View Full Version : Costume Help- Sandman's arms

07-27-2010, 03:42 PM
Ok. So for NYCC I planned on doing the slightly-less complicated version of Sandman (from Spiderman). I had planned to do Sandman in human form, but with a sand-hammer hand and a bigger fist. Problem is, I am not 100% on what material I should make it out of. I was thinking plaster, but I would much prefer a better material to work with. I had also considered paper mache.

Reference Link to Hammer-arm: http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/news/spider-man-3/sandman.jpg (http://www.comicbookmovie.com/images/news/spider-man-3/sandman.jpg)

Does anyone have any advice they could give me in regards to what I should do with this?

07-28-2010, 01:05 AM
Could always ask this guy

07-28-2010, 10:51 AM
Sweet, thanks. I was trying to use the search-bar on this site to find Sand-man cosplayers to see what they did, but I only turned up Sandman (the DC comic) cosplayers.

07-29-2010, 01:24 AM
Maybe you could use some info from here.


Make the hand/hammer out of foam like he shows (except you would be making a giant glove instead of a helmet). Add a bar on the inside so you can hold onto it from the inside.

Maybe you could glue on the fabric in a nice tan color... then put a layer of glue on that and cover it in sand. I'm not sure if the sand alone would cover the foam color. I don't know clear paint would look over it, but that might help keep the sand on.

I think the hardest part would be the seamless transition from your arm to the sand hammer... Maybe you could add some spandex/stretchy type fabric covered in sand to the hammer arm so that it will transition nicely into your arm without being a harsh line.

07-29-2010, 02:30 PM
Hmm, foam actually isn't a bad idea (and it would be a hell of a lot cheaper to work with). I don't know how well sand would stay in the glue solution, but I could always take sand paper and color it to the appropriate shading for that sandy look and perhaps build from there. But yeah, the transition from sand to arm would be tough to pull off; if I don't figure out a way to do that, I could always have it continue into the sleeve so that the skin on my arms wouldn't even be exposed.

Anyways, that you so much for the suggestions. It helps a lot. :)

08-18-2010, 11:01 AM
I'd say use paper mache. You could get a balloon or inflatable hammer for instance and form the mache around it, then pop or deflate the balloon, so you get a hollowed out shape (to reduce weight), since a lot of mache could be heavy, especially if you are using it for a few hours. Afterwards you could put some rubber cement or glue on the surface and just sprinkle sand on it to give it the gritty feeling, as well as the sparkly that grains of sand give off in direct light.

Transition from arms to sand, you can also dab some rubber cement from where the piece connects to your arm and sprinkle sand there again, but not Elmer's Glue (rubber cement's easier to remove).

08-29-2010, 12:41 AM
From what I've heard, rubber cement isn't the best adhesive to be using on your skin. Is there another type of glue that wouldn't be as painful and bad for the skin? Thats my only dilemma right now, and I don't know where I could get that sort of information.

08-29-2010, 09:42 PM
Spirit gum

Kermit D Frog
09-01-2010, 03:48 PM
I have worked with sand and glue on foam in the past for terrain and it will stick fine. You will need to water down white glue, than apply it to the foam with a brush, and then sprinkle the sand on top of that (of course you will need to do a bit at a time as gravity is not your friend for this). Once its dried a bit, you will want to add more of your watered down glue over top to act as a sealant, and to keep it from chipping off! :)