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Last Updated: 02-27-2011
Components: Dress, Corset, Shoes, leg laces, gauntlets, headband, jewelry, staff, yards and yards of gold trim
Total cost: $225
The dress: A simple white dress using McCalls 5094. There are two layers of lining and one layer of something soft and cottony (and I totally fail at fabric names). In the top two layers, the skirts are modified to be full circle skirts. The top is lined with gold trim.
The shoulder pieces are made separately using the same fabric. They are kind-of like long shaped triangles and are held stiff with interfacing. They are lined with gold. I sewed them into place after fitting the straps of the dress. The jewels at the shoulder are hot glued on.
The corset: Maroon corduroy corset (canvas backing) using pattern Butterick 4254 modified to cut under the bust. The back is cinched with red, corded ribbon. The edges have gold trim. The white jeweled part is a separate piece that attaches over the front with velcro over the busk.
The white piece is layered with interfacing to keep it stiff. It is several layers of white fabric with wide gold trim on the sides and narrow gold on the top and bottom. The jewels are hot glued into place.
The gauntlets are white faux-leather with gold trim. I used gold eyelets and gold, cord to hold them closed. Measure your arm to get the dimensions you need.
The gold arm bands is made from trim and elastic.
The headband is a simple headband with jewels glued on to match the jewels below.
The wig is Wicked Wig Divine Sangria.
The leg laces: Currently these are quilting ribbing, but they totally suck, and I'm going to look for something elastic to replace them.
A piece of the corduroy from the corset fabric is also used for the fabric over the shoe.
The knee guards: These are held up by elastic. The gold part is simply half-moon, held stiff with interfacing. The maroon part is corduroy. There's a half moon shape on that held stiff with corduroy, then a large pocket-shape for the knee, so I can bend and straighten. Note on the elastic: it needs to be loose enough to get over your calf and tight enough to hug your knee.
THE STAFF: I got my dimensions and general ideas from Felicia Day's how to video, but made mine much more cheaply, with ready made materials, paint, hot glue, an exacto knife, and a hammer
One 1" wooden dowel, 48" long
One 6" styrofoam ball
Paper, flour, water (for paper mache)
One pack of 1/2" styrofoam balls
3 sheets of white craft foam
1 sheet brown craft foam
1 PVC pipe T (1" to 1/2") - needs to fit over base of dowel
gold cord (same stuff you use on the gauntlets)
Paints: gold, green, red, white
1. Cover the 6" styrofoam ball, and 2 1/2" balls with paper mache, let dry
2. Using exacto knife, cut a total of 6 wings from the craft foam. Two of them need to be hollowed out in the center. Glue two hollow layers to either side of a solid layer.
3. Using model magic clay, make 4 rings of equal thickness, able to slide onto the dowel. (I found it easiest to make a small cake of desired thickness and use my thumb to press through the center.) On one of the rings, create indentations large enough to fit the two wings. Let dry. Once it had hardened, I filled the cracks with wood putty like you'd use to cover a nail hole on a wall.
4. Paint your dowel white, your 6" ball green, and your 1/2" balls red, the rings and PVC pipe gold, and the wings gold on the outside, red in the middle. Let dry. Some things may need more than one coat. Remember, the top 6" of the staff is gold.
5. Cut a piece of brown craft foam 10" long wide enough to go around the dowel.
6. Slide the rings into place. The first ring goes at the top. The next 6" below that, the next 6" below that, and the last 10" below that. Make sure that the brown foam fits between the last two rings before gluing them into place.
7. Glue the brown foam between the last two rings. Use hot glue to tack the foam and then loop the gold cord around it. The gold cord helps tie it down, but it also needs to be glued down.
8. Glue the wings onto the first ring of the staff. (If they don't fit after the clay has dried, try using that putty stuff again to fill in the gap.)
9. Attach the PVC pipe to the base of the staff, making sure that the angle between the T and the wings is correct. Then glue the two red balls inside of the pipe.
10. Hammer a nail into the top of your dowel so that several inches remain above the wood. Slide the green ball onto that nail, then glue it to the staff. The nail will keep it steady.
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