Was it difficult to cut and style the wig? I'm kind of worried about the cutting part for my Elyon cosplay (I send you a note earlier about you Elyon cosplay, hehe) since the only cutting expert friend I got moved to the states a few weeks ago. X_X
I'm curious to know what you thought of the hairstyle, in terms of practicality. Was it any trouble having a couple of rings dangling like that? They look metallic, though I'm guessing you've used something lighter. I have to admit, in the TV series I found Elyon a very irritating character. She was so easily manipulated by Cedric, and then also by Phobos. It's like she'd believe anything she was told, without question. Nor would she even give Cornelia a chance to explain things!
I really love the hairstyle visually, but yes, the braids are quite unpractical. Elyon's rope-ish braids are seemingly quite loose in reality, but I myself had to make the decision the make then tight, so they'd stay nice and neat as long as possible, because naturally they'd get frizzy from all the movement and rubbing against the clothes. The rings themselves were not any trouble at all, they were quite nice, actually. They are actually made of metal. I made them myself out of raw aluminium and they weight pretty much next to nothing, as aluminium is really light. Plus because they were made by using metal, they make this fun, chinky sound when they hit each other. I myself like Elyon as a character quite a lot, but then again she is quite different and has more depth in the comics, which I prefer. I didn't mind the "easily manipulated" part, because I think it's only natural for someone her age and interest in this handsome, tall stranger (Cedric). Can't really remember too much about the show, but in the comics she didn't see her brother until much later, and until then she'd been mostly with Cedric. By that time I guess she had already accepted her fate and new life enough to trust her brother. Once again, because it's a TV show, the pace of the plot is faster than in literature. And the comics have all these EXTRA issues and books which open the characters' past and future and whatnot and bring a lot more to them.
Wow, you made them yourself out of raw aluminium? That evokes an impressive vision of you slaving away in a steamy hot metalwork shop with goggles and heavy gloves, pouring molten metal into moulds. But perhaps it wasn't exactly like that, ha ha. Did you bend some piping, or what? I'm curious about how one goes about making rings out of raw aluminium. Anyway, you definitely get extra points for using actual metal and not just simulating the look.
Yes the show undoubtedly moved much faster than the comics. It sure didn't seem to take Elyon long to turn against Cornelia, supposedly her long-time best friend. Actually I had trouble believing in that relationship, because Elyon came across as being significantly younger, partly because of her behaviour but also visually and in the way she sounded. Her voicing seemed rather different from the more sassy and streetwise style of the Guardians.
I made the hoops by lathing. Meaning that I carved the rings out of a lump of aluminium with an industrial lathing machine. So no heat or molten metal. Or even gloves. I only needed these regular protective plastic glasses so the metal scrape wouldn't fly into my eyes accidentally. I could have maybe bought some metal hoops similar to those, but I really wanted to try making them, as I like to make all the parts in my every costume myself. Also that way I could add all the grains myself and polish them the way I wanted. Here's a WIP picture collage. fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net…
I know I said wow already, but wow, you lathed your own rings! I don't know why you didn't mention that in the description, as it seems rather noteworthy to me. I like the way you said the rings were "not any trouble at all". Somehow I doubt that many cosplayers go about lathing their own metal accessories! So anyway, I'm impressed. Also, now I know what a block of raw alumnium looks like. I mean, it's not like you see those in the local supermarket or anything. The polished rings look great. Very clinkworthy indeed. And yes, I just made that word up, but I think you deserve it. How long did they take to do, including the polishing?
And about not mentioning that I made the rings myself, too. I don't usually write anything more here than the necessary info, like where and when the photo was taken, who's in the picture and who took it. Also I always mention the reference and if the costume is self made or not. I wrote about this costume that it is hand made but I never separate the parts which are self made and which are not, since I pretty much always make everything myself from scratch. I don't see it as important to boast with such details publicly. I'm not like that. But if someone asks, I answer. Like I did with you. If there are a lot of people asking, then I see it important enough to add the info to the description.
About the rings not having any trouble at all, I actually referred to them in use. Of course making them had some work to be done and it required a lot of patience and and accuracy, especially since this was my first time ever crafting metal. But wearing them was no biggie. I spent three evenings making those all in all, so I'd have to guess approximately 10 hours?
Oh yes, I somehow took your "no trouble at all" remark out of context there, oops! I'd say you did a great job for someone who'd never crafted metal before. I thought you must've been quite experienced.
As for talking about things in your description though, you really shouldn't think of that as boasting at all, and I'm sure it wouldn't come across like that. Personally I like it when people talk about their deviations as it often adds some interest, and in particular it can help suggest something to talk about in a comment. But also it might inspire a cosplayer to raise their own game in some way. You mention adding info later if enough people ask about something, but that could obviously come too late for some visitors, and I'm not sure people ask questions very readily anyway. Still, I certainly know you're good about talking when people do say something!
Of course I had some help from my dad as it was my first time and you shouldn't use such machines without guidance. And he on the other hand is really experienced with industrial machines. He showed me how to put the parts in place, which angle to lathe and how slowly or fast I should do everything. I could also ask how to make some effects and he would tell me. So no wonder if they look good. My dad is awesome for guiding me!
Ahh yes well, I'm also not the first person to tell people how I made my costume and accessories. Of course I like to help if people ask about some details and tell how I made mine, but I kinda like to keep my work processes as my own to some extent. I like to have some mysteries with my costumes, so I don't offer details without some "rules". But I'm always willing to help if asked to. This is a very common thing to do among cosplayers. I personally have noticed that people actually come to talk more easily if you don't tell the secrets of the costume, because they are interested and want to know. If the details are revealed immediately people don't have anything to ask and just take the info and go without a thank you. So I dunno. I like to be thanked for my help. I don't really mind if it's selfish or not, but if I did a lot of work to make something, why would I want to make it too easy for someone else. People should have the courage to ask. :>