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krissykat
« on: October 25, 2007 01:08:23 PM »

I thought this was too much fun to not share. I need a beard for my Hallowe'en costume, and couldn't find one that I liked. I found a couple online that would have been ok, but they were pricey, and I couldn't have gotten them shipped to me in time for dressing up. After lots of searching online, I stumbled onto a tutorial explaining how to make facial hair with liquid latex and crepe hair. I couldn't find crepe hair either, but I did have some llama in my fiber stash, and the guard hairs look and feel a lot like human hair. It was worth a shot, right?
I cleaned and combed a large handful of fiber, and separated out some of the fine, fleecy fibers. 


Built up a base of liquid latex and waited for it to dry. (4-5 layers, I think.)


Brushed on another layer of latex and applied thin pieces of hair while it was still wet.

It took forever to dry, but I was finally able to peel it off.

Gross.

I did a trial run of my hair and makeup this morning. It was hard to style. I had to work it a bit with a felting needle. I was going to cut it, but then I saw a picture of Debra Christofferson as Lila on Carnivale (HBO show) and I decided to curl it instead. Gratuitous beard closeup:


Then I got a bit silly.

The shadow on half of my face is from my camera (and hand).

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TheFeltedOwl
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2007 01:38:45 PM »

Thats Fantastic!! Are you going as the bearded woman or is there more to the costume? I love it! It looks pretty real!
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VictorVenefic
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2007 02:40:56 PM »

I love it! haha.

yeah. are you going to be a bearded lady? I think it's amazing that you decided to go for the more realistic rather than something cartoony.


I think it be a little better if you dyed it to make a color between your hair and eyebrows. it would look more natural that way IMHO.
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krissykat
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2007 03:24:57 PM »

Thanks guys!  Grin   Yep, my costume's just going to be a bearded lady. The only costume I've seen online was a grotesque-looking men's costume. I've always loved how bearded ladies from sideshows always look so elegant in old pictures, so I'm trying to capture that as best I can. Ideally I would have a gown to wear with my beard, but it was a little last minute and I just didn't have the time to come up with one. I'm just going to put something together with some of my vintage clothes.
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bethz0r
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2007 04:48:31 PM »

I absolutely love this idea. Oddly, you look gorgeous as a bearded lady. Very refined.
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fairweatherknitter
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2007 10:09:35 PM »

ha ha ha... i am so glad you are going as a bearded lady.. you are so cute!  Excellent idea! I burst out laughing when i saw the colour photo of you and then when i saw the black and white.. i thought oh man .. thats gotta get framed!... When or if you have kids you can mess with them and tell them its great aunt lily.. before their time..
ha!  Great idea.
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lee-lee ess.
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2007 09:11:48 PM »

I think it is AWESOME that you're goin' as a legit, rather realistic, bearded lady.  Smiley  I love it!  Plus, awesome job on making your own beard

P.S... I don't know if you really wanted it, but I was a little bored and sleep deprived, so I tried to get rid of the shadow, lol.  I don't know how well it worked, but it looks like the shadow's gone on my computer.
Here's a link: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v348/shadowsofelocin/?action=view&current=S6300811-4e.jpg
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krissykat
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2007 01:04:55 AM »

Thanks a lot!!! I'm glad you guys are got a kick out of this. I have to say, I love this costume. It kind of makes me wish I could grow a real beard and run away to join the circus. Wink   And I definitely need to get that picture framed and convince people that it's of a relative.   Hee hee. Beards are fun.

P.S... I don't know if you really wanted it, but I was a little bored and sleep deprived, so I tried to get rid of the shadow, lol.  I don't know how well it worked, but it looks like the shadow's gone on my computer.
Here's a link: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v348/shadowsofelocin/?action=view&current=S6300811-4e.jpg

Wow, thanks so much. That looks great! Smiley
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Schmerin
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2007 12:34:54 PM »

When I was in King and I, I had to be captain Orton... There was a beard involved and it scarred my pre-pubescent self. Yours looks great though -- very sideshowy and fun!
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timarie
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2007 02:56:06 PM »

hahahahha! This is awesome! I looooooooooooooove it! You did a great job. I definitely get the sideshow feel from it as well.

fab!
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