CosBlog #92: Zelda By Rikku Grape
I find that cosplayers motivated by the idea of a challenge most often rise to the occasion. Rikku Grape picked Princess Zelda not only because she’s a fan of the franchise, but also because she knew it would sharpen skills in the process. Her successful tribute to Hyrule’s leading lady convinces me that her next project will be even bigger and better.
Who: The Character
Princess Zelda, Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.
I've always been a huge Zelda fan, and the princess herself has always been a dream to cosplay. I love the way she is represented in Twilight Princess as well. She's so regal, elegant, and she portrays a very strong image. Technically speaking, when I first decided to make this costume it was a challenge for me. I had never made a costume as intricate and detailed as hers, and I had never made armor before either, so it was something that was going to really challenge my skills. I always like a challenge.
Overall, it took me a couple weeks to make this costume. I worked on and off over three months, but I think if I worked straight through it would've been around two weeks to complete everything. I can't honestly remember how much it cost to make it all, but all the materials I used where from local stores. The thing people ask me most is how I made the armor and the ears. The armor is made from craft foam, and the gems I cast using resin. The ears I also made myself by taking molds of my own ears, and creating casts from those. I then made the actual prosthetic out of liquid latex.
Where and When:
I first wore this costume as SakuraCon in Seattle Washington in 2012. Two of my friends came with me and cosplayed as Midna, and the Postman as well. It was a ton of fun, and it was my first time as SakuraCon as well. After that, I wore it again to PAX Prime.
Photos by Sunichi Al Hayashi of Cosplay Photographers, Darkain Multimedia of Cosplay Photographers, and Kindra Nikole Photography.
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