Thanks for the recommendations, I picked up some liquid latex and plan to experiment with it well in advance of pulling off the actual costume.
I'm planning to wear this to our "Vice and Virtue"-themed party, and hopefully to a HUGE costume contest in Ybor City called Guavaween. So it has to be good!
Here's my progress on the costume so far....
Original concept sketch:
to see it big so you can read the text.
The backpiece, carapace (helmet-sort-of-thing), and belt will be made out of a combination of plastic and polymer clay, with some circuit boards and assorted mechanical bits thrown in for effect.
The skirt/bra are going to be made of some synthetic, ragged-looking brown fabric. Not quite sure what yet.
I'd like for a lot of it to light up... especially the mask and back piece, so I've taken to cannibalizing children's glasses I got at the dollar store for LEDs.
A disassembled pair: you get 3 very small batteries, 6 LEDs, some circuitry, and a little bit of usable wire out of each one.
And here's a lit-up LED/battery pack:
More pictures to come as I work and plan things out.
Tips, suggestions, or comments that I'm insane and this is the stupidest idea ever are all totally welcome!!