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« on: October 20, 2010 07:47:08 PM »

I know that's a vague description, but here goes.

I'm working on a costume of a voodoo doll, and i want to make the pins movable, so people can grab them and put them on a number of spots on the outfit.  I know it needs to be lightweight and non-stabby but how to actually make it actually stay straight out is difficult for me to figure out.  My plan is to make them short... only 3-4 inches so they are noticeable and identifiable, but not short enough that everyone has to grab my boobs to move it around. 

Right away I thought of those nerf arrows with the velcro tips, but they don't look very pin-like.  I think velcro is my easiest route, but i think magnets would help them stay up properly. 

Any ideas on materials or methods?

« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2010 08:01:43 PM »

Are the areas going to be really specific on the costume?  If so you could attach blocks of styrofoam painted to match your costume and use chopsticks/bamboo skewers/long fireplace matches that would stick into the blocks easily and probably would stay there.  Regular matches would work in a thin piece of foam, too.  Might look weird if it is a really form-fitting outfit though.
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2010 08:23:17 PM »

I had decided on about 5 spots... broken heart, pain in the ass, pain in the neck, upset stomach (or hangover) and If I can swing a headband with the design then a headache.  Maybe tennis elbow or a charlie horse too; I'm not totally set on those though.  I figured I would make them very noticeable so people know where they can and cannot go - a heart shape, an asterisk on the ass, frowny face for the stomach or things like that, or writing aorund the areas that can be used.

I like the styrofoam idea.  That might just work, but it will depend on the clothes.  I havent decided between just a dress with a few mods made to it, or sewing a few bits of 'scraps' together to make it look more authenic.   
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2010 08:28:56 PM »

It sounds really neat!  If you did go with the styrofoam, maybe you could cut it into the shape you want for the area?  Hope it works out well, I love interactive things like this.  I bet you'll be the hit of the party!
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2010 10:45:06 AM »

i would use styrofoam and skewers, get some of that model magic clay to make the "pin heads" it is very light like marshmellos and won't weight them down.
i am making the same costume for this year. i am usind a brown fabric and making a whole suit including head, i am using black plastic window screen to make button eyes and a small peice for the mouth so i can drink and see it will look like the doll on this link. http://www.waitingfornextyear.com/?p=3662
attach a thick peice of styro to the inside of the areas where you want to stick a "pin" by glueing a peice of fabric over the styro to hold it in place.

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