2008 DIY Halloween Contest Entry





Introduction: 2008 DIY Halloween Contest Entry

About: I'm a Canadian animation artist who likes to build things in my spare time, mostly costumes and props. And I love to learn new things.

Just learned about the contest on the day of the deadline. I hope it's not too late to enter. I dressed up as Hellboy and created all props and prosthetics myself.



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    10 Discussions

    now thats legit. Seriously thats sick great job man :)

    I made them, of course.  Glad you like 'em :)

    Read my replies to iwillspy13 below for an overview.  If enough interest is generated, I might do a full-blown Instructable for each gun...or at least Big Baby.  There're allready some kickass walkthroughs for the Samaritan that look a hell of alot cooler that mine, like this one here.

    I see you based your Right Hand of Doom on my tutorial. right? is it two parts? what did you make the main tube out of? and, no offense, but I'm a little pissed of you did this, now your Hellboy related instructable is better than mine...........

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    Actually, I only saw your instructable after having posted my slideshow. Ditto for peter.p.scherr's Good Samaritanpeter.p.scherr's Good Samaritan. Woulda saved me lots of grief had I seen them before. What I find ironic is that I considered taking pictures of the whole process of making my costume and making my very first instructable, but had decided against it. Yesterday I read about the contest and now look at what I'm up to!

    I got the idea for the RHoD construction after some failed attemps using something else and a quick search on the internet for low-budget costume ideas. Someone else had mentionned using a hockey glove for his costume. I used a small protein powder container for the "tube" and lined the outside edges with sponges. Quite similar to what you did, actually. I found the opening of the container to be the perfect tightness for the glove and cut off the bottom and lined the inside with padding so it would be comfortable to wear.

    For the rock-like texture, I used crumpled up paper and pretty much used a technique similar to papier maché, being careful not to smooth it out. It was looking pretty good until I painted everything. The only red paint I could find was glossy. A matte finish would've been better.

    Oh, and I used plaster of paris in a toilet paper roll mold for the knuckles. When it was dry, I just sawed it up in four pieces that i sanded and roughed up a little with a file to simulate battle damage. A hot glue gun took care of the rest.

    All that being said, please people, do not hesitate to ask questions about anything you see here. If enough interest has been generated, I may consider redoing everything and taking pics along the way to have a REAL instructable to go along with my slideshow.

    to tell you the truth, the best part about your RHoD is the knuckle caps in my opinion. I would also like to know how you made the Good Samaritan and Big baby?

    Big Baby was relatively easy to make. The hardest part was finding a suitable toy rifle I could use, but once I got one, I just sawed off the barrel and glued layers of 1/8" thick cardboard (I think some people call it newspaper board) to create the barrel support. The cardboard was held in place with the help of a screw the toy gun had under where the barrel was, which also gave it the anchor necessary to support the weight of the PVC pipes used. The back end is simply an old plastic food container with some plaster bandage around its edge. The rest is pretty easy to figure out, I think. A little paint goes a long way :) For the shoulder strap I just took one from a laptop carry case. The Samaritan was much more complicated to make. The gun itself is mostly glued layers of the same cardboard used for Big Baby's barrel support. I drew out a template and modified it as needed as I traced off the 11 different layers. The same process repeated for the other part of the hinge just below the barrel. Holes were drilled and a toothpick inserted to serve as the axle before the outer layers of the gun's body were glued. Cigar tubes were used for the cylinder under the barrel as well as for the inside of the barrel itself. The 8 sides of the barrel are cardboard and spackle plaster was used to fill the space between them and the cigar tube. In retrospect, I would figure out a better way to keep the tube centered. The bullet chamber is comprised of two circle cardboard templates with holes for the bullets and for the axle(?), which was a metal tube used to store a cheap glow-in-the-dark necklace tube thing. The bullet holes were lined with paper and the space around them filled with spackle. When it was dry, some fancy work with my rotary tool did the rest. The bullets are just plastic tubes flower shops use when selling individual flowers. They kinda look like test tubes. The gold part is just layers of hockey tape made thick enough that the bullets could wedge snuggly into the chamber. The handle is just plaster bandage wrapped around the cardboard and the knotwork was made with a leather shoelace I got my hands on. A drawer handle was cut in two and each half glued to the sides of the back end of the gun, just behind the bullet chamber. Don't really see them in the pictures, though. An old purse was mercilessly butchered to make the holster. The belt was bought as is in a clothing store.

    Ok, I really think you need to make a separate instructable for the guns, because if you don't, i will first.haha. But yea I'm serious make an instructable for each of the guns, because if you don't I will.