Patient and dedicated cosplayers often give up hours to the cause, and Steven K Smith Props spent 300 hours over about three months to make this Isaac Clarke from Dead Space costume. The armor is detailed both in construction and paint, and Smith had to apply several light layers of spray paint and washes. He also installed LEDs to make the face light up. He explained the process:
Moving on to the face lights. Very thin plexi glass purchased from Hobby Lobby was cut to fit in between the plates. The back side of each piece was sanded to diffuse the glow of the LEDs. To light the plates I wired 24 5mm leds to 2 AA battery packs. Because I couldn’t find the correct color I had to first sand then hand paint each LED aqua to match Isaac’s signature glow. I cut 24 little brackets out of sheet metal to hold the LEDs in place and to make sure that they were pointing up at the plexi glass. A very small gap was left in the 2nd Plexi glass plate this is where I will be able to see out of the helmet.
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