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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2010 12:23:07 PM »

If you're the daring type, you could get the shiny look by using liquid latex for the body suit (or paint the latex over a fabric bodysuit) and make the clamps for the neckline out of polymer clay or something and attach them with adhesive.
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« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2010 03:12:17 PM »

Duct tape top is a good idea, because you can sculpt on top of it. Another option is to use water-activated paper packing tape, which might be less insulating (I imagine you'd get pretty toasty inside a duct tape top).
Threadbangers has a great video tute (actually for a customized dressform, but I imagine if you cut it carefully, you could make it so you could slip back in): http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20090403
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« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2010 04:56:22 PM »

You could use makeup type liquid latex and tissue paper to build the flesh bits over the tubes and where the clamps attach. It's kind of like white glue. You can then cover the tissue paper and latex with makeup. From the side shot, it looks like the actress has her hair under a baldcap with most of it at the back. You could cut holes in the cap and have their ends under the cap, so that they look like they're under your skin. Then you would build up the flesh with the latex. Also, the liquid latex might help to blend the bald cap into your skin. Painting the flesh should be interesting. It looks like you could start with a pale base and them sponge on gray and a bit of yellow and brown. Also, it looks like she's wearing red or coral lipstick. (Borg Queen on a hot date?)

I think only her shoulders, neck and head are exposed. The rest of her wasn't flesh, so you might need to wear black gloves as well. Oh, and boots! I think she wore boots.
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« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2010 08:07:40 PM »

I was thinking using a black trashbags as fabric would give you the shiny look and allow you to layer and stuff in between. The heavy duty bags would be very durable.
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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2010 12:01:27 AM »

Perhaps you could paint a full-body leotard to look all borg-y? with bits you can tape to your chest and neck?

A friend of mine did something like this for a costume once. She put on the leotard and then we used a airbrush to paint accent lines on it. It worked really well!

This has epic written all over it! I can't wait to see what you do!
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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2010 06:15:33 AM »

If you want that solid look you could do a paper mache suit or plaster of paris so it would fit your body and not move and get the 3D effect too! Then painted to make it shiny. At least you're leaving plenty of time!!!
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2010 03:58:48 PM »

im totally all about the swimmers cap. i used to be a synchronized swimmer & they work very well. perhaps you could hot glue tubing to butterfly-like clips (for the metal) to attach them to the cap? also--i suggest making your own bodysuit & painting it. ive been a canvas many a time in body painting exhibits & you cannot touch ANYTHING, or you could smear it. so unless you want to stand for 6 hours (to airbrush it on) then an additional however many hours you plan on rocking it, i suggest a bodysuit. for the top, i suggest using tin foil in place of metal...unless you have a metalworking shop, where you can bend the sharp edges over. good luck!
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« Reply #17 on: August 09, 2010 09:16:00 AM »

Ok, so how many of you want to travel to Windsor, Ontario Canada to help me with this costume!?!?
I agree this could be an epic costume, but I'm going to jump the gun here and say that I may disappoint.  I have grand ideas but my execution is not always the best.
You could use makeup type liquid latex and tissue paper to build the flesh bits over the tubes and where the clamps attach. It's kind of like white glue. You can then cover the tissue paper and latex with makeup. From the side shot, it looks like the actress has her hair under a baldcap with most of it at the back. You could cut holes in the cap and have their ends under the cap, so that they look like they're under your skin. Then you would build up the flesh with the latex. Also, the liquid latex might help to blend the bald cap into your skin. Painting the flesh should be interesting. It looks like you could start with a pale base and them sponge on gray and a bit of yellow and brown. Also, it looks like she's wearing red or coral lipstick. (Borg Queen on a hot date?)

I think only her shoulders, neck and head are exposed. The rest of her wasn't flesh, so you might need to wear black gloves as well. Oh, and boots! I think she wore boots.

Yes, she is actually just the head and neck and shoulders, and a mechanical spine that drops into the body and clamps in.  She does have boots and gloves, which I have photos of, but I thought that the pics I posted would be enough for everyone to help me out (WHICH THEY HAVE OH MY GOD SO MUCH).  But, yes, you are right about gloves and boots.
Also, thanks for the cap and makeup suggestions.

Duct tape top is a good idea, because you can sculpt on top of it. Another option is to use water-activated paper packing tape, which might be less insulating (I imagine you'd get pretty toasty inside a duct tape top).
Threadbangers has a great video tute (actually for a customized dressform, but I imagine if you cut it carefully, you could make it so you could slip back in): http://www.threadbanger.com/episode/THR_20090403

THANK YOU I will check that out when I'm not on a million year old computer.

Keep the ideas coming crafties!!! 
I should maybe mention that I am not super thin, so I'm probably not going to liquid latext my body, and my hair is about 2 inches long... so it's not a problem to hide it under a cap.

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« Reply #18 on: August 09, 2010 10:08:54 AM »

My sister made a borg queen costume a few years ago; here's the topic: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274188.0. It was a pleather corset, and looked awesome...
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« Reply #19 on: August 09, 2010 11:22:11 AM »

My sister made a borg queen costume a few years ago; here's the topic: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=274188.0. It was a pleather corset, and looked awesome...

I actually have that post bookmarked because when I was looking into being this I did some searching on here. 
That's awesome!
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