Okay, it is 7:05 am, I havn't been to bed yet, but I need to post this darn question because it's been bugging me. I am currently (always?) working on a Naruto costume. I don't have any specific character in mind right now and because of this, I am working on generic props many characters can use. In other words, the forehead protector (I can remember jutsu names, but not the equipment! X . X). I've been told by everyone and their mother (and literally my mother) to just use some sheet aluminum. It would be cheap and easy to bend and drill holes in or whatever. But my dilema is this: I want to be able to make the headband as realistic as possible, w/o making it look like complete poop. If you look here
you'll see TyJilDown cosplayed as Kin. Her headband is what I've been wanting mine to look like. Not painted on, not filled in, not drawn on, not tin foil
, etc. I know people have done any or all of the above, and they've come out pretty darn good. But I want it to look like hers. Now, it just dawned on me that I could message her and ask her what she did, but I don't want to do what she did (not on purpose anyway). I want to see what other people think, other people who have cosplayed more than the people I've been talking to about it have (which is, for the most part, NONE). I'm assuming she took some decently thick sheet metal, dremeled the music note in, and perhaps rivited it to the cloth. If not rivited, then attached it some other way and added the rivets as extra aesthetics afterwards. Polished it up, blah blah blah. This seems to be the most obvious way, yes? But all of the sheet aluminum I have seen looks like........junk....so I was thinking, oh, some thin steel would be LOVELY. But it's hard as hell to drill through (don't have an accessible drill press on campus) never mind dremmel. And I'm still not sure as to what kind of rivits I could use to attach it to the cloth. I've already picked out some cloth from JoAnne Fabric that is very hearty, but not too rough on the skin, so that aspect is not a problem. So in a nut shell, this is it:
1) What kind of sheet metal would you
suggest, what thickness, and where would you think I could get it?
2) How would you affix it to the cloth? Where (if involved) would I find the nessesary clips/rivets/buttons?
3) Why am I awake at 7:15 in the morning? (Hint: GTA: San Andreas)
4) Any random jibberishing about Naruto cosplay paraphanelia?
P.s. I also need help w/ the armored fingerless gloves, sandals, and will be working on a Jounin vest over my upcoming Thanksgiving break. Any suggestions on those topics would also be hugely appreciated.
Thank you everyone for having the patience for reading this huge post X . X