A Skeksis from the 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal.
It was a full body costume, complete with hand-puppet head and blinking eyes.
Est. cost: $120
Est. weight: 9.5 lbs
Est. time: 7 weeks & 350 hours
Step 1: Things You Will Need
matress foam (I used memory foam),
glue gun w/ glue sticks,
rubber ball w/eye design,
plastic teeth (i used a caveman necklace),
foam swimming pool noodle,
Jedi costume robe,
Step 2: Puppet Head
Step 3: Making the Harness
Step 4: Carving the Foam
There is an instructable already made that does a much better job of how to make this part:
Credit where Credit is due, baby!
Step 5: Inside of Mouth
Then I added teeth from a caveman necklace. To do this, I dug out little holes down to the plastic canvas, addad a dab of hot glue, then coated teeth with one layer of liquid latex, to close the seam from the teeth holes. After painting, latex is removed from teeth. latex is also applied to the seam where the inside mouth piece meets the rest of the puppet head.
Step 6: Arms
I cut a swimming pool noodle in half, and used the for the arms. one arm will actually be MY arm, while the other will be a fake, held up with the noodle. i put two noodles so i can switch back & forth.
Step 7: Painting Head
Step 8: Protecting in the Head
Step 9: The Body
Glued freaky fabric (thats what its called, its sold during halloween. Its a spooky decoration for walls) to back and arms, to look desheveled.
The monster gloves I bought were Red, so I painted them to match the head, Spray Matted them, then glued them to the sleeves.
Velcro is places on the inside of gloves and on the Noodle Arms, so i can place then there securely.
Step 10: Attatching Head to Body
Step 11: Finished Costume
I wore this for 6 hours. During that, I took 4 breaks by going to the bathroom, taking it off and wiping the sweat off my face.
Trust me, this is not the type of costume you want to wear if you want to party hard. In this costume, 5 beers will feel like a 12 pack. the upside is youll just have a couple and save money!
I should have a video up showing the costume in motion by the end of March.
Good luck and have fun!