Overwatch Cyberspace Sombra

Gladzy Kei used Worbla products, including our Mesh Art, to create her Cyberspace Sombra costume from Overwatch!


You can see video of how the pauldron was built here:

Lieutenant Allison Jakes from Privateer Press: Warmachine

AllieCat Art and Cosplay used Worbla’s Finest Art to create this fantastic costume of Lieutenant Allison Jakes with a working smoke machine and lights and an incredible paint job. Check out how she did the paint work here!
With photos from Vancouver Cosplay

PYRRHA NIKOS: RWBY

The lovely Sheena Duquette shared the following writeup on how she made her Pyrrha Nikos costume from RWBY.

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Having always been drawn to the strong warrior-type women for prospective cosplays, I knew Pyrrha would be a perfect candidate as an intro to armor. There’s nothing I love more than embodying my favorite characters while also learning a refining new skills along the way.

Excluding the armor, this design was pretty simple overall. After receiving concept artwork from RWBY’s creator, Monty Oum, I set about detailing and patterning my costume.

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Bustier-esque pattern on top, leg armor and bracer on bottom. I ended up just folding the armor patterns in half to get a more accurate trace.

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Red soles. Monty please. I ended up sanding down the soles of some old heels I used to wear in high school before slathering red acrylic paint onto them. Being neat wasn’t too much of a concern since I would be gluing my covers on over top of any paint bleed. I then sealed it with clear Plastidip.

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Most of the fabric cut out to corresponding fabric. I typicially eyeball ~1″ seam allowance.
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Pinning, sewing, sealing. Multi-tasking!! I also copied my boot cuff pattern to some craft foam to give it some sturdiness.
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Here’s the sash and the skort. I chose to have the sash wrap close with velcro, and the tail part to tuck inside rather than actually tying and knotting the fabric. As for the skirt, I decided to make shorts underneath to accommodate for the inevitable “panty-shot” poses I’d be pulling.
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I love pouches. Not my favorite thing to make, but when I’m in costume, I need somewhere to put my belongings. I took some time to sew on some details before assembling them over craft foam patterns, much like the boot cuffs.

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The cuffs just slip over the boots from above. I had some riding-up issues at one point, but nothing a little velcro on the inside couldn’t fix!

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Tabs, spray paint, and progress. But I will say this: don’t use vinyl. Why did I use vinyl? It’s awful to wear. Don’t do it.

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Now that all the sewing is out of the way, it’s on to armor. I was cheap and managed to craft everything (including the shield!) on one Jumbo Size Worbla Sheet. Rather than the full sandwich method, I folded the thermoplastic around the edges of my foam and called it good enough. Being my first try at both armor and Worbla, I made a lot of mistakes, but I also learned a lot.

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Bit of progress on the knee area. You can see the flaps I mentioned.

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Getting some pieces together. Hands down the hardest part was finding the right shape to heat things over.

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Fun fact: I had to punch grommets through the bracer to allow for it to be laced up. So, I heated up the part I wanted to pierce first, and then stabbed it with a screwdriver first to make a start. I then reheated it and forced my way through with a grommet puncher.

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Test fitting the jewels on the crown! The chains are folded under the lips of Worbla on the inner part. I strung fishing line through the chains to secure the beads.

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Always use your heat gun against a heat-safe surface. You will melt upholstery and carpet so fast. Trying to stretch my materials, I reheated scraps of Worbla together before flattening them out in a pan and cutting new shapes. Success!

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This was probably the hardest thing to pattern and I can barely turn my head in it. However, it does its job, so long as I don’t actually have to snipe anything..

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V2 of the bustier
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Remaking of the top piece. The material I originally chose was clearly not right in any sense for how I was wearing it, so I opted for something a little more.. practical. However, like before, I simply spray painted my fabric gold for sake of ease.

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Photo by SoulFire Photography.

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With many thanks to Sheena Duquette for sharing this with us!

Dragonslayer Ornstein

Thestylishgeek shared her Dragonslayer Ornstein build with us.

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Dark Souls Dragonslayer Ornstein

Photo by Estrada Photography

Usually I like to do a write up after every cosplay I make. However, I feel like I don’t even know where to start for the Dragonslayer Ornstein cosplay I debuted at SDCC 2014. I was contemplating cosplaying Ornstein back in May when I beat Dark Souls after 100+ hours of gameplay, but knew it would be extremely challenging. However, after my trip to Paris and seeing the amazing armor pieces at Les Invalides (here’s an example), that pretty much sealed the deal. Ornstein was one tough cosplay and it pushed me in ways I never imagined. It wasn’t necessarily that it was impossible to build, but I think it was more the sheer scale of it that made it the most difficult cosplay I have built to date. Plus with only 6 weeks to build it and between travel, weddings, and work, I still can’t believe I pulled it off.

So, where do I begin? Made mostly out of Worbla, foam, and some Wonderflex, I used a combination of online photos or Worbla armor, Kamui Cosplay’s new armor making books, as well as lots or trial and error. As always, I started with lots of card stock and began making lots of templates (good thing for big Restoration Hardware catalogs!). I wanted to get the base shapes down before adding any details and here’s what I came up with for the main pieces – shoulders, arms, thighs, shins, and shoe covers (not shown). All of the pieces are made of basic craft foam sandwiched between two pieces of Worbla.

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Shoulder Pauldrons

Ornstein Arm guards

Arm guards

Ornstein Worbla shin armor

Shin Armor

Ornstein Worbla Thigh Armor

Thigh Armor

Here’s an example of all of the pieces needed just to make the thigh armor.

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For the chest piece, this was mainly 2 big pieces (the 2 most center) and then two small pieces added to the left and right side of those (versus having 4 thick layers). For the back, I went with the “bra band” style and had it wrap around my back w/a slight opening so I could put it on.

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Chest plate

As for the hip armor (what I like to call his “skirt”), I decided against the sandwich method and instead used Wonderflex for a couple of reasons. 1) I wanted the skirt to have movement, not be super thick and bulky 2) Wonderflex by itself is thicker than Worbla. If I had used Worbla, I would have had to double up on each piece versus just using one sheet of Wonderflex. I connected each of the skirt pieces using D-rings and used many scraps of Worbla to add details and trim.

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One of the hip pieces

At this point, I was just about ready to add details to everything. Keep in mind that many times with video game characters, you don’t have great reference photos except from pixelated game art, concept art, or even fan art. But one great tip I took away from Kamui Cosplay’s books was just to remember that in the end, the costume is really for yourself. It’s your interpretation, your ideas, and you have the creative freedom to make it look how you it to look. So no matter how “accurate” I wanted to be in my mind, I had to remember that this was my costume and my interpretation. With that in mind, I had to take some creative freedom when it came to designing the details or Ornstein’s armor.

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Adding details to the arm guards

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Some details on the thigh armor

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Trying the shoulder and chest armor on for the first time!

I knew the head piece was going to be challenging so I tackled it last. I decided early on that I was going to go the more comfortable route by making a head piece that would sit on top of my head rather than covering my entire face. I just couldn’t imagine being under a full helmet all day and on top of that wearing head to toe armor! To build the infamous lion face, my plan was to sculpt the face, cover it with Worbla, and then “peel” the cooled down Worbla from the clay. Easy, right? I started out by sculpting the face out of Monster Clay, which I sculpted directly on to a styrofoam head so that the proportions would be correct.

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Then I stuck everything in the freezer for a while so that it was extra cold. After 20 minutes or so, I heated the sheet of Worbla and started molding it into the clay “face”. After everything cooled, I carefully pulled off the Worbla “face”, which was pretty much now a shell for the head piece.

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With the shell complete, I started building around the face and adding the spiked details. Lastly, I added a band in the back since I wanted to have a red “plume” ponytail coming out the back.

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About halfway done!

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FINALLY, it was time to paint! Kamui Cosplay also happened to have a book on cosplay painting so I made sure to read that over, gather all my painting supplies, and just go for it. The base of the armor was all gold chrome paint mixed with some hammered gold paint from the hardware store. After that, I used basic acrylics wit brushes to hand paint the shadows and details. Actually the most handy tool I used was my fingers as I found it much faster to blend things that way!

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Primed and painted gold!

What a difference shadows make!

Painting Worbla arm guards

L: base gold paint R: with details

Worbla shoe covers

L: base gold paint R: with details

Ornstein chest plate

The jewels were bought from a craft store and painted with nail polish!

Ornstein Dark Souls Hip ArmorAs for Ornstein’s spear, that was a mix of PVC pipes, and leftover Worbla and Wonderflex. I had to get a little clever with shapes – either by covering foam pieces with Worbla or wrapping the PVC pipe in duct tape to add thickness in some parts. For the spear, I initially thought to carve expanding foam, but in the end glued a bunch of foam boards together, carved those out (each layer or red/yellow is a layer of foam board) and covered them with Worbla. For my first time carving foam, I am surprised everything turned out ok!

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Carving layers of foam board into a spear and then covering with Worbla

Once that was all done, it was just a matter of adding all the details and then painting everything.

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The last bit was adding a variety of D-rings and straps to make sure everything stayed on. Most of my straps were wide elastic bands attached to sew-on velcro. And to my surprise, after an entire Saturday of wearing this shoulder to shoulder around the floor, getting scratched, and bumped into, I was pleased to find that the armor was surprisingly comfortable and that nothing fell apart! Woo hoo!

Overall, I think the best thing about wearing this cosplay was getting stopped on the floor to talk to others about the Dark Souls game. For those who have played the game, it almost feels like you instantly bond because of the level of difficulty in the game. You both understand the emotional roller coaster that the game puts you through and having people really appreciate the costume because of who the character is was really rewarding to me.

And lastly, a huge thank you to my husband who pretty much lost me for a good month or so while I was heads down working on this costume. Thanks for your patience during all those late nights, keeping me calm during my panic moments, and making sure I got fed!

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Thanks again toThestylishgeek for sharing her work with us!

X-Men’s Pixie Build

Tiff shared with us her build of her Pixie costume from X-Men.

Design
Pixie is by far the funnest character to plan since there are many depictions of her, especially on all the variations of wings, armor and pink hair you can find depending on the artist. For my take, I really wanted her armor to be bulky and over-exaggerated, because it would give it that “cartoony” appearance which I always love.

Construction
I purchased a pair of “Black Sclera” theatrical contact lenses from FX Eyes. Originally, I had made my own wings but was not happy about the quality of it so I decided to give my business to Fancy Fairy. They did an impeccable job on my wings. The wig is from Arda in Rose Pink.

I’m extremely terrible at sewing. I decided to buy a black catsuit and make my own yellow pattern. I sewed the yellow pattern on to the catsuit and then, uh, bad things happen (hint: not symmetrical).


Bracers: I used two layers of EVA foam because I wanted the bracers to look really chunky and cartoon-ish, and then I covered it with a layer of Worbla.

As expected, they ended up being very loose on my skinny little arms so I wrapped them with suran wrap very tightly for about a week. To my surprise, it actually worked and fit my arms perfectly.

For the little “knobs” on the side of the bracers, I used the bottom part of a disposable cup and cut out the top part. Filled the bottom part with resin because the cup was really weak and flimsy after cutting it, and then I used Worbla to form the shape.


Boots: This was definitely a learning experience for me because I never made boot covers before. I basically drew a pattern out of my doc marten boots and cut the pattern in half. Luckily, these boot covers were able to fit perfectly right over of my sneakers, despite the fact that the pattern was based off the doc martens. I used Wonderflex.


Legs: I used a cheap push light to make the shape of the knee “pads”. These are made out of Worbla. The rest of the armor for the legs was just eyeing everything.

Thanks again to Tiff for sharing her build with us!