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Fran Helmet -with Tutorial- by Orochimarisu Fran Helmet -with Tutorial- by Orochimarisu
Voila, 4 pics of my Fran helmet! These are meant to help those who have asked how I did pieces of my Fran cosplay, and I'll try to describe as good as possible how I've done it.

First of all, I'll describe what's on the pics: (top left to bottom right)
1) The interior of my helmet (which doesn't look as charming as the exterior does, but... who sees this anyway, right?) As you can see I used a headband to HELP keep the helmet on, besides that I pin the headband down to my wig/head with bobby pins, AND even then, you'd still need to be careful not to run into things or lower your head abdrubtly... REALLY! It's called gravity, and it's no fun, but in all these times I wore her, it has only fell over ONCE! As you can see I used wonderflex as a base, and the craftfoam does the rest of the work! ^_^ The wonderflex reached only till ... somewhere around the ears! ^_^

2) Front, not much to say, you can see I used two different kinds of furs though.

3) Side, as you can see I used two layers of craft foam, it's highly flexible, lightweigth and easy to form.

4) Up, to show you the designs from above! ^_^

Alrighty then, now on to the actual making of it:

1)Fior starters;

I started out with these supplies:
-wonderflex
-craftfoam
-Acryllic primer
-fabric and hot glue (and gluegun, of course!)
-fabric (I like my ears, a LOT, but I can imagine you'd want different fabric) I used fake fur (fake RABBIT fur to be precise! 8Dand the average long haired christmas fake ones, only a bit though!) and something they call Mousefleece in Holland, it's special plushie fabric and VERY soft. Should you have trouble finding it, I can easily get more of white and beige (for the ears) and send it to you for the price it would cost me to do so! ^_^
- Markers (black one)
- Blushing powders
- Tissues
- Black spraypaint
- Gunmetal and Silver acryllics (I have Aleen's)
- A towel
- Round forms
- Scissors (duh!)
- A broad, sturdy hairband.

Optional
- An old white wig with fake skin-top. (This is used to get that V-shape coming out from under the helmet at tha front...)

For wig help I suggest you check on cosplay.com, I know at least one good one is on there (which I wished I had seen BEFORE tackling Fran's wig XD I did it slightly the same way, but... not as perfect as she did!)
For a more easier method on the wig, try a curly (or curl it yourself) midlength wig and a clip on extension, and see what you can do about the eggshaped head.

2) Make the ears! ^_^
I did so by cutting a very long u shaped form out of wonderflex... twice ofcourse! Make sure the u is a bt roundish at the tip though, but I guess this is mostly trial and error, as you can cut something to big to begin with, heat it, shape it, cut some off, reshape it, etc etc.
For first-timers with wonderflex, find some tutorials on the internet, all I can say is, be careful, you're working with hot equipment.
Use little pieces of leftover wonderflex to attach\melt your ears on a hairband (this is why I choose one with holes in it, so you could wrap it around it, see the top left image!)
If you're happy with your ears get the beige\skincolored fabric. Put a nice (thin, otherwise it'll bleed onto the fabric) layer of fabric glue on the inside of the ears and press the fabric onto it, making sure they're tight, no folds, etc etc. cut the excess.
Repeat the process for the exterior of the ears, except instead cut them 5 mm-1 cm longer then the ears are. Fold and glue them around the corners. Tip: Stretch the fabric (as mine was a little stretchy) so you'll have less folds when you fold the fabric around the corners.

You now have plain white ears, and here comes the artistic input. Fran has black tips on her ears, what you do is grab your plain black marker/sharpies/that kinda stuff, and just go wild on the tips, make sure you press really good on to the fabric so the base is black as well, and not just the tips of the hairs of the fabric. No worries, it will not bleed onto the inside, because of the wonderflex! ^_^
If you're happy with that, grab your blushing powders (preferrable bronze ones) and use it to blush the inside of the ears, if you're not so sure where to, check either mine (if you like them LOLOLOL not saying mine are good!) or check tutorials on shading and google rabbit pictures, check their ears! Glue some long haired fake fur (the ones on your christmas outfits) on the base inside and outside of your ear! ^_^ You're done for now!

2) The helmet! Step ONE! (a)
I do hope you have an oven with see through glass (or now is the time to clean it! XD) because I found the over to be the best way to do this. Grab your towel, cut a shape out of wonderflex, I CAN not describe (I'll sketch one later, but in the meantime, please people, use your imagination) to be safe, cut it out bigger then you think you need, it's better to cut some off then melt things on (not to mention, make it uglier!)
Put your oven on... wait for a bit, lay your wonderflex in it (to be safe, use baking foil under it, so it won't stick to your oven for eternity!) and wait till you see it CLEARLY getting soft and wobbly. Get it out (Use gloves for this, or a friend with gloves on would probably be even better) and make sure you have the towel (or cloth, whatever, something thin is better, but you'll have hot plastic on it, so beware!) on your head and lay the wonderflex on it, and quickly press it in the shape of your head (not TOO tight though, you'll be wearing a wig, this is why I choose a towel! ^_^ Shape it some more till you have something you want. Cut out holes for the ears as well, cut them bigger then the actual ears' base is, you'll need to put the ears through them and Fran's are as well. No need to make them TO big though, as the bigger they are, the more you'll see!

Step 2b) Get your Craft Foam!
Cut out once for every side whichever shapes you want for the bottom part of the sides. As you can see on the pics, using double layers allowed to to easily get 3d effects.
Please refer to the pics for how I've done. Please remember just because you can only see one layer (the upper one), doesn't mean you don't need that shape on the bottom one as well, for sturdyness as well as keeping it all in shape! ^_^ I have no sketches on the forms, so I won't be able to help you with that, do check the pics if you'd like to copy it! Basically make sure that the bottom one is long enough to glue on the inside of the helmet. Copy the helmet PLUS bottom side made out craft foam in one go (one half would take up a A3 sized craftfoam sheet) and cut it out as well... Glue everything together, and make some extra details for in the middle. Craftfoam is VERY forgiving, so you can make some mistaked on this one! (not big ones though!)

2c) (this is how I've done ALL of my Fran cosplay, paint-wise) Use the Accrylic primer to cover EVERYTHING (including the inside do this... 2 or 3 times, and sand the wonderflex inbetween (careful on the craftfoam, you DON'T want to sand the primer off, since craftfoam absorbs paint A LOT, this would result in ugly spots!) Check if everything is smooth, and covered, and spray';paint it BLACK~!' When this is done, grab a piece of old cloth (cotton, or something like that, smooth fabric the least) and a THIN layer of gunmetal on it... rub it on most of the helmet, leaving only the hard to reach spots black. Don't go wild on the paint, only a REALLY thin layer is needed. If this is done, and dry grab the silver one, and do the exact same thing except with even less paint, and make sure only spots that would easily wear out should this be painted metal, get silver. (e.g. corners and raised bits)

2d) Now you have a completed set of ears, and a completed helmet... all you need is get it together!
What I did is get a newspaper, hotglue and put the hairband on my head, covered it with hot glue and then press the helmet on to it. Of course you'd need to wiggle the helmet on your ears for a bit already, or the glue will be dry by the time you do so. This is something where a friend or mum would come in handy! XD If everything is dry get it off, remove the newspaper, and voila...

A FRAN HEADDRESS! ^____________^

I might have missed spots, or I'm not very clear on things, let me know if so, and should you've made helmets with my help, please do show me them! If you think this tutorial (plus me) stink, please let me know as well, and perhaps provide things to make it better.
*sigh* aaaand... DONE!
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AnnSpencers Featured By Owner May 16, 2016
I need your help, please! I tried to make these helmet and ears out of worblas finest art and it worked very vell but... the weight of the ears (although it is very light!) makes the helmet slides down my head, for example when I nod. The hairband alone doesn't work? Have I pinning it in someway?
Thank you!!! (and sorry for my *** english!!! >.<)
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That's absolutely fine, don't worry about your english, I noticed you're from Germany and I'm so ashamed to say my German is the absolute worst! I understood your question just fine, so I might be able to help anyway. What you could try to do, is either to tuck the hairband, if possible, in the wig, by making small slits. If your hairband is too wide, you might get little combs and glue them in. Rossmann will have them, I'm sure, they're usually packed by two. This way you have some hold in the wig.
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MelanieCrescent Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Student Digital Artist
for the love of God thats the best fran helm ive seen...(throws money at you) gimme!! XD
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:iconprincessai3:
PrincessAi3 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm gonna try this for my Fran. Thanks !<3
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:iconorochimarisu:
Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope it's useful! ^_^ Good luck and loads of fun making and wearing your Fran! ^_^
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:iconprincessai3:
PrincessAi3 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love you <3  bows*
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SeraphimCrystal Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so amazing! You're so talented really. Must look awesome!
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CrazyViper Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2012
I love this this is so cool!
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:iconzeldahatter:
ZeldaHatter Featured By Owner May 22, 2012   Traditional Artist
Id rather just buy them lol! but nice job at the helm tho O.O
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:iconqueenen:
Queenen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
This tutorial... you are a goddess! :love:
How much wonderflex did you need to make the whole helmet? ^-^
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:iconqueenen:
Queenen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh never mind, I noticed that someone else asked about the same thing. :3
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Not all that much, but I can't tell you how much exactly.
30cm x 10cm for one ear, and I guess around 30cm x 40/50cm for the headpiece if I would have to guess.

I hope this tutorial helps you a lot! ^_^
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:iconqueenen:
Queenen Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh it will :D
It's like a dream coming true, really.
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ClayMage Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2012
This is adorable! The ears are looking so real!!!
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:iconmyoshira:
MYoshira Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thank you so much for the tutorial! x3 ♥
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:iconorochimarisu:
Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You're very welcome, I hope it's useful!
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MYoshira Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
:D
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solvitus Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
rofl since im lazy would you make one for eme and send it to me and ill pay you ;)))) thatd be nice rofl oh lazy ppl <3
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Bseashelley Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2011
Where could i get wonderflex? I cant seem to find it. does it have another name?
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
[link]
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Those are the three I know off.

Back then I bought my sheet through cosworx, but they stopped. I wouldn't recommend Dazian if you don't live in the USA.
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KarasuNezumi Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011
Thank you! Fav!
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Grey-Knight Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
nice
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VintagexZebra Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~! I needed this~!
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:iconorochimarisu:
Orochimarisu Featured By Owner May 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad it can help! ^_^
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miccostumes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
wonderful tutorial Orochimarisu, i have add this tutorial in our final fantasy cosplay tutorials list at [link] work from you!!
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:iconorochimarisu:
Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you, I got so many questions how I did things, that I decided a tutorial would help best, and I hope it does. That's a nice list of tutorial *faves it for later uses*
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Harpokrates Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
right on. thats great
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techno-path Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2011
umz. . . how much did it cost for the supplies? it looks amazin
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:iconorochimarisu:
Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ow... I had quite a lot already laying around. But should you need to buy everything new, glueguns aren't THAT expensive (mine was like... 5 euro I think) craftfoam.. I needed two sheets which are 1,20 each, wonderflex is quite expensive at a 35 euro a sheet (75cm by 100cm sheet) but are available in smaller pieces. Spraypaint and acrylics were 12 euro I think. But like I said, I already had most of it laying around for other projects.
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techno-path Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2011
thank you
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Rollinlol95 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hehe good job!
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Kurokihime Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
nice tutorial
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xLadieLuck Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011
Gorgeous work! It's really beautifully done.
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Denece-the-sylcoe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this is sooo cool! :love:
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
THANKS! I hope it helps, or at least inspires! ^_^
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Denece-the-sylcoe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Believe it or not but I have a very hard time with helmets on my anthro bunnies, this will help sooooooo much!
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karin-lee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GORGEOUS♥
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:iconorochimarisu:
Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you very much!
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karin-lee Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
Never a problem♥
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MoonsBreath Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Ohhhhhh very nice. Great tutorial too.
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks, I hope the tut is of some use for you! ^_^
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coolbyproxy Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional General Artist
this tutorial rocks and your headdress is great! out of curiosity, how much wonderflex/craftfoam did you end up using?
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Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
wonderflex... hrmmm I'd guess a plate of 40cm by 40cm would be enough (40cm is about 16 inches) craftfoam, I had two bigger sheets (the A3 sized ones) and I think 2 to fill them up. I had the two bigger ones just because they cover a lot of space, and you'd be able to do more out of one piece... but if you work miracles with craftfoam, you might as well be done with 5! ^_^
Hope this helps you!
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:iconcoolbyproxy:
coolbyproxy Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
thanks!
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LovelyMisstress Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010
:D this is wonderful!!!! :D thank you!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconorochimarisu:
Orochimarisu Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very much welcome! ^_^
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teb91 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
So awesome! :wow:
Keep up the good work! :#1:
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Aleeart7 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Professional General Artist
wow, that looks awesome! Well painted!
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HeartlessInu Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesomely done! I'll have to do this sometime just for the heck of it.
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sakuraame Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2010
fantastic :heart:
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