After a bit of research on the net I came across this ‘Duct Tape Dummy’ a home made version of you as a dress form. I noticed the different variations of making a dummy, some used duct tape and Paper Mache like at Threads magazine others versions were made out of parcel tape as seen here on Threadbangers. I searched for videos on You Tube and found this was easier to understand.
Feeling all inspired I went down to the local DIY store and brought 3 rolls of duct tape in silver costing around £6.00. I put on an old snug-fitting t-shirt and asked my boyfriend to wrap me in it, I didn’t hear him refuse. After a couple of hours and feeling a little uncomfortable especially when I was pretty much covered in it and couldn’t move I was done.
I stuffed mine with loads of carrier bags, this took me about half hour, which worked rather well. I used a coat hanger to keep the shoulder shape and I had a tube from my fabric purchase to use as a pole. Also I managed to advertise on free cycle and a lovely person donated their Christmas tree stand for the base.
1 old t-shirt
3 rolls of duct tape
Carrier bags - Loads
Christmas tree base
Time: 2 Hours
These are the steps taken to make the body form
Stage 1 – Prepare Yourself
- Wear an old good fitting t-shirt.
Stage 2 – Applying the Duct Tape
- Use long strips of duct tape and start applying at the waist snugly.
- Work downwards checking the strips are applied smoothly and evenly to the lower part of the body.
- Start working upwards from the waist to below the chest.
- For the chest apply diagonally strips across the chest area.
- Attach the cling film to the neck and top of the arms to protect the skin.
- Add another layer making sure it is on smoothly and all the areas are covered.
- Once complete cut the middle of the back from the bottom upwards.
Stage 3 – Finishing off the Body Form
- Tape the coat hanger onto the top of the pole.
- Add more duct tape to the body form for sticking the back together.
- Stuff the inside with carrier bags.
- Tape the bottom, neck and arm holes closed.
- Put a stand on the end of the pole for the base.
Here are photos of my completed Duct Tape Dummy.
Now all I need to do is start making clothes to put on it.
Have you made a Duct Tape Dummy, I would love to hear your comments and techniques you used to create one?