Ok, I know I know! I have failed miserably at that whole “weekly updates” thing as I’ve been working on my costumes for Dragon Con. Let’s just get my acknowledgement and apology for that out of the way right now.
Can we just move on now?
I have been very busy working on costumes and have a lot to share with you, enough that I’m going to break this up into two posts. Today I shall share the adorable little gifts I made to go with Applejack, and tomorrow I’ll give an update on Jyn.
In the midst of planning my Applejack cosplay, I decided I wanted a little something to give to any kids that might get extra excited about my costume. I had thought about it, but fully decided to do it when a gal in one of my facebook groups told the story of how her daughter was given a little jar of pixie dust from a Tinkerbell cosplayer years ago and she STILL talks about it. Knowing how something small like that can make a kid’s con experience so much more special sealed the deal and I ordered 100 little wooden apples.
I painted the apples red, and since they had a little hold drilled into the top, I dried them upside down on toothpicks stuck in a piece of insulation foam. That worked pretty well for avoiding marring the wet paint.
And of course, I couldn’t work on My Little Pony stuff without watching the show as I worked!
So after I had all 100 apples painted with 2 coats of red, I took them outside and sprayed them with a satin finish coat.
I wasn’t exactly thrilled with how they turned out as some of them kind of had a weird grayish cast on them, but after they were dry I rubbed them all down with a rag and that seemed to buff that off, so I moved on.
I screwed little eye hooks into the holes on top for the “stem”, and I was positive I was going to have a blister or two by the time I was done!
Thankfully no fingers were permanently damaged in the process. I only had 80 hooks (I bought Menards out), and I broke one while screwing it in, so I ended up with 79 acceptable apples. I did glue the broken hook back into the 80th apple and I’ll hang it on my Christmas tree next to my Applejack ornament, so it’s been salvaged at least.
The process of gluing the leaves on top was a bit of a challenge, though. I tried a couple different glues before settling on hot glue and I had about 30 or more done when I kind of tugged on one of the leaves and it popped right off! I had bought a branch of greenery from Michaels and snipped all the leaves off to use, but they had a kind of velvety, fuzzy coating on them and the glue stuck to that and not the plastic of the leaves themselves. So the fuzzy coating stayed glued to the apple and the leaves themselves peeled off.
So, I peeled all the leaves back off the apples and scraped off all glue. And re-glued them back down. Since the fuzzy coating was gone and the actual plastic leaves were exposed, they glued down for real the second time. So for the rest of the leaves, I scraped the fuzzy stuff off the bottom of the leaves with an exacto knife before gluing them down. I also had to trim about 20 of the leaves smaller, since there were two sizes of leaves and the bigger size was just too big.
But in the end, after adding a little ball chain, they turned out pretty darn cute.
I’m not especially looking forward to carrying around 79 wooden apple keychains during the con, but I am looking very forward to giving them away to happy little kids. I just hope that by the end of the day, my load is a lot lighter! So, if you’re at Dragon Con on Sunday and you see an Applejack wandering around, come say hi and geek out over my costume and you just might get “a little somethin’ straight from Sweet Apple Acres”!