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22 Jun 2013 - 00:07104392
STRANGE BODY SHAPE NEED HELP
So, I'm making a Crash costume that looks like this:



The only problem is that when I made my maquette (a smaller version to see if it would work) the waist came out way too small.

I know that the head comes to shape in the form of 4 triangles and then the shape becomes longer and thinner as it gets smaller.

Has anybody done this type of costume before? How do you measure something like that? Should I include a zip?


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22 Jun 2013 - 13:17104401
wooden dowel frame?


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26 Jun 2013 - 00:39104523
I was thinking of making a foam base, but I have to transport it in a suit case, so it'll be small and made of soft materials.


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26 Jun 2013 - 06:07104525
It looks like there is a foam head segment to give the upside down triangle shape and then the rest is based on the users body.

I think it could be made with or without a zip depending on how tightly fitted you wanted it. As for transport it may be worth making it with a detachable cover. So how Crash's face is the outer layer make this so it can be removed and rolled for transport then the foam that makes the head is two pieces which attach to each other with velcro. Though making costumes like this easy for travel is always difficult unfortunately. I also don't have massive of experience in mascot style cosplays (I have only made three really bad ones :S) so might be worth checking out some fursuiting sites for their advice on making mascot cosplays suitable for travel.

If you do go down the foam route you can buy precut foam from these people:
http://www.efoam.co.uk/foamshapes.php

In dimensions as per your choosing.

Best of luck - Crash Bandicoot is awesome so looking forward to progress


29 Jun 2013 - 11:47104579
This is an interesting idea!
My idea was to shape the top like you would sew a ball, with four triangles, but the body part would be based on my own body.
Then I would use cushions/foam (which I could remove for transport) to give the head a rounded shape.
The nose would then be removable by velcro. The only problem with that is it wouldn't look attached to the actual mouth.

Am I right in believing I saw you in a cosplay lipdub as Olga Gurlukovich?


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Last edited by captain0ldy0da (29 Jun 2013 - 11:50)
01 Jul 2013 - 01:12104621
Ah cool - That makes sense Do check costs though because sometimes it's cheaper to buy one big block and cut it down then buying multiple cushions. Though I seem to remember seeing cushion foam in Wilko's really cheap once so that might be cheaper also.

Hmm do you mean the nose wouldn't look joined because it attaches via velcro? Sometimes it can really work. Or maybe consider using some sort of screw on system for the nose? This way it might be a bit stronger and it will look like it's sewn where the screw goes perhaps? Though you may find when you build it and planning for transport some pieces squish up better than you were expecting (depending on foam density for example) so you might get away with sewing the nose?

Also hollowing out the head more than you need to can help because you can squash the other bits inside for transport? You may also wanna fix a cycle helmet inside the head so you can clip the helmet on and the foam will stay in place better (or any hat/helmet with a chin strap )

It's gonna be so cool when it's done

Yup that was me in Olga It was a lot of fun even if it was a bit embarrassing while we were being filmed having loads of people staring ^_^;


01 Jul 2013 - 01:27104623
Initially I planned to stuff the thing, I can't remember why I dropped the idea but it's sounding pretty good right now.

I've come up with a pattern that is like the way you would make a ball.

With a triangular oval at the top and then a longer piece that gets slightly smaller towards the waist.

I'm guessing the way the original was made was some sort of casting because I have no idea how they make something so extraordinary so seamless!

I was going to attach some headgear in there, along with a large piece of semi-circle foam to keep the head out fat, but I might stuff the entire thing with one layer of fur and the other of sheeting to make it keep its shape.


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