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« on: September 20, 2005 07:51:14 AM »

Okay crafty craftsters, lemme hear your ideas on this one. We're having a Day of the Dead meets Night of the Living Dead party (to satisfy both our Mexican food/drink/costume obsession and our roomate's zombie fetish). My girlfriend and I are dressing as Day of the Dead skeletons and I need some advice. A fellow craftster, bopalena, has helped me with the skeleton part (white felt bones on black). Has anyone done this costume before and have any suggestions? I'm also thinking that I may do a paper mache mask (or half mask ala Phantom of the Opera so that I can still drink and eat freely) but the rest of my face, neck, chest will be painted. Any ideas on how to keep the face paint on all night long?
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2005 10:38:26 AM »

I used Ben Nye black and white make-up for the face.  Ben Nye also makes a spray sealant for their make-up that worked pretty well.  It kept the make-up from rubbing off on everything and making a mess.  But, we still got black make-up around our shirt collars.  I don't think anything will make that completely unavoidable.  Be sure to wear clothing that you don't mind getting make-up on. 
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2005 10:56:15 AM »

bopalena, you're my favorite. Thanks for the tips.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2005 11:23:43 AM »

I was trying to get my husband to do that very thing this year, but he's opted for an Elvis skeleton instead...

While at the custume shop, I did see a Day of the Dead costume with a plastic sugar skull mask...its pretty cheap quality, but it might at least give you an idea of how you could paint your face...

I'm trying to find a link of it and will post if I can dig it up.
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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2005 11:59:55 AM »

Hmm..that's a good idea. I hadn't thought of doing a sugar skull. I want to look a little sweeter than the scary-ass skull masks I've been able to find. With some sculpty and bright paints a sugar skull mask shouldn't be terribly hard to make. Thanks for the idea.
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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2005 12:04:06 PM »

You're welcome! I can't for the life of me find a picture of the costume, even on all of the costume sites!

Basically, the mask was like your classic plastic halloween mask with the elastic string that goes around your head.

There were flowers on each cheek and scrolls & swirls around the rest of the face in bright colors. You could easily paint it straight on your face and avoid the whole uncomfortable mask thing.


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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2005 12:20:23 PM »

There were flowers on each cheek and scrolls & swirls around the rest of the face in bright colors. You could easily paint it straight on your face and avoid the whole uncomfortable mask thing.

Now we're talking...funny, I've been using pictures of your wedding as inspiration for the party we're throwing. This weekend I've enlisted friends and roommates to help me make tons of paper flowers and tin can lanterns. I'll make sure to post pictures when it's all done. With all the creative minds I have working on it and the amount of time we've alloted ourselves it's sho gonna be a thow down!
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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2005 12:25:59 PM »

Excellent! The paper flowers I made were way, way easy...just circles of tissue paper scrunched up at the end of green pipecleaners...I still have a ton of the papel picado left so I think I'll hang them up for our halloween party this year.

Make sure to take plenty of pics and post them after the party.

We bought a bunch of new halloween decorations this past weekend and once we get the kitchen back in its glory, I'll post pics of it. TJ Maxx has some of the best, most bizarre vintage looking decorations ever. I was shocked and giddy, all at the same time.

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« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2005 12:32:10 PM »

TJ Maxx you say? I'm there. I am so there. And a tip for you if you haven't yet been. Target has some great deals on their $1 isle. I bought some fake rats, black skull candles that melt red, blacklight bulbs and horror DVD's (yes, only a buck!) to play on a little television in the kitchen. The DVD's have 2-3 movies on each one with great titles like "The Brain that Woudln't Die."

I'm on the hunt for papel picado at the moment. I live in a predominantly Mexican neighborhood so I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of all the Day of the Dead decorations.

I look forward to swapping pictures.

If your husband is going to be an Elvis skeleton (brilliant by the way) what are you going to do?

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« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2005 12:36:37 PM »

Oh yes...we hit Target as well (I could go broke buying their halloween decorations). We got all of the horror DVD's they had last year and then picked up the new ones this year.  TJ Maxx isn't necessarily cheap, but most of the times are less than about $12.99...this includes funky figurines, candy dishes, plates, etc...and they have tons of dishtowels, too. I don't know if I've mentioned that our kitchen is a halloween theme year round, so those come in  way handy for us.

I'm going to be Frida...last year he was Pan and I was a Priestess of Avalon...this year, Frida & Dead Elvis. It should be way fun.
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