LokiCosplay

I first finished my Avengers Loki cosplay for anime expo 2012 and am making changes and adding things as new stuff comes out/as I feel like it XD. I blog about random progress and Loki things. =]
feel free to ask any questions. I 'll do my best to help =]
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Arm guards/ Gauntlets Craft Foam Guard part 1

I need to mention this first. There are two versions of Loki’s arm guards. One where the band that goes around the inside of his arm wraps around the middle part of the armor and one where it wraps around the end where the elbow ends. The design and general shape on these two are different.

Materials

  • Craft foam
  • gesso
  • 3D paint <—- THE IMPORTANT ONE!
  • Exact knife again (don’t cut yourself these hurt…. and i always end up nicking myself every now and then x-x)
  • Mod podge
  • Paint
  • some clothe scraps
  • pen and paper
  • hot glue gun
  • hair dryer or heat gun, any heat source that’ll help heat form the craft foam

If you look at the pictures above, I messed up the design once. The right and left arm guards mirror eachother and I almost ended up making the design identical instead of mirroring.

The first and most important part is making the pattern for your piece out of some paper. I just used computer paper. You want the piece to go from the end of your elbow to the wrist and make sure to lengthen the band that holds the gauntlet so that there is room to wear clothes under it. Also make sure you can slip your hand through it, like this.

I drew on all the details onto the paper version of the arm guards so that I could make sure the design turned out to be the same on both craft foam versions. After cutting out the craft foam, I draw the details in pencil lightly and I used a heat gun (hair dryer works too) on the craft foam and curved it against my own arm. You can still curve the craft foam after having put all the details and painting it ect. on but it’s easier to heatform the craft foam before it’s layered with other things like gesso.

I used the back end of the exact knife blade to carve in the details for the lines and then I used the 3d paint to paint on the dots and raised parts. The fancy wavy section at the end of the armor bits should actually be indented little squares but I to fill it up with 3D paint instead and just make it unevenly bumpy. You could try using the end of a chopstick or something small and square to imprint onto the craft foam. You have to wait at least 15-30 minutes for the 3d paint to dry so I would work from top to bottom, in one direction to avoid smudging your work.

When the 3d paint is dry, cut out a small diamond piece of craft foam that will go on the underside of the arm guards. It’ll be the connecting piece between the loose end of the armor band and the main part of the armor. I used a hot glue gun to connect the two pieces. (bottom picture) Don’t put too much glue or it’ll show through the seems. It actually holds quite well. Wore mine to ALA for most of the con and was afraid of breaking it the whole time but it turned out fine. No damage o-o Shockingly

The picture is not very clear/obvious because I had already done more things…

naxiu5:

lokicosplay:

Loki Chest Plate Craft Foam Guide - The picture on the bottom IS NOT MINE, it is just for reference.

Materials used to make mine:

  • Craft foam
  • Gesso
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint/Spray Paint
  • some black clothe
  • Exacto knife
  • 120 grit sand paper

I used two layers of normal craft foam to make the main black part of the chest plate. I have no idea how the  movie designers made the chest plate and how they keep it in place so I’ve basically just been using the jacket to keep the chest plate in place until I saw Khaos Kostumes idea. The put strips of pleather on three of the edges and sewed it into the costume so it’d stay in place. I only put a strip on the bottom part of the chest plate.

(and I still have no idea how you’d wash this costume…. suggestions anyone XD?)

Keep in mind, the biggest problem is making the chest plate big enough to cover the chest area but small enough so you can still rotate you arms forward without being restrained by the chest plate. I didn’t think about the need for forward arm movement the first time I made the chest plate and had to cut off A LOT off the edges. I’ll show you my crappy first version in another post…. It’s actually being use on the back of this newer nice chest piece as the second layer.

I used two layers of craft foam so I could sandwich the strip of fabric inbtw and it could be sewed onto the rest of the clothes.

I cut out the gold part of the chest plate from craft and hot glued it on top, I used the blunt back end of my exacto knife to impress the lines into the craft foam.

After the the craft foam is all together I would heat it up and curve it up like the chest piece is. Then paint layers of gesso on it to thicken and strengthen the craft foam. I did at east 10 layers. I then used 120 grit sandpaper to help smooth out the gesso and used painted it.

I didn’t paint it gold first because I wanted to prime the whole piece together so it’d look smoother and I had to paint the whole piece black first and then use masking tape around the center part so I could spray paint it gold.

I painted layers of mod podge onto it last to seal the paint and give it a smooth finish. I did at least 3 layers. The mod podge dries clear and feels plasticy. Thinner and more layers of anything will always give off a smoother finish than less and thicker layers.

I usually only work with craft foam although I have air dry clay and bake clay sometimes. I like to use the cheap but good methods so if you want to make an actual silicon mold or resin, I’d suggest looking into Khaos Kostume’s guides or googling around. For those who don’t have the money, skills, and patience to work with these more expensive materials I hope this craft foam guide helps you! Craft foam is my go to material =] Cheap and easy to work with!

KHAOS Kostumes guide - scroll to bottom for the chest place he did =]

Will post up a supplies pic after and how I made the arm guards with Craft foam too.

Reblogging for ideas.

Also, the link to Khaos Costumes is broken x_x

D: sorry! I fixed the link. It got the website link in it, but it said denied or something. It should work now.

And since I’m reblogging, I’ll just add on pics of the supplies I used here so you can see the brand and such. XD You can only upload 10 pics in a post so yea… =[  Yay for rebloggings.

I’d also like to mention that I’ve seen more than one design, as in the lines on the gold part of the chest plate, too and that’s why mines doesn’t match the one on top. I believe the pic I was looking at is one of the Avenger’s versions. (I should really get around to making that compilation of subtle differences in Loki’s outfit post)

Loki Chest Plate Craft Foam Guide - The picture on the bottom IS NOT MINE, it is just for reference.

Materials used to make mine:

  • Craft foam
  • Gesso
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint/Spray Paint
  • some black clothe
  • Exacto knife
  • 120 grit sand paper

I used two layers of normal craft foam to make the main black part of the chest plate. I have no idea how the  movie designers made the chest plate and how they keep it in place so I’ve basically just been using the jacket to keep the chest plate in place until I saw Khaos Kostumes idea. The put strips of pleather on three of the edges and sewed it into the costume so it’d stay in place. I only put a strip on the bottom part of the chest plate.

(and I still have no idea how you’d wash this costume…. suggestions anyone XD?)

Keep in mind, the biggest problem is making the chest plate big enough to cover the chest area but small enough so you can still rotate you arms forward without being restrained by the chest plate. I didn’t think about the need for forward arm movement the first time I made the chest plate and had to cut off A LOT off the edges. I’ll show you my crappy first version in another post…. It’s actually being use on the back of this newer nice chest piece as the second layer.

I used two layers of craft foam so I could sandwich the strip of fabric inbtw and it could be sewed onto the rest of the clothes.

I cut out the gold part of the chest plate from craft and hot glued it on top, I used the blunt back end of my exacto knife to impress the lines into the craft foam.

After the the craft foam is all together I would heat it up and curve it up like the chest piece is. Then paint layers of gesso on it to thicken and strengthen the craft foam. I did at east 10 layers. I then used 120 grit sandpaper to help smooth out the gesso and used painted it.

I didn’t paint it gold first because I wanted to prime the whole piece together so it’d look smoother and I had to paint the whole piece black first and then use masking tape around the center part so I could spray paint it gold.

I painted layers of mod podge onto it last to seal the paint and give it a smooth finish. I did at least 3 layers. The mod podge dries clear and feels plasticy. Thinner and more layers of anything will always give off a smoother finish than less and thicker layers.

I usually only work with craft foam although I have air dry clay and bake clay sometimes. I like to use the cheap but good methods so if you want to make an actual silicon mold or resin, I’d suggest looking into Khaos Kostume’s guides or googling around. For those who don’t have the money, skills, and patience to work with these more expensive materials I hope this craft foam guide helps you! Craft foam is my go to material =] Cheap and easy to work with!

KHAOS Kostumes guide - scroll to bottom for the chest place he did =]

Will post up a supplies pic after and how I made the arm guards with Craft foam too.

ALA was great fun and I went ribbon hunting for the first time. Will be posting up more pics and writing a review soon and posting up progress pics later too from stuff before the con =]!!!

It was my second time to the con, but my first time was only for a day and I hadn’t known anything about the con so I don’t really consider it my first time because I didn’t really know ALA.

I will be giving out these Loki’s Army Ribbons at ALA 2014! as Loki

I have Prison! Loki and Avengers! Loki.

Gonna see some bitches kneel <3

Getting poptarts for Thor after escaping prison.

I’ll have poptarts and snacks at ALA for Thor. Finally finished my prison shirt too and will post prgoress pics later. I’ll dye the shirt a darker green later.

random progress pics from before.

the first two pics show what i mean by folding in the edges. i glued them down although i know you are suppose to sew in the seams, this was faster and easier because of how hard it is to sew through layers of pleather. Pleather is not as thin or supple or leather (not the kind i’m using anyways) and it’s not that breathable.

I wish I had used a more breathable material because of the suffering that is loki’s sleeves. I learned afterwards that apparently there’s a difference between pleathers. Depending on the materials and how the pleather was made, it can be breathable. The details on the pleather I bought didn’t really say what much except pleather, so I’m not sure what mines is made from. But I do know it’s not breathable. If you decide to use pleather, I suggest asking about the breathability of the material. Found the info from wiki here.

Artificial Leather Wiki

I mentioned in an earlier post that I made my armor scales pieces for the shirt and side of the pants out of craft foam. I’ve since looked at some other alternatives for people to use. I tried a lot of different google searches and found these from searching “METAL RHOMBUS FLAT STUDS”

I believe that some of these might be smaller than some people would like for the scales buts I am not entirely sure because I haven’t bought any to reference. The 1st ref pic is from Tom’s SDCC appearance and the 2nd is a hi-res image from the Loki Thor 2 movie poster.

I hope this helps give some more options for those who don’t want to make the scales out of craft foam. (All this excess stuff on Loki’s outfit really makes me wonder how the studio handles upkeep of the costume. I’m pretty sure they don’t just wash and dry it in a machine….) A question to other Loki cosplayers: How the hell do you wash or keep your costume clean? I know you can’t wash pleather or leather the same way you do normal cloths.

2nd Rhombus Thing

Silver Rhombus Studs

Sorry for the crumpled state of the paper and how it doesn’t look like it makes sense…. but when I sewed mine together, it definitely worked.

Since I sewed mine up quickly, I forewent the full complicated details of Loki’s coat, in particular the V-shape part in the back, but I’m sure it could be easily added in. I only made half of the coat as a pattern because the other half would be identical and I could just flip the patterns. All the extra pieces on Loki’s coat actually makes it quite form fitting to Hiddles’s back, but it’s quite hard to actually get that done right. (i am kind of a beginner sewer though -.-)

The arm sleeve top area and the V-shaped bottom area might not look like they would sew up properly but they do. (in reference to the last picture of the patterns I made) I’m not entirely sure how to explain it but I think it works like this. The top sleeve part will be pulled up and sewed together with the other top sleeve opening part and that will pull up the bottom part of the same piece and that’s why the angle of the V shape thing changes to match the beginning part of the V-shape thing… The change in angle happens to be where the midline of the jacket is as in the middle of the side seems.

Personally, I’d like to go back and make a better more accurate simpler pattern, but I don’t think that will be happening anytime soon because I’m not hung up enough on it to re-sew it… plus I don’t have anymore of the green cloth. I think it would be easiest for someone to modify a pattern based off of this one if they wanted to. I hope this helps. My ask box is always open if I can help

happy thanksgiving, going to Las Vegas and then having Finals testing right after break. Will update when I can.

this is the PRELIMINARY design to the actual coat for Loki. I just used paper to make a crappy general outline of the jacket’s shape  (especially crappy since paper doesn’t wrap/drape like actual clothe)

This is used to test the general length of the coat to ur height and shape of the jacket, armhole ect. I made a second more final pattern based off of this.

hiddleston-daily:

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ref picssssss

(via fahrlight)

The red dotted line in the second picture is where you would sew along if u were connecting the stripes of the shirt to the other pieces. Since you wouldn’t want your sewing to show, you would make sure you cut half an inch or so of extra space on your pleather pieces and then sewed them together along that line, like this.

The third picture shows how I put the stripes together and kept them stripey. If you sew the red first. you are sewing underneath what would show up, connecting the top and bottom parts together. Then you would either sew blue or orange. They essentially do the same thing but could take you more or less steps to do. If you sew the blue line, you are sewing underneath again. This blue line will be done twice, once on the left and on the right so that the stripe will look like a stripe… The orange line just means you don’t sew until you have all the pieces together and sew over everything because you are connecting the back and front shirt pieces.

I don’t know if any of this is making sense….

Also, I will make some gifs explaining the shirt collar later…. If you have questions, my ask box is open.

Part 1: http://lokicosplay.tumblr.com/post/67646669742/this-is-the-basic-pattern-for-my-loki-shirt-since

This is the basic pattern for my loki shirt. Since I was working with pleather I was afraid to make it too tight so it turned out to be a bit looser than I would have liked. You can curve the sides in and out as you’d like. I made patterns for each stripe on the shirt too although I ended up not using as much of the extra space I cut out for the stripes. I had to hand sew all the strips because my sewing machine couldn’t sew through too many layers of pleather.

There’s more pictures of this pattern, but tumblr only lets you post  pics in a post. I’ll also explain how I sewed the stripes in or you could do them the same way I sewed the sleeve part stripes.

IMPORTANT:I forgot to mention I lost the piece of paper i made for strip R4, so there’s a missing strip… it looks the same as the others though just different lengths

Part 2 http://lokicosplay.tumblr.com/post/67647817097/the-red-dotted-line-in-the-second-picture-is-where