This costume came about since a Zombicon i was attending had a Time Machine/Steampunk theme. The original costume was obtained for 15 dollars on clearance. I made subtle modifications to it , to bring out the steampunk look. You could also do it with an old horror costume.
Step 1: Materials
Old costume with mask
a foam brush
antique gold acrylic paint
black, green and red sharpies
dog hair or crepe hair
a small paint brush
thick black permanent marker
antique silver and gold chains
Old fashioned charm
gold button covers
a large bendable metal tube
spray paint antique gold
two small cookie containers(metal)
random plastic pieces, child’s sand rake(2)
fluer de lis or damask stencil
LED bracelets and glow shoelaces
Step 2: Mask
The mask out of package was light green, had hard airbrushed details and a shiny finish. I used a brown paint and lightly painted the mask with a foam brush, following the contours of the mask. I painted the black details of the goggles with brown paint. I originally went over the silver metal details with gold permanent marker, which was too light. I then went over them with antique gold acrylic paint. I went into the cracks, teeth and mouth areas with black, green and red sharpies. I formed the mustache with dog hair ( I’ve collected it from the dog brush after brushing their tails). I also dirtied it with soil. I used hair wax to form the ends and the super glued it above the mouth. To finish the mask I used a small brush to brush fake blood into the cracks, lips and mustache.
Step 3: Original Costume Being Modified - Jacket and Boot Covers
I used black permanent marker to remove the red details on the sleeves and pocket. I added antique silver and gold chains that were connected to buttons with jump rings. I also connected a jump ring to the center front to drape the chains. I also added a charm to the chain. The buttons, which are black, I put gold button covers on. I did this for the buttons on the jacket and boot covers.
Step 4: Creating Additional Accessories
I used a large bendable metal tube which I spray painted antique gold.
To cover the red arm band on the sleeve, I made a shoulder and arm piece. I took two small cookie containers and drilled them with various size holes. I spray painted them antique gold. I added small plastic pieces obtained from the bulb of a plug in air freshener, they were also painted. Once dry I glued the plastic pieces to the painted cookie tins. I did a fluer de lis with a stencil and brown paint. I then took faux leather and cut an armband (5x 17), straps ( 2 @ 1x 17)and a sleeve for the tube (3x5). I screwed the armband onto the back of the painted circular cookie tin. Using brads I attached the shoulder piece together. I inserted LED bracelets and glow shoelaces into the tins.
I took the front of a play sand rake to use for the hands as a hand guard type weapon.