The outer cuffs
are the only part of the robe with any kind of decoration. The circles have
a few beads and a tiny bit of gold embroidery in the centre.
I don't have a picture of just the pants for this outfit, but if you go
to the "Finrod" page you can get a good look at them. They're the pants I'm
wearing in the hopper picture at the bottom of the page. They're made of faux
suede, have a bit of gathering on the lower leg, and zip up the back.
The mask, crown, and gloves were added to the costume for the Gathering
of the Fellowship masquerade (December 2003). The website said we were encouraged
to come in character, so I decided to attend the masquerade as a character
attending a masquerade. My character was Thranduil, and his masquerade costume
was Smaug the Dragon.
I wanted to make the mask as light as possible, since it would be held on
by ribbon and would have to stay in place for several hours. The best medium
I found for the job was Crayola Model Magic, which weighs next to nothing
but is shapable and dries firm. I moulded it to my face, added horns and a
nose, and let it dry overnight. Unfortunately, this mask shrunk as it dried
more and more over the course of a week, so I had to figure out a better method.
What I did eventually is get a plain heavy plastic mask from Michael's to
cover with the Model Magic. I shaped the Model Magic over the plain mask and
used a hot glue gun to fix it firmly to all edges so it couldn't shrink away.
I rolled out the horns and wrapped them around pencils to get a nice spiral
shape, leaving the pencils in place to dry, and shaped the nose and taped
it upright to a tin can so it couldn't droop while it dried. With all the
leftover bits, I made smaller horns and ridges. The whole mask took two packets
of Model Magic, which cost me about $5. I let it dry for a few days, then
filled in all the cracks around the horns with plaster and smoothed out the
surfaces. When the plaster dried, I sprayed it with varithane, painted with
metallic craft paint and nail polish, and sprayed a few more coats of varithane.
The one thing I was worried about was it breaking. The Model Magic is light,
but not very sturdy. But my luck held out on the plane ride to Toronto and
through the evening. The long spiral horns broke off when I removed the mask
later (and was carelessly carrying it around by the ribbons), but at least
it lasted as long as it needed to. If I make another one, I might try putting
heavy wire in the middle of the spirals, and using way more varithane for
protection. But for my main concern- the weight- Model Magic was perfect.
The finished mask weighed about 100 grams (less than 4 ounces).
The crown was inspired by the description of Thranduil's crown of leaves
in The Hobbit
. Since the masquerade was taking place just before Christmas,
I figured holly and ivy would be appropriate. All I did for the crown was
bind together a few lengths of fake ivy to make a head-sized wreath, and weave
in little holly leaves and berries here and there.
Finally, I made the gloves to have "dragon hands" for the masquerade. I
used a pair of cheap gloves from Walmart and hot glued a long fake nail,
painted silver, onto the end of each finger. For scales, I used 3/4" leaf-shaped
sequins in alternating gold and bronze, hot glued onto the back of the gloves.
I glued the sequins at the bottom of the leaf only, so they would be flexible
and move as I moved my hands. For a quick fix, I was very happy with the way
the gloves turned out.