Step 2: The beak

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)
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This is lovely! I could see this being used for stage plays as well! Nicely done!!
what is this ???????????????
What an awesome costume! Thanks for sharing!<br>Sunshiine
<br> Second outing this year - ended up drinking with Ska Wars, but left my camera at home.<br> <br> L
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
Nice job.<br> <br> 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.<br>
<br> Yes they are! Someone got me one <em>for </em>Christmas...<br> <br> L<br>
You did a very good job,beats the heck out of a store bought costume,well done!
such gonna be great !!
Thanks, it took a long time though.<br> <br> L<br>
your welcome,it was well worth the time i can tell
Voted :) So much work went into this, loved that you brought it along to the meet.
Thank you, I liked that other I'blers helped me with it.<br> <br> L<br>
yeah that;s right!
the best thing about a selfmade costume is you can be fairly certain noone else is going to look the same... nicely done !
True, good point.<br> <br> L<br>
Very cool, and a great idea. Well done!
Thanks, other I'blers helped, but I need to stuff another step in tomorrow.<br> <br> L<br>
good job
nice ible
Sure it beats a store bought costume! Homemade costumes are not only cheaper, but they can be custom fit to yourself. Well done!

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