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Black Gold Saw

As is wont to happen, my costume list has changed. I’ve pushed some things to the end of my list, and pulled some things to the front of it. For MTAC, I’m going to be part of a Black Rock Shooter costume group. I’ll be doing Black Gold Saw:

I’ve started working on the horns, I’ve picked out my fabric (thanks, Gena!), and Bill’s going to be making that awesome sword. I’ll try to post progress pictures shortly.

I’m so excited about this group. The two girls who asked me to join the group are both great costumers, and I’m really looking forward to how this project will turn out.

Splicer 1.0

I debuted my Splicer at ConNooga last weekend. It was fairly well-received, especially in the group we had. Our group consisted of two bunny Thuggish splicers, a bird-masked Leadhead splicer, and Andrew Ryan; it was fantastic.

Here’s a picture of mine:

(Photo by Donnie Sinclair)

One of my friends picked up the dress for me at Goodwill. I spray-painted it in places to make it look dingy, cut the hem and put holes in the dress, and then blood-spattered it at the same time as I did my mask. Here’s a close-up of my finished mask.

Overall, I’m very happy with this costume. I’d like to make hooks to carry so that I can be a Spider Splicer, and I need to find some more comfortable shoes, but those aren’t major changes. I can’t believe I’m done with a costume and it’s only February!

Work in Progress: Splicer Mask

When Maria gave me the mask, it was plain white. Her boyfriend, AP, explained to me the process they went through to modify the mask before giving it to me.

They found the mask at Wal-Mart; apparently it was a “sexy bunny” Halloween mask that was covered in glitter and feathers and all sorts of atrocious stuff. After that, AP says, “Maria ripped off the fur and drew where the cuts need to be made on the ears and mouth to make it look like a splicer. We trimmed the mask, cut off the whiskers, spray painted it with 3 coats of Bulldog Adhesion Promoter (makes paint stick to plastic) and then spray painted it with 3 coats of white paint to cover the sparkles.”

Bulldog is amazing stuff. I’ve used it to cover plastic shower curtain rings so that I could paint them to match the links on the Leia chain that came with Jamin’s kit, and I used it a couple weekends ago on the belt buckle and buttons of my Splicer dress so that I could paint them to look dirty.

Anyways. After I got my mask I started looking for some reference photos of the Splicers, and I stumbled upon a great picture showing the variations of the Splicer’s masks. I decided to make the mask with silver embellishments, and then I free-handed the design onto the mask with pencil. Once I had all the swirls the way I liked them, I drew over them with a Silver Poster Paint pen. This is what my mask looked like after that:

Because the characters in the game appear to have three-dimensional embellishments, I paint over the silver lines with puff paint. Amazingly, Tulip fabric paint stuck right onto the mask and had the perfect tip to make the lines I needed. The only thing I have left to do is to paint the border of the mask with the puff paint so it matches the rest of the embellishments, adjust the elastic band in the back, and splatter the mask with blood.

Upcoming Costumes 2011

I know we’re two weeks in, but Happy New Year! I’m trying to come up with an overall theme or direction for this blog, but until I can figure something out, I’ll just keep posting a hodge-podge of stuff.

Here’s what I hope to start working on soon:
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Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas for Guys

io9 posted a list of 20 Last-Minute Sci-Fi Costumes, and some of the comments reminded me that yes, there ARE some guy costumes I can think of! (That’s the only thing that was really stopping me—the fact that I’m more familiar with female than male costumes.) I know a lot of non-costuming guys who are super-creative when it comes to Halloween costumes, but in case you need some help, here are some suggestions.

Marty McFly

This year is the 25th Anniversary of Back to the Future and would be a perfect year to go as Marty McFly. His costume is fairly easy—sneakers, jeans, jean jacket, button-down plaid shirt, undershirt, and puffy vest. You could do a few less layers if you wanted, but I think the puffy vest is a must. (Why are you wearing a life preserver?!) Bonus points if you carry a skateboard or a hoverboard.

Doc Brown

While I’m at it, a Doc Brown costume would be fairly simple, too. Khaki pants, a cheesy button-down shirt, a lab coat, some goggles (or not), and crazy white hair. A cheap wig would work for the hair, or you could go super-DIY and gel it out and try to lighten it with baby powder. If you do get a wig and need to style it, DO NOT use a curling iron or hair dryer. They will make the wig fibers melt because they are plastic. You can, however, use as much styling product as you like. Be sure to yell a lot about 1.21 Gigawatts and driving 88 MILES PER HOUR! Would be a great group costume with a Marty.

Arthur Dent

Probably the easiest and comfiest costume ever. If you have pajama pants, a t-shirt, a robe, and a towel, you can be Arthur Dent. He also wears slippers, but people probably won’t be looking at your feet, so whatever shoes you wear is really your choice. To be extra cheeky, I’m sure you can find an image of the words “DON’T PANIC” to use as your cell phone’s wallpaper to create your own mini version of the Hitchhiker’s Guide. (Actually, one year a classmate wore his pajamas to school on Halloween and I thought he was wearing an Arthur Dent costume. That’s how effortless this costume is.)

Clark Kent

One of my classmates went as Clark Kent one year. All you need is a suit, some glasses, and a Superman t-shirt. Also fairly simple, but not nearly as comfortable as Arthur Dent.

Mario & Luigi.

I’m pretty sure Hot Topic had Mario costume pieces… the hardest parts to find will be the hat and, possibly, appropriate-looking gloves. (Personally, I’d consider foregoing the gloves for Halloween—gloves can be a pain in the ass!) Overalls and a plain Red or Green t-shirt would be simple enough to find if you don’t have them already. And don’t forget the mustache! You should be able to find those at a Halloween or Costume store. This would be a great group or even couples costume—I’ve seen some adorable female Mario and Luigi costumes. (They usually don’t have the mustache, and they typically wear overalls with a skirt, but some short-shorts would work, too.)

TARDIS

Are you a Dr. Who fan, but lack the money/time/desire to wear a suit all Halloween and dress as The Doctor? Maybe you should go as the TARDIS. All you’d need to do is find a big cardboard box and paint it. Cut holes for your head and arms, and voila—you’re the TARDIS. You could even make the top piece a hat using a Solo cup. A blue one would be perfect if you covered it in iridescent wrapping paper and then glued some painted craft foam over it (the same color as your TARDIS, of course!) Attach an elastic chin strap (some thicker elastic wouldn’t be too uncomfortable) so it could stay on your head. In a pinch, you could drink out of your TARDIS hat as long as the paint you used was non-toxic. ^_^ And don’t forget, if you dress as the TARDIS you can use pick-up lines about how you’re bigger on the inside. You’re welcome.

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas (for Women or Girls)

Halloween is in less than a week. If you’re still looking for a costume, here are a few ideas that you can pull off relatively quickly and easily:

Supergirl
I’m thinking here about the denim skirt and t-shirt version, not the body suit or Michael Turner version, both of which would be more complicated. For the former, all you really need is a jean mini-skirt, a Superman T-Shirt (you could even use a white t-shirt and print out an iron-of of the Shield, or draw it on yourself), and a short cape.

Hello Kitty
There were some girls dressed as Hello Kitty at GMX, and they were adorable. They wore a headband with white ears and red bow—I saw these at Hot Topic, and they are, actually, “Hello Kitty” ears—with a white t-shirt and red mini-skirts (with suspenders, I think?) that looked similar to something from Forever 21—an elastic waistband and a basic red skirt. If you don’t want to go the skirt route, a little red dress would work. I believe they drew on whiskers and may have colored their noses black to look more cat-like, too.

Wonder Girl
Wonder Girl may not be as recognizable as other characters, but it’s still a good costume. The costume is: a pair of jeans (with red stars on the side—optional when you’re in a crunch); a red tank top with a gold breastplate (you can probably make this with yellow or gold craft foam); silver arm bracers; red star earrings; and, of course, a lasso.

This costume isn’t particularly “sexy” or slutty, but it would be comfy and warm, and you could get a tank top that shows your midriff if you’re really concerned about being sexy on Halloween. If that’s still not enough, you could go the Ame-Comi Route: Red Bra Top, Blue Star-Spangled Bikini Bottom, and jeans cut into chaps.

Merlotte’s Waitress

Hot Topic had this entire costume in-store and online. The only thing you really need is the white Merlotte’s t-shirt. I’d say that you need the apron, too, but that’s not really key compared to the t-shirt. Just like Supergirl, you can find the Merlotte’s logo online and print it out on an iron-on if you don’t want to shell out $20 for a t-shirt. (One of my friends made her shirt last year, and it looked awesome.)

Other than the shirt and apron, you need some short-shorts (and I’d recommend beige tights if you’re concerned about being cold or having that much leg showing—it works for the Hooters girls, after all) and accessories. You could get a fanny pack like Arlene, fangs like Jessica, a bandanna to wear around your neck like Sookie, or you could just draw on some big bite marks. Be creative!

Little Black Dress Costumes

Do you have a black cocktail dress or gown? That’s a great base for a lot of costumes.
– Audrey Hepburn/Holly Golightly: Add a big hat, big sunglasses, pearls, and/or black opera-length gloves (any combination of them, really) and you’ve got a recognizable Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffany’s
– A mom I follow on Twitter made her daughter a flapper costume from a black cocktail dress, a long prop cigarette holder, and a feather boa. It was adorable.
– A black long-sleeve dress, combined with some black tights and braided pigtails, could be Wednesday Addams.
– Witch: Get (or make!) a witch hat, maybe some striped tights and some kind of accessory (wand/cat/crystal ball/broomstick etc.) Be creative—do a search for witch costumes, pin-up art, or specific characters and see which elements appeal to you.

How-To: DIY Lady Gaga costume

According to my blog stats, a lot of people want to make Lady Gaga costumes, and a lot of you are finding your way here because I made my disco bra and talked about making my Gaga costume. I haven’t blogged in nearly a month, and it’s October, which makes this post a little Halloweeny, I guess.

Okay. Before I get down to the specifics for Gaga, here are some basic tips applicable to any costuming project:

1. Set a budget. Costuming is my hobby, and therefore, I spend a significant amount of money on my costumes. But not everyone wants to spend a lot of money on a Halloween costume that they’ll only wear once, even though most adult Halloween costumes that I’ve seen cost around $30-$50. But anyways. Set a budget and stick to it. I know people who have found amazing costume pieces at Goodwill. And raid your own closet–you might find something that you can use. (For example, I’m going to be Abby from NCIS for Halloween, and I already had a t-shirt, boots, and all the accessories. I just had to buy a lab coat and a skirt.)

2. Do some research. Looking for screencaps and pictures of your costume from multiple angles will help you plan it out. Once you have some pictures, break your costume down into pieces. It’ll create a road map to help with construction and make the entire process less intimidating. Looking for tutorials or forums where you can ask questions is also helpful—others may have had some spectacular mishaps that you can learn from, and general how-tos can help you save time (and money!)

3. Make a plan. Do you want your costume to be totally accurate? Do you want to put your own spin on a costume or do an “inspired by”/femme/male version of a particular look? Write or sketch it out. I have a sketch book that I use to make lists and draw stuff out. (I’ve been meaning to print out screencaps and glue them in so that I can make notes directly onto an image, but I haven’t done that yet.)

Okay, onto Gaga.

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