A Decent Tusken Raider Costume





Introduction: A Decent Tusken Raider Costume

A long time ago, in a webpage not so far away, I saw a nice guide for making a nice Tusken Raider costume. Although it was hard for me to find some elements which fits well, for example the pieces for the eyes or the fabric (the one which I used finally don't have the desired texture) I decided to finish it as good as I could and the cheaper I could. Here you can see what I done.

It was very cheap to create, I spent no big money in buying the fabric, the synthetic leather, hot glue, cheap wood for the rifle, a pair of worker's gloves... Less than 40€ I think, (about 55 US $).

Note that I haven't finished the rifle yet, made of wood, it needs more details. Also, the bandoleers don't look as perfect as I wanted, because they were made very quickly (I needed to finish the costume for a convention). The best would be to buy the bandoleers instead of making them like I did, but it more expensive.

The process need sewing abilities, a lot of hot glue and a saw for making the rifle, but it was not very hard. The hardest thing was making the helmet/mask, which I created modeling the whole head in clay and then covering it with paper and glue, then covering it with the fabric and the other details.

I have to say that my costume don't pass the 501'st legion standards, but it's not too far away. I'm even thinking in fixing it so I could enter the 501'st, maybe one day I'll do it.

You can see the costume "in action" right below:


I'm sorry I don't have pictures of the making process, the camera broke after taking them, so I can only offer you the final result. I hope it can be used for references.

Thanks for watching and sorry if I committed any grammar mistakes, English is not my mother tongue ;-)

EDIT (15-10-10): I've taken a few pictures more, for showing how some of the parts are separately.



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    Im new to instructables so how do you get to the instructions?

    Hey Great Job on this!! My son wants to make a similar costume for New York Comic Con and Halloween...

    Just a few questions...

    1. How do you size the clay head properly? Also, once you make the head, do you remove the inside to hollow it? do you just glue the cloth pieces to the outside clay shell?

    2. do you actually look thru the eyepieces to see? how do you align the eyepieces with your own eyes?

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    1. The clay head is only used as a mold. I sized it measuring my own head for the circunference, and then I added the nose. The reason why the mold is filled with paper is only because the paper is a lot less expensive than the clay, so I made first a paper mold (less accurate) and then I improved the form with the clay. Then I covered the mold with vaseline and made a papier mache mask with newspaper and glue. The vaseline is for removing it well. Then I glued the cloth pieces to the papier mache mask.

    2. Yes, I use the eyepieces to see. The vision is very poor (try to look trough a can: you lose all your peripheral vision). But my eyes aren't in the middle of the eyepieces: they both are in the inside part of the pipe (like if the tusken rider was crosseyed) because my eyes are closer togheter than the tusken eyepieces.

    I hope I've explained all well! If you didn't understand something don't hesitate to ask again!

    I'd love it! But I already entered this last year, so I think I can't do it again with the same costume :)

    Oh man! Great minds think alike! I found that website too and the DIY tusken raider helmet instructable and have started putting together my own Tusken Raider costume for halloween. I'm paper mache'ing the head with cardboard, toilet rolls and straws :P

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    Really? That's very cool. Ask me wathever you want, if I can help I'll try to help!

    For example, if you want to see more detailed pictures of the helmet or something, like the inside of it, I'll take them for you.

    Also, I'd like to see the results of your work, I hope you finish it at time for Halloween ;-)

    Sure, I might upload some pix when I'm finished.

    How did you do the respirator? I was thinking of using a toilet roll or something but I'm not sure.

    Go to a grocery store, and look for cans of food. I'm sure you'll find the can of the perfect size (for example, mine was a can of mushrooms).

    Then take the empty can, clean it and cover it with a piece of sintetic leather as you can see in my picture. For the tube along the neck, I used a plastic tube with a wire in the inside and then i painted it.

    If you want some detailed pictures I'll add them for you tomorrow, so come back to this page soon to see them :-)

    That's so awesome. You've given me a good idea for how to do the shoes and respirator. :)

    I can't wait til it's done so I can show you.

    Yeah! studio creations is where it's at! they have excellent tutorials there

    Thank you! Coming from you that means a lot for me, I saw your work and you made some amazing things and costumes.

    I was thinking in making a Boba Fet helmet like yours when I have some free time.

    I was going to be Lobot for Halloween but this looks very cool. Great job for such a small budget!

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    That computer thing that Lobot has in the head looks pretty difficult to make. Also, I couldn't be Lobot, I don't want to get my hair shaved :-P

    If you finally make a Lobot costume, show us!