Bayonetta 2 -Props and Accessories

Hi there again and welcome back to my blog! . Today I’m gonna talk about my crap again and I’m gonna tell you how I made the ornaments Bayonetta 2 wears, mainly the armpit ones. I don’t know where this obsession Hideky Kamiya has with armpit hair comes from, but I find it pretty beautiful and healthy. I wish it started becoming popular to let the armpit hair grow and wear fancy ornaments pending there.

Well, leaving this capillary delirium aside, Bayonetta 2 is one of the costumes which I made the most of my 3D printer for till date. I’ve modeled almost everything with Fusion360. Between that, Aliexpress and the multiple trinket shops with chains, gemstones and stuff we have in Madrid, working on this has been interesting.

Let’s start with the printed stuff. I’m not gonna tell you how I made every piece step by step (though I’d like to make a Youtube video modelling things). The point is I modeled everything with Fusion360, I saved the STL. files and I managed the prints with Slic3r.

As I use to say, 3D modeling is almost as time consuming as doing things by hand (maybe just a little less). People usually thinks this is easy peasy and it’s not. My favourite thing about 3D modeling is how clean it is! After modeling my table is not full of crap and glue stains everywhere. And I value that.

The con here is the pieces come out of the printer with some support material and it has to be trimmed, so it’s a boring task but it’s still cleaner than glueing things.

After cleaning all the pieces and cutting the rrermaining edges, I applied 3D smoother resin to get an even surface. As you may already know, this resin is amazing as, depending of the piece, it removes a lot of sanding work.

And I say it depends on the piece because if it has a lot of diferent volumes, the resin can drip here and there and get accumulated in places we don’t want it to. It’s still pretty easy to sand and maybe it looks good on organic shapes, but in this case it can give you more work instead of removing it. .

I followed Manlima’s advice and I bought a silicone platter as it stands high temperatures and resin don’t get stuck, so is super easy to clean.

To model the glasses, I used both Bayonetta and my dailly life glasses as canvas to make them my size. My face is pretty small (I’m fact I wear kid’s glasses) so this way I made sure the fit right.

To make them look more realistic, I bough cheap and shabby glasses and I took their hinges to put them on my printed ones. To insert them in the plastic, I heated it with a heat knife and I pushed both parts together till the plastic got colder.

I sanded where needed , I added the lateral ornaments made with foam and then I primed and painted everything.

The blue rhombus shaped gemstones she wears were a pain in the ass to make. I first modeled them in 3D, I printed, sanded them and I did a silicone cast to make them in clear blue resin. But this resin works right if it’s cured inside a vacuum chamber because, if not, a lot of bubbles appear and the result looks unclean. Apart from that, the dark blue color didn’t stand out over the black clothes and I didn’t like how they looked together. Not even using clear nail polish to give them some glossy finish.

If you wanna put some leds inside this resin (without vacuuming) they look ok, but they look awful without lights inside.

So I searched on Aliexpress and I found the most accurate gems I found. And done! In fact, I love them.

I tried to model the statues of her heels with Fusion360, but the looked very flat. I still don’t have the ability to make such kinds of volumes, so I decided to print one model (that I had to remake several times because it didn’t fit well on the shoe) and I used it as a base to add the volumes with modeling clay. And it worked! What a mess! Once again, my modeling abilities are not the best, but the sculpture came out decently. I used NSP sulphur free medium hardness clay for this task.

There are way more efficient and elegant ways to make these kind of molds, but I did it like this: In one hand, I covered half the sculpture with soft plastiline to create the division between the two parts of the mold, then Iput some registration marks. After that, I made a box to put the statue inside and I poured the silicone (Formsil 25) to make the first half of the mold. Once it was cured, I took off the plastiline from the other side, I put some vaseline and did the second half of the mold. Le puse sus marcas para encajar con la otra mitad que haría posteriormente.

With the satute finished, I started making the mold to get some resin copies. What a mess!! Molding and casting is not my thing, this one was difficult for me to figure out because it had to have the hole for the heel to pass through, so I found it pretty difficult.

With both parts of the mold done, and before demolding, I did a mold jacket with fiberglass (you can also make it using plaster bandages the low-cost way) for the mold to keep the shape when making copies.

I took aside both parts of the mold a little bit and I put some plastic sheets between both parts and I did the jacket.

Does this mold do its job?? Yes, but I made it in a very inelegant way.

The right way to do this, roughly, is wrapping the whole statue in plastiline and making the jacket first. Then take it off, remove all the soft clay, put the jacket again and pour the silicone inside of it. This way you can save tons of silicone.

Another more thrifty way to do this consists on buying a silicone thickener and covering the statue with several layers, each one thcker than the previous one, then making the jacket. For these two techniques you can use a softer silicone to get an easier to pull mold But I’m such a sloppy girl.

If you wanna learn how to make molds the right way, let me recommend you Lightning’s book.

And, well, once the mold was done I made two poliurethane resin copies and attached them to my heels. Then I primed and painted them. I primed it black and airbrushed.

And that’s it! The good news is some of the 3D printed ornament files are for sale on my Etsy shop, so it’s easier for you to make this costume.

As always, I hope you found this useful and feel free to leave some comments here or in my social media

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