The con has already passed, but before I post the pictures I took, I wanted to show you the last part of my costume, Alice’s Vorpal Blade. Originally I had planned to make it as accurate as possible from plywood, but lack of time forced my hand and I ended up buying a plastic blade in a costume store, which I customized into a Vorpal-ish Blade.
This is the actual Vorpal Blade as it appears in the game:
The Hysteria Alice Vorpal Blade is slightly different from this, as can be seen on the game’s concept art.
I wanted to customize a blade that at least had a similar shape to the Vorpal Blade… but of course, when I got to the costume store, they only had this type of machete-like blade:
But, being short on time I didn’t really have a choice, so I went with it. To make it more Vorpal-ish, I used Kikunai’s templates for the flowery design, printed and cut them out, and quite simply pasted them on the two sides of the blade. This created a bit of relief. (Kikunai has more templates and instructions to actually make a Vorpal Blade yourself, just in case you’re interested…)
Then I painted the blade with silver all-purpose paint, and wrapped the handle with paper tape and fabric scraps I had left over from the dress. It looked like this:
(Yeah, I know, it’s not overly pretty. I worked with what I had, ok?)
Next (and last) step was the blood. I painted it on in acrylic, and then varnished the bloody spots so they’d remain shiny and fresh-looking. Also, bloodstains on the handle.
The Vorpal-ish Blade did a good job at the con, and many Alice cosplayers (yes, there were a couple others!) didn’t even have a weapon to begin with, so I’d think I didn’t do so bad…