Hi, all you wonderful people out there in craftland! I have some questions that hopefully you guys can help me with...
My half chinese boyfriend has been growing out a fu manchu mustache for nearly a year, and he has decided to go as Lo Pan, the bad guy from Big Trouble in Little China, for Halloween this year. So, of course, he wants some help in putting a costume together... I've never seen the movie, but as I understand it he's an evil wizard type dude. Anyway, he wears this outrageous hat. The rest of the costume seems pretty easy--fake nails, eyeliner, long wig, beard to go with the fu, and I'll probably just stick the boy into a long black robe and say it's close enough--but the hat, which is what pulls everything together, seems triiiicky. Plus, I have totally never ever even attempted to make a hat or indeed head covering of any kind before, ever, although I am willing.
Here is the evil asian guy in question, with his hat:
Basically, I have no idea how to do it.
I mean, I figure I could make the gold stuff on it out of sculpty or something, the symbol is a standard marriage symbol, so that, while time consuming, isn't the issue...but the shape of the hat itself has me stumped. How to make something stand up like that? Is there fabric interfacing stiff/strong enough? (i've never used interfacing before) So, um...yes. Help!
And, less important and perplexing than the evil hat, is the matter of what I should go as this year...maybe you guys have some suggestions there?
I love Halloween. Usually I know what I want to dress up as months in advance...
Last year I went as my favorite voodoo death/sex god, Baron Samedi...presumably Samdedi in drag, because I cannot actually pull off looking like a tall skinny black man in skullface:
At the time, I was fairly put out by not having a pet snake to go with the skeleton in tophat look, since snakes are big in voodoo. Since then, however...
Baby Salvador has come into my life! He's a few months old, two feet long, and an absolute sweetheart. So, this year, I would like to go as something besides The Baron that still...um, includes a snake. Salvador's super well behaved; I've taken him out to various places and he's totally chill...ball pythons are frequently the snakes belly dancers use, because of their convenient size (usually around five feet, full grown) and sweet temperament. I've taken him dancing; I was in a fashion show recently and had him on the runway... I don't take him smoke filled places that will be noisy, so I don't take him clubbing, because that would be bad for him...but whatever gathering I'm attending for Halloween will be smoke free, snake friendly, and pretty laid back, so a costume to go with Salvador would be fantastic. I don't want to go as just your run of the mill snake charmer...I'd like something spookier. Any suggestions?
Anyway! Thanks to everyone who took the time to read the long post--sorry, I'm wordy.
(and, yes, the snake is named after the painter.)