My grandson wanted a Homemade General Greivious Costume Star Wars for Halloween. I purchased a baseball cap, modge podge glue, foam sheets, paint, black top and pants, light sabers and gloves. I used newspaper squares and glued them to the baseball cap for the mask. After several layers, I added Styrofoam cups for the “ears” and foam. I used ping pong balls for the eyes.
I painted the shirt and paints for the “metal” part of the General. I painted the foam pieces and then sewed them to the top and pants. I used slack socks for the extra arms and stuffed them with newspaper. I sewed them to a wide piece of elastic that I added a Velcro fastener to so we can wrap it around his waist. I then attached fish line to them and sewed mitten clips to the other end to clip to his shirt so all arms would move the same way.
I made paper “claws” and glued them to an old pair of socks to slip over his shoes.
I had started this Homemade Gene Simmons Costume as a joke with black duct tape and silver painted googly eyes for studs, back in February. After the party, I decided to create the real thing with leather and studs. I used two sheets of vinyl fabric, many 8”X12” foam sheets, dozens of pop rivets, and lots of hot glue to make my creation come to life.
After finding a cheap plastic armor chest piece that I cut into shape, the costume really took off. Of course, it’s no where near any of Gene’s actual costumes, but it made me extremely popular at a Halloween party I attended, last week. It’s a fun, sturdy, comfortable costume, which garnered many positive compliments. I love this time of year!
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by Jack M.
(Arlington, WA, USA)
Homemade Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS Costumes
"You wanted the best and you got the best...the hottest band in the world...KISS!" My beautiful wife of nearly 20 years was the best sport in all this. She agreed to help me celebrate my favorite rock band of all time. So here you have it, Homemade Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS Costumes. Every part of both costumes were hand-made including the dragon boots. With most of the pieces and parts coming from eBay, Craigslist, local thrift stores and my garage (no joke).
Everything from the motocross and catcher's gear to the faux leather and coat platform boots, they were all adapted, changed, and manipulated with attention being paid to even the smallest details. Rock On!
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The Homemade KISS Demon Costume itself took about 7 days to be fully completed. First poster board is used to create the shape of the boots, chest and shoulder plates. Duct tape holds it all together.
Then several layers of papermache are applied ( allowing drying time between layers) to get the desired shape and detail. Painting gets a little tricky. First aluminum spray paint is applied and allowed to dry. Then black spray paint is applied and wiped off to create the desired effect. This had to be done several times.
The makeup took an hour and half to apply. Throw on a wig and spandex and the outfit is complete.
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