One of my favorite creations that came out of the big Halloween stores was the latex creations. Life sized, hard to store, easily broken down and darned near impossible to fix as well as being crazy expensive!
When my husband found this baby in a garage sale, I climbed out of my skin with the giggles! He said, "I don't know, it's really beat up, the arm is falling off, the wings are brittle and torn. I don't think it's worth it."
I could barely contain myself, "I can fix it! I can fix it!" This poor little devil was one hot mess!! Picture to the left shows mid process.
We brought our falling apart latex devil guy home. I have a theater background, and have some experience with latex, but not a HUGE amount, as in I don't belong on "face-off" making a cowl or what ever that is they're always talking about, but I can old age and scar people up pretty well.
As life would have it, I went to the dentist, making conversation, I explained what I was doing and asked if he had any old gauze he wasn't going to need. They had, in fact an old order of a wrong size they couldn't do anything with and offered it up! SWEET!! (I have the best dentist!) I was able to soak the gauze in the latex after washing it with a dawn water solution to remove grease and yuck buildup. (Yes, that dries it out just a little more but not enough to cause more damage than what was already there.) After leaving that to dry for a couple of days, carefully checking to make sure the edges stayed down, two more layers of just latex are added to smooth the gauze texture into the skin. Leave it to dry.
For painting him, I used real latex paint, NOT craft paint. The latex paint bonds with the latex that was put down as part of his new-ish skin. It is also thicker and will fill in many of the gauze holes that may have gotten missed in the previous steps. Latex paint dries a little darker than what it looks like, so for a situation like this, you may want to work light to dark, rather than like in an actual painting where they teach you to paint dark to light. (Which I never got the hang of and still paint light to dark.)
When I was done with the whole thing, I did a black wash over the whole thing that allowed the thin black paint to settle in the texture of the latex creature that was already in the mold, so I didn't have to detail a lot of the body.
One of our favorite things to do is go to garage sales. This poor guy was one hot mess. It took about a week, but I think he came out ok.
We love these because they are easy to make, easy to store and they look wonderful the whole we have them up!!
Love these foam pillars! They do need to be steaked down if you live in a windy place, but they are great in our grave yard.
Our foam tomb stones are hand carved, covered in monster mud, and have lasted so far for many years. I can't wait to make more!
So, our Facebook Cosplay Moderator Tim, figured out how to do this one while we were working on another project. So we added this as well, he is every bit a part of this fun as we are!
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