Challenge #11 was fantatic! Our judges were wowed by all of the entries. A big thank you to our wonderful judges: Erin Schneider, Laura Zentz Proctor and Artemisia Moltabocca!
And here are the winners:
Third Place (TIE!): ”Volka from How to Train Your Dragon” by Rachel Rand
Rachel says: “This is the headdress I made for my Valka costume from How To Train Your Dragon 2. It is entirely handmade. The face portion is leather and the horns are sculpted from tinfoil over a wire armature and covered in paper mâché. The mouth is wired burlap and the eyes are 2 layers of mesh. The leather is hand-dyed and hand painted. It’s held on the armature with a combination of suede lace, wire, and some hidden zip ties. It sits over a set of football shoulder pads so the weight stays off the head/neck.”
“A lot of thought went into the construction of this piece, from the infrastructure to weight considerations. The character accuracy was impressive.”
“Great paint job! Execution perfect to character reference.”
“I love the way you built the framework for fit and balance. ”
Third Place (TIE!): ”Fallout” by Prudence Allworthey
Prudence says: “This hat is based on the video game Fallout. This was an custom piece created to go with a client’s outfit that will be a Steampunk Style homage to the Fallout game. She’s wearing it at an upcoming anime con.
#2- Theme = The hat was to be an overall homage to the game which is now into it’s 4th installment. She specifically wanted a Victorian Steampunk version. She also wanted to include one of the game’s reacuring characters, Vault Boy, and as many iconic pieces as would be possible. This game is set in different areas of a post-apocalyptic Untited States and has a very deconstructed feel. Things like make-shift high tech weapons and cryogenics are also present.
“I was super impressed by all the references in one hat!”
“I loved the removable pieces!”
“I love this hat! The details are fabulous. The thought on weight and wearability was fantastic.”
Second Place: ”Lolth” by Bethany Padron!
I started with scale drafting the frontice-piece then cut it out of wonderflex and used balsa wood to make the raised fans. All of it was covered in worbla for a finished effect and I used the extra worbla to make the back piece.
The feathers are bleached peacock swords and white ostrich spads I mounted them to two arches of wired fosshape with E6000 and some sewing.
The base was pulled from a black capeline with a wired edge and then I used gutter guard wire to make a triangular support across the crown.
The feather fronds were sewn and glued to the base and the wire. Then the front and back pieces were attached to the cap. I formed a piece of worbla over the cap to fit my forehead and then spent a day sniffing a whole lot of glue as I disassembled Christmas garland and gluing each piece onto the fore-piece. I attached some split weather stripping to the front edge.
After that it was paint everything gold! I used three different colors of gold and one copper spray paint. I distressed it all a bit with watered down black acrylic and added some red to match the rendering a bit more.
I stitched some of the feathers together and stitched the wig to the back of the cap and after a whole lot of hairspray it was done.”
“Whoa! That is amazing! Very cool sculpting and detail work.”
“I’ve seen this in person and is absolutely beautiful and masterful construction!”
“Impressive construction techniques! Final product is gorgeous.”
First Place: ”Angel” by Leah “Lamia” Lloyd!
Leah says: “This started as a companion piece to Paige Gardner’s “Abbey”, but quickly ran in a direction farther away than I could have ever imagined. While initially it was to be a stained glass angel, it ended up as a sculptural piece; Over many years, grateful devotees and hopeful petitioners have added offerings to the statue, and items have become embedded in the melting votive candles.
The tiara is layered buckram and wire, covered in polar fleece. Twill ribbons at the corners to tie on behind the head, a comb under the front, and 2 ribbon loops at the back for additionally stabilizing bobby pins. Using a dollar-store tiara, I traced out the pattern on craft foam, spray painted it silver, and created the halo. Floral wire and hot glue created the support.
Toilet paper rolls were trimmed down and spray painted white. Inside were set soda bottle lids, or cardboard bases, if the roll was taller than a tealight. Then came ….. the hot glue.
“Great googly moogly! Amazing original design. Bonus points for using simple items and turning them into beauty. Creepy elegance!”
“I am terrifed and impressed! It is very conflicting! This is such an imaginative project and a tremendous amount of work.”
“I had a visceral reaction to this costume. And your brain both scares and fascinates me!”
The judges decided to award a Judge’s Choice award as well.
Judge’s Choice for Best Recreation: ”Yuuka” by Maral Agnerian
Maral says: “The whole thing was a lot of experimentation and problem solving; I needed the branches to remain flexible and not break even if I hit them on things, which I knew was pretty much inevitable.
The hair loops are built on a Worbla base, with felt glued on top. I then laid down the ‘hair’ following the directions of the loops and glued them in place with a watered-down mixture of Flexbond, then painted with acrylic to blend the texture better.
“Holy Shit, damn girl! So impressed that words escape me.”
“Amazing from concept to execution.”
“Very creative material sourcing and planning. Stunning piece.”
The judges also decided to award the following Honorable Mention awards:
Honorable Mention for Best Recycling of Material for “Victorianish Hat”, by Sherry Greer!
Honorable Mention for Top Novice for “White Wedding Hat,” by Marilyn!
“Clean finish, great curve on the brim. Looks like you’ve been doing this for years!”
Honorable Mention for Excellent Problem Solving to “Frollo”, by Christa Ludwig!
Honorable Mention for Best Whimsy for “Lily Pad Frog”, by Darcy Lewis!
Honorable Mention for Best Historical to “16th Century German”, by Bethany Padron!
“What a beautiful hat, constructed with close attention to historical accuracy and details!”
And here are the rest of our wonderful entries:
“Enterprise Hat,” by Amber Ray!
“Rapunzel Tiara” by Christa Ludwig!
“Shipwreck,” by Darcy Lewis!
“Mini Hats,” by Dorianne Jarchow!
“Maleficent Dragon,” by Monty Montgomery-Hodorowski!