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Topic: I stuck buttons on my eyes! (Coraline-inspired costume, now with Pictures!)  (Read 21351 times)
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« on: September 28, 2008 04:55:48 PM »

I've had a really hard time coming up with a halloween costume this year. I'm already making costumes for my sister and her best friend so I don't have a lot of time to make something for myself, but I definitely want to avoid buying a costume.
However, I was at the dollar tree this afternoon and picked up two HUGE black buttons, just because they were awesome. I was  messing around with them trying to figure out how I could use them when I saw my copy of Coraline lying around, and it hit me.

I want to be The Other Me for Halloween. How creepy would that be, and it would be so simple! just wear my normal clothes but whiten my skin, wear pointy red nails, and... oh crap.


How am I going to get these buttons to stay on my face?
Ive never been great with makeup, but maybe latex or something?
ANY ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2008 05:27:34 PM »

maybe get some mellow glue that you can put around the edges of the button to stick it to your face?
I'm not sure how friendly that'd be to your eyes, though...
Or maybe get a cheap pair or reading glasses and put the buttons between the glasses and your face?

I was the Halloween-me last year.
I did muchos makeup and (for the first time) spiked up my mohawk. Fun times.
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2008 02:07:44 PM »

Thread clear stretchy bracelet string through the holes and fashion yourself some button eyeglasses.  The stretchiness will make it stay taught to your ears, but it should be see-through enough to give the illusion of staying in place naturally.
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« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2008 03:57:35 PM »

Thread clear stretchy bracelet string through the holes and fashion yourself some button eyeglasses.  The stretchiness will make it stay taught to your ears, but it should be see-through enough to give the illusion of staying in place naturally.

That's what I was thinking! But I don't know how it would stay on the ears.
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« Reply #4 on: September 29, 2008 04:31:34 PM »

As long as it's a loop around each ear (a circle of string for each side) and your ears don't bend forward, I think it'll work just fine!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2008 12:03:15 PM »

Try eyelash glue.
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2008 09:49:54 AM »

I think it would be more uncomfortable than you realize to have buttons stuck to your eyes (think of trying to blink).  I would go with the idea of sticking them to some glasses  might work if you are bent of using the buttons.  If not, have you thought of getting some good quality face paint (not the stuff that they sell at walmart and target) and painting buttons on?
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« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2008 03:18:11 PM »

Last year for Halloween I was a Zombie trucker and I broke up pieces of hard plastic and stuck them to my face and neck.  I used spirit glue.  You can usually get it in a package with a small bottle of spirit gum remover for a couple of bucks in the halloween aisle.  Lots of people use it for sticking costume-y make-up on their faces.  I know the theatre students at my university use it all the time, so it should be safe.  I had no problems with it.

Here's my friend Laura and I. I'm the one on the right trying to look as "un-dead" as possible...

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« Reply #8 on: October 05, 2008 06:00:18 PM »

Try eyelash glue.

That's exactly what I was going to say. 
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« Reply #9 on: October 05, 2008 06:32:04 PM »

I would definitely say get some waterproof eyeliner, and paint the buttons, it is going to suck having the buttons on your eyelids. Unless you just use the spirit glue and put them up above your eyes. That might work too.
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« Reply #10 on: October 05, 2008 07:27:55 PM »

^ Agreed. Painting the buttons on will be a lot easier to deal with. If you're not good with makeup, it shouldn't be too hard to find someone to help you out.
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« Reply #11 on: October 06, 2008 06:38:36 PM »

i'm definitely not painting anything on, too tacky, i would have to keep my eyes closed if I wanted anyone to see them that way, and wouldn't that make it even harder for me to see?

these buttons are BIG. they can touch the top of my eye sockets and the tops of my cheeks, they do not make contact with my eyelids.
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« Reply #12 on: October 06, 2008 07:15:42 PM »

I'm confused as to how you will see where you are going.
Button holes?
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2008 06:53:49 PM »

Maybe you could hold them together with wire and make some sort of pince-nez... although that would be sort of visible.
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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2008 01:59:19 PM »

instead of making loops for your ears with elastic/stretchy string, what about making the elastic fit around the back of your head (think cheap masks?)? You could hide the elastic band under the top layers of your hair (depending on how long it is). . .?

{by the way, i loved "coraline" and pretty much everything neil gaiman has done thus far which *thankfully* omits the adapted screenplay for the movie "stardust"  Wink}
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« Reply #15 on: October 14, 2008 07:01:58 AM »

You could attach them to a pair of sunglasses so they would be easily removed when you need to see.
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« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2008 08:12:24 PM »

I love this idea!  I hope it works out for you.  I think that the glasses idea or the clear elastic around the head sound like the most viable options.  I agree that painting on the buttons wouldn't be very effective.  The button eyes are the other mother's most striking feature, and you wouldn't want them obscured most of the time (while your eyes are open)

I'm a librarian and the staff are doing book characters for halloween.  Mind if I steal your idea?  What section of your dollar tree did you find the buttons?
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« Reply #17 on: October 20, 2008 11:58:48 AM »

I love this idea!  I hope it works out for you.  I think that the glasses idea or the clear elastic around the head sound like the most viable options.  I agree that painting on the buttons wouldn't be very effective.  The button eyes are the other mother's most striking feature, and you wouldn't want them obscured most of the time (while your eyes are open)

I'm a librarian and the staff are doing book characters for halloween.  Mind if I steal your idea?  What section of your dollar tree did you find the buttons?
Go for it! the idea that's worked the best so far has been the pince-nez, if that's what I go with I'll just be covering it with a thin layer of latex and white makeup.
one of the two dollar trees I go to has a small craft section, but i don't think all of them have those so hopefully you have a backup craft store to check
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« Reply #18 on: October 20, 2008 05:35:01 PM »

My dollar tree was out, but I did find some fantastic buttons at Joanns.  I would love to hear what kind of system you work out.  The pince-nez sounds interesting, but what would you make it of?

I went searching for pics from the upcoming movie - there isn't much of the other mother!  She does wear a fantastic black and white polka dot dress.  If I can, I'd love to recreate it!
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« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2008 12:25:34 AM »

i'm using thin wire, and weaving it through the buttonholes. it works pretty well, and even looks like thread.

I'm not looking forward to the movie, it doesn't look nearly dark or scary enough. I really respect Henry Selick as a director, but it looks like they changed the story a LOT. little things like changing character's names and big things like adding whole new characters.
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« Reply #20 on: October 21, 2008 07:19:22 AM »

I hadn't heard much about the movie - what a bummer.  I did notice that the featurettes seemed way too Nightmare Before Christmas.  I loved the Dave McKean art in the book - it's so creepy and otherworldly.  Apparently they have made a new graphic novel, too, with P. Craig Russell as the illustrator.  He is great (love the Oscar Wilde fairy tales), but NOT the style I think fits with the Coraline story.

Thanks for all of your advice.  I'll play around with some wire and see what I can do!  For clothes, I might just wear all black and lighten my skin.  Making the dress is a little ambitious for this time frame, but I'd love to do it someday...  Smiley  Good luck with your costume.
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« Reply #21 on: November 02, 2008 07:47:39 PM »

So, I did it!

a practice run, with only one button, using only latex to hold it on ( I also experimented with the idea of having it look like there was a needle stuck through my forehead skin, but didn't go with it for the finished costume)


and here's the whole shebang for the big night. I used the Pince-nez/latex idea, and covered with white makeup.


thanks for all the ideas and support!
acajjou, I'd love to see what you came up with, too.
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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2008 05:39:01 PM »

That came out AMAZING! That looks awesome... Haven't read Coraline... Need to get my bum in gear and read some of the good stuff floating out there, haha
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