The Making of a Sorceress, by Julie Hall
Edea Kramer (sometimes mistakenly called Ultimecia) was the most challenging character I’ve replicated thus far. I had spent weeks pouring over picture references and deciding on materials (convincing myself I could do it!) until I finally took a deep breath and dove in. Despite her eloquent style and cunningness, Edea wasn’t exactly my favorite of all Final Fantasy 8 characters. But I do adore a good challenge, so “long live the sorceress”.
If you’re familiar with The Lord of the Rings trilogy, then perhaps you might've noticed the lime-green dress that Arwen Evenstar wore at Aragorn’s coronation during in the last installment: Return of the King.
Well, I fell in love with it; simply had to make one of my very own. After searching through many patterns, I decided to use Simplicity pattern 4940, view C. First, I made a mockup pattern out of muslin fabric. (For those of you who don’t already know, muslin is very cheap – about $2/yd at your local fabric store. Before even thinking about cutting on your good, expensive fabric, I highly suggest making a muslin mockup first!)
The hardest part about Lightning Farron's shield was determining the pattern. I had to look at many pictures to decide how wide/long I needed it to be based on my own height and armspan. Once I got that right, I scaled up a picture of the shield that I found online (because I suck at drawing) and printed it.
I then cut out the paper pattern pieces and traced them onto craft foam. The foam I used was all 2mm thick, except I doubled the layers on the black design for durability – meaning I had to cut four of those out and glue them together. I highly suggest Foamies craft glue for sticking foam pieces together!
This is pretty much all there was to Lightning’s crimson sword. The hardest part was figuring out how big to make it. Since Lightning’s not a very proportionate character to begin with (super long legs and unrealistically skinny), deciding on sword measurements was tricky, but I'm thrilled with the results.
Paper Mache can be used as base material for many projects, such as helmets, shoulder armor and props. It’s super cheap and easy to make!
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