Introduction: Dragon Costume

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My Halloween costume this year was a dragon, inspired by Ysera in World of Warcraft. I created all the costume pieces, including the prosthetics. This project definitely consumed all my free time for the past 3 months and it took about 6 hours to get myself ready when I wore it. But it was all worth it just so I could be a dragon!

Step 1: Reference and Sketch

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I start all my costumes with reference images and sketching. I took most of my inspiration from Ysera, a dragon in World of Warcraft. I highly recommend doing a quick sketch, even if you think you're bad at drawing. It's amazing how much it helps as a reference while you work.

Step 2: Create Custom Prosthetics

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This phase took the longest by far! I opted to make flat moulds instead of building this on a face cast. It was definitely easier when it came to moulding, but I had to do a lot of measuring to make sure it would actually fit my face. 

1. Measure your forehead and create a paper stencil for the area of the prosthetic (Or build it on a facecast of yourself). Trace the stencil onto foam board and sculpt your prosthetic. I used Monster Clay for sculpting
2. Create a box around your sculpt.
3. Pour PlatSil 73-25 into your box to make the mould.
4. Remove the mould from the box.
    - Coat the mould with a release agent, like Vaseline.
    - Brush on 2 thin layers of cap plastic, like Super Baldiez  
    - pour in PlatSil Gel-00 silicone rubber - I mixed in some silicone pigment so that my prosthetics would be green.
    - Brush on 2 more thin layers of cap plastic
5. When set, remove the prosthetic from the mould
6. Apply it with ProsAide prosthetic glue. Since this is an encapsulated silicone prosthetic, you can use ProsAide. If the silicone were going directly onto my skin, I'd need to use a silicone glue, like Telesis.

I HIGHLY recommend checking out the videos by BITY Mold Supply, they have great instructions and more specifics on mold-making. Check out BITY on YouTube:

Step 3: Dye and Paint a Body Suit

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1. Start with a plain white body suit. Sew on a tail and pockets for the posts of the wings.
2. Dye the body suit with Jacquard Dye-na-flow dye.
3. Paint on scales with Jacquard Lumiere paints.
4. Create scale "plates" for the back and tail out of craft foam
5. Customize it as you please!

Step 4: Create Dragon Wings

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1. Cut out dragon wing frame from open-cell polyethylene foam
2. Glue on a layer of sheer fabric.
3. Cover the foam with strips of the same fabric as your body suit. I used hot glue but you could try other kinds.
4. Dye the fabric with Jacquard Dye-na-flow.
5. Coat the wing posts with resin so they are more rigid.
6. Put the wings into the pockets on your back and fly away!

Step 5: Build a Headpiece

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1. Create a helmet with Wonderflex thermoplastic. Worbla would also work for this step. Cut horns out of styrofoam and glue onto helmet.
2. Stuff polyfill into the nooks and crannies, then cover it with paper mache. I used paper towel pieces and white school glue for this part.
3. Cover the styrofoam with Worbla thermoplastic.
4. Prime the Worbla with a plastic primer.
5. Paint the headpiece with acrylic paints.
6. Go wear it!

Step 6: Be a Dragon!

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I hope you gained some good ideas from this peek at my process!


BreannaC (author)2013-11-10

Wow! Thank you so much to everyone for the amazing compliments!!! I am completely blown away. I'm so sorry I haven't had a moment to respond to everyone, but know that I'm so flattered by it all. Thank you!

Iamtherealzim (author)BreannaC2015-10-05

Any chance on getting some larger images? Did you make your body suit or did you buy it? If you purchased it, where?

This is amazing! Thank you for sharing!

rainingfiction (author)2017-03-22

Awesome job!!

wsmith52 (author)2017-01-16

This looks amazing, did you take it to dragoncon a few years ago?

This is absolutely breath taking! Great job!!! :)

baecker03 (author)2016-10-01

puts Barney to shame :)

wingedshadowwolf (author)2016-09-14

This is amazing! I'm planning to make a dragon lady costume this year. It won't be as in depth as yours though!

grutherford2 (author)2016-03-05

How did you glue the foam to the helmet you made. The scales were glued on as well?

grutherford2 (author)2016-03-05

How did you do the feet and hands? Incredible costume

TeresaM7 (author)2015-10-05

Wow! As a seamstress, I'm seriously impressed! You'd be an immediate hit on the Renaissance Festival circuit! Absolutely beautiful work.

Brindy25 (author)2015-10-05

Awesome job and very Impressive!! Jealous I don't get to wear it!!

aekent (author)2015-10-05

That is really impressive. Thank you for sharing.

CraftingLoveAroundYou (author)2015-10-04

Absolutely speechless. That is fantastically amazing!

FreckledR (author)2015-10-03

Wow! Love the detail! Looks really nice x

matt63031 (author)2015-09-12

I saw you at dragoncon last year, your cosplay skills are absolutely amazing!

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boykin.florence (author)2015-01-24

Hi my name is florence boykin and Iove your i'dea it so sweet and I will try this again

ChristineS1 (author)2014-12-11

Any way you can post the prices for all the materials? I'm trying to make a similar costume on a limited budget.

cepperson (author)2014-02-13

This is amazing. I have wanted to do something like this for so long but have known nothing of prosthetics. Can I ask how you made your wonderful talon covers for your high heels??

captainbucky (author)cepperson2014-11-22

If you haven't found it yet, she made an instructable on her beautiful Phoenix costume where she shows you haw to make the talon heels :)

sohotshe76 (author)2014-09-15


Any recommendations for a body suit brand?


renlish1 (author)2014-09-06

Saw you at DragonCon 2014 at the last costume contest in this - I thought you were bloody brilliant!!

ALECIALLEY (author)2014-05-22

Amazing... Just Wowwww

Kion Designs (author)2013-12-14

I am stunned!!

poofrabbit (author)2013-11-21

Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween costume contest! Can’t wait to see if you win good luck! I love love love this costume!


NinjAmin554 (author)2013-11-14

This is astonishing, would have loved to see it in person. Amazing work

wilgubeast (author)2013-11-12

Maleficent! I love the wings.

PhilKE3FL (author)2013-11-12

Incredible I agree, Very well done! But, what I don't understand is the need for high heels. :)

The Rambler (author)2013-11-11

This is definitely incredible.

jakethesnake007 (author)2013-11-11

You Rock! Best ever!

iceng (author)2013-11-10

Elegant costume .... Favorited and voted you.

That is an amazing amount of effort and planing to make this outfit


evacooper (author)2013-11-10

wow that is an amazing costume! whenever ppl make something so elaborate i have to comment, i don't think i'll ever have that much dedication...

HollyHarken (author)2013-11-10

WOW!!! Fantast costume. I'm wondering where you got the talons and how you made the shoes.

-chase- (author)2013-11-10

Hey Breanna,

A couple things.

Firstly glad to see in your area they still actually celebrate Halloween. Here in S Florida Halloween is all but a memory of Holidays not celebrated anymore. Let alone anyone dresses up or decorates for... I so miss the fun and costume parties and contests and seeing what people would wear that night... such is life in S Florida i guess.

Secondly - HOLY SMOKING DRAGONS! Your costume is totally bitchin' !!! Last time I saw one that good was a freind of mine that came as Pin Head. His costume was spot on to the movie. He won all the contests in the club curcuit. that year.

So thanx for the instructable and sharing your costume build - you did a freakin great job! and what a pose for it! And the memories of good times now gone.

I hope you had a great time Halloween night.
take care.

bahi (author)2013-11-10

Wow indeed

JoeStrout (author)2013-11-10

OMG. That's amazing! Really fantastic work!

jeandr (author)2013-11-10

Fantastic work!

xenomorph150 (author)2013-11-10

You're such an cute dragon!
Awesome work! ^-^!

filtercages (author)2013-11-10

I wouldn't like to meet you on a dark night in that get-up! (or in the day to be honest!)
Just about the scariest I've seen.

askjerry (author)2013-11-10

Awesome just does not cover how great this is!

Excellent job, great instructable!


Boomshadow (author)2013-11-10

Very nicely done! I am impressed not only by the craft, but also by how well you laid out the steps.

thebluebulk (author)2013-11-10

that is sooo awesome! great job!! dragons aren't my thing but you made it HOT :-)

Don Juan De Pyro (author)2013-11-09

Those heels with the claws really make that look just awesome!

bathsheba_everdene (author)2013-11-09

Your results are unbelievable! Have you done costumes for movies or theatricals?

papa-g (author)2013-11-09

You did incredible work, If someone needs a costume designer, I would recommend you.

Lord_Pruitt (author)2013-11-08

truly awesome work!

Honus (author)2013-11-08

Holy cow that is amazing!

Gregbot (author)2013-11-08

Wow! Super job! Thanks!!!

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Bio: I'm a graphic designer, costume creator, body painter, and ballroom dancer...and not always in that order.
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