With HobbitCon just around the corner, I found out I would try on Rik's Kili costume, just for fun, to see if it actually fit, and it did! Inspired by this sudden delightful surprise, I did a quick make up and hair and realised (to Rik's horror) that I might actually make a pretty decent Kili myself! The idea formed in my head that I could actually participate in the costume competition at HobbitcCon, as Kili instead of Tauriel. As much as I love my Tauriel cosplay, I've put down a ridiculous amount of time, money and effort with the Kili costume, way beyond what I've done with Tauriel, and it would be amazing to be able to showcase that work through a competition (especially if the rumors are true and Richard Taylor (yes, THE Richard Taylor of Weta Workshop) IS in the judge panel). Therefore, after putting it down to a vote on my Instagram and Facebook account, Kili won through with way over half the votes!
Great! This will be awesome! At least that's what I thought a first. And then my compulsions kicked in ...
"I'll have to make the coat now! I don't have time for that ... But I can make the quiver/sword strap! I have time for that! And maybe the bracers? I could have time for that (possibly) ... And the gloves? That's pushing it."
As you can see, I have a nasty tendency of getting in over my head, but at least I've gotten better at calling myself out on it. I made the strap. Well, technically, I'd already made the strap, as a scabbard for the sword for the premiere, but it was just a simple leather strap, no embellishments, so I modified it look like the one in the movie. I might make the bracers if I have time tonight. Possibly.
Anyway, here's progress photos! And me as Kili! ^_^
Making more studs out of fimo clay:
Drilling holes in the corners of the studs for sewing, oh, and the buckle:
Gluing the studs and the leather pieces onto the strap:
Putting on the overlaying leather that attaches the buckle to the strap and gluing that too on:
Getting an idea of how it's gonna look before securing the studs by sewing the corners to the leather:
The finished product (I apologize for the messy background, I'm messy, I know, Rik keeps telling me off for it):
Me as Kili: