There's still a pretty long list of stuff to do for the Otakon costumes. And now there are just two weeks left to accomplish it all!! Not starting to panic, though... yet.
Yesterday we worked on the headpiece I will wear as Maleficent. Here's what it is supposed to look like:
But those horns are difficult to replicate. First of all, they're not exactly straight up and down, as they look in this picture. They're actually more tilted to the back. And for the purposes of costuming, how the heck was I going to make them both sturdy and lightweight, and make sure they wouldn't shift around while wearing them?
Most commercial Maleficent costumes rely on plain cloth horns stuffed with polyfil and sewn onto a cap. But I really wanted something better than that.
Getting the right shape of the horns was the first issue. After trying to shape a twisted and bent cone out of Timtex, I gave up and decided to mold the right shape out of crumpled aluminum foil. I then wrapped the shape with plastic wrap and used plaster gauze to create the shape. Once it dried, I carefully removed it from the mold and repeated the process, to get two identical horn shapes.
But how to get them to stay in place on my head? My daughter Diana had the solution: use the plaster gauze to create a sort of "skull cap", and attach the horns to that with more plaster gauze. So we got the supplies together and she started work.
So, progress! But there's still so much more to be done. I'm optimistic that I can get it all done in time; most of the very difficult stuff is done (except for Jafar's headpiece... still arguing with that).