Snapdragon - Kabuki
Worn at: Dragon*Con '02, CNAnime '04
This one was supposed to be an easy throw-together costume to give me a break after the insanity that was Windy, but I started working full-time a couple weeks before Dragoncon, so I ended up doing a bunch of things at the last minute, as usual. It was quite comfy, but it did get a bit tiresome having to push the mask up and down all the time. Also, having to carry the weapons made dancing somewhat difficult. ^_^;
I tried dyeing my hair black, but it didn't quite work. All I ended up with was slightly darker brown hair, with two greeny-black streaks where I'd previously had two blonde streaks. -.-;;
Armor & Weapons: The shogee is carved from pine, sanded and covered in many many many layers of gesso to get that super-smooth finish, then painted. The ring is ABS plastic, painted silver and wrapped with cord. I bought chain from the hardware store and attached it to the blade and ring.
Pants, shoes, mask: All bought. I'd planned on making a mask to fit my face, but ran out of time and ended up settling for a cheap plastic mask from Malabar. It's a bit too small, and the face isn't quite right, so I'd still like to make one that's really accurate.
Bracers and armband: The bracers are ABS shaped with a heat gun and painted with acrylics, then edged with piping. The armband is stretch twill painted with fabric paints.
Shirt and harness: The shirt is just a chunk of fishnet fabric tied around me. The collar was custom-made for me at a local goth shop, and I made the harness out of leather scraps and rings from the hardware store. The electrical tape is, well, electrical tape. And yes, it does sting a bit coming off. ^_^
Stuart painted my tattoo for Dragon*Con, and Dawn(Kaijugal) did it for CNAnime. We were sitting in a side hallway, me topless and lying face-down on the ground and later sitting up holding a shirt to my chest while she painted my back....and guys were walking by trying really hard not to LOOK like they were looking. XD