This summer, I took an Armor Making for the Stage class at my college. We had a fantastic time, and made ourselves some stage armor for the final. I learned some great techniques that will definitely come in handy for making cosplay! The armor I made was designed to match the witch king’s blade from LOTR, which my father gave me. I figured if I was going to be making armor, I might as well have a weapon to go with it. I used wonderflex, lots of fabric and paint, fosshape, silver leaf, faux leather, and lots of other stuff. The chain mail is stage mail, which is made by knitting on a set of large needles. The chain mail on the gloves is actual linked mail. The sweater was then painted and silver leafed. (An unfortunate side effect of a thick, chunky, knitted garment is that it makes me look enormous.) The wings are fun foam and cardstock, with a wire frame in them. I made a helmet as well, but I ran out of time and made it the day it was due, and it’s pretty much shit. I’d like to expand the costume sometime, and I will remake the helmet when I do that.