Dragon Tales Revisited

I have no idea why I thought it would be fun to dress up my two little boys as dragons for Halloween.
I have no idea why I decided to attempt such a feat two days before I needed to use the costumes.
But I do know why I decided to use bathroom caulk. It was my inner 10-year-old self... the one who used to cover her hands in elmers glue just so she could pick it off. That girl.

This came through my google reader last month and I was instantly intrigued. Make your own castable silicone? Cornstarch, caulk and food coloring? I had to try it.

Cept I didn't cast it (oops), instead I just swirled it around everywhere with my fingers. Pastel blue was as dark as I could get, so I gave up trying to dye it. I looked a bit like a blind and one armed ape trying to frost a cake...or in this case a smiley face head.

It's actually kinda creepy. If the Jack-In-The-Box dude had a perpetually exuberant, zombie cousin, who got hit by a bakery truck and ended up with a baby shower cake on his head... this is what he would look like.

Regardless, I painted it, added yellow horns on the back and affixed it to Jamie's head with bobbypins. It was a huge hit. Plus it is ridiculously fun to play with. Like invincible jello. I'm already scheming more ways I can use caulk (hopefully with more mature results).

Making the tail was an adventure in and of itself. If you can imagine trying to teach a 5 year old how to sew, (without sewing anyone's fingers in the process), and then imagine my kitchen covered in yellow acrylic paint, you'll have a pretty accurate idea of how it went.

In the end I had a very happy boy...

...who wouldn't hold still for me to snap a picture.

Any tips on facepaint or finishing touches?
2 sprinkles of fairy dust:

That is so cool! My son was a dragon last year and your get-up is way cooler than my attempt. Your tail spikes are top notch! One other touch that I threw in was a party blower...the kind that uncurl like a frog's tongue when you blow into the pipe. I got one in red or orange or something and attached a bunch of tissue paper and shimmery silk and ribbons and such in flame colors and then he could "blow fire" on command. Super fun!

I love it! I'm going to have to try some of that "silicone" stuff. (Don't know what I would use it for, but surely I can come up with something!)