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Unread 06-05-2013, 02:07 AM   #1
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Help with an original Joker cosplay

Hi! im a pretty new cosplayer and i would like some advice on where to get or make the parts i need
  • Straight jacket (with buckles down the chest or a way to make them)
  • green dreadlocks
  • advice on facial prosthetics
  • purple trench coat (not too pricey)
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Unread 06-05-2013, 02:24 AM   #2
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First off, a straight jacket doesn't have buckles down the chest unless you're wearing it backwards, that being said, you can buy buckles at SAS fabrics on the cheap. Tandy leather sells scraps sufficient (probably) to make the leather belts and straps for the buckles to actually be useful.

There are tutorials online on how to make dreadlocks. I say this not to be unhelpful but because I haven't had cause to do it myself yet. You'll want to get a wig that matches the color you're using, and then buy extra hair, to turn into your dreads, and add to the wig.

I can't give any advice on prosthetics unless I know what you're trying to do exactly. Latex is good, and you can make your own prosthetics with it if you make a mold and take your time.

Make the trench coat your self.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 04:25 AM   #3
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What's your budget ?

Do you want to make these things or buy them ?

Prosthetics are going to run $200+ alone - and that's for materials and you making them.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 04:31 AM   #4
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What's your budget ?

Do you want to make these things or buy them ?

Prosthetics are going to run $200+ alone - and that's for materials and you making them.
That seems a bit over-pessimistic don't you think? Liquid latex is relatively cheap, and if you're handy with sculpy you could very easily make molds (within reason, some things might be very complex and take some thought to execute) that you could then paint your prosthetic over and let dry.

Good way to make nose and chin extensions, certainly.
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Unread 06-05-2013, 08:18 PM   #5
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They said "facial prosthetics" so I based the estimate upon needing to do a cast of their face. If they want to "wing it", yes, it might save money.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:47 AM   #6
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Well, the reason I wanted it to have buckles in the front is because, the way I have my design planned out, i'm going to be wearing the trench coat over the straight jacket and i want it to be seen as a straight jacket and not just some orange shirt thing under the coat. I've seen a few online that were in that style but way out of my price range. Also, I don't have a job at the moment (i've sent in a few applications) and my bank account is already wilting away from school supplies and the MTA, so yeah i don't have a lot. I don't know if ill do a face cast or go with the clay sculpting method, it depends on how much i'll be able to spend.
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Unread 06-06-2013, 07:49 AM   #7
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Oh and as for what I want to go for, it's basically the joker's classic pointed nose and protruding chin and also possibly a covering for my eyebrows. (still thinking about that last one)
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Unread 06-07-2013, 07:10 AM   #8
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you don't have to build those classic face prosthetics from scratch, matter of fact it's cheaper to buy ready-mades than getting all the materials to build.

I'll keep quiet about the money aspect.....
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Unread 06-07-2013, 03:48 PM   #9
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Well, i'd like the prosthetics to look as legit as possible, so I'm not so sure on using a predetermined nose, chin and brow.

any ideas on the straight jacket though?
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Unread 07-15-2013, 02:36 AM   #10
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Ok i'm unsure on how to approach doing prosthetics in regards to eyebrow coverings. any advice?
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Unread 07-15-2013, 08:50 PM   #11
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if ur just covering ur eyebrows, u dont need a prosthetic, just a glue stick. look up coverage tutorials on youtube but basically you take a glue stick over your eyebrows in one direction, then powder, then foundation. then u can paint them to look like whatever you want!
as far as the pre made prosthetics, its kinda your only option unless you are able to build a face cast...... the clay molding method really wont work directly applied to your own face and you have to have one build on a true nose so that itll fit.........
there are some great prothsetics out there at theater supply stores so you should be able to find the perfect one for less than making it yourself would be
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Unread 07-16-2013, 08:29 AM   #12
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Well All I really need the prosthetics for is my nose, eyebrows and my chin. think i should go for that face cast?
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Unread 07-17-2013, 09:48 PM   #13
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i wouldnt.... unless u plan on doing more prothsthetic work, a face cast is crazy expensive! for a good mold u need multiple types of plaster and one to do the first mold and then the second to fill the negative you create. expect upwards of $150 soley for the cast. then u need to get the clay to sculpt the pieces, then plaster to cast them, then latex to make the pieces... in the end its true that'll b around $300. where as u can buy some well done pieces for $100 max.
also when you say u are covering the eyebrows, are u just covering yours to paint others on top or are you creating a new brow line?
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Unread 07-17-2013, 10:20 PM   #14
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just a new brow line really,a brow similar to this is what i'm looking for: http://www.cosplayisland.co.uk/files...88/Joker22.jpg
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