Panty and Stocking heart making tutorial
"How did you make those hearts?" It was a question that *shiroiyukiko
and I got pretty frequently when we debuted out Anarchy Panty & Stocking cosplay at Ohayocon 2011. So, I figured I would make this tutorial because the process really was so simple.
First you need enough plastic heart ornaments. They look like this [link]
and can be found at a few crafty stores. They also come in a few sizes 80mm or 100mm will work fine.
Next, remove the tab from the top where you would hang the ornament. My husband did this part with a chisel. I recommend that you buy extra hearts just in case you crack the plastic when removing this piece.
Once that tab is removed you will want to mask off the front of the hearts with painter's tape. Next you will spray paint the inside of the hearts. By painting the inside you will protect the paint and you won't have to worry about any color chipping off. It also keeps the heart looking pretty and shiny! ^_^
I used Montana Gold spray paint that I purchased from Dick Blick [link]
It dries quickly, so there isn't any chance for the paint to pool in the middle of the heart. But, it is a more expensive brand of paint.
Once there are 2 or 3 coats of paint inside the heart and you no longer see any blue from the painter's tape through it than you are ready for the next step.
Let the paint dry overnight (just to be safe) and than fill the inside of the heart (right over the paint) with spray foam. This is available at any hardware store. It looks like a spray paint can but comes with a long, thin tube that attaches to the top. Make sure you fill all your hearts at one time because as far as I know there isn't anyway to clean out the tube and once the foam dries in it you can't use the can anymore.
Give the foam a few hours to dry completely. Use a long 2in foam cutting blade and cut through the foam on the back to make a flat surface. Now you can remove the painter's tape from the front.
I made a backing for each heart out of thick poster board. I cut the shape slightly smaller than the back of the plastic heart and used wood glue to attach the board to the flat, foam surface. You won't need a ton of glue, so don't go crazy. Put a towel on a flat surface and place the hearts on to the towel foam side facing up. Take another towel and pace it on top of the board and place some heavy books, boardgames, etc on top of the towel. Let the glue dry overnight. The pressure will help keep the board in place while the glue is drying
When the glue has dried and the board is secure to the foam you can go ahead and glue a pin backing to the board. You can find these at craft stores or online. I happened to have them because I make buttons. I used a 2-part epoxy to glue the pins to the board, but superglue should work just fine.
And when the glue has dried you will have a perfect little pink or blue heart!