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Sif from Journey into Mystery. 

Journey into Mystery was my first ever comic and Sif was my first superhero love and the character that got me into Marvel comics! She’s such a strong, smart and sassy woman and totally inspires me! I loved being able to bring her to life (and on the Boston commons which was fun because I was essentially a tourist attraction) 

Basic Bracers Tutorial

This is a beginners guide to basic bracers for armor. I am doing Sif’s Bracers from Thor: The Dark World!

This is a simple process that is great for anyone starting to get in to cosplay armor.

You will need:

  • Construction paper
  • Craft foam- 2 sheets
  • Hot glue and hot glue gun
  • Elastic
  • Silver metallic acrylic paint
  • Black acrylic paint
  • puffy paint

All of these materials can be found at any craft store!

Lets begin!

First I figured how I wanted my bracers to look with construction paper. I made sure the construction paper fit my arm the way I wanted them to then cut out the pattern on to the craft foam.

The foam is now cut out. I took some elastic and made sure that there was extra elastic so that it can be hot glued to the foam.

I hot glued two strips of elastic for each bracer. They looked like this when its done:

Now, it is time to paint and detail

I did a few layers of silver and then used puffy paint to paint on details. Sif’s bracers are hard to see the details so I made a simple design as a border!

To make the bracers look more realistic and used I dry brushed black on the bracer. 

*Dry brushing is when you take your paintbrush and put a little bit of paint on it and wipe the extra of so you are left with a barely any pigment left on the brush. Then it is applied to the piece and it shows very thin lines of pigment. You can add a another layer of dry brushed paint if you want more.

If you add too much black while dry brushing then you can dry brush some of silver back over it and it will eventually balance itself out.

And here it is! All done!

Very simple and not very time consuming!

Much love!

~ GuardianCosplays!


Lady Sif’s Armour Cosplay Refs and Help.

As pepakura files do not exist for this as far as I know I can only give you generic tutorials for her armour. It’s important to note that I believe the tunic/whatever it is, under the armour is red/burgundy leather and beneath that a chainmail one the same length. I can give you chain mail links too as that covers the armour part of it. D: I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

Sif Armour Questions: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Breastplate/Chest Armour Tutorials: 12, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Shoulder Armour Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

Bracer/Arm Armour Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.

Knee/Upper Thigh Armour Tutorials: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

For these you can either have them attached to her boots or have them as seperate pieces.

Chainmail Tutorials/Ideas: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.

Some of these are tutorials, others are fabric options which will be less time consuming. 

Other things to add to this would be her sword and shield. But as this was just armour I assume you have those covered!

I hope this helps in some way!

Basic Sword Tutorial!

This is specifically how I made Sif’s sword from Thor 2 but the same ideas will work for a basic sword.

This is a beginners guide on how to make a sword. This is great for anyone just starting to make swords and can be adapted to many different kinds of weapons.

Here is what I used:

  • 1 or 2 sheets of 12x18 Craft foam 
  • Cardboard 
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Sharpie/ Marker
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic Paint- I used Brown, Silver, Black and Gold
  • Puffy paint


  • Rags/ scrap fabric
  • Red Cord

Lets go!

So first I created my pattern out of construction paper and then traced it on to the craft foam.

Then I got some cardboard and made sure it was going to smaller than my piece.

I traced my purple template on to my cardboard and then create a dotted line about 1/3 of an inch in all the way around the inside of the tracing. 

Just for a reference this is what it looks like compared to the purple template. 

Alright! Now trace two the purple template twice on your foam, like this: 

Cut the pieces out and then place the cardboard in the middle. 

Now it is time to hot glue everything together. I glued the cardboard on both sides and then sealed up the edges so it could be as flat as I could make it. 

Now it’s time to paint. Sif’s sword is darker in the middle than on the edges so I used some left over brown paint to just do the detailing in the middle. Also to create the blade effect I dry brushed outside the middle starting from the center and going outward.

Everything is painted and the sides are dry burshed.

So next is my handle. I used a cardboard tube. Make sure it fits your hand the way you want it to. to prevent it from squishing when you grip the handle I put in scrap pieces of fabric and glued the tops and bottoms so it would stay in place. Keep room at the top (and inch or so) for the next step.

Also I added some poster paper or you can use thick paper or bendable cardboard at the bottom to make the pommel (end bit of the sword so your hands don’t slide off.)

**Not pictured per say.**

Okay so now with that top part of the hilt/ guard. I pinched the top inch of the hilt and hot glue it together. 

Then as picture below I placed the handle of the sword to the actual blade. 

Now for stability for the sword I cut out some card board and hot glued it to each side. I wanted my sword to be a bit raised here. If you don’t want this to be like this the you can used wires or put cardboard on the inside of the hilt to sword to make it stronger. 

Once that is glued on both sides of the blade I used puffy paint and started detailing one side at a time.

Here is one side done with detalis. 

Now it is time to paint. I use three coats of silver paint you may want to use more or less depending on what you make. 

Now it’s time to dry brush with black so the details and raised parts are more prominent.

Now I used red cord to make the hilt look nicer. I used a thin layer of hot glue to keep it on. 

And then you sould be done. Here is mine all done and wonderful!



Hey guys! 
So I headed over to Arclight Cinemas to take a buttload of pictures of Loki’s costume, since I will be making it soon, and I figure I may as well get Fandral’s and Sifs too!

Then I uploaded them to share with you guys – cause I know what its like to make a costume WITHOUT references. 

PLEASE NOTE: I had so much trouble with the glare off the display cases. It was way hard to get pictures because of it. I did my best!!! And the cinema would not allow me to stand on level with the costumes either. :/

Hope it helps anyway!! 




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Sif from Thor 2 Reference Images

Sources in Order:


Mr. Sgt. Calhoun and Fix-It-Felicia Rule 63 Cosplay with friends and family.

coregeeknet as Mr. Sgt. Calhoun (costume, props by coregeek)

photogeekgirl as Fix-It-Felicia

the-ginger-snapp as Fierce Deity Link  (costume, props by coregeek)

fezhead11 as King Thranduil (sword, crown and brooch by coregeek)

Beverly Downen as Lady Sif (

teadrunktailor as Witches Guard Winkie

Top Photo by: Beat Down Boogie

Photos by: The Will Box as labelled

Sif and Calhoun photo by:

Bottom photo by: the-ginger-snapp

Remainng photos by: photogeekgirl