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Making the costume: Electra SOR2 (Posted 9th August 2013)
Of all the villains from the Streets of Rage game series Electra (aka Lisa) is my absolute FAV, a sultry glamour-puss with an electric whip in place of her right hand. When we first meet Electra she's singing in Barbons bar, but it doesn't take long before the sassy yet classy femme fatale is crackin' her electric whip-hand, mere inches from where you stand. Don't get in her way - you'll get more than a light zap if you ain't careful!
Right so, the making of her costume... Real easy to piece together, I mostly used store bought items. I gathered together a royal blue leotard, royal blue long length gloves (must go past elbow), royal blue over the knee boots, medium hole fishnet tights, medium - long length curly blonde wig (my hair proved too long to hold curls properly). Make up mainly focused on the eyes, dramatic long eyelashes, shaped eyebrows, light - dark blue eyeshadows.... have fun with it. (I'm writing this at 5:33am so please forgive me if this entry is filled with numerous grammatical errors or confusing nonsense :)
Ok so moving on to the whip.... I tried and tested a couple of ways to do this, hence you will see too different whips in my photos. The first was the most basic; I cut in half an empty drinks bottle (plastic 1 litre) and wrapped tin foil around it. Having covered it completely on the outside while leaving room for my the left hand to fit inside comfortably. Pierce a small hole in the top and thread through a grey or silver washing line (steel core is best to use as you can bend it and keep a shape in it).
The one I ended up going for is my preferred choice of whip, and you will see photos which include some quick steps showing how to make it. You'll need; Pringles box, biscuit tin (plain steel / metal look), tool for cleaning sink drains (makes an excellent prop whip!) What will happen is, when you place your hand inside the now tin covered , you can hold the small handle from the drain tool and really maneuver the whip! Simple but effective = happy end result :)