Seeing others make stuff is inspiring. It’s a simple sentence, but it’s the core of why I share cosplay posts. Learning about new materials and processes cosplayers are using is often the push I need to get back to projects. Even if I’m not working on a costume or prop, I like to attempt new-to-me techniques just to see if I can wrap my head around them. I hope these posts have the same effect on you. In the case of Désirée Cosplay, she spotted the post about Jill Sowell’s Star-Lord costume from Guardians of the Galaxy and was intrigued by how Sowell modified a toy helmet. Désirée went that route as well:
I’m creating the Star-Lord helm using the toy faceplate/mask and craft foam for the sides and back. I patterned the foam freehand and used flexible aluminum piping and Worbla for extra details.
I got the idea to use the toy mask from another cosplayer whose build turned out really nice.
Désirée also modified the gun. She started with simple Nerf blasters, and you can see how the look progressed in the below picture. Her approach:
I took the blasters apart, gave them a coat of black spray paint, and then painted the details by hand with acrylics. My favorite part is definitely the carbon scoring around the muzzles. Gives them so much character!