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Seleko
09-16-2010, 07:47 PM
I'm working on my first cosplay as toon link and i really can't figure out what material would make the best belt buckle (its round yellow with a black swirl). I tried to sculpt one out of clay and it turned out bad. maybe i should retry? or just a fabric one? i don't know. Any suggestions would be wonderful. T-T

Reisana-chan
09-16-2010, 07:52 PM
Cardboard can be really awesome if used right :) you could cover it in fabric or even paint it if you wanted to. If you type in Toon Link in the search box some costume will come up and you can get some other ideas by looking at what other cosplayers did too ^^~

~Haku~
09-16-2010, 10:16 PM
I would probably make one out of some polymer clay, bake it, and paint it how I would want it to look.

Is this the sort of clay that you had used?

Seleko
09-17-2010, 12:23 AM
I used sculpy. :/

~Haku~
09-17-2010, 01:13 AM
I used sculpy. :/

Yeah! That's one of the biggest brands for polymer clay.

What about your sculpt turned out poorly.

Noose
09-17-2010, 01:17 AM
I would suggest 2 things.

Polymer clay is a great one, because it is very easy to build dimension and it's stiff. I would start with a slab of even clay and use a cup to cut out the circle. If you have an ex-acto knife set it's very easy to bevel in the details. But I suppose a toothpick, spoon, and unserrated knife would suffice.

Also, polystyrene is a very cheap alternative. Its a tad tougher to carve and sculpt, but theres no baking and its incredibly light and durable. There's craft polystyrenes available at practically every craft store ever.

yamibakura03
09-17-2010, 12:33 PM
Thats weird I used Sculpy too for my Belt Buckle. You can also try fun foamies sold at wal-mart. Just make the shape and used hot glue to make a dimension but thats to much.

Seleko
09-17-2010, 03:52 PM
Yeah! That's one of the biggest brands for polymer clay.

What about your sculpt turned out poorly.

It just didn't look like i wanted it and was really hard to sculpt. D: But i will try again with the sculpy and try to use Noose's cup idea. :) hopefully this one will look better and if not i will try the polystyrene. the rest of the costume is really coming along great, just that stupid buckle... D:<

Thanks for all the suggestions. ^^

jdp898989
09-18-2010, 12:27 AM
Oh, I totally made about 5 of these for our group! We got complimented on them even :D
I used craft foam and hot glue. It was a bit difficult, but make patterns out of paper/posterboard first.

X_Rikku_X
09-18-2010, 01:19 AM
My friends and I cosplayed as 4 Swords Links and I made all the belt buckles. I used a pale-ish yellow Sculpey. I wouldn't recommend cardboard because personally, I think this buckle is slightly rounded/dome-shaped. I just mostly squashed it onto a flat hard surface (I used a clipboard) until it was the right thickness and then kind of rolled it around a bit against the clipboard to even it out.

Try not to use your fingertips to sculpt as often as possible because it leaves fingerprints and makes it lumpy. Instead, press it against a hard surface to make it into the shape you want it to be.

For the swirl, I simply found a thin blunt object to draw it into the clay (I used the other end of a paint brush).

If you plan on painting the swirl, I suggest using brown/bronze paint instead of black.

Noose
09-20-2010, 04:14 AM
Good luck with the sculpey again. I'll upload an image of something I sculpted out of dried clay after I had formed the initial shape. I didn't use sculpey, and I regret it. But it was a learning lesson to be sure.

Essentially, I just took the moist fresh craft clay and carved it into the shape I wanted. I let it dry. This did not get as hard as sculpey does, because it is not baked. I have a toolbox filled with x-acto knives. The ones I used were pointed metal chisels for the lines, a beveller, to deepen the lines and add depth, a particularly tricky scoop-shaped blade to dig out the hollows, and a flat blade to carve the planes. If you intend to carve in details, do not go very deep. All you need to do to add extra depth is to "ink" the lines. Go to a craft store that specializes in "warhammer" style board games and they can help you. It is a special kind of paint that sinks into grooves and bevels to make them appear shaded, deep, and slightly weathered, as though covered with patina. You would apply the ink and then quickly wipe it off of non-grooved surfaces before it stains.

Lolita_Lover
09-22-2010, 10:11 AM
I'm looking to make this as well. I'm so glad that I found this thread! ^^