As I mentioned in my primary post for San from Princess Mononoke, this was by far the most craft-intensive, DIY-heavy costume I’ve undertaken thus far, and it was SO FUN. I didn’t do anything that was super complicated, I stuck to relatively simple methods and materials, nothing fancy, nothing that was a new technique. No Worbla, no dying unfamiliar fabrics, no buying fancy new tools. Tried and true crafting, like when we were kids: papier mache, craft foam & glue, stringing beads, acrylic paint, safety pins, needle & thread, those kinds of things. There were several things I needed to make, so I was conservative with the techniques in the interest of time and sanity. There would be time later to learn new things, but for my first DIY costume, I felt I needed to start simple. And it WORKED. Here’s a breakdown of all the DIY pieces and how I made them.
First, the necklaces! San wears two, the “tooth” necklace and the blue crystal one that Ashitaka gives her. Here’s a screen cap of what they look like in the movie.
Tooth & Bead Necklace
- Wild Boar Teeth
- Faux Lava Stone Beads
- Necklace Kit w/Lobster Clasp