View Full Version : Nia Teppelin Accessories HELP!

05-21-2009, 10:06 PM
I'm planning on cosplaying as Nia Teppelin from Gurren Lagann. I already have the wig down, but now I'm wondering how to make her accessories? I'm talking about the ones that go around her waist and arms etc...I've already figured out the jewels by casting them myself, but in terms of the gold part, I have no idea what to do.



05-27-2009, 11:35 AM
Hey I'd like to know that too! I never made any accessories/jewellery. And I don't know where to find those huge gems...

07-01-2009, 05:15 PM
I need to figure this out too XD, I thought about using place mats, but soon realized that wasn't going to work for me! :P

07-01-2009, 06:36 PM
CRAFT FOAM~ Its an amazing substance :3 Also sometimes called 'Soft foam sheets' or just 'foam sheets', (there are a few stranger ones I've heard), if you draft patterns you can pretty much make any armour you could possibly want, and it goes for accessories too.


An excellent tutorial. I've made some craft foam armour myself; what I used (besides the foam) was paper for drafting each pattern, pens and chalk for drawing on the foam, a heat gun (THIS WAS SO USEFUL. I definitely recommend one), and both Hot Glue and Tacky Glue.

I'll make another suggestion: Use SuperGlue if you can get your hands on some. It'll bond the foam FOREVER. Just make certain everything is positioned how you want it or... yeah. You'll rip the foam to shreds before the glue comes off.

After that, you can add metallic texture with paints. I'm a huge fan of Folk Art Metallic Acrylics, and Lumiere by Jacquard (another Acrylic, one that works on Fabrics as well). If you mix a light gold (like the Folk Art Inca) with a slightly darker gold slightly, then brush it on, you'll get somewhat uneven colour. You can blend it out a little, but I find that I like the texture a lot more, and that it looks more realistic.

Michaels Arts and Crafts has all of these things except the heat gun.

You can use the heat gun to bend foam into a shape; it also seems to make it 'tougher', but if you stretch it it'll get thinner. You know how it is.

The arm guards of my Nel Zelpher costume, in my gallery, are made of craft foam. I made sure they'd fit around my arm comfortably by making them into a cylinder shape. You can also stretch slightly heated foam into bends. Experiment, especially to make the belt and neck collar; craft foam is blessedly cheap, and so you don't have to worry too much about cost :3

You can glue fixtures on it, like snaps or velcro; sewing on craft foam doesn't work.

For the belt 'buckle' - the large jewel at the front - I'd suggest Crayola Model Magic. Slightly expensive but it'll be soft, lightweight, and you can paint it and glue it onto craft foam quite nicely.

That's really all the suggestions and info I have @___@ Sorry for being long winded, but I hope this helps!

07-01-2009, 06:40 PM
I have made these before and I used craft foam. I used hot glue to glue one a second layer of foam for the raised parts.

Then I painted elmers glue over the foam so that it would have a smooth surface. (Actually use elmers glue just like you would paint. Takes a couple layers.)
Let that dry then spray painted over it.

Finally the jewles were super glued on and the snaps were added to close the parts together.

Sorry for bad lighting in the photos.

But hope that offered some ideas. If you have any questions feel free to ask.

07-04-2009, 09:07 AM
You could cast risen ones with die of some type, I have see it on you tube...
There you go ;D Hope that helps!