I knew that my daughter wanted to be Ciri for many, many months, but I was stumped on how to make a few of the items. The metal belt that Ciri wears is one of them.
I wasn’t sure how I would make it so that all of the pieces were the same. I knew I had to make a template, but wasn’t sure what to use. I first tried to make one out of wax, and that was a failure. Next, I decided to make it out of clay, and that worked.
To attach these to a belt, you need to have some holes in them. I decided to attach them underneath the bead, so I made three holes. Once done, I baked them. For the two side pieces, I draped them over cannolli tubes so that they curved. When they were cool, I sprayed them with silver spray paint.
I cut a piece of leather, and spaced out the tiles. I attached them to the belt with wax thread. Once that was done, I glued the glass beads over the top with E6000 glue.
The other clay piece I did was the cat’s head. I looked at pictures of it and then carved it with my clay tools. Once done, I baked it and spray painted it. I added the back ring with E6000 glue. Not perfect, but good enough!
Other leather pieces I did were the arm straps and the pouches.
Lastly was the knife and sheath. I didn’t get any pictures of making it since it was last night, and I was running out of time! The handle is a cut up wooden candle holder, the knife part is a small piece of wood, and the circles in the middle and the cap are made of clay. The handle is wrapped in leather.
I think she turned out pretty close. I am just missing her gloves and sword, which I will work on before the Renaissance here in the fall. Plus, I have to get my son’s costume done, too. I just ran out of time. Story of my life!