Sunday, 3 April 2016

[tutorial] making the wand from Daoko's MV: Girl (the easy way)

Hihihi I forgot to write a post last month but here's another cosplay tutorial to make up for it ><!
I don't know if any of you reading this knows but one of my first cosplans of the year is to cosplay the character from Daoko's MV: Girl. 

This time instead of making it, I decided to buy almost all of the cosplay, excluding the wand, due to time constraint.

And I had to crack my head to think of a way to make the wand, I wasn't going to go into 3D printing or something fancy...it was difficult.
But my sudden spark of geniusness helped me create it! (Lol) here's the tutorial:


Materials/Tools you will need:

*paper/polystyrene balls (20mm)
*bamboo skewer
*bandage (secret ingredient!!)
*masking tape
*newspaper
*paint 
*craft(funky) foam
*acrylic gesso
*pva glue
*scissors (obvs)
*glue gun
*craft knife


Base:

1) draw a rough sketch of the base of the wand on paper, for reference, I wanted mine to be around an A4 sized paper long:

2) take the paper balls and skewer them through your bamboo skewer so it looks like this (be sure to leave space at the top of the skewer to stick the star on!):
(Btw that was the brand of paper balls I was using, you might find it at your local art store? i'm not too sure...)

3) use a roll of bandage to wrap around the balls (excluding the second ball) untill it becomes this shape:

4) then use masking tape to wrap around the parts you've just bandaged.

5) use newspaper to paper mache at least 3 layers, to the same two parts of the wand you've put masking tape on, and then, when dried, apply the gesso (which also might need more than one layer)

6) and tada~ your base for the wand is done!
(Sorry this pic has been cropped lel)

7) you can then mix up some pink paint and colour it but I decided to colour it after making the star part of the wand

Star:

1) print and cut out the template for the star. I used the original image and made the image 20cm wide on Word and then printed it out.

2) put your template onto the craft foam, trace and cut. (Use a sharp craft knife for a sharper edges/finish, I was lazy and hence I had rough edges on the inside of my star.)

3) cut strips of the craft foam, about 1.8cm wide, and use the hot glue gun to glue the strips to the inside of one of the star, as shown:
(Careful not to put too much glue on as it will come out of the edges and give you an unclean finish, if it does happen, try pull some of it away when its warm, or, cut it away using a craft knife when cooled)

4) then take your other star, and carefully stick the inner part of the star onto strip of the other star (lol hope this makes sense), so it looks like this:

5) stick all the edges together, leaving a gap on the inner corners of one of the star to stick the skewer into. Like this:

6) and if you haven't already, paint the base of the wand and then brush with a layer of PVA glue for a nice, shiny finish! :D

And here is your magical wand~~~

(Here's is a picture of my cosplay taken by my cousin @yuzukimochi (on ig) )

Feel free to comment if you have any questions~
Hope you found this tutorial helpful and happy cosplaying! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚ 

4 comments:

  1. That's a surprisingly budget-friendly solution! XD I wouldn't have thought on first glance that that's the stuff it was made out of, lol.
    Looks nice, great job!

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    1. I think so too! I try to make my cosplays as light on my wallet as possible XD and thank you!

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  2. On first glance, I didn't even realize that that's what your wand was made out of omg. Also, I hope this isn't rude or anything, as I didn't depend on it being, but your cosplay really suits you !!

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    1. Ikr! It doesn't look too bad does it? And no, you're not being rude! Thanks so much really >.<~

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