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Mystique costume

I like when people put a lot of time and planning into their Halloween costumes, and Redditor drbonedaddy and his girlfriend went all out. He became Gambit, and she put together a rather awesome Mystique costume. She even dyed her contacts! Here’s more info about the build:

Wasn’t easy at all. The spandex suit had to first be landmarked, then painted. Each side took three to four hours and had to be allowed to dry overnight. Applying the latex for the scales on her face and painting it took two to three hours as well. She dyed her hair for the costume which was another hour. So in total it was roughly a 10 hour process over the course of a few days. I’m sure there are some very intricate costumes posted on here, but it really was a painstaking process to make it come together

See another pic of Mystique and of drbonedaddy’s Gambit costume after the break.

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Even though some shoe companies produce rad fandom-themed shoes, your best bet for getting a unique pair of kicks is heading to Etsy and purchasing from a shop like Eclectic Goods. The shop’s owners, Jaquan and Nicole Robinson, paint Converse shoes with characters from franchises such as Star Wars, Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and Firefly. They work in a lot of detail and nail the likenesses of the characters they paint.

The shoes are made to order, and turnaround time is 3-5 weeks.

Check out more of Eclectic Goods’ work after the break.

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DIY Krang Hat

If you’re not fully committed to making an elaborate Krang from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume like this one, you can cheat and simply craft a Krang hat. Instructables user ashleyjlong made the hat for an art gallery project and then realized it would work well as part of a costume. All you need is pink fleece or an already-made pink fleece beanie, felt, black paint or yarn, glue, stuffing, and basic tools.

Creating Krang’s creepy but cute face is pretty straightforward, and this is definitely a project you can tackle in an evening. So, if you still don’t have any kind of Halloween costume to wear, this is a good last minute idea.

See a couple in-progress shots after the break.

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Etsy seller Charming Clay Creation comes up with the best friendship necklaces. We’ve featured her Sherlock and Watson design in the past, and now we’re drooling over her superhero and villain pairings. Each heart-shaped necklace can be worn as one piece, turned into a magnet, or split and shared between friends. They’re handmade from polymer clay, and the designs featured the Joker and Harley Quinn, Captain America and the Winter Soldier, and more. I’m head over heels for them.

Note: the Etsy shop is closed right now but will reopen on October 15th.

See more friendship necklaces after the break.

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These simply beautiful hand-painted Doctor Who shoes are the work of Etsy seller arteclair. They feature a design inspired by the current season’s opening titles with clocks, spinning gears, and of course, the TARDIS. Although this pair has sold, you can contact the seller about getting a Doctor Who design custom made just for you.

See more pictures after the break.

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The era of the 12th Doctor is in full swing, and Etsy products like these hand-painted shoes are starting to trickle in. These sneakers are the work of GallifreyanMarket who has painted them with all sorts of 12th Doctor tidbits. The front features his coat, the sides have the gears and clock seen in the opening credits, and then the back has the best part of all—the intense Capaldi stare. The Doctor is watching your back. Or your ankles as it were.

See more pictures after the break.

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If you’re not ready to commit to full costumes from Frozen, you can start with a corset. Etsy shop Lovely Rat’s Custom Clothing has come up with designs for Anna and Elsa, and the underbust corsets are made to order. The Elsa one is blue trimmed with white, lighter blue and crystal accents. The Anna corset is currently on sale and features warmer colors and lovely embroidered flowers. They could be worked into costumes or worn as part of an everyday ensemble.

See the Anna design after the break.

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Ever want to escape and hide in a hobbit hole? Me too. While I haven’t figured out how to construct a portable hobbit hole just yet, this Bag End necklace is a fine start to transporting to the Shire. The antiqued bronze design by Nedda Szylewicz is hand-painted to look like the front door of the Baggins’ home. It’s a locket so you can keep small photos or notes secret and safe.

Check out more photos of the lovely locket after the break.

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This lovely crocheted version of Princess Anna’s hat is the work of Laura at Over The Apple Tree. It’s absolutely perfect from the colors to the tassels to the 3D pink flowers. You can download the pattern and make this for the Frozen-crazed little girl in your life. Better yet, make one for yourself.

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Guardians of the Galaxy was a serious summer hit, and it seems like all of the film’s characters, especially the oh-so-lovable Groot, have really struck a chord with cosplayers. Speaking of which, Reddit user Tylernator wanted to make a Groot costume for himself, but he had a pretty strict budget. So, the clever cosplayer was actually able to improvise a pretty fantastic costume for only $62. As you know, cosplaying can be an expensive passion, so I’m pretty impressed with Tylernator’s results.

Check out a breakdown of the budget and some more pics after the break…

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