Bunny Splicer Costume

I decided a little while ago that I wanted to make a bunny splicer mask, and by extension, a whole costume. I would like to be able to say it was because I was invited to a Halloween party.

It wasn’t. I just wanted one.

For reference, Splicers are the things that scare the living shit out of you in the video game Bioshock. They wear Venetian style masquerade masks to cover up increasingly severe facial deformities. They creep about muttering and cackling to themselves, and you tend to hear them before you see them.

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Did I mention scaring the living shit out of you…?

This is not a tutorial by the way, simply a demonstration of how I like to waste my time. I decided to start with the hale bale/meat hooks. I was very tempted to buy some off eBay but having thought through the ramifications of wandering about with actual weapons, I decided against that.

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The Strongbow was more creative lubricant than project material.

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When did I stop having normal metal coathangers? They have all disappeared from my house.

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Before any of my smart-ass friends says anything, this is drumstick and not a broom handle.

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Precision *cough*

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Monkey toes come in handy sometimes.

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Meh. There or thereabouts.

I had to use a different coat hanger in the end, because the first one I tried wasn’t flexible enough to use on the handle. As it turned out, I had to Evo-Stick the damn thing together anyway.

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While I waited for the hardcore glue to dry on the hooks, I got my sister to come around and help me with the mask. I started with a tinfoil base – I wanted to use mesh, but decided too late to go out and get any.

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Bringing the class.

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One of the few useful features of tabloid journalism.

For the fluid mix, I used simple plain flour and water. I did add in some salt, because I read somewhere that it would decrease the chances of it going moldy, or something.

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I had a misplaced idea that I could avoid making a mess…

I feel like she was enjoying this too much.

She cheerfully pointed out that it looked like something large had spunked on my head.

She cheerfully pointed out that it looked like something large had spunked on my head.

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Left this to dry draped over a rubber skull. You know, like you do.

The paper maché took quite a while to dry, and in the end, I put it in the oven on a low temperature because BORED. While that was cooking, I attached the top section to the now dry handles of the hooks.

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Duck tape. One of my favourite things in the world, ever.

Once I had the paper maché base dried (successfully avoiding burning it) I had the basic shape of the top half of my head, which since I am not a rabbit, was lacking in some of the significant features of the mask that I wanted to end out with.

I added a section of cardboard to form the cheeks of the rabbit, first soaking it in the flour/water mix, and then shaping it to fit the mask. I added more layers of newspaper to smooth out the surface, and then back to the oven it went.

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I used the exact same process to add ears, after trimming the outside edge of the mask to form the face shape I wanted.

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Don’t judge my oven, I very rarely use it.

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Bunny Mask Selfie

I cut out some eye holes and added a cute wee nose.

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Actually, cute might not be the word I am looking for here.

I ummed and ahhed over how to do the piping around the edge, but settled on modelling clay.

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I had bound the main body of the hooks with parcel twine, and then used paper maché to smooth it all out. I also used the clay to make some points on the hooks.

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Beginning to resemble what I was after.

I painted it all up with acrylic paint left over from other projects, and later glued on a head strap from an old eye mask that I sacrificed to the cause.

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Starting to get really excited about the end product at this point. A little too much, perhaps…

Next, I needed some fake blood; I used corn flour, red and blue food colouring, and a couple of dashes of soy sauce. IMG_20141002_180333 IMG_20141002_181249

It absolutely stank, but it looked good. I took the mask out into the garden so that I could aggressively flick the fake blood at it – I was thinking arterial splatter. I am fairly confident that is not a sentence I have ever used before, or ever will again.

I'm sure I've seen a film like this...

I’m sure I’ve seen a film like this…

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Aprés-squirt.

With the blood on and drying out, it was time to shred up the dress I had bought…IMG_20141002_190729…and then take it outside and clean my car with it.

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No really. It’s been at least 3 years since my car was last washed.

I was going for hand-prints and smears in addition to the drips and splatters.

I actually giggled in joy at this.

I actually giggled in joy at this.

While I later found out that the blood didn’t really work as intended once it had dried out, I was really pleased with how it looked when it was wet.

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This all took place over the course of 5 weeks. I would say that a good 5 hours work went into it in total. Anyway, learned some lessons, had a lot of fun…and actually found a party to go to!

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Nailed it.

4 thoughts on “Bunny Splicer Costume

  1. malcolm evans

    been following this bunny doo-dah project with keen interest wondering wtf is this all about the herewith bloglette explains all so on behalf of all the old fuckers who aint got a Scooby what drugs your currently applying, many thanks sweet alles klar! crack on in pursuit of loonship personified x

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