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sanfordcam
06-19-2011, 08:55 PM
Hello all,
I'm doing a Tyrande from World of Warcraft cosplay and the only part I am still stumped on is the detailing on the front of her dress and around her arms.

http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100305080621/wowwiki/images/thumb/1/11/Tyrande_Wei.jpg/282px-Tyrande_Wei.jpg

Is there any clean, light weight way to do this? Any suggestions would really help!

Dal_Segno
06-20-2011, 01:12 PM
Silver paint with a high gloss finish [like mod podge] can give the metal look. Rub 'n Buff is also very popular for that nice metal look. You could also experiment around with craft silver leafing [like this (http://www.artscraftsusa.com/Speedball-Simple-Leaf-Leafing-Sheets-55x55-18Pkg-Silver-2-ItemsOrder_p_58537.html?utm_medium=shoppingengine&utm_source=googlebase&cvsfa=3091&cvsfe=2&cvsfhu=4e4d2d333139393133).

Although I personally think this looks awesome and very realistic [it's in copper though]: http://youtu.be/_I0pc6yY1dU?t=3m28s]

Edit: forgot to include materials over which to paint, lol. I'd personally go with craft foam for most of it. It's cheap, flexible, and available in many sizes and thickness levels. Here's (http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html) some nice tips on working with it.

Hope this helps a bit! =]

dbchan
06-21-2011, 11:13 PM
Craft foam is probably a good bet. You could cut a base piece, seal it, and do all of your detail work on top. I've seen detail work like that done with hot glue or fabric paint (the 3d kind that stays raised and can build on itself for height) and then paint it.

Firelily used that method for her Shana and it looks amazingly detailed: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2169039/

krystlejo42
06-22-2011, 01:33 AM
Edit: forgot to include materials over which to paint, lol. I'd personally go with craft foam for most of it. It's cheap, flexible, and available in many sizes and thickness levels. Here's (http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html) some nice tips on working with it.

Hope this helps a bit! =]

Ooooh! Thanks for that link! That will be helpful on something i'm working with!

sanfordcam
06-22-2011, 08:31 PM
Would sculpting it and then... silicone molding it be to much? I've never done anything like that before however (and assume it'd be relatively expensive)
it's the 3-dimensionality to some of the ridges that really concern me with the craft foam method.

Pocket X
06-23-2011, 10:28 AM
Also if you want that kind of metal patina, you can paint it the metal color then paint it black. Immediately after putting the black paint on, while the paint is still wet, wipe the black off with a paper towel. It should leave a nice "old metal" look.

catfetus
06-24-2011, 04:01 AM
Would sculpting it and then... silicone molding it be to much? I've never done anything like that before however (and assume it'd be relatively expensive)
it's the 3-dimensionality to some of the ridges that really concern me with the craft foam method.
You can always get a heat gun and heat the edges of your craft foam and rub them down to make them look more rounded, or multiple layers of craft foam can give it more dimension too. Also, a good paint job can really make a big difference. If you feel an edge isn't defined or protruded looking enough you can dry brush or something like Pocket suggested on it to make it look like it has more depth.

Silicon mold and casting would probably be nice to make the bracelets or arm jewelery, but not so much for the chest piece. It's generally used to make strong, rigid, pieces that wouldn't bend. I was actually thinking about hot glue casting for the chest piece to get a nice plastic flexible something (it would also be much cheaper than a silicon mold). But hot glue casting doesn't tend to look very clean so it probably wouldn't be a good idea :(
http://808arus.blogspot.com/2006/11/prop-making-thermal-adhesives-are-cool.html

Nozze
06-25-2011, 12:03 AM
Hot glue casting can look just fine if attention to detail and patience are given to it. The same is true for the majority of the materials you'll ever use. I've mentioned the link quite a few times before, but the guy over at http://www.bioweapons.com is a very good example of how the end result of hot glue casting can look just fine.

vanishingpearl
06-25-2011, 03:07 AM
Have you considered beadwork? It would be time consuming, but the result would be fabulous! I could do it if you'd like. To see more of my work, visit my Etsy shop:

www.vanishingpearl.etsy.com

The only other thing I can think of is to ask a jeweler who specialized in wire wrapping to make the accessories.

Tamara

sanfordcam
06-26-2011, 06:39 PM
Oh thank you all!

I believe i'll be using a plaster mold and semi-rigid latex! Which should have much of the same feeling of hardened hot glue :D

If all goes well for that, I'll make the arm bracelets out of it as well.

Thanks again :D