Lady Sylvanas Breast Plate Armor Tutorial (phew!)

I feel like I start most of my tutorials like this but…it’s been a while since I’ve done a tutorial and I lost most of the pictures I took of this costume’s progress (story of my life) so I am here today to teach you all how I made the breastplate armor worn by The Dark Lady. Sorry for potato quality phone pictures.

First things first, materials.

You’ll need:

-Thin sheets of craft foam

-Worbla

-Old bra (or new I guess, I had an old one lying around)

-Clear bra straps

-Heat gun (or hair dryer but heat guns work soo much better)

-Hot glue

-Scissors

-Half circle plastic orb thingy (cna be bought at craft stores. I have no idea what they are for but I think it’s something for christmas ornaments. Buy one roughly the same size as your boobies. Go bigger if there isn’t one in the right size.)

Okay so below is a picture of my abused mat, half circle orb thingy, and heat gun.

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Step 1:

Cut out two squares of worbla a little bigger than the half circle. Heat up the sheets and press them together. Sweet, now you have a two layer square of worbla.

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Step two:

Heat the worbla so it’s nice and pliable. I usually heat it from the center and work my way out. Go slow with this. If you heat it too quickly you might get awkward bubbles. If the worbla starts to turn more pale and look a little chalky, it’s too hot. It should be warm enough that it’s easily moldable, but not so hot that you can’t touch it with bare hands.IMG_1070

Step three:

Once the worbla is heated, lay it down over the circular thing. It should hang over the edges evenly. Press down firmly, curving the worbla over the form. I also traced the basic shape of the armor, since her boobie covers aren’t just circular. (seen in black marker below). Be sure to let the worbla cool off before removing it from the form. It might stick a little, but the shape shouldn’t deform as you pop it off. A word of caution here, be sure you pull down the worbla evenly. It’ll thin out towards the center of the sphere as you form it. If it gets too thin you may have issues with stability, or the worbla could tear and make a hole in the armor.

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Step four:

Cut off the excess worbla and try it on for size. Trim as needed.

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Step five:

To make the band, you’ll want to start with a foam base. Cut out the shape, something like the shapes below. Be sure to match the cure of the cup you just made. Using more foam, cut out the designs and glue them down onto the base. (Here is where I lost some pictures)

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Step Six:

Cut out a single layer of worbla .5 -1 inch wider than the foam base you are goign to cover. Cut some small darts that go from the outside edge of the worbla and meet the outside edge of the foam. Place the worbla over the foam base. Start heating the worbla from the center outwards. Press the worbla down into the crevices and around the raised details. I use a pen for this to get cript edges.

Step Seven:

When the top is done, flip the armor over and start heating the edges. Fold the tabs over onto the back and press down firmly.

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Step Eight:

Use a strip of worbla to attach the boobies to the band. Worbla wil stick to itself when heated. I also hot glued it for extra stability and attachment.

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Step Nine:

I used more foam to add raised details to the breastplates, and some worbla covered foam for the diamond in the middle.

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Step Nine, I mean Ten! It’s late.

Step Ten:

Since worbla isn’t very comfortable, I cut the cups off an old bra and stuck them  on the inside. I also punched some holes down the back slit. Think of it like a corset. I have some placeholder ribbon to test the fit. If it’s too big, the back is the area to trim it down to size. This

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Step Eleven:

Now is the time to add the clear bra straps.

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Step Twelve:

The cuts in the worbla have a tenancy to pinch when the armor flexes. For this reason I lined the top and bottom of the band with the extra fabric from the bra.

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Step Thirteen:

Using paperclay I went over the raised details that were originally there from the foam interior. It looked good with just the foam, but I wanted something a little more pronounced.

Step Fourteen:

The part where it all comes together is the paint! Be sure to paint in highlights and shadows. Below is a picture of flat paint vs shading

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And that’s it for my tutorial! I promise the next one will have more detailed pictures and steps! As always, feel free to email me with questions, I love to hear from you guys!

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Renaissance Faire 2015

Last weekend my friends and I went to the Renaissance Faire up in Irwindale. It was pirate weekend so of course I had to dress up to theme! I made two costumes in about a day and a half and I am pretty pleased with how they both came out. For added nerdiness, both are based on our pirate Dungeons and Dragons characters! I made the captain’s coat, my shirt, pants, and bodice. Also my friend really sucks at taking pictures. Wish I had some better ones that actually show off the costumes and not just how dorky we are!

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Also there were geese.

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Wondercon 2015 Gallery

In a rush, posting between raid pulls in WoW so I’ll have to make this quick! Here’s a small gallery from Wondercon 2015. The con was great, the parking not so much. Even though I have a parking pass for the Disney parking lots, they wanted me to pay something like $17 for convention parking! Aside from that though things were pretty good. It was a little warm so suiting up in costume all day was exhausting. Inside the exhibit hall was huge! Most of the vendors sold the same stuff as usual. Almost bought an art book but I checked the price online and it was $20 cheaper on Amazon. My advice is always check online first. If the price is close you can use it to haggle. If not, well you’ll know if you’re getting a deal or getting cheated.

There were many amazing costumes there. Unfortunately I am not a photographer and my camera is old. So the pictures are going to be a little… bad haha. Photos of me and my friends will be posted in a separate blog once I get the images from the photographers.

If you know any of the cosplayers feel free to let me know and I will link to their pages.

 Wrathion! I loved this costume! Such attention to detail it was fantastic.

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Geruss from Mass Effect

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A wonderful paladin in challenge mode armor (World of Warcraft)

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Songhammer! I love this band <3

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Belle and Beast- Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

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Hobbit barrel ride!

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Amsterdoodle learns to curtsy

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The Monster Hunter Caravan and cosplayers

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 Danger, Will Robinson!

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Warrior Tier 13 + The Blackhand: Yuks General

Warrior Prideful Gladiator + Gorehowl: Okageo

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That Vegan Cosplayer and I battle it out!

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Butts and more butts

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Amsterdoodle Cosplay

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Taking a break with my partner in crime:

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Amsterdoodle’s plushie:

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More cosplayers outside:

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Poe and Poe Collector- Zelda:

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Dalek- Dr. Who:

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The Hound (I think) and transformer:

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Kiki and San- Kiki’s Delivery Service and Princess Mononoke

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Fallout meet up!! (FAVORITE GAME)

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 Met up with some friends :)

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Noblegarden (or maybe just easter) Abomination- World of Warcraft

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I always look forwatd to seeing this guy at all the local cons! His costume is a work in progress and every time I see it he’s added something new and amazing!

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Day One Group:

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Vocaloids- Teto: Amsterdoodle

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Street Performer on a 12ft unicycle:

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Outside break time!

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Essential NPC on duty!

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Liger Zero- Zoids  Amsterdoodle

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Quick and Easy Orc Teeth

It’s been a while since I have posted a tutorial, walk-through, or how-to. Let’s hope I haven’t forgotten how!

Today I am going to show you how I made a pair of simple orc teeth that look something like this:

Smaller fangs:

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Larger fangs:

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Step One: Gather the materials. You’ll need:

-Friendly Plastic or equivalent like InstaMorph

-Hot water

-Mug

-Spoon

-Heat gun or hair dryer

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Step Two: 

Heat the water up so it’s hot. Maybe not boiling, but HOT. Dump some of the plastic pellets into the hot water. When cool the pellets will be opaque white. When they are heated and malleable they will turn clear. Use the spoon to gather the pellets. They tend to stick together. Be careful as they will be very warm and may hurt when you touch them.

Step Three:

To make the base, press the pellets together and flatten them into a rectangular shape about two inches long and maybe an inch wide. You can cut it to be more precise, but all the pictures I show in the tutorial are very rough as this was my “first draft” so to speak.

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Step Four:

You’ll have to work quickly. There is a fine line between when the plastic is too hot to handle and when it is too cold to mold. When the plastic is warm enough to comfortably touch, place the plastic length-wise along your bottom teeth, centering it. Press down in the front and back.  Pop the plastic off and replace it, making adjustments as needed. It should fit snugly on your bottom teeth, but also be easy to remove. It shouldn’t fall off when you talk or move your jaw. Be sure not to let the plastic cool while on your teeth. You wouldn’t want the plastic to harden on your teeth only to find you can’t get it off easily! If the plastic hardens before you have gotten it right, just dump it back in the water water or use a heat gun.

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Step Five:

Mold some orc fangs! Heat s little more of the plastic and roll it into a cylinder. Pinch the top to make a point. You can make the teeth as large or small as you want. Put the base in your mouth and play around with the position of the fangs until you know where you want them and how you want them angled.

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Step Six:

Use the heat gun or hair dryer to warm the front of the base just enough so that the outside is slightly clear. You don’t want to heat it up too much or you risk losing the shape of your tooth indents. Heat up the bottom of the tooth. Press the tooth firmly to the base. It should stick. Repeat the process for the second fang.

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Step Seven:

By now you should have a pretty decent set of orc teeth, The natural white color of the plastic means you wont have to paint them, but if you want to give them a yellow tone you can soak them in coffee.

Optional Step:

You can warm the front of the base and use a knife or other sharp tool to carve out the shapes of other smaller teeth so that the base isn’t just a block of white plastic.

I hope this helps! As always, you can message me with any questions or comments. :)

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Raven Queen Gallery- 2014

I made a costume based on Dungeons and Dragons 4e goddess of death, the Raven Queen! There really aren’t many pictures of her out there so I had to come up with my own design. She’s already in the retired stage so as a farewell, I’m going to post a gallery including many of the lovely pictures taken at Long Beach Comic Con by one of my favorite photographers: Thach Roof Photography! (Check him out HERE)

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Taken by Casey Kwock HERE

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Taken by Greg P. HERE

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Taken by Hard Not Impossible Productions HERE

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I’ve lost the links to the photographers who took these:

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It’s been fun!

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