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Unread 10-25-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Where do I even begin?

Hey guys! I have never built a prop before so please be kind. I want to cosplay Suiseiseki from Rozen Maiden.
I want to make two things; a wind up key that can attached my back. Maybe a design similar to what this cosplayer has:
http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...ge-d4jhr6z.jpg

The second thing I want to make is her watering can.
I want one like this:
http://fc03.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...y_gerodere.jpg

I have absolutely no idea where to begin or what to use. Any help is appreciated!

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Unread 10-27-2012, 10:57 AM   #2
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For the key, u prob won't b able to stick it in ur back. As long as ur ok w it id make it out of card board and paper mâché or card board and spray foam. There are a to of tutorials on both and it's not that hard to work with either one. The the small details of the key, id sculpt those out of sculpy clay... and glue them on once the surface (depending on what u end up using the product will differ) is cured and sealed.

As for the watering can, I'd prob start off with cardboard. Make a circle the size of ur base then use more cardboard to give it the pot shape and the handle. Then go to ur local hardware store and see what sizes of cardboard tubing they have. Find one small enough for the spout and cut it at an angle to get the front part design. I'd prob paper mâché this to add depth but its up to u.
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Why not get an actual plastic watering can from Walmart or the dollar store, and add things to it to get the correct shape, and then paint it? Much easier than making one from scratch. Just have to use your imagination, a sharp x-acto knife, hot glue, and spraypaint.

If you don't mind the straps, you could possibly wear the key on your back like you would a pair of wings or a backpack. Just put 2 straps on the thing, and slide over your arms. Maybe put a sort of load-bearing strap from the top of the key to a cross-strap on your back to keep it from flopping.
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For the key, u prob won't b able to stick it in ur back.
Why not? Where there's a will there a way!

You can purchase pretty strong magnets for holding together costume pieces that need to defy grafity. It's a trick from my costume design professor. As long as your prop isn't too heavy and you have a proper mount for it attached securely to the costume, you can wear the key the way you like. Dizzymonochrome's strap suggestion is an excellent one and probably easier if you don't mind the straps showing.

Another possibility: for the little designs you can inject hot glue into fondant molds, which are inexpensive and easily available at Joann's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby. It'll take a lot less time than sculpting each design individually. Then you glue them to the prop and spray paint it. (Here's an example: link )

If you have patience for sculpting, my champion for smaller props and details is paper clay because it's smooth, lightweight, and inexpensive. Use a cheap watering can as a base so you start out with something sturdy and don't have to spend as much on materials.

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ha didnt even think about magnets (tho if the prop is large u may need to use rare earth magnets.... or a ton of magnets) if u do this tho just make sure u have a handler so that noone tries to pull on it....
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Note: It's possible to find clear straps like the ones used to make "invisible" strapless bra straps. I've seen them at Fabricland, so you might not even need to go to specialty notions store. You might be able to find nude colored nylon straps online too. So, in the end, it would be visible in person, but not as visible in photos.
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