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ThakYuki
05-20-2010, 10:50 PM
So I'm planning on making a Red Lantern Mera cosplay. There's only one problem: how do I go about making her entire outfit appear to be scales?

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Skyefyre
05-22-2010, 09:02 PM
Cheapest/easiets way I can imagine would be using a fabric marker or fabric paint to draw the scales on the costume. I can think of some ways to make a more three-dimensional version, but they're complicated and/or expensive.
In any case, unless you have some amazing airbrush and stencil, it's going to take some time. Unless you want to do the slightly lazy artist way and draw only patches of scales, like comic book artists commonly do.

Impian
12-30-2010, 10:32 PM
Cheapest/easiets way I can imagine would be using a fabric marker or fabric paint to draw the scales on the costume. I can think of some ways to make a more three-dimensional version, but they're complicated and/or expensive.
In any case, unless you have some amazing airbrush and stencil, it's going to take some time. Unless you want to do the slightly lazy artist way and draw only patches of scales, like comic book artists commonly do.

I would like to make 3d scales. Do you have any ideas? My base cloth is going to be either lycra or nylon on neoprene. I'd prefer the scales to be waterproof though. :)

glitter bomb
12-30-2010, 11:01 PM
I've seen some leather armor work for Ren Faire type stuff that used the fish scale design. they either cut out every scale individually and attached it to a base garment, or they cut out rows or groups of scales and attached them. you may be able to find some good examples via google. I think you could do the same with the lycra, creating lycra scales that you attach to the bodysuit. you could also mix in different fabric types for interest, maybe some vinyl, maybe some sheer material.

I really, really would advice against making the scales waterproof. waterproof fabric doesn't breathe, so that suit is going to get very hot and uncomfortable quickly.

dreamsofnever
01-01-2011, 11:09 PM
A few ways you can do this. There's a tutorial (http://theleagueofheroes.yuku.com/topic/9223) over at the League of Heroes on making Captain America scales that can be adapted to your Mera costume. You could also make scales yourself out of all sorts of materials, as Glitter Bomb mentioned.

There was also a really great Red Lantern Mera over at the SCF that used laser cut red shine spandex (so it had holes in it) over a black spandex with red hologram dots. But she mentioned that it's usually something that needs to be custom-ordered, though she found a store that carries it in the garment district of LA, so it's possible you could find a store that carries it in a larger city.

Also, this fabric (http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-dancewear-fabric-costume-fabric-stretch-lycra-jersey-holographic-reptile-fabric-stretch-lycra-jersey-holographic-reptile-red.aspx) has that scaly look. I'm going to use the green version of it if I ever get around to making a Little Mermaid costume.

ThakYuki
01-01-2011, 11:50 PM
A few ways you can do this. There's a tutorial (http://theleagueofheroes.yuku.com/topic/9223) over at the League of Heroes on making Captain America scales that can be adapted to your Mera costume. You could also make scales yourself out of all sorts of materials, as Glitter Bomb mentioned.

There was also a really great Red Lantern Mera over at the SCF that used laser cut red shine spandex (so it had holes in it) over a black spandex with red hologram dots. But she mentioned that it's usually something that needs to be custom-ordered, though she found a store that carries it in the garment district of LA, so it's possible you could find a store that carries it in a larger city.

Also, this fabric (http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-dancewear-fabric-costume-fabric-stretch-lycra-jersey-holographic-reptile-fabric-stretch-lycra-jersey-holographic-reptile-red.aspx) has that scaly look. I'm going to use the green version of it if I ever get around to making a Little Mermaid costume.

That tutorial is exactly what I was looking for! (Though it'll take a while to get it completed that way)

dreamsofnever
01-02-2011, 05:09 PM
Glad I could help! And yes, that looks like it will take ages. It will look amazing, but you definitely need to be willing to invest a lot of time in it. That's why I think doing something like rows of scales cut out of vinyl or some other sort of fabric might be easier, but won't look quite the same. Whatever you decide, can't wait to see the final product!