A new tradition of mine is to build a Halloween costume every year. I enjoy showing off multiple methods of makery into one cool project. This year is 3D printing and a method of painting called “hydrodipping.” There are quite a few YouTube tutorials on how to do it, so I’ll only briefly describe my experience.
I found this DeathStroke mask on Thingiverse and decided to give it a go. The character is new to me, but since he wants to kill that dumbass Batman, I’m 100% on his side. As per usual, I didn’t take the advice of the designer and up the size 10%, so the original red version in the pictures didn’t fit. I had to enlarge it and try again. That’s why you see one that’s a baby blue. Some super glue, bondo, filler primer, and a bit of gloss paint later, it was ready for some dippin’ paints.
- Go slow
- Practice a lot before doing anything important
- Don’t let the paint sit too long (2 minutes tops) before applying
- Use latex gloves
- Hot glue handles to the pieces for better control