Phoenix Comicon 2015 was so much fun! But man did we work like crazy to finish our costumes just in time. Yes, as usual we waited until the last minute to get started. Its so hard committing to an idea but once you start, there’s no turning back; at least not for us that is. I had so many ideas on what I wanted to be, but nothing was getting me exciting. I’ve always loved the world of fantasy. Some of my favorite movies til this day is Legend, The Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, and Furngully. So, this year at the last minute I had decided to be a Woodland Elf creature. I would have preferred to be a fairy but Comicon is way too crowded to be wearing fairy wings. They would have been knocked around so many times that I would have gotten irritated. Trust me, I know this from experience.
Anyways, you know me, I couldn’t just be just any old regular elf, it had to be more. I was thinking more like, Lord of the Rings, regal, and powerful. For my costume I used a McCall’s pattern M6819. It took me about 4 days to finish making this corset coat piece. I also made some brown pants similar to the pattern picture below but the pants were not included in this pattern. I made my own pattern for them. The pattern instructions weren’t too difficult to follow. I found my fabric from Joanns and also SAS, our local fabric store.
Since I was going with a Lord of the Rings level of a costume, of course I needed a headpiece, some wrist cuffs, and a walking stick. LOL! To create the headpiece and wrist cuffs I used Worbla for the first time ever. Let me just tell you that this material is amazing! Its a type of non-toxic thermoplastic that is extremly moldable when you heat it up using a heat gun. Once it has cooled, it hardens and holds the shape. You can sand it, pant it, and it sticks to it self and other worbla pieces when heated. It’s an awesome material to try when you are doing some serous costuming. Let me just say though that it’s not cheap. Here’s where we bought ours from.
Okay now lets talk elf ears. I didn’t want to buy those fake plastic ears, I wanted to make my own. Something that I new would match my skin tone for sure. So after searching Pinterest and YouTube I found this easy tutorial where you use liquid latex on a clay sculpt. It took me three tries to get the perfect pair of ears. After that I painted them with some of my liquid foundation. If I were to do it again, I would mix some of my foundation in the liquid latex so that I don’t have to worry about painting the ears to match my skin tone. I applied the ears using Spirit Gum.
Below you can see me testing the ears out. I decided to be a Vulcan Star Trek officer on one of the four days we were at Comicon. I even did the eyebrows! It’s amazing what wonders a little glue stick can do on your eyebrows. (I did not make this dress.)
And last but not least, my walking stick. Materials: PVC pipe, twine, clear plastic fillable ball, fake plant vine, acrylic paint, white spray paint, and LED lights. I don’t have much to share with the process for this prop because my boyfriend worked on this for me.
Well, that’s all. I’m sorry I don’t have more pics to share. We were so busy trying to finish in time that I kept forgetting to take more process pictures. There’s the Fan Fest this fall in Phoenix that we are thinking about going to. As of right now, our plans are to start early with our costumes. But man I don’t know, we work so well under pressure. LOL
Photo credit for the pic above to Phoenix NewTimes! Check out more awesome costumes here!