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  • airpaint commented on airpaint's instructable Man-eating shark costume3 months ago
    Man-eating shark costume

    Forgot to suggest that you search the web for cosplay armour build sites, nowadays loads of people use foam for costume building and list their suppliers on cosplay forums. It's much easier to find now because of these resources.

    Hi, it's a long time ago now but all of those various forms of foams come in standard sheet sizes. I think they were mostly six feet by four feet or maybe eight feet by four feet so a single sheet would be plenty. Probably two metres by one metre metric. Remember the stiffer, more plasticky Zotefoam is only for the white bit, (the belly and offcuts for teeth). I think it's a polyethylene foam or something like that. If you look at the downloadable files there is a very simple pattern for the belly sheet. Print that out, look how far up my body my costume comes and then measure yourself to see how far up you want the shark to reach on yourself. Then scale that pattern up to the height you want (you don't need to print it full size yet, just take scale measurements off the pattern and it ...see more »Hi, it's a long time ago now but all of those various forms of foams come in standard sheet sizes. I think they were mostly six feet by four feet or maybe eight feet by four feet so a single sheet would be plenty. Probably two metres by one metre metric. Remember the stiffer, more plasticky Zotefoam is only for the white bit, (the belly and offcuts for teeth). I think it's a polyethylene foam or something like that. If you look at the downloadable files there is a very simple pattern for the belly sheet. Print that out, look how far up my body my costume comes and then measure yourself to see how far up you want the shark to reach on yourself. Then scale that pattern up to the height you want (you don't need to print it full size yet, just take scale measurements off the pattern and it will give you the width for the height). The main grey back and fins of the shark were made from normal upholstery foam rubber. You'd take the scale for those bits from the scale you worked out for the belly piece. Hope this makes sense - look at the belly pattern and you'll see how simple this is.

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