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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!
 
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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: http://www.youtube.com/user/brickintheyard?feature=watch

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) 5 months ago
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!
cepperson2 months ago

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??

Kion Designs4 months ago
I am stunned!!
poofrabbit4 months ago
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!
great
NinjAmin5545 months ago
This is astonishing, would have loved to see it in person. Amazing work
wilgubeast5 months ago
Maleficent! I love the wings.
PhilKE3FL5 months ago
Incredible I agree, Very well done! But, what I don't understand is the need for high heels. :)
The Rambler5 months ago
This is definitely incredible.
You Rock! Best ever!
iceng5 months ago
Elegant costume .... Favorited and voted you.

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

A
evacooper5 months ago
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...
HollyHarken5 months ago
WOW!!! Fantast costume. I'm wondering where you got the talons and how you made the shoes.
-chase-5 months ago
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.
chase

bahi5 months ago
Wow indeed
JoeStrout5 months ago
OMG. That's amazing! Really fantastic work!
jeandr5 months ago
Fantastic work!
xenomorph1505 months ago
You're such an cute dragon!
Awesome work! ^-^!
filtercages5 months ago
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.
askjerry5 months ago
Awesome just does not cover how great this is!

Excellent job, great instructable!

Jerry
Boomshadow5 months ago
Very nicely done! I am impressed not only by the craft, but also by how well you laid out the steps.
thebluebulk5 months ago
that is sooo awesome! great job!! dragons aren't my thing but you made it HOT :-)
Those heels with the claws really make that look just awesome!
Your results are unbelievable! Have you done costumes for movies or theatricals?
papa-g5 months ago
You did incredible work, If someone needs a costume designer, I would recommend you.
Lord_Pruitt5 months ago
truly awesome work!
Honus5 months ago
Holy cow that is amazing!
Gregbot5 months ago
Wow! Super job! Thanks!!!
bespenship5 months ago
Amazing costume! I appreciate your sharing your process; though, I lack your artistic skill to reproduce your results.
Natalina5 months ago
Wow, that is amazing. Awesome work!
That is extremely amazing! Wonderful work :D
Robokidd_005 months ago
Your pure genius and creativity is inspiring!!!
AMAZING!!!
stubbsonic5 months ago
Beautiful work. You win.
KraftyKrew5 months ago
How did you do the shoes? They are really cool.
doodlecraft5 months ago
Amazing--Love it! :)
Mindmapper15 months ago
soooooo coool!
EmcySquare5 months ago
Amazing... great!
Satrek5 months ago
This is amazing! Somewhere between awesome, cute, dangerous, sexy, gorgeous and monstrous! I love it, thanks for sharing.
dkrall5 months ago
wow great work
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