Nov 16, 2011, 1:36 AM - Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make an Akasha, from Anne Rice's "Queen of the Damned," costume? It is very intricate with detailed bead work. I was thinking the top, or bra could be made using a strapless bra to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. Also, I'm not sure how to do the head piece and I really don't want it to be heavy.
You're ideas and suggestions would be most helpful.
Nov 22, 2011, 10:53 PM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
I think I could also make the bra with a type of craft foam that would be light and easy to paint and decorate.
I would greatly appreciate it anyone has any suggestions on how to make this costume.
Nov 22, 2011, 11:10 PM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
You could try a vacuum form piece- that way, it would be form fitting, light, and easy to decorate- some of the ornate work could also be incorporated into the vac form.
Nov 23, 2011, 12:53 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
If you want to stay canon to her headpiece, you would need to make a frame out of some kind of wire (her headpiece seems to be made of copper) and try to bend it or solder it into the shape you want.
However, you could easily make foam the base of the headpiece. I found a page with a woman's creation... however, she doesn't say how she made it or how she put everything together.
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Nov 25, 2011, 10:13 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Thank you Mostly Fantasy and HeatherShepard. I will look into both of your suggestions for the head piece.
Nov 25, 2011, 10:43 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
I know you've selected the outfit we first see her in after her statue appearance. But there's also a second outfit she's seen in towards the end of the film. In fact, I came across a blog that has some pictures from fan-made costumes.
I agree with Mostly Fantasy, you'd have better luck with vacuum forming the chest piece so that it has the correct appearance.
As for how to construct the costume entirely, it's really hard to say. One tutorial I've come across from eHow suggests using brass craft sheeting. I don't know how useful eHow is, but it's certainly not RPF.
Another resource to consider is Cosplay.com, as I did find at least one user who made a costume. In fact, one of the users named LadyMuramasa did sort of a small video about how she constructed the head piece (it's more of a WIP vid than a tutorial or anything like that)
I found one site that has this ridiculously overpriced costume that I doubt is even screen accurate.
I don't know if I'm being at all helpful, but I figured it'd be best to share these links so you can form some ideas on how you want to construct it and to share potential methods of how to construct it (though there's not an exact tutorial, just looking at some of the pictures show what others have done to at least get a decent version of the screen outfit).
Nov 27, 2011, 9:11 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
I've always loved this costume. Regardless of my feelings about the movie.
The breastpiece, I think would be best done in latex. I think you can get by with topstick tape to hold it on, because she has a lot of beading and such coming down her neck that can act as a support system for the appliance. You would need a bust cast to accomplish all this, but it seems a fairly simple build.
The belt, headress, and neckpiece will be the hardest part. Looks like a lot of scouring the jewelry findings at Michaels. Easter Findings is a great resource for this type of thing as well.
Nov 28, 2011, 12:59 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Nice hi-res shots. I'm even more firmly in the latex camp on this. I also really want to make this costume now.
Nov 28, 2011, 1:54 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
What about casting your chest and then from that pour in Hydro cal. From there you can sculpt on the design and then cast that in plastic and then add all the details.
Otherwise use a generic chest and sculpt from that. Sculpey III, comes in a larger box for about $15.00 or you could use regular oil based clay.
Or another approach is modify a pre existing costume. Also you can find cheap costume jewlery at garage sales. Old ladies collect that stuff
Nov 28, 2011, 2:03 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Wow! Great costume! I had forgotten how beautiful she was. Haven't seen this movie in ages! Good luck making it!
Jan 1, 2012, 11:18 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Yes, CB2001 I know about the second costume, but I don't care for that one as much. Although when I look at the design it looks like it would be easier to make and has less detail. However, most people recognize Akasah better with the first costume.Thank you for the links and yes you have been helpful.
Jan 1, 2012, 11:21 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
That's an interesting idea for the top piece Darth Mule. I will take it into consideration and thanks for the advice.
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Jan 1, 2012, 11:29 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Thank you writefast using craft foam and lightweight craft clay sculpt on a wire frame is a very good suggestion. I will have to look into it along with the other ideas and probably test a few of them out to get the desired look. Although I'm not crazy about Akasha's second costume, I will consider it as well if I have a hard time getting the beads and other stuff needed for the first costume, or hell maybe I will make both.
Jan 1, 2012, 11:33 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Hmm, I never though about making a cast of my chest....Costume jewlery at garage sales is a good idea too. Thanks T2SF.
Jan 1, 2012, 11:34 AM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Jan 1, 2012, 1:30 PM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
The spikes and other parts of the headress and body armor look to me to be Amaco friendly plastic marbleized black sheeting. Very easy to use and light weight as well
Jan 1, 2012, 9:34 PM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Look up Kuchi and Turkoman tribal jewelry images and you'll see a few of those pieces are common items. Not cheap though. I have a couple of the triangular belt medallions that I bought at a belly dance convention for another project.
The bottom squares on the belt look to be real abalone, but you might be able to find a paper or plastic or craft substitute..
I'd go with craft foam for the headress if i were you.. easy enough to make look like metal. Good luck!
Jan 3, 2012, 9:19 PM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Hmmm.....Amaco friendly plastic marbleized black sheeting. Never heard of it, but I will check it out. Thanks Judge Spartan!
Jan 3, 2012, 9:24 PM - Re: Akasha Queen of the Damned Costume
Yeah, I used to do be in a belly dancing troop, but I mostly own tribal coins. Kuchi and Turkoman tribal jewelry is something to consider. I'm torn between foam and sheet metal for the headdress. This is because foam is easy to used but can beak if something happened to the headdress. Then sheet metal is more durable, but I don't think it would be that easy to cut. Thanks for the tips and ideas Jayn.
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