My very first cosplay was Ramona Flowers at Dallas Comic Con in 2012. She's one of my favorite characters and holds a special place in my cosplay heart! I recently went to All-Con (blog post for that coming soon) and wanted to wear something comfy. Ramona is so fun because I already owned most of these clothes and dress similarly! I did have to buy a wig this time (last time my real hair was blue, and another time pink). I also decided to spice this up a bit by adding the hammer! I had a photo shoot with Eli Luna that same weekend and thought the hammer would be a great prop! So after the cut is a tutorial for how I made a last minute Ramona Flowers hammer. Enjoy!
Oh! And I posted this picture (taken by my mom and edited by me) on Twitter and got a retweet from the creator of Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O'Malley! I about fell out of my chair when I saw this.. I was so excited!!! That's straight up cosplay approval right there. omg!
Here's a shot that Eli Luna took at the photo shoot. He did an amazing job editing this, too! Check out his photography at http://www.eliluna.com
On to the Hammer Tutorial! >>>>>
Since I decided to make this literally the night before the convention, I had to think outside the box. I was limited on supplies, and I am not very good at prop making anyway. So my mom found this pirate hat pinata at Target. We have started to look at any and all objects and think "what kind of cosplay prop could that be?" .. Well it turns out this pinata was perfect!
First, I peeled off all the pretty pirate paper. Then used a steak knife to cut it into the correct shape.
To cover the openings I hot glued some foam board onto the sides and bottom.
Then I put masking tape all around it for support and a smoother feel.
For the handle, I used a cardboard rod that was actually from a roll of fabric at JoAnn's that they let me have.
Next, I painted gesso all over the tape.
I also painted the handle to add some brown texture. I had to let this dry over night before I could do anything else.
So I woke up really early and painted over the gesso with silver metallic paint. I added some bronze for a more rustic look.
Finally, I attached the handle with some hot glue and added a circle at the top to make it look like it went all the way through.
Have you read the Scott Pilgrim comics or seen the movie?
If so, which is your favorite character?