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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 1: Grow a beard

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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.

Step 2: Painting the jacket

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Next, pick up a black leather jacket, black leather pants and gold fabric paint. I got a cheap jacket at Good Will, "Scribbles" 3D paint from Beverley's and already owned the leather pants.

For the front design I borrowed most heavily from the first movie, with this page as my main template. Starting with the second movie Wolverine loses the spiky design (which was a nod to his original comics costume) and gets a big X on his chest that I don't like as much. The more angular design on the arms I stole more from the third movie. All three movies have a really dorky back design, so I just made up my own for that. Don't forget the little "x"s on the collar and the bigger one in back.

For the belt buckle I just used a button maker and yellow and black construction paper, and attached it to the belt that came with the jacket using a strong rare-earth magnet. The color was a little cheesy looking in good light, but it worked fine in the dark.
fordchick26 days ago

awesome replica

ylpihs3 years ago
My friend you really look like Wolverine :D
skipernicus4 years ago
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
soulcalibur5 years ago
only intiresting thing i see is those claws....
are you kidding??? Maybe you should actually LOOK at the rest of it too: this is a brillo instructable!! He looks very Hugh Jackman-as-Wolverine-esque. It's pretty damn hot!

The claws are awesome in their own right, yes - but the rest of the costume takes them from "interesting" to plain AWESOME.

Kudos, Bug!! :)
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 "um" things?
texter94 years ago
Ther like brothers!!!!!
flipmee4 years ago
i literally LOLed when i read this first step xDD
wow you actually look alot like him to begin with

nice work!
denzey554 years ago
Oh so cool man,I was going to buy a costume but once i found this i decided i would just make it
Pie_eata4 years ago
great instructable. well done and laid out.
soulcalibur5 years ago
i'm trying to combine different, yet somewhat simular things to make a new costume. i'm looking some kind of glove right now.
Hoaxinmi5 years ago
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
kshivamsh5 years ago
You look similar to wolverine and did a nice work.Good instructable
elbaloo835 years ago
are you that guy from "bones"
jamiespark5 years ago
also some moded vamp teeth would improve it he has curiously sharp teeth
bobhill1255 years ago
my uncle used copper for claws an painted it silver
Trekmogui5 years ago
Awesome! Just one thing missing... MAKE A ANGRY FACE! xD
Brother_D5 years ago
"...and I already owned the leather pants." ... No comment.
Tachyon5 years ago
Now for someone to do a Mystique costume. ;')
geoper25 years ago
nice and u can add a detail ... the cigar hehe details make the difference ;)
Bug (author)  geoper25 years ago
I thought about that, but decided it would be too much of a pain to carry around. (Besides, they taste nasty :). But you're right, details do make the difference.
Bats225 years ago
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! :)
imrobot5 years ago
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.
lol
eskimojo5 years ago
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.
dkfa5 years ago
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.
Chard5 years ago
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!
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Bug (author)  Chard5 years ago
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
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mg0930mg5 years ago
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
The Jamalam5 years ago
really good! shame halloween was 2 days ago :( 4.5 stars!