In honor of Halloween, I'd like to share the process I went through in making myself a zombie costume.
This post is going to be picture-heavy, as I took a bunch of snaps while I was making this costume, but the pics should be helpful in showing the steps in my process.
I had something pretty specific in mind for my zombie costume: I wanted to have an exposed jaw, as if the outer skin had been ripped right off of it.
It was going to be a lot of work. But that didn't really matter; I was just really excited to be making a zombie costume from scratch. I mean—really—who doesn't like making a zombie costume, right?
OK, let's do this!
First, I prepared everything that I would need to make the mold of my face. The primary molding material I used for this is called alginate. It's a soft molding material that picks up a lot of detail. Dentists use it to make molds of your teeth. I would also need plaster bandages to make an outer support structure for the mold and some baby oil to lubricate my eyebrows, so that they don't stick to the mold (Vaseline would also work).
After the alginate set up, Adrienne moved to the next step: making a mother-mold out of plaster bandages. The mother-mold acts as a cradle for the alginate, and it will help the alginate maintain its original shape after it's released from my face. Now around this time, it might be important to point out that we left breathing holes around my nostrils. That's so that I wouldn't suffocate. Luckily, they worked.
And who made my wife's awesome zombie costume (hanging guts and all) you might ask?
You guessed it—She did!
Happy Halloween, friends!