DIY Mask, Jewelry & Props for San, Princess Mononoke

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. Princess-Mononoke-Heroine-San-Anime-Cosplay-High-Quality-Pendant-Necklace

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
  • Twine
  • Necklace Kit w/Lobster Clasp

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Rose Tyler #1: The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances

This Rose Tyler look from Doctor Who Season 1 (2005) was my first ACTUAL foray into cosplay, beyond any prior Halloween or Mardi Gras related costuming I’d done in the past. I put together this one in the summer of 2012, after JUST having started watching Doctor Who (I started with Christopher Eccleston in “Rose”), and having been “given” my character by a bunch of new Whovian friends of mine. They had deemed this the most iconic of Rose’s looks, and it seemed pretty easy to put together, so I went for it!

Part 1: The Episodes

Screen caps from the episodes, with a decent shot of the shirt, fuzzy look at the jacket. Of course I re-watched the episodes myself and took screen caps through Netflix on my iPad to try and see the details, especially when it came to makeup and hair.

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Part 2: Sources of Info & Inspiration

The BEST source I have found for most Rose Tyler cosplay info is the dw-cosplay community on LiveJournal. This post covers all of Rose’s outfits for Season 1, including screen caps and images of each piece with details. It has been invaluable for me as I’ve looked for items, to have this reference.

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