A friend of ours wanted to rock an “Axe Cop” cosplay to Wondercon 2011 here in San Francisco. Although he is new to cosplay he does have a good eye for costume creation.
The one thing he lacked was a garage and some pink foam to make an axe, after all an Axe Cop with no axe is just a…… cop?
Ok, on to the crafting. If you have read a few of my other tutorials you know I love this stuff (pink foam, of course!). Because we only had a comic book to work off, I free handed one side of the axe blade and used a stencil to reverse it to the other side to ensure an even look.
After I was happy with the curve, I cut out the foam with my vibratory cutter and left a bit of extra on all sides. I always prefer to sand down to my line. You can always cut off more but its a pain to put it back on.Time to sand!!
If you look closely you can see the mark I made around the front of the soon to be axe head. This let me know how deep to cut so that the blade will be even on both sides. Take your time and change the sand paper often. For this part I used 80grit sand paper to help speed things along.
We wanted to make sure the foam was fully sealed before using spray paint, so that we would avoid any melting or damage to the foam which some times can react to the propellants in the paint. So, we coated the axe head in Gesso to achieve this solid base coat.
Time for the spray paint.
Our good friend took this to Wondercon 2011 and made a very good showing.
Hope this simple tutorial helps out on your next cosplay creation, and check out our friend’s post on wearing his costume to Wondercon!