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Topic: Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice  (Read 24147 times)
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pinksqueak
« on: November 06, 2011 10:05:04 AM »

I...I don't think we survived that crash.

My girlfriend and I were Adam and Barbara Maitland from Beetlejuice when they try to scare the Deetzes from their home. This has been something I've wanted to do FOREVER but had never been able to motivate someone else to my level of Halloween madness. Until this year!

The handmade portions are: the masks, the book (altered, new cover with linen printed "Handbook for the Recently Deceased" and side "Deceased"), the shirt (Colette Negroni pattern), the dress (refashioned from long sleeves and a 4X to an L with shorter sleeves and hemline), and the eyeballs. We worked on this for about 2 months in bits and pieces after work.











And we are in this Youtube video a minute in from the West Hollywood Halloween Carneval. It was insane there!

I posted more pictures of the creation process in my gallery if anyone is interested.  Smiley 

Materials used were: aluminum sculpture wire for the armature, screen door mesh (which is super sharp and pokey!), zip ties to hold to armature, paper mache with Elmer's glue and strips of news paper, drywall plaster (the kind that comes in a bag that you mix yourself with water - not the thick spackle in little jars), felt, sculpey for the teeth, a plastic glove stuffed with tin foil, spraypaint, mixed housepaint for the skin tones and stretch lines, lots of sandpaper, ping pong balls, cut up hair extensions, E6000, pantyhose and tears. My Barbara mask weighed 9 pounds and her Adam mask was 4.

I can't wait for next Halloween! I have no idea how I'm going to outdo this year's, and I'm kind of sad it's done and over. But I learned a whole heck of a lot building this (i.e., Paperclay is the devil and chunky and heavy. My mask is so huge because I had to cover the botched, un-sandable paperclay with a new layer of plaster to make it smooth  Angry )

Thank you for looking!  Cheesy Happy Halloween!

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2011 10:09:56 AM »

wow! nicely done!
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2011 10:55:30 AM »

HOLY WOW! I"m fumbling words this is soo freakin AWESOME!
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2011 11:19:34 AM »

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011 11:47:53 AM »

WHOA!!! forgot how freaky these were! awesome job!
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2011 12:48:14 PM »

It's already been said, but I have to say it again - AWESOME!!
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2011 01:20:37 PM »

This is awesome. I loved that part in Beetlejuice... they were trying so darned hard to be scary!
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2011 01:29:28 PM »

So jealous of your ingeniuity that I kinda feel inadequate.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2011 01:38:17 PM »

That's comepletely amazing!! Did you have to duck through doors the whole night?  Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2011 03:36:16 PM »

Awww, thanks y'all! Smiley

Haha - no door ducking. We're pretty short, so even the masks didn't put us over 6 feet. We did keep whacking people to our immediate left and right with our snouts because we had zero peripheral vision. I will suffer through pretty much anything for Halloween.

Lots of people were inappropriate with Adam's nose, and lots of people took photos with me chomping their heads. Smiley

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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2011 04:05:50 PM »

Holy Crap!  AMAZING! 
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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2011 07:12:29 PM »

so awesome! great job!
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2011 09:19:01 PM »

Super Awesome! What a creative thing to pick, too!
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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2011 10:35:09 PM »

super original and they turned out perfect, great job!!
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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2011 03:37:18 AM »

Waou!!!! it's awesome and very terrifying...
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« Reply #15 on: November 07, 2011 05:32:13 PM »

This is unbelievably epic!
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« Reply #16 on: November 07, 2011 06:56:39 PM »

Very clever! I knew exactly who you were from the thumbnail.
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« Reply #17 on: November 07, 2011 07:20:30 PM »

Brilliant! Looks exactly like the movie!!!!! Great job!
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« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2011 09:24:25 PM »

F*CKING BRILLIANT!!!!  Shocked
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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2011 11:21:43 PM »

This is fantastic. I knew who you were right away as soon as I saw the thumbnail. Great job.
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« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2011 05:32:05 AM »

Incredible!  Those are the greatest set of costumes that I have seen this year!
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« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2011 10:08:30 AM »

Amazing and gorgeous! You guys did this perfectly - I love the level of details in everything right down to having the proper Handbook for the Recently Deceased!
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« Reply #23 on: November 08, 2011 10:58:07 AM »

great job on the masks! I immediately recognized the characters from Beetlejuice from the thumbnail.
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« Reply #24 on: November 08, 2011 01:35:50 PM »

Very cool! And original
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« Reply #25 on: November 08, 2011 03:03:25 PM »

Love this! So original!  Grin
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« Reply #26 on: November 08, 2011 03:40:06 PM »

Those are great!!! Cheesy
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« Reply #27 on: November 08, 2011 10:01:46 PM »

Awesome... so awesome.  Well done.
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« Reply #28 on: November 09, 2011 04:07:13 AM »

Fantastic job! I really love that movie, and you caught my eye right away!
I'm sure you were a hit on Halloween too- definitely looks that way! Your authenticity to the outfits and little details are fabulous!
Kudos!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: November 09, 2011 08:23:55 AM »

AWESOME JOB!
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« Reply #30 on: November 09, 2011 09:07:44 AM »

OH HOW AWESOME!
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« Reply #31 on: November 09, 2011 10:28:56 AM »

I just frickin love this SO MUCH!!! I've always thought they would make the most fantastic costumes and you guys did a great job!

I posted more pictures of the creation process in my gallery if anyone is interested.  Smiley  

You should definitely post them here! (The way our photo hosting is set up, it's not exactly easy for most people to get right to your gallery.  Undecided)
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« Reply #32 on: November 13, 2011 10:21:16 AM »

That is one of the most awsome things I have ever seen!
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« Reply #33 on: November 15, 2011 09:36:01 AM »

Thank y'all for being such sweethearts! <3

I posted some construction pictures on the original post if anyone is interested in doing this next year for Halloween. It was fun! But might I recommend a carved foam head, which won't weigh a bajillion pounds. (My neck is way more muscular now, though.)

Message me if you need any tips/tricks. Smiley

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« Reply #34 on: November 24, 2011 02:07:36 PM »

Seeing this just made my day  Cheesy Thanks! Nice work!
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« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2011 05:56:44 PM »

I BOW TO YOUR AWESOMENESS
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« Reply #37 on: August 22, 2012 07:47:47 PM »

I joined Craftster today after seeing your masks! My boyfriend and I decided on the Maitlands for Halloween this year and we are using your masks as reference. They are amazing! I have never made a mask before so I am using your suggested materials. They sound easy(ish) to use. Any other tips??
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« Reply #38 on: September 09, 2012 05:38:45 PM »

 Beyond amazing! Such great detail. I'm in total awe.  Shocked
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