Azula

Third Season Imperial Armor

Avatar The Last Airbender

Last Updated: 05-27-2014


Azula 1.5:
Repairs and Modifications for 2nd wearing at the Nor-Cal Gathering (Summer).
Created a wig to go with this cosplay because putting my own hair up was an absolute nightmare.
Added a widows peak to a lace front wig from HairTekGroup (MetroFem Hair). Then styled into an up-do, stumped and created the hair form strictly according to the official head turns from the Avatar art book.
A lot cracks were repaired. Some modifications were made (mostly taking in).
Stay tuned for Azula 2.0
Finished Costume:
Yay! My first costume I can take pride in!
Costume construction details:
The armor portions (the breastplate, pauldrons, yoke, boot uppers) are craft foam with marine grade leatherette glued on with tacky glue. I then double folded the edge of the craft foam over the leatherette.
I blended the darts in the edges
of the foam (the gold and brick edges) with a gesso and modpodge mix. This allowed me to make a sandable flexible skin. It also seals the foam. Then I painted it and put a couple of layers of varnish.
The skirt is just leatherette lined with black fabric (because the leatherette backing was white).
Hair ordainment is made of scuply.

Contacts: Neo Lucky Clover Brown
Hair: Mine and remy for bangs

In the first wearing:
I of course expected to feel as if I had been wrapped up in plastic. And indeed that is how I felt Saturday. Sunday was much more bearable for some odd reason. I had really only half assedly put on the whole thing once before the con and then took it straight off. So naturally I had to make adjustments after Saturday. I think the main main issue was the yoke (the top most armor piece) came out being way to stiff and would just ride up into my face whenever I raised my arms. I knew this going to be an issue from the start and tried to design around it but in the end I simply underestimated the problem and didn't compensate enough. The main issue was the craftfoam became way too rigid when I finished painting it. I will hopefully make a new yoke but I will not include the craftfoam and line the bottom with fabric instead. I will still use craftfoam for the gold trim. I think I stick with the stiff collar though.
Other issues included the pauldrons just simply not the right design. There were sturdy issues as well as the edges would show in certain situations. I've already spent a lot of time the pauldron design but I see it is still going to be much more work.
Another minor issue was the belt rode up in to the breastplate when there should have been about a two inch gap. I think was was caused in part by the belt not being secured as well as the breast plates (and yoke effectively) being too long. I will hike both of these up in the future.
It didn't take long for the paint on my shoes to crack and so those will either need to be remade or repainted with better paint.
There is whole other chore list of things I would like to do or need to do that just goes on and on. I'm not really sure if want to invest more time in this costume or move on....

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fayefaye013

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Upload Date 01-07-2012
Debuted Fanime 2012

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