We had a great time at DragonCon, one of the largest cons in the US. Held in downtown Atlanta, it is a multi-genre con and quite a force of nature. There are 60,000 people, many in costume, wandering between 5 huge hotels, taking pictures of each other, lining up for celebrity autographs, geeking out on […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 & […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]