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« on: September 27, 2006 11:21:43 AM »

For our Homecoming Skit at UCF we need a Kool Aid Man costume. It needs to be durable, but someone has to be able to dance in it. Any ideas on how to construct it and make it look awesome would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2006 10:45:58 AM »

you could do it as a stuffed form but that would be pretty warm for dancing. I'd toyed with the idea of a hula-hoop-wire and boning idea, but then realized that a couple sheets of foam is all you really need. Just the sort of foam you get for padding or upholstery (the softer stuff, not the hard stuff like "pool noodles"). Get it thick enough it provides its own support (minimum of an inch thick). You'd have to use panels of it pieced together to get the proper effect - the way I'm thinking it would have to be sort of "fish" shaped panels (the pointed-oval needed to cover a sphere, with the widening on one end to give the upper opening of the pitcher) Glue it all together on the edges (I'm trying to think what we used in drama in HS. Contact cement I think? Experiment with scraps to make sure your adhesive a: works b: doesn't melt the foam) and then just use paint (poster paint would work if you're not taking it into the rain) to color it the right shade and put on the details of the "face" etc.

There's two ways to do the overall format of the costume. One has the wearer's head sticking out the top, the other is fully enclosed. (I really don't recommend the last, a lot of hassle - buuut... if you really gotta do it that way then you'd have to cut out the facial features to give view/breathing holes. I'd cover the holes with black pantihose glued to the edges of the opening then trimmed down when dry. You might also want to add false forearms to the costume too in that case, as the belly of the pitcher would probably make the wearer's elbows disappear. By holding the 'elbow' of a false forearm, they could wave, etc, with it, the wrist joint acting as elbow for the outfit. Can't pick anything up though...)

Was ANY of that coherent? I can see it very clearly in my mind, but I'm not sure if it makes sense to anyone but me. I can do line-drawing sketches for you if anything's confusing, just ask.
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