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Step 1: Inspiration
Step 2: Thumbnail
Step 3: Shaping and Eyes
Step 4: Fur
Used sprayable fabric paint, painting tape, and combs to apply pattern on fur.
Attached ears separately. Sewn on with cardboard inserts to stabilize.
If foam mask breaks. Use a hardening silicon adhesive (liquid nails project adhesive). Takes 24 hrs to cure. Anything else I.e. Contact cement will melt foam and make it much worse.
Step 5: The Working Jaw
Another key bit of stage magic here:
There is a magnet tied and hot glued inside mouth. (It's mate goes on whatever prop dog will carry). CYT used a plastic chrome painted "medicine spoon" and a washrag; each with a magnet as the jaw does not provide an extremely secure bite by itself. Go lightweight here.
Also use alcohol wipes or something to sterilize mouth piece between uses. It will get gross. Ewwww
Step 6: The Body
Inside is a dog chest foam frame and a tailored waist. Gives that true dog anatomy look.
Neckline is drawstring, one size fits all, cinch it up pretty good.
Okay, so what's with the weird tail. The belt keeps it rigidly attached to actor, but why? I built in a gag where a string is routed through tubing that when pulled makes the tail spring into the "happy dog" position. We never actually incorporated this into the show but you might want to.
Step 7: Dressing the Actor
Here is how to dress the actor
Best explained in this video
One last bit. We ended up safety pinning any loose neck fur to mask fur to mask any visible gaps on stage. Your call.