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spooky.kitty
« on: March 12, 2008 08:45:42 PM »

*ok so im going to cos play as seek for this years a-kon and so far i have come up with a way to make everything except for the support for the mask and "necklace"(the silver parts)
does anyone know a way to make this thats not painful to wear (ill be wearing it for about 12 hrs)

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bowlordie
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2008 10:06:42 PM »

other than suggesting making itlike head
gear,
i'm not really sure. it looks really heavy!! yikes.
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katrin
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2008 01:24:10 AM »

You could try craft foam. It is very light and can be spray painted silver. For the tube parts try this foam you use for insulation of pipes. It  already has this tube form.
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grendelsmom
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2008 04:43:03 AM »

I would definitely create a strap to go all around the head; for the tubing, use corrugated plastic tubing - it's very lightweight and would probably take paint well. If you're in the US you can probably get this sort of thing at Home Depot, take a stroll through Plumbing and Electrical. (Or ask someone who makes Cyberpunk Dreadfalls where they get their tubing.)
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« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2008 06:42:13 AM »

Could you use either template plastic or reconned plastic from something like a gallon size milk jug sanded and painted?  If you could somehow coat or melt the sharp/cut plastic edge, it would be light weight and strong enough to hold the costume's tails/tentacles/dreds.  As a member of the 4-eyes club, I can't think of anything around your ears that would be excessively comfortable for long hours, but the more lightweight it is the more tolerable I think it would be.  Another option would be paper mache with brown craft paper for strength.  I saw a  costume made on www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-cardboard-costume-helmet/ for a helmet made out of paper mache that was incredibly strong and amazingly constructed.  Good luck!  Be sure to post the final results! Smiley
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Don't even get me started about the cheddar fabric
spooky.kitty
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2008 10:21:06 PM »

  Another option would be paper mache with brown craft paper for strength.  I saw a  costume made on www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-cardboard-costume-helmet/ for a helmet made out of paper mache that was incredibly strong and amazingly constructed.  Good luck!  Be sure to post the final results! Smiley
that sounds like an awsome lightweight idea!
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2008 08:41:45 PM »

I would actually go more ridgid, at least to create a base to mold something soft on. My experience comes from theather where masks were worn 20 hours a week for 6 weeks. Molded to your face perfectly is the most comfortable thing, even over soft strechy things. Yes, I said a hard plaster mask is more comfortable than a strechy rubber one if it's custom fitted.

Knowing how a professional would make that originally helps. Basicly they would have made a plaster cast of the actors head, then used that to make a rubber/ silicone/ latex mask. You can't 'draft' off a natural human face because it is soft, the chemicals are sensitive when liquid etc.The nice part for you is: 1) it's only half a face, you could probably do it solo or with untrained help, 2) plaster is pretty cheap & half a face uses less. It's the latex or rubber that gets expensive fast, but that's where you get creative Smiley

Use plaster cast material (available for big $$ at crafts stores, much cheaper through medical suppliers) and make a mold of your face (put staws in your mouth for easy breathing).

Now you have two choices:
 Do lots of layers to make a good strong mold. After removing paint the inside with several coats of varnish. Use straight plaster to make a mold of your face. Now you have something you can use to mold your funfoam, rubber sheeting, plastic strips , etc on & make it perfectly snug & wearable.
OR leave the original mold at about 4-5 layers (that medical casting stuff is pretty thin) and cut it down to the shape you want, paint, glue etc & use it directly to make your mask.

What, you thought being an actor was easy? Wink
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