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Help making a snivy costume 
11th-Mar-2011 10:07 pm
helix
this will be my first big project. ive done smaller sculpting before but never something on this scale. after going to the nintendo world store and seeing the Snivy costume they had I knew i needed to make one somehow. if anyone is in the nyc/long island area and would like to help in person please contact me 83

anyhow where to start?? im very small, 4'9 so i hopefully wont need to pay too much. i want it to look as close as possible to this;  http://pokemonblackandwhite.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Snivy-Costume.jpg but what do i use? foam? where do i get foam? im planning on using minky to cover it. i see that vision will be an issue and i am planning on looking out of the sides where the eyes are as well as making a higher mouth to look from. if anyone has ideas on how to proceed please help ^^;
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12th-Mar-2011 03:37 am (UTC)
omg cut costume, pokemon fan my self i have 300 figures.

besides that i think you sould use foam, but for the head and body i would make a harder base our of papermache the you can sculpt it over with foam.

you could try plaster too but thas heavy im prety sure a costume like that would have a fan because that head would be super hot.

on the inside of big heads there is foam so they dont bobble like a helmit
you could make a cardborad base then use paper mache to smooth it.

i think this coustume could of used fiber glass but im sure thats more expencive then foam or cardboard
good luck with it i love costumes like that
12th-Mar-2011 03:43 am (UTC)
thank you ^^

i was thinking that i make some sort of 'shell' and perhaps making stuffed padding for everything but the head. since the shapes in general are very basic i wouldnt have to get super high density foam or so i hope 8x but yes i need to think of something hard to coat it in to keep it safe
12th-Mar-2011 04:07 am (UTC)
you could coat it with resin its like a hard vinyl, i use on wooden things.
i allways wanted to try it on foam but im sure for a big cosume i would be pricy you could protect foam with ducktape? but idk if that its ok for what ur thinking hopefully some one else would know.
12th-Mar-2011 03:53 am (UTC)
here i found it danceing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYYd4efh6yk

and 2 cool videos what u might wanna see to help
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8E8dttLuvI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP4kHvs1xSI&feature=related

i would be excited if you made this lol :3
12th-Mar-2011 03:54 am (UTC)
haha i actually saw it irl but this helps soo much, thanks!! i probably wont see it much after so this is awesome!
12th-Mar-2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
Mm. Be careful what kind of foam you use, and how much of it you use. Things can get really heavy really fast. The Quilava I picked up to finish from someone else got really heavy and the foam structure isn't even finished yet.. So I'm looking at alternate methods so I can lighten it up.
13th-Mar-2011 12:44 am (UTC)
oh well i actually have a very low density and lightweight foam i was planning on using for most of it. its going to be harder to sculpt but i think i can do it!
12th-Mar-2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Be prepared for foam bits everywhere :) You're gonna have to make a bodypod to keep everything the right size... x3 you know how to contact me lol
13th-Mar-2011 12:45 am (UTC)
haha yes. this is gonna be sooo mega hard BUT IMA HAVE FUN *jumps in pile of foam*
13th-Mar-2011 09:13 pm (UTC)
OMG I bought Pokemon White and I just chose the Snivy as my pkmn. XD
That costume is great!

It looks like they used a foam core that is covered by fleece, and probably used buckram on an area of the eyes to see out of it. It's one of the rare times I've seen a side-eyed costume with no panel in front for the wearer to look through. Unless that extra slice in the neck panel means he's seeing out of the neck, which makes the wearer almost child-size. O_O

You can get foam at fabric stores or department stores. JoAnn Fabrics, Hancock Fabrics, WalMart and such.

With the carving, I'd recommend either making a duct-tape dummy of yourself and build the foam core onto that, so that it's carved as one whole piece and flows nicely. Of course, after you carve it, you should cut the head off and put a slit down the back so you can crawl inside. lol
The only thing I can see that doesn't require foam padding are the arms (I may be wrong).

There is one problem to these suits however. I can't see any kind of vent or airflow. If you don't have a computer fan in it or hole anywhere, you might die of heat exhaustion. lol Make sure that vents are a priority in your costume.
14th-Mar-2011 12:28 am (UTC)
actually the costume itself was roughly my height, 4'9, which means it mustve been someone EXTREMELY small.

thank you so much XD yeah i have a LOT of work ahead of me 8x
14th-Mar-2011 12:56 am (UTC)
I just saw him yesterday XD well i know what technique was used but be prepared for lots of money and lots of work! >.< I asked the workers how much each costume cost to get made and they said anywhere from 5,000 to 20,000 dollars.
14th-Mar-2011 11:59 am (UTC)
lol oh believe me i KNOW its not that much money to MAKE them. they just bought them from someone obviously.
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