Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tutorial: Thor Cosplay

Photo by April Miller
For the Dallas Comic Con this year, I was asked to be in a Marvel vs Capcom group! I chose to make a Thor cosplay because he's one of my favorite superheroes, and I really like his new design. At first I had a hard time deciding how to tackle this. After brainstorming for several weeks I finally figured out a pretty easy way to make the outfit. I hope this tutorial helps anyone that may be interested in cosplaying as Thor!!

This is the image of Thor that I based my costume on.

I began by making his helmet. I looked up other helmets online and drew some shapes that I liked. Don't laugh at my drawings :P

Next I cut my shapes out of paper first to make a pattern.

Then I measured my head and created a wire base for the helmet.

Using a large sheet of craft foam, I cut a strip that would go all around the wire. I also cut out the front details from foam, too.

Here you can see that the inside of the wire base is sandwiched between craft foam.

For the wings I cut out 10 "feathers" .. this took forever!

I laid them on top of each other in a design that I liked and glued them together.

Then I glued everything to the base.

Before painting your helmet be sure to prime it. I used two coats of Gesso.

Then I spray painted my helmet metallic silver.

To give it a more rustic look, I added some bronze weathering with acrylic paint.
And that's a finished helmet!

For the silver discs on Thor's tunic, I used craft foam and cotton balls.

I wanted the discs to have a bevel look so I put a cotton ball in-between the foam then glued around the edges.

I also made the belt buckle and ankle discs out of foam. You actually need 4 ankle discs (the smaller circles in the pic) .. I forgot there's two per ankle and had to make more. Prime everything before you paint them!

Originally I wanted to glue the brown cord (which is just a brown ribbon) and the silver discs to a black skater dress. But I realized I would lose a lot of the stretch in the dress and have trouble getting it on and off since there wasn't a zipper in the back. So I sewed my ribbon onto a black halter corset that zipped up the front. Then I glued the silver discs to the corset and the bottom of the skater dress. The shoulder discs have a brooch backing so I could safety pin them onto my cape. The cape is just a red cloak I had from a Halloween store with the hood tucked under. And the brown belts are from Walmart.

Photo by Alan Tijerina
My "chain mail" shirt is actually a silver sweater I bought at the mall that I thought resembled chain mail. I try to buy random things when I see them just in case I'll need it for a costume. ;) Same goes for the leggings - they are sold silver metallic leggings with fishnets over them! My boots are from Walmart with brown ribbon velcro'd around the ankle and calf. And I also used black ribbon for my bracelets.

I would have loved to make a hammer myself, but I didn't have the time. I was actually very impressed with the hammer I bought from Amazon. It was sturdy and colored well, and for the price I didn't feel bad if I were to drop it or let someone else hold it. My wig is an Imaldris from Arda Wigs in the color Titanium Blonde. 

Photo by Alan Tijerina
Photo by Ed Steele
Photo by Jack Teague
Our Marvel vs Capcom group!
Photo by Mineralblu 
Photo by Mineralblu
Overall, I would say this costume is pretty easy! It requires some assembly, but the skills I used to make the items weren't too hard. The helmet and hammer look cool on a shelf in my room, too! :D

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Who is your favorite Marvel superhero?
If you cosplay as Thor please send me photos! :)

32 comments:

  1. Wow. So much ingenuity in making this costume. Love the cotton ball trick to get the beveled look.

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  2. This is wonderful!! I love your cosplay passion! I can't wait to see more!!

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  3. The whole costume is just simply amazing... but that crown... wow! I love this!

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  4. That helmet is AMAZING! I love your Thor!

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  5. Dang.. I'm always blown away by your creativity! Thanks for always sharing with us :)

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  6. Do I love that cosplay? Hell yeah! Amazing!!! ^__^

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  7. This is great! I might be referencing this for my Avengers Half Marathon costume!

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  8. Where did you find the halter dress?? i cant find anything like it anywhere...

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    1. I got it on Amazon. I just searched for black skater dresses until I found one that I liked. :)

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  10. When making the front headband part, can give measurements to the sizes of the foam pieces? I'm trying to guesstimate how tall they are but I'm failing miserably!! Thank you!

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    1. I'm sorry I don't have measurements. I just freehanded my designs. Try making them a comfortable fit for your own forehead and it should look fine :)

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  11. Hi! I just wanted to know what kind of glue you used. Thanks Ps: Love your cosplay! Definatly the best thor cosplay ive ever seen

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    1. Thank you so much ^.^ I just use a hot glue gun. Mine has two settings - low and high. Most of the time I use it on high.

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  12. What are the measurements for the "feathers"

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  13. What sort of vest are you wearing?
    I really would like to cosplay Thor!!! Thnaks for the tip with the cottonballs!!!

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  14. Hey, you didn't mention your cape! This is the part I'm struggling with!

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    1. Hello, I did mention the cape in the tutorial.
      "The cape is just a red cloak I had from a Halloween store with the hood tucked under."
      It is safety pinned on. Good luck with your costume!

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  15. Excellent Cosplay tutorial. I particularly liked the helmet. I think you are the prettiest Thor yet :-)

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  16. what are the measurements for the feathers?

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  17. did you find the black halter corset on amazon too? ps. i love this!!! it is the best girl Thor costume ever!!

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  18. Thank you for posting this tutorial! I plan to follow your instructions. I have a question - how did you fasten the cape to your shoulders?

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    1. nevermind - I saw your answer about using safety pins. thanks!

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  19. Just wanted to say thanks so much for this tutorial. I have just completed the helmet and am well on my way to completing the rest for my sons Halloween costume ;] Toddler Thor. <3 I'd be happy to share pics. I'm so happy to have found this guide. Thank You xxxx a million.

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  20. This is a great tutorial! I was just wondering; When you made this cosplay, how much time overall did it take, and what was the average cost? This is AWESOME, BTW. Thanks!

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  21. I just follow it your tutorial Anna and I enjoy it thanks for showing Thor cosplay tutorial.

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  22. I used this for Halloween and got so many comments on how great it was! thank you so much for posting this! you should do one on someone from the hobbit!

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  23. This looks great, but I do think that you're helmet "feathers" are more like She-Ra's (though, their styles are very similar)

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  24. Do you still have the template / pattern you made for your feathers? They look awesome and I would love to see a PDF of them :)

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