Cosplay is fun! And this amazing group cosplay was done together with Bettcanard Design and Neko Cosplayearlier this spring. I made the lovely temperamental "Buttercup". And here is the break down of my interpetation of a post pocalyptic style for her.
I had a suitable wig already (and my eyes are naturally green).
And I figured that Buttercup would have the most dramatic almost Goth like makeup of the three. Pale skin, heavy eyeshadow and green lips. A shotgun is an accessory right?
I still think cosplay shouldn't be overly expensive and I love challenges. That is why I often use cardboard and other cheap materials for my work. This time I made a new pair of dragon horns, I did another pair for a demon last year, tutorial here. But the method this time was a little different. But still very simple.
I started of by creating the shape using tin foil.
For the scaling effect I just tore long strips of newspaper and glued them on layer by layer starting at the tips. Only a glue gun was used at this stage.
Here you can better see the "scaling" effect from the paper strips.
The horns were painted a black base color (gesso). Remember to paint under the scales as well, this will also lift the scales a bit upward.
Then we have a brown base color.
And every scale was first shaded with a darker brown and then every tip got dry brushed with gold paint.
The first time I used them I attached them to a head band, but the next time I attached a single hair clip to each one (crocodile clip) so they could be attached to the wig as I pleased with out having to conceal the headband.
In an earlier post I wrote a bit about how to plan your costumes and which materials to use, but I want to add this post as a sum up of most cardboard based costumes I have made. I love to use cardboard and other trash as building material, and you get a way more interesting story when people ask: "What is is made of?" And you can answer: "You know, what ever I had that day, pizzaboxes and a soda can..."
So even though you will not get the most resilient costumes, this is a handy way to get some cheap costumes.