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« on: October 14, 2009 01:53:34 PM »

I'm planning out a Tank Girl costume for Halloween. I have the bottom half mostly figured out, but I'm having a bit of trouble with the top. Admittedly, I could get away with just a punky tee or a bikini and vest combo, but the missile top would be way more awesome.  Problem is, I have no idea how to go about crafting such a thing. Any suggestions? Here's a pic:

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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009 02:12:25 PM »

they'd have to be light or they would droop, droopy boobs are sad (I know !) How about using expanded polystyrene, shape them into the missle shape, add cardboard fins and then paint. paint doesnt stick fantastically well to polystyrene (dont spray paint it or it will melt!) you could put a layer of masking tape over the plastic, that would take the paint, or a thin layer of papier mache. Once you have the missiles you could hot glue them to straps

thinking about it polystyrene would work well, you need to weight the ends of the missles close to your chest to help prevent them from drooping...(or just wear the straps really tight) so you could hollow out a bit of the inside and put some thing like a small bag of sand or rice to make them a little heavier at the back..

of course if you are big boobed yourself you will have to hollow out the missiles for your own boobs, would love to see it when its finished!
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009 02:33:56 PM »

I would say either papier-mache or a light themroplastic, like ultraform or varaform. http://www.sculpt.com/catalog_98/craft/varaform.htm
It's kinda pricey, but SUPER easy to work with and really really light. as soon as it's dry you can paint right on it, or a light layer of papier-mache to give it a smoother look if you get the open stuff. It's super strong as well. It won't break like just paper would. You just heat it up in a water bath and drape it like it was fabric! I love this stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009 03:14:55 PM »

I would say go with paper mache. You could use parts of a soda bottle to make the frame to keep it light.
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009 04:35:35 PM »

The soda bottle idea sounds great. I hope you post pictures of the end result regardless of which method you go with. I love Tank Girl!! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2009 04:45:55 PM »

Uhm, WAY easier option: Two liter soda bottles.
Just cut off the bottom, and probably the top so it doesn't look like huge nipples at the end.
I think ViolentJayne made some with bottles? I can't remember.
Sorry, I just can't believe that was the first thing anyone else thought of XD
It just made the connection so fast in my mind.

Anyways, they're light, you can attach them to something and then reuse them.
The shape is already there.
All you need is to paint them and attach!
Instead of carving or sculpting ect.
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« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2009 05:56:37 PM »

Yeah, I would use soda bottles, and some air-dry clay (like apoxy-sculpt or something) to make them pointy at the ends and to sculpt the stuff at the base.
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« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2009 06:43:02 PM »

I hope you figure this out, because I would love to see pics and possibly a tutorial for future Halloweens to come!!

I love the movie.  I still haven't had a chance to check out the comic, but I think I would love it.

Good luck!!!
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2009 07:00:32 AM »

Looking forward to finished photos....
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2009 08:09:54 PM »

If you live somewhere that has a hobby store that sells model airplanes and rocketry kits, you can by the rocket already made in lightweight cardboard. Then all you have to do is figure out how to strap them on. And you'll have explosives to fill them with when you're done being Tank Girl. Blowing things up is fun- just be careful or you'll singe your eyebrows! Wink
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2009 09:12:05 AM »

soda bottles def seem like a prime choice. You could also look into those really big tubs of oatmeal. You would still have to make the top but those would be a good size and sturdy.

Just make sure to cover the base of the soda bottles if you go with them. Cut plastic is pretty sharp.

Would love to see action photos. Thank girl is my fave.
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2009 11:22:49 AM »

Soda bottles (bottoms and tops trimmed off), 1 bra you are gonna wreck, white felt, a biggggg sharpie (to draw the black parts) or black felt if you want to cut out and glue them.

Find a big bra that will get close to the size of the soda bottles. First cut the bottles at an angle that will suite sitting correctly on your body. Carefully melt very little holes around the edge of bottom of the bottle you will later sew through. You can do this with a big needle at the stove. If you try to punch holes through the bottle it just cracks. You are gonna use the holes to stitch the covered bottles to the bra.

Cover the bottles in the felt with hot glue making sure to wrap around the bottom edge so you aren't getting rubbed raw... be careful not to cover the holes you melted with clue (fabric is okay). You can use a little extra felt to get pointier tips that aren't too heavy. Then hand sew the bottles to the bra. Decorate to match the marking...

And you are done!
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2009 01:46:34 PM »

Love to see your costume! & Bluesaranwrap, I can't stop watching your icon!
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2009 09:57:34 PM »

You could make felt pasties to glue on the end of the bottles.
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