American Idol Judges Halloween Costume - 2006

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I have had a tough time keeping Cockeyed.com updated because all my free time has been spent working on my Halloween costume for this year.

I always have a bunch of pretty good ideas for elaborate costumes, but this year, the best idea came from my friend Mark Hamilton: The American Idol Judges. All three of them.

For the sake of balance, I'd have to sit in the center, and who sits in the center? Paula.

With a few sketches, and a run to Home Depot, the project was underway.

That first picture, with the garden hose around my neck, is how I visualized the shape of a curvy harness, able to keep a lot of weight up and in control.

 

I got a heat gun for Christmas, so bending PVC is easier than ever.

Bending PVC tubing is really fun. If I had more time, I think I could make a nice skeleton out of this stuff.

A hand, twisted out of coat-hanger wire.

The wire hand, fleshed out in newspaper and masking tape.

Building a strong, lightweight rectangular platform. Usually, if you find yourself using heavy-gauge steel deck brackets in your Halloween costume, you are doing something wrong. 

Making a surface out of corrugated plastic sheet.

 The tabletop in progress.

The tabletop and harness connected. 

This would be a pretty good way to start a poker, surgery or Rachel Ray costume.

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