Batgirl Cowl---Modified into GbG Cowl

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BatTexan

Active Member
Thought I'd show off something I've been working on the last week or so. A guy picked up one of my Gotham by Gaslight cowls last fall, and his wife really liked it and decided she wanted to do a GbG Batgirl. At first, he was just going to get one of these:





After talking to him a bit, I convinced him to let me modify one into something more GbG-like:



I basically chopped off the forehead of a bad pull I had, and glued it to a new pull. Smoothed out the mold seam, then used latex to build up 'seams' in approximately the same locations as in the GbG Batman cowl. I used a woodburning tool to accentuate those seams and add small stitching, and used it to create holes where I could glue on leather lacing for the large stitches. Used some sponges and rollers to create different textures.

And here's the finished product:







This was the most extensive modification to a cowl that I've ever done, and while it was a pain-in-the-ass at times, I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully it's owner will think so, too!
 

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CSMacLaren

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That looks incredible! Is that made of leather, and if not, what's it made of, and how did you create that leather texture?
 

BatTexan

Active Member
That looks incredible! Is that made of leather, and if not, what's it made of, and how did you create that leather texture?
Nope, it's all latex---well, the large stitching is actually leather lacing, but the cowl itself is latex. I used a combination of natural sponges, a small paint roller, and sponge brushes to apply more latex to the cowl to give it different textures that resemble leather.

And thanks guys!
 

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Psicorp7

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Wow...the leather look really sells it. This in one great piece.
I would love to see the complete costume!

Bravo!
 

Spidey74

Active Member
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Hey Tom,

Amazing work Bro! I love your GbG cowls, the amount of detail make them so cool!
 

Shellhead

Active Member
Hi Tom--I love seeing your work first hand. What you do is simply outstanding! This is the cowl you're working on for my Sister-In-Law and she and my brother have commented how wonderful and easy it has been working with you. The Batman GBG cowl you did for my Bro is just stunning! They have most of their gear in place and once they have everything, this cowl included, they'll be sure to post pics of the costumes they plan on wearing for DragonCon this year in our Batman/Wild West/GBG Era group!

BRAVO to your artistry! :thumbsup
 

BatTexan

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Thanks guys!

And I appreciate the compliments, Shellhead! I'm looking forward to seeing your brother and his wife fully suited up---what I've seen so far is impressive!
 

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fifthchamber

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That is genius...I love that comicbook...

Great look...They should have tied that into the "Bruce Wayne Returns" threadline too...

Quality!
 

fifthchamber

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Yeah...That ROCKS!

With an old-styled cape/hood in dark blue/black that would be the greatest costume I've seen!

Real cool! (y)thumbsup
 

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