Last Updated: 07-15-2011
Materials: Crepe back satin, satin lining, stretch cotton, craft foam, jeweler’s wire, low density foam, cardboard, a plastic Christmas ornament, “invisible” elastic, and one incredibly long wig.
Estimated time: 40 hours.
Sailor Moon was the first series that introduced me into anime. Even with it being on Toonami and its awkward dubbing, this show was the start of it all for me. And who did I like the most? Queen Beryl. So for me, this costume is bringing a childhood vision to life.
The dress is a modified fish tail. The front is all one piece, with dart seems. The back has separate panels which give it that fish tail effect.
All of the jewelry is made from craft foam. Attempt was made with model magic and jeweler’s clay. But after the 5th attempt, craft foam seemed like a fantastic alternative, and it was.
The horns were made with low density foam and covered with stretch cotton.
The wig was purchased as a straight, copper red. All of the curling and low-lights were done by me. I wanted a compromise between anime Beryl and real-world Beryl and I think this works for it. If I went for the crazy curls that she really has, I wouldn’t be able to wear the wig.
The staff is made out of cardboard tubes and paper-mached into one piece. The crystal is a plastic Christmas ornament. I used this tutorial as a basis for painting the crystal: http://browse.deviantart.com/?q=gem%20tutorial&order=9&offset=48#/d1k92k5
The branches at the top have a thin layer of jeweler’s wire so they bend when need be, with the corners rounded for convention purposes.
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