Claudia's Final Fantasy XII Fran Cosplay: Leg Armor

Total Time: 38 days | Total Price: $94.62 | Status: In Progress

How I made this costume:

Leg Armor:
This set of armor was the most troublesome for me. I had to redo each piece twice and I was so frustrated with them that I put the project off for awhile. I'm content with them now, and learned a lot from redoing them all over again. My problem was that I made the first set too tight and therefore they weren't fitting on the leg properly. All three pieces have to be perfectly aliened together to connect and silhouette correctly. The other thing was that I had to alter these patterns to fit my own proportions. Fran's legs are insanely long, because she stands at 6'2" with the six inch high heels on. Even though I have long legs, they're not that long and all of the armor proportions had to be adjusted.

So as soon as I got the patterns worked out in Photoshop everything else went smoothly. I printed it, Scotch taped it together, cut it out using craft scissors, traced the lines onto the backside of the paper pattern with white charcoal using a light box, and lastly transferred my patterns to the craft foam by pressing the white charcoal down into it gently.

The top thigh armor and the small bottom ankle armor were pretty straightforward, and only required the usual treatment of cutting out the pieces, gluing them together, and shaping them over the stove top on med-hi heat. The ankle piece does have a seam down the back that's held together by Wonderflex and three snaps. There would be no way to get it over the foot if it was connected, so it will have to do. That's unrealistic design on the concept side of things, so that's an example of something that had to change no matter what, because it's psychically impossible to get something that small over the foot.

The lower leg calf armor was way more complex and evil than the first two. It required a lot more planning, had hidden seams, Wonderflex backing, and was designed to slip on and off the leg with wires on the inside used to close it tight while being worn. Overall there are four base pieces for this particular piece of armor: One for the large main leg section, one for the piece on the front that covers it, one for the top of the cover, and lastly one for the flower section on the top that covers the knee. Each piece has its trim cut and glued down first, then shaped over the stove top, and then super glued carefully together.

After the armor was crafted, I added a line of hot glue on the inside, just like the arm armor, to help prevent them from sliding down and around. The texture of the hot glue sticks to skin and acts like the rubber lining of thigh-high stockings. It's not perfect though, and I'll most likely have to use Pros-Aide to glue the armor to my skin when wearing them.

It's also very important to store these pieces carefully in large cardboard boxes. I have all of them propped up and stuffed with brown paper so they don't fall over and lose their form. They're all stored in a cool dark place as well so that heat doesn't warp them. I would be a sad rabbit if that happened!

MORE COMING SOON!

Useful Websites:
Wonderflex FAQ
Making Wonderflex Armor
Craft Foam and Wire Armor

Materials:
Tape Measure - Superior Tailoring Rule, 150 cm/60 in
Pre-owned
---
Adobe Photoshop
Pre-owned
---
Wacom Intuos3
Pre-owed
---
Inkjet Printer - HP Photosmart 7200 Series
Pre-owned
---
8.5"x11" White Print Paper - Hammermill Premium Multipurpose Paper 24 lb
Pre-owned
---
Scotch Tape - Transparent Gloss Finish
Pre-owned
---
Craft Scissors
Pre-owned
---
Light Box - Artograph Light Tracer 10" x 12"
Pre-owed
---
White Charcoal Pencil - General's Charcoal White 558
Pre-owned
---
Craft Foam - Creative Hands or Creatology 11.8" x 17.7" Foam Sheets
Purchased from Michaels
---
Brow Scissors
Purchased from Target
---
Super Glue - The Original Super Glue, 4 Pack, 0.10 oz Each
Purchased from Michaels
---
Wonderflex - Medium sheet 21" x 27"
Purchased from CosplaySupplies.com
---
Floral Wire - Darice Wired Accents, 12 gauge, 5 yd, Silver (Aluminum)
Purchased from Jo-Ann
---
Hand Sewing Needle
Pre-owned
---
Black Thread - Dual Duty XP All Purpose, 500 yds
Purchased from Pearl
---
Snaps - Dritz Nickel-Plated Brass Sew-On Snaps, Size 3/0
Purchased from Pearl
---
Mini Hot Glue Gun - Crafters Edition Low Temp
Pre-owned
---
Hot Glue - Magic Melt Low Temp General Purpose Glue
Pre-owned
---
MORE COMING SOON!

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

No comments:

Post a Comment


Jojoba Oil Benefits - 10 Amazing Ways To Use It | CLAUDIASUTTON.blogspot: Health and Lifestyle