I've been busy in life, but also busy on the side. Now that its October though, I've got a month to complete the costume for halloween.
During Hurricane Irene my power went out, and I had nothing at all to do but sew together the leather pants by candle light. The following day when the lights came on, I threw everything on and this is what it looks like:
The zipper in the front is taken from the pants I cut up to make the pattern, and will be hidden entirely, otherwise I'd have to make a leather zipper or cover somehow.
I really, really need a new camera. You can also see that the Arakh is basically shaped out. All that is left to do with that is add the hilt detail, and then polish the blade smooth, and paint the whole thing.
Speaking of blades, I've been beating my head against the wall that is casting the knife. I started by splitting the knife in half using some spare chavant and cardboard. I wish I had some styrofoam at the time but alas none was in sight.
I used Smooth-on's Rebound 35 for the silicone mold, several layers, followed up by a layer of plasti-paste. And then I slushed around some resin in the mold. Once that hardened, I put the mold together, and then poured in more to fill in the gap. First pull:
Not bad, but there are a few gaps and bubbles, and the blade doesn't feel heavy enough. I'm currently re-casting, only this time I've added some metal wire to the blade part, which should add some weight.
Finally I've casted the medallions. Actually this was done a while ago:
and after a bit of crashing and burning with the antiquing, here's what we're left with
I've also been making a good deal of beads out of Apoxie Sculpt, for the ceremonial belt. I've also realized, thanks to some scrutiny on my part, that beneath the girdle, and the ceremonial belt, is a hide sash with hair still on it. Given that its gotten pretty chilly as of late, I can't say I'd complain about an extra layer. Still need to buy more fur-on hide, though.
There's a lot the left to be done.
Main Girdle: 100%
- Purchase Dye
- Purchase Satin Finish
- Add finish
Hide Sash / Loincloth: 30%
Materials 70% collected.
Creation at 0%
- Cut hide to shape
- Sew together
- Further augment, fit to self
Ceremonial Belt 60%
- 'Antique' the now silver-painted medallions
- Make 30 more intermediary beads from Apoxie Sculpt
- Make 30-40 large beads for ceremonial loincloth
- Paint/Antique the beads
- Tear more strands for ceremonial loincloth
- Weave loincloth together, add strands of beads and the like
- Sew feathers onto ceremonial loincloth
- Put together
- Cast two more with epoxy resin
- Clean up casts
- Make model adjustments
- Buy brass, ebony spraypaint
- Add hilt details with Apoxie Sculpt
- Sand everything smooth
- Buy horsehair, figure out how to attach into hair
- Buy Gold hairbands, or some better looking alternative
- Figure out a good temporary hair dye for hair and beard
- Figure out makeup