For those of you who've been following for a while, you'll know I grew up watching Sailor Moon, and I still watch it on Veoh sometimes when I'm crafting. It's one of those easy going animes that I somehow never manage to get sick of. I think I know every episode by heart at this point, but can still watch it again and again.
I've been trying to perfect the first Sailor Moon transformation earrings. I've seen lots of cosplay earrings, but most of them are hurriedly thrown together, poor quality. A lot of cosplay jewelry out there is meant to be worn only a couple of times, but I wanted to create pieces that last. Who says cosplay earrings can only be worn during cosplay? ;)
It took a couple weeks of research to finally come out with these babies:
^ It's kind of hard to capture the gold dust (see below on details of this stuff). It looks more yellow in this photos, but is actually more gold in real life.
They look like this when worn:
Pretty accurate to:
Not exact, but close. The whole point is you FEEL Usagi's presence reverberating from the piece.
This piece was commissioned by my friend Cassandra-- she's Sailor Moon for Halloween this year! With her permission, I will happily post photos of her here later ;)
I took poly-clay in yellow, and sculpted them to the shape of moons. This was surprisingly the hardest part!! I didn't use a mold (they don't really sell molds this size/shape... :\), so making the pair of earrings as exact as possible was... painful. After they were shaped, I coated them 18K gold dust to give them a "brushed" feel. They kind of look more like metal now than poly clay, which is great. I'm currently working out some things with someone who makes custom metal charms-- maybe I can get a custom moon made? I don't know.
Anyway, this brings up more ideas-- I really think I'm going to start a line of cosplay earrings. Since I'm FANG (FFXIII) for Halloween this wear, I wanted to make her earrings & bracelet-- woo hoo! I'll let you know how that goes, if it goes at all.
Anime-wise, I've also been watching BLEACH. I was SO SO SO tempted to dress up at Matsumoto, even though it's just a black over white kimino and pink "scarf". So simple, so beautiful. Oh well, maybe next year.
Any other anime lovers out there?
What are you for Halloween? WE SHOULD ALL SHARE PHOTOS. IF you guys email me or post links to your photos here after Halloween (OMG esp. if you can include a He Qi piece in there somewhere!) I'd LOVE LOVE LOVE to create a photo compilation on FB just for you guys! Let me know what you think.
I also have two CLOVER/PEARL bracelets made and ready to be posted.. but I think I'll wait till tmrw :P