While I contributed to several projects, there was one I made on my own: Henriette the Angler Fish. I decided some weeks before beginning planning that I wanted to create a larger-than-life sculpture out of found materials, with light-up components. I initially considered a small school of Barracudas; but then, when watching my favorite episode of Blue Planet (The Deep), I was struck with inspiration. I HAD to make an angler fish.
The first picture is of a finished Henriette at the party, with a girl that I don't know striking a pose (the picture was taken by Redlite, a friend and talented local event photographer). The second photo is the party's flier, deigned by my talented husband. Henriette actually lost all her teeth that night due to the number of people who wanted to pose with her "eating" them... but that's ok, I believe strongly in the value of interactive art, and it's nothing a little glue can't fix :)
Step 1: FYI
In short, I wouldn't mind a bit if everyone who reads this Instructable goes on to make an enormous pink-and-orange angler fish; I just don't see the fun in it!
With that said, on to my process...
Step 2: Making Her Body
Step 3: Adding Skin & Scales
After the primer dried, I brush-painted her whole body silver and added pink and orange highlights with spray paint. I added painted bubble wrap and orange car scrubbies for texture, and made teeth out of corrugated plastic board. Lips are foam noodles, slit halfway through (all foam & plastic board pieces are scrap, donated by a local company to my collective). I lined the inside of the body in black plastic sheeting that was torn and discarded. The picture of me half-in Henriette's mouth is from when I hot glued it in.
Step 4: Ready to Party!
I hope you've found this Instructable to be somewhat inspirational! I'd love to see similar projects, so if you have any, please link in the comments. I'd also love any comments or questions you might have. Thanks!