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I live. I die. I live again!

For this Halloween, I became Mad Max as a blood bag for my 3-year-old war-boy son. We chained ourselves together, painted his face, created an Immortan Joe skull steering wheel, and sprayed our faces with silver spray paint. His nearly-translucent blonde hair helped complete the war boy costume without actually requiring shaving his head.

Since I'm a good parent, I'm running the experiment of feeding my children only the highest quality food, but letting them view the same media I like. (Results available in several years.) Mad Max Fury Road is their current favorite. 6-year-old big sister chose Furiosa (Instructable coming soon), and Nux was the 3-year-old's first choice. In our household, "To Valhalla!' is a common battle cry before they both jump on me.

Step 1: Overall Costume by Parts

The costume had several primary components. Some of the gear was recommended by Mad Max Costumes.

I threaded the tubing through the plastic chain, filled it with water dyed red with food coloring, and sealed the ends with a bolt and epoxy. To attach the chain to my neck, I sewed on a black piece of webbing and a buckle. To attach to the other end my war boy's wrist, I sewed on a black strap from an old shoe.

I spray painted the foam torus black, the plastic skeleton silver, and hot glued them together into a steering wheel. (The epoxy I used for sealing the tubing didn't adhere well to the silver-sprayed parts.)

Step 2: Carry War Boy on Shoulders

My war boy was really taken by the image of Nux being carried by Max on his shoulders. For him, being carried became an integral part of the costume. Bonus - it keeps him out of trouble, and allows us to move fast.

Step 3: Witness Me!

Witness me spray silver paint all over my face!

I covered the war boy's eyes and nose and carefully sprayed his face. After getting his face painted, he thought this finishing touch was unremarkable, but spraying his mouth while he sat on my shoulders would have been nearly impossible. I decided to break character and spray my own face, which was the coup de grace that won us "scariest costume" at the Autodesk/Instructables Halloween party (tied with this Furiosa).

<p>Awesome job. That looks amazing</p>
<p>Dude, this is awesome. Well done.</p>
I must remember you that the chain is in the back of the head
<p>I love how you became an acessory of the costume!</p>
<p>Oh my god this is super cute!!! :D</p>
<p>Add this to my list of reasons to become a father</p>
is it safe to do silver spray paint on your mouth like that?
the picture shows that it is edible spray paint.
<p>This is awesome! I've seen this floating around the internet for the last few days, didn't realize it was our own ewilhlem!</p>
<p>SO GOOD. I love it. You just won Halloween.</p>
<p>So so fun!!! Thanks for the ideas.</p>
<p>&quot;I live. I die. I live again!&quot;</p><p>google translate<em>: Instructables. Autodesk. Instructables!</em></p>
<p>Great! Really nice</p>
<p>Great! Really nice</p>
<p>aaaaaw this is so....cute I guess...! I really appreciate when fathers do things like this with their kids..! got my vote </p>
<p>you got my vote</p>
<p>great job...looks like you really put time and imagination into this creations</p>
<p>What a lovely day!</p>

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Bio: Eric J. Wilhelm is the founder of Instructables. He has a Ph.D. from MIT in Mechanical Engineering. Eric believes in making technology accessible through ... More »
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