Working on the Thorin Armor!

Today I was working in the mold room on a couple of projects that required silicone. I then realized this would be the perfect time to make molds for the Thorin armor plates, since I always have a little silicone left over from each batch.

So I grabbed some Monster Clay and started to work!

Here is a reference shot:


Here is the beginning of the sculpt:


And the first two pieces ready for molding:

imag1331The complete Thorin Tutorial (coming soon).

Bilbo Baggins Cosplay Article by JadeKat

aradanishield_logo-copyWe have another wonderful submission from our Sponsored Cosplayer program, this time from a friend from the Ohio Renaissance Festival, JadeKat. She came up to the booth to get a pair of halfling ears to complete her ensemble, and we really thought it was a great take on a classic fantasy character, Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (well, an interpretation of that character, if you will). Included in her pictures are some original Dwarven designs as well, including a Thorin!

Please click the image below to see the entire tutorial, with helpful advice on how to make and how to find the parts that you need to make a great costume!


New Elf Ears ! Wood Elf Small Ear Tips

Last night I attended the midnight showing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it was a lot of fun! So what better day to release our new style of elf ears than today!

While we all discuss our new Hobbit costumes ( I am working on A Thorin costume and Sara and Laura are deciding who will be Tauriel), we all decided that we needed a new set of small ears.

So the good news is they are done and in production! The other news is, they aren;t as perfect as we like them to be. The shape is good, and they look good on their own, but we realized after they were finished that one side was a little larger than the other. This is not a big deal, but we wanted to be completely honest with anyone who wants to get them right away.

So what we are doing is putting them up as “prototype” elf ears! You can purchase them now, and in the future when the final ears are released, if you want, you can order a new set of them at 33% off.

Below are all the photos of the new “prototype” ears and a video or two of Paul wearing them.

You can purchase the new ears here: Aradani Wood Elf Cosplay ears


New ears in the works.

We don’t rest very long around this studio! We have recovered from the rush of Halloween, and Paul and I just returned from a painting retreat with Larry Elmore, so now it is time to make lots of new stuff!

This summer we brought out the new Dwarf Ears, and now I am working on a new set of Elf Ears. Here is a sneak preview photo:



We hope to have these done by December.