CYT Tick Tock Crocodile Costume

Introduction: CYT Tick Tock Crocodile Costume

This is the description of how to make and/or maintain the tick toc croc costume that CYT used in Peter Pan.

Step 1: Inspiration

It's important to get the key features you want to accentuate. For tick tock, the eyes, cheeks, and I think tongue make it.

Step 2: Prototype

Used florist foam and my daughters Barbie to prove the concept.

Step 3: Thumbnail

Sketch the shape and cut out.

Step 4: Cut Out Head Space and Glue

Step 5: Carve the Heck Out of It

Used just about anything to shape this: cheese grater, saws, sander, rasp, files etc.

Step 6: The Tail

Same principles, cut into segments and used fence hinges.

Here's the trick. The hinges pop right back out so I used expanding spray foam in the gap to seal em in. If one pops out I recommend the same.

Attach croc vynyl from fabric empire using liquid nails

Step 7: A Little Cooler

This suit is hot. Any little thing helps. I wired a CPU fan and switch to a 9V battery.

Step 8: Dental Care

The teeth went through various iterations. The final product is simply play-doh. But with a twist!
Start with anchoring teeth to jaw with screws, they are canted outward to not make contact with opposing jaw when closing.
Pinch and form play-doh (white) into properly sized teeth. I then painted them with Plasti-cote liquid rubber. This gives them a nice toothy color while effectively keeping play-doh soft like in the jar. Provides some resilience to accidental contact.

Unfortunately these do occasionally break, or get yanked out, luckily the supplies to fix are cheap.

One last bit on painting. The plastikote will also eat the foam if it drips off play doh. Go slow, and coat a few times for sturdy coating. Any drips onto vynyl can be rubbed and peeled off neatly when cured.

Step 9: Getting Dressed

Check out the video

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9 Discussions

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DeannaDG
DeannaDG

9 months ago on Step 3

This is amazing! How long did this take you? And do you have list of supplies you used?

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asipp1
asipp1

Reply 8 months ago

Ummmm probably like 4/5 weekends, but a lot of that was thinking and trying things.
sorry no supply list, this was my first instructable. Quantities would be a complete guess, but some of the material types: 2" insulation foam from Lowes, gate hinges for the tail segments, egg crate foam from a mattress, long zipper, faux crocodile leather, acrylic clear ornament balls for eyes, after the teeth kept breaking I switched to moldable rubber (made my own with cornstarch and silicone caulk), windscreen for the eyeshade, a cheap hardhat that I cut apart for headpiece, eventually used some chicken wire to add structure to the lower jaw throat area. If you are actually trying to make this send me a note and I'd be happy to talk through what I remember.

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Lwolfkill
Lwolfkill

Question 8 months ago on Introduction

Hello, two quick questions: 1) what did you use for the tongue? 2) how did you hinge the mouth together? Thank you!

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asipp1
asipp1

Answer 8 months ago

HI, (1)I actually used a pink lycra sewn like a small pillowcase, and filled it with the sanding dust from the green foam. (2)the mouth is actually not hinged at all, the bottom jaw is really more a part of the torso, attached at the back. The top part is all helmet and chinstrap, I think it shows it if you look closely at that part of the getting dressed video. Good luck!

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jessiemwolfkill
jessiemwolfkill

Question 9 months ago on Introduction

quick question, how do you recommend making the torso portion of this costume? absolutely love the head and tail design!

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asipp1
asipp1

Answer 9 months ago

Sort of made it like a backpack, wrapped in egg crate foam, with the crocodile skin attached with 3M spray. Eyeballed the armholes.

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HeatherMandel
HeatherMandel

5 years ago

Hello, awesome costume! I am attempting to make this costume for my sons grade school play?while it won't be as incredible as yours was wondering if you had more pictures? Especially of back and how you attached the tail. My email is themandelfamily@comcast.net Thanks for any help?

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asipp1
asipp1

5 years ago

http://www.cytfredericksburg.org/programs/COSTUME-RENTALS-9
You can rent this for your show here!