While watching TV I saw the famous Geico Caveman commercial. I thought to myself what a great Halloween costume idea, so I went to work and took some pics along the way. Hope you enjoy and hopefully this Halloween there will be a bunch of caveman walking the streets!!! Total project cost was about $30.00 excluding some stuff I already had, and it took about two days to complete.
Step 1: What you will need
Step 2: Make a lifecast
First put a bald cap on so it covers your hair.
Second apply the petroleum jelly to all facial hair like eyebrows, eyelashes etc.
Third mix alginate and apply over face and let dry (it will turn rubbery) put straws in nose so you can breath.
Fourth wet plaster bandages and apply over dry alginate and let harden.
Fifth, wiggle your face to loosen alginate, pull off alginate and plaster bandages together, the plaster bandages keeps the shape of your face. This is a negative of your face.
Lastly mix and pour plaster into the negative, let dry and then you will have a positive of your face!!
Step 3: Lets sculpt a CAVEMAN!!
I found pics online and used them as a reference, my plan was to sculpt one part at a time starting with the forehead and brows then work down. Even though I have a big nose already, I made it wider so it looks different and made some protruding cheekbones to help with the Neanderthal look.
Step 4: Add some detail and texture
Step 5: Cast the sculpture and adding latex
The second pic shows the inside of the casting even though it looks like the positive its actually a negative. It looks wet because it is, I added the liquid latex in multiple layers so it gets thick. The last pic is when it is almost dry. I left it over night just to be sure it fully cured. END OF DAY ONE
Step 6: Test fitting and trimming
Step 7: Its Beard Time
So now we make the beard. The beard hair is the same hair as the wig. I bought a "religious" wig which had hair past my shoulders, so I cut it and put in some gel to make it look wet.
I applied a thin layer of liquid latex where the beard was going to go, then used the leftover hair and applied small bunches starting from the lower chin and adding layers on top, using latex to make it stick. I later added the mustache and trimmed the whole thing. This took about 3 1/2 hours to do.