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So my friend Big dave asked me to build him a “Thing” suit from marvel comics for the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo.

-Special note that some of the pictures do not correlate exactly with the directions. This is because I work on the costume as a whole instead of specific segments.

-You may get burned a few times as some of the rocks can be tiny and hot glue is ... well.. Hot

- You may get lost in the madness of putting hundreds of rocks on a suit.. it helps is your cut out a bunch of rocks first and then just randomly glue them.. and THEN start cutting rocks into particular shapes to fit the empty spaces.

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Step 1: Materials

-lots of spongy foam (we bought ours at jo anne fabrics)

-several packets of craft foam

-high density foam (the foam used in weight rooms, or underneath dryers).. we found a roll at big lots for about $20

-buckles (got a bag from ebay)

-double sided roll of velcro (from home depot)

-mickey mouse hands from party city

-white lycra spandex fabric (for eye pupils)

-blue pants

-old ski mask

-plexi glass ( or just some type of clear solid square) for eyeballs

-hot glue

Step 2: Chest

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so first i measured out the foam to make a football pad kind shape.. i used a sharpie to draw the outline.  (just pay attention to the shape).. i took more foam and hot glued Pecs in place. also, i made the top of abs on this..buckles were glued and closed the sides.

Step 3: Abs

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then i made the Corset for the abs.. i took the high density foam and made a “corset,” which also buckled in the back. i carved out some rocks for abs and put them temporarily in place.
the bawse7 months ago

how much did the materials cost

SpicyPandaCreations (author)  the bawse7 months ago

the green stuff was most expensive. maybe like 80? . the eva foam was about $30. then everything else like buckles, paint, etc added up.. so id say about $180 total?

chucknourse8 months ago
What was the base for the costume.
SpicyPandaCreations (author)  chucknourse8 months ago

base? if you are referring to the green stuff, it's basically green sponge that i got at craft stores.. its like the stuff that is inside couch cushions.

No, what you glued the stuff on to like a shirt or a vest using straps
jorgetru1411 months ago

question: how many seperate pieces made up the costume from the waist up. in the end was it all one piece or did you have to asseble on site ie; chest abs, arms hands???

SpicyPandaCreations (author)  jorgetru1411 months ago

it was all separate pieces. everything attachd together with velcro straps or clasps. so that is one abs, 1 chest, 2 shoulders/biceps/ and 2 forearms.. and 1 head and 2 hands.

Partybot1 year ago
I design a few costumes, but there were some great techniques in this that I'll use in the future. The low density green foam build up of the body structure looked great. What worked best for cutting it? I haven't had much luck with razor blades or scissors, but maybe I just need a sharper set. Could you add a photo of the feet? Was the cardboard bottom durable?

Thanks and I can't wait to see more...and to credit you if I knock off any techniques.
Hot knife is the way to go for cutting most open cell foam.
For cutting high density foam (and rubber sheets) I use washing up liquid and a Stanley knife, the washing up liquid acts as a lubricant
So the washing liquid (dish soap) solution is put on the foam. Do you then wash it after?
SpicyPandaCreations (author)  Partybot1 year ago
Hello! Thank you for the compliment. I'm ve humbled by them. I honestly used some fabric scissors and some of those thick black scissors that come inside cutting blocks. I also used heavy box cutters. The cardboard bottom was not very durable, so I do suggest making a EVA sole for the shoe. I'll see why I can do about the shoe pic!
I made a transformer once out of cardboard, and I used cardboard for my feet, I box, but I think what I did might work for this as well. So for my cardboard box I filled it with the spray foam insulation that expands, after a short while I put old tennis shoes in side it and let it sit. When it dried my feet could go right in (I did stuff the shoes with paper so I didn't lose my shoe size. It also added high (I'm only 5'8). The cardboard was then really reliable because it had the foam to reinforce it. So I would guess with something like this you could "build a box" in the shape you wanted and still use your shoes but gain some durability.
belleque1 year ago
I saw your costume at comic con! Really great work!
SpicyPandaCreations (author)  belleque1 year ago
thanks! always appreciate the support =)
This is great!
awesome costume. does this remind anyone else of arrested development
I went straight to the comments section to see if anyone else was. I must have some sort of OCD tic.
I only opened this page to make a reference to it.
Hey, I'm going to C2E2 in April as well and have yet to decide on a costume. I might just use this one, so thank you!
I'll see you there then! If you were the right size, i'd just tell you to take this costume (as its sitting in my basement). This costume gets really hot so get dressed in the building. we made the mistake of trying to walk in the costume from the parking lot. You could probably benefit from a handler also lol
timk3331 year ago
not incredible... FANTASTIC! LOL
coll28501 year ago
Great pictures. Thanks for all the details. Great outfit.
10bucchr1 year ago
So much better than Tobias Fünke's attempt
I love it its just so fantastic One of your pics has been reversed the 4 is facing the wrong way. It's cool wish I could make something like this.
i remember now, that the photographer did a side-by-side with the cosplayer not in costume.. and apparently when they were playing with the photo they reversed it. good catch though. and you should make it! shoot, id give this costume away if i could. its just taking up needed space for more costumes!
poofrabbit1 year ago
Wow you put some costume designers to shame! Nicely nicely done and a great instructable!
SpicyPandaCreations (author) 1 year ago
too kind. Thanks for the compliment everyone. this is the first of many tutorials that i am transferring over from my other website. It's nice to find this community here and i look forward to sharing more with you all.
Tazmjm691 year ago
It looks incredible
That is some fantastic work! Well done!
Gregbot1 year ago
Kiteman1 year ago
Awesome job!

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