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Here are a list of questions I receive most frequently about my costume. If you want to ask me a question about the methods I used to make my costume, please read through this list before asking. =)

1. Where did you buy your costume?
I made everything myself from scratch aside from the ears.

2. How long did it take for you to make your costume?
It took me roughly one year and four months.

3. How did you make your armor?
I created the base from craft foam, backed it with wire form, sculpted the details from model magic, and sanded them after the model magic was dry. I then coated them with one layer of fiberglass resin, spray painted, and weathered them.

4. How did you make your crown and other accessories?
I made them from model magic, sanded and sealed them with modge podge. Then I painted and weathered them, and coated them with high-gloss epoxy resin.

5. How did you make your gems?
I made my gem positives from model magic, sanded and sealed them, then coated them with a glossy top coat. Then I molded them using Amazing Mold Putty and cast them using clear polyester resin from TAP plastics (resin dye from Castin' Craft)

6. How do your pauldrons stay on your shoulders?
I hooked a clear elastic underneath both arms and one across the back of my shoulders.

7. Where did you buy your wig?
My wig is the Enchantment from Amphigory.com in color 12. I added 4 packs worth of loose extensions to achieve the thickness, filled out the earlocks with matching yarn, and added the highlights in the front (color 24 from Amphigory).

8. What pattern did you use for your dress?
I drafted my own dress patterns for this costume. But I've seen people recommend this pattern: sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-b… (If anyone else has a better suggestion, let me know!)

9. What fabric did you use for your bodice?
Silk dupioni dyed purple with Rit Dye.

10. What fabric did you use for the white part of the gown?
White casa satin from Joann.

11. How did you do the lute designs at the bottom of your dress? (same process for glove designs)
I darned them on my sewing machine with embroidery thread onto tear away stabilizer. I adhered the stabilizer to heat 'n' bond to create fusible appliques.

12. How did you do the glyphs on the border of your bodice?
I embroidered them by hand.

13. Where did you buy your ears?
Aradani Costumes. They are the Small Anime Ears. www.aradanicostumes.com/elf_ea…

14. Where did you buy your blue contacts?
Colorless4less: www.colorlens4less.com/index.p…
After repeating myself over and over again for two years, I've decided to finally write up a FAQ for this costume. ^ ^ I posted this on my front page, but I decided I'd also like to have a deviation version so I can link to it. As I mentioned above, please read through this list before asking me questions about this costume. If you ask me a question that's already on this list, I will simply link back to this list. Thanks, and I hope this FAQ is helpful.

EDIT: Just realized the links in the FAQ don't work, so I will link them here:
Contacts: [link]
Ears: [link]
Dress Pattern: [link]
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fireflyfoxtrot Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014
First of all, your cosplay is absolutely beautiful (and I only hope mine can be half as good!) A question I have been searching for the answer to forever is this: At the ends of the earlocks, I'm assuming you made the...'acorns' (for lack of a better word)? Could you tell me how you got the shape of them right? I've tried model magic but I can never get the shape to work. 
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RedFoxen Featured By Owner May 15, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I think one of my biggest questions about this cosplay is, what did your shoes look like? I'm currently planning a TP Zelda cosplay myself and the shoes is what has really got me haha. Any advise? 
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ElvenPrincessMage Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
Your cosplay is beautiful. :) (Smile) 
You asked for suggestions for dress patterns. I used this one: Simplicity 5189, www.simplicity.com/p-2213-miss…
Unfortunately it is out of print, but I found it on ebay or something. I had to alter it quite a bit though: I lowered the neckline in front and back, and I added some pleats in between seams and lengthened it. I also had to make the hips wider but that's not always necessary, I just needed to for it to fit me. I made triangle seams and sewed them between panels, and then when I was done I sewed inside the seams down to where I wanted it. I haven't put any pictures up yet, but I plan to do so within the next week or two.
Your pattern would probably work just as well though.
For me... patterns are not laws, just guidelines!
Do you have any tips on how to make the wig behave better? I have one just like yours, but it refuses to be combed. :'(
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viper-fish Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much for writing this faq! Your Zelda cosplay is perfect! I've been working on one myself, and yours is a huge inspiration. (: I was wondering where you got the miscellaneous gems for this costume. Specifically the long slender crystal shaped ones that hang off the piece between the pauldrons. I can't seem to find anything that fits!
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akuriko Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thanks! I'm glad my costume is an inspiration to you. ^ ^ As for the long slender gems, I made them along with all the other gems. Number 5 explains in a nutshell how I made them.
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viper-fish Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ooooh it seems I missed that question, I'm sorry! Thank you for getting back to me though, that's really neat to know. Thanks again for the faq. (: (Just tried the tip about using yarn to help fill out the locks of hair on the wig, super helpful!)
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Astro-Kid-248 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, thank you for this. A friend was asking for advice on how to go about making Hilda's costume and what fabrics would look best. This answers all her questions. 
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Kim-Kosplay Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Such an amazing costume, you look just like I'd imagine Princess Zelda looking.
I was just wondering, are the bodice and dress two separate pieces, or are they sewn together? I can't see a seam from where the top of the white dress would be, so I thought maybe you just made it one piece?
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ifroggirl Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I may be the one millionth person to say this, but your costume is truly incredible. And this FAQ is great btw, I only have like 2 questions that you didn't already answer. 1. what kind of fabric and paints did you use for the tabard? and 2. how did you add yarn to your wig? I'm trying to do this cosplay with my boyfriend so I kinda want it to be perfect (the lucky bastard has his expert seemtress mom helping him...so unfair ;)
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gnomesstealsocks Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student General Artist
How did you do the banner did you hand paint it?
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