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Shooting Star

Here's a quick work in progress overview of my Shooting Star
=) I hope it helps other Rinoa cosplayers to make their own Shooting Star.


Find references
rtunately you can't find a lot of good reference pictures. Those you can find are really small. Instead, I used pictures of a very good Rinoa cosplayer and the Shooting Star she made.
I'm a big fan of Angelwing's cosplay as Rinoa and her Shooting Star is the best I could find: http://www.cosplay.com/costume/2239/
So this is the reference I used.

Sketching the wings

My first step was to sketch out one of the wings as a pattern. As you can see I needed to sketch out two different wings because the Shooting Star actually has 4 big wings and 4 smaller wings.
This step is very important because you can hold one of the sketched wings to your arm and check if the measurement is correct (a Shooting Star weapon is often too large because we tend to cut out the wings too big).

Cutting your material
Then I had them cut out of (MDF) wood. So here are a total of 8 wings (4 big ones, 4 smaller ones). You can cut them from cardboard as well, as long as it's sturdy and doesn't bend too much.

Sketching your feathers
In the next step I cut out paper feathers and tried to fit hem on to one of the wings. Once I got the right proportions, I numbered my 'proto-type' feathers and took a picture. Don't forget to make the 'bone' part of the wing (the top part in the image).

Cutting your material
Now I had to copy these paper feathers (and bone) 8 times onto my crafting foam (once for every wing).
Turn them upside down onto the crafting foam (with the number down) and copy them. Then write the number on the crafting foam.
You need to turn the paper feathers upside down so when you write the number on the crafting foam, it will be on the back of the feather and invisible when you finished your prop.
You should be able to find crafting foam at any local hobby shop. They are often used in kindergarten because they are so easy to cut and make things with.

Painting your feathers
Now cut all your feathers out and make sure to group them for each wing. I put every group of feathers into a plastic bag to keep them seperated.
It is time to paint your feathers (but not the bone part, it will remain white)! This will create a contrast with the wing itself on which they will be glued. I used an eggshell spray paint (you can find these cans
at any DIY shop). I needed two large cans for the entire prop.

Spray paint is wonderful. You can paint a perfectly smooth surface in very short time. For this job, you don't even need to use a primer coat. You can immediately paint eggshell.
However, for these little feathers I had a little problem. They were so light-weight that the blow of my spray paint blew them upside down.
So I bought non-permanent glue, which is easy to pull off afterwards, and lightly glued the feathers to my panel to keep them in place.
The glue is really weak so you can easily pull them off again, but if you need to add another layer of eggshell you will need to reglue them because they come loose after one spray job.
This was the most time consuming part of the entire prop. Fortunately you only need to paint the top side of the feathers.

Painting your wings
When you have painted a group of feathers, let them dry and put them back into the bag so you keep them seperated from the others. Now you can paint the wings, which is very easy.
Just put them onto a table and spray paint them white. If the weather is good, put them outside to dry faster (and to avoid the smell of paint/breathing in the paint). The corners of the wings can be
troublesome to paint. I just put something beneath the wing to lift them up a bit (e.g. a piece of wood/plastic/...), this makes it easier for the paint to find those little corners. The wings will
need several layers of paint (I needed 2 to 3 large cans). You will need to paint both sides (I used a primer coat beforehand but this was probably not even necessary).

Completing your wings
Take the bags of feathers and glue them to the wings, using your picture of the paper feathers as a reference (you did number your crafting foam feathers, right?).
I used normal permanent glue (the kind of roller tape you use at school) to glue the feathers to the wing. Add the bone part afterwards. For the bone part I used my hot glue gun
because this part keeps the feathers stuck to the wing so it needs to be strong.

The circles
Preparing your circles
Now comes the easy part and I don't have pictures of this step because it's just so easy.
The wings are held together by two circles (one at the bottom and one on the top).
  • Again, you can create these circles by making a sketch and putting them over the wings to check if it's the right size.
  • Afterwards you can copy the paper circle onto wood or sturdy cardboard and cut the two circles. Paint them white like the wings (so both sides of the circle). 
  • You can put one of the circles aside now. The other - which will be used for the top part - still needs further painting.
Painting your top circle
Only the top part of this circle will be painted. You will need yellow and black spray paint.
  • Spray the circle black (it can be black all over, don't worry). Let it dry and tape off the part that will become the inner (black) ring on the picture. I actually cut out a ring in paper and non-permanently
    glued it to the circle (make sure the edges are glued well so you get a perfect black ring afterwards).
  • Now spray paint the circle yellow. Let it dry before you pull off the paper ring (be patient... I let it dry for an entire day). If you do have some edges of the ring that became yellow you can use a black marker
    to repair them.
  • Add a varnish coat to the circle to protect the paint.
The final steps
I bought 4 blue gems at a local hobby shop and glued them to the circle. I made the white gem out of (fimo) clay and glued that to the circle as well.

Completing your prop
Hot glue your wings to the bottom (white) circle. Because I made mine out of wood, the wings were really heavy and the hot glue didn't hold well so we used screws to fasten the wings xD.
The glue shouldn't be a problem for lightweight material such as cardboard. Hot glue the top circle to your wings: your prop is done!

Wearing your prop

I added velcro to the back of my Shooting Star to fasten it to my arm. I needed to use a staple gun to fasten the velcro to the heavy wood. But, again, a hot glue gun should be fine for light-weight materials.