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23 Apr 2013 - 16:51101445
Lileep tentacles/petals
need ideas on how to make the pink tentacles/petals, they need to be stiff enough to maintain their petal like spread but be soft and able to flex a little so that they can survive inevitable knocks and bumps on people and things. fan art varies but i think they're either meant to be like slightly flat sausages or a bit like little shoehorns in shape...




23 Apr 2013 - 17:43101451
Foam, maybe? And paint/varnish for the colour/shine.


23 Apr 2013 - 17:52101453
I would look into EVA foam mats, they are a great material and quite strong and hold their shape but can also be molded by heat, e.g. from an oven or a heat gun. To bend them into a shoehorn shape.

If you have a dremel or a sander you can also smooth off the rough edges really easily to make it smoother.

As it's a bit sponge like you will want to coat it in something like PVA before painting it so it doesn't soak up all the paint but then you can use anything from poster paint/acrylic paint to spray paint.

I can't recommend it enough as a material to use.


24 Apr 2013 - 09:53101477
I recently made some tentacles using polythene foam tubes with gear ties (lengths of iron wire coated with rubber) down the centre. The wire is stiff enough to keep them in place, but it's not completely rigid and will bounce back from a light knock (and they bounce a little when you move)

If you want flatter tubes you could flatten/cut the tubes, or make a "sandwich" from sheets of eva foam, as suggested above.



Last edited by PandoraCaitiff (24 Apr 2013 - 09:55)
25 Apr 2013 - 22:26101562
Quote PandoraCaitiff:
I recently made some tentacles using polythene foam tubes with gear ties (lengths of iron wire coated with rubber) down the centre. The wire is stiff enough to keep them in place, but it's not completely rigid and will bounce back from a light knock (and they bounce a little when you move)

If you want flatter tubes you could flatten/cut the tubes, or make a "sandwich" from sheets of eva foam, as suggested above.

can you link me to some of these tubes? sounds like a good option...


26 Apr 2013 - 12:20101577
Quote ambientvoid:
can you link me to some of these tubes? sounds like a good option...


You should be able to find them at your local DIY store - This sort of thing . They come in a few different diameters too.

Also these are the wire thingies I used as the core to make then stay in position.

EDIT: I'm not recommending either of those links BTW, they are just for illustration. Although I got my tubes from the local B&Q, I found the wire things in Poundland



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