While I was on a budget for this, I did do one little splurge since I wasn't spending as much on making a prop. I bought some really nice, disturbingly well-integrating elf ears, because for some reason the characters in this franchise can't be expected to ever wear a helmet. And I also bought a huge pair of goggles because extraneous goggles are about as ubiquitous as extraneous belts in 90s character designs.
|Believe it or not, I've actually used these ears a few times after this cosplay for completely unrelated events.|
I continued disassembling the purse to make enough material for the gauntlets, which I sewed in two pieces that attached with snaps at the wrist and crook of the elbow.
I left a small gap that was disconnected at the wrist band to give myself more flexibility in movement. For the wrist bandages (more extraneous prop tropes!) I cut the white shirt in part 1 into strips, roughed the edges up with a rasp, and wrapped them onto my arms the morning of, securing them with some body glue.
I covered the goggles in first a layer of yellow paint for opacity, and then a layer of orange metallic paint, and finally streaks of gold paint sharpie. I think that gave it a more weathered realistic look, instead of looking like plastic prop goggles that are not safety rated in any way.
|THE GOGGLES, THEY DO NOTHING!|
Two nights (two whole nights!) before PAX East, I was done. Here's a laid out shot of everything in the cosplay. Funny how much easier this was when I wasn't trying to make both a costume and a realistic prop weapon or helmet...
And right before I left on the big day! I failed to consider that a crop top and capri cosplay in the middle of March in Massachusetts might not have been the best idea, but the rosy shores of nostalgia kept me warm regardless.
|Things worse than cold: Accidentally whacking your fake wobbly ears, synthetic leather chafing, strangers staring at you on the T.|