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I wanted to build it again, I wanted to wear it again, and I really wanted video of it in action!
I didn't have a sheet of corrugated PVC sheeting, which was the foundation of the last paparazzi costume. I usually depend on expired election signs, but there were none to be found this early in the season.
I wasn't sure exactly what I was going to do differently, but I knew I wanted to make it a little more durable, and I wanted to try molding full heads for the photographers, instead of just using masks backed with foam.
On these projects, design goes hand in hand with the materials I am using, and I'm rarely sure of what materials I'm going to use. So I went shopping.
This is one of my favorite parts of the costume-making process. How can I create 12 fake cameras for $10?
I cut some 2" electrical PVC and painted up some long lenses.
Readers of Cockeyed.com probably already know that I don't use an SLR camera. I use a little point and shoot Canon. I use the crap out of it.
For a better idea of how to put some fake cameras together, I did some research at Best Buy.
The trick to shopping at Wal-Mart is to not look too closely at what the other customers are doing.
The basic shape of a camera body was a box, with a lump on the side and a little awning on top.
For the camera bodies, I cut a block of styrofoam with a hot wire rig.
Once I had the hot wire set up, I went ahead and cut all the bodies.
Piece of cake.
For more information on setting up a hot wire to cut styrofoam, check out the Box of See's Candy costume.
Building 12 cameras, I thought I'd just plow through all the pieces like an assembly line, but I hadn't actually checked my construction ideas, so I ended up making some wrong moves, such as these 24 supports which I ended up not needing.
Hot glue did not reliably attach the lenses to the styrofoam bodies, so I prepared a solution using zip ties.
Spinning Tornado Costume |
Scott's AT-ST Costume |
Balloon Hut |
Feather Pinwheel |
QR Code Costume |
Paparazzi Costume #2 |
Solid Ice Beer Caddy |
Greg's Whiplash Costume |
Lloyd Dobler Boombox Costume |
Best Costumes on the Internet |
The Money you Could be Saving with Geico Costume |
Urban Gardening |
Kindling - wooden Kindle |
Box of See's Candy Costume |
Dwight Shrute Bobblehead Costume |
The Light Sharpener - satellite dish solar cooker |
The American Idol Judges Halloween Costume |
Sudoku Costume |
The Infinite Candelabra |
Baby June, hospital childbirth |
Hero's Engine |
Devo Hats |
Dr. Octopus Costume |
Jenga Costume |
Banana Skin Coat |
California costume |
paper mache satan |
spring shoes |
metallic wings |
fire without matches |
paper mache hummingbird |
paparazzi costume |
matchstick cats |
fish costume |
ketchup packet bear |
Africa costume |
push to cross sign |
paper mache globe |
paper mache alien |
pet coffin |
paper mache Elvis
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