Claudia's Final Fantasy XII Fran Cosplay: Hair Clip

Total Time: 2 days | Total Price: $3.99 | Status: In Progress

How I made this costume:

Hair Clip:
This piece was pretty simple, and as usual, I used the same technique this time as I do for all my armor. I began by taking measurements of my head, and figuring out the correct size of the hair clip (laying flat it's roughly just a little over 6" x 4.5"). Then I created the pattern in Photoshop with my Wacom, printed it, cut it out with craft scissors, traced the back of the pattern over my light box with white charcoal, and carefully pressed the pattern down onto the craft foam to transfer the design over.

This hair clip was my first three-layered piece of armor, meaning that I started with the base and then added the trim followed by the circle element last. That was the part that was built up the most. All of the delicate trim was carefully cut out with brow scissors, then heated and shaped over the stove top on med-hi before being super glued down accordingly. All of this was done while the hair clip was still flat. Then after the trim was on, I took it over to the stove to shape it and glue the center of the base together where the design split. After that, the circle part too was molded into a nice spherical shape over the heat, and then glued down into place.

MORE COMING SOON!

Useful Websites:
The Many Wonders of Craft Foam
Cutting, Shaping, and Painting Craft Foam
Craft Foam Hair Clips

Materials:
Tape Measure - Superior Tailoring Rule, 150 cm/60 in
Pre-owned
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Adobe Photoshop
Pre-owned
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Wacom Intuos3
Pre-owed
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Inkjet Printer - HP Photosmart 7200 Series
Pre-owned
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8.5"x11" White Print Paper - Hammermill Premium Multipurpose Paper 24 lb
Pre-owned
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Craft Scissors
Pre-owned
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Light Box - Artograph Light Tracer 10" x 12"
Pre-owed
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White Charcoal Pencil - General's Charcoal White 558
Pre-owned
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Craft Foam - Creative Hands or Creatology 11.8" x 17.7" Foam Sheets
Purchased from Michaels
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Brow Scissors
Purchased from Target
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Super Glue - The Original Super Glue, 4 Pack, 0.10 oz Each
Purchased from Michaels
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MORE COMING SOON!

Feel free to leave all comments and questions below.
♡ Claudia (AKA Fran)

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