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Okay for the last post in the series I’ll leave you with my own mini-tutorial. 12 Steps to a DIY Halloween costume 1. Figure out what you want to be. I’m a list maker so I write down ideas. Look at reference material, movies, books, posters, games etc. Also consider what your budget time wise [...]
Tags: 12 steps, budget, costume, coupons, DIY, garment district, Halloween, how-to, planning, saving, tutorial
More uncategorizable goodies from my month of gleanings, as well as some follow ups: No dearth of Darth c/o Weburbanist Instructables tute for a very large costume – a Power Loader. It’s the machine that Ripley used to defeat the monster queen in Aliens (the 2nd one). Another movie prop – make a Ghostbusters proton [...]
Tags: aliens, corset, costume, darth vader, demon, DIY, EL wire, etsy, feathers, ghostbusters, Halloween, hooves, how-to, power loaded, proton pack, teeth, treasury, tutorial, wig, wings
Only 3 more days of my DIY Halloween series. Have you got an idea for your costume yet? Only 32 days left (really less because most of the parties are going to be on the 29th and 30th).
Over the month I’ve found a pile of interesting goodies that don’t fit into neat categories. I’ve packed them up into two posts. Enjoy, and please join our mailing list (box to the left) to get the Organic Armor quarterly newsletters.
Tags: circus, corset, cosplay, costume, DIY, dress form, dust tape, FIDM, glue, Halloween, how-to, reference, rust, silk flowers, Star Wars, theatrical, threadbanger, tips, tutorial, vintage
Prosthetics used with make-up will take a costume to a new level of awesome. The process was pioneered by make-up artist Dick Smith in the 1970s.
Tags: blizzard entertainment, cast, cinema secrets, dick smith, DIY, ears, fangoria, fangs, finger, gelatin, Halloween, horror, impaled, indie mogul, kerrigan, latex, make magazine, make up, mold, nose, prosthetic, severed, spirit gum, starcraft, tutorial, wax
Steampunk is another huge genre and there are many places to go for tutorials on elements of a SP costume. Try Instructables, Costumers Manifesto and Steampunk Empire. I posted some goggle-how-tos on my Eyes Have It post, but these are super cool – Light Up Goggles and would have fit in yesterdays EL Wire & [...]
Tags: bra, clockwork couture, continuum bracelet, costume, DIY, goggles, Halloween, how-to, independent expressions, keith bailey, madame leota, pepper's ghost, prop weapon, steampunk, tophat, tutorial
What is EL Wire? Electroluminescent wire (often abbreviated to EL wire) is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it. I first saw it used for costuming and sets on the playa at Burning Man. It’s thin and flexible, can be sewn onto garments, and [...]
Tags: budget, Buring Man, conductive thread, cool neon, costume, DIY, EL wire, Halloween, illuminated, instructables, LED, light, OK Go, Rolf Bender, sewing, threadbanger, tutorial
What is Lolita fashion? It’s ruffles galore, over the knee socks, parasols, cuteness incarnate. My intro to Lolis was seeing a flock of them at MomoCon last spring. There were 10 or 12 of them on the sidewalk, giggling and holding up darling but inadequate parasols as the rain began to fall.
Tags: alter, anime, blouse, bolero, budget, cosplay, cosplay.com, dandy gothic, decoroman, discontinued, DIY, EGL, gothic, gothic lolita, guro lolita, Halloween, jacket, japan, leg o' mutton, lolita, manga, momocon, mooky chick, nightclothes, noodlegumi, parasol, pattern, pink house, sewing, skirt, tutorial, vampire knigth, victorian, visual kei, Wa
Paul started out making his costumes from paper mache. It’s an accessible, cheap medium that can be used to create just about any shape, large or small. The results can be sturdy and weatherproof if done right. It can also be heavy and uncomfortable. But it’s a time honored Halloween costume material and I’ve gathered some links that show it’s versatility and potential high quality (no balloon heads). I also threw in some cardboard, duct tape and plaster gauze links.
Tags: Art of the Mask, bread and puppet, cardboard, costume, DIY, dress form, duct tape, Halloween, heart of the beast, helmet, joker, mask, michael cooper, Mr. Peanut, paper mache, paperhand, plaster gauze, sergio bustamente, spartan, transformer, tutorial, ultimate paper mache, weatherproof
We’ve covered your eyes, your feet, your parts in the middle. Today we’ll talk about the top of your head. Dreadfalls are a type of semi-temporary hair extension popular at Burning Man, anime cons and other places. They come in varying thicknesses and colors, sometimes with ribbons and beads attached. They can be quite expensive [...]
Tags: 1700's, alpaca, anime, Asheville area, buzz cut, carrot anime, cosplay, DIY, dreadfall, dreads, dye, extensions, felt, hair, haircut, Halloween, history, marie antoinette, tutorial, wig, wool
Zombies are the new black. Something about the mindless, decaying monster that we each have the potential to become, really resonates with our culture at this moment. There are even college courses on it. We could have a fascinating discussion about why, but let’s just learn about how to pretend to be one!
Tags: backyard FX, ben nye, burn, chopped finger, costume, DIY, Halloween, instructables, kirby krackle, make up, petrilude, rotting, threadbanger, tutorial, zombie, zombie apocalypse, zombie walk