Saturday, April 6, 2013

Battle Bunny Riven

Battle Bunny Riven cosplay!!!

This is the cosplay I decided to do for Anime Bonzai. Check out the link for more details!
I first started with the sword. I went to the dollar store and got a bunch of plain white foam board for a dollar each. I used about 12 foam boards to make the sword. I drew out my template, which took a while since I'm a TERRIBLE artist! I laid two foam boards end to end and duct taped them together. I drew and cut out my sword. I did 6 layers just like this, using my template to trace out my pattern. I hot glued each later together. 
This was the result:
I then used my reference photo to carve out the shape of the sword so it didn't look so boxy. This process took a long time, but I'm a perfectionist and it had to be perfect!
This was the result:
Next I started the paper mache process. This was messy! I mixed water, flour and glue together until it was the consistency of runny pancake batter. I cut newspaper into 2 inch wide strips and dipped them into the mixture. I wiped off all the excess and laid the strips all over my sword. It took 2 days to cover the whole sword and for the newspaper to dry. The next step is sanding and then painting! I will update more once those are done!

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