- I built this costume in a very big hurry, so maybe 2-3 days.
-Large yoga ball
-two clear juice containers (eyes)
-chicken wire for snout
-black craft foam
-white spandex lycra
-brown and light brown paint
-high density foam (EVA foam)
-light brown yarn
Step 1: Paper Mache Head
Make sure the release tab is on the bottom so you can eventually take it out, deflate the ball, and carefully remove it. No need to cover the bottom, as you need to remove the tab, and your head will go there. i made about 5-6 layers.. (but if i ever do this again, i will use more layers for support)
* because my place was super humid, i had to use a hair dryer to get it hard. i finally got fed up with continuously heating the thing up, so i ended up buying some modge podge hardener
Step 2: Ears and Gesso
Step 3: Snout
i cut out a hole for the mouth and glued the snout on.
*as a side item if you want to get fancy, i bought a snake camera (as it is almost impossible to see in the helmet) and i was planning on attaching it through to the nose of the helmet. the snake camera attaches to a screen inside the helmet where you can see a little better.
Step 4: Eyes
Step 5: Slippers
i glued the small pieces to the bottom, and then drilled a hole for the string.
*These were really difficult and uncomfortable to walk in. If i did it again, i'd perhaps consider trying to find an alternative to the show string.. Perhaps something flatter and wider so that it didn't dig into your feet. Also, consider putting some craft foam on the bottom side for traction. i was sliding all over the place that day.
Step 6: Gi, Swords, Pants
i had some black pants laying around. i found a black karate gi at a thrift store for $3. add some swords and take cool pictures
*if i had the opportunity to do this again, i would build the head around a bike helmet. The head is so big and hollow you roll around inside and it ends up sitting on your shoulders instead of your neck.
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Link to other costumes within pictures