For my halloween costume, I am going to make a Opera mask accessory. I painted the mask with a white base, and the three main colors that I will be using is black, white, and red. I am going to fill in the black, and add more layers so the paint do not sheer, next, I’ll touch up with white paint, and probably apply gloss coat. I also ordered a wig which I’ll attach it to the back of the mask to make it feel more creepy.
I wanted the light to represent tears so I made the delay pretty short, and the light will light up from top to bottom on a loop, and the color changes every round. Since the mask is only in white, red, and black. I am still exploring the right color combination to make it feel coherent.
Wow, this is my third time changing Star Wars characters. Last week I mentioned that I was doing Obi-Wan, but I officially changed to Qui-Gon. After speaking with everyone, this one makes most sense — I have long hair, my favorite color is green (for the lightsaber), and the brown robe is perfect.
In terms of lightsabers, I currently have two different prototypes that I’m considering. Both were made on the lathe and will be spray painted black and silver for accents.
Here’s a progress shot of my Arduino and NeoPixel in the lightsaber.
Aside from that, I’m using some black washers, black and silver rust-o-leum spray paint, and polycarbonate tubing (that I will purchase from Canal Plastics with the lightsaber crew — Erika, Cathy and Liam).
Overall, this project has been super fun and drilling though the lightsaber was a lot less intimidating/difficult than I thought.
I got two types of red coloured papers from Blick to experiment with my roses for Frida’s famous headdress. One is a easier to manipulate and create a more realistic looking rose but does not provide enough penetration of light. The other one is made out of a gel sheet and does not fold that easily but might look nicer at night with the LEDs on.
After serious deliberations over who makes the most sense playing each character, and the addition of Kristina to our costume group, I have decided to switch my role from Qui-Gon Jinn, to Luke Skywalker in “Return of the Jedi.”
The intention of this project is to bring back to life my childhood wonder in fantasy that is Star Wars. We have grouped up in order to portray multiple characters in order to world build. We will also be choreographing a fight scene for the parade.
For the outfit bottom I’ll be toting black rain boots and slim black pants. For the top I will be wearing a black long sleeve shirt and a black Nuru vest that own from India. I will also be raiding my moms closet for a chunky black belt.
The first object as the part of my “Luke” costume is the lightsaber. I am about half to completing the handle, which I have carved into a wooden dowel using the workshop Lathe. I need to make the indented ribbing as well as cut off the top and bottom base used for securing it in the Lathe.
After the design is done, I will bore a 1/4″ hole thru the center of the handle allowing for the wires to run from the NeoPixel strip in the sword, to the battery at the bottom.
For the light part of the sword I will be using a clear polycarbonate tube 1″ in diameter and cutting it down to about 28″. I have bought a sheet of somewhat opaque “drafting paper” which I will roll up and slide into the piece of tubing. This will diffuse the light and give the sense that my lightsaber is actually glowing!
My Halloween Costume is inspired by Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter known for her imaginative self-portraits, unique personal style and floral hair accessories.
For Halloween, I would like to recreate the red-on-red look from one of her iconic images shot at her home, Casa Azul (The Blue House), in Mexico City.
I could not find the whole image of her outfit from this photo shoot, but based on my research (https://in.pinterest.com/charvishrimali/frida-kahlo/), her style mostly consisted of a puffed cotton blouse and flared skirt or a layered dress, and always a shawl.
From my own wardrobe
A cotton hand-block printed maxi dress from Anokhi
A maroon embroidered shawl
Red Petticoat or skirt under the the dress to add volume
Layered chunky necklaces
An eyebrow pencil to recreate her signature unibrow look