I made the belt for my Kain cosplay the other day, compared to the shoe, which I did after it was a walk in the park!
We wrapped my mid-section with saran wrap and tape and marked the center and where my sides were, and then cut it off. I then took it and made a nice paper pattern for each piece, because I found I really did not like the straight from tape patterns. I think my fashion designer background requires I have nice copies of my patterns so I can tweek them till they are right.
I mad the pattern into three parts. The winged part, the circle and then the design on the circle. The wings and circle I did out of worbla, and the detail work I did in wonderflex.
Tracing my wings onto the worbla.
The belt "kit" as I have been calling the pikes of parts. You can just see on the white craft foam in the picture below that I glued some thin lines of craft foam onto the lower wing. I wanted there to be a raised detail to make the belt have more interest then being a purely flat thing.
After everything was cut out it was time for heat. Now in the pictures I have of Kain the circle is a rounded buckle that curves out, which is hard to do uniformly by hand....
Sooooo, enter the kitchen strainer! I had though of using a mixing bow, but their edges are not completely round, I was stumped for a bit, but then remembered the kitchen strainer would be completely round!
Now here I have it just on top of the strainer, but when I actually heated it, I put a layer of freezer paper between it and the strainer to make sure it would not stick. I use this strainer on a regular basis after all.
The finished product! This is the back, which you wont see. The paper caused a couple little lines to appear, but that is okay.
Fast forward to sticking everything together: The near final piece, just needing some raised details on the gray part and more shaping.