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Planning on being a pirate, and need a wooden leg but are attached to your own?
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Step 1: Overview

Costume: Pirate (Corporate Pirate in this case - I'll be wearing a suit and taking over other companies! Arrrgh!)

Objective: Create a wooden leg, because I currently don't have one but it would look good on a pirate. Amputation was out of the question because I needed it to heal and be usable in 2 days...so how was I going to make one?
Then I remembered a printing technique - lead letters were placed in the press, the ink was rolled onto them, and then the paper was rolled onto the ink. Eureka, I could do the same with fabric and make myself a wooden leg.

(Please note that this was originally written in Pirate, but I've translated it back into English so everyone can follow along.)

Step 2: Requirements

Picture of Requirements
A dark brown, long sleeved shirt (the victim)
Left over paint, beige
Other woodsy colours
A paint brush
A pool-noodle (foam pool toy), or other cylindrical object such as a roll of paper towels, etc.
Some tape
A wood graining tool
A board (primed) or plastic sign (mine was an old election sign)

Step 3: Prepare the victim

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I purchased a cheap, worn out shirt at the local Value Village, a thrift/second-hand store. It was dark brown because I remembered that we had some light beige wall paint at home. (If I'd had only dark paint, I probably would have picked up a beige shirt)
Chop the sleeve off the shirt.
Cut a piece of the cylinder to appropriate length to fit inside the sleeve. I used a foam pool-noodle, a pool toy.
Stretch the sleeve over each end until taught, using tape to assist if needed. This shirt had a small, stretchy cuff, so I only had to tape one end.
If you want, prepare the second sleeve in the same manner in case you a)don't like the way the first one turned out, or, b) want to use a second wooden leg, either on you or someone else.
UK_IN_US12 months ago

I'm going to try to use this technique to make a Lord Henry Baltimore costume this Halloween. Any ideas on how to incorporate the large rounded knee joint?

peanutgnome (author)  UK_IN_US12 months ago
Hmm, had to go look Lord Henry up as I wasn't familiar with him... cool knee!
The first thing that comes to mind is find a rubber/vinyl ball that is slighly larger than your knee, but not too large. when you cut it to fit your leg through, keep the piece you cut out and shape it to be the "wooden" part of the joint - I'd probably actually use fake wood fabric to cover it so it all looks like one piece.

Rubber/vinyl doesn't pain very well, so for the upper part, which looks like metal, you might want to make a whole fabric piece that looks like metal and cover the metal part of the knee joint with it too. The upper part also has some metal bumps (kind of looks like a Dalek...) and you could add those before spraying it with a metallic spray paint lightly.

How to hide the foot? Maybe disguise it with a vampire hand grabbing at the wooden leg?
The severed hand is actually a really good idea, thanks!
The knobs are nails, one for each family member of his killed...
UK_IN_US UK_IN_US12 months ago

The top of the leg is wood too

bowmaster6 years ago
Pi$$ off a ninja by dressing like a pirate and you won't need a fake wooden leg. I AM NINJA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
K-Sue6 years ago
How about a picture of someone actually wearing the leg?
Madrias3576 years ago
Then what you need after the wooden foot is a piece of wood under for sound. That way you get the heavy 'clunk!' on that step. Adds authenticity. I've done similar before.