Once you are familiar with both things, please read on:
The instructable is my entry into the 2011 Halloween contest. I wanted to make a simple yet cool costume that most people would "get", at least at a superficial level ("oh, cool, you're a mad scientist!"), but would be awesome for anyone familiar with either Steampunk or Dr. Horrible.
The idea is to go as an alternate-history version of Neil Patrick Harris' character, with an alternate version of how his relationship with Felicia Day's character pans out. In this version, when Penelope was wounded fatally by Admiral Malleus, Dr. Ominous knew that the only way to save the woman he loved was to infect her with serum extracted from specimens of the undead outbreak of 1782, in the hopes of one day curing her zombification and be reunited in true love. Whether that happens, is still to be seen.
My costume consists of:
- Steampunk-styled goggles
- Steampunk-styled Prosthetic (left) Hand
- Store-bought tunic / "leather" chest covering
- Store-bought "leather" gauntlet (right)
- Leather boots
- Various straps from old costumes
My girlfriend's costume consists of (shown here):
- Black evening gown
- Hand-made bustle skirt
- Waist cincher with "steampunk-inpisired" embellishments
- Hand-crocheted hat
- Store-bought lacy gloves
Step 1: The goggles! They do nothing!
I first removed the hard plastic (black) bits from the soft plastic (green) bits.
Don't forget to remove the ventilator pieces (x4).
Unscrewed the lenses from the inside, there's a ring that holds them in.
I used some sandpaper to roughen up all the surfaces, so the paint sticks better and gives it a nice weathered texture.
I sprayed the green soft bits with Black Krylon Fusion, which sticks to plastic well.
The other hard plastic bits were sprayed with Copper Krylon Fusion, which gave it a nice finish.
Wait. Really. Wait until it's completely dry
After everything dried, the black was drybrushed with some metallic bronze paint.
Cut out some fake leather and put it on the back to detract from the modern-elastic-strap look.