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+Sephiroth Cosplay Complete+ by The-Winter-Cosplayer +Sephiroth Cosplay Complete+ by The-Winter-Cosplayer
Yay!! It's finished! Three months of toil is finally finished!!

I'm so happy with how it turned out. I was able to give it a test Run at RadCon this weekend and it looked great as the durable for four hours before and surprisingly not as uncomfortable to wear as I thought it would be.

Now I can't wait for SakuraCon!!!


Here's a list of steps as to how I made the armor. I'll post a tutorial when I have time to make another pauldron.

I made my armor out of craft foam. I used the 6mm thick sheets like these. Although I found mine at Joann fabrics over by columbia center. That's the only place I could find the 6 mm sheets. I could not find them at Michaels or Hobby Lobby, although Hobby Lobby did have large 3mm sheets which I used for the dome of the pauldron, but that was the only time I used the 3 mm sheets

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For the lining around the armor I used Foam tape, the kind people use to insulate doorways and windows with.

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Then I covered the armor with about five coats of Kilz2 latex primer. This primer was meant to be used in doors so the toxicity it prett low, but I would still use a painters mask and gloves while applying it to be extra safe and work in a ventilated area while it is drying.

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And then I used Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2x Aluminum Spray Paint, beautiful smooth coverage. I would recommend doing this in the garage, outside, or at least next to an a wide open door to the outside and getting one of those painters masks that cover your nose and mouth, it's nother very healthy to breath in the aerosol of the paint:

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And finally covered every thing with liquitex varnish. This stuff was both protective and flexible. but tedious to wait for because it took 3 hours for each coat to dry and you didn't want to work it too roughly with the brush or it would dry cloudy instead of clear. I put down too coats of the gloss finish and one coat of the matte finish over the top and that gave me a nice shiny steel, but not too shiny, look. I found the liquitex at Hobby Lobby and Michaels, but not at Joanns. It was over in the section where they had all of the fancy paints and brushes. Make sure you get the flexible type liquitex it will say it is flexible on the back of the bottle.

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crankpin Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woah! You went to Radcon?! I didnt go 2011 but I'm going in 2012. I saw you at Sakuracon however!
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:iconthe-winter-cosplayer:
Yeah I was at Radcon 2011, but I did not have my wing then. :D
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crankpin Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Are you going to be going to radcon 2012 too?
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CosplayExecutioner Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
That setting and costume are flawed.
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The-Winter-Cosplayer Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
I agree the setting was not ideal, the picture was mainly to show the completed costume in full. the picture was taken by my neighbor in his front yard with my iphone, he was kind enough to take time to take the picture, I couldn't really drag him to an ideal location.

Yes my cosplay is flawed I am not a professional, and this is my first foray into armor making. though if you could list some specific flaws I would be most grateful so I can improve for the next convention.
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Chuupa Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Haha, remember me with the pug? :] But, anyways, great cosplay once again! Can't wait to see you next year! <3
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:iconthe-winter-cosplayer:
Thank you! :D
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EtriuzJT Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow looks really good! Good job!
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:iconthe-winter-cosplayer:
Thank you very much I'm very proud of how it came out! :D
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EtriuzJT Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You did really well on it :thumbsup: =)
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