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I can't remember why, but having a Halloween party coming up I decided to dress as a monstrous-Crow / Raven (big black bird)

The best thing about a self-made costume is you can be fairly certain no one else is going to look the same...

It's made from / with:
Old clothes
Old newsaper
PVA glue
Needles and thread
Black paint
A pair of gasses
(and a few other things)
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Step 1: The "hat"

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The head starts with a close-fitting "hat", it doesn't move and keeps everything firmly attached to a head.
I wrapped myself in cling-film then applied paper and PVA glue, waited for it to dry. The paper and glue were then built up in stages.
PVA and paper is quite flexible, this did not turn out hard.

Step 2: The beak

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A good beak is essential and I spent a fair amount of time on this.
First make a basic pattern, here it's expanded polystyrene foam. Like the "hat" I wrapped in cling-film then applied layers of PVA and paper, in stages with drying in between.
After I'd made the top-half the foam was trimmed smaller and the process repeated for the bottom half.

Notice how the end is rough and splayed-out, this helped with joining to the head-piece

Some bits of metal were added to form a hinge (cheap Meccano-a-like kit)

Step 3: Beak meets "hat" to make bird-face

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To join the paper and PVA I built more paper, card and PVA but used some polystyrene as lightweight-filler.
For the eyes, cut holes in thin card and test position while wearing the thing, then glue.
The visibility in this is upper sideways and narrow, with downwards-straight-forward with the beak open...

Step 4: Beak-function

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The lower beak is only held on by the hinge. I thought about a string-pull but decided to make a magnetic-catch. A bit of steel and a tiny magnet achieved this.
Having the beak open provides some ventilation and forward visibility.

Step 5: Paint it black

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I sprayed the paper with two coats of cheap multi-surface black "satin" paint.
iceng2 years ago
A very recent documentary said  your choice of bird is in fact the very smartest animal.
This is based on recent crow studies.
  • Crows make hook tools out of twigs
  • Crows learn three step sequences to food in two trials while dogs need 70 trials.
  • Crows are smarter then parrots
  • Crows teach young about bad people to make warning calls
  • Crows tell each other of dangers in minutes.

I hope you wanted to know :-)

poofrabbit3 years ago
This is lovely! I could see this being used for stage plays as well! Nicely done!!
aravind r p3 years ago
what is this ???????????????
sunshiine3 years ago
What an awesome costume! Thanks for sharing!
lemonie (author)  sunshiine3 years ago

Second outing this year - ended up drinking with Ska Wars, but left my camera at home.

What?? You are supposed to keep it with you at all times! That is something my niece has mentioned to me many times. Her skills are amazing! She has such a beautiful eye for taking pictures. I have a lot of family members that art artist but the genes skipped me somehow. I have artistic values in other areas. Color, drawing, painting, and balancing is not any of them. I am ok at taking pictures but need a lot more practice. Sunshiine
Dr Qui4 years ago
Nice job.

Hurah for the cheap Meccano-a-like kit, I bought myself 2 of them in the post Christmas sale in the local supermarket to go into my part bins ( after an evening of nostalgic play ;0) ) they are exceptional value, the same amount of the nuts and bolts the contain would cost almost twice the price of the kit in a hardware store.
lemonie (author)  Dr Qui4 years ago

Yes they are! Someone got me one for Christmas...

sharlston4 years ago
You did a very good job,beats the heck out of a store bought costume,well done!
such gonna be great !!
lemonie (author)  sharlston4 years ago
Thanks, it took a long time though.

your welcome,it was well worth the time i can tell
Jayefuu4 years ago
Voted :) So much work went into this, loved that you brought it along to the meet.
lemonie (author)  Jayefuu4 years ago
Thank you, I liked that other I'blers helped me with it.

yeah that;s right!
l8nite4 years ago
the best thing about a selfmade costume is you can be fairly certain noone else is going to look the same... nicely done !
lemonie (author)  l8nite4 years ago
True, good point.

Very cool, and a great idea. Well done!
lemonie (author)  RavingMadStudios4 years ago
Thanks, other I'blers helped, but I need to stuff another step in tomorrow.

homestuck4 years ago
good job
zascecs4 years ago
nice ible
thepelton4 years ago
Sure it beats a store bought costume! Homemade costumes are not only cheaper, but they can be custom fit to yourself. Well done!