Thought I would do a quick write up explaining how I made my axe bass prop and where I got the clothing items for my costume… If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments! ❤
What I used to make the Axe Bass:
- A sheet of insulation foam cut into three pieces
- Liquid nails "small projects" glue
- Hot glue
- Super glue
- Sandpaper blocks
- Box cutter
- Exacto knife
- Red, black and gray acrylic paint
- Golden regular gel matte medium (you can also use Modge podge, but I already owned this)
- 4 craft wood hanging posts
- Silver elastic string
- Left over paint tube caps (from the acrylic paint I used)
- Paper, cardboard and foam mounting board scraps
I know it sounds like a lot, but assembling it wasn't as crazy as the list! The main important parts are the foam, glues, primers and paints. Everything else is in the details and can be created with stuff around your house. I think I might have spent around $35 making this to give you an idea on actual materials purchased.
Above is what the guitar looked like in its early stages after cutting and gluing together the 3 layers of foam, and then carving/sanding the foam. I ended up texturizing it a bit more, adding the gashes on the front, carving little holes for the wood pegs, and then I sealed it all with a layer of gel matte medium.
A few days later I began adding layers of base paint color to the guitar, and then another day I painted on all the black layers and added the little wood pegs. The next time I picked it up to work on it, I added the rest of the 3d details with super glue and hot glue. The flat details were either painted directly on or painted paper that was glued on. I left off the strap and bottom part it connects to because I decided I didn't want to spend anymore money… but you could probably create those peices with craft foam coated in modge podge and then just paint it!
When I started planning how to make this costume I drafted out all my ideas on paper and priced different products involved. It was really helpful and allowed me to figure out if I could use some resources I already owned, what I could save money on or even just how to construct something properly. I didn't stick to all my original plans in the draft above, but this will give you an idea of how I went about planning things. I recommend this sort of planning for all labor intensive or pricey crafts because it helps save time, energy and money!
What I wore for the costume:
- Gray tank top from Target
- "Jeggings" from Marshalls – this is a nice alternative to real jeans because they fit easily in boots and aren't too warm!
- Red cowboy boots from Ariat
I skipped body make up and fang marks because I knew I would be walking a long distance in hot and humid weather to get to the CNN center… and I also opted not to buy little fangs because I wouldn't be wearing the outfit for very long. I might try those another day if I rewear this for Halloween though!
Some final notes on my guitar – If you want your axe bass to be more accurate to a real bass, be sure to make the flat side the top and use only 4 strings! 🙂 I accidentally added 5 strings and put the details on the wrong side… My boyfriend who plays bass guitar noticed those errors right off the bat, but since I have no experience handling guitars I was oblivious! 😉 Its not a huge thing since its a cartoon prop, but definitely worth mentioning so you can avoid the same mistakes.