BySakuraflor Haruka, writer at Creators.co
Hey! I'm Sakuraflor! im 23 years old and i am a fanatic cosplayer! Next to that im an artist as well. Nice to meet you!
Sakuraflor Haruka

Iron Woman

Ive been Cosplaying for over three years now, but up until now i never made my own cosplays. When the movie Avengers came out, my friends and I were immediately blown away. Each of us had a character in mind and we were so taken by the bond and funny relationships between all the members, that we decided to make our own version of Avengers.

Tony Stark has always been one of my favourite super heroes. I mean come on who doesn't like a guy with such arrogant attitude but such a big hart. However wanting the costume to be special I decided to give it a twist of my own. I wanted a female version of his suit. Not Pepper Pots her suit, but a real female ironman version! Thats where the whole process started!

Pepakura

Since it didn't exist yet, i had to put bits and pieces together to form a female version of his suit. I used various different Pepakura files on Ironman and modified them in such a way that it would look more “feminine”.

EVA Foam

When the suit was created in the program it was time to start cutting pieces. The whole suit was layed out in Pepakura files and by printing all different pieces to paper and tracing them onto EVA foam i was able to slowly build all bits and pieces. All pieces were stuck together with hot glue and some pieces were bent by using a heat gun.

It was a lot of trial and error since it was my first time making my own costume and i wasn't very familiar with the whole process.

It took many hours to create the base which eventually ended up like a blue armour.

Wood filler and Resin

After having finished the base of the complete armour, it was time to make it smooth and hard. In order to do so i applied Wood filler and covered the complete armour with it.. Twice.

As it became hard it was time to sand the whole thing so the surface would become smooth.

In order for it to make sure it wouldn't crack I applied Polyester Resin.When that dried, the complete armour was white and punch resistant!

Color, color, color!

The next step was to give the armour some nice colors! In my head i had already planned for the armour to not be perfectly painted. I wanted it to be ruined as if it had battle damage. In order to do so i applied a first layer of silver paint which i used as a primer.

On top of that came the ironman colors. For this i used metallic red and gold. While the second layer of paint was still wet i made some scars in the armour through which the silver paint was seen. For this i used a paint brush in order to take some of the wet paint off.

Details

Having coloured the whole suit, the armour came a little more to life. However, it was still rather 2 dimensional and to have it come even more to life i applied shadows on the armour by using black acryclic paint. The final touchup was a layer of polish to cover the whole armour.

Last but not least

In order for some of the pieces to stay stuck to each other i used straps of Leather and poppers so that it would click together. The reason why i used leather is because it is strong and very resistance.

Of course Ironman wouldn't be ironman without it light! The lights were made by my Boyfriend whom ordered a “Do it yourself” sort of package online.

Putting it all together was a real challenge and i have to admit that i probably spend way more than a hundred hours working on it. I have still so much to learn and there are things that ill definitely will be doing different next time. But seeing the reactions and hearing the comments of others made it totally worth it! The end result was better than i had initially hope for and the costume was a big success!

Picture by Arian_fotografie

Picture by Arian_fotografie
Picture by Arian_fotografie
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Picture by Arian_fotografie

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Picture by Arian_fotografie

Picture by Neo Photography
Picture by Neo Photography
Picture by Ka Kit Wong
Picture by Ka Kit Wong
Picture by Neo Photography
Picture by Neo Photography
Picture by Jim Grootes
Picture by Jim Grootes

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