Items To Purchase When Making A Complete Predator Suit

Wreav

Elite Hunter
Community Staff
Before you do anything below it is highly recommended that you know what you are doing. Building a Predator suit from scratch can be expensive and a long process. This might not always be the case.

An Alternative to all of this is to buy your own suit from people on the Marketplace:
Marketplace Guidelines And Info

The Verified Sellers May also have a Facebook page and contact information.
If you are looking for various sellers. Contact the Staff or Hunter/Veteran Members who may know.

This whole post has references from Stan Winston School or Arts and other resources. As well as my personal input.

Lets Start:

Stan Winston School Of Art - This gives you guidance on what you wish to pursue from paint ups to mould making and so on.
www.stanwinstonschool.com/tutorials/how-to-body-cast-create-custom-mannequin-on-a-budget - First thing
www.stanwinstonschool.com/tutorials/monster-suit-sculpt-character-creation-tutorial# - Second
(Bio Mask Painting) www.stanwinstonschool.com/tutorials/metallic-painting-techniques-real-metal-effects - Third
How to Make a Monster Suit - Mold Making, Foam Latex & Paint | Stan Winston School of Character Arts - Fourth
(The last link is extremely advanced, the first two would be more than enough.) (Do not buy this unless you are certain it is something you need)

Bonus! www.stanwinstonschool.com/tutorials/creature-mask-painting (Painting with Steve Wang)

With that cleared were are
HEALTH/SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

When working with toxic and/or dangerous materials or tools:


ALWAYS read labels for appropriate use guidelines (READ THE LABEL! Skin safe, correct mixing ratio)
ALWAYS wear a high-grade respirator
Safety Respirators | Amazon.com | Safety & Security - Respiratory Protection
ALWAYS work in a well-ventilated area (Your Garden/Garage/Balcony)
ALWAYS protect your skin DuPont TY122S Disposable Elastic Wrist, Bootie & Hood White Tyvek Coverall Suit 1414, Large - Painting Coveralls - Amazon.com
ALWAYS wear eye protection http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=tools&field-keywords=eye+protection


Before we start Pepakura is very popular
You can purchase it or get the viewer version
The Post Below gives you tonnes of options if you are looking for a foam based character.
http://predatorium.com/threads/predator-pepakura-updated-with-pics.20680/page-2#post-307838


Step One: The Life Size Model Of Yourself!
(If you want to skip this step you can simply buy a mannequin - The mannequin can be made from Plastic, Resin and Glass. When constructing the head it is best to use a Resin or a Glass head piece.) http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias=arts-crafts&field-keywords=mannequin+male&rh=n:2617941011,k:mannequin+male

For those who do not want to skip this step. Here are the details. If you have not Purchased the SWS Video That have no fear at the bottom are two videos that are on youtube that are extremely helpful when making legs and the torso.
FOR YOUR WORK STATION
  • A Human that you can trust!
  • 1"x 2"x 8' board
  • Rigid poly foam. 4lb density.
  • 1 gallon Bondo
  • Room fan
TOOLS
  • Tape measure (cloth and metal tape)
  • Tack saw OR fine tooth hand saw
  • Bandage scissors
  • Several drywall screws OR staple gun
SUPPLIES
  • 2" wide masking tape
  • Plastic food wrap
  • Drinking water
  • Music
  • Paper cups. 1 quart size.
  • Stir sticks OR younger depressors.
  • Sure form
  • 1 unitard OR under armor OR t-shirt and long tights
Alternative and a Video Guide

Items Needed:
Cling Film
Tape
Bubble Wrap
Or a Foam Gun

Your Finished Product Should Be A Life Size Sculpt Of Yourself.

STEP TWO 'Making the Suit from Clay)

First of all there is a way to skip all of this MacGuyver's Mr. Incredible Suit Huntorial *LOTS OF PICS!* <-- The best Guide on how to make a suit without the use of clay and so on.
Mr-Incredible Suit
(Latex)

For those who want to construct a suit from clay here are the various supplies you will need.
FOR YOUR WORK STATION

CLAYS/PLASTERS

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

SPONGES

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

TOOLS

SUPPLIES

Common Questions
If I want to cast Latex What is best?
Plaster
What If I want to cast a resin head?
Silicone
What is the Fibre Glass for?
To hold the Plaster in place (This is not necessary it acts as protection)

Step 3 Now that you Have All of your accessories it is time to create more accessories such as the Bio Mask!
With Everything from Step two you can construct a Predator Bio to your liking. You have your predator head so now it's time.

After you have constructed what Bio Mask you want over your predator here are guides on what to do afterwards.

Bryan will Guide you:



How to make a predator helmet tutorial, part4 - trimming and cleaning

How to make a predator helmet tutorial - Part 5 Painting and finish bio

Now that you Have your Mask Here is the 'bonus'
FOR YOUR WORK STATION

AIRBRUSHES

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

EPOXYS/GLUES

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

PAINTS

Primers/Adhesion Promoters

SKIN PAINTS/POWDERS

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

TOOLS

SUPPLIES


Fourth Step Moulds (This is a more advanced step)
Alternatively you can make a torso,hand,feet mould out of plaster by using the same methods used in the video provided.
For Resin a Silicone Mould would be ideal.
(This is an advanced step, if this is your first suit consider sticking to the use of plaster. First Create the beauty coat by placing plaster over your torso/leg/hand/feet mould then submerge your burlap in the plaster and slowly start placing it around (Do one side at a time and use dividers). Coats should be applied within a certain period of time between each other. And Allowed to cure over night.

The more advanced stuff 'Please do not do this unless because 90% of the time you won't have a vacuform Machine at your disposal if you do you can continue. Otherwise use what is useful in terms of your build (Plaster for Torso and so on.) Make a latex cast by painting liquid latex inside the mould the first is a beauty coat and slowly by slowly every 30 minutes to 1 hour build up the layers until you have the desired thickness. If it is a two part mould shut the two moulds together and make sure you have a belt of some sort. Get out an extender brush and paint over the seam line.)
After letting the latex cure use 'Baby Powder to remove the latex'


'Continue to the final step' 'This may not be useful to many'

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

AIRBRUSHES

CLAYS/PLASTERS

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

EPOXYS/GLUES

FABRICS

LATEX/SILICONE

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

PAINTS

PLASTICS

RELEASES

RESINS

SPONGES/POWDER PUFFS

THICKENING AGENTS

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

TOOLS

SUPPLIES



Final Step! Painting your suit.
Here is a great guide by
Ta2Pro

How to Paint a Predator Head with Ta2Pro P1 Style

FOR YOUR WORK STATION

AIRBRUSHES

CLEAR COATS/GLOSSES/MATTING AGENTS

PAINT/BRISTLE BRUSHES

PAINTS

THINNERS/SOLVENTS

TOOLS

SUPPLIES



Now you should have a finished Product.

Now for Accessories.
'Bones' = Go out to your local KFC and save your bones. If you dislike real bones you could create casts of bones

Making a two piece plaster mold

Dreads: Backer Rod or Create a Mould out of your desired length and use Polyfoam along with Black tinted Latex so create the smooth surface (This is the part I am shaky in)
Beads (Can be bought online)
Dread Beads 'Sculpted with monster clay'
Skirt 'Leather or fabric'
Led Lights 'Purchased on Ebay
'Anamatronics is optional'



I will Place Links Soon. For each product.
Thanks. If there is anything I have missed please Comment Below.
 
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Wreav

Elite Hunter
Community Staff
Ha! I did this July of last year. I forgot I did this. July was the worst month ever. Not only did I lose my job 4 days later but I was homeless too. Took me a while to get things back together mentally. This is a trip down memory lane.
 
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