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Remember Jim Henson's classic film, Labyrinth, starring David Bowie? 

Who wouldn't want their very own friend Ludo?

In the movie the furry giant is played by the incredible Ron Mueck but this Halloween I decided the role would be best performed by my boyfriend.



*for more info on me, my costumes and my other crafts, check out my blog, http://modmischief.blogspot.com/
 
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Step 1: What you'll need

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If you too would like a Ludo, here's what you'll need:

-a victim, er, I mean a volunteer

materials for the mask:
-plaster cloth, we used Rigid Wrap
-Vaseline
-an old tuque (I believe the Americans call them beanies, but any tight fitting hat would do)
-duct tape
-modeling clay, make sure it's the kind that can air dry, we used DAS
-one wire coat hanger
-masking tape
-cardboard
-toilet paper tubes
-paper towel
-newspaper
-white glue
-make-up sponges
-elastic
-metal rings, ours were from a broken purse but you could use key chain rings
-spray paint, we used Valspar Suede
-acrylic paint
-fun/fake fur, you'll need less than a meter for the head

materials for the body:
-fun/fake fur, about 4 meters
-an unwanted jacket
-a pair of pants to trace
-upholstery foam, we bought 2 packs of 4 seat cushions
-bamboo stakes, the kind they sell for gardening
-knock-off Hulk hands
-fabric to use for suspenders, we used an old pair of pants
-duct tape
-spray paint, the same as you use on the mask

materials for the feet:
-an old pair of shoes
-Hobbit feet
-fun/fake fur

necessary tools:
-scissors
-sewing machine
-glue gun with a big bag of glue sticks
-paint brushes
-saw or other way to cut bamboo

optional:
-Styrofoam head, the kind they use to display wigs (not necessary but helpful when you're working on the mask)
-hairdryer
-6'4" boyfriend

Step 2: Make the base for the mask

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Get your volunteer to tie back his hair (he's wearing his Burning Man bandanna) and grease up his face with Vaseline.

Cut the plaster cloth into strips and triangles.

Following the package directions, dip the pieces in water and apply the plaster to your volunteer's face.

We used a hair dryer to dry it faster and then threw the mask in the microwave.

nahk4 days ago

this is totally going to be my Halloween costume for next year I better get started on it lol...

LOVE THIS!! Paired with a Sarah it would make such the awesome couples costume! Now... if only I could convince my boyfriend..
Stefernie2 years ago
Thanks so much for sharing this amazing costume! I followed your instructable this Halloween for a group labyrinth costume where my best friend's 5 year old son was the Goblin King! Thanks so much for helping to make us the belle of the ball!
http://flic.kr/p/dqAvZg
ModMischief (author)  Stefernie2 years ago
Wow, all 3 of you look great! Thanks for sharing the picture
eulaliaaaa!4 years ago
I want to throw someone into the swamp of everlasting stench!
MOVIE QUOTE NATZI: "Bog of Eternal Stench!"
Meh.
Smells bad!
Nasubi774 years ago
This is freakin' awesome...no other way to put it. My daughter (9yo) wants to be Aughra and after telling her that it was not possible, now I have some ideas and next year, my daughter WILL have an Aughra costume.
jewleeah4 years ago
LUUUUDDOOOOO
the streek4 years ago
awesome job on the Ludo!  I especially like the arm extensions.  Since you must like Jim Hensons work, Check out my Skeksis from Dark Crystal Costume:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Dark-Crystal-Skeksis-Costume/

karossii5 years ago
looks amazing... except... (I hate to say anything negative, since it is such a great job, but)...

Ludo had RED fur, not light tan/brown!!!


ModMischief (author)  karossii5 years ago
I'm going to have to blame the colour on the poor quality of my camera.

The long fur on the mask especially is much more of a rust colour in person (very similar to the fun fur used in the stuffed toy Ludo).

I don't think Ludo was red but he definitely had an orangier tint to his fur.
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sarahfish5 years ago
 yes!  I was leaving a comment on your mermaid inst. about the ludo in the picture, I'm so happy this is here!
WOW! ...this is great.
{tauney}5 years ago
I mostly just remember David Bowie's crotch bulge....but really, who could forget that?
Clayton H.5 years ago
ensoarts5 years ago
Great mask, and definitely a lot easier to get around in than the original where the opporators head was in ludo's shoulder.
Great Job!
Kaelessin5 years ago
brilliantly done! that mask is spot on!
I love that movie (and your ible.) Smell!
Sykomonkey5 years ago

You could probably also use the craft foam they sell in thin sheets.
 

 

ModMischief (author)  Sykomonkey5 years ago
Definitely.
We happened to have the cosmetic sponges on hand but anything soft and spongy would work.
rolandblais5 years ago
Excellent costume, great instructable. Thanks!
Friend?
 
Dubbsy5 years ago
Duckpin bowling!
awoodcarver5 years ago
Very Nice !!!!! stay away from the Bog of Stench
thepelton5 years ago
Thumbs up from ThePelton as well!
emmerich455 years ago
awesome!! and one of my favorite movies too :)
Great work! I love all the detail put into the mask! :D
jeff-o5 years ago
That looks fantastic!  One of my favourite childhood movies, too.  :)