Thank you so much! <3
I like the idea of Worbla, but I’ve never used it. I’m glad to know an approximation for how much to purchase though! Do you have a particular store/vendor you prefer to purchase it from?
Hello Loki cosplayers!
I am in need of your good opinions. (You’re welcome to give bad ones too, but they’ll likely be ignored.)
With every progressive step I move closer to actually having to do something about that armor, and I can’t seem to settle on one technique or material. There’s leather, casting, craft foam, worbla, sculpture- the list goes on, and all with varying degrees of difficulty and cost.
Which route have you chosen and why? Any advice for your fellows?
naxiu5: Thus far I’ve had the most success with making the scales stick with Loctite Super Glue- but it also makes everything away to stiff to actually be practical. I’m going to try the red hot blue glue and see how that works, but I knew going into it that what I had made for the scales might not work out. I’m prepared to go the craft foam route as a plan B; not overly exciting, but I know I can make it stay in place.
Hi everyone, sorry for the lack of updates! I’m afraid I had to act my age for a bit. My poor car is dying a slow death, and unlike Hiddleston, I can’t afford to march out and buy a Jaguar, so I’ve had to concentrate on replacing it by less spectacular means. Haven’t found the right one yet, but since the my current car hadn’t actually died, I still have time.
Not sure what the updates are going to look like for the rest of the week either, what with overtime at work and all- but it’s all good, because cosplay isn’t cheap.
What I have been able to finish are Loki’s pants- sans scales in this picture.
(This post ended up being longer than I expected, so I’ll post more photos separately.)
They’ve been done for about a week, and you’ll note, they aren’t entirely leather- or, well, vinyl, in my case.
I did a lot of research into that, because finding angles that actually showed me what I need to know was tricky. (Though not unpleasant- who’d complain about having to stare at Hiddleston for hours?) Anyway, I put in
The Avengers Loki 2, paused the movie whenever Loki was on the screen, then went frame by frame to find some references. Also good was that moment in the recently released Thor 2 Loki 3 gag reel that had the stunt double doing an impressive, personal study of angular momentum. I’m not going to post them here, because they’re awkward (not to mention, have you seen the length of this post?) But if you really want some references, get some screen shots as he’s twirling around.
What it all comes down to is that the front part of Loki’s pant are leather, almost like chaps, along with the crisscrossing sections around the knees, and the brown points along the inseam. The scales, which cover half the thigh, are attached to a standard, non-leather/pleather/vinyl, black fabric.
The irritating thing was that I only figured all that out after I had begun making my mock-up. I had properly sized a pair of muslin pants, and was in the process of marking out where certain seams were to go, when the a fore mentioned gag reel was released, and I finally got some shots of the inseam and the back of the pants. Couldn’t have debuted two weeks earlier, could it?
Well at that point, once I could see how much the pants were leather and how much were not, it was no longer worth my making a pair from scratch.
Instead, I dug out a pair of black work pants that I had planned on cannibalizing for my denim quilt, dyed them again to counteract the fading, and set to work transforming them.
I picked out the inseam and attached the vinyl (because I have bills to pay and a monthly budget to keep to, so leather is out of the question) to the front. When satisfied, I resewed the inseam, now with vinyl included, and concentrated on those overlays.
The overlaying woven strips were simple enough to design and create, those brown points were more of an issue. I’m not entirely thrilled with mine. The patterns for both sides were made individually from one another, to ensure that they fits properly with the overlays and the seams, and while they look spot on from the front and the side (if I do say so myself), the backs aren’t quite parallel with the crisscrossing overlays. Seriously frustrating, but that’s just how they’re going to be, unless I want to make a new pair of pants. (Hahaha, no.)
And now, as if this post wasn’t long enough, I have a confession to make.
I make it, because someone may find the result useful.
Confession: I cheated. I used glue. Not on all of it, mind, just on portions of vinyl that needed to be secured to other portions of vinyl.
Now let me explain: I don’t usually believe in using glue. Glue is a last minute sort of thing you use when there’s a wardrobe malfunction and you simply don’t have time to fix it , because its time to leave for con now. Glue is not what you should use because you’re too lazy to take the time to properly stitch something down.
But I had a good reason! Promise!
Actually, two good reasons:
First, I have a pretty good sewing machine. I bought it pre-owned, but rarely used three or four years ago, and it’s a trooper. However, it wasn’t designed for these heavy-duty fabrics. It can handle two layers of denim without a problem, a layer each of denim and vinyl without a worry, two layers of vinyl with little concern, and can even, with a lot of thought, go as far as to sew two layers of denim and one of vinyl (or vice versa)- but anything more than that, and there’s no go. My serger whips through it all, but one can only do so much with a serger, before on needs a basic (but not too basic) machine. Glue was my answer.
For the second reason, pull up a picture of Loki (aww, darn) and have a look at the costume details. You know what you don’t see? Seams.
All right, you’ll see some, here and there, but for the most part, there are no topstitched seams on the leather sections- so I wasn’t about to have any on my costume either.
The problem is, normal glues, even most industrial glues, don’t work on vinyl. They’ll peel right without a second though. So what do you use? Go to the hardware store and find PVC pipe cement.
Plumbers, handymen, and DIYers alike all use it to join PVC pipes. It chemically bonds with the polyvinyl chloride, and almost melts the pieces together. And it will glue vinyl fabric to itself. You can even get a pretty good bond to normal fabric, if you are firm enough with it, and allow it enough time to set.
I used both Christy’s Red Hot Blue Glue, which really is blue, and thus very obvious if it spots somewhere that it shouldn’t; and Oatey’s Regular Clear PVC Cement- I needed something that wouldn’t be obvious for the scales. Be careful, this stuff will start eating at the vinyl the second it touches down, so try not to drip.
And a few cautions before you work with this stuff (because this is in the spirit of giving friendly pointers, and I’m not responsible for any results):
Please read and follow all of the words of caution on the cans. This stuff is dangerous, and potentially fatal, so please be careful. Protective gear is strongly advised, and a well ventilated site is a must. I’ve done all my gluing outside, where I can be sure there is enough air flow, and I still managed to get a headache from the fumes the first time I used it. A mask is a really good idea. And children, please let an adult handle this stuff, just show them where you want things put.
Or better yet, save your pennies and buy a sewing machine that can handle more than mine.
I feel like I should say “hello” to all of my followers and, more importantly, say thank you! I’m really humbled by all of you actually showing interest in what I’m doing. <3
Thank you so much! <3
I cut off the posts of thumb tacks, glued them to tie tacks, then painted them gold. The process and accompanying pictures are on my blog: http://cosplayconspiracy.blogspot.com/2014/01/loki-boots.html