Friday, October 28, 2011

Ghostbusters Halloween Costumes

As it turned out, I had to make Ash’s jumpsuit for his Ghostbusters costume. The original plan was for him to buy coveralls, but he couldn’t find any that fit. He went to several stores (in 3 states), but he couldn’t find anything that worked. All of the suits were too small, had short sleeves, had the wrong pockets, or they were the wrong color. After giving up on buying a jumpsuit, we had the daunting task of selecting fabric. There’s only one place in town that sells fabric, and they didn’t have the right color, so I had to dye the cloth myself.

I also didn’t have or know of a pattern to use for the Ghostbusters suit, so I had to wing it. I severely modified an Elvis jumpsuit pattern by changing the sleeves, pant legs and collar. I also had to add the pockets, and I didn’t include them all. Adding the patches was the easiest part!

Ash’s suit was easy compared to my costume though! I chose to be the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man (because I hate myself apparently)! I didn’t document my progress on my beastly costume, but I am pleased with the results. I made everything: the hat, mask, cowl, shirt, gloves, pants, and shoes! It truly sucked making my Stay Puft Costume, but I am pleased with the results. I definitely have the “hottest” Ghostbusters costume!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Ghostbusters Play-Doh

I love Play-Doh. I never grew out of the joy of squeezing a sculpting medium and creating things. When I was in college, I took four semesters of ceramics just because I like squishing and building with clay! When I was a kid, I never got name-brand Play-Doh though. We always had the homemade kind, and I never had any desire to play with kits or molds. When I was in college, I never used any molds either. I like hand building the best.
Ash, on the other hand, would have killed to have owned a Play-Doh The Real Ghostbusters play set. The friend who owned the Ecto-2 also had a Play-Doh play set. It includes an Ecto-1 that has molds for making a pair of Ghostbusters. I think they’re Peter and Egon. The hood has a goblin mold, and there’s a ghost mold too. There’s also and extruder that can make 4 ghosts at a time and proton pack accessories. The plastic mat with a street scene, plastic knife, and directions are still in the box! Heck, even the original Play-Doh is still in the box. Of course, it’s as hard as a rock, which made Ash a little sad. The glow in the dark dough is pretty nasty looking, but what else would one expect from 25 year old Play-Doh?

Friday, October 21, 2011

Proton Pack 10

It’s done! It’s done! It’s finally done! I have finally completed Ash’s proton pack, and I couldn’t be more relieved. This thing took forever to complete, and it was way too much work for a Halloween costume. It even lights up! However, I’m fairly pleased with the results. To try to disguise my papier-mâché medium, I “weathered” the proton pack. I painted silver around the edges, painted black over the top, and then I lightly sanded off the black paint. After that, I re-varnished the scuffed areas.

Here is a list of supplies that I used for this project:
  • Cardboard (old boxes)
  • 35 mm film containers
  • Small plastic bottles and lids
  • Tape
  • Glue (Elmer’s, E6000, hot glue, tacky glue, and super glue)
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Little pieces of wood
  • Plastic tube
  • Wooden dowel
  • Papier-mâché (cornstarch and water, newspaper)
  • Metal wire
  • Wood putty
  • Sand paper
  • Gesso
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic paint
  • Metallic paint
  • Red taillight tape
  • LED pumpkin light
  • Sticky Velcro
  • Wires
  • Flex tubing
  • Straps
  • Screws
  • Washers
  • Pins
  • Nail polish
  • Electrical tape
  • Ribbon cable
  • Matte varnish
Here are my tips for anyone else who wants to create a homemade proton pack for his/her Ghostbusters Halloween costume:
  • Stuff all empty boxes/cavities with newspaper so they don’t slouch when drying.
  • Don’t use spray gesso; use the regular stuff instead.
  • Wrap electrical tape around the handles for durability.
  • Nail polish is great for the little details.
  • E6000 is the best craft glue ever, and it is wonderful for attaching wires.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Proton Pack 9

Halloween is fast approaching, and I’m still not done with this evil proton pack! I had to order the ribbon wire online. Even though it’s not a perfect match, it was close enough and only a few bucks. The other wires were harvested from an old TV antenna. Even though the wires were originally black, I painted them red. I know I still have a lot to do, and Ash hasn’t even found a jumpsuit yet!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy Birthday, Ash

Yesterday was Ash’s birthday, and this was the cake I ordered for him! Yes, that’s supposed to be the Ghostbusters logo (with glasses). Yes, the inscription is “Happy Birthday, You’re Not Special.”  Even though the logo is a little sad, and the writing isn’t fantastic, I wouldn’t classify it as a CakeWreck. The cake almost said, “Happy Birthday, Your Not Special,” but I caught that grammatical error in time!
(Bonus points to anyone who can guess the “happy birthday, you’re not special” reference.)