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Step 1: Design
Step 2: Materials
Dragon head design: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZLKWn6Qqdk
Articulating wings: https://www.instructables.com/id/Articulated-Wing-Framework/
Duct tape dragon scales:https://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
- 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
Step 3: Head
To give strength I wanted to keep the foam in as big of sections as possible. I used grey/black EVA foam and I highly recommend buying the white instead (same price) or spending $10 more and getting red. It will make painting much easier. Use contact cement for joining all foam whenever possible. Follow the directions and let it cure/dry for 10-15 minutes before joining. Metal strapping should be glued along the back of all pieces to allow for adjustment and shaping (see later photos).
The nose is better described in a later step.
Step 4: Nose
Sculpt the nose shape from metal mesh wire. Hot glue to tack into shape. Wear gloves to avoid a million tiny puncture wounds.Cut 500 tear drop shaped pieces of 1/4" foam. Hot glue each one to the mesh starting on the back and working up and to the front of the nose. Keep in mind it will need to transition onto the rest of the head so longer ones around the edges help.
Once complete I sprayed white and then added oranges, red, yellow and gold to give some depth by spraying at different angles (down, front, scale edges, etc).
You can see the pattern I used to get the nostril shape.
Step 5: Eyes
Step 6: Head Scales
Step 7: Teeth
Step 8: Horns
Step 9: Chest
NOTE: DO NOT TRY TO PAINT PIPE INSULATION. It has a coating and it will all crack off and make a huge mess.
Step 10: Tail
Step 11: Dragon Scales (hands/feet)
The scales were based on the dragon scale wine bottle cover on Instructables. I only cut 7/8 of the way through the tape so it stayed attached along a 1/4" strip down the length of the duct tape. The hand is made from EVA foam. The fingers are small pipe insultion. Everything is wrapped in the scales.
Painted with Krylon. Velcro is attached at the wrist. I still need to add claws to the end of the fingers.
I took EVA foam to make a basic shape. I then slit pipe insulation tubing in half and expanded to make each toe. The end was trimmed sharp and wrapped in duct tape. A mesh material was added over the entire thing for a scale effect. Then elastic on the back to stay on your foot.
Step 12: Steam