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Shwiggles
« on: August 06, 2010 07:08:19 AM »

Ok, so I'm taking on a rather ambitious Halloween costume this year.  This is actually what I wanted to be last year, kinda, but didn't follow through. 
Anyway, I want to be the Borg Queen.  I have tons of old car parts, tubes, wires, etc that I can use for her head thing...
But I need your help.  Here are a few pics, if you have ANY suggestions as to how I can achieve this, they would be greatly appreciated.  I'm thinking a bald cap, and I have tubing for it, but the outfit... I don't know.  HALP!
Thanks in advance!
I basically just want some brainstorming from more crafty people than myself.


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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2010 08:01:21 AM »

Perhaps you could paint a full-body leotard to look all borg-y? with bits you can tape to your chest and neck?
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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2010 09:36:04 AM »

For the headpiece, you could start with a swimming cap
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2010 09:59:01 AM »

OH!  A swimming cap is a good idea.  I was stuck on a skull cap, like, the bald caps that you can buy... I have the tubes for it and the thing that's on the back of it..
Thanks!
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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2010 10:32:39 AM »

I was thinking that you could do really tight twisties (or corn rows) in your hair because I swim cap hurts if your hair isnt wet.  You would be able to see the shape of your head and it will be easier to clip in/pin the tubes.  Also another idea I just thought of, would be to spray color your hair, white or find another pale shade.

As for the costume - I am not really sure.  Maybe get a leotard like eulalia was talking about and sewing fake abs on it or you could make it look all bondage-y.

Hope this helps.

ps Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday.
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« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2010 10:54:31 AM »

The woman who did the Weeping Angels/Stone Angels from the Doctor Whoniverse last year used a lot of pantyhose/tights which she painted on top of.  It seems like that might work for you!
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2010 11:31:32 AM »

you could buy a simple cheap bodysuit and then pad and quilt in between all the (really bad) muscle shapes? a friend of mine did that for her bf's WOlverine costume and it worked really well, even if it did look a little cheesy. sombined with some paint it would probably work really well for this.
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2010 03:12:03 PM »

If you've got the head thing covered (I think the bald cap and the tubing are great ides), my thought on the "shirt" part of the outfit would be....
Either purchase or make a longsleeved shirt made from spandex (or some other clingy material), and airbrush the muscles on. For the lines down her arms, I would say go to a home improvement store and search for a lightweight, sturdy, but bendable wire.
Around the neckline, some parts from a home improvement store would also be useful. And then you could sew/glue them onto your shirt.

Hope this helps! And you should totally post pictures when you're finished so we can all see!
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« Reply #8 on: August 06, 2010 05:16:48 PM »

If you're not comfortable using a leotard, you could actually get a decent batman costume, alter the neckline, take off the belt, and paint the detail lines on it.
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2010 06:06:58 AM »

See, I knew I was coming to the right place to ask my questions and to get some ideas.  You guys are so creative. 
The batman suit idea is a very good one! 
I was actually thinking about painting some of the muscles on the shirt, and I was also thinking about making some sort of duct tape top, I had made a corset years ago, and myabe i can make something suitable for this.
As for buying stuff at the hardware, I have a HUGE bag full of old car parts that include the tubing I need, and there are wires and just random little bits of plastic etc.  I will take a picture and add it to the original post soon. 
I was thinking some type of hat or cap or something just because my hair is so short already it would be easy to do, and I wouldn't be able to do the twisties in it, I don't think... maybe by then I will be, but at this point that's not an option.
Anyway, I hope people keep giving e GREAT ideas!
I will DEFINITELY post pics of the finished product though!  No matter what it turns out like. 
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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: https://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: https://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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« Reply #20 on: August 11, 2010 05:39:41 PM »

For the details, would it be possible to use a purchased leotard and attach cording with a zipper foot to make the vein-y look?  I know what I'm talking about, but I'm not sure I can explain it- anyway here goes:

Outline on the wrong side of your leotard a line of detail that you want to work on.
Then lay a piece of thin cording or thick string or even kitchen twine maybe, over your drawn line.  Use a couple pins to keep it in place.  Fold your leotard over and topstitch from the right side, using a zipper foot, as close as possible to your cord.  Then repeat this for the next detail you want to work.  Repeat as often as necessary.

It works in my head- but a lot of stuff that works in my head doesn't work anywhere else.   Huh
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« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2010 02:14:19 PM »

For the details, would it be possible to use a purchased leotard and attach cording with a zipper foot to make the vein-y look?  I know what I'm talking about, but I'm not sure I can explain it- anyway here goes:

Outline on the wrong side of your leotard a line of detail that you want to work on.
Then lay a piece of thin cording or thick string or even kitchen twine maybe, over your drawn line.  Use a couple pins to keep it in place.  Fold your leotard over and topstitch from the right side, using a zipper foot, as close as possible to your cord.  Then repeat this for the next detail you want to work.  Repeat as often as necessary.

It works in my head- but a lot of stuff that works in my head doesn't work anywhere else.   Huh

I'm fairly sure I understand what you mean... I just don't have a zipper foot.. or at least I don't KNOW if i do or not.  I should take a pic of all of the stuff that came with my sweeeet sewing machine and post it somewhere in here and have someone explain everything to me.  I'm still brand new at this sewing stuff... so...
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« Reply #22 on: September 02, 2010 07:57:16 PM »

I know I'm late coming to the game here (hoping you're still planning on making this!) and my suggestions are likely in the opposite direction you're currently taking, but might as well throw in my $0.02.

This costume is on my to-do list (hope to make it in, oh, three years?) so I've done some thinkin' and internet-scouting in the past. If I were to tackle this, I'd go about sculpting a latex headpiece and then parts for a latex bodysuit - I have lifecast armatures of my head and body, and have sculpted some not-too-shabby costume pieces on them. For the body, I'd go about making individual latex pieces that could be snapped onto a bodysuit. For the head, I'd make a latex piece that you would later add the tubes to.

And now that I've stated all that and everyone is going 'great, well making a latex headpiece would be good but HOW on earth is it done?' well, I wrote up a little tutorial a wee back that explains how to make a latex mask/headpiece.
Here is the finished costume:
http://www.cosplay.com/costume/280205/
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http://www.tatterhood.com/comics

I think a latex headpiece would work quite well for your project; you can get all the veins and ridges in there, set up the 'tube holes' and all that jazz.

(and as a trekkie http://www.cosplay.com/costume/311609/ I can't wait to see this!)
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« Reply #23 on: September 03, 2010 07:33:33 PM »

Ugh, I've been thinking a lot about it, and I don't know whether or not I'm going to be able to be the Borg Queen for Halloween.  I don't know that I have the time and money to be able to do it correctly, and I think we are going to a dance bar, and it will be really hot.  Now that I've seen the idea for the latex headpiece, I think that anything I could make in my tiny craft room with no money, might not cut it.  I still will do some looking around, but I have several backup costumes, all that I am pleased with and would love to dress up as and aren't nearly as AWESOME as this, but would be easy to do.
If I follow through with it, I will for sure be posting pictures here.  I think that if I do it, I'd want to do it right.  Not half-assed. 
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