Now, onto the part of the cosplay that I was dreading – making the She-Ra crown/headpiece. How would this stay on the entire day? Would it make my wig fall off? Could I wear this without looking ridiculously foolish? I definitely did not want to discover my photo on the Cosplay Hall of Shame sites.I started off by drawing out the tiara piece that would be around my forehead. That was pretty simple since it’s similar to the Wonder Woman crown. Then I sketched out the side “winged” pieces. Once I was satisfied with this, I cut all the pieces out that I would need (don’t forget you can just flip these over and retrace for the other side – left or right). When drawing these out, I had to remember that the pieces on the side of the headpiece were going to be layered and so I would have to draw them a little bit larger to account for that.
Next was the blowdrying part. I used the blowdryer just like in my armband tutorial and pressed all the pieces together until they stuck. Once everything cooled, I spray painted it gold just like the armbands. After seeing everything bright gold, I realized that everything looked a little too gold and shiny so I decided to use some rusty/darker colors to make the armor look a little more worn. I had bought a bunch of cheap acrylic paints from Michaels and pretty much finger painted and smudged the pain onto the crown and armor to give it some dimension.
At this point, my main concern was definitely figuring out a way for the headpiece to stay on. Most ideas I came up with revolved around using headbands, elastics, etc. Another good idea I read about a little too late was using a tiara as a base since it already has combs in it. In the end, I decided to use plain metal hair clips from Michaels ($3 for a pack of 20 or so) and duct taped them to the reverse side.