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Unread 01-26-2012, 11:38 AM   #1
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Undertaker--Memorial Pendants

You might have seen my post about details for Undertaker:
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.ph...12#post4269012

But I decided to post a special topic concerning Undertaker’s memorial pendants. “Crazy, what do you mean?” I mean this:

http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...pendantsss.jpg

What is a memorial Pendant?
Time for a history lesson… Victorian Era (1837-1901). Victorians at the time accepted death and mortality. See Transcendentalism and Civil War. There was also a higher infant mortality rate. Anywho—for some reason or another, Hair jewelry became extremely popular.
Some other names for memorial pendants are Hair Jewelry, Hair art and Mourning Jewelry. However, sometimes hair jewelry were sometimes given as love tokens.
Hair art can be pendants, brooches, rings, and even necklaces. In this case, Undertaker is wearing pendants. Large ones at that.
A word of warning: Funeral lockets, cremation lockets and Urn necklaces are NOT what Undertaker is wearing (as far as we know, anyway). These are for ashes of the loved one, not the hair. Please—if you want to be as authentic as possible, stick with the Victorian Era, not modern day. Keep in mind that Kuroshitsuji does take place during the Victorian Era.
Here are some pictures of memorial pendants, brooches, and rings:

http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair9.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair8.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair7.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair6.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair4.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair3.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair5.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair2.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...rent=hair1.jpg
Why won't the pictures show????
I have yet to find any tutorials or websites to purchase memorial pendants… TT^TT
I’ve gone to Hobby Lobby and Joanns to look for any kind of pendants that are similar in some way. Hobby Lobby does have pendants, but they are about a third of the size that Undertaker wears. My local store is now selling flat square metal sheets. They are about 4x4. I haven’t bought any, and I’ve never worked with metal, but someone might look into it and let me know how it goes??? Also, the local hobby lobby is selling flat metal wire. Hmm….What could one do with those materials?
I’ve seen pendants made out of both cardboard and polymer clay. But in my opinion, if we could find a pendant base large enough, the rest would be a piece of cake. Here are reference pics of pendant bases:

http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...ndantbase3.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...ndantbase2.jpg
http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/...ndantbase1.jpg

It would be possible to use real hair. All that you’d have to do is take good ol’ modge podge and shape the hair into whatever you wish…and then pour resin over it. This is kinda what I’m talking about:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAEKnv0OU08
I promise you all: If I can find a pendant base, I’ll make one and put the tutorial here.
If anyone has any comments or questions, please do so!!! Also-- If any of you have any ideas on how to make the pendants, please let me know and I'll post it!
Thanks! Crazy~
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Unread 01-26-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
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When I made my undertaker cameos i was using the anime character sketches (cameo's with fleur de lis in gold) for reference and there were not closeups yet in the manga chapter at that time.

http://www.cosplay.com/photo/2211104/

In the manga the close up are pretty flat as well if they are lockets as well more like cameo pendent.
http://www.mangareader.net/102-28723...hapter-35.html
Death date and name Claudia P. (maybe Phantomhive)
http://www.mangareader.net/kuroshitsuji/64/23

Random note for fun if you want to bake up shortbread or gingerbread and cut in the bone shapes it make a nice edible prop to bring around.
http://www.mangareader.net/102-28723...hapter-35.html
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Unread 01-26-2012, 04:07 PM   #3
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Oh, wow! Those are really neat! Would you mind giving us a link as to where you purchased them?
Those are almost spot on!!! Are those made out of plastic or something?
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The cameo backs I bought online were originally silver and sold in a 12 pack, the flur delis I made a cast of and hand pressed FIMO clay into it to reproduce the shade. Once i glued them on I spray painted the whole thing gold.


Etsy is a great place to find jewelry finding including Cameo Base Setting.
This is the style I bought.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/62066354...c et=supplies

More from etsy
http://www.etsy.com/listing/79715176...cet=suppli es
http://www.etsy.com/listing/71109978...ref=v1_other_2
http://www.etsy.com/listing/74130427...ref=v1_other_1

Also has more option if you want different backs for the manga interpretation as seller tend to have more then on style in there stores.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/kinacraft/s...craft&pag e=1
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Unread 02-04-2012, 06:12 AM   #5
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Great info and photos. Thanks for sharing. I'm in the process of rebuilding mine. I've got my locket backs (which I brought locally) but unsure how to do the centre pieces. This helps give me some ideas.

Where did you get the ring? Its one piece I'm still missing. Thanks
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The only thing i wonder is how the pendants stay on his outfit. does the chain go all the way around his waist and clip or does it just stop half way? Ive seen in pictures of the chain starting on his front side then going around his hip but im not sure
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Hi everyone! I've found this and the other basic guide posts to be extremely useful for my Undertaker cosplay, so I just wanted to add my two cents on the lockets. With the idea crazywuzhere had about pendant bases I made my own http://psychopathbunny.deviantart.co...kets-318904038, and made a tutorial if anyone's interested. http://psychopathbunny.deviantart.com/art/Undertaker-lockets-tutorial-340572754

I really like how they turned out and with this method are extremely light weight. I had tried before making them with aluminum sheet, then with clay and they looked weird.

Now for securing it to the outfit I honestly use safety pins on the inside of the coat on at least two spots, depending on the version. If it's the anime version, then one on each side of the waist; and if it's the manga version then one on the shoulder, one on the back (because it kept falling off my shoulder) and one in the front.
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