Ok, so do you still remember my last year project where I did some mascot costume for my kids' sports day? It involves few character and one of them is earth!
I've blogged about the previous one in this entry - Cloud Costume
So, earth costume is a bit constructional. I really have no idea what is the best way to make it. Initially I want to make it from a big balloon, blow it up, patch with paper maiche and the pop it. But then I couldn't find the right size of balloon. Then I plan to make the frame with wires from scratch and patch it with cardboard, but playing with wire is not my thing, so finally after some thought and scouting, I decided to use lantern as the frame. The downside of lantern is, it's kinda destructible due to soft wire..so I tried to preserve the frame structure as much as I can.
|The largest paper lantern I manage to find, it's about 18" in diameter.|
|I used PVA glue and tissue paper to cover up the lantern lines. Turn out it's not a good idea as the glue is very very very wet and won't dry at all. Thank God I just used a small patch then I decided to switch the technique.|
|Switched to spray adhesize (leftover from Cloud Costume) which is super cool as it lays and spread a very thin of glue and dries quickly.|
|Smoothen out layers of paper. I used couples of layers and don't worry if it's not perfect. Because that's how the earth rolls right, all the bumpy mountains and land. Imperfection is the real perfect ;)|
|I used this cloth tape to strengthen the core|
|Then I roughly sketch the arm area for the hands to poke out and cut it using wire cutter.|
|Warning, you need a real wire cutter, like this.|
|Not some random cutter even though how strong it can be, it's not designed for wire. Like this pruning scissor as it only cuts twigs.|
|And it will damage the blade if I insist on cutting wire. Can you spot the blade? it has small serration :(|
|The base with arm holes. I also trimmed the bottom for some room for the leggys|
|Being dried properly before spraying it with some colors.|
|I couldn't decide which blue I want to use, so I bought 2 shades of it|
|Both give nice hues but I preferred the right one as it's stronger.|
|Spraying under the strong sun. My only advice is to put old newspaper under the globe before you spray it. I forgot and it left a circle mark on my grass :D|
|My model of the day. She looks like a giant blue pumpkin right? The base is not sturdy enough and will bend in if you rest your hands on it. But oh well..|
|Add on some maps cut from felt. Home is where heart is.|
|Some other random maps, which is shapely right (kind of) but not geographically correct.|
|Sorry! It was really a last minute touch up and I couldn't bother to get it right, globally.|
|So this is how the costume look from the front. The sides bent a little bit as the wearer rest his hands on it.|
|It looks perfectly rounded when the hands are inside haha. Mind the blurry photo. This captured from far using my phone.|
So that's it! What I like the most about this costume is I get to play with spray paint..and the challenge of getting the shape. I bet it's easier and sturdier with balloon and paper maiche.
And for the #imadeconstumewoohooo and @guessthecostumecontest, I put this picture and got this guesses:
- ball gown
- disney characters elsa and sofia
- humpty dumpty
I wish it's a ball gown though! That will be very fun!