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The 9 month Halloween costume construction project this year is an "international" dragon. I got fact-checked that Chinese dragons don't have wings or three toes. I hope you enjoy the photo shoot with fireworks at a Chinese garden. Nicest groundskeeper EVER. Thanks to Jean-Marcus Strole for the great photography. http://jean-marcus.com/

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Step 1: Design

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I wanted a costume that could combine a great articulated wing design from a fellow Instructables user, shoot steam and possibly utilize stilts. Dragon seemed to fit the requirements. Here were some starting designs you can leverage during your build.

Step 2: Materials

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I want to give credit up front to fellow creators who helped with starting ideas. In the spirit of Instructables, I tried to fine tune and improve/optimize designs instead of straight copy/paste use.

Dragon head design: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZLKWn6Qqdk
Articulating wings: http://www.instructables.com/id/Articulated-Wing-Framework/
Duct tape dragon scales:http://www.instructables.com/id/Removable-Dragon-Skin-Bottle-Cozy-from-Duck-Tape/

Materials: Tons of foam, glue and cardboard.
  • EVA Y-20 Foam (aka Cross-linked Polyethylene Foam or X-linked Polyethylene Foam)
  • Foam Factory has great prices, variety and you can get it in red or white to make painting easier: http://www.thefoamfactory.com/closedcellfoam/cross-linked-polyethylene-foam.html
  • Cardboard
  • Adhesives: Contact Cement, 3M Super 77 Spray, Elmers Spray Adhesive, Duct Tape and LOTS of hot glue.
  • Paint: Lots of Krylon cans and transparent spray paint for the eyes from a hobby store
  • Acrylic plastic (TAP Plastics)
  • Wire mesh for sculpting horns or nose
  • Flashy fabric
  • PET tubing
  • Metal strapping from structural bracing section of Home Depot for metal subframe
  • Metal frame backpack off Craigslist
  • Fireworks for epic photoshoots
  • Canned air duster for steam effect
  • Expanding foam for sculpting
  • Elmers glue for papermache work
  • Lightweight spackle for sculpting
neumanmatt5 months ago
Sick. And nicely staged photos too.
sbass25 months ago
This is amazing!
So awesome
rachel6 months ago
Gorgeous! Beautifully designed and made. And I'm thrilled that you could use my wing design :)
Partybot (author)  rachel5 months ago
You saved me a LOT of time. Enough in fact that it allowed me to sneak in 4 extra costumes for friends. We owe you one.
SandyPie5 months ago
Seriously amazing. Regardless of the "facts", this is work of art!!
Partybot (author)  SandyPie5 months ago
Ha. Who needs facts :) I went with what I "felt" a chinese dragon should look like I guess.
shimmery18995 months ago
Amazing! It is truly a piece of art
Honus6 months ago
That is really awesome!
THIS IS AMAZING!!! A work of art ... I really enjoyed the variety of techniques you used to build it. Thanks for sharing !!
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