(Since I tend to get asked about selling the Shinigami, Rem and Ryuk have been sold. But hey, you can make your own!)

Everybody's favorite Shinigami.

Ryuk is a death god featured in the manga/anime/live-action-films called Death Note. Have no clue what I'm talking about? It's this guy right here! I based my costume mainly on an image from Takeshi Obata's Blanc et Noir (an art book by the artist of the Death Note manga. See previous link for the particular image I'm talking about).

This costume is made up of a long leather shirt, leather pants, leather boots, a pleather-and-leather belt, leather belt bag, leather notebook, 3 resin rings, 2 bracelets, earring, "arm skull", buckle, belt end, chain connector, pen, belt and notebook cross, shrink-plastic chain, staples and teeth, latex mask, resin eyes, "painted" and styled wig, and a whole lot of feathers. Everything was either made or heavily altered, including the boots.

The leather outfit was made of over 80 pieces of leather patch-worked together. I used an old ill-fitting trenchcoat, bought a few coats from Value Village and was given an old pair of pants from my brother in law. I took them all *completely* apart, so I was left with (mainly) rectangular pieces of leather. Individual pieces were drafted and cut out, given texture with a wood-burning tool and sewn to other pieces. Zippers, grommets, studs and cords adorned the pieces, along with kneepads and a spine (both of which were formed by soaking leather in water and leaving them around light bulbs and an ice cube tray). For the feather epaulettes, I pulled the tips of the feathers through fabric and dabbed a bit of hot glue on them to hold them in place. This feather-adorned fabric was sewing to giant shoulder-pads I had made (that were later sewn onto the shirt). There are over 350 feathers. I lost count.

I made a new head/upper-torso armature to sculpt on. Apparently I can no longer sit still, so when my husband was putting plaster of paris bandages on my back, then front, I kept jerking my head back, so the mold came out a little wonky. It was "good enough" for my purposes, so I cast a wonky copy of myself out of cement. I sculpted Ryuk's head over my armature using sulfur-free oil-based clay. I made a two-piece Ultra Cal 30 mold of the sculpt, then cast a latex positive. The mask was painted with acrylic paints mixed with a latex paint base.  The wig was "painted" black and glued to the mask. The eyes were made by cutting two ping-pong balls in half and pouring resin into the halves. The middle of the eyes were drilled out, then the entire inside of the eyeballs were dremelled down so the pupils would fit inside them. The pupils were from broken sunglasses that I cut and dremelled down to a circle-ish shape. You could see quite clearly out of them - when they didn't fog up. Almost the various accessories (belt parts, rings) were also sculpted out of clay, then cast in either resin or latex. For a complete step-by-step on how I make my latex/resin masks, please take a look at my Terminator and Donnie Darko instructables (for those curious about resin casting) and my Asari Headpiece and Princess Leia Bikini (if you want to know more about latex casting).

This costume would not have been possible without all the Ryuk cosplayers out there; I looked at many-a-photo before I even started mine, and was delighted to see a enthusiastic crowd of people making this costume. On cosplay.com, QueenToast, SuzzyToast and fly_aguilera have some of the best Ryuks I have ever seen. Ryuk could also not have been done without the help of my husband, who helped bandaged me up in plaster-of-paris, and who helped/was *needed* to help get me into costume. Thanks to Marmbo/Clint Hay for some of the photographs. And thanks to my friend Rachel; it took three of us to transport cement back and forth between locations to make my new head armature!

The entire costume took over 2 solid months to make. I'm still recovering.
<p>Hi there! I just wanted to say a huge thank you for posting all the details of your cosplay process. After falling in love with your cosplay a few years ago I was utterly inspired and decided to follow in your foot steps. I finished my cosplay this week and it was 90% thanks to this instructables post, haha. I absolutely love my cosplay and would just like to thank you so much for sharing all your wisdom and making my dream a reality.</p>
This looks bloody fantastic!!! Great job on it's construction :D
<p>Hey! I'm super impressed by your cosplay ^^. I'd like to make my own but I don't clearly see how you made the actual costume, I've understood how to make the mask but I don't really know how to do it. </p><p>For example: The leather pants is also made with several pieces of leather or is it a basic leather pants? </p><p>What about the leather shirt? Several pieces or a leather shirt with several pieces on it?</p><p>I'd be really glade if you answer me thanks ;) You rock!</p>
I know there's a lot there, but my description does go over how things were made and provides links to related tutorials (like mask-making) so give all that a solid read-through. If you're still scratching your head after that, message me and I shall try to help.
Thank you so much and I hope I may contact you if I have further questions again Thank you very much<br>
If you can privately message me when ever you get a chance I would like to know if you would be willing to make another one and how much it would cost, I would just be interested in body suit, not the head piece, I love your work and how you made this it's incredible, I'm just not skilled in this art lol
Alas, I have no time to commit to making another suit! You can make one with just a little bit of sewing knowledge (you're essentially sewing patches together/onto clothing) but it takes *a lot* of time to do everything involved (supply run, cutting patches, designing patch elements, sewing patches, etc). Sorry.
Hey tatterhood i am really intrested in making this costume yp the details are kind of vague like on what wlyou used to make the designs and the materials you used to make the head i really hope you can PM me the details asap thank you<br>
<p>&quot;I sculpted Ryuk's head over my armature using sulfur-free oil-based <br>clay. I made a two-piece Ultra Cal 30 mold of the sculpt, then cast a <br>latex positive...&quot; and so on. If you read the full description above it states what I used for the head. I also talk about using leather for the suit and using a wood-burning tool on it (the pics I feel do a decent job of showing the designs I did - a lot of dots and swirls). </p><p>My other instructables (Terminator, Frank the Bunnie, Princess Leia and Asari) go over how to make a <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-An-Asari-Latex-Headpiece/#step0" rel="nofollow">mold of your head, scuplting masks, making molds of your sculpt and casting a final piece in latex.</a></p>
Of course I understand! I'm sure YouTube can help with sewing skills, anyway it was worth a shot, but thanks again for putting this istrucatble up! You have a cool talent! And maybe I can make this myself before Halloween that's the hope at least!
<p>Hi, how do I PM you? Id be interested in buying just the mask/head part of this costume if you'd be willing to sell it.</p>
i want it~does it fits me?i'm like 153cm tall and i dunno my friends call me bones.
<p>I dunno, that's like 5'1&quot;</p>
<p>I'm interested in knowing if you'd be willing to sell a Ryuk costume</p>
<p>I'm not making any additional Ryuk costumes or masks, but I wouldn't <br>mind selling my current Ryuk. However it's probably not going to fit <br>most people - it was made for an xxs 5'11&quot; woman. If that describes you and you're still interested, <br> PM me about it :)</p>
can i? i'm 153 cm does it fit?
It's amazing how accurate it is to the anime. I just started watching it and Ryuk is already my favorite character! I would like to know how to make the latex mask, that's the best part of all this!
That's hella amazing hella love it
<p>Can I order a Costume of Ryuk ? I'm very interested. My Email adress: fkumpusch@gmail.com</p>
<p>Sorry! This slipped off of my radar until now.</p><p>I'm not making any additional Ryuk costumes or masks, but I wouldn't <br>mind selling my current Ryuk. However it's probably not going to fit <br>most people - it was made for an xxs 5'11&quot; woman. If that describes you and you're still interested, <br> PM me about it :)</p>
<p>I'm interested in knowing if you'd be willing to sell a Ryuk costume</p>
<p>What kind of wig did you use? I'm currently in the process of making a Ryuk cosplay and I'm making the mask out of paper mache then just going to paint my neck and chest the same color as the mask. </p>
<p>This is the wig I got </p><p><a href="http://www.maxwigs.com/troll-at6028-widows-peak-by-lacey-costume-costume-wigs-p6141.html" rel="nofollow">http://www.maxwigs.com/troll-at6028-widows-peak-by...</a></p><p>I styled it and (gasp) spray painted it black (which worked for Ryuk, but I don't recommend doing that for any other character!)</p>
Absolutely fantastic work!
<p>Hi,</p><p>How do you mold the latex mask? Do you cast the front and then the back or both at the same time?</p>
<p>I made the ultracal mold of the front, then (with the front mold still <br>on) made the mold of the back. After the pieces have cured, the clay is <br> cleaned out from the two mold sections, then they are put together. I <br>then cast the latex mask by pouring slush latex into the mold.</p>
<p>This is amazing!</p>
That head must creep you out at night!
<p>WOW! Amazing! :D </p><p>I don't know any words to fully express my envy/coveting of this costume! (and your artistry) :D</p><p>Excited squeal maybe? EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKK!</p>
hi<br>Have a question: 'How long did it take you for the cosplay?
<p>I spent over two months working on it (but not full-time!)</p>
How much clay / plaster / latex did you need to complete this look?
It's a little hard to say, as I buy a lot of my supplies in &quot;bulk&quot;, so I'm bad at keeping track of it! For the clay, I'd say I used about 9 pounds of plastercine. For the latex, about a pint.
Best.. Costume.. Ever!
wow that was amazing to read! youre aswome!
Marvelous. Amazing job
This is actually really scary. Awesome work
Wow...jaw dropping. Apple time.
This is the best Ryuk costume I wil see in all my life TTuTT <br>It's so perfect and it has all the details. <br>You should wear it at a con.
damnit. i must admit. i am so fracking impressed on this DIY costume more than you can imagine. I love the comics and dvds with Ryuk. damn great job. KUDOS indeed. and i hate myself for not being skinny enough for this outfit. hehe
I keep coming back to this one just to admire it again. Best. Costume. Ever.
They should have put YOU in the live-action movies! Lol a lot better than that CG nonsense
Amazing build!
Very awesome! Nice job!
Wow..perfect! The detail and time you must of put in. To do Ryuk, Face Off couldn't even match this. Phenomenal!
Hey there! Your Ryuk cosplay is nothing less than perfect, it looks SO good. Such dedication and attention to detail is phenomenal. I really hope to make a Ryuk cosplay as well soon and hopefully try to copy some of your methods (but i am a super noob.) I was wondering how long it takes for clay to dry? and if you have to sculpt all in one day? also do you have to use a kiln? but yeah, great cosplay &lt;3
The clay doesn't dry - it's sulfur-free oil-based clay aka plasticine! The mask isn't made out of clay, so no kiln needed. I sculpted what I wanted the mask to look like, then made a mold of it, then casted the final mask in latex. Take a look at my other (more in-depth) tutorials to learn more about this process!

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