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EP I TPM Throne Room Queen Amidala gown

 
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:52 am    Post subject: EP I TPM Throne Room Queen Amidala gown Reply with quote

Hello all,

I've been digging around a few sites to gather information, pictures and general tips on how to do this outfit. I have most of the pieces and parts gathered now but I'm still stuck on one piece. The large red bead in her headdress at the top. Some searching has led me to find that the design is chinese symbol for longevity and made in cinnabar. My problem has been trying to find such a bead that is large enough.. probably an inch or an inch and half in width. Any suggestions on where I can find this? Or perhaps something similar?

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Amadalia
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The answer I turn to a lot is to make my own out of a Sculpey or Primo sort of clay.
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone in the Fringe section just did a jewel for their Deliah Blue, and she used Castin'Craft. Here's a link:

http://www.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=22250&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

Hope this helps!
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can also sand down an existing acrylic jewel to shape and give it a gloss finish Smile I've bought faceted jewels to make smooth cabochons and it is very easy, just make sure to use a fine grit sandpaper. I think I started with around 400 and finished with 1000 before painting with an enamel gloss.

I do though love sculpting and casting so if that appeals go for it Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've looked pretty much all over the net to find one to buy but so far no luck. I think I may have to go with Mieal's suggestion and sculpt/carve my own. Confused Not my favorite thing to do but it can be done. I found a round pull ball for a ceiling fan that I can use as a base and add clay over it. Then see how steady my hand is. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon May 17, 2010 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ThierrySade wrote:
I've looked pretty much all over the net to find one to buy but so far no luck. I think I may have to go with Mieal's suggestion and sculpt/carve my own. Confused Not my favorite thing to do but it can be done. I found a round pull ball for a ceiling fan that I can use as a base and add clay over it. Then see how steady my hand is. Laughing


Is the ball wood? If it's plastic, my method won't work if you use that for a base because you have to bake the clay. Alternately, you could make a ball out of aluminum foil (scrunched down and packed tight) that you place clay over.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had another curiosity about this costume. I've got a lot of time on my hands these days, so I thought I would take up some embroidery. Those gold embroidery bits look like apliques, not stitched directly onto the red fabric. I was trying to figure what I would do the embroidery on though. Basic broad cloth would fray once I cut them out and something like interfacing might rip when stitches got too close together.

Any ideas?
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

what about broad cloth with interfacing on the back and to stop the fraying some kind of fabric stabilizer like this or this
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2010 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's been awhile since I've posted anything. I've got some photos of the top bead I was playing with but need to upload them first. Also got started on the underdress and made it out of linen with some casements for a couple of hoops at the bottom to help hold the outer dress out. Strips are cut for that and piping sewn.. just have to put them all together. Confused Collars are started as well and I've gotten some cording to sew to the upper one but I'm thinking its too thick. I got started on it the other night and did a few loops then set it down to look at later and it still just seems.. off.
As for the gold design... I've bought a brother embroidery machine and an attachment that I can download patterns from the computer. There's a program online that lets you design your own patterns but that's still on the 'to get' list for the moment. Basically what I'll be doing is do up the design that way, load it in sections to the machine and stitch it to tear away sheets that are made for machine embroidery. Well, that's the plan anyway. Laughing We'll see how that turns out.
I'll post progress pics as soon as I find where I buried my camera at. Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You might want to try an arts and crafts store and look for larger size round wooden balls. You also might want to try a hardware store for those as well. Perhaps you could sand those to get the size you need...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 01, 2010 9:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah I tried the wooden ball method and tried rolling a ball of foil and covering it. Finally found something that would work.



The one on the right didn't quite work with foil wrapped around it but the one on the left was perfect. It took a sharpie pen without smudging and actually baked into the resin ball when I baked the clay on top.





I still need to add the gems to the upper edges but I think its pretty close to the one on the headdress.



The under dress has two hoops that I borrowed from another skirt I wasn't using. I need to add the fur cuffs to the sleeves so its an all-in-one piece.



And the collars so far..


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 02, 2010 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, nice progress. The ball/bead turned out great. Smile
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