The bustier is painted with gilding wax for a realistic metallic finish

The bustier closes with side-back grommets, and the foam there is enforced with thermoplastic

Toile of the bodice pieces in cotton canvas

Marking pattern pieces onto the EVA foam

I designed each ‘etching’ based on the shape of the pattern piece

Bodice pieces etched, glued, and with the seams caulked

The “rivets” are actually googly eyes and the metal trim is a thinner 2mm craft foam

Finishing details and the painting process