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08-23-2010, 03:25 PM
Hello guys!
So, my brother and I have been talking about trying to go to Comic-Con at some point and we would love to go in costume. We were talking about what we'd wanna do the other day and decided that it would be awesome to go as the Scarlet Spider and the Symbiote Spider-Man. Anyway, I've never seen anyone tackle the symbiote suit quite the way I would like to, but I would like to make sure it would even work right before I go start spending lots of money on it.
I'd like to make it out of liquid latex instead of spandex like all the others I've seen (they just don't have the right feel to me). So, I have a few questions about it. Would it even be possible to make a whole body suit out of latex? What kind should I buy? And really, where would I even start? I know it's kind of a tough project for sure, but it's something I'm willing to try and do.
Thanks for all your help in advance!

Edit: Just to clarify, I mean the comic book version, not the super lame movie version...

08-23-2010, 04:04 PM
Pictures? Always post pictures when you're asking for help :)

Also, liquid latex? Are you sure you don't mean just regular latex material? Or vinyl? Liquid latex is a paint substance that is painted over your body to create whatever visual effects you have in mind. A suit out of liquid latex is *technically* possible, but you would be wearing nothing underneath it, would probably get kicked out of the con, and it likely won't survive. My friend did liquid latex for her arms, face and legs when she did comic book Mystique, and it was painful because the latex attaches to itself in places like where the arm rubs the armpit, or the legs touch, and then it pulls like a bandaid.

08-28-2010, 04:40 PM
Ah yes, pictures pictures pictures, always forgetting the pictures this one...
Well, about the liquid latex or latex sheeting, I stumbled across this while attempting to figure out the appropriate way of going about it.
It seemed like that might be the kind of thing I wanna do, but wanted some input from people who were more inclined to the comic scene than the Predator scene.
I was thinking liquid latex on like a spandex body suit type thing for the sake of being able to use foam to sculpt details and give the proper shape that Spider-Man should have. Of course I'm working on bulking up some, but it is a comic character...
Of course if I can get the same kind of feel and make things happen with the sheeting I'd be happy to use that instead! Thanks again for the help if you've got it!:toothy:

Holme Peros
09-06-2010, 10:53 PM
You can do a liquid latex suit without being naked, but the process is lengthy and takes alot of effort. It requires you to make a full body double for the person to be wearing the costume. then you put a lycra/spandex suit over that. Then you use liquid latex over that. It is the same concept like a Predator costume.

*typo = with was supposed to be without

Zombie Hadouken
09-10-2010, 04:24 AM
if you apply liquid latex to your entire body, your skin cannot breathe. i wouldnt recommend it. ive seen great spandex suits of symbiote spidey, but they are all handmade, not store bought - stay away from China Wholesalers, I cant say that enough... if you want to make one, it is VERY easy. you can buy a custom fit blak zentai suit if you dont want to make the whole thing. then just go to fabric store and buy white spandex. cut out the 2 spiders (front and back) and 2 squares for the hands, sew on and done! easy costume to make. although be aware that with great spandex comes great responsibility, every bulge will show through!

09-30-2010, 02:39 AM
I'm just now working with latex imprenated lycra and it works really well :) You do need to wrap it around a form though. Basically I have a little liquid latex to play around with and this was a technique I had wanted to test for a while :)

I used to have a body double of me made from cloth- I made a really solid twill form using my catsuit pattern, made it a few sizes too small and voila- perfect form for making supportive stretchy garments. Latex shrinks while curing though so it may be better to have a proper sized form ;)

It probably will turn out cheaper and easier than latex sheeting- though I really do want to try my hand at that next. And you can tint the latex. I think I used about 1:5 parts paint to latex for my Samara headpiece.

I'm currently using a microdenier nylon lycra that I used for my Gentle Giant Leia dress. It's very soft and very stretchy. I took a piece I had cut to shape and dipped it on the latex and then wrapped it around a form. I didn't sew it but it might be a good idea to make the base suit and then to the latex dipping. I'm testing textures on this piece as well. The more acrylic paint you add the thicker it is (it seems to gel a bit) and you can paint some texture in. I even tried using a regular bristle brush and a silicon pastry brush to test texture. Pastry brush slops it about too much but gives nice texture.

I also have recently purchased a fibreglass mannequin to take in progress costume photos on. You can sometimes get them really cheaply from surplus stores. That might also be a place to start for building over a form.

12-15-2010, 11:50 AM
I think what you are looking for is rubber latex. It can be done, in fact one of my friends is doing it right now. What I suggest is buying a body suit and putting the latex on that and building it up to the pint you want. She got a gallon of latex from this site and I am using it as well and it works great. I would recommend the latex they used for the Batman costume

My friend is currently working on Kerrigan from SC2 and she hasn't even reached the half way point of the gallon and I have been using it as well so I imagine the gallon would be enough. You can paint it and there is some stuff you can either put in the latex or on the latex to give it a wet look. I believe it is on the latex after it dries.

StanLee Wannabe
06-15-2011, 02:28 PM
I've been trying (and failing) at this method...but still feel it's one of the best unexplored methods of getting that comic-book hero look.

You dont necessarily need a full body replica of the person wearing the costume. I'm not trying to be cross with posters above, but a mannequin will do just fine if its close. You'll want to cover it in saran wrap or ducttape, then go about applying it to the suit.

I know the directions, but I've been getting it wrong every time I do it. I'm not sure if Tulip paint or latex mask latex (monstermakers or fxwarehouse) or the stuff from liquidlatex.com would work best.

I'm currently wanting to do a Flash and an ArcAngel with this method.

I'd love to hear more about people using this method!