When I heard Worldcon was coming to Toronto, I knew I had to do something unbelievably fancy just to fit in. I'd seen pics of previous Worldcon masquerades, and the bar is pretty damn high.
Then the two-doll set of Dream Hunters and Ramadan Morpheus was released, and I knew I HAD to make them. ^_^ What followed was almost 2 years of planning and work. -.-;;
Almost everything was made entirely by me. The corset is made from scratch with a self-made pattern.
I searched for months in vain to find a large jewel that I could use for the ruby, to no avail. I ended up making a mold by hand and casting it in resin (with the help of my good friend Michael McMaster of Skullmoon.com) and polishing like a madwoman to get it nice and shiny.
The bracelets and belt buckle were carved in wax and then cast in bronze. Finding a casting house that would do bronze casting was an endeavour...most places looked at me like I was crazy or something.
I braided beads and stuff into the wig and hand-beaded all the jewellery.
The shoulderpads are two layers of felt with wire mesh sandwiched in between, shaped and then hardened with white glue. I coloured them with metallic acrylics. The cloak is 3 layers--silver-spangled black velvet on the outside, silver/violet metallic crinkle in the middle, and tulle with ribbons and sequins randomly sewn around for the inner layer. The inner layer was sewn entirely by hand as I found that my machine puckered the tulle horribly. -.-;;
Best Workmanship in Class (Journeyman) - Torcon 3 (Worldcon)
Most Beautiful Presentation (Journeyman) - Torcon 3 (Worldcon)