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Mars Brooch: Stage 1

January 10, 2013

Tuesday, I went to Hobby Lobby (where else could I possibly go?) for some supplies. This is the post about the Brooch supplies for Mars. More info below.

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Stage 1: Inventory.

 

First I needed some clay.

This is FIMO Effect Oven-Hardening Clay. They call it metallic, but it's just an almost-ruby red with glitter in it. One thing that I warn about is that these packages are 2 ounces. Luckily I went to purchase them in person and realized I would need two of them to make the brooch.

This is FIMO Effect Oven-Hardening Clay. They call it metallic, but it’s just an almost-ruby red with glitter in it. One thing that I warn about is that these packages are 2 ounces. Luckily I went to purchase them in person and realized I would need two of them to make the brooch.

Second was the shaping tools.

Maybe cookies later

This was just a plain old 75-cent metal cookie cutter in the shape of a heart. Hobby Lobby, of course. I wanted the brooch to be decently large, so that the knot of the front bow of the cosplay would be covered.

The other shaping tool I'm using is my hands. I want it to be handmade, though I may use something to flatten out any fingerprints so it doesn't end up looking like a child made it.

The other shaping tool I’m using is my hands. I want it to be handmade, though I may use something to flatten out any fingerprints so it doesn’t end up looking like a child made it.

Third is the oven.

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[What the oven looks like doesn’t make much difference, anyway.]

This is oven-hardening clay, meaning it isn’t going to be fully solid and ready until I bake it.

*Please use adult supervision if any kids are doing this stuff. Even I am not doing this alone, and I AM an adult.

Fourth is the color (paint).

So, for the paint, I’m doing either a clear shine or red nail polish. Fairly simple. I figure it will give it a bit of a shimmer. And colored nail polish is often translucent  so having the red base will really help.

Fifth is the attachment (Pins and Adhesives).

According to a couple different people, E-6000 craft glue is a good choice for this. I’m probably getting some cheap pin bases from Hobby Lobby (honestly, what would I do without one of those around?) and use the glue to secure the pin back to the brooch. I think I’ll decide when my cosplay arrives whether to do 1 or 2 pin backs, and whether to have them vertical or horizontal on the brooch (it would depend which way would attach to the bow better).

This is E-6000 adhesive. This one is considered a jewelry glue, but they have an "industrial" type.

This is E-6000 adhesive. This one is considered a jewelry glue, but they have an “industrial” type, for that extra paranoid person!

So I hope you’ve enjoyed this Stage 1 Brooch post. Tonight, I hope to have a Stage 1 Flame Sniper up. And tomorrow night we may have either S2 Brooch, S2 Flame Sniper, or S2 Earrings up. I hope to have my V2 Ofuda up soon, as well.

Sorry about the makeup posts. Those probably won’t be happening until way later. I realized I need to re-learn how to apply makeup before I get into the super-fancy stuff.  My cosplay should arrive within the next couple business days, and I can’t rack my wig for some reason.

I’m actually meeting with a former woodshop teacher today about Flame Sniper, so I’m off to get ready for that. Farewell!

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