This was an intense build featuring floating pauldrons, LED lights, and a ton of DIY experiments. This was a secret build to the public that only my patrons had access to. I also did a few tutorials for them, which will be linked at the bottom of the post. For that reason, this will be a quick guide of materials I used to build the costume, but no step by step guides as I usually do. For full acess, tips, and tricks, join my Patreon!
Okay! Let's get into it! I found the idea for this cosplay while browsing Pinterest. I was absolutely in love with the design by Liber Libelula. I even found the rest of the #DisneyMeetsWarcraft set and drooled over all the designs. This is the perfect combo of Jasmine and blood elf design from World of Warcraft.
The first thing I did was look up elf ears. And my gosh, are they ever expensive. It makes sense - they're high quality material made with love. And then I looked up tutorials for DIY elf ears, and I didn't like how they were essentially just painted foam. I wanted ridges and texture. So I made a tutorial for how I made mine on Patreon!
After procrastinating for about two months, I got an email saying applications for the cosplay contest were open and needed to be submitted within a month. Cue panic mode. I looked at the fan art, and then my ears, and then back at the fan art as the realization of how much work I had to do set in. I made a schedule, ordered some worbla, and thrifted some fabric.
The cape and hood were made using a thrifted sheet and painted with metallic gold acryllic paint. The pants were made with this gorgeous flowy material I found at the thrift store. It was so perfect! I used this super quick tutorial for the pants. Before I added the elastic in the bottom hem, I painted the pants using the same gold acrylic.
The wig was actually built as two seperate parts. The front curl, and the ponytail clip. I bought three packs of kanekalon hair and sewed my own wefts to cover the ponytail clip. The ponytail bumps were made by gluing styrofoam balls under the hair! It's lightweight and keeps perfect shape. I attach the top ball to my head by slipping it over my ponytail and clipping it to my real hair!
The armor was all made out of craft foam, except for a few details that were reinforced with worbla - this includes the necklace, the edging on the bracers, and the centre of the breastplate. The spikes on the pauldrons were made by carving pink insulation board to shape and smoothing out with wood glue and filler.
The armor was primed with mod podge to keep its flexibility, painted with red and gold acrylic paint, and sealed with a gloss spray coat. Then I did my shading details for depth using black oil paint in the creases and blending it out with a paper towel. I gave it one more gloss coat to seal. I installed grommets in the back for my lacing and it was done!
The light up parts were super fun and I got to show my patrons a neat, cheap, and easy way to light up their costumes and cast gems without resin. I experimented with over 12 materials to get the best looking gems and then shared my findings with them!
And as always, here is my Cosplanner breakdown. Jasmine has become my longest cosplay to build with over 100 hours put in! Click the photos to zoom in.
Short and sweet today, but I think I gave enough insight to help you on similar projects! You can also pledge to my Patreon for as little as $2 and get instant access to multiple months worth of tutorials, wip photos, videos, and even group votes and decisions.
Here's a list of all the tutorials and tips I posted while working on this project:
DIY Elf Ears
Black Worbla Tips Video
Cheap, Easy Lights for Cosplay
DIY Elf Ear Earrings
Easily Remove Paint from Foam
DIY Elf Shoes
This build was a great experience, and I'm really looking forward to my newest cosplays to come together! I will be working on Te Ka from Moana, and a new secret cosplay, both which will be revealed at the end of April!
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