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Topic: FUNGITRON! The giant, glowing, dancing mushroom!  (Read 8638 times)
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« on: November 02, 2009 04:58:07 PM »

So I came up with this idea on the looong drive back from Burning Man (2,500 miles=lots of time to think).

These Smurfs and I danced in the street to the Fraggle Rock theme song.

That's me right before the Gogol Bordello show.

I wore it to Voodoo Fest durning the day, which was awesome! People kept coming up to me to pose for pictures; I was the unofficial mascot of a music/head shop called The Mushroom; at the Gogol Bordello show I really stood out and was easy to spot on the jumbotron, as well as by the band! Also I was interviewed for a spot on Fuse TV, which was pretty cool.

The bodysuit is silver sequins lined with nude spandex. I added silver rick-rack and some rhinestones for extra pizzazz. The hood is not attached to the suit.

The cap is paper mache! The white spot are cut out of milt cartons and actually cover little bowls, which eventually will have LEDs in them. For Halloween I put in glow sticks, so I really stood out at the festival and on Frenchman Street later that night.

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Of course, there had to be a utility belt. My friend came over and borrowed another bodysuit. My boyfriend bought our socks.

Here's a blurry photo of me on the way down to the Quarter! The glowing was really cool.

check it out on my website too http://madebyjulianne.com/?p=82
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2009 05:40:57 PM »

That is effin' AMAZING!!!!   Cheesy

you saw Gogol Bordello AND wore an awesome Halloween Cotume???  I'm uber jealous....

« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2009 06:34:11 PM »

love it!
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2009 06:45:48 PM »

what a great costume! looks like you had a lot of fun. hoe could you not when youre seeing gogol bordello, right?  i lust after eugine hutz, by the way..........

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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2009 06:53:20 PM »

Shocked You are showing us this because you want us to run off and make our own mushrooms costumes, right? We'll be like your little fungus spore children, everywhere craftster reaches. Ooh, cool.
This is just too wonderful, I gotta say. And how amazing to run into not only Papa Smurf but Smurfette! That's trippy man...

Yeah, and Smurfette was like 6 months pregnant. Papa Smurf been busy. Now I need little spore children. Spore army! We could be the coolest theme camp at Burning Man!

« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2009 12:45:32 AM »

A sequined bodysuit and glowing mushroom head would pretty much give you license to dance any way you like!  I can't wait to see this in motion...
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2009 06:15:06 AM »

Awesome idea! WOW!

« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2009 02:45:32 PM »

love mushrooms and love gogol bordello so that woulda been alot of fun to see Smiley

love that you got it glowing too!

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« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2009 06:29:21 AM »

Thanks for all the comments! It was a lot of fun to make!

For the cap I covered half of an exercise ball with plastic wrap and then put paper mache over that, about 5 layers. Then I marked out where the spots would go and cut that out of the dome, and I reinforced those holes with cardboard rings. Then I blew balloons into the holes and covered them with paper mache from the inside. I covered the outside of the cap with the red sequin fabric and added in the white disks, which were cut out of milk cartons and just taped on.

The gills were made by cutting out a donut shape out of cardboard, with the inside hole shaped to fit my head. I added shirred silver sequin fabric and then a couple layers of a pearlized toile. Then I hot glued it inside the dome and added an elastic strap to keep the hat from blowing off. There is a cardboard support coming from the top of the dome that rests on the top of my head.

The bodysuit was basically the same pattern I've been making (this is my fourth suit now) but it is lined with Spandex, which makes it so much more comfortable and flattering. It really all was very easy, and the only expense was the fabric. I think the whole thing cost about $30.

As much fun as it's been to wear for Halloween, I really can't wait to wear it at Burning Man next year! I think it will also come out for Mardi Gras.

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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2009 03:01:52 PM »


You made a fantastic, origional costume that I wish I could wear hehe

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