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Coolest Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea 10

by Jaimie J
(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Homemade Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea

I got the Homemade Penny Cartoon Halloween Costume Idea shortly after Halloween 2009 when I stumbled upon a large toy penny that belonged to my boyfriend as a child. I was a big fan of Pee-Wee's Playhouse and had never seen anyone attempt to re-create Penny so despite having never worked with paper mache or clay in my life I decided to give it a shot.

I constructed the head by wrapping chicken wire as close to my face as I possibly could then covered it with several layers of paper mache. From there I sculpted the features with masking tape and newspaper and covered the entire thing with paper mache clay. After several gesso and power sanding sessions I got it to a smooth texture and painted it. I then pulled all of the chicken wire/paper mache out of the inside of the mask and just left the clay to give myself more breathing room. Had holes cut out of the large fake metal pennies I had gotten for the eyes and airbrushed the whites of the eyes on the black screen I had glued onto them. My boyfriend helped me install a computer fan powered by a 9 volt battery facing out of the screen covered mouth to expel some of the heat from inside the mask while I was wearing it.

The arms/legs are made of tights I hand painted and my mother made the dress and gloves which I covered in painted tights as well to maintain the texture from hand to arm. I had a speaker in my dress that was wired down my arm to an ipod shuffle in my right glove that I used to play about 35 phrases in Penny's voice I recorded from the Pee-Wee DVDs.



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Amazing!
by: Anonymous

I LOVE PeeWee's Playhouse, and Penny has always been on of my favorite characters on the show. You did such a fantastic job!!

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