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Unread 01-24-2012, 11:19 AM   #1
ssoldiersaturn
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Skyward Sword Fi / Phi Cosplay

This is for tutorials, tips, ideas and discussion for Fi / Phi / Phai. These are categorized by HEAD, BODY, LEGS to make your search easier. This is not official or anything but to help and brainstorm. More will be added as discussion continues.

-----HEAD-----

Shiny vs Plastic: Both work, Most agree that she looks more plastic then shiny
Helmet vs Wig: Can go with either but wig is difficult to style correctly and helmet is time consuming.
Paint vs Mask: The mask gives more shape to character's face. Her eyes are a little larger then normal. Closing eyes with face paint works well for photos.
Paint/Wig vs Mask/Helmet: Mix and matching these makes odd results. Wig / Mask looks very strange as Helmet / Paint also looks a little odd but results are not bad.

MASK: Paint-able mask from fabric store and cover eyes with matching cloth or buckram mesh material unless you put it under something.

WIG: A shiny / metallic style wig then use a fine wire mesh to create the point at the top of her head. Lots of hair spray and/or styling gel or model it like Cloud Wig (The method, not to look like Cloud)

HELMET: Paper Mache or Wire Frame with Paper Clay-Model Magic-Modeling Clay or Fun Foam

Her hair is very blocky in game and flat in art. The only flat parts in her hair is her bangs. The back of her head has a line down the middle, which for making out a fun foam is a huge advantage.

Paper mache pattern of helmet using a balloon in Ancient Hyrule Script ( words 'piece' and 'and') The blue is the lines you cut and the boxes are the cardboard.

Using Pepakura helps for making the helmet for paper mache and foam, Blue Prints are by kitsch_brigade:
Pepakura
BP: Fi's Head with Mask
BP: Fi's Head without Eyes


-----BODY-----

CLOAK: Right side is blue / purple, Left side is Light Blue matching Mask / Helmet / Face.

Wire Frame / Foam Frame / All Fabric

A V shape cloak coming up above the crystal on the front and the same point in the back. Gathered fabric on the sleeve ends that goes from her knees to her dress and flows freely. Has three ruffles before the oval like shape where her arms would be. Here are some ideas and plans:
  • An insert sleeve with rods to support the wings would work, in generally the cape would drape more than enough to hide your arms as it is.
  • Putting foam strips above your shoulders to make the creases she has at the top of her cape thing a bit more pronounced.
  • The top with pleating, the 2nd with ruffles and the 3rd is the backing. Make the ruffles separately through gathering and you can even control which ruffles and how many. There are tons of tutorials for gathering on youtube. The backing - once you have your top and the stuff you want on the top, you fit the backing on, which is the fabric under neath the layer. The backing won't go all the way up to the pleating, as I plan it to leave a small opening to fit my arms in and maybe for support I might sew some elastic inside on the backing
JEWEL: Her broach is gold with a blue diamond in it.

Resin vs Paper mache: Both are nice when completed correctly. Resin is a bit prettier.

Molds for both resin and paper mache:

Jewel Blue Prints for Pepakura by kitsch_brigade
Ice Cast
Dipyramid paper craft Cut two triangles from this so you get the diamond Fi has
Super scalpy and sanding

Resin: Color or Clear with painted backing

Casting Resin 16 oz
Easycast Clear Casting Epoxy

Clear HIPS (HIGH Impact styerene): cut it to a diamond shape. You can see this effect Here

SKIN: Plastic looking only really shown on her legs and neck / face

Zentai suit / Morphsuit vs Body Paint: Both are good but not so much plastic looking without a lot of make-up for the body paint.

Websites:
Lycra-Zentai
Morphsuits
Trustworthy Ecommerce Deal
Do it Style
Catsuit Patterns

DRESS: Matching right side of cloak or Royal Blue dress. The dress has two gold / yellow lining going down horizontal on each side of the chest. This can be created or alter a shirt or dress. It has two parts, the top and the bottom which pops out a little

-----LEGS-----

SHOES: Black Block Heel Pump Loafers, small thick heels, or character shoes. Can put them under or over your stocking.

STOCKINGS: Black or grey blue. Can be stockings, tights, or from the zentai suit.

Fashion elastic Winter Lined Opaque Tights Pantyhose Warm Thick Stocking Legging

STRIPES: 3D fabric paint, ribbon, or fence / fish net.
Fence Net
Fish Net
ASSETS®: By Sara Blakely® Flipside Diamond Tights
Make your own diamond cut leggings.

-----REFERENCE PICTURES-----

Game Art
Game Sprite
Full Body Game Sprite
Fi Model: Can be used with Pepakura

Game photos by narutokunobsess
Reference 1
Reference 2
Reference 3
Reference 4

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