December beard-off!

January 2012
Thanks to everyone who joined in the fun and shared their real and faux beards in the comments below! It was fun to see all the different variations and everyone who posted will be sent out a pack of Sugru! Here's the results of our in-house beard-off:

frenzy went for the Deron Williams fade
kazmataz had the classic milk-moustache 
mikeasaurus and StumpChunkman did mirrored MonkeyTail's 
lamedust went all out with the technicolour rainbow

Way to go everyone!

December, 2011
November saw many men grow moustaches in support of prostate cancer awareness. For December a few of us at the lab are going to keep the facial fur tradition alive and attempt a beard-off!

For the next few weeks we're tossing out the razors and documenting the madness! After, we'll sculpt them into weird designs and then post the results and let you decide who you think has the best/worst beard. This beard-off isn't just for the gentlemen either, the ladies of Instructables have also volunteered to participate with faux beards, knitted beards, or anything else!

We're starting with how we look now, then updating later in the month with how our beards are progressing, then how they look sculpted in a ridiculous way.
Here are the Instructables staff participating:
Participant  |
Start (December-Beginning)
|   Beardy  (December-End)   |
   Sculpted (January 2012)    

Members can join in the fun by posting pictures of their crazy beards in the comments below. Every member who posts a picture of their beard (real or fake) will be sent out a single Sugru pack and an Instructables sticker! Hurry, these things are itchy and are going to be shaved by January 2012!

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BLUEBLOBS24 years ago
Where I'm from, we call it Decembeard. Weird name, right?
demon_dog4 years ago
I totally wish I would of known about this. I have been pretty proud of the first beard I am growing this year.... Well maybe I can join the festivities in 2012
bmelton14 years ago
some challengers appear:
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almost ready for sculpting... fun fun!
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Nice gauges!
thanks! I make them from various woods, burn the designs, and finish them with all natural ingredients.. you can't see it in this pic, but these have a couple small copper bands around them as well, and they are tapers about 2" long..
That's awesome! I've been thinking about doing this myself but haven't tried it yet. My plugs are only #2 gauge so the small size of the work intimidates me a little.
I've made them as small as 8's, but I don't recommend that.. too small.. the diameters are really tricky to get right at that size..
you should sell those...people would pay!
let me know if you know anyone interested... private message me?..
I just realized.. how do I set up my address so the 'ibles people can send me my sticker and sugru?..
I'm curious about this as well.
The Rambler4 years ago
Anything I do looks faint in my blonde beard, but I gave myself some stripes!
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shadowfeet4 years ago
Here is my fake facial fuzz!! (and glasses)
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bbrown114 years ago
Did somebody say beard?
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Sweet...how do i get on board?
mikeasaurus (author)  sokamiwohali4 years ago
Grow, take pictures, post here, get free stuff.
cool, heres my pic!! i dont have a before pic so this is me now. sorry for the poor quality of the picture. the wife n i couldnt find our good camera so i had to take a pic with the good ol webcam.
ok...here i am with an update...my beard was 1/2" in the picture above...now its 1"
Here is my final pic of my beard. its now 1.5" its the longest i have ever grown my beard out. Sorry for the crappy picture. it was the best i could get.

May i request some sugru plz?
Yoshi cat4 years ago
Here is my cotton beard...
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This guy! One wonders if stormtroopers are allowed to grow beards?
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MaryT8M4 years ago
It's winter in Florida too, so time to grow the beard!
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Ez-Kabob4 years ago
I have created a fabulously colourful and patterned beard.
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VHIT17174 years ago
Classic Whip Cream beard, since you know i couldn't grow my own...
this was my mo-vember re-gression that took place november 1st!

it's slightly more like the first panel again now, thank god!
MomDuck4 years ago
I tried to grow a beard for almost the whole month of December. Nothing. So, my son made this for me.
ElvenChild4 years ago
I went for a light blue (I could not find the dark blue) beard with a duct tape like texture...
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jmitch774 years ago
Nothing too crazy...just a low pro sculpt.
I think I have a good base for sculpting, just not sure which direction to go
jimmyjam634 years ago
I hope this works as a good before and after!
Well, here we go, it took me all of 3 seconds to grown it

So i just post a picture and i automatically win stuff?
TheBaldFish4 years ago
Weak. I just trimmed it back. I knew I should have taken photos before I did. It was a beauty...
lemonie4 years ago
It's short.

You win!
sunshiine4 years ago
May I enter my son? He sent me his pic. By the way I appreciated seeing you guys post some things about who you are! I enjoyed reading about all of you. I am wondering if you all are having as much fun as the pictures show?
mikeasaurus (author)  sunshiine4 years ago
Of course you can enter your son's picture (provided you have his permission). We all totally have as much fun as the pictures show, possibly more.

Stay tuned, we have updated beard pictures coming soon!
Awesome! Now if I can figure out how to upload my little darlings face. I asked him to sign up for Instructables but knowing him . .  he will pass . . . but at least he honored his mom by allowing me to post his pretty little picture. He even sent me the shot taken from his phone.Thanks for making this fun!  AND I am wiggling and squiggling for Sugru! Sunshiine 
Awesome! Now if I can figure out how to upload my little darlings face. I asked him to sign up for Instructables but knowing him . .  he will pass . . . but at least he honored his mom by allowing me to post his pretty little picture. He even sent me the shot taken from his phone.Thanks for making this fun!  AND I am wiggling and squiggling for Sugru! Sunshiine 
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Hey Guys...

Here is mine beard...
Happy Holidays!

Sugru, Sugru!
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made from leather :3
With and without the beard. Forgive the white, they were crummily cropped.
A little scary but this lovely beard is homemade butterscotch cotton candy.

Can I request some blue Sugru please? :)

magno_234 years ago
i didn't knew about this, i just shaved today.
nnygamer4 years ago
I'm not shaving anything into my beard, it's cold here and I need the insulation!
pfred2 nnygamer4 years ago
You're smart!
pfred24 years ago
December is a terrible time to shave off a beard. Enjoy the extra insulation!
sunshiine4 years ago
This is going to be fun to keep track of. May the best beard win!
bmelton14 years ago
I'm in! pix to come.
I'm baaaack! I made the jump from Berkeley to Austin and have had instructables in the can, just waiting. You know how I do it, just telling you how to do something isn't good enough, it's got to inspire, inform and advertise success. If you want to help conspire my next few moves, drop me a line ahead of time and let's see how we can make instructables with a unique twist. Especially you, Instructables.com staff. Work with me. I don't follow the rules, I create them. johnnyallenshaw@hotmail.com
flyingpuppy4 years ago
Needing sugru! I swear I didn't shave the bling off my face all month!
popewill4 years ago
Boom! I went with the classic Amish beard. Why is it blue? I dunno.

Remember: Antifreeze + Hair = No-No
Baronrc4 years ago
Ha Ha Ha! born with testicles FTW! These are before and afters. Finger lickin' beard!
kazmataz4 years ago
It's hard to be worried when these fools are my competitors
That is fantastic. How did that not get sent around in an inner-office email?
Grissini4 years ago
Showing my love for this.  An 1800's style neck beard.  All the rage with the ladies.  They love the whiskers, plus a beard story that change the country.  Enjoy. 

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monsterlego4 years ago
this'll be sick.
Kiteman4 years ago
I spy a couple of long-shots.

(Extremely long shots)
Carleyy Kiteman4 years ago
Yah, I feel bad for bakunin and StumpChunkman. Kazmataz and I are intimidating opponents!
l8nite4 years ago
sorry but there is no way you can grow a beard in a FEW WEEKS, a ruff of facial hair perhaps but a real beard , like wine, takes years to mature
true true.. but i have a few ideas..
Im teasing of course... have fun
lol its ok.. cheap wine makers gotta eat too!
gdhenson4 years ago
This is one thing that I am actually pretty good at.
angelabchua4 years ago
I always miss the good stuff
Magic90004 years ago
Makavilletc4 years ago
would this work as a before?
thanks! does this mean im legit? :P
I think this may mean that you are too legit to quit.
wow. I am! how could u tell?!!
SHIFT!4 years ago
Does it have to be facial hair?
Double like.
KentsOkay4 years ago
I am inclined to show off my rakish face fur.