I think my Pluto staff came out pretty nice, my friend did a good job considering the small amount of time he spent making it. For this year at Otakon, I want to ‘finish’ the staff with details, perhaps sanding it smoother, etc. While I was at CAA this weekend I came across the Tri-Art booth. The woman, Rheni Tauchid, who was manning(hah?) the booth was super nice and very informative. A product caught my eye - Liquid Mirror. It is a bit expensive - 28 dollars for two ounces but I think it is quite worth it. The biggest issue I had with my staff was that the silver rubs off (I am sure a lot of cosplayers have this problem with props), and nothing is worse than having a costume ruined by some cheap paint. I’m uploading part of the paint chart since I think that it does a better job of explaining the specs of the color.
Obviously, this is a terrible picture taken in a dark room with a crappy iphone. Liquid mirror is the 3rd color from the right on the first full row at the bottom.
I purchased Liquid Mirror, Iridescent Pale Gold, and Carbon Black. Carbon Black is going to be for my Yuuko project while the gold and mirror will be for my staff. Along with repainting it(all except the orb - I like the liquitex glossies in red on it because it matches my earrings and choker I’m hoping to switch the gold balls made out of .. something not so durable with smooth wood balls from a craft store.
Back to the paint: I’m waiting for my order to be processed and shipped - in the meantime the patient woman (I say this because I probably came by to ask her questions five times in one day) gave me a near full gloss polymer medium(to mix with liquid mirror) and the remainder of her Liquid Mirror so I could play with it at home while I wait. (Break down day at a convention always equals freebies or great deals! **hint hint, hit up Housing Works bookstore after BEA every year** )
Here is a swatch of Liquid Mirror on top of the current color of my staff. I think this will be an awesome improvement and I’m excited.
I think it goes without saying where the Liquid Mirror is in this picture.
So, I think its called foam board. I don’t know. Anyway, using a ruler I measured out a shape that is a bit under two inches in length and one inch in width.
Behold, my lovely drawing skills.
So then I cut out four of those shapes…
I then pierced two pieces 1/2 an inch below the top V to make a hole and then inserted flat back sterling silver earring posts. I didn’t take a picture of that step for whatever reason.
Bring back the trusty glue gun, I glued the four pieces together to make two earrings. I then coated the edges with glue to close up the seams. This has been followed by two coats of liquilatex.
I guess that is all… these were made to match the brooch. I will make the pendant for her choker in the same fashion.