Don’t mind the face… my wife is shy =P. Feels like so long ago, but for Anime Expo 2013 I made my wife (fiancee at the time) a Homura Akemi cosplay as well as the time shield. This was the first cosplay I sewed (it was an experiment!) and I couldn’t have made it without the help of Kaika and her great tutorial which you can find here: Homura Akemi Cosplay Tutorial by Kaika (The Cosplay Chronicles)
Since that tutorial was great, I want to contribute a quick and easy Time Shield prop tutorial. Total time, took about one day to make. Here we go!
Stage 1: Create Patterns and Transfer to Foam
- Card stock
- 1/2 inch foam mat
- Thinner Foam Sheets (For details)
- 8″ oven ring
- hot glue gun + glue sticks
- Xacto Knife
- Shield Pattern
1) First thing to do is to pattern the shield. Normally I would search google images for a good reference picture to print out and use as a skeleton, but I ran into this great diagram on deviant art by “Tanyopo” here.
2) I scaled the picture and printed out a few test sheets on normal paper till it was correctly sized to fit in my oven ring.
3) Once scaled, I printed the pattern out on card stock and cut out relevant details with an exacto kinfe.
4) I used the patterns to cut out the shield details on the 3mm foamies.
5) I used the oven ring to trace a circle onto the 1/2″ foam, cut it out with an xacto knife, then glued to the oven ring.
6) I wanted to make the time shield in “open mode” so for the sake of saving time cause I was in a rush, I took screen shots of the open shielf, printed it on cardstock, then cut out the center circle to use on the shield. Yes, very ghetto, but effective from distances a few feet away.
Stage 2: Seal and Paint
- Heat Gun
- Roscos Flexbond (But Mod Podge works fine if you can’t find flexbond)
- Disposable Chip Brushes
- Plasti Dip Rubber Coating Spray
- Organic Vapor Mask/Respirator
- Automotive Filler Primer Spray Paint
- Dupli-Color Gunmetal Metallic Spray Paint
- Bulldog Adhesion Promoter (Pricey but an excellent brand that adds some flex)
- Automotive Clear Coat Spray Cans
1) I sealed an painted the shield with my usual method which you can read about here:
How to seal and paint foam
2) After I painted the shield with gunmetal grey, I thought it was a bit too dark. To salvage my mistake, I used the silver leaf rub n buff all over the shield to lighten. It ended up giving it a nice weathered realistic look.
3) I used black acrylic paint with a brush to paint the gaps to make the details pop.
4) I attached the purple jewel pieces as well as the open time shield detail in the center.
Stage 3: Electronics
- Helping Hands with Magnifier
- Soldering Station
- Lead-Free Solder
- Purple LEDs
- 9v battery holder
- Purple jewels, something like these purple jewels
1) The purpose of the purple jewels was to diffuse the light. Underneath the shield, I had a hole where I glued the purple LEDs.
2) I soldered my leds to my battery holder and voila! Let there be light.
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