Making An Alien CostumeThis
costume is based heavily on Bindlestiffs "Realistic Alien Costume" Alien Costume. I thought
i'd pass on a few thoughts from making it that may help others. Before
you get started I’d thoroughly recommend reading through his
comprehensive instructions, and check out his video (which is cool in
it's own right!) Alone .
put together the costume for the Secret Garden Party- the closest thing
we have in the UK to Burning Man. It went down very well and garnered
plenty of positive comments from other ‘Gardeners’. From previous
experience, many costumes don’t suit glasses wearers very well- this
one does however.
base head was made in much the same way as bindlestiff’s using strips
of newspaper and wallpaper paste over a suitable balloon to get the
basic shape. To smooth the surface and blend the shape I mixed filler
powder with the usual water and a good portion of PVA glue (to reduce
the chance of cracking). Shaping was a combination of course grit
sandpaper and surform followed by finer grades. This, combined with
several applications of the filler resulted in a nice smooth surface
(don’t underestimate the time this will take though!).
Machied Balloon and Covered in Filler
were added using plastic aquarium tubing, hot glued in place and
in process of being sanded
and Decoration Fitted
having got a smooth shape, I then decided I didn’t like the finish, so
used kitchen paper soaked in PVA to put texture back onto the mask. The
effort that went into the previous steps wasn’t all wasted as it did
give a much better shape than the raw paper texture had.
with Paper towels and primed
critical to this design are the sunglass lenses- This really sets the
mask off. I kept these low on the face and was pleased with the
was achieved first by priming with watered down white acrylic, followed
with several layers of green acrylic. I tried colour matching the
fabric, but failed. I’d also like to add further texture with some
other colouring. I may have to get a more artistic friend to help with
this before the next outing. I think the green works well for this
Being Painted and Padded Interior
interior of the head was padded out with ‘eggbox’ pattern packaging
foam. This was hot glued inside the crown, and round the sides. This
holds the mask securely and is comfortable. I had no issue with the
weight of the mask.
made a simple pair of feet by painting up a cheap pair of neoprene
(wetsuit material) beach shoes. Unfortunately these got replaced with
boots as the festival was very muddy!
use- the vision is limited. I was able to see where I was walking, but
had no peripheral vision, reduced hearing and people found it difficult
to hear me. I therefore mostly resorted to ‘Greetings Earthlings/ Earth
Child’ and an alien salute. I wore the costume for around 6 hours- a
good proportion of which with the head on. It was reasonably
comfortable, and the only real issue came as the temperature dropped-
my glasses were steaming up quickly.
was nowhere to carry anything so my girlfriend ended up carry wallet
etc Next time I may create some kind of alien back pack to house a
raygun- probably a painted/ modified water pistol, as well as somewhere
to put some money and a bottle of water.
Completed alien photos courtesy of Ice
Badger (c) 2012.