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I built and wore the Angel of Death Grim Reaper Costume for the 2013 Nyc Halloween Parade. I wanted the Reaper to appear to be walked out of the fires of hell still simmering. Looking for souls!

Wings:
I made the wings with 2 full sets of real medical grade human plastic bones. You can get these bones from www.skeleton-factory.com. I dissembled the arms and rearranged the bones to form the wings. I used 1/4" bamboo to extend the wings. I used the fingers of the hands to create the wing tips. I used liquid latex and cotton for the wings skin. Using thin wire to add strength and positioning. The wings are rigged to an army "Alice" backpack frame. This frame also supports the LED Lighting, fog machines, a speaker and LIpo Batteries.

Body:
I made the cloak out of several layers of different transparent textured fabrics. I cut holes and painted the fabric with Latex paints to make the cloak look like its been burnt and worn. I also using hot glue for the cob-webing texture. The hands are also medical grade plastic bones and latex sewn onto black gloves. I used 6” platform boots, football shoulder pads, and a bike helmet to make the reaper stand over 6’8”.

Scythe:
The scythe is made from 1" Insulation foam, fiber glass, 1' aluminum flat stock, a tree branch, and latex/spray paint.

Lighting:
I have over 650 LED flicking inside the costume simulating burning coal.
I used 3 sets of 216 Vinkerman Angel Teardrop LED Lights (Red, Orange, and Yellow). I found these lights cheapest at Meijer.com.
I also used 6 Ikea JANSJÖ LED USB lamps (Black and White covers). I used two black USB lamps for the face light and four white USB lights to light up the wings. I used Rosco Gel to color those LED's.
I controlled these LED's with 5-MCBRF-4A Single Color LED Mini Dimmer with Dynamic Modes - RF Remote from Superbrightleds.com. I used one for each LED strand and the wing USB lights by color and the other two for the two different color face USB lights (Red and Yellow). I did this because I wanted control of the flicker effect for each color and the face light. So all LED's won't flicker at the same wave length and speed. I could have used just one but I didn't want to see any pattern in the flicker. These controllers have multiple flicker effects to switch from. These Micro controllers are pretty neat and are a good price.
I powered all of this with 2-3 Cell Lipo 5000ma batteries. I used one battery for backup.

Smoke FX:
For the smoke effect I used 2-Look Solutions Tiny FX Tiny Fogger Fog/Smoke Machine with their own Lipo batteries and fog juice jug each. One mounted on my backpack and one on the bottom of my cloak shooting into a looping vacuum hose sewn into the cloak with holes spaced 6" apart. I wired both foggers to a 2 channel control switch leading to my right arm. Allowing me to add fog when desired.

Sound:
I also used a Jambox mounted in my backpack for the cracking of fire sound effect. I connected through bluetooth to my iPhone that played the sound effect. I kept my phone in my pocket.
I also used a cheap voice disguiser mounted on the shoulder strap to make my voice deep and demented.

Experience of being in costume:
I felt like a rockstar in this costume. I could only walk about 3 feet before the crowd would stop me and ask for pictures, many proclaiming I was best in show and praising me for my meticulous dedication to detail. Those who were not able to get my pic would chase me down the street to get me to stop.

I believe in the small details in everything I create especailly my costumes. Even the details that most people wouldn't even notice. To me, this is what makes an epic costume. 

Hope you enjoy this years halloween costume. You can also see the video I put together here on www.deadtreeconcepts.com
My 5 year old wants to be a Reaper for Halloween this year. I stumbled upon your costume - Amazing! I used to work at one of America's biggest haunted attractions and this costume is better than anything we used! <br><br>Did you use a pattern for the cloak? Any tips on distressing technique and fabric choices (for attempring a simplified version) would be extremely helpful! Which latex paint did you use? So many questions! Hah I just love everything you did.
<p>This has got to be the best reaper I've ever seen. I want to make one! Awesome work! How much does it weigh after all is said and done?</p>
<p>Truly incredible work. Being a huge Grim Reaper fan, I know there are so few great reaper costumes and your's is by far the best. I've gone through a lot of trouble to make my own Grim Reaper costume (recently added to instructables) but I'll give you credit on the lights, sounds and wings, they are so very cool. </p><p>Outstanding!</p>
<p>This is an incredible job and I can not imagine you not winning a prize because your competition had to be professional with a support crew. I would love to have the time to create something half as nice as this.</p>
Let me be the first one to call this awesome. Love the wings, and the skull and... well, I love it. Thanks for sharing. <br> <br>I would love a step-by-step, but the pictures explain a great deal as they are. What I would like to know is what LEDs you were using, i.e. whether they are bought or home-made, and how you controlles them. What I mean here is whether you used some pre-made effect that might even have come with the LEDs (if you bought them), or whether you used a microcontroller or what not... I think what I mean to ask is how you achieved a smoldering look. Or were they simply always on?
Thank you so much! I'm glad you loved it! It helps make all the hard work worth it. <br>Sorry for not going into the details on the lighting system. <br><br>To start with, I used 3 sets of Angel Tears LED Lights (Red, Orange, and Yellow) I found these lights cheapest at Meijer.com.<br><br>I also used 6-Ikea JANSJ&Ouml; LED USB lamps (Black and White covers). I used two black USB lamps for the face light and four white USB lights to light up the wings. I used Rosco Gel to color those LED's.<br><br>I controlled these LED's with 5-MCBRF-4A Single Color LED Mini Dimmer with Dynamic Modes - RF Remote from Superbrightleds.com. I used one for each LED strand and the wing USB lights by color and the other two for the two different color face USB lights (Red and Yellow). I did this because I wanted control of the flicker effect for each color and the face light. So all LED's won't flicker at the same wave length and speed. I could have used just one but I didn't want to see any pattern in the flicker. These controllers have multiple flicker effects to switch from. These Micro controllers are pretty neat and are a good price.<br><br>I powered all of this with 2-3 Cell Lipo 5000ma batteries. I used one battery for backup.<br><br>Thats pretty much it for the lighting. <br><br>For the smoke effect I used 2-Look Solutions Tiny FX Tiny Fogger Fog/Smoke Machine with their own Lipo batteries and fog juice jug each. One mounted on my backpack and one on the bottom of my cloak shooting into a looping vacuum hose sewn into the cloak with holes spaced 6&quot; apart. I wired both foggers to a 2 channel control switch leading to my right arm. Allowing me to add fog when desired.<br><br>I also used a Jambox mounted in my backpack for the cracking of fire sound effect. I connected through bluetooth to my iPhone that played the sound effect. I keep my phone in my pocket. <br><br>I also used a cheap voice disguiser mounted on the shoulder strap to make my voice deep and demented. <br><br>I hope this helped explain a little more of my details on the costume.<br>Thanks again for your interest. You can see more projects I have worked on and the video of this costume at deadtreeconcepts.com<br><br>Thanks<br>Ross<br><br>

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