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Clayface from Batman Costume

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Clayface from Batman Costume

The finished suit!

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Photo #1 - The finished suit! Photo #2 - The upper torso in progress! Photo #3 - The right arm in progress Photo #4 - The right arm finished! Photo #5 - The legs in progress Photo #6 -  Me with some other Batman fans!
Costume type:  Costumes for Men
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Cartoon Costumes

This homemade costume for men entered our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Joseph, the 'Clayface from Batman' costume creator:

About the costume. Well, for starters, it took nearly 10 months from concept to completion! That seems like a long time, but it was a lot of fun, albeit labor intensive, so it was well worth it! I actually had the idea to make the costume years ago, but only just this past year had the time and resources to tackle it. I've been a Batman fan since I was just a kid, and Clayface has always been one of my favorite villains, hands down. This particular take on the character was inspired by Bruce Timm's character design in Batman: The Animated Series, which I was and still happen to be a HUGE fan of!

The costume itself is made nearly entirely from EVA foam floor mats (those grey interlocking ones you use in an exercise room!) heated, shaped and glued together. I then used a Dremel to carve and shape each and every individual piece (the entire upper torso, lower torso, and about 8 pieces each per arm and leg!) until they went from looking flat and plain, until they looked gloppy and organic! After that, I brushed on spray foam (the kind used to fill cracks in the foundation of a house) and followed all of my carvings to give the entire thing a sense of movement. I used an LED battery pack to make the eyes light up, and carved green floral foam for the spikes. The entire thing was then given a 5 step paint process using black and 4 different shades of brown, and finally sealed with a clear rubberized coating to both protect the paint and waterproof it in case of bad weather! The arms and legs took a few tries to get right (three, exactly), but I'm really proud of the end result! so 10 months and about $75 later, I have a costume that I'm REALLY proud of as both an aspiring artist and a long time comic book geek :)

That's me in the suit!

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#1 comment by Tammy November 9, 2013

This costume is AWWWESOME!!!!The thought that my excerise mat could turn into THAT is the stuff that nightmares are made of!! Looks like it stepped right off a Hollywood movie set! Kudos to the artist for an amazing piece of work!!!

#2 comment by Anthony November 9, 2013

Great costume builder did a great job I'll vote for him anyday keep up the good work

#3 comment by Lydia November 9, 2013

The only thing better then this costume is the hottie inside it.I saw him without the costume on and fell in love. It's crazy to think that people can be so lucky genetically,beautiful and talented WOw!!

#4 comment by Kristin Tubb November 9, 2013

I vote for Joseph

#5 comment by Claudia Scotti November 10, 2013

Great job. Looks Awesome!! :)

#6 comment by Lorri Bellotti November 10, 2013

This costume is Hollywood quality and Hollywood ready,I heard there is a buzz already about using it in California...I sure hope so,it is incredible. I predict great things for this artist,he is amazingly talented and certainly deserves the recognition.

#7 comment by cheryl November 11, 2013

Awesome Costume, such great young talent.
Continue the great work!!!!!

#8 comment by Callie November 15, 2014

Love it! Where can I buy this?

#9 comment by Joseph Melone Jr November 28, 2014

Unfortunately you can't buy this particular one...I hand fabricated this costume 100% from scratch. But, my friend and I take commissioned works all the time, and could build another (probably slightly different) version if you're interested! You can check us out at Pazuzu Studios on Facebook. We've got pics of our other work, and will gladly look into building another if you're serious about it :) Thanks! -J

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