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Hikaru Shidou :: MKR by WindoftheStars Hikaru Shidou :: MKR by WindoftheStars
Holy cow I haven't updated in how many months. Life has been... in the way.

None the less here is a new costume that debuted during Fanime 09. Our MKR group won Best of Division: Best Group Craftsmanship! Good job team. :love:

In case you are not familar with this series, this is Hikaru Shidou from Magic Knights Rayearth. This is her final armor version from the end of the series.

Photo by Leonard, LJinto on Flickr.com

Construction Notes
The armor was made out of fiberglass. This was my first time working this material and I must say it was a learning experience! I had to cast my chest to get the right size of the chest plates. They are held together with large snaps and elastic. It is actually pretty comfy. The shoulder armor is mainly fiberglass as well, the gold parts are craft foam. The cape is attached to the armor via Velcro and feeds through an opening in the back just like the art work!

Sword is made craft foam, paper clay, foam board, dowl rod, fiberglass, and bondo.

The knee armor and wrist thing are made of craft foam. Boots were purchased off e-bay.

The head piece is made of ABS plastic, the horn part was sculpted and then casted out of plastic. The gem on the front is casted out of resin and the gold frame was also casted out of plastic.

The dress was tricky with the black design. Pattern was modified (heavily) from a coat pattern. It is made of casa satin and velvet. Gold trim is gold vinyl. The gold vinyl was also used on the bottom for the gold "armor" looking pieces.

Gloves were made of white vinyl.

All gems on the costume were casted from Epoxy resin. Check out my tutorial video on how to cast here -->
[link] (part one)
[link] (part two)

Wig is a Scruffy and extention in Dark Pink from Cosworx.
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:iconkuroichoucho:
KuroiChoucho Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Very well done :)
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Xxdark-symphonyxX Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I am planing on making this cosplay. What all did you use to make it? (ie. what patterns, or how you made it) The main thing I need to know about is how to make the armor the rest I could find out how to do myself.
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BakuchanBaku Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011   Digital Artist
Do you think that you could perhaps note me a more detailed discription about the making of the sword? And it's absolutely wonderful cosplay!
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I don't have the time to write out that length of description. Sorry!
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:iconbakuchanbaku:
BakuchanBaku Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012   Digital Artist
It's fine! Thank you!
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mimiru Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2010
This is the sort of craftsmanship level I dream of reaching one day. Every time I see someone pull it off this well it inspires me to keep working toward that. Your costume is beautiful! *_____* Also your notes are really helpful, so thank you for sharing the construction list with everyone!
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aww thank you. I'm so happy that it inspires you and that my notes helped you. :)
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:iconlexedur:
Lexedur Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Excelente, muy hermoso.
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
:D Thank you!
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:iconlexedur:
Lexedur Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
De nada ^^
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pgw-Chaos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Amazing Hikaru, I never seen Magic Knights Rayearth. It does have some pretty nice artwork (but alot of Clamp's work is nice).

The armor and sword is just very awesome
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! Yes Clamp has some beautiful artwork.
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:iconpgw-chaos:
pgw-Chaos Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010
Your Welcome ^_^
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Ronigirl Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome cosplay!! :D I'm watching MKR right now and I totally want to cosplay them! :D

How do you cast things in plastic? is the equipment for casting plastic expensive?
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!

It is rather expensive to cast in fiberglass. The supplies are what add up quickly. When casting with fiberglass, you take your fiber and then coat in resin. There are lots of tutorials that talk about it in depth on the internet.
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Ronigirl Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That does sound really complicated! So where can you get fiberglass? Do you have to order it online, or is it sold in craft stores?
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner May 13, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
You have to go to a plastics store. It's there that you can find lots of casting supplies, plastics and of course fiberglass.
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Ronigirl Featured By Owner May 15, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Alright, thanks for the help! :)
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JadineR Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010
This is GREAT! I love this, you've made her look so heroic! (As she should be :D) Oh god, and that sword :love:

:worship:


But...why didn't you add her braid to her hair? (unless it's there and it's simply hidden)
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! The braid is there. It's just down my back and hidden by my body. :)
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JadineR Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2010
Sweet :)
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:iconzaph-chan:
Zaph-chan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
Sugoii!!
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! :heart:
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Zaph-chan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2010
Welcome!
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sexyknightrayearth Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
Man, this is the best magic knight cosplay ever :D The coustom looks greate, and ... it kind make me hard, sorry to say that.
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you. :)
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MeshikaAngel34 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
OMG! That's amazing! I love Hikaru
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!! :D
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Zetsumeimaru Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2009   Traditional Artist
0o ...wow!
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Zetsumeimaru Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009   Traditional Artist
welcome
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deministri Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing one =D!!!!
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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red-cluster Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2009
I am so happy to see someone does a Hikaru cosplay justice! Really amazing work!
May I ask what kind of paint you used for the blade part of the sword? ^^ I like how it looks quite natural and a bit reflective in pictures.
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :) It was a lot of work that's for sure.

It's chrome spray paint that you find in the auto paint section.
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Heero-Masaki Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009
you look fantastic! I <3 the sword!
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :)
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Mimiluvbug Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2009   Traditional Artist
holy crap!! that's by far the best mkr costume i've seen! i also made my fuu armor outta fiberglass. i couldn't get it to fasten down as well as yours, but it felt heavy enough that i could knock someone out! lol! [link]
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:iconwindofthestars:
WindoftheStars Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! :) I'll be sure to check out your Fuu. :love:
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ZarineBashire Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
excellent job on the costume.
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RolfPlus Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh Mel, you melt my heart! XD
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Girl-q Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009
Marvelous!
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AngelicHeart Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009   Artisan Crafter
OMG!! Your Hikaru costume is truly powerful! The details, the armor! Everything looks perfect! You did an amazing job with everything! <33333
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Ferisae Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow, you look GREAT! And the prop is amazing :D!

Fantastic job! x3
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Rotaerc4 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2009
How did you learn to use fiberglass and was the price worth it. I've been wanting to use fiberglass for some time but I did not want to waste a ton of money trying to just figure it out on my own.
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RinaMx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG!!!!!! THE PERFECT GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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HikaruDarkSoul Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
PERFECT! Love this character! Love Ur cosplay of this character! Just Awesome!!! :hug:
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Jru Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
omg, its AWESOME!!! Fiberglass sounds so intimidating and scary but seeing such awesome results is pushing me to say... hm... why not give it a try? *maybe for a... future cosplay* You are such an amazing cosplayer inspiration!
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Baltean Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
THYAT SWORD IS AMAZING!! AWESOME! COOL! EXQUIZATE! NO WORDS TO IT JUSTICE!!! Seriously though, very nice! Looks just like an anime character jumped out of the TV! Not to mention the sword... Oh... I think I'm crying from the beauty of that blade... It gives me flutters of joy just seeing that beautiful weapon... But Fiberglass looks awesome! Is it expensive?
(Sorry such a large and spazzy comment, I havent heard from you in a while, and I'm a sword maniac ^^;)
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Deaths-Echo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Amazing! :D
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