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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

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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.
padbravo11 months ago


mjdefrank11 months ago

How about a tutorial for the costume?

NathanSellers (author)  mjdefrank11 months ago
Done now. Go check out out.
NathanSellers (author)  mjdefrank11 months ago
Its coming. It is still in Draft form. should be done in the next couple weeks.
liserbell1011 months ago
Awesome, thanks! Great job, thanks for making this!
boras1 year ago

nice costume mate.My question is .. what have you done with back of your head ? did u kept it uncovered ?

NathanSellers (author)  boras11 months ago
I updated the 'ible with pictures of the back.
NathanSellers (author)  boras1 year ago

I don't have a picture of it, but there is another piece for the back that Velcros on.

liserbell1011 months ago
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?
NathanSellers (author)  liserbell1011 months ago
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.
BATMANluc1 year ago
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?
NathanSellers (author)  BATMANluc1 year ago
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.

dope! really great costume

I guess u can get a role to play in next batman series

:D that is really cool! I want to do a Batgirl cosplay, gathering ideas this helps a lot! :D :3

Subdood1 year ago
wow it turned out to be so realistic yet homemade!!! :)
great job! Looks awesome
aceammar1 year ago
nice jov
ahumphries1 year ago
Parenting done right !!!! Amazing family costumes
NathanSellers (author)  ahumphries1 year ago
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.
wrsexton1 year ago
That is just amazing! Way cool and worth your hard work.
NathanSellers (author)  wrsexton1 year ago
Thank you. It really turned out well.
Awesome costume! Did you make the armour too?
NathanSellers (author)  Infinitevortex1 year ago
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
dorkpirate1 year ago
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?