Emileigh's Art Corner

~Emi~
Fine Artist
Cosplayer
Student

I will post on everything related to my artistic endeavors.

The Making of Wonder Woman - The Lasso of Truth and part 1 of the Belt

I decided very early on that I was going to make Wonder Woman’s lasso of truth and i was going to make it light up. I was always watching my father who is an engineer take apart and fix electrical stuff. From that I have a very rudimentary knowledge of how electrical things work and was able to connect three strings of EL lights together to one power source by splicing wires together. The pictures show the wires together without a cap on them. I wanted to make sure everything worked before I sealed it up. I was super excited that it all worked as this was my first time doing anything of this nature myself. I then braided the about 15 feet of EL wire together.

The belt is almost done. I have everything for the pieces on the side of the belt which will hold up the lasso cut out. I just need to heat them up still. After that is done I’ll be about half way done with the belt! I still have to make the skirt extension that connects with the belt. but I can’t so that until i can get my hands on some leather and dye which has to wait until next paycheck.

The Making of Wonder Woman - The Tiara

This shows how I created The tiara for my Wonder Woman costume.

I first patterned out how I wanted it to look like on a piece of paper. I usually measure on myself how big I want it to be, block out the dimensions on paper and then start drawing in between those. if I want something symmetrical I’ll fold the piece of paper in half. I definitely don’t have the time or patience to try to draw both sides perfect.

After getting the shape i want, I’ll usually draw things like placement of the embellishments I want on it, usually things like where i want it to be raised or lowered on it. This could be something like trim on the edge of an armor part but for me I wanted the middle of it to be upraised instead of the edge being bulkier. I also plotted out the placement of the star for a couple reasons, one to know where exactly it will go and also so I’ll know how big to make it later on.

I then will use what i’ve drawn as a stencil on the worbla. I always use either a double layer of worbla or craft foam sandwiched in-between two pieces of worbla. this is because I’ve found that not only are the pieces about 1000x stronger, but with it a bit thicker it molds easier and doesn’t deform nearly as much when you need to heat it back up when adding details or whatever. So for this, the base layer will be two pieces of worbla stacked on top of each other.

After I draw the two pieces, this is where drawing on the details will help. I just cut my stencil down and use what I’ve cut an another stencil for those. I then cut everything out, being very careful to cut it out exactly how it was drawn on because i want everything to like up perfectly when i stack them together.

After everything is cut out I stack them to see if there is any adjustments i need to do, and then i start heating and sticking them together one layer at a time. it helps to do this slowly and to hold the pieces together while you are heating them up with the heat gun. since a heat gun is pretty much a beefed up hair dryer the wind it created can blow your pieces around a bit if they are not very big and if the pieces you’re putting together move when they are warm they can get stuck together. It’s not fun trying to get two pieces of heated worbla off each other, and sometimes it can ruin the pieces and you’ll have to start all over. so be careful!

You can position the next layer on while your piece is still hot. if one piece of worbla isn’t hot then it won’t form a permanent bond to each other, but still be careful when you do this. Place it well, hold it down, and heat it!

Next it is time to decide how you want to hold this to your body! For very small pieces like this I like to use grommets. they can be found in the notion section of most fabric stores. I got these from joannes. to put them in I like to heat up the worbla again and push one half of the grommet in and then let it cool completely down. After it is cool take the grommet out and cut out the little circle where it was out completely so you have a hole the exact size of it. you can then use the tool to set the grommets together and you now have a perfect opening for something like ribbon or string to run through!

The very last step is to heat the whole thing up again and form it into the shape you like. you can do this on yourself is you can handle slightly hot things or you can also do it on a wig head. I like doing it all on myself to get a perfect fit, but worbla can get very hot sometimes so be careful!

All I have to do from here is attach the star, prime, and paint and I’ll have a beautiful tiara!

taintedloli asked: Hey I'm doing a raven cosplay for afest 2014 and I was wondering how you made her widows peak?? the wig I bought had regular side bangs and yours looks super cool!

I got a lace front wig so that i could hand tie each of the individual strands to a widows peak in the front. You could make one on your wig by getting some tulle from a fabric store and extra loose wefts in the color of your wig along with a ventilating needle.

Hey guys! I’m in a music video! Look for the Raven when it gets to the stage scenes at about 1:48. You can’t even tell how much pain I’m in from dislocating my knee 2 hours previous to the shots being taken. :D

The Making of Wonder Woman - The armor, Part 2

So, because i just love procrastinating on the easiest parts of the costume(making the belt buckle and tiara) I decided to paint what i had instead! I used sculpt and coat to smooth out the surface of the worbla and then chrome metallic spray paint and acrylic paint for the rest. I still have to go in and weather and detail it a bit, but look how awesome it looks already!!

The Making of Wonder Woman - The Bracers

I used craft foam and sandwiched it in Worbla to create these. I them pressed in some detailing while it was still hot and put in rivets and grommets for some decoration. I wanted to kind of mimic a leather type bracer while still getting the trademark metal look to it. I also think it will work well with this Spartan-inspired Wonder Woman. After I did the detailing work, I formed it around my arms for a good fit.
The next steps for these will be casting the stars, attaching them to the bracers and then painting.

I went to a local convention called Fandemonium. I wore my Kyoko and Raven costumes there. the first day was Kyoko and I was with some of the members of my Madoka group. The second day was Raven and I entered into the cosplay contest! I dislocated my knee right before prejudging was to start. However the judges were kind enough to gather up and judge me when i eventually got there a few hours later. There was a miscommunication though and I got entered into the Novice category instead of journeyman. I won 2nd place in that category.

Photos from RedZoneFandom

Just a quick picture of my chest armor. I haven’t been able to work on it much lately because of work, going to fandemonium, and also because I dislocated my freaking knee. 

I do about 99% of all my work on the floor and it’s hard to get down there, work, and move around when you don’t have use of one leg. Can’t even bend it right now.
Soo, Cosplay progress is going to be a bit slower than normal while my knee heals.

Just a quick picture of my chest armor. I haven’t been able to work on it much lately because of work, going to fandemonium, and also because I dislocated my freaking knee.

I do about 99% of all my work on the floor and it’s hard to get down there, work, and move around when you don’t have use of one leg. Can’t even bend it right now.

Soo, Cosplay progress is going to be a bit slower than normal while my knee heals.

teastars asked: I am completely FASCINATED by how you dyed your Raven wig (it's beautiful)! Did you find that the iDye Poly had much of an influence on the color? I ask as a disperse dye needs to be at a constant boil to penetrate synthetic fibers and I can't imagine you boiled your wig for an hour, haha. Also, did you use the color intensifier or decide to leave that out? I'm sorry if this is a bother, I'm just completely excited by hearing this! Thank you and keep creating great things!!

i love answering cosplay questions, so you’re no bother at all!

 It definitely had a huge influence on the color as I started with a silver(almost white) wig. I used an entire packet of purple and a 1/4th of a packet of blue with about half of the intensifier. I brought it all up to a boil and then turned my portable stove off and let it set for about 10-15 minutes to cool off. I was scared what actually boiling the wig would do it to however “heat resistant” it claimed to be. I only needed to swish the wig around for about 30- 50 seconds to get the color like it is. I tested it on a bunch of different extra wefts to determine exactly how long to keep it in there for and it didn’t really seem to matter if it was in there for 50 second or half an hour. the color remained basically the same. Any less than that though and the color would be much lighter. After I took it out of the dye bath I sprayed it with a hose and washed it with dish soap until it no longer ran purple, and let it dry.
Dyeing a wig like this kinks and tangles it like CRAZY. Getting it all de-tangled took 2 hours and it looked like a horrid frizzy mess. However going over it with a hair straightener turned it back to the texture of smooth silk. You’d never be able to guess how terrible it looked out of that bath. I almost think the wig feels better NOW then it did before i dyed it. this method has none of the crunchiness of marker dyeing, and it NEVER rubs off on anything. It’s perfection!

I recommend dyeing with iDYE poly 150% on a HEAT RESISTANT wig. I’ve heard that it does well with most other colors too!

The only thing I would have done differently would be to use a resist on the lace of the wig. The dye turned it all purple, the wig fibers, the elastic, mesh, and the lace for the lace front. I’ve heard that Vaseline works.

ardawigs:

Imladris in Silver (063) and a pack of short wefts in SilverRaven from Teen TitansVentilated in a widow’s peak, dyed with iDye Poly in purple and blue, and finally cut it into an A-line style. EmileighWild Tiger Cosplay
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ardawigs:

Imladris in Silver (063) and a pack of short wefts in Silver
Raven from Teen Titans
Ventilated in a widow’s peak, dyed with iDye Poly in purple and blue, and finally cut it into an A-line style.
 Emileigh
Wild Tiger Cosplay

Thanks for the submission!
You can submit too! Click here and read the rules!