I started cosplaying a little while back and wanted to make my costume more impressive. I'm a big fan of the Assassin's Creed games, especially the character Desmond Miles.
I decided one of the most iconic items that Desmond carries (actually in the whole AC universe) is the Apple of Eden, so I decided to make one as inexpensively as I could.
Here's how you can make your own for about $35 assuming you have to purchase all the parts.
So, lets get started :)
Step 1: Design and Reference
The Apple has a pattern that is tricky to figure out at first but once you have it, it all flows and is easy to follow.
After pouring over references and screenshots and fan interpretations, I decided on a pattern that I wanted to use for the apple as shown in the photo.
On to materials ->
Step 2: Materials
Here's what you will need to complete this project:
(from the photo)
1 - a clear plastic sphere with 2 halves. Mine is about 4" Diameter (usually used as an Christmas ornament)
2 - a package of submersible clear LED lights.
3 - a package of White Crayola Model Magic
You will also need:
- White PVA glue
- Paint brush
- Exacto knife and/or sculpting tools
- Gold nail polish
- Opal nail polish
First thing to do is to remove the hanger pieces from the sphere. Cut the pieces off with an exacto knife and using 100 grit sandpaper, lightly sand the edge where you cut off from the sphere.
Step 3: Moulding on the Sphere
Model magic is interesting, it comes out of the package in a clay/plasticine form, you can stretch it cut it roll it, whatever. You leave it 24 hours and it solidifies into foam rubber.
Also, if you want a different colour, all you have to do is use a marker and colour it a bunch, roll it, flatten it out and continue till your pile is the desired colour.
- Cover the sphere in a thin layer of model magic, taking a chunk out and then smoothing it over to make the layer thinner.
- Once covered, use an exacto knife to cut the pattern out of the model magic.
Make sure you have a clear area where the sphere snaps together.
Let the model magic dry overnight.
Step 4: Seal the Model Magic
- Next you have to seal the foam, paint on a coat of white PVA glue all over the sphere using a paint brush.
- Apply a second coat after the first has dried.
- Cut the excess glue from the clear portions of the sphere.
- Using the LED package, since there are hooks on the back of the LEDs, cut a slit in the packaging where the hook normally rests and attach them 2 facing each direction to the packaging material.
- You can now turn on the leds and place the package inside the sphere to see what the light will look like when finished.
Step 5: Adding Gold Paint
- Apply gold nail polish to the model magic surfaces evenly in 2 coats.
Be careful not to cover the clear portions of the sphere.
Let the polish dry after each coat.
Step 6: Add the Frosted Paint
- Apply opal nail polish to the clear portions of the sphere taking care not to cover the seam where the pieces meet completely.
Let the polish dry
Step 7: Finished Apple of Eden
And that's all there is to it, now you have an apple of eden worth of cosplay.
As you can see, my sculpting ability isn't great but I have had many compliments on the apple as many cosplayers do not carry one.