Cybermen were a series of villains on the popular "Dr. Who" series, created when their people began to replace body parts to allow them to live longer. When they replaced the heart, it rendered the Cybermen emotionless. The appearance of these villains varied depending on which episode of "Dr. Who" was playing, but they all had some characteristics in common such as a non-moving mouth, circular eyes and pipes running from their ears to the top of their heads. You can create a Cyberman costume with just a few supplies from your local craft store.
Things You'll Need:
- Large Bowl
- Measuring Tape
- Paper Mache Paste
- Silver Duct Tape
- Silver Spray Paint
- Gray Sweatsuit
- Paper Mache Strips
- Aluminum Foil
Blow up a large balloon bigger than your head, then cut out a piece of cardboard in the shape of a round, flat "Y" and glue it to the balloon at eye level. Make sure the top of the "Y" extends around both your eyes and the tail reaches below your mouth.
Apply paper mache to the balloon and the cardboard "Y," making sure to keep the eye and mouth area higher than the rest of the mask. Start by pouring the paper mache paste into a large bowl. Next, dip one strip of paper mache at a time into the paste, completely saturating the strip. Wrap it around the balloon. The paste will make it stick. Repeat this process until the entire balloon is covered with strips. Be sure to wear vinyl gloves similar to what doctors and nurses wear to keep the paste off your hands. Allow the paper mache to dry and harden.
Pop the balloon and remove it from the paper mache shell of the mask. Cut two circular holes for your eyes and a thin, straight slit for the mouth using the knife. Place these cuts in the raised "Y" section that you created. Place two tiny holes in the area of the nose to help you breathe when you wear the mask. Be sure to wear plastic gloves to keep the paste off your hands.
Cover the entire mask in aluminum foil, gluing the edges together. Cut out the eyes and mouth holes you made in the paper mache shell.
Spray paint a pair of earmuffs with silver metallic spray paint. Once it dries, attach the earmuffs to the mask with silver duct tape.
Don silver or gray gloves, and a gray or silver sweat suit, sprayed with metallic silver spray paint. Allow the suit to dry before you wear it.
Nicholas Nesler has worked in journalism for over 10 years as a reporter, photo editor and sports editor. Nesler has written for "The Batesville Guard" and the "Paragould Daily Press." His awards include the '07 FOI award from the APME. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro and his master's degree in education at the University of Central Arkansas.