Completed November 12, 2014
Design & Construction
I replicated the pattern and lay out of motifs from previously made boots for the old version of Queen Rat. New boots for a new costume.
I lover-locked the edge of the red fabric to prevent fraying. The finish looks fine but was tricky to get around all the bends so if I was doing it again I'd probably use a close but long zig-zag stitch on the sewing machine. I machined on the gold motifs but hand stitched the brown roundels on. Using a leather needle it attached them to the front of the boots.
At times I thought the rats tail looked too stripey but being on stage the lights can bleach and drowned out colours so I thought it was best to keep a high contrast.
The skulls on the coat were sculpted out of clay and a mould was taken from it. We then had a mould to make a as many skulls as we required. I painted them and put hot stones on to add a bit of sparkle.