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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!
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DerCouch Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist
I'm a bit confused, why are you painting the inside of the hearts instead of the outside? Isn't the outside the only part that people are going to see?
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momosnowyartist Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2015  Hobbyist Filmographer
I think it's a lot more durable thought, when you spray the inside there's less chance of it scratching of Meow :3 
Not to mention, this way you'll be able to maintain the shiny effect the plastic gives Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1] 
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vomits Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   General Artist
fantastic idea :D btw you can totally clean out the tubes for spray foam with nail polish remover/acetone, it melts it :)
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Medonii Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
Is this from the angle cosplay?
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:iconaluminumbunny:
aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, we made these for the Panty and Stocking angel outfits cosplay.
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ToxicFoxxeh Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2013  Student General Artist
This tutorial saved my butt for my Panty cosplay! Thanks so much for posting this :) It's the best way I've seen to make these and they turn out so bright and perfect! :)
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad this tutorial could help! :)
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merryalycen Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012
Thank you so much for this tutorial!
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:iconaluminumbunny:
aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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juliagoolia246 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
This is so helpful! I've been looking for a way to make some hearts for my Panty cosplay and this is perfect. Thanks for putting this up here ^.^
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome! I'm glad the tutorial helped ^^
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nyunyucosplay Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I did mine similarly, but without the expanding foam. I wish I had thought of that! Great idea and tutorial. :)
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Sabrawing Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
Thank you very much for this! ^_^
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are very welcome!
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pirikapirilaladoremi Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
Can I make sponges with the foam? Sorry XD
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:iconrhuni:
Rhuni Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing idea! That's the only problem (except for the weapon) I had for this cosplay.
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WolfySM Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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kinomotochan Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
Oh my god , i love you!!! , this is exactly what i was looking for my Panty cosplay , thank you so much n.n
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm glad the tutorial helped ^_^
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Chieko126 Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are amazing~ Thank you so much for this, this was exactly what I was looking for. :D I wasn't going to settle for anything other than something plastic-looking.
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^_^ Glad to help!
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Chieko126 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
A quick question. Which color spray paint did you use for Panty's hearts?
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It was Montana Gold spray paint and I believe the color was "Shock Pink" (sorry for the late reply I lost power in a hurricane -_-; )
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Chieko126 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah~ Thank you so much. :D
Oh! No worries, no worries. Are you alright?
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, all is well. Just A LOT of water and some down trees.
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:iconchieko126:
Chieko126 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you're alright and all is well.
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lexy-chan Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Thank you for such a great tutorial! I'll be using this as guidance for my Sailor Moon cosplay :]
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spiderettes Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
This is so helpful, my friend and I are cosplaying these! :3 I'll be sure to credit you for the technique on the hearts! We're having trouble finding heart ornaments like these though, do you know where you/your friend got them? x.x Thanks in advance! C:
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
[link] <--- This is where we got ours
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spiderettes Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Oh sweet, thanks! C:
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:iconaluminumbunny:
aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No problem. Happy to help!
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Ka-ho Featured By Owner May 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i used this tutorial! once i upload the costume i'll credit you fully ;A; also i found a flat screwdriver and hammer works well too
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yay, I'm glad the tutorial worked out for you!
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chocolita-kuma Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student
OMG SOOOOOOOOOO using this for my Stocking cosplay for next year! :boogie: I just wanted to know what color you used for her hearts
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Ka-ho Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
hi,

My friends and i really want to purchase the hearts from that site, unfortunaely shipping for 6hearts is a whopping 26 dollars canadian and we were wondering if you had extras you could sell to us with minimal shipping of less than 26dollars...please let us know!!

Thanks,
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sadly I don't have any extras, but if you search you can probably find another company online that sells the hearts with cheaper shipping. You may want to also contact the company directly about their shipping fees.
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Seallux Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2011
thanks sooo MUCH for the info =D
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Narakyo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
This is exactly what I need 8D thanks a bunch!
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:iconaluminumbunny:
aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're very welcome!
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mario0om Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Student General Artist
nice
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GeminiNoSaga88 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Amazing tutorial!!!!! Thank you very much, it's very useful! I'm planning a new version of my sailor mercury cosplay... ;D

Congratulations for your gallery too!! ^^
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Glad the tutorial helped!
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rinIee Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011
Oh, sweet! Thanks so much!
I really hope I can meet some P&SwG cosplayers this year =D

I'm too chubby to make my own =(
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Yonako-Kitti Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm so glad someone made a tutorial for this.
I was having major trouble with making hearts for my Panty cosplay.
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aluminumbunny Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad the tutorial was helpful for you. ^_^
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MsSaturday Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011   Photographer
LAWLS thats what we did PFFFFFFFFFFFFF but their like valentines candy containers for like M&Ms and I just glued some foam on the inside to place the pin.
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Seiji-Kun64 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This is a great idea, and now I know what I need to do for my cosplay.
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leannetran Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally gorgeous ! I should try this out (:
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iiKagoKitty Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is great! The Panty and Stocking cosplays me and my friend wanted were really small, so this helps a lot! C:
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