Hey Fangirls! If you’ve been following my twitter, you know that I decided very late in the game to do a couple cosplays for New York Comic Con next month. One of the cosplays I’m really excited to do is Wonder Woman.
I decided to do a Wonder Woman cosplay when Jimmy Palmiotti told me (at Boston Comic Con) that I look like Diana Prince, Wonder Woman’s alter ego. I was super honored, because Wonder Woman is this incredibly powerful and beautiful, and here was the writer of one of my favorite comics (Harley Quinn) telling me that I looked like her? Hell yeah! So I started with modifying a pair of very silly pants into Wonder Woman’s skirt. Then I went to start on the cuffs and tiara, but I had a lot of issues finding any YouTube videos on how to make them. So I want to share with any Fangirls out there who feel like making her accessories!
The first thing I did was grab some craft foam. I had a ton because I wanted to make armor out of it, but I got intimidated by the idea of molding them. So I had a big package of it just laying about. With my craft foam, I measured how big around and tall I needed the cuffs to be (make sure they go more than all the way around your arm), and drew them on. I also sketched out the tiara (the tiara doesn’t go all of the way around my head, I’ll get to how you attach it), and then cut them all out.
Next I got some metallic gold fabric. I was a bit unsure as to what would work to look kind of like metal, but could be used with the foam well, so I asked the people at my local JoAnne’s Fabrics. They have been crazy helpful with all of these cosplay endeavors I’ve been asking them about, so I recommend asking at your local craft store when you need help. They’ve seen all sorts of projects come in, and are very knowledgeable. Anyways, I ended up with a gold satin. I bought about a yard of it (my plan was to make one Wonder Woman cosplay, but I’ve got two in the works because I had extra of the fabric). At home, I cut the fabric a couple inches bigger than the foam.
Then I did a lot of gluing. I’m not a very patient person, so this was hard. I think my lack of patience has something to do with why I’ve been working on 3 cosplays simultaneously, but I’m enjoying it. I started at the top of the tiara, and worked my way down both sides. That way I didn’t pull it too far from one side or the other. I put the hot glue on the foam, not the fabric. Then I held it down for a bit and moved on to the next part. I did the same for the cuffs; cut the fabric bigger than the foam, folded it over, and hot glued it down.
After that I needed to take another trip to JoAnne’s; I had no clue what to use for the red stars on her accessories. They suggested sparkly red craft foam. On the non-sparkly side, I drew stars of all different sizes. I used an xacto knife to cut them out (I made more than I needed in case they weren’t as good as I wanted). I found out that drawing stars isn’t my strong point, so some of them are a bit goofy, but I think they work just fine. I glued the big one to the center of the tiara, and two smaller ones to the cuffs. Then I realized that I needed to be able to attach them somehow.
For the tiara, I used gold ribbon and measured it 3 times around my head. I threaded it through a giant needle and shoved it through each of the ends. Half of the ribbon goes under my hair and ties, the other half sits just under the tiara. I used the same massive needle to lace the cuffs in a corset style. The ribbon I bought isn’t the most comfortable, but it doesn’t rub on my skin too much, so that’s alright.
so that’s how I made some pretty okay Wonder Woman cuffs and tiara! I’m trying to work on a belt as well, and that’s a bit more confusing, but I’m getting there. Are you Fangirls working on any cosplays for NYCC?
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