Monday, May 21, 2012

Spider-man 3 Symbiote Suit

I had started building this suit for Halloween the year Spider-man 3 came out in theaters back in 2007. I had every plan of finishing it before Halloween, but I was having issues with the urethane rubber for the webbing not setting up correctly because of moisture in the air. I ended up scrapping the costume for a few years, but eventually came back to it in 2010. I'm actually kinda glad I had put it off for those years because I learned a lot more about the different types of materials and tricks working with them.

Everything on this suit is custom made. Nothing was bought other than raw materials. The fabric for the suit was a 4 way stretch "wet look" charcoal grey lycra from www.spandexworld.com. I needed up going with the charcoal grey even though the suit is black in the movie because I was going to add a black brick pattern over top of the grey lycra. To achieve this I designed a pattern in Adobe Illustrator that was the same as the pattern used in the movie.


I then had this pattern cut in sheets of vinyl and applied it to the top of the grey lycra. Once all the vinyl was applied I used a black fabric spray paint called Design Masters and sprayed over top of the entire fabric. Once the paint was fully dried I pulled the thousands of little vinyl stickers off revealing the new patterned material. This is NOT how it was done in the movie, but it was what I had access to at the time.

The next step was to have the material cut and sewn to the same pattern as they used in the movie. The reasoning for this is because the urethane webs are applied on top of the seems, making the suit look seem-less. I ended up buying a red/blue suit pattern off of eBay at the time that I used for the pattern. Unfortunately I dont have any pictures of the pieces laid out in pattern form.

On to the urethane webs! Along with the original suit pattern I bought, it also had the web pattern on it as well. In Adobe Illustrator I removed the webs from the original file and made them their own file which I could use later to have web molds made.

I decided to use Smooth-On's ReoFlex 30 urethane for the webs which would be strong enough and flexible enough to stretch with the suit once it was glued in place. Unfortunately the urethane is beige in color and I wanted them to be black. I tried adding color tint to the rubber, but it only weakened it because of how thin the webs are. I finally settled on using fabric dye to dye the finished cast webs. Once the webs were dyed and dried, they were coated with graphite to give then the shine like in the movie.

 

Many test fits were done to ensure the webs would fit correctly on the suit before anything was glued down. In this picture you can see the brick pattern very clear on my hand and the shine of the webs from the graphite.



So once all the webs were cast and coated, I wanted to make the eye lenses before I started gluing everything down. For this I also made an Adobe Illustrator template that I would used to later sculpt the lenses.


A mold was then made from the sculpted pieces and the final frames were cast in black urethane plastic. The inside lens was made from thin PETG plastic and painted screen mesh from a cooking splatter screen.


On the movie suit the eyes were not permanently attached to the mask they clipped onto a face shell that was under the mask, so that is how I wanted my suit to be. I ended up making a fiberglass buck for a vacuum table and heated ABS plastic over top of it.


Now with all the parts manufactured I could start the final assembly.


Many objects were used in the final assembly of the suit. A duct tape dummy was made of myself to correctly fit the webs on the suit. I also had a friend that was my same height and build wear the suit so I could position the webs correctly. A fiberglass mannequin and a life size human head bust were also used.




All the webs were glued down with Loctite Super Glue Gel. The great thing about super glue gel is that is sits on the fabric as opposed to seeping into the fabric.









There was a lot to this suit and I just kind of gave you all a brief "how to" of how this suit was made. So if you have any questions feel free to ask as I will answer them the best I can.

6 comments:

  1. best spiderman costume I've seen

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  2. Just googling spiderman eyes and come across this. Had to stop and say how fantastic that is! You obviously put a lot of time, effort, and love into this costume and it looks great!

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  3. How much would it be for you to make a face shell for a noir Spiderman mask?

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  4. If you work commission, I wish to purchase a suit from you

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  5. Name your price sir and I shall pay it. You can reach me at thapartystarter@gmail.com if you wish to talk business

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