Woo! It’s mdb as Shaak Ti from The Force Unleashed – she made everything herself πŸ˜€


I was going to say it was a good thing it didn’t involved fibreglassing… but it did πŸ˜‰ The positive molds for the lekku parts… So much material for such a little costume πŸ˜‰

Let’s see:

8kg plasticine(17lbs)
Polystryrene head
pieces of pipe to support

22.5kg Ultracal (50lbs)
about 3-4L epoxy resin (about the same in quarts)
Pieces of pipe to support
bog to fill and create points and ridges etc.

4L liquid latex (ditto)
60cm super fine microdenier lycra

Assembly and painting:
about 250ml latex paint
about 50ml acrylic ink to shade
one tube shoe goo

250ml PAX (about 1/4 quart)
one bald cap
PA for bald cap
glue stick for hiding eyebrows

2m faux suede in light tan
recycled suede throw
self cover buttons drilled and threaded
acrylic ink airbrushed weathering
stryene scrps and paint
sintra scraps and paint

pvc pipe fittings
high power torch (my own wired pieces are used in a smaller saber hilt)
acrylic tube
cellophane (believe it or not a highly recommended diffuser)
scrap acrylic for tip

Tools used:
sculpting tools
metal ruler
box cutters
pinking sheers

What photo magic is this! I am not that endowed! nor have such a little waist. I love when cameras are flattering, it happens so rarely for me πŸ˜‰

That is Chastangela as Legolas. πŸ™‚ So sad Geddon is not going back to Sydney this year πŸ™ But it would be selfish to ask for the organisers to put on an expensive show just so I can go back to see awesome peeps again. Luckily most go to Melbourne anyway XD

2011 Year in review :)


Shaak ti The Force Unleashed, Darth Tykhi (own design based on Legacy era Sith) Miss verity Pride, Big Game Hunter and balloonist, Shae Vizla, Shaak Ti AotC, Mina.

Missing is my 1830s white cotton day dress… all the photos of that one seem to be missing. hmmm…

It doesn’t look like much until you break each costume down into the various componants…



MDB, Me, Fleyer and RJayne at the Special Childrens Christmas in Auckland.

It’s a charity event for children with chronic illness, or disorders, or deprived in some way. They absolutely loved my Shrek outfit, and I reckon I got more photos than Santa, or in my last 3 Geddons combined! [……]

Oh, this was more fun than Geddon! I am totally doing this again next year and will be encouraging more people to join in. Merry Christmas!!!

md,fngdkfg I had no idea this was even happening! Β This is so wonderful. πŸ™‚

I posted it to the forums and on the tumblr account and facebook for Geddon Cosplay πŸ˜‰ Next year dooooeeet!!!! Seriously it is amazing.

Oh and content for my tumblr πŸ˜‰ ) Yes, Shaak Ti is nearing completion again πŸ™‚ Still some major and minor tweaks to go but I have a good head start πŸ˜‰ Shading those lekku and montral as well as possibly some interior support are first.Well that and bevelling all the cut leatherwork. I need to flatten the leather and anchor it to my desk though. Arthritis means I use a lot of tools for holding things. I have an electric can opener for a similar reason πŸ˜‰

Most impractical Jedi ever!!! Ever!!!!11!!!! It’s not just the body paint (TFU Shaak TI uses a lot more) it’s not just the lekku, it’s not just the robes… it’s how they all interact. The lekku grip the robes which then twist and bunch. I had about 8 safety pins at my neckline holding robes to the most sensible anchor point. Again TFU version has the front lekku tied back which means just the butterfly butt piece grips the costume- which is conveniently tied in place.

Hoods and lekku do not work!

Loved my Reel Creations and Latona’s inks though XD The paints are a-ma-zing. I was sure I’d need to tint the red as it is flaming scarlet, but under different lighting conditions it toned to a more muted shade. And on camera it reacted differently again. It does explain why the test paint and the behind the scenes photos look very different to the studio photos.


What the heck was I thinking? And why oh why am I now obsessed with making a Chagrian and Nautolan sculpt??? Saarai and random NPCs on Hutta that’s why. Sigh.

Darth Tykhi πŸ™‚ I missed this one. I love it! And yes that is a heavy headpiece, why do you ask?

Actually it balances well it’s just due to the nature of the lekku hanging from the lower parts of the neck it is much harder to move the head than with other aliens πŸ™‚

Not all the stripes are mine! Now this really makes me want to try for a very stripey pattern next time… I want a real jungle type shoot where the markings really make so much sense πŸ™‚

I always thought Shaak Ti reminded me of a kind of predatory herbivore πŸ˜‰ The red is very clearly a natural colouration for “Beware, danger” while her stripes allow blending into long grasses but the horns remind me of antelope.

Photo by Sylvie, Wellington Botanic Gardens πŸ™‚

The tentacles.. well okay then I think of an octopus, but mainly because on our own planet they tend to belong in the sea. And they are dextrous.

Prehensile tails then? Tiger tails.

I have mentioned the moth butt in my livejournal. The rear lekku in shape is very much that of a butterfly or moth. It’s one of the reasons I really love her over the other aliens in the saga, there are so many visual references.

β€œMe” and The Clone Emperor/Thomas J Spanos.(Two Gingas in red and black, how funny is that ;)* )

When I got my Mara costume to the point of finishing and even before I sent off my application to join the 501st Thomas sent me a patch of the Flagship Eclipse detatchment. It meant so very much and I still have the letter that came with it.

And he has been extremely supportive of my efforts with Shae Vizla πŸ™‚ There are a handful of people who keep encouraging me to finish that work, and it is tremendously appreciated.

*Red hair is cool. This is why The Doctor wants to regenerate as a Ginga. Remember that.

β€œMe” and FANGS/Angela We know each other through several costuming fandoms and groups and have a mutual admiration society thing happening πŸ˜€ What i really want is a photo of her in Zam and me in Shae. Please will the fates to allow us to meet!

Again, link goes to Matt and Kristy’s flickr account of D*C goodness πŸ™‚

β€œMe” And starfirephoenix/Alison πŸ™‚ We have met in person more than once but this is super fun πŸ™‚

Thanks to Matt and Kristy, see click through link for their photos from D*C

IMG_0444 by Matt & Kristy on Flickr.

β€œI” look perturbed, tired and grumpy. So how I normally look at a con πŸ˜‰
Thanks to Kristy and Matt I am attending D*C πŸ˜‰ I was going to do a regular Shaak Ti but figured Tykhi was more appropriate.

The adventures of Darth Beari shall hopefully continue πŸ˜€

Oh, just for interest, this was a bear keychain originally. Hot pink with silver splashes. The montral and lekku were modelled in clay, modeled in plaster and cast in latex. She is a bit rough as left her to the last minute. the latex is thicker than I wanted so I had to cut her original ears off πŸ˜‰ And she is mostly held together with Shoe Goo πŸ˜‰