100% home-made Halloween costume. Wielded wire with spandex shell. Inspired by nature.
Step 1: Step 1. Fabricating the Frame
Using 1/16 gauge welding wire build a dome which will later become the spiders back and belly.
Step 2: Step 2. Covering the Wire Frame
Stretch neon spandex all over the dome/body of the spider. Secure at the botton
Step 3: Step 3. Decorating the Body
Take small furniture movers and make a pattern on the back of the body. I made it geometric and very similar to the markings of the real Orchard Spider. I also glued on lots of plastic spiders.
Step 4: Step 4. Fabricating the Legs
1.5 inch pipe slice welded with 1/16 steel rods. Divided into 4 pieces for structure and lite weight. All together 8 legs were made.
Step 5: Step 5. Attaching the Legs
Washers welded to the ends of the legs and then screwed into a wooden plate.
Step 6: Step 6. Finishing the Legs
Wrap the legs with spandex. Glue the spandex with hot-glue
Step 7: Step 7. Last Steps
Take 2 metal pieces and form them into a curve to fit the back and attach them to the wooden board which the legs are screwed onto. Then make a harness out of Velcro strips.
Step 8: Step 9.
To complete the costume, I wore spider-web tights, black lace slip, cut-off tights for the sleeves and neon green tights/tank-top underneath.
Step 9: THE FINISHED COSTUME
Finalist in the
Halloween Epic Costumes Contest