Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Chameleon Sidekick

Those of you who have been following this blog since waaaaaay back at the beginning will recall my determination not to think about the super fun accessories until I got the hard part of the costume finished (namely, the bustier).

Well, I finally got close enough to the finish line that I started shopping around.

The frying pan was easy.  I went to Wal-Mart and found the optimal combination of wide, light, and uniformly black among all the frying pans available.  The bottom of the frying pan was bright, shiny, reflective metal, so I put a lovely coat of black on it with a can of grill paint I found in the garage, and voila! Frying pan all set to go.  Now, obviously, I could have bought a cast iron skillet much like the one Rapunzel actually uses, but since I do not actually need to defend myself against ruffians, thugs, and charmingly handsome, roguish thieves (alas), dragging a fifteen pound pan all around a convention did not sound like a fun day to me.  Those things are SO HEAVY!

Pascal proved a much tricker proposition than the frying pan, however.

"But didn't Disney release a cute, plush Pascal for your own convenient purchase?" you may ask. 

Well... sort of....

I mean... he's plush, certainly.  And cute... I suppose.  But does he look enough like Pascal to you?

I can't answer that for you, of course, but for me there's something decidedly un-Pascal-ish about that plush, and I haven't approved of it since the first time I saw it.  I suppose it's a combination of the contrast in the pebbling of his hide and that super glazed expression on his face.  Also, he's about 8 inches long which is much too long to be a proper scale.

Running out of time, I remembered this 3D Pascal Papercraft that I found when I was researching goodie bags for my Tangled Party last spring.  It might be made of paper, but it looks like Pascal, and it's about the right size too.  So I bought some green cardstock, printed him off, assembled him, hot glue-gunned him together, and then there he was!

And how, you may ask, did I plan on keeping him up on my shoulder whilst jostling all the tight crowds at Dragon*Con?  I'll tell you.

(Geez, when did I start channeling Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof?)

I sewed one half of a snap to the bottom of Pascal (very carefully, since as you can see, paper doesn't take kindly to being sewn)...

... and the other to my shoulder!

(NOTE:  I actually had to add that bottom flap for Pascal's underside to the cut-out pattern myself, otherwise there is nothing underneath him to put the snap on with).

It worked quite nicely too! Unfortunately, paper Pascal didn't get along with my hair as nicely as real Pascal did with Rapunzel's hair, but that's another story.

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