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January 2, 2014 AT 10:35 am

Smoking Dragon Costume Is Ferocious

dragon costume

Happy New Year! It’s time to look forward to the year ahead, and nothing gets me more excited about creating than looking at what others have built. And this dragon costume is a cool design that makes me want to get my hands dirty. Instructables user Partybot took inspiration from Chinese dragons and built the creatures from the usual basics: cardboard, glue, wire mesh, and tons of foam. Here’s how the horns came together:

I sculpted the wings from wire mesh that was spiraled in a cone shape and then tacked in place using hot glue. The branched secondary horn was spiraled into a cone and then a slit cut to allow it to fit over the original. More hot glue. Then I did paper mache using a 4:1 mixture of elmers glue (bulk jug) and water. The paper edges were too obvious so I added lightweight wall spackle to allow for sanding. Since you’re imitating bone, having some rough sand lines adds to the effect. I later sprayed expanding foam inside to help with overall strength and allow for easier mounting.

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