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Saturday, October 27, 2012

Halloween Costume: Star Wars Sabe Decoy - Part 3

Time for the next part of my Halloween costume... the Sabe Battle Decoy from Episode 1 of Star Wars.  Now, I tackle the headdress.  It has what looks like a metal frame, leather crescents with hair wrapped around.  Here is what I am doing, step-by-step.

Warning: This is where I admit that I am totally winging it. I have never made anything like this, so there could be some steps in here that are not efficient, but I just plodded along hoping it all would turn out.  This is less of a tutorial than a description of an experiment.

The plan: paper mache (or papier mâché, if you want to be all fancy). I ordered a styrofoam head online - they are surprisingly cheap - and used a plastic shopping bag and duct-taped it to the shape of the head. So the paper mache wouldn't stick to the styrofoam.

I put on three layers of a white flour and water paper mache with newspaper.
Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture of the base, but it is oval shaped and flat.

After that dried, I peeled off the plastic bag and got rid of it.  Then, I made the part that sticks up out of card stock and taped it to the paper mache base.

I curled around the top part.  It was hard to tell exactly but it looks like that is what the original looks like.

For the next layer, I used a paper mache pulp called Fast Mache.  I covered the base and cardstock in a fairly thick layer.

After letting it dry for about a week, I used an electric sander to make it smooth.  Next step: gold cage and fabric.
Fast Mache on cardstock
After sanding
Sabe Costume Part 1  Dress
Sabe Costume Part 2  Vest
Sabe Costume Part 3 Headdress
Sabe Costume Part 4 Headdress
Sabe Costume Part 5 All Together Now

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