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!