Mara Jade (WIP)

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Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:41 pm

Okay adding this post via request to this forums and the GLB site, and warning there will be a ton of pics. >_>

Cowl: Done (Cream Gloves: 0%)
Cloak & Clasp: Done (Black Gloves: Done)
Goggles: 90% (Need to cover lenses to get black or the amber)
Body Suit: 5% (I have the pattern)
Harness: 90% (Need to cover back /w felt)
Belt & Floating Strap: 90% (need holster to fully attach Strap)
Holster: 0%
Gun & Lightsaber: 0%
Boots: Done
Shin Guards & Knee Pads: 0% (Waiting to see how Pam's molds go ^_^)

Models made out of Sculpy
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Molding process using mold builder and them plaster for the harness pieces support
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Casting Process using Epoxy Resin, platinum metal powder & Chicago Screws (aka screw posts) for the harness
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Leather work for the belt & floating strap
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Everything accomplished this past weekend.
3 Test swatches from dying. Top one is 1Tbs Apple Green & 1tsp Coca Brown, second one is 1Tbs AG & 2tbs CB and the third one is 1Tbs CB & 1tsp AG.
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The final formula for the cloak was 3 Gallons of warm water 3/4 cup of AG & 4Tbs CB.
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Here is the cowl, followed the look of Pam's from her tutorial.
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Shaping the harness straps
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The harness on pre-dying
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Dyed and showing how I lined up and cut excess leather for the top connection.
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Web belt buckles (middles piece and extra metal cut off by a member of the GLG at the armor party) & the strap of leather for underneath.
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Gluing the strips of leather
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Back harness piece weather and sealed
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Clasp weathered and sealed
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Clasp and Cloak
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Goggles and gloves
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Rubber nob for the buckle
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Now for some pictures of me wearing items!!!!!!! ^_^
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Wow that was a lot of pictures. >_>
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Myshadowstar » Mon Sep 06, 2010 10:06 pm

woot awsome job so far!

Just FYI when I sealed my food capsules with that stuff I did 2 coats you may want to do the same to be sure it doesn't chip or flake off. :)
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Tue Sep 07, 2010 7:11 am

Myshadowstar wrote:woot awsome job so far!

Just FYI when I sealed my food capsules with that stuff I did 2 coats you may want to do the same to be sure it doesn't chip or flake off. :)
I did do 2 coats.
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Count Scoobith » Fri Sep 17, 2010 2:04 pm

Wow.... VERY Nice.... :thumbs:
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:28 am

Count Scoobith wrote:Wow.... VERY Nice.... :thumbs:
Thanks!
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Darth Katz » Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:07 pm

Lookin good! :thumbs:
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:40 pm

Okay small update. Finished putting the felt on my harness, and found some white gloves to go with the cowl that will work until I find something better. Also met with the seamstress today and she will be starting the mock-up soon.
Harness finished with the felt backings.
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Cowl with gloves to compare color.
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Gloves close-up, I removed the buttons but they have this weird zig zag in them with black thread...
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And a sneak peak for my next project.... The other Mara outfit. ^_^
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:30 pm

So after receiving the shinguards and knee pads from Pam, getting advice from people on how to properly paint them and an armor party here is what I have been able to accomplish in three days.

My sister completed the pouch I wanted to put on this belt in order to carry a camera.
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I wet sanded the shinguards with 800 grit automotive sandpaper to make the surface smoother.
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Then I applied one coat of rust colored Rustoleum Professional primer to the back sides.
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And two coats to the front sides.
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I did a little bit of wet sanding again before I did my first layer of the Gloss Black Rustoleum professional.
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Before I did the black coat I measured the knee pad in order to make the padding and elastic band for the inside. It measured 5 by 6 so I took 3 layers of a cotton/poly blend batting and sewed them between a two way stretch black material with the elastic somewhat int he middle.
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With the blaster I needed to sand off the "Made in China" and bondo some of the screw holes and the makers marks. (I forgot to take a picture of the bondo done) The blaster is now hanging in the garage with one coat of paint on it. Will be adding a second coat in 1/2 an hour.
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With my sisters help (Myshadowstar) and my moms two cents we came up with a suitable pattern and then I used cold water and high power magnets to form the leather around my gun.
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Next I will start work on the body-suit mock-up with my mom's help, add another layer of gloss black to the shinguards tomorrow night and prep the holster leather for stitching and dyeing.
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:47 pm

Okay, I am getting so close I can taste it. Gun is now painted black with the silver.
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Holster is done, I completed dying it, putting a liner in and stitching.
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Also we were able to complete the mock-up of the body suit.
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And cut out and chalked the final fabric, forgot pictures of the chalked lines. :blink:
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Also added a second coat of paint to the shinguards and will add a third coat tomorrow after sanding some imperfections out again. Then all that is left is to add a clear coat to the shinguards, close them up somehow and finish the final bodysuit.
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Myshadowstar » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:01 pm

nice sis :) did we ever decide if you were going to add a strap and snap across on holster to keep gun from being borrowed?
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Thu Nov 25, 2010 9:29 pm

Myshadowstar wrote:nice sis :) did we ever decide if you were going to add a strap and snap across on holster to keep gun from being borrowed?
I think people will have a difficult time "borrowing" it, it is in there very snugly. lol
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:00 pm

Well I thought I would be done today but ran into a few setbacks unfortunately. *sighs*

So for my shinguards and knee pads I have been gluing very diligently, and with the elastic for the shinguards I did not leave a big enough gap so had to rip them apart and re-glue. For the front Velcro/shim closure I am not sure I like how it looks at the moment but will troop in them first to decide if I need to rework that part.
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For the bodysuit we started on the real fabric and the paneling looks fantastic, however when trying it on we found it a little snug. I.E. it will not close in the back, so when I bring the leftover fabric back my mom will add a 1 inch strip to both sides of the suit. So that makes me very sad.
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So next target for finishing will be January.
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Sun Jan 02, 2011 12:25 am

Okay so one more snag happened with the bodysuit and we are going to start from scratch. I am also looking at maybe a different fabric, the matte look. From the samples pictures it would be the bottom one.
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And shinguard's I am considering done enough for approval with the rest of the get-up. And thanks to Mike for the help on figuring out my shinguard problems. :thumbs:
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Also parts are ordered for the lightsaber. :thewave:
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Heiden » Sun Jan 02, 2011 1:58 am

Great job! You remind me of my aunt. :thumbs:

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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Sun Jan 02, 2011 11:08 am

Heiden wrote:Great job! You remind me of my aunt. :thumbs:
:rotflmao: I think I am a little to young to be an aunt.
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mr Fett » Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:24 am

You are doing an awesome job on this project! :)

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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:36 pm

Here are a few pictures of the test sewing on the Matte fabric that I am leaning towards:

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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Myshadowstar » Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:20 pm

sis how is it at the 10 ft mark? :)
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Re: Mara Jade (Done)

Post by Mira_Darkstar » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:04 pm

Well I have now finished this costume and have submitted it for 501st and Rebel Legion approval. Here are some final pictures taken at the Port Huron Fighting Falcons game:
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Re: Mara Jade (WIP)

Post by Harp » Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:15 pm

It turned out GREAT! Good Job! :thumbs:
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