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Sailor Senshi Tiara Tutorial by Kapalaka Sailor Senshi Tiara Tutorial by Kapalaka
Tada!!! I thought this tutorial would be helpful for others since this part of the costume stumped me. I almost bought one of the really nice metal ones, but then I was concerned it would tarnish.

Feel free to email me with any questions or suggestions! Go forth and make awesome Sailor Moon cosplays! :D <3

Original photo in the top right was taken by ~Cobheran and the original image is here. [link]

Also, if you are stuck on how to make your senshi uniform (or fuku) check out Cupcake Cosplay's tutorial! [link]
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TakeuchiSayoko Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
What's styrene plastic? Are there any other english synonymes? (I don't think, it's like foam? I kinda doubt it? *haha*) I can't find it in german shops and am quite new to crafting Cosplay-Accessoiries. Thank you a lot for any answer!
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shereynia Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
ich hab das hier benutzt ^_^
www.mycostumes.de/Worblas-Fine…
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SkyeAnnabellaLeeRay Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I believe it is similar to Wonderflex or Worbla. I think it's possible to make this out of craft foam, it might just be harder. :0
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Mini-Wolfsbane Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! If I'd known there were SM cosplay tutorials on DA, I could've made a whole outfit long ago!! :D
I don't really cosplay, but I've always wanted to dress up as Sailor Jupiter or Sailor Moon for a party or something. Thanks for making this.
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! Good luck!
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:iconlily-misses:
Lily-Misses Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What material did you use again? Sorry!
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Styrene, but you could use lots of different stuff. I have seen people use Worbla, but that stuff usually needs lots of gesso finishing to shine. :)
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kristen-wish Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you put this on before your wig? I'm making a tiara for a different costume and am contemplating what would work better, using the elastic to attach it, or attaching each plastic end of a different tiara that sticks in the hair. :3 
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I put the tiara on before my wig. :)
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KingudamuHatsu Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014
I am making my first Sailor Moon fuku soon. I love this tutorial. I am also using Cupcake Cosplay's tutorials haha.  Thanks so much! 
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x-Curiosity-x Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014
Could you use Worbla and craft foam to make this as well?
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there! Yes, in fact I think that Worbla would be even easier to do this with. :D The difference with Worbla though is that you would also have to use gesso to get the tiara super-smooth, otherwise it will have the Worbla texture on it when you go to paint.

I'm very curious to see someone try this with Worbla as I don't think it's been done yet. :D Go for it!
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sailrv Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm making... 7 of these out of worbla today! I usually use craft foam as a stabilizer, but I think I'm just going to use one layer of worbla to keep them thin. Also, instead of gesso, I'll be layering a few coats os wood glue to seal and make them smooth.I'll post pictures when I'm done! 
Thanks for the tutorial!
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are welcome, and it sounds like it'll work out well. I can't wait to see! :D
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Deadeye428 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013
Hi there, first of all thank you for the tutorial.  I was wondering if you could help with sizing the template.  i printed it out to full size and it seems like it would fit a child.  its about nine inches when together.
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi! :D The tiara is supposed to go from temple to temple and is a bit more than 1" wide. How wide is the print-out you made?
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Deadeye428 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Thank you for taking the time to reply ^_^  the template i printed out is 8 3/4 inches long and the width on the center line is just under an inch; about 7/8".
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hmmm something definitely went wrong with the sizing of the print; the center line is supposed to measure about 1.25". ^_^'
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Deadeye428 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013
yikes.  okay i should be able to mess around and make it larger, thank you so so so much for helping me with this ^_^
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MoonPeachBlossom Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013
Awesome! Thank you.
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Chu-Chu-Rocket Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013
What length should your template be when printed please?

Also thank you so much for this tutorial it's fantastic! I can't wait to follow it once my supplies come in :) 
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
About 1' when taped together. Sorry I can't give you a more accurate figure, but I don't have access to my tiara since I am in school, sorry! >_< When you go to print, just print actual size and not shrunk to fit the page.
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Chu-Chu-Rocket Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
It's all good :)
I started to cut mine out and they seem like they are a little short lol.

Thank you so much for replying! 
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tsunadeboo22 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello! I got .05 Styrene plastic, will that be a problem? Also, the plastic is pretty sturdy, did you cut it with scissors?
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi Tsunade! Styrene thicker than .02 is too tough for scissors, unfortunately, but a box cutter with a new blade will work well. I prefer OLFA blades but thicker XActo knives work fine, too.

And .05 is totally fine. :D Styrene is tricky to heat up so make sure you go slowly and evenly on low heat over your wig head. If you don't have a wig head, a bucket works just fine.
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Kythana Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Woah! This looks awesome! What kind of plastic is it? Is it foam or is it something sturdy/where can you get it?
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Hi there! :) It is called Plastex and it is sturdy. You can get it at either Home Depot or Lowe's, but the store clerks never ever know what I'm talking about so you just have to look near the drywall paneling.
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Kythana Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Plastex? I hope they have that in Europe. The store names don't sound familiar to me. 
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UnmaskedMassacre Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013
How much did it cost to make this?  I have to make one this year but don't want to spend to much money on it
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It depends on where you buy your stuff, really. I already had most of the materials lying around my house so I didn't have to spend much for upstart....

Small plastic sheet is about $6
super glue $3
heat gun $12
gray primer $3
brass paint $3
gems $3
elastic $1.... about $32 if you don't already have some of the stuff lying around at home. You may be better off buying a premade one to save time and a couple dollars. :)
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SPlatinumPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2013
I forgot to ask you this. What is the heat gun for? I don't really understand in your tutorial
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:iconkapalaka:
Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
The heat gun is to shape the tiara to the styrofoam forehead. If you try to wear it without shaping it first, your paint job is likely to crack all over.
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SPlatinumPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
Thank you so much for telling me! What did you use to make the trims for the Tiara on the plastic?
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're welcome! :D And I used Plastex, the same material the tiara is made out of.
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SPlatinumPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Ok! Is that what you use to draw the trims on the plastic so you could cut it out
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yup!! :D I just used a pencil and cut it out with an Olfa blade. an x-acto works, too
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SPlatinumPrincess Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013
Can I use your print out to draw the trims on the plastic then cut it out
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Of course! Just trace either the bottom or top edge then move the stencil up about 1/4" from the edge or whatever looks right to you.
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chewynmunchy Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
I finally finished the tiara! School takes up so much time :( Here's a picture of the two tiaras I made using the 18k gold spraypaint! [link]
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
School does take up a lot of time! ;_; I finally was able to get back to work on my Star Wand () this summer! Today is beach-day, though, so break time!

Your tiaras look so aweosme!!! The 18k gold doesn't look bad at all, it makes for a good substitute and you gals all will match! :D So awesome, thank you for sharing your progress!
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chewynmunchy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013
Ooh I hope you had fun at the beach! And thanks! We actually split the tiara making materials too to save on cost hehe.
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
haha that's awesome! And yes, I did have fun at the beach. :D You must have tons of leftovers, though, the Plastex sheets are HUGE! Maybe you will give armor cosplays a shot? ;D
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chewynmunchy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013
Actually eBay sells 10"x10" sheets for about $4 including shipping so no leftovers for me *A* I want to get better at sewing as well before I start learning how to make armor hehe
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ZoZombify Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
Is there another seal that will work instead of shellac? I'm vegan is all :)
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes! Kryolan Crystal Clear also works, but I don't know if it is vegan...
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chewynmunchy Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013
Hi again Kapalaka~
Do you have any tips on making the trim? I've made several and none of them look good T_T. Thanks!
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How is the trim not to your liking? If the cuts are bad, you should switch from scissors to an X-Acto knife or an Olfa cutter. If the fit of the piece itself is bad, try the following: bend your tiara base piece over the wig head. Take a piece of trace paper and lay it over the tiara. Draw the trim you want over the bent tiara on the trace. Use your drawing as a stencil for your trim. :)
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chewynmunchy Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013
Ohh, thank you for the tracing paper suggestion! I wasn't liking them because they were both rough around the edges and uneven in size.
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ah! one thing you could also do is take some sandpaper to the rough cut edge. I'd recommend a grit of 150-ish. :) As for the un-even sizing, gridded quilting rulers make it easier to draw even lines.
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ladygoogoo890 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
the thing that is at the end is a tiara base?
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