Cosplay Tutorial – Princess Bubblegum’s Crown

Adventure Time Princess Bubblegum Crown TutorialNow that Wondercon is over and I’m recovering from con-flu, I thought I would do a quick tutorial on how I made my Princess Bubblegum crown. I knew that I wanted it to be sturdy and firm since a lot of the ones I’ve seen are made of one piece of foam or look more flimsy. I decided to take the idea of using foam and add to that by using Wonderflex. I know that Worbla is the new Wonderflex, but I had lots of Wonderflex left from my She-Ra cosplay and knew that I could put it to good use.

I started by creating a paper template of the crown shape I wanted. It seemed inevitable that it was going to start looking a bit phallic, but whatever! Then I cut two foam pieces using the template and glued those together, placing a popsicle stick in between the foam where the crown jewel was going to be.

Adventure Time Princess Bubblegum Crown Template

After that, I used the same template and cut two shapes from the Wonderflex, but made one one of them slightly larger than the template. I was essentially going to surrounding the foam with Wonderflex.

Adventure Time Princess Bubblegum Crown Template

Adventure Time Princess Bubblegum Crown Template

Then I started the Wonderflex process, heating it to mold to the shape I wanted and making everything stick together and form around the inner foam piecs. I also had to cut a few scrap pieces of Wonderflex to fill in the gaps so that you couldn’t see the foam that was in between the outer pieces.

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After everything was cooled down, I primed it and then painted it many times, adding some darker shading around the edges at the end. The gold I used was a combination of gold, Jake colored yellow, and a little bit of glitter paint. For the shading, I used bronze mixed with gold.

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For the crown jewel, I was running out of time and couldn’t find anything that would work so I decided to make a jewel piece using my glue gun! I had never tried this before, but it seemed to work fine and hold shape without any issues.

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I am pretty sure some sort of clay would have been fine, but at the time, I wanted the jewel to be more translucent. After I used a combination of nail polishes to paint the jewel, I glued it onto the crown using E-6000 craft glue. I ended up painting so many layers that the fact that the jewel was transparent didn’t really matter anymore (hence why I said you could probably just make the jewel out of clay).

Adventure Time Princess Bubblegum Crown Jewel Tutorial

And tada! Princess Bubblegum’s crown! The best part is that you can actually reshape it with heat if needed. I actually had to do this since once I had all my hair underneath my wig, I noticed that my head shape was slightly different, so this came in really handy.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this mathematical tutorial!

 



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