Step 5: Plastering and Finishing Pieces

Once the skeleton/frame pieces were done, they were ready for plaster. I cut the plaster strips into various lengths, and then dipped them in water, and added them on. I would normally double-layer a statue like this, but due to the size I needed to conserve where I could. The legs, however, did get double-layered for added strength.

To smooth it all out, after putting the strips on, I took some plaster (of Paris) and mixed it with water to a milky consistency. I could then paint this on top of the surface to cover any small holes that the strips had, smoothing out the surface. To make the surface shiny and glossy (like the Queen needed to be), I took some Mod Podge and mixed it with a little bit of water and painted a layer of that over the top. And after that, I even sprayed some clear lacquer on top for added strength and shine.

Painting was easy enough. Lots of black, which could usually be found for $1 a can. Which was a good thing, because it took 12 cans to cover the whole thing. After that, a few highlights of yellow on the neck and shoulder areas, and then highlights with blue on raised areas. Those blue highlights help a lot as to how well it photographs.

Nice work! Love to see other sculptors' work. Thanks for sharing!
&quot;The <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/" rel="nofollow">Prometheus</a> has landed.&quot; =D&nbsp;
Super effort mate, those both combined rock!!
Man, do i feel stupid. Saw all your youtube videos and love them. Then here on instructables, i thought this and the powerloader instructables would just be a link to the youtube video like, the Davy Jones costume. Now i noticed they are full length instructables. Keep going!<br>Greetings from sweden :)
I saw this on youtube now I am beginning to work on a warrior alien the same way
I'm so glad I watched your video. Amazing work. Again.<br />
Have you thought of making the support a man who is holding back the alien, trying to keep from being eaten alive?
For future reference, I've found that hot glue will dry transparent if it cools rapidly. You can even make it as clear as glass if you rub an ice cube over it while it is still hot! This trick might open up a few more options for other projects in your future.
I tried this and it actually works quite well. I couldn't get mine to be clear as glass but they definitly turned out pretty awesome.
I suppose the glue sticks, themselves, could be limiting just how transparent they can be. I've seen a few different brands of glue sticks and they seem to vary slightly in how clear they are as sticks. *shrugs* That's just a guess though.
I love this project. It has inspired me to do my own creation. I'll take some pictures of the process...eyes are done and the frame aka bones.
This is excellent. Between this and the powerloader, you should be able to recreate the final battle in Aliens anytime. Maybe your next project should be a ripped in half Bishop.<br><br>Too bad you didn't have a way to make her outside. The queen looks like she wants to stretch her legs!
I think you just won the Halloween contest. Great job, it looks freaking amazing!! gives me ideas for making my own models:D
Ha, I was thinking the same thing! Someone's getting his ducks in a row for the upcoming contest...
Could you post slideshows or instructables on all your past projects/halloween costumes? I would really like to see some of the things you've done, especially the Velociraptor.
it looks like its using a walker lol
That is just... <em>wow!</em>.<br> <br> Just one thing lets it down, IMO. That scaffolding tower under its neck.<br> <br> Wouldn't thin wires to the ceiling be better (ie less visible)?&nbsp; Or maybe raise the claws (of the next one you make!) so they hold on to the ceiling somehow...?<br> <br> That's a minor quibble, though, and doesn't get in the way of its awesomositiness.
I have been thinking about using rope or something to be able to suspend it next time I set it up. Hopefully it works out. It would take up less space that way, and yeah, be less of an eyesore.
this is Awesome! love it and the powerloader. would look really cool if you found a permanent place for it and either ran suspension cables or maybe used spiked chain like in AVP.

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