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DIY Mannequin Tutorial

When planning for my next set of costumes, I realized that I simply couldnt work on the costumes the way I needed to while wearing them or simply laying them flat… a mannequin was in my future. I didn’t want to buy one just yet, although there are affordable options out there. I had found the following tutorial on Pintrest from handimainia.com and felt it would be a great way to build a form that was true to my shape.

DIY Plus Sized Mannequin

Me wrapped in duct tape. Mine is not NEARLY as neat as the tutorial, but it still works!

The one part I thought was missing from this tutorial was how to actually implement the stand in a way that was still very cost effective. I initially had thought I could make it work by just setting it on a stool, and it DID work for a little while, but it wasn’t very stable, and honestly, I needed something closer to my own height. DIY Plus Size Mannequin

The cheap and easy solution? A cheap stand lamp from Walmart rang in at $7. DIY Mannequin

Cut out the cord (please don’t have this plugged in for any reason… I feel I have to say this as I personally know someone who could have been killed cutting through a live lamp cord.) Cut off the bulb attachment and pull the cord out. You will only need the metal poles and base.

DIY Mannequin

Now, take two of the poles and screw them together, and feed it into your mannequin. Ideally do this before you even stuff it, since this will allow you to keep it nice and centered. I had to split the bottom of mine (dubbed Quinn) and move the stuffing around. She lists to the left a bit because of this, but she still is a solid costume assistant.

DIY Mannequin

Before you seal things up, set up the base of the stand, and hold your mannequin up so you can evaluate hight. You may want to adjust the depth of the poles accordingly. There are two very important parts to this:

  1. Make sure that the end is sticking out enough so that you can easily unscrew the mannequin from the base for easy storage.
  2. Make sure the end coming out of the mannequin matches up correctly to the completed stand below.

DIY Mannequin

Finally, seal up the bottom of the mannequin, and continue to tape the form securely to the pole.

DIY Mannequin

And that’s it! A cheap and easy mannequin that is perfectly sized to your own shape. Plus, a sneak peek at my next tutorial!

DIY Mannequin

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!

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