Harley & Joker

Project Status: Backlog

Another great couples costume! A purple suited Joker and suicide squad era Harley I think is the best pairing although there would be some great red and black latex options for Harley.

Harley Quinn

After a bit of discussion its going to be the Suicide Squad film version of Harley’s costume.

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Joker

I’m thinking this version of the Joker

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This is actually a model and not a screen capture

Ringmaster

Project Status: Complete

I love the circus, I do lots of circus stuff, I help at a circus festival… I need a ringmaster costume!

Inspiration

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/fearpig/ringmaster/

 

Jackets

New-Military-Jacket-Black-Red-Gold-Leaf-Baroque-Detail-Button-S-M-L

£15.99 – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Military-Jacket-Black-Red-Gold-Leaf-Baroque-Detail-Button-S-M-L/142708024257?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D53378%26meid%3Decccb9c61c724faea633d7a33c5fbbf5%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D8%26mehot%3Dag%26sd%3D362314946738%26itm%3D142708024257&_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042

£45 – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Military-Circus-Jacket-Fun-Festival-Costume-Boomtown-Soldier-Cropped-Jacket/382349780177?hash=item5905d2a4d1:m:mfOxpM1LYg2Ra-Dx2gFV3aQ

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/586894381/circus-ringmaster-jacket-cropped?ref=related-1

£19.99 – https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Black-braided-military-jacket-shirt-top-14-drummer-circus-victorian-steampunk/362314946738?epid=565135240&hash=item545ba758b2:g:46wAAOSwhT1a8xB9

£125 – https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/526075535/latex-ringmasters-jacket?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=ringmaster&ref=sr_gallery-2-32

£79 – https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Fashion-Punk-Rave-Military-Jacket-Goth-Steampunk-Black-Tailcoat-Brand-Quality-Y771/32871995880.html

£16 – https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2018-Men-s-Outwear-Steampunk-Vintage-Tailcoat-winter-military-Jacket-Gothic-Victorian-Frock-Coat-Batman-Uniform/32856911886.html

£20 – https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Men-s-Outwear-Steampunk-Vintage-Tailcoat-winter-military-Jacket-Gothic-Victorian-Frock-Coat-Batman-Costume/32894786050.html

I randomly acquired a new military jacket that works for a ringmaster, a friend bought it but it didn’t fit him. I have a growing collection of military jackets that I pick up whenever i see them cheap.

The riding crop is a nice touch but it definitely needs a top hat and a cummerbund.

Cummerbund acquired from AliExpress along with a bowtie and a pocket handkerchief…. but I don’t have a pocket for it… it’ll have to live in the trouser pocket.

Now I’m thinking of upgrading the shirt to a dress shirt with a wing tipped collar as well as getting a top hat. At this point though I’m going to mark the project as done because I’m pretty happy with it.

Foam Horns

Project Status: Under Construction

http://makezine.com/projects/sculpt-demon-horns-from-foam-and-paper-towels/
http://www.profounddecisions.co.uk/empire-wiki/Making_Horns

If you take a look at my first horns (under the Goat Boy / Faun / Devil page), they look really good and came out really well… the only down side is that they are really heavy. After 20 minutes of wearing them I can feel them pressing into my head.

This is my second attempt to make lightweight horns, my first attempt involved a 3D printer but the less said about that the better!

First rescue a discarded sofa cushion and dispose of the cover so you are left with the upholstery foam.

Then hack off a lump bigger than the horns you want (on the right in the picture below). I have done all of the cutting with a decent pair of scissors. I thought that a hot wire or reciprocating electric knife may make life easy but it was fairly easy with scissors!

Then roughly cut out the shape you want (in the middle of the picture below).

Before smoothing out the shape as desired (on the right in the photo below)…

No we come to prepping the surface ready for painting and this is where we hit the issue with using cheap (free) upholstery foam. Upholstery foam is open cell, which means that it can act like a sponge and soak up whatever you put on it!!

I’m currently experimenting with repeated layers of PVA and will let you know how that goes!

So it looks like two layers of PVA glue isn’t enough, even when painted it looks like foam! More coats of PVA are going on now and I may have already cut a lot of different types of horns!

…and spray painted…

Then I’ve tried just hot-gluing them to strips of elastic to wear them…

…boy child is happy with his version….

Pirate Costume

Project Status: Complete

So, it might be noted that I love pirate costumes and stuff! So this is an ever ongoing costume for me. Here’s an ever growing source of some supplies and inspiration.

Here’s some inspiration…

https://www.pinterest.co.uk/fearpig/pirates/

Belts…. lots of belts!

belt
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/121912677058?_trksid=p2045573.m570.l5999&_trkparms=gh1g%3DI121912677058.N36.S1.R1.TR1

£21 – Additional belts including a sword belt…

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Pirates-of-The-Caribbean-Jack-Sparrow-Cosplay-Costume-Outfit-Belt-Buckles-Prop/32767315078.html?spm=a2g0s.8937460.0.0.450f2e0evEzswE

 

Beads…. lots of beads!

beads-crowskull
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/A-Black-ADJUSTABLE-COTTON-WAX-Cord-BRONZE-Charm-Pendant-Choker-Necklace-Surf-/301228627956

beads-medallion
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pirates-of-the-Caribbean-JACK-SPARROW-AZTE-Skull-Coin-Medal-Necklace-Elizabeth-/181510189529

beads-skulls
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Tibetan-Buddhist-Wood-Wooden-Skull-Head-Beads-Necklace-80-Skulls-/191858902355

I’ve still got to get boots, a sword and pistols and then this is about done!

 

Pistols

£40 – I don’t want a cheap plastic one as I always break them…

https://southernswords.co.uk/english-flintlock-pistol-18th-cent.html

£35 – A bit cheaper and still looks cool

https://www.thepirateshop.co.uk/flintlock-pistol-17th-century

 

Boots

£89 – Awesome boots but out of my price range!

https://southernswords.co.uk/buckled-calf-high-pirate-highwayman-boots.html

£61

https://www.larp-fashion.co.uk/medieval-shoes/7816/medieval-pirate-boots?c=1166

£52

https://www.halloweencostumes.co.uk/mens-brown-buckle-pirate-boots.html?mpid=44959&gclid=CjwKCAjw_tTXBRBsEiwArqXyMsrZjT_QBd6aqHkxOZU6imX1KyZvvc2YrnX6hHB9P-U18Ftcn8zIxBoCWmUQAvD_BwE

 

Swords

£144 – Still need a sword as well….

https://southernswords.co.uk/officer-hanger.html

£60 – cheaper but not really accurate…

https://www.battleorders.co.uk/products/infantry-sword-s5510

£63 – Relatively cheap and fairly accurate but I don’t like the enclosed basket hilt or the cheesy engravings!

https://www.battleorders.co.uk/products/pirates-cutlass-yk-132?variant=27835309127

£43 – this one might be the winner

https://www.medieval-arms.co.uk/detail/id/414/name/napoleonic-sabre,-ix-infantry;jsessionid=DDE00A0295C18F267B6A7B6BBB8194C9

£64 – I prefer the edging on the blade on this one

https://www.medieval-arms.co.uk/detail/id/224/name/sabre,-ix-infanterie-napoleon;jsessionid=DDE00A0295C18F267B6A7B6BBB8194C9

 
Stumbled randomly across a couple of really nice swords…
 

So I really like the 

  • 1917 Hybrid Cutlass
  • 1917 Cutlass
  • 1976 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre
1976 Pattern Light Cavalry Sabre
 
1917 Hybrid Cutlass – £193… including shipping 🙁
Cold Steel 1917 Hybrid Cutlass
 
This one wasn’t for sale as it had been previously sold in an Italian auction… but links below to buy one as well…
 

Shirt

 

Sash

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/BYSIFA-Winter-Coffee-Gold-Men-Scarves-Fashion-Accessories-Male-Warm-Long-Scarf-Brand-Business-Leisure/32831538045.html?spm=2114.10010108.1000023.3.9a9342866tK9R9

https://pt.dhgate.com/product/fine-luxury-patchwork-burgundy-silk-brocade/256558985.html

http://www.homeshop18.com/dekor-world-cotton-table-runner-red/home-kitchen/furnishings-home/product:33972957/cid:15741/

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/handcraft-crafts-Europe-style-table-runner-hot-silver-home-decoration-table-decoration/32250866411.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.120.74035cfcNuHygL&s=p&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10152_10065_10151_10344_10068_10130_5722815_10324_10342_10547_10325_10343_10340_5722915_10548_10341_5722615_10696_10192_10190_10084_10083_10618_10307_10301_10303_5722715_5711215_10059_308_100031_10103_10624_10623_10622_5711315_5722515_10621_10620,searchweb201603_25,ppcSwitch_2&algo_expid=3482ede0-bafb-46e1-9adc-66b14f21db23-15&algo_pvid=3482ede0-bafb-46e1-9adc-66b14f21db23&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Chinese-Style-Red-Table-Runner-Satin-Luxury-Wedding-Decoration-Chinese-Knot-Tassel-Tea-Bed-Table-Runner/32795055165.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.88.688530d5Zx2gc1&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_4_10152_10065_10151_10344_10068_10130_5722815_10324_10342_10547_10325_10343_10340_5722915_10548_10341_5722615_10696_10192_10190_10084_10083_10618_10307_10301_10303_5722715_5711215_10059_308_100031_10103_10624_10623_10622_5711315_5722515_10621_10620,searchweb201603_25,ppcSwitch_2&algo_expid=ffee3f46-a0b1-4b9d-a677-c403b3a814c0-11&algo_pvid=ffee3f46-a0b1-4b9d-a677-c403b3a814c0&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

 

Hat

$10-$20 https://www.aliexpress.com/

 

Other sources…

Found a great store for bits…
https://www.thepirateshop.co.uk

Including a good shirt…. 😛

https://www.thepirateshop.co.uk/swordswoman-s-shirt-black

Costume So Far

Awesome buckle
Neck bling
Bronze bird skull
See no evil carved tooth (fake plastic thing from a charity shop)

A handful of extras – lots of wrist bling, a pocket watch (not entirely in keeping with the time but looks cool), a couple of small chests and a couple of tankards.