Saragosa Dragon Crown with L200 Foam and Worbla

Tutorial by Jenna Elise Cosplay

Materials needed:

– L200 Foam
– Worbla (Black and Crystal Art)
– Drawing paper
– Insulation Foam
– Pins
– Sandpaper
– Utility knife
– Duct Tape
– Sharpie
– Scissors
– Wood Burning Tool
– Plasti Dip
– Wax Paper
– Fairy Lights (or whatever LED’s you choose)
– Heat Gun
– Acrylic Paints
– Silicone Gem Molds
– Clay Molding Tools (Optional)
– Paint Brushes
– Hot Glue
– Contact Cement

 

  1. First step is to sketch out the shape you want on to paper. I’m using painters paper here.
  2. Next, I cut out the shape and pinned it to two layers of pink insulation foam that I glued together.

  3. With a utility knife (snap blade) I cut out and shaped the foam. Once it’s roughly cut, I sanded it down for a smoother shape.

  4. Now to create the horn pattern! I covered the foam in duct tape and used a sharpie to draw the pattern.

  5. And don’t forget to draw registration marks which will help with assembling the horns later on.

  6. With a blade, I cut the tape and flattened out the pattern onto 1/4 inch L200 foam. Make sure to mark registration lines as well.

  7. Cut out foam with a sharpened blade

  8. With contact cement, glue foam pattern back together, using the registration marks as a guide to make sure the pieces line up correctly.

  9. Repeat steps to create the second horn!

  10. Next, I attached the horns to a simple headband with contact cement and used a wood burning tool to burn in the details.

  11. I cut 4 horn-like shaped pieces out of insulation foam and sanded them smooth. I then covered them in black worbla, attached them to the headband and used the wood burning tool again to create texture.
     
  12. I then sketched the ears/fins. I cut this out and traced it onto L200 twice.

  13. I cut out those pieces along with 2 separate pieces that will be the detail on the top of the ear.

  14. I used contact cement to glue the ridge on top and then used a dremel to smooth out the edges and create the shape I wanted.

  15. Just like the ears/fins, I repeated the same process for this shape that will be glued to the front of the crown. I also marked where the gems and lights will eventually go.

  16. I again used contact cement to attach all pieces to the headband.

  17. Next is sealing! I covered the entire piece in 3 thick layers of Plasti Dip, making sure each layer was dry before spraying the next.

  18. Now we’re onto lights! I bought fairy lights online, these work out perfectly for this kind of project. I punched a hole through the center of the headband and strung the wire through. I also re-punched holes where I previously marked on the front of the crown. I made sure to push an individual bulb through each one of the holes. The rest of the lights were glued down to the headband with hot glue.
     
  19. Gems! Crystals! I wanted to make super organic looking crystals for the crown and I used Worbla Crystal Art to do this!
  1. Since I wanted rougher and more organic looking crystals, I tested out a few methods and this was the easiest way by far! I laid out the Crystal Art on wax paper, folded it over and used a heat gun to heat up and melt the worbla pieces together. This helps keep all the little worbla pellets in one spot so they aren’t blowing all over the place. I used clay sculpting tools to mush the worbla together until I had a lump in a size I wanted. Next I let the worbla cool for a minute and used scissors to cut down the sides.  The result is a crystal shape with as many sides and angles you want. I repeated this 25-30 times, creating crystals that were different shapes and sizes.
      
     
  2. This is the final result of what the crystal will look like with a light source!
  3. I used a silicone mold that I bought to make the smaller gems for the front of the crown. I heated up a small amount of Crystal Art, placed it into the mold while still hot and used wax paper to press the worbla into the mold. Let cool in the mold.

  4. Once the worbla is cooled, you can take it out. Now all that’s left for this is to color the gem. I used a pink marker and colored the back of the gem. You can use markers, watered down paint or nail polish to do this with whatever color you need. The last step is to glue these gems and all the crystals we made to the crown.
     
  5. This was the final result after attaching everything to the crown with hot glue. AND LIGHTS. The only other small detail I added was a thin trim around each gem on the front. I just took small pieces of black worbla, heated it up, rolled it into a thin shape and wrapped it around each gem.

  6. The last thing to do is paint! Sticking with Saragosa’s color palette, this is my final result for the headpiece. I used simple acrylic paint to do this. Laid down base colors and weathering to achieve the desired look.

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