Thranduil Cosplay

Both of my husband’s Thranduil costumes were made by me from the ground up. These are both award-winning costumes and have been two of the most labor-intense costumes I have ever created.

Battle of the Five Armies Armor and Costume

Thranduil Armor, photo by Zippy’s Ventures

This costume is comprised of armor made from a combination of black worbla and traditional worbla. Initially the entire armor was built from traditional worbla, but black worbla was released within weeks of when I finished this costume, and I found it was much better suited to the sleek metallic look it needed. All of the detail work is also made with worbla. Everything is foam-backed.

The pewter grey coat was made from the same pattern I created for DoS Thranduil’s coat but modified to knee length. It closes up the front with hooks and eyes. The trousers are made of black velveteen, and he wears his pewter DoS Thranduil boots with the costume.

The swords are made from oak cut with a jigsaw and belt sanded to a dull blade, while the handles and all scroll work were done with Apoxy Sculpt.

Desolation of Smaug Thranduil Costume and Props

Photos by Brian Marchman (L) and Kevin Moore (R)

The most recognizable of Thranduil’s costumes. I put a lot of effort into patterning the coat for this. The coat is made from brocade (of which the back side is used).  The coat closes up the front with hooks and eyes and the collar is heavily interfaced.

The cloak is made from the underside of an upholstery fabric, lined in heavy rust colored satin.

The coat is worn with handmade grey velveteen trousers, and pewter boots which began life as basic black boots that were modified heavily. I sewed additional vinyl panels on to the tops and painted everything pewter.

The brooch is made with apoxy sculpt built around a swarovski gem. The staff is made from a dowel rod covered in apoxy sculpt that is hand-carved with a tree-bark texture. The top detailing is also apoxy sculpted. Everything is handpainted.

The crown was made from wire with Sculpey Prema molded around it. Fake “wheat” positioned around the crown completes the look.

 This costume won DragonCon’s “The Chosen” alongside my Tauriel. Both were completely handmade by me.

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