Re: Distressing a costume
- Sorry it's taken so long to reply to all the great advice I received about distressing costumes - filming and such has kept me pretty busy.
I did my best to follow the advice everyone gave me, and I think my costume came out pretty well. I used sand paper and cheese graters, fabric paint, fake dirt by Ben Nye, as well as crumpling up the fabric and cutting small bits out to make random moth-eaten holes or raggedy edges.
The distressing made my fake leather pants look a lot more like actual leather. And some fellow actors thought they were actually leather, so I think that means it was a success. Hurrah!
Thank you everyone!
--- In F-Costume@yahoogroups.com, Prane Evans <madottercat@...> wrote:
> Good luck on your Web Series.
> As for distressing a costume - Fuller's earth is good for adding dirt streaks as someone said.
> For distressing small areas you can use what's called a file card. It's a wire brush used to
> keep files clean. They're not very expensive and you can use them on areas like knees and elbows. Fine sandpaper for distressing leather if it's thick.
> For Pirates of the Carribean - the costume designer threw all the town's people's folks
> costumes into a cement mixer and added a few bricks and let it run overnight.
> For something that might streak your costume and get stiff - I would think Acrylic paints cautiously applied. Also look into fabric craft gels - there are any number that do different things. You can suspend color into some of those gels.
> A really diluted bleach solution can take the color out of areas - also lemon juice - less harsh than bleach.
> To help you and the others - go do some research. Look at a long term homeless person - you can see how dirt cakes and streaks on things - where the wear is.
> If you have leather on your costume - go look at a well worn saddle or leather equipment - you can see how the leather looks as it gets worn. Look at well worn clothing - it will give you ideas on what you can do and reproduce.
> I hope that helps.
> Fran E.
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