Soon!

Finally I'm done with all parts of the armor for my ashei cosplay besides the corset! Have not yet decided if I want to wait until I've sewn the sweater and pants. It can probably work out anyways, because I know how high I want the pants and how thick the sweater will be.
Here are swatches of the fabrics I will use. I love the gray ribbing, it will be absolutely perfect!
 
 
 
Asheis headdress was the easiest to make! I heat molded it pn the plaster busts head with a hairdryer
 
 
I thought the collar would also be easy to do, but was very complicated to get into just because I have a lot of slope on my shoulders. The trapezius muscle is very prominent on me. It's sad when your physical body makes it difficult:(
 
 
Looks awful right now with all the small pieces and different colored craft foam pieces, but it will be not visible when the paint comes on, luckily.
 
 
 
As you can see my collar's not nearly as far out on the shoulders like hers, but I simply could not figure out how I would do it on my wacky sloping shoulders.
 
One thing I discovered when I worked at the collar and headdress was the hair. I've been planning to tint my hair black, and use black extensions that I already had at home to make Asheis hairstyle, but when I looked closely at the example in this picture, I saw that she has short hair in the back! Since I do not have the urge to cut my hair the plans got changed.
I found a nice long lace front wig at
Arda Wigs I thought could work for her hair. Lace front means that the hairline at the forehead and the ears looks more real, so no seam on the wig appears when the hair is set. Yet something new to learn, wig styling and cutting wigs!

The next step is therefore either to make the last armor part, style wig, or start sewing.
Probably it will be so that I order the fabrics next week. The lenses must be purchased and if I can afford it may also be so that I order the wig :)

Plasterbust

Yesterday I spent eight and a half hours in the school's sculpture studio to make a copy in plaster of my bust(from the shoulders and up).I'll use it for all sorts of things! Wig styling, building Quinas head, making Asheis headdress and collar as well as being narcissistic and look at myself every day.  I can not say enough how incredibly happy I am that I go to Konstfack; University college of arts crafts and design. All the cool workshops that you can use and all materials can be purchased on the spot! Of course you can do this at home too, as long as you protects your home from all the plaster and make sure to have all the tools at home that you need.
 
I'd booked a table for yesterday and today. Did not think I'd have to go there today but it all took longer than I thought.
 
My wonderful classmates who helped me! They did almost everything because I could just sit there and become smeared with alginate and plaster.
After covering my hair with plastic and smearing Vaseline all over my face we started applying alginate. Alginate is what dentists use to make casts of teeth, it brings up exact details!
Took a photo down the finished cast before we poured in the plaster, scary!
 
I do not know if this is actually called Mayo or if it's just a nickname because it looks like mayonnaise, but it was what we used to lubricate the mold with as the cast would come off later anyways. This can easily replaced with Helosan or Vaseline eg Something fat that does not destroy alginate or plaster!
I have no clue what this machine is called but it vibrates so that all the air in the plaster when you pour it into the mold bubbles up, super practical! If you don't own one of these, you tap the mold until it stops coming up bubbles.
We had made a far too thick form, but rather that than too thin so it breaks when you pour in the plaster! We worked like animals my little clone out.
Besides that it was a little crooked, I'm super happy! .
 
Since these photos were taken yesterday, I've put putty on all the cracks and the like and sanded away imperfections, so now it's drying. I'll probably get it tomorrow so I can make Asheis collar and headdress! If there is anyone who is interested in doing one of these and want to know more exactly step by step how it was made, there are many tutorials on the internet for this. This was the first time I did it and I'd probably have done many things differently if I did it again.
 
 
 
 

WIP II

After I got my joint filler I have finally been able to putty all the unsightly joints and be done with the armor for the forearms and left upper arm, calves, and shoes. This leaves headdress, collar and corset. I need to wait to make the corset because I need the clothes sewn to see how it will fit. I will start on the collar and headpiece next week when I will have a copy of myself in plaster from the shoulders upwards to try them on! Tomorrow I set off to my nice school and make a cast with the help of my friends. I will be able to shape the collar and headdress for ashei, but above all build Quinas head on it! I think the latter would be amost impossible otherwise.
More on this tomorrow.
Here are some pictures of some of the parts that are ready for PlastiDip spray and then painting!
 
the light gray parts that look a bit gritty, is the joint filler. It will be nice to not have all the wacky colors when they're finally painted.
 
 
 
 

WIP

With the lack of a better title, Work In Progress.
I haven't finished anything this week, but a little more detail on the calves have popped up,and I've also started on the upper arm-piece and the shoes!
Got besides shoes, a skin-colored silicone plug for my ear piercing so that it doesn't show.. Now you might be thinking "but is it really necessary?" YES! I'm a perfectionist :D


Making armorpattern is tough but also very rewarding when the ideas work in practice. Here you can see my arm in duct tape in the background, and a template for a part of the upper arm. It will have to be made in several parts then combined into one.
I truly believe that when you work with a material that isn't supposed to, as here, be rounded, you learn so much more. It's time consuming and it will only be good if I'm super picky. Should be fun to see if this will work!
I choose to only show very little of all the trouble I've had making the shoes. So hard to get it the way I wanted, but now it's shaping up. In this picture, I was unhappy with the toe, so it has been replaced in the next pictures.
As you can see, it is taped here and there because I do not want to glue the pieces to the shoes before I've painted them. Where it is tape on the purple parts and just below, I'll attach maybe velcro or some buttons to be able to get my foot in without a problem.
The only details I have so far been able to do.