they dry). This shot was done before applying that to the front 2 gems.
Having tested out the fitting of the leather underneath it was time to glue both the leather and the fabric on to the shoulder piece. I used fabri-tac glue after roughing up the leather a bit for a better hold.
Also took this moment to finish the back detailing. Dammit almost none of you get to see this but I know its there!
The details of the cape was going to be too much to duplicate freehand for me… so I made a stencil…
The circle was for reference.
I needed to secure the stencil more before using the gold spray paint. However I would go back later with black puff paint and sharpen all the edges of both sides of the spray job. Turned out better than I had hopped in the end, and saved a ton of time.
I would fade the edging of the puff paint better with another coat.
time to focus on the undershirts. A child’s sweatshirt turned into the top armor, I doubled over some fake fur and rolled the edge before sewing both on and then sewing the red thread that is present on the sleeves.
Velcro is your friend! The Armguards attach directly to the Gerudo cloth which was sewn unto the undershirt. Its a fast way to add them as the last piece of armor without needing to ‘attach’ anything around your cat’s (Pets) sensitive legs.
Both shirts done. The longsleeve goes on first with the sweatshirt on over.
The neck piece has a simple piece of elastic in the back. It was more comfortable for the cat than attaching it to the breastplate properly so this decision was made even if you can see fur on some pictures.
Next we did a test fitting to see the placement of the velcro for the chest piece…
and also the velcro placement for the shoulder piece to latch unto.
Once we had that all figured out and the velcro secure. I attached the cape to the leather under the shoulder as I had left a small piece near the collar not glued down.
Finally was sewing the eyebrows unto the wig. I pulled wool yarn apart and styled it around strings to make the rolled hair look. Each strip of hair attaching to a thin piece of foam. For the sideburns I rolled pulled yarn around with glue on the foam. Then I glued the loose fur on the backside and pulled it back in a flair. Afterwards I made a head harness with elastic and leather that glued on under everything securing solidly.
There is a plastic jug side holding the painted foam in place with the edges sewn unto the base. the metal rods actually hold both sides and are secured via the head harness that was glued on. Each gem was sewn to the chain and then hand sewn to the wig after being attached to the large gem.
The eyebrows are connected via a small piece of thread for easier posing.
It slips right on over his chin and ears, you hafta fix the whiskers immediately but I gave his ears plenty of room so it wont irritate him.
And there you have it. A truncated 2 part tutorial of the process we went through to bring you all “Ga’nyan’dorf”
The other day someone told me that might want to cosplay the Gerudo Midna I drew a while ago and asked for permission and I’m all secretly like well shit I should draw a better reference/design so Gerudo Midna looks less like a Nabooru clone.
I was not expecting the Gerudo Midna and Zant doodle to get as much notes as it did. If anyone is seriously contemplating on cosplaying something I design just hit me up and I’ll draw a detailed reference for you.
My Nabooru cosplay progress! The necklace is made out of some sort of ribbon trim from Joann’s Fabric and I just glued rhinestones in it lol. The arm bands I got from Payless they were 10 dollars each which is complete bull shit but I glued on some more rhinestones and viola it’s bootyful. (Shoes from Payless also 25 dollars). The crown jewel I made is from paper I got the origami pattern offline I painted it pink then sprayed it with a polyurethane spray to make it shiny. I then took trim I bought from Joann’s Fabric and glued it to the bottom.
This is for my nabooru belt jewel. I made the casing out of polymer clay and baked it in the oven for about and hour and a half due to the thickness and craft smart clay bakes at the temperature 275 degrees Fahrenheit. The casings have been painted with gesso so the silver spray paint I’m getting will stick well to the surface. How I plan to attach the jewel will be shown in a layer post but for now I’ve gotten up to these steps :) the fortune cookie is for a cosplay motivator and remember don’t give your soul to satan for this cosplay
Omg this has major modifications to go through but I think it turned out pretty good…just look at it from far away lol :p.
So I glued the gem and the screws into the clay with that silver tube of clear glue that says E-6000. I have no idea of the properties of this glue or if its gonna be strong enough to withstand the weight, but I hope it does 😳
The 2 chainz I got have lobster claw clamps that are going to attach to the screws, all I have to do now is wait for the glue to dry and hope for the best!!!