08-26-2010, 06:14 AM
Hey there, i was wondering if anyone could help me with this. My girlfriend wants to make a Setsuka cosplay (Soul Calibur 4) and she wants to make the parasol helself but none of us have any ideia how to make the mechanism that allows the parasol to open and close. She already has the sword to hide inside the handle AND the handle and the fabric to cover the parasol. If anyone could help us, please, answer.
The actual weapon the character uses: http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080806012937/soulcalibur/images/f/f3/Ugetsu_Kageuchi.jpg
A photo with the inside of a parasol: http://www.pinkfrosting.com.au/images/Parasol.JPG
08-26-2010, 04:06 PM
Making a parasol or an umbrella is a pain in the ass. Craftsmanship and the engineering of a parasol is a high level skill that very few people have the ability to achieve. Which is partially why it is very difficult to find someone who is able to repair one without spending a lot of money. Current prices on such items are cheap, so it's easier to buy a new one then to fix/make your own.
Truthfully, it is much easier to find a parasol, strip it to it's bare-bones, and re-cover it. Most tutorials I have attempted to find online have given me the same response: Use an old umbrella--
I have recently finished my parasol for Setsuka and posted a tutorial in the notes of the picture:
And for a general umbrella where I did strip the fabric and recovered it:
Truthfully, you're better off finding one at a store and going from there. Depending on where you live, they may or may not be easy to come by. If you have time, buying one online at a party store is a good way to go.
And a suggestion/tip: Use fabric paint. FolkArt Fabric is one of my favorites. As long as you follow the directions, it'll last a lot longer then using acrylics to paint on the flowers. It won't chip, flake, or fade AND it keeps the fabric from becoming stiff so you can still close the parasol without it turning into a mess. Good luck to you.
EDIT: After reading my post, I made this sound scary to attempt. XD Re-covering an umbrella or parasol is not that difficult. It takes time and patience though and a lot of testing to make sure that the fabric is pulled correctly over the ribs. Make sure that you are able to and open it fully without the fabric tearing and/or drooping before starting any additional painting/touch-ups.