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Postby Zurg's Ion Blaster » Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:09 pm

Hey everyone,

Long time lurker, first time poster. Halloween is a pretty serious hobby of mine; I just love making stuff. I've won prizes for Alien and Predator themed costumes, but this year I've turned my attention to a contrasting, but equally fanatic love of mine: Pixar. Specifically, I'm constructing a homemade Zurg costume for this All-Hallows-Eve :)

I'm at a pretty early stage of the build, so I'll keep updating this thread. Thanks for looking :)
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Postby Zurg's Ion Blaster » Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:21 pm

The first order of business was Zurg's head. I always follow the same pattern when constructing a costume's mask:

Step 1: Make a wire frame of the head, based on as many pictures from as many angles as possible.

Step 2: Cover the frame in masking tape, which serves as a primer for papier mache.

Step 3: Papier mache the mask.

So with this in mind, I began Step 1. I made a very rough outline of Zurg's head (apologies for the bad quality phone-pictures, I've been very lazy - must start using a proper camera):

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Postby Zurg's Ion Blaster » Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:24 pm

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I then began Step 2:

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Postby Zurg's Ion Blaster » Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:33 pm

With the masking tape covering the head, it was time to start the papier mache. There was one obstacle stopping me from getting started though: Zurg's eyes.

The problem was that my (real) eyes didn't line up with the eyes I had drawn on the mask (where I was going to cut out the eyeholes). It was quite worrying for a while, but I got around the problem by cutting out some of the wire foundation on the inside of the mask (the masking tape was holding it in place now). This allowed me to push my head further up the inside of the mask, matching up my eyes with the proposed eyeholes.

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And with that, I began Step 3 (I usually do 3 layers of papier mache):

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From Head to Gun...

Postby Zurg's Ion Blaster » Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:39 pm

That's as far as I've gotten on the head; now I just need to make his horns, give them the papier mache treatment, stick them on, and paint the mask (as well as figure out how I'm going to do his eyes, I'll get back to that one).

I was working on Zurg's gun, the Ion Blaster, simultaneously to constructing the head. Using the same method as the mask, I have gotten the three barrels of the blaster done so far. This was very frustrating as I initially miscalculated their length, which made life very difficult in shortening them. How and ever...

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So that's pretty much where I am now. I hope to progress further this week, I'll post up whatever I get done. Thanks for reading :)
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Postby IncredigirlVirginia » Mon Sep 20, 2010 1:09 am

Woah, that looks awesome!!

However, in the future, please try to do that in one post. Great job, anyway!! :D
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Postby yo » Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:04 pm

That's amazing! I love homemade costumes, it's what I always do. I can't wait to see what the finished product looks like!
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Postby PixarFan3045 » Wed Sep 22, 2010 12:51 am

Dude, thats awesome!! I can't wait to see more in the process of making it! Thats pretty cool, how you know how to make your own homemade costumes. It will probably look better than an official Zurg costume!! :D
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Postby Pizza Planet Truck » Wed Sep 22, 2010 1:05 am

That's pretty cool

And welcome to the boards.:)
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Postby Zurg's Ion Blaster » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:40 pm

Thanks for the replies all. The face is now done :D

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Postby Chuckles » Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:44 pm

Words cannot descri- Okay they can...Awesome!
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Postby PixarFan3045 » Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:26 pm

Oh my gosh!! Amazing work so far!!! :D
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Postby K9Girl » Wed Sep 29, 2010 3:25 am

That looks great!
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Postby Dinoco » Wed Sep 29, 2010 7:30 pm

Looks great!
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Postby Snake&Robot » Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:22 pm

It looks realy good Zurg's Ion Blaster
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