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This is a deep sea Angler Fish costume I made for Halloween this year.  I Hope you enjoy following along with the process here.

Material list
EVA Foam (purchased in the form of 'Anti Fatigue Mats'
Poly Foam 1/2" thick
Polystyrene
Plywood
Aluminum ski pole
Backpack
Steel Electrical Conduit 1/2"
Acrylic Hemisphere's 9" and 12" diameter, 2 each

Contact cement
Spray foam Adhesive
Hot Glue
Super Glue
Latex Paint
Gorilla Glue

Fiber optic cable
Blue LED string lights
Speaker Wire
Color Changing LED's
AA Batteries
PVC pipe
Translucent Plastic Ball
Cable ties
Electrical tape
Velcro
Heavy duty Zipper
Wood (teeth)
Electrical switches
Retractable ID badge cable
Assorted nuts and bolts


 
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Step 1: Make a plan

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As with any complex crafts project, drawing is the first important step.  I started with a few sketches to work out the design and figure out what this thing was going to look like.  If you follow this instructable, perhaps you can skip the design phase and move straight to building.  After a few sketches i had a sense for the scale of the fish and how I was going to fit inside. 

Step 2: Armatures

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I figured our very quickly that building in EVA foam without a form to build around was not simply not going to work for me.  I then set out to build armatures for the interior volume of the costume.  I cut 1" sheets of expanded polystyrene into the basic profile of the fish- glued them all together with Gorilla glue- then mounted the block to a plywood stand.  To carve the foam I need to stabilize the whole set up so I screwed the stand down to a sheet of plywood to increase the base area.  With a Sure Form rasp I shaped the foam block (here you see it's final shape.  It was important at this point to consider the width and depth of the armature to insure that I would fit inside the suit. 
This is EPICally amazing! I hope you win this time, you have my vote and I'm in the contest too! This looks 100% professionally created. You should work in Hollywood!
kenbob9 months ago
Creative and Brilliant execution. Best original costume idea I have seen this year.
ALECIALLEY3 months ago

Super Cooooooool

WOW I mean WOW good job ( WOW ) !!!

poofrabbit9 months ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween costume contest! Can’t wait to see if you win good luck!
Teachable9 months ago
Awesome job, this kind of lends a comical appearance to a kind of scary looking fish.
Vidya_Thak9 months ago
This is the best thing I've ever seen ever! Amazing job bro
waldosan9 months ago
angler fish just want to be loved too! so awesome.
ecsaul239 months ago
Awesome! voted! good luck :)
xingmmumm9 months ago
太帅了,这么复杂也能做得出,佩服
JesseLively9 months ago
You should have crushed that deva. ;) I hope we get some cool photo on stage together!!!!
neumanmatt (author)  JesseLively9 months ago
Ive got some good video of you. Congrats on the big win- great costume.
nemalim9 months ago
this is so much better than any winged bikini diva... beautiful!
Partybot9 months ago
Did you have trouble getting it into venues due to the height? Did the mouth move?
neumanmatt (author)  Partybot9 months ago
It did surprisingly well at the club- the subway was a tougher fit. The lower body is pretty flexible so I didn't have any trouble getting low when I needed. The mouth is fixed in place. Early on in the construction I had it on a hinge but eventually I traded motion for strength and reliability.
Smart call on the reliablity. No fun carrying a "repair kit" to a contest. I got greedy on my dragon wings and had a bolt fall out half way through a party.
bgepp19 months ago
this is friggin awesome - I have a feeling you've stuff like this before
neumanmatt (author)  bgepp19 months ago
I've got half a dozen pretty elaborate costumes under my belt by this point. First time foam user though.
Partybot9 months ago
I know how you feel man. Artistic loses to female assets far too often in the contests. Very nice EVA shaping, excellent use of the fiber optic, and I like your backpack design. I'm glad I'm not competing against you up here in Seattle :)
neumanmatt (author)  Partybot9 months ago
Ha! Thanks man.
FrankenPC9 months ago
Absolutely fintastic! The accent lights in the dark are superb.
ynze9 months ago
You should have won the night club costume contest! What a GREAT costume!
mikeasaurus9 months ago
This is an amazing costume
Mielameri9 months ago
Fantastic costume! Sorry about your luck with the contest. Angler fish trumps bikini clad diva with angel wings any day in my book :)...maybe if you put it in a bikini and call it sexy angler fish it'll win next year?
jessyratfink9 months ago
This is wonderful!! So awesome and detailed. :D