I like how all of these 11-17 year olds are just going to school with vampires and werewolves and giant spiders and vicious three-headed dogs in their backyard, yet they need a permission slip with an iron-clad parent/guardian signature to go have a harmless butterbeer at the nearby wizarding village.
Okay, Hogwarts. Okay.
Began work on the breastplates. We definitely veered from the original design, and worked this up on the fly. And by on the fly, I mean sat there for hours drawing a million different shapes on painter’s tape and saying repeatedly, “why does this look so shitty?”
Things we encountered when making breastplates:
For the base pieces (I apologize for the lack of pictures) we used the wrap yourself in plastic wrap super tightly, and then wrap yourself in painters/masking tape super tightly, and then freak out briefly about not being able to breathe and fight the urge to maniacally rip the tape from your body, and then trace on your shapes for the lil riblet part. Then cut the tape/plastic wrap off of your body, contemplate briefly the impermanence of life, and then cut out your shapes and make your traditional worbla-craftfoam-worbla sandwiches for each piece. You can also use a template for a guide. As we’ve said before, we purchased all of kamuicosplay's templates and those were extremely helpful. Then connect all of the pieces together, and form it around a dress form or your own body until it begins to cool and harden.
For the boobie part, we used a styrofoam ball, wrapped in aluminum foil, and rubbed with vaseline. This would have worked great, except the ball that we used was too small, and the result was a weirdly spherical and aggressive boobie shape. We should have used a larger sphere to get a more gradual slope for the boobie shape. I was a little nervous to use such a large spherical object as a mold because I am not the chestiest lady. However, I should have realized that I could have used a larger sphere as a mold, and then cut the boobie part according to size.
How we improvised: heating and gently stretching the worbla that was already in the boobie shape (that was made from the smaller styrofoam ball mold) and then stretching the edges of the boobie shape while pressed against the ball mold. This allowed us to stretch the boobie shape out for a more gradual curve, but with control. A good way to make sure the worbla is smooth when you do this is to cup your hand around the outside of the worbla while it is pressed up against the mold shape, and to hold the mold shape with your other hand and use the mold to actually smooth out the worbla. This probably doesn’t make sense because it’s really hard to put into words how to do this. You won’t even have to do this part if you just use a big enough boobie mold, like the back of a mannequin head. So I guess ignore that last paragraph, and we shall never speak of it again.
A good way to put your design onto your breastplate is to cover the boobie part in painter’s/masking tape, and then draw on your design. Then unpeel the tape, flatten it, cut out your shapes, and trace them onto worbla. From there you can cut out your worbla shapes and heat and affix them to the breastplate.
Now time to make stencils for the design of the riblet part!
Oh also, two unexpected kinds of scissors that are great for cutting worbla:
Hefty bone cutting scissors purchased in the kitchen appliance aisle of the Korean supermarket
Hair cutting scissors—very sharp, and nimble to cut intricate details.
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Ono and I were thinking, this must be what the Irvin/Levi Snk visual novel prequel is like, right?
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