Decided to do something a little more elaborate for me and my bf this year, and as we're both huge incurable fans of science fiction, I made us a pair of alien and astronaut costumes. First up is mine as a slightly retro-inspired astronaut:
I hand painted a stretchy zip front jumpsuit, repainted toy ray guns, custom painted accessories and my favorite bit, the helmet! I made it using a light fixture that I widened with a hacksaw and then fixed to a cardboard tube that I painted and lined with plumbing insulation.
I also repainted the patches and added on a gold and black flag patch, and recycled an old phone headset:
As much as I love my costume, I might love my bf's more:
His is black tactical clothing with bmx armor I repainted to look like metal, and then I did his makeup with an SFX prosthetic that I painted:
We didn't get a pic of it in full makeup but my favorite bit is the back:
Some detail shots, my bf's repainted nerf gun:
and the belt buckles I sculpted for both of us out of paper clay:
We had so much fun, and it was really surreal watching my bf walk around looking like he stepped off a movie set:
But I have to say that some things about a futuristic costume are not well-suited to a 2012 world:
Hope you enjoyed! Let me know if you have any construction questions. This was the first year I didn't have to sew anything so I learned a lot about more hardware type crafts and would be happy to share. Happy Halloween!