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GLaDOS Headpiece Tutorial by ember-ablaze GLaDOS Headpiece Tutorial by ember-ablaze
Here is how I made my GLaDOS headpiece! It took me two evenings to make. (The paint coats took the longest!)

Disclaimer: This is how I personally made my headpiece. I don't claim this is the right or easiest way to make a piece like this! I was short on time and money. :D If I had to make this piece again, there are a lot of things I would change.

Estimated Cost of Materials in USD:
Styrofoam Circle: On sale for $8 (regular price: $16)
Black Paint: 1.99
White Paint: 1.99
Craft Foam (package): 4.99
Poster Board: 0.79
Sewing Pins (package): 1.99
Tea Light (Package of three): 1.00
Head Band: 1.99

Approx. cost: 22.74 (assuming you already have a hot glue gun)


Again, this headpiece is not as accurate as I would like, but I hope this tutorial gives you some ideas on how to make a headpiece of your own! I hope you get some good ideas from how I made mine!

- Ember :heart:

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Costume accessory made by: ~ember-ablaze
Character: GLaDOS
Series: Portal 2
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TinahOnline Featured By Owner May 22, 2015
I've been searching this tutorial for ages, and I finally found it!
I'm already doing it, thanks a lot ;)
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
You're very welcome! Glad it could help! :heart:
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blissfully-Random Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! Thank you so much! I had no idea it'd be this easy! If I might ask, where did you get your wig?
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I bought it on Ebay! It was actually $4 with free shipping. :) I've used it for both of my GLaDOS cosplays and it's held up really well for the duration of two conventions. I always love finding a deal. :D
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blissfully-Random Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, outstanding! Just finished making my headpiece! Thank you again so much! :)
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
Oh, wonderful! I'm so glad this tutorial helped you out a little! :heart:
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blissfully-Random Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, it was great! I don't have any foam, though, so I used cardboard. xP Sorry to keep bugging you, but what would you suggest for cleaning up some of the seams?
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
I know my seams were a little messy in the tutorial, but hot glue is my best friend. :) I use a low heat glue gun and run the glue along the seam, wait for it to cool just a little, and run my finger along it to smooth it out. As long as it's smooth enough, it'll look better once it's painted! :)
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blissfully-Random Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! Here's my (mostly) finished headpiece thingy: blissfully-random.deviantart.c…

Please let me know what you think of it! I still need to obtain/attach a headband.
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Misoka-san Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
this is a great tutorial thanks so much for posting this!  so excited to start making mine XD
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner May 9, 2014
I'm so glad you like it! Good luck with your project! :D
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Spaith Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
This is awesome! I can't wait to make mine!
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
Thank you very much! Good luck with your project! :heart:
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Puppylicks Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is like the only GLaDOS headpiece tutorial in existence. Lol, but im very glad its up here i was going to cosplay as her and was having a heck of a time finding one! You saved me! <3 
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
That's exactly why I put it up! I had such a hard time finding out how to make a headpiece, I thought I'd let others know how I managed to throw mine together. :D

I'm so glad it helped you out! Glad I could be of assistance! :D Have a great time cosplaying GLaDOS!
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le-Meep Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Student
wow thats awesome, did you make the dress as well?
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2013
Thanks very much! :D

And no, I didn't make the dress. I actually purchased it on Ebay. :)
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le-Meep Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Student
This might be a cosplay faux pas, but would you mind telling me which one, its an awesome dress and i want it 0_0
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013
I don't mind at all! :3

I just searched through my Ebay history and the listings, and it appears they've taken down the exact dress that I used. But, I found two that are extremely similar!

This one is short sleeved: www.ebay.com/itm/Women-Optical…

And this one is long sleeved: www.ebay.com/itm/New-Autumn-Wo…

(I actually wish they had the long sleeved one when I made my cosplay! Would've saved me the trouble of wearing yet another layer underneath that short-sleeved dress!)

Hope this helps! :heart:
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le-Meep Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student
thanks bunches!
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Lying-With-The-Roses Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the other comment, just re-read it and I've figured it out myself. Thanks for the lovely tutorial
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013
You're welcome! I hope it's of use to you! :D
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Lying-With-The-Roses Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Quick question, what'd you do when the battery for the tea light runs out? How would you replace it?
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zopdog Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
AMAZING
YAAY!!!!
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Thanks! :D
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zopdog Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ anytime!
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SynchronicityDoom Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! This is awesome! Nice GLaDOS!
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Thanks so much! It was so much fun to create! :D
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SynchronicityDoom Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha, you're very welcome! I might just use this in the future!
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
Awesome! I hope it helps you out somehow! :D (Not to be a creeper, but I checked out your gallery and your Chell costume pieces are AWESOME! They look so professional!)
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SynchronicityDoom Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I bet it will! (A-ah! Thank you so much! They really aren't, though... ^^;)
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
They are, though! :D You did an amazing job. :heart:
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SynchronicityDoom Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My dad did most of the work, but thank you!
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Tomcat94 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice! That is definitely a pretty great GLaDOS cosplay. ^_^
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thanks very much! :D It was a lot of fun to create.
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animagic4u Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice work here
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ember-ablaze Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2013
Thanks very much! :D
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