Making Illumi: Needle Time!
Quick post about the steps for Illumi’s clothes needles, aka the decorative yellow balls. Depending on the costume (have two different Illumi cosplay) there are different sized wood balls I used, but most of them are wood dowel caps with a hole large enough for paper fasteners. You can purchase the dowel caps from an AC Moore, Joanns or Michaels. I bought mine from both AC Moore and Michaels.
I poured wood glue into the holes and then stuck the long paper fasteners deep into the glue, letting them dry overnight. After the glue dried I used the fastener points to prop the wood balls onto a foam base so I could spray paint. The wood on the smaller ones was pretty smooth so the spray paint too really well. I used Ford Color Match yellow from Pepboys. After layers and layers, and a bit of sanding, the balls that were supposed to go on my clothes were pretty much ready to go.
In the fabric area I wanted to stick them it was very important that I had a stiff backing, so I used a very thick interacting purchased from Joanns. I measured out where I wanted everything and then cut precise holes with an exacto blade. So the paper fastener prongs don’t show on the other side, I used more thick interfacing to sandwich the prongs in.
For the actual needle props, I had to cut dowel pieces and drill a small hole in the center of one of the sides. I slid skewers into the small holes and then put the dowel side into the wood ball caps (already the correct sized hole). After the wood glue dried I used the same Ford spray paint.
After all the yellow spray paint dried I used both resin spray and gloss finish on my two different costumes; preferred the resin spray!