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« on: January 13, 2011 01:42:00 PM »

Ok, so being the obsessed How to Train Your Dragon fan that I am, I have decided to make a deadly Nadder costume.

Here is the dragon in question, in case for some reason you haven't seen the film.

I have the majority of the costume figured out, just one thing has me stumped.

To create a realistic leg I am working foam around a pair of old comfy trainers. The problem is that the foam around the bottom of the trainer could get wrecked if it rains the weekend of the event that this costume is for. I was going to get an outside rubber 'welcome' mat, cut it the shape of the bottom of the feet and glue it using e-6000, but I don't know what would be able to cut through it - or if thick faux leather would suffice instead.

Here is the kind of mat I was thinking of using http://www.wilkinsonplus.com/Floor-Mats/Wilko-Mat-Coir-40cmx60cm/invt/0267049?htxt=136oBCvHNH7SX8O%2BwHFbz9FgoqzFN%2F8FCFNRGTUGAbU3pQeJr8%2BHpE%2FAuabpZiMSmtYOZS6CsAB8%0AkI2PHkwfVA%3D%3D

Any help you guys could give would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance x
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2011 01:59:26 PM »

Rubber matting should work, but you might try looking in housewares for some kind of rubber bath mat or something that will be thinner than a welcome mat which as you figured out will be very hard to cut and really thicker than it needs to be.  If you're making a deluxe costume you might look into rubber shoe soling which can be ordered from some leather supply houses.

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« Reply #2 on: January 14, 2011 08:58:05 AM »

If you check out a hardware store they might have sheet rubber (not sure what department it'd be in though). I don't know if it comes in different thicknesses, but you should be able to cut through it well since it's probably made to be cut down/to shape.
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« Reply #3 on: January 14, 2011 03:22:45 PM »

Here's a kind of rubber mat available at hardware supply or farm supply:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/equine/horse-stalls-accessories/rubber-matting/flexgard-multi-use-utility-mat-48-in-x-72-in-x-1-4-in-5040801

This might be good for soles for handmade shoes!

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