June, a.k.a. Nefeni Cosplay, really enjoyed playing Skyrim and when she got to the point where she could craft the set of Glass Armor in game, she decided she needed one to wear in real life. She referenced art by Ray Lederer (below) and patterned each armor piece in Photoshop and did test fittings with paper for each draft. As far as I can tell, this project represents her first time building a full set of armor.
She used craft foam to create the patterns for the armor pieces and then cut them from Worbla. She used the sandwich method, and I’m impressed at the detailed shapes she was able to achieve. Here’s how she made the breastplate:
Then I moved on to the breastplate (which was pretty difficult to figure out the cups!) I picked up a 6-inch acrylic globe used for lighting from home depot and heated up a double layer of worbla and draped it over the acrylic globe. After it cooled, I attached it to my base and used a bra to shape the top. After the base was done, all I had left was to add a bunch of details! The cutouts were made by taking a panel of double layer of worbla and cutting away the triangle shapes to make grooves / etches. The same technique was used for the details on the breastplate cups.
The armor was finished with a green iridescent paint over a dark blue, green, and gold acrylic paint base, and she used a gel medium to give the super shiny look. She details the exact colors used at Facebook. It definitely has a glass appearance.
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