Cosplay Prop: How to Make a Harley Quinn Hammer

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For me the most essential part of a DIY Harely Quinn cosplay is an iconic Harley Quinn prop! This is how I made a Harley Quinn hammer (also called a mallet).

MATERIALS I USED

  • 2 Home Depot Buckets
  • Half of an Adjustable Drapery Rod with a Cool Finial
  • Worbla
  • Thick Craft Foam
  •  Sticky Back Craft Foam
  • Masking Tape
  • Various Fabric & Ribbon Trim
  • Drill with  1″ Paddle Bit
  • Epoxy or Super Glue
  • Hot Glue Gun & Sticks
  • Black Spray Paint, Clear Acrylic Spray Paint
  • Red & White Craft Paint

STEP ONE: BUILD OUT YOUR HAMMER HEAD

I cut the top off of two Home Depot buckets and stuck ’em together. Then I smoothed out the seams with a combination of masking tape and craft foam.

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 STEP TWO: COVER IN WORBLA AND EMBELLISH WITH TEXTURE

First I covered the whole thing in worbla for a uniform, paintable texture. Then I used a hot glue gun to add some rhinestone ribbon trim and diamonds cut out from sticky back foam. This added some cool texture to my hammer head- and also cover some seams. 😉

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 STEP THREE: THE HANDLE

First I covered the curtain rod in worbla and used epoxy glue to attach the finial to one end. Then I chose the paddle bit closest to the diameter of my covered rod and drilled a whole in the hammer head where the handle would be attached.

I applied epoxy to end of the rod opposite of the finial and inserted it all they way through so that the end of the rod hit the opposite end of the hammer head. I carefully held it in place until the epoxy set and my handle was secured to the inside of the hammer head.

I also added a gasket of craft foam where the handle met the head and used epoxy to secure it in place.

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STEP FOUR: PAINT IT BLACK & RELAX!

When my fabrication was complete, I spray painted the whole thing black and then finished with a light coat of clear acrylic spray paint. I then I took a break and let it set for a day. It’s hard to be patient but if you let the paint cure your less likely scratch or smudge stuff. 🙂

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STEP FIVE: FINISH IT OFF WITH DETAILS

To finish off my Harley Hammer, I used a couple different techniques. I dry brushed red craft paint over my textured parts and added some Harley touches with a bullseye and psycho laughter. I cut strips of some left over deep red velvet and glued it in a spiral pattern around the handle and added some assorted ribbon details.

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Although this mallet could be used for any Harley cosplay, I also made a little hobo satchel that we attached to this mallet to fit the Gotham Hobos theme of a group cosplay.

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Batman Themed Cocktail Hat

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Although, I am a Marvel girl at heart- Batman was my first introduction to comic books and he’ll always be my first love! 🙂

I had so much fun making and wearing this fancy Batman hat inspired by the modern Nolan bat symbol. Now I just need everyone to start throwing more fancy dress Batman parties so I have a place to wear it, lol!

Catwoman Fascinator Cocktail Hat

I made this Catwoman cocktail hat as a raffle prize for Jack of All Nerds podcast.

The custom fascinator was raffled off at the Nerds Like Us midnight showing of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns!

This was my first hat modeled after Michelle Pfieffer’s Catwoman, because duh she’s awesome. I used clear acrylic spray paint on painted worbla to get a shiny vinyl look and painted the stitches with silver liquid leaf.

            

Gotham Hobos Cosplay: Takin’ a Stand & Makin’ New Friends at Long Beach Comic-Con 2014

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Succinct writing is not always my forte but I’m kinda wiped out so here’s my best go at it:

Girls tired of seeing girl cosplayers only representing the sexy side of women.

Girls drink a lot of wine and hatch a plan to do the most sexualized characters we could think of in a whole new way.

Gotham Hobos are born and I send my early costume sketches to Jimmy at Been Better comics for a cartoon rendering:

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Old friends meet new friends and several months of crafting (and giggling) ensue.
Crazy Cat-Lady Catwoman was the first to take shape:

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Then Homeless Hippie Poison Ivy started to come together:

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And last, but not least, everybody’s favorite certifiably insane girlfriend, Hobo Harley Quinn, came to life:

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Hopefully con-goers would see us and get a chuckle. Hopefully, a few gals would see us and  think “hey that’s cool, I don’t always have to be sexy to be awesome.”

As long as we were having fun we were stoked!

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We never thought in a million years we’d win anything- all day we went back on forth on whether we should even enter the official cosplay contest hosted by Nerds Like Us!

So you can imagine how stoked we were when Gotham Hobos actually won Best Group Cosplay!!! There was lot’s of squealing and jumping up and down, lol.

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Best of all we made friends with some very talented, creative and awesome female cosplayers who are not afraid to cosplay outside the sexy box, so to speak! All in all, it was a fantastic experience and so  much fun.

I could not have had two better partners in crime than Ms. Natasha and BHArtDesigns!

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DIY “The Joker” Mask for Labyrinth Masquerade XII!

 

FinishedMask_CmprsMy friend Jimmy (who happens to write/illustrate a great web comic that you should totes check out) is going to the Labyrinth Masquerade tonight! I’m super jealous because I can’t go, but I’m living vicariously by playing Fairy Godmother and sending him of with a custom made masquerade mask. He was just looking for something simple, but since Jimmy is a super fan of The Joker (from Batman) I was inspired to go for a Joker mask with a definite jester vibe.

Here is my journey to the finished product. Enjoy!

I knew I wanted to build out a custom shape for my Joker and I thought a store-bought mask, craft foam and scrap pieces of Worbla would do the trick. Once I played around with my materials a bit, I came up with a concept design and started building my piece

Next it was time to cover the whole thing with a papier-mâché . In the process I decided I wanted a slightly different texture for the hair and tried a new technique. Some tissues did the trick, but since they are so absorbent it took almost twice as long to dry as regular newspaper. Very happy with the results though!

After the papier-mâché  dried completely it was time to get down to painting. First I primed it with white primer from my total spray paint crush- Rustoleum. Then I used acrylic craft paint to do the rest and silver liquid leaf for some shinier accents.

I sealed all my detail work with Rustoleum Crystal Clear Acrylic (My absolute favorite glossy sealer of ALL TIME). Once a few coats had dried I added some 3d accents for texture. Since I was going for a masculine look, the only rhinestones I used were black. For other accents I opted for iron-on metal studs…only I just used hot glue to attach them.

Some inexpensive chattering teeth on wire gave me that extra Joker pizzazz to really put my mask over the top.

The very last thing to do was attach the head strap. I attached black elastic to either side with epoxy glue and used hot glue to create a loop at the end of each piece of elastic. Using the loops I was able to thread through a piece of ribbon for an adjustable fit. I also found the mask rubbed uncomfortable against my nose but it was an easy fix. Just a regular makeup sponge attached with hot glue.

Added a few matching embellishments to a Joker smile-on-a-stick that  I made before and voilà!

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It’s Been a Batty Week!

Since 2014 is Batman’s 75th anniversary, it seems like everyone has had bat on the brain. This week, I myself, have had a case of Bat-fever as I waited in anticipation for the Nerds Like Us midnight screening of Batman Returns.

I may be a Marvel girl, (Carol Corps For-evah!) but Batman was my first love. In fact, BR was one of the only movies I ever saw in the theater as a child.  AND Batman was the first superhero that introduced me to comics.

Initially, I started out wanting to make a Batman hat (that has obviously been on my list forever) to wear to the BR showing, then I decided to give Jack of All Nerds a hat to give away…and then it was just a downwards spiral of Batman- themed crafting from there.

Here’s some of the things I’ve been up to: