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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Master Splinter home-made group costume.  This project was too big to create a step by step instructable so I just added photos in order from start to finish by section so you can see the steps taken to create each part of the costume.  
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wrestlefan21 month ago

Went and made Splinter's mask following your step by step guide to the best of my ability. I show it off in 8 days. Issue I have is that it is very hot for me to wear for long periods of time. Did you do any type of ventilation for the mask so you could breathe better in it/wear it longer than 10 mins at a time? Thanks

kstak112 months ago

I would really like it if you had a separate instructable for the heads. i'm having a lot of trouble with them

kstak112 months ago

I really like this instructable. but with my costumes they look like the 2003 cartoon instead of the 2012 cartoon. I used balloons for the snout and it just was too big. I don't know how to do it otherwise because I have 3 of the 4 turtles done.

kstak114 months ago

What did you use for the eyes and how did you get the shells to stay an your body?

wmorey37 (author)  kstak114 months ago

For the eyes I cut wiffle balls in half and hot glued them in place. For the shells, I hooked them up to resemble backpacks. I used old nylon pop-warner football belts that I had in my closet as straps. I laced them through the chicken wire on the inside of the shells (the shells were made of chicken wire), then covered the belts with green duct tape. If you dont have nylon belts you can use any belt that is flexible or made of fabric. You may be able to use leather belts but you wont be able to move as easy.

kstak11 wmorey374 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I might make these for my buddies and I for Halloween. Obviously I would be Leonardo (Leo). How much did it cost you to make one costume? what about all of them?

kstak11 kstak112 months ago

and another question: how did you get the snout to be shaped like that?

wmorey37 (author)  kstak112 months ago

I just rolled up the newspaper into balls and taped them together until I had enough to create a ball slightly bigger than a basketball (almost beach ball size). for the snout I just added smaller balls of newspaper and eyeballed it. I tape the little balls to the side of the big "basketball" size ball and added pieces of newspaper until the snout had the right shape. I used lots of masking tape. I didnt use a form of measurement, I just kept adding and subtracting newspaper until it resembled a turtle head. Then I made 3 more the exact shape

scotton29 months ago
So did you decide if you are able to make a step-by-step in-depth Splinter guide or not? I'm really anxious to start making one!
wmorey37 (author)  scotton28 months ago
I have been real busy but I finished half of the instructable. You can get started now because I finished the difficult part (head). Plus you need to order material which takes a week or so. Let me know how it goes and I will write up the rest of the Step by Step.
wmorey37 (author)  scotton28 months ago
Im sorry, I have been busy with grad school and finales etc. When do you need the step by step by? is it too late?
scotton2 wmorey378 months ago
It's all good. I wanted to get a jump start on the costume as I need to have it done by March. The last costume I did took 15 hours a day for 5 days straight because I waited too long and it still didn't get done haha. If you're still up for making the guide, I would love that.
We'll morph suits can be anything from $16 to $34 so green man suits are probably better considering they cost less
Couldn't you have used green morph suits instead of spandex
wmorey37 (author)  interestedturtle9 months ago
Im new to costume building so I try to think of quick fixes when I build and each build is kind of a test run to figure out what works better for the next project. That being said, I just googled green man suits and ordered zentai one piece spandex. I dont know what a morph suit is but after looking it up it appears to be similar. Maybe you can give me some feed back? My friends and I try to do everything on the cheap and green man suits were 14$. If morph suits are better I will definitely use them for the next build. Thanks for your input.
scotton210 months ago
Could you maybe do a step by step just for Splinter? That would be amazing. Also, how do you see out of the heads?
wmorey37 (author)  scotton210 months ago
Yes I could do a step by step splinter possibly in the next few weeks. we could see out of the mouths of the turtles. we put window screens in the mouths and painted them white. The eyesight is actually just like looking out of a window even with the paint and I could see everything. The splinter vision was limited. I cut a rectangle between the eyes and hid it with fur. Thanks for looking.
scotton2 wmorey3710 months ago
That would be awesome of you! I want to make this for a con in March. Did you take a lot of pictures during the making of it so I can visually see as well? Also how expensive would you say it was for just the Splinter costume materials and how long did it take? Thanks! I look forward to the guide soon.
mrsben10 months ago
Lots of work but totally worth the effort. GREAT JOB! Question: What did you use for body suits as they look painted? (Thank you.)

P.S: I am a grandmother but I love browsing this site as feel one is never too old to learn something new so thanks for sharing. ☺ Costume creation has come a long way from the time when I made them for my own children. Now I do them for the grandkids so am always looking for new ideas.
wmorey37 (author)  mrsben10 months ago
thanks a lot, we bought green man suits. They are full body spandex suits that cost around 20$
This is pretty cool
wbrown432510 months ago
The time and effort you put in to this shows, wow great job !!!!
fasaxc10 months ago
Fantastic!
hunter99910 months ago
Haha! These look great! I love the turtles! Personally Michelangelo (the one with the nunchucks). Thanks for sharing! =D
kgrafke11 months ago
How many square feet of wire did you use?
basically we need a list of supplies.
cculbertson8311 months ago
how much chicken wire does one need
this is awesome!
nalecca1 year ago
Dude such a sick job! Definitely gonna try making these
zemogm1 year ago
sweet! nice step by step... never got a chance to do our write up!
poofrabbit1 year ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
wmorey37 (author)  poofrabbit1 year ago
Thank you!! I appreciate it.
Rynotw1 year ago
What did you use to cover the entire head after the paper mache?
wmorey37 (author)  Rynotw1 year ago
After 2 newspaper layers I did the last paper mache layer with white paper towel strips. This makes it so the ink writing from the news paper won't bleed through. Once the mache was dry I put a coat of Gesso on the heads. It helps both with sealing and a base primer layer to paint on.
poofrabbit1 year ago
These turned out fantastic, very nice work!
Great job! I literally laughed out loud when i scrolled down and saw the photos of the pizzas on the counter. Too funny!
Dude ur soo talented make more NOW NOW NOW!
mjohnson771 year ago
Awesome job, I love it! This took some serious talent, well done!!
Henge1 year ago
It's great they're modeled after the action figures. You guys gonna start a rock band now?
zomfibame1 year ago
love it
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