This year's theme for Halloween was super heroes, so around the beginning of October I set out to design a Wolverine costume. The outfit is based on the X-Men movies, because it's a lot easier to look cool in black leather than yellow spandex. The claws I based on the comic books, with thin claw-like blades coming out of studs on the backs of my hands rather than knives coming out from between my knuckles as they did in the movies. That was both because I like the more animal look of the original and because it made it a lot easier to make the claws retractable.

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Step one: start growing a beard. Depending on how hairy you are, you'll want to leave anywhere from a month to 14 years to do this step. It can't hurt to start putting on muscles at this point too, but I find I grow hair a lot faster than I grow muscle.
<p>great idea!</p>
<p>this is awesome!</p>
<p>hey great post man !If your gonna put down a well put together idea, at least hide the umm.. things? you made. Cmon, you should be more disappointed with what you made yourself instead. thanks for share !</p><p>i wanna some tips share about a beard : https://damnhair.com/category/beards-styles/</p>
<p>btw i'm the biggest wolverine fan ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>can you make one and mail it to me?</p>
<p>I LOVE that it's not a computer-based set of claws!!! Awesome work, and great look! </p>
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you look like Hodges from the TV series Bones
<p>awesome replica</p>
My friend you really look like Wolverine :D
A good way to make you hair stay in an unnatural configuration is to use hairspray coupled with a blow dryer. Go slowly, one section at a time.
you should have made a willy wonka suit... you look more like gene wilder haha
only intiresting thing i see is those claws....
are you kidding???&nbsp;Maybe you should actually LOOK at the rest of it too: this is a brillo instructable!!&nbsp;He looks very Hugh Jackman-as-Wolverine-esque. It's pretty damn hot!<br /> <br /> The claws are awesome in their own right, yes - but the rest of the costume takes them from &quot;interesting&quot; to plain AWESOME.<br /> <br /> Kudos, Bug!! :)<br />
If your gonna put down a well put together idea, at least hide the umm.. things? you made. Cmon, you should be more disappointed with what you made yourself instead. Good job Bug!, looks great
What do you mean by &quot;um&quot; things?
Ther like brothers!!!!!
i literally LOLed when i read this first step xDD<br />
wow you actually look alot like him to begin with<br /><br />nice work!
Oh so cool man,I was going to buy a costume but once i found this i decided i would just make it
great instructable. well done and laid out.
i'm trying to combine different, yet somewhat simular things to make a new costume. i'm looking some kind of glove right now.
wow great job. my brother made some out of foam board and a leather glove. didn't retract though.
sweet wolverine coppied ur style man u didnt copy his
You look similar to wolverine and did a nice work.Good instructable
are you that guy from "bones"
also some moded vamp teeth would improve it he has curiously sharp teeth
my uncle used copper for claws an painted it silver
Awesome! Just one thing missing... MAKE A ANGRY FACE! xD
"...and I already owned the leather pants." ... No comment.
Now for someone to do a Mystique costume. ;')
nice and u can add a detail ... the cigar hehe details make the difference ;)
I thought about that, but decided it would be too much of a pain to carry around. (Besides, they taste <em>nasty</em> :). But you're right, details do make the difference.<br/>
Very nicely done, Dr. Bug! Man... I should find an excuse to make it out to the Bay Area for some Halloween sometime!
Very cool. But needs something instead of dowels which don't look quite sntichy enough (;
wow thats really good! and i don't care about automatic claws, i think this ones work great! thank you very much! :)
could you try to make the claws automated so come out by a button or fist clench
you, my friend, are hairy. sweet beard though.
If you're willing to go the extra mile for an effective look, pomade is the way to go. Murray's(the cheapest:yet very effective) will get you there:WARNING it's nearly impossible to get all pomade out in a single night or even week sometimes. You can get pomades that are water/soap washable but most of them don't hold as well.
Some one should do an Assassin's creed retractable dagger/blade
You should make the claws with switchblade mechanisms... that would be way cool. otherwise though, great instructable! 5/5.
Nice work, maybe ill put up an instractable for my beast costume i did a year or so back, cost less than £20! that said i was picking blue fluff out of my dreadlocks for weeks. 2nd hand store leather jackets are awesome!
That's fabulous! Be sure to comment here with a link when you put up the instructable!
Best i've seen yet on the X-men front guys :) this is my mate and i as V and Rouge, my attempt was rather rushed, poorly carried out and by the end of the night i looked like an off duty builder! but with a bit more effort and a little less alcohol it could be easily transformed i'm sure! for the next party i'll put up an istuctable. XXX
Nice! Might do this next year.
This is so good! You rarely see a Wolverine costume this nice! You, sir, are a hero! :D Most guys end up looking like Frank Quietly's version of Wolvie, all lumpy and deformed. :P
really good! shame halloween was 2 days ago :( 4.5 stars!

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