Batman Cowl

Discussion in 'DC Costumes and Props' started by jmedina, Sep 12, 2015.

  1. jmedina

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    Been sculpting a Batman cowl for the last three nights. Costume is almost all done. This is the last part of the build. My plan is to make a mold and cast it in Vytaflex. I added some texture to the mask to try an give it a more leather look. Don't know if the Ultracal will pick it up. Figured I would give it a try. Check out the pics.
     

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  2. Rickhemingway

    Rickhemingway Well-Known Member

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    Nice looking cowl bud! I like that style!
     
  3. jmedina

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    Thanks man. The mold came out good. Which is a big weight off my shoulders. Now I just need to cast the cowl. Crossing my fingers that nothing goes wrong. lol
     
  4. Bigbat23

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    I can't see the picture
     
  5. jmedina

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    Finished the mold the other day and the cast yesterday. Still have to do a little clean up but it fits good image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg

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    Sorry I loaded the pics from my phone and now they all look sideways
     
  6. TheRedWitch

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    That is really nice! I love the modeling on the forehead.
     
  7. Moviepropmaker6

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    Wow,your mask looks really goood and the sculpt is awesome ,but i wanna ask you what vytaflex is.i've never heard of it ,is it like latex
     
  8. jmedina

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    Thanks guys. I'm almost done fitting the armor. Still have to clean up the mask around the trimmed edges. I have plenty of material. So I think I will make a few more masks. Vytaflex is a polyurethane rubber. I used a 40 shore strength so that the bat ears would not be floppy. Smooth-on makes the product. You can get it at Reynolds Advanced Materials. I appreciate the complements. Makes all the time spent making it worth while. I'll post some more pics as soon as I get a chance.
     
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    Just got a few minor details to finish up, but the suit fits pretty good
     
  10. Bigbat23

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    Nice!!! I have that same batarang
     
  11. Jroymosman

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    Looks great!
     
  12. jmedina

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    Thanks guys!
     
  13. Jerryb7

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    Hey there, I know it's been some months since you posted about your costume construction but I found this thread today and I am curious as to the process you used. If you have time, I'd love to pick your brain about some of the details as I am learning and would love to make my own cowl and costume.
     
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  14. jmedina

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    Hey Jerryb7,

    Been meaning to get to you. Sorry if I'm a little late on the response. Happy to help. My process for the cowl. First I made a casting of my head using some plaster wraps I purchased at Jerry's Artarama. Its kind of a crude but cheap process. I tried to do this on my own at first (dont do this). Especially if its your first go. Get someone to help you with the casting. Once the cast was done, I bought 10 lbs of water based clay. Preferably 2 different colors, 5 lbs of each. Get your cast clean and then line the inside with Saran Wrap. Then stuff your cast with the clay. Really push it in the face to get your impression. This is not as perfect as doing a silicone casting but it will get the general shape and features of your face without the hit to your wallet. Once this is done, use the second color of water clay to design your cowl. Try to clay cowl at least 1/8th to a 1/4" thick. After the model was completed, you can make your cast of the cowl. I would suggest getting some silicone for this part and some ultracal. Build up the Silicone and then the ulracal over that. Once it is done you should be able to remove the silicone mold fairly easily. After that I could pour the Vytaflex and make the final product. This is an overview of what I did. If you have any specifics you want to know about, hit me up.

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    The suit was all over the place. Some parts were foam, others material. Watched sewing videos. It was crazy. Think my wife was gonna flip if it took any longer than it did. lol. If you have questions about a specific part of the suit, I will be happy to share what I did to make it.
     

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