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My attempt at tailoring a cape.

My attempt at tailoring a cape.
22 May 2011 04:02:11

Today I took a chance at fabricating a cape; specifically for 1/12 figures. I always did want a true fabric cape for cape equipped figures rather than poseable figures having hard plastic capes. Although I should mention figma Knight and Siren have nice fabric capes, so here is my attempt at making my own.

First I wanted to make the "hooded" part of the cape, and I decided to make this part out of plastic. I took a generic plastic and somewhat useless cape and just cut away the unnecessary parts off.


Leaving with a nice secure ring to put the head through, shown in the photo below.






Next is for the actual fabric cape; I drew out and cut out a paper stencil for myself.
Aya Kagura: Does this make me look fat?
Alberich: Nope, but it looks kind of cheap.



After 5 terrible attempts, I managed to cut and sew a 1:12 scaled cape. I had to sew because one layer is a bit too thin and lacks weight, so I double-layered it. Oh I sadly could not take any pictures of me sewing since my hands were full obviously.


From that point, I just painted the plastic hooded part black and sealed it with some gloss varnish. I admit I should of used pledge with future shine for a varnish, but I just went with a vallejo gloss varnish for the sake of convenience.

Comparison of capes above, the plastic cape Eternal originally came with is on the left, the one I made on the right.



Aya Kagura: How do I look?
Eternal: Fabulous



Overall, the cape is not 100% accurate, but it looks pretty good. It certainly has that nice shiny look to it like a real cape should, but the amount of energy and time I spent on it reminds me to not underestimate a task. I thought it would only take a hour at most. I'm just glad it did not fall apart and I now have a cape for my figures to use. Nonetheless, thanks for reading my blog.
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HikariOsa
HikariOsa (Ukraine)
22 May 2011, 06:12:19
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Amazing! So you are the master! Looks cool!
aseewp
aseewp (Russia)
22 May 2011, 06:19:18
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Oh, that's a beautiful cape. Good work!
MrsSkeeter
MrsSkeeter (Germany)
22 May 2011, 09:38:11
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Wow, it's so accurate! Great job!
norfolk_s3d
norfolk_s3d (Russia)
22 May 2011, 16:57:33
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The last pic's impressive.
SKYHIGH
SKYHIGH (USA)
22 May 2011, 17:05:25
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Wow! Amazing job!!
Viridia
Viridia (USA)
22 May 2011, 19:41:43
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Thanks everyone!
Kumikoshechko
Kumikoshechko (Russia)
22 May 2011, 19:44:08
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Cool! Loooooo~ve your job!
mu597
mu597 (USA)
22 May 2011, 20:53:37
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You mentioned pledge I'm always hearing that it's good for tightening loose joints. Is it easy to use and how good is it?

Nice job on the cape too!
Viridia
Viridia (USA)
22 May 2011, 21:33:26
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Pledge with future shine it can be used for multiple things. For one it's pretty impressive at tightening up joints (usually ball joints) or be used at a lesser extent of sealing plastic models or anything really with a clear coat.

For tightening loose joints.... I would

#1. Get some pledge with future shine, and pour it into a small container (I use a clean bottle cap usually)

#2. Get a small paintbrush or a similar tool to apply said joint with, but a small note this pledge with future shine is very thin. The water-like consistency could drip a bit more than you might want it to.

#3. Wait for it to dry; 2 hours is suggested. Check if the joint is tight enough, if not apply again.

OTHER NOTES:
a) Since this pledge stuff is thin, you can wash it off with water or rub it off if you mess up.
b) Try not to apply too much in the beginning, try to apply it modestly or small amounts.

The best part is the fact that it won't lock joints, and if you do mess up you can fix it.
mu597
mu597 (USA)
22 May 2011, 21:50:57
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Alright thanks! I'm thinking of getting some ant trying it on Figma miyafuji's gun and I have I few other things that could use tightening as well.
mu597
mu597 (USA)
22 May 2011, 21:55:14
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BTW it is glossy when dried correct?
Viridia
Viridia (USA)
22 May 2011, 22:10:41
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Yes, it's going to be glossy when it's dried.

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