Silk Spectre II
Watchmen

Cosplayer: Ranma1-2

Variant: modern

Status: In Progress

Condition: Not Set

This costume has not been worn at any events yet.

23rd September 2010: Liquid Latex as Adhesive - experiments No pics - but I did some experiments sticking scraps of latex together.

I read somewhere that liquid latex can be used as an adhesive. Sounds good in thoery. However this is what I discovered..

I used standard milky off white looking liquid latex. I applied it onto the latex scraps and pressed firmly. I left the samples overnight to completely dry. Next day the pieces did appear to be glued together. So I went on to do some stress tests on the bond.

First thing I noticed was the two latex pieces still looked like two distinct seperate pieces that had been glued together - as opposed to a manufactured latex garment seam which looks like the two pieces have fused togehter into one.
Streatching the sample pieces the join held, but not convincingly enough for say a main crotch seam where there will be a lot of stress on a small area. I found that I could pick the corner of the sample and peel the two layers completely apart with alarming ease. Obviously the liquid latex hadn't bonded irreversably to the latex sheet!

Conclusion: Using liquid latex as an adhesive for latex sheet works like a contact adhesive - it bonds to the two surfaces and holds the two piecess togeher, the mechanical streangth of the seam is limited by the strength of the liquid latex gripping onto the latex sheet. Larger surface areas will have more strength. But small surface areas or areas under a lot of stress are prone to fail! Also there is a small 'step' produced at the seam where the two pieces of latex are layered together.

Solvent based adhesive: Seems to work more like a welding process. The adhesive seems to temporarily melt the two latex pieces enough to fuse them together into one as firm pressure is applied. Result - seams made using this adhesive are virtually unbreakable, and.. almost invisible as there is no 'step' because the two pieces fuse into one.


12th November 2009: Ankle boots Just snagged these ankle boots off eby for £3.00 ^^ I love a bargain!
They are more accurate than the shoes I have on in the makeup test shots.
I shall cut these down and chromify the heels and toecaps ..somehow.. tbc ^_^

2nd May 2009: 2 May 09 - more latex Just snagged a latex dress off eB nice and cheap (Like 7.50 cheap)

There is enough material in it to cut down and make the black swimsuit part of the costume. ..I know - I'm SO CHEAP!! :P

Got the latex arm gloves too. I Just need the yellow latex stuff now.

18th March 2009: 18 March 09 - Latex stockings test run. Latex Stockings arrived today and I just HAD to try them out. Well. It was not easy geting into them at first cos even with talc powder they don't slide along the skin. But I eventually discovered a way to get em on. Phew!
These Latex stockings were only around the £10 mark off e-bay, a lot less then the £125 for Latex boots I saw, and coupled with a pair of patent shoes I'm sure they will look every bit as good. I haven't bought the oil which will make the latex glossy yet as I will be cutting and glueing and I want the glue to stick properly. But the makeup test is giving me a good idea what the costume will look like on me. Wow! I'm liking the look of this A LOT. ^^


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Anonymous - 7th March 2009
I LOVE YOU.

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Ranma1-2 - 7th March 2009
^^ thought you'd like this one.

I don't know how to join latex or even if it's possible so I'll just source the various parts and cut things down to make the ensemble. Looks like it doesn't have to cost the Earth either.

And...at last, I can try my 'smokey eyes' makeup.

I wonder if they'd let me wear this at Expo!?! ^^

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stripey_dani - 7th March 2009
Yaaaaaaaay! Youll be a fantastic Silk Spectre!

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HystericalDame - 7th March 2009
THE STEVE'S LEGS APPRECIATION SOCIETY APPROVES!

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Anonymous - 7th March 2009
I'm really glad you're looking at using real latex for it. It's makes me overjoyed because there is a HUGE difference between what PVC and Latex look like.

Also, they'll totally let you wear it. They let me wear Ivy :D

Tab

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Ranma1-2 - 7th March 2009
Well, so I found latex glue on Eby and semi transparent yellow! so it is possible to do the costume in proper latex. Tab I so agree with you. I'm gonna try and make it look like the screen costume.
..its so tempting to start buying the stuff already!
October Expo anybody? :D

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Wildeth - 7th March 2009
Steve wins, yet again. :DD

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Manga Girl - 8th March 2009
EPIC WIN!!!

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Mighty Odango - 9th March 2009
Rubber cement is what's usually used to make latex clothing ^_^

Good luck! It'll be a fun costume for you!

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Freyarule - 9th March 2009
I <3 YOU STEVE!

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Captain_Marvelous - 11th March 2009
No doubt I will throw another comment in sooner or later but....Wow...thats all im gonna say ^.^ stop cosplaying hot people ^.^ XD good luck ^^

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Ranma1-2 - 11th March 2009
Thanks guys. ^^

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ryaoki - 18th March 2009
lmao oh steve haha hottest silk spectre ever

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stripey_dani - 18th March 2009
You suit her very well as she has quite a strong face anyway! (Comes from being Russian I guess xD)

Looking gooooorgeous!

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SherlockHulmes - 18th March 2009
KHB\b\sfdj,b\sdfsg!¬!¬¬¬¬!!!!! STTTTEEEEVVVE!

I mean... man... D: I have a THING for Laurie man. This is like... so confusing! D:

(Great job man ;) )

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Anonymous - 18th March 2009
You've probably google-fuued already, but this is a really good site for beginners latex clothing making

http://makinglatexclothing.com/

Tab

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Captain_Marvelous - 18th March 2009
ATTACK OF THE CONFUSER!!! this is beggining to look amazing!!! Cant wait for more :) I always look forward to your cosplays :)

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Ranma1-2 - 18th March 2009
Thanks guys. ^^

Reiss, forget bin bags - get everyone in Rubber next party time! ;) :) :)

Dani, yeah I agree strong faced women...suit me just fine. ^^

Mark, sorry to confuse (confuses my brother too! ^^), I just wanna do the best I can. Think of it as my ultimate tribute to her. :)

Tab thanks for that - I hadn't in fact done any research yet so the link was very helpfull. I just watched the tuorials, wow. It looks so quick and easy! (Srsly thinking of ditching the PVC I bought and going with Rubber for my 'Returns' Pfeiffer Catwoman costume now.

Luke, ^_^ this is what happens when I let my feminine side go completely free. ^^ you can do it too(..Lust shall also be amazing..) ^^

Mustn't get sidetracked though - other costumes to finish and wear before this one, which will likely be worn for October 09 Expo. But I'll add updates as I get more pieces for the costume...

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Adamoluna - 18th March 2009
wow, this looks... amazing on you O.O
You look exactly like her
O.o
o.O

...just, wow...

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Captain_Marvelous - 18th March 2009
I do so hope ^.^ we really need to be going to the same convention at some point or other o_o I might not feel so bad crossplaying LOL *its astounding how many anime females you could do, you have the Generic female lead face :) your so lucky*

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Ranma1-2 - 18th March 2009
Adamoluna, thanks - I've been experimenting with makeup for a more sultry, mature woman /femme fatal look. I also did some contouring makeup which accents my cheek bones even more.

Luke, you'll be fine - they'll LOVE you.
Generic anime female face? ..well maybe some of the villains... But I can't do 'sweet and innocent' or young, at all! Basically I can't do 'Girl'. So I'm sticking to 'Mature Woman'. But that's plenty to keep me going. ^^

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Captain_Marvelous - 18th March 2009
And im sure it will keep the rest of us going also ^.^ LOL any ideas when this will be finished?

and luckily I have my friend neverbell on here ^^ she is amazing at makeup :P *in return i give fashion tips I suppose but she is my crossplay go to girl*

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Anonymous - 18th March 2009
This is a cool costume - and I'm sure nobody could pull it off like you could.

Looking forward to seeing it! =^_^=

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Ranma1-2 - 18th March 2009
Luke, yeah hopefully ready for October Expo. Updates here as I make progress.

Lunar_Kitten, Thanks. I hope some of the girls also have a go at this costume. It is so much fun. ^_^

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Sillabub - 18th March 2009
Stop being so hawt, dammit! XD

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angel aiko - 18th March 2009
well somebody is looking quite sexy ;)

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Ranma1-2 - 18th March 2009
Taa. ^^
I vote girls should try rubber latex costumes too. ^_^

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Uni - 18th March 2009
You look bloody amazing!!! : D i so can't wait to see this in person!

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Ranma1-2 - 19th March 2009
Thanks. I guess.. see you in October then. ^^

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1000014 - 21st March 2009
I'm really envious of you being able to pull such costumes off I could never try it >.<, and again the legs!!! <3

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Ranma1-2 - 21st March 2009
Whats stoppin ya? (seen your legs out in some of your crossplays - looks like you could easily pull these off to me..). I'll pm ya.. ;)

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Shazz - 21st March 2009
THIS.IS.AMAZING.
<3
I'd love to do female watchmen cosplay sometime...But for now I'm too into cosplaying ginger hobos & Nite Owls *snigger*

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Ranma1-2 - 21st March 2009
Shazz you're so versatile with your cosplays..Yeah keep having fun with it. ^^
I haven't seen the flick yet so I'm not sure if ginger hobo is the baaaaaad guy.
But If you are I'll just have to kick your ass in to touch cos this Silk Spectre is badass. ^^ (...only jkg) :P

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Shazz - 22nd March 2009
Aww thank you:33 Haha, yeah if I'm having fun that's all that matters really.
Ooooh..No spoilers then ;D
Kovacs may be little and ginger...But he's like a terrier LMAO.

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Saffron - 22nd March 2009
Sheesh, looking fabulous as always <3

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Ranma1-2 - 22nd March 2009
Thanks honey. ^^

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Anonymous - 1st April 2009
WHOA STEVE! You are completely and utterly fabulous... This costume is already incredible please finish it soon! I am in awe!

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Anonymous - 1st April 2009
Good god, I want your legs o3o You are looking just the part! XD Cant wait to see the whole thing completed

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Anonymous - 1st April 2009
OMG OMG OMG! you look amazing in this already! jesus i wonna see this! you wearing it to expo?

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Ranma1-2 - 1st April 2009
lols ha ha ha, you guys make me laugh! :P

Well the plan is to wear the finished costume to London Expo in October, because May Expo cosplay plans are already in motion.
But I am working on the cos already so as I get further along I'll give you some sneek peeks.. eg currently sourcing a latex swimsuit to cut down, and I've found somewhere that sells semi-opaque yellow latex sheet. ;)

btw, Umm - have I missed Watchmen at the cinema? I don't remember it coming around. Although the premierre has been shown in London. Are we still waiting for it to hit our cinemas? (or have I been walking around with my eyes closed?)

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Wildeth - 5th April 2009
Ah, this is amazing! <3 You look stunning, Steve :3

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Ranma1-2 - 5th April 2009
Thanks Wildeth. ^^)

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PinkCharlieBear - 11th April 2009
WOW! You're going to make a -amazing- Silk Spectre!!!
I'm so glad your doing this, you look fabulous so far <3

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Ranma1-2 - 11th April 2009
Thankies. ^^

Darn it.. I just got 'lightning Hammered' on eB for a black latex swimsuit that would have been Perfect. \__/ Ah well the search goes on...

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Captain_Marvelous - 2nd May 2009
Lightning hammer? is that from tales of eternia....sorry spaced out for a mo then, i just got through seeing this film :P whilst it wasnt mega awesome I thought silk specter looked the best ^.^ I keep commenting but please keep at it :) cant wait to see result :)

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Ranma1-2 - 2nd May 2009
:D ..no, "lightning hammer" is one of those software programs that make people win at auctions like on eB - you know when someone comes in about a millisecond before the time runs out, and swipes your bargain away with no time to re-bid.

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Captain_Marvelous - 3rd May 2009
awesome ^^ im assuming my lightning hammer....well it just wouldnt do in that situation ^^

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Ranma1-2 - 4th May 2009
Ahh that swimsuit doesn't matter anymore, cos I just scooped a latex mindress. :P Great that means I have enough black latex to cut down and make all the black arts. Now all I need is to get the yellow latex. This might be an October debut... :P

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No thanks - 16th June 2009
I'm in love. <3

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Ranma1-2 - 16th June 2009
haha, oh Charlotte... ^__^ ..another 'legs girl' heh :P

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No thanks - 16th June 2009
haha well i wouldn't just say legs. :D you look stunning in all your cosplays xD i fell in love with each of them :3

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Ranma1-2 - 16th June 2009
awww. I feel all warm and glowey inside, thanks. ^__^

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Debbie Ella - 16th June 2009
Oh awesome!

Now give me your damn legs! >_<

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Ranma1-2 - 17th June 2009
ha ha ha ha, I keep telling people....ballet barr exercises, my dears. ^^

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No thanks - 17th June 2009
haha no problem sweetie 8D i hope to meet you one day, you go to the London MCM expo's?

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Ranma1-2 - 17th June 2009
I love meeting other cosplayers. :) Next event I'm at is London Film & Comic Con in July (cosplaying Zatanna), and then London Expo in Oct should have Silk Spectre II and Sailor Galaxia ready. Then in november I will be doing Memorabilia show at Birmingham NEC as Memorabilia girl. Hopefully Midland Expo will be on again next year in Feb, poss Kazami Mizuho for that.
Def come and say hi if you see me at any time. ^__^

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No thanks - 17th June 2009
Oh Yey!!!

I'll DEFINANTELY be looking for you in october then! i'll have to get a few pictures of both your cosplays!

haha now im all excited to see you!! <333

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Sephirayne - 10th July 2009
Looking amazing. Great to see another cosplay that shows off your great legs. can't wait to see it finished.

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Ranma1-2 - 10th July 2009
Thanks. ^__^ Hopefully at Oct Expo I will debut this. I'm just lacking the yellow latex for it now. After LFCC I shall get back on this.

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Ranma1-2 - 26th August 2009
Just to let you all know..this is def not going to happen for this Oct Expo. It's too near now and I still haven't got the yellow latex yet.
Sorry.

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k4tt - 26th August 2009
:( such a shame. I was looking forward to seeing this. You swapping it for May Expo costume?

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KhaosKreator - 26th August 2009
Hi Steve,

Matt's said he'd be nightowl and wear this with you. I want to be ozymantis. You game at at all?

We'd only really be able to do this after oct expo because we've all got costume plans for then.

-Tab

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Ranma1-2 - 1st September 2009
(..just back from a long weekend away..)

K4tt - yeah next May seems likely. I really want to do this but I just know it's improbable for Oct. Next May is a better target for me to aim for. I really want the costume to be good and I know I need more time to do it the way I want.

Tab - oh wow that sounds grrrreat! Yep 2010 for SSII, count me IN. :D

I also think I have my cosplay plans finally sorted for Oct now, and I'm happy with what's to come. :)

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Anonymous - 23rd September 2010
im astounded at the legs- they go on forever! you totally pull this cosplay off- awesome

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Ranma1-2 - 23rd September 2010
The legs! Ha ha ha ha, Thanks ^_^

I've got most of the parts I need to make the costume now, but still need to get the semi-transparent yellow latex. I also did some experimenting with adhesives and discovered the cheap one I was hoping to use doesn't stick the latex securely enough, so I need to buy the expensive stuff.
It's a shame this costume has been waiting for so long.. I will aim at May 2011 now, before anything else fills those Expo slots up.

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redheadgirl - 29th January 2011
I really hope u finish this so we can have some kick ass posing =)

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Captain_Marvelous - 29th January 2011
Best quote "What ever happened to him.." "he tried it on Rorschach...he thew him down a lift elevator" XD haha man you look sooo amazing! this is going to be a very sexual costume! :) on stage you have to make it so!

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Ranma1-2 - 29th January 2011
Thanks guys. :)
Ive found where to get small quantities of the strong type proper adhesive..
I just have to order that and some yellow latex sheet. I think its game on for May.

Redheadgirl - absolutely some kick ass posing. ^_^

Ryuk - Sexual costume.. hmm yes. My long leather coat is gonna be my comfort coat that I run to if the attention gets too much walking around Expo. Cant wait to do the cosplay on stage though. I shall oooze sexiness. :P
Watchmen group shall rock!

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Captain_Marvelous - 30th January 2011
Ive just finished Rorschach's gas gun XD so thats a start still some ways to go for the Chach XD After I finish vash I will finish my watchmen...or man XD

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Sammymisa - 1st December 2012
I cosplay silk spectre 2! The only thing I can say you have nicer legs than me

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Ranma1-2 - 2nd December 2012
Thanks Sammymisa.. I have yet to start on the real costume. I now have the black latex and just need to buy the yellow latex..and glue.