Introduction: Wonderland

This is a little instructable referring to the (halloween) costume “Wonderland”. Most parts of it are 3D-printed: The chains, as well as the top and the hat - and more. Actually, there is not really much to "instruct" as I designed everything with connection bolts so that it is like a puzzle.

But of course, I will instruct you the puzzle as best as possible :)

In the prictures you see the finished costume, also with som EL Wire play. The 3D-files are available as an stl-file with each step.

How to print: You can choose your level of detail by yourself. I would recommend 200 micron, as speed will be okay and quality too. The best thing: EVERY object is designed to be printed without support or raft or any additional special setting! Just slice and print!

How to assemble: Use the example pictures and the description provided with each step to figure out how to assemble it. The example pics will also give you a brief overview of how I coloured the objects. Nevertheless, I will mostly leave this to you as this is your creative part :) The costume will be more like a white canvas for you after the prints. The real DIY part comes with the fun: The colouring!

I will also provide some good quality pictures here so you can see how some parts function together. Have fun printing, plugging, gluing and - primarily - painting! Oh, and there are some EL Wire/LED possibilities - for example in the hollow torus in the cylinder or just with the edges. See the pics :)

Step 1: The Hat

In the first picture you see the hat when finished. Before that, you of course need to print the 8 parts of it.

You can see a preview in the second picture. This picture also shows the files from 01 to 08 left to right.

IMPORTANT! Read before printing:

As this some kind of a clothing part, it need to individually fit to your head. Before printing the stovepipe-hat-parts, you therefore need to adjust the size. Before you can do that, you need to measure your head. If you do not have some kind of a special head form, it should be enough to measure the extent of your head. Do that about 9 centimetres below the top of your head (as this is the initial inner head-height of the stovepipe-head). This hat initially is designed for heads with 69 cm (27,17 inch) extent – which actually quite big (L/XL in EU size). You have to calculate how much bigger or smaller your head extent is in percent:

To do this, take your head extent and multiply it with 100. Then divide the result by 69 (when your extent is measured in centimetre or by 27,17 when your extent is measured in inch). The result is the percentage you need to scale your model in your desired slicer-program to make it fit to your head. IMPORTANT: Make sure to apply this calculated scale on EVERY OBJECT in the Hat-chapter.

After you printed every part, you have to glue them together (do not do it yet!). In the third picture, you can see the correct order. Decide, which side of the hat should be in the front when you wear it. Usually this is the brim of the hat folded upwards (wonderland-writing). If you have made your decision, glue the front half together (4 parts, forming a half cylinder then). Then glue the back half SEPERATLY! You then have to exact halves of your cylinder. Before gluing them together, get the cord you want to fix the hat to your head with. It should be two parts. We also recommend an additional rubber. Then pinch each cord (rubber included) in between the two cylinder-halves just by plugging them onto one another with the cord in between. The best will be to clamp the cord with the bolts. Again: DO NOT GLUE THEM YET!

You now have your hat with your cords clamped in so that the front you desire is in the front. Try the hat and test the correct placement of your cords. Be careful so that the two halves do not fall off. When done, glue the two halves together with the cords in between at the particular position. Make sure not to spare with Glue when gluing the cords. For best stability, glue the cords where the bolts snap. Pulling the cord out will then nearly be impossible.

Notice: For the hat to fit best (for example if it was scaled too big), use foam to even irregularities.

Step 2: Caterpillar

The first picture shows the finished caterpillar (the second shows it already attached to the mushroom, comes in the next step). The second shows a preview of the stl file. the assembly is - as nearly every other part - pretty easy: Just plug and glue the two parts together using the bolts.

Step 3: Mushroom (the First One)

This step is about the first mushroom I told you in the previous step. It the "home of the caterpillar". You see the tiny little holes? Those are the couplings for the last legs of the caterpillar. After printing (and plugging and glueing) the mushroom, you can glue the caterpillar to it (like the picture of the previous step shows).

Step 4: Mushroom (the Second One)

This is about the second mushroom: Print the attached stl and plug and glue the things (like always). After that, plug and glue the caterpillar to it. In the second pic you can see the position where the caterpillar with the two mushroom has to be placed.

Step 5:

Here you can see the ears of the hat. They are also pretty easy to print. After printing, you only have to glue and plug them together. From left to right you see the files 01 to 06, while the 2 cylinder-bolts form a file each. The parts belong together in the following order: 01 to 03 (one ear), 04 to 06 (other ear).

Step 6: Handle

To assemble the handle, just plug and glue it into the corresponding holes at the side of the stovepipe-hat. There is only one possible position, you can see it in the picture of step 1.


The Top comes next... .

Step 7: The Top

Same procedure as with the stovepipe-hat: You (may) have to measure your body. This Top was designed for cup-size 75 B (and it sits tight). If you have a smaller size, the scale is okay. You just may have to use some push-up inlet. If you have a bigger cup-size, you need to take measure and scale the object up. This Top’s inner diameter (per cup) is 12 cm. The depth of each cup is 4,5 cm (which is why it sits tight, because 75 B usually has around 5 cm). Take the extent measure (you can also use a bra for that) and calculate the percentage just like described in the beginning of the hat-chapter. However, this only works with most bodys. You may have to scale the top in two directions differently when the depth of your bra is much bigger than 4,5 cm.

The assembly is quite easy: Glue and Plug the objects into one another using the cylinder bolts. Important: First glue 03 and 04. Optional: There are open rings where you can join the chain before gluing.

After gluing, you may have discovered where the 4 cuboids need to take place. You need them to fix your bra carrier. There are two possible locations on each side, just decide where it fits best and fix the Tie by gluing and clamping them with the cuboid bolts so that there will be a loop where you can hinge the bra carrier into – just like with every other bra. The connection will be strong as hell.

The two parts are brought together with a tie, like with your shoes. Use the inner rings for it. Nevertheless, there is no specific order. Just to as it fits best. In the intro you can see an example of how I did it.

Step 8: Chain (for the Top)

You just need to be careful when removing the chain from the print bed. Oh and you can just cut and glue some of the chain-parts where you want to hinge them to the rings of the top. You have plenty of it.

Step 9: Card Belt

This is the chain. Print the cards you like, it should be 8 or more. From 01 to 08 you see a preview of the files in the second picture, as always. How to assemble them? See the next few steps!

Step 10: The Chain of the Card Belt

This is the chain for the belt. No need to assemble the chain – the parts are already connected. Just be careful when lifting them from the print bed. In the example picture you can now see how the cards where connected to each other. After looping your favourite tie or cord through the holes, just bind them to the chain! Use 4 cards on each side. Wait for the next step to see how the pinafore is bound with that too.

Want your own individual chain? See this:

There are some additional files: With the “Belt_CardChain_SpareParts_[Spade, Cross, Check, Heart]” delivered you are able to extend this chain or make your own one. To join a new chain or to hinge the chain to something, there are so called “Belt_CardChain_ConnectorParts_[Spade, Cross, Check, Heart]” and the appropriate plug included in the stl. They should be printed the same way as this chain so there is no extra chapter, and you usually do not need them. Their assembly is easy: When hinged, just glue and plug in the plug.

Step 11: Pinafore

This is the last thing! Yeag! Its the pinafore. As you now see in the pics, you can loop the cord through it and through the chain to bind it to it. The now finished belt can be bind together behind your back ;)

Step 12: Attachment

Here are some things I used and the initial plans I made. First, I show you what you definitely need. Afterwards you will see the utilities I used to decorate the costume. In the end are my plans and some thoughts to it.

Picture 1:

From left to right, top to bottom: Cord, thread, plastic glue, bra straps, this bra-extension thing, rubber and tie.

Picture 2:

Dye (acrylic)

Picture 3:

Pens. The 3D pen? I used it for something like in the next picture (4)

Picture 4:

see above

Picture 5:

Color spray and tape. Don’t worry, the tape is not for the assembly of the costume but for the painting ;)

Picture 6:

Nailpolish! :D

The last ones:

Here you see the early beginning of wonderland.

Step 13: ​Closing Words

And, last but not least, some additional words and plans.

Well, the time plan was extremely tight, so there are a lot of ideas I could not implement. As you may see in the sketches, I wanted the clocks of the top to move. With little clockworks, I could have made a clock-top. But sadly there was no time, as well as there was no time for the bottle or some other objects you see in the sketches.

What I want to say: The next project will be planned with more time. As you may see from some pictures, I needed to print nearly everything at maximum speed settings.

So well… have a nice time with the costume!

Julia Federspiel

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