Now, looking at the comparison yes, admittedly it is not perfectly identical, however I worked to get it as close to relative shape as I could working with a *real* body as opposed to a physics-defying unrealistically thin-calved drawing only rendered from one direction. All things considered, I'm pretty darn proud of the outcome.
|Pattern, Wonderflex, Pen, Knife, Heat Gun, Cutting Surfac|
My first step, probably the hardest, was to figure out the flat shape of this object, since curved as it is we only see a small part. I used a significantly enlarged print of the source image and attempted to extend the design long enough to wrap around my calf. Once I was satisfied with my flat rendering, I cut out the paper and traced it onto the wonderflex.
I like to use an X-Acto knife when cutting out wonderflex. They are more reliable for getting close corners than a pair of scissors, but you need to remember to have some sort of cutting surface. You can buy nice cutting mats at most craft stores, but as you can see pictured a layer or two of cardboard works fine.
|Molded flat double-thickness|
|Shaping to leg|
Next, I layered up a protective barrier on my leg so that I could shape the anklet to my calf.
NOTE: Never mold wonderflex directly on your skin as this can cause burns! Also heat wonderflex away from your body- do not aim heat sources at your body!
I used two layers of knee-high socks and one layer of leggings to protect my skin. Once protected, I heated the wonderflex and wrapped it around my leg and held it there until it cooled into the right shape.
|Covered in wood glue|
|Completed anklet front & back|
|Completed costume - Anime Boston 2012 - Photo by Ollie|