For the past three years I have been building my own Halloween costumes. The first year, I came across the website www.405th.com and built a Master Chief costume. The next year, I came across the website www.therpf.com and built an Iron Man costume. With two years of costuming experience, I wanted to do something different than the pepakura builds I had done.
So one day, I was talking to a friend trying to figure out what I should try to build next. We bounced a couple ideas back and forth then he said, “what about a turtle from TMNT?”. That idea stuck with me for a few days and I decided I would go for it.
First thing I did was to buy the TMNT dvd set. I watched all the movies to refresh my childhood memories of the amazing films. Then I decided which character best fit my personality, of which was Mikey. So I had it figured out, I wanted to build a Mikey costume but had no clue how to go about it.
I did some research and figured the best approach would be to sculpt the entire costume. Even though I had no experience at sculpting, I wanted something challenging. My first sculpts were laughable. But with the encouraging help from members at the Replica Prop Forum, I was able to hone in on my sculpting and the improvements speak for themselves. The RPF also lead me to a great friend who helped me complete this build, thank you Jacob! Paint and professional photos by Jacob King.
The following instructions are a brief description of how I went about build this costume. There are many other ways and different materials that can be used. The hope is these instructions will inspire others to try something new. For me it was sculpting, and now I love it!
Step 1: Materials
Most of the products used were from Smooth-on. Great quality products.
Alja-Safe® Skin Safe Crystalline-Silica Free Alginate
Plaster of Paris
Chavant NSP Soft
EM-217 (WED) Clay
Ease Release 200
Ease Release 200
Dragon Skin 10 fast
Ease Release 2831
Flex-foam it V