I've been wanting to make a Batman costume for some time now, and as Halloween approached it gave me a good excuse to dress up as the caped crusader. I made a full costume with armor and ordered a latex cowl hoping to save some time. Well, the cowl arrived and I hated it, so I decided to make my own. Here is the process I went through:

Materials needed:
- Plaster Strips
- DAP Modeling Clay (air dry)
- Cardboard (from a cereal box)
- Sandpaper
- Plasticoat Spray
- Black Spray Paint
- Velcro Strips
- Heavy duty fabric glue

Step 1: Plaster Strip Your Head

This is the part where you get dirty. It's actually fairly easy though. Get a swim cap to cover your hair (plaster + hair = bad) and then apply Vaseline to areas you will be applying the plaster strips. Then just start laying them on. You want to make sure you get the general shape of the mask set up. I made sure not to go under my jaw as that would make it difficult to open my mouth and to get the mask off.

Also, as I made my cowl in 2 parts, don't cover the back of your head either or you won't be getting that bad boy off at all. You will need to do a minimum of 3 layers of strips.
one more question. do the strips stick to your face ( I have never used them before )
They do, that is why you have to put the petroleum jelly on your face first.
I started looking thinking this would turn out looking stupid but this is the coolest think on earth great job
Thank you. it was definitely fun to make.
<p>How about a tutorial for the costume?</p>
Done now. Go check out out.
Its coming. It is still in Draft form. should be done in the next couple weeks.
Awesome, thanks! Great job, thanks for making this!
<p>nice costume mate.My question is .. what have you done with back of your head ? did u kept it uncovered ?</p>
I updated the 'ible with pictures of the back.
<p>I don't have a picture of it, but there is another piece for the back that Velcros on. </p>
Silly question! Did you have to wait for the plaster strips to dry on your face before removing? How long does it take to dry?
You don't have to wait for it to be completely dry. It just needs to be hard. This only takes about 20 min tops. It does need to be dry before you add the clay though.
How long did it take to make it? Also how many times did you try to make it before you believe you got it right?
I probably spent 10 to 15 hours on it. I had to make a few adjustments during the process. getting the ears right was the hardest part. This was my first attempt though.
<p>dope! really great costume</p>
I guess u can get a role to play in next batman series
<p>:D that is really cool! I want to do a Batgirl cosplay, gathering ideas this helps a lot! :D :3</p>
wow it turned out to be so realistic yet homemade!!! :)
great job! Looks awesome
nice jov
Parenting done right !!!! Amazing family costumes
Thanks... My 6 year old was totally geeking out when he saw the whole costume for the first time. Halloween will never be the same.
That is just amazing! Way cool and worth your hard work.
Thank you. It really turned out well.
<strong><em>Awesome</em></strong> costume! Did you make the armour too?
I did. The armor part took WAY longer. I will probably do the instructable on that in the next couple months, so keep an eye out for it. Thanks for the comment.
looks like loads of fun
Nice job
wow nice job! you should make an instructables with the body too!
Every single costume looks great. What about was the cost of materials for the cowl?

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