Become a Targaryen Dragonlord in Just Twelve Steps
What’s a Targaryen without a dragon? The great house rode dragons to victory across Westeros. You don’t have to wait to be gifted dragon eggs though, you can make your beast with paper mache techniques. Instructables user Katusha did so with great success. She dressed like Daenerys Targaryen and built Drogon to go with it. She tried to keep costs low at about $100, and she worked on the costume for about a month. This is how she made the frame for the dragon:
1. Measure, cut, and cement PVC
See pictures for details. Keep in mind that this is going to have to fit you AND go through doors. I made my dragon out of 3/4″ PVC because I already had it on hand. You could probably make it out of 1/2.”
2. Attach to ceiling beams
I suspended my dragon from the beams of my garage for three reasons: (1) no flat spots in the chicken wire, (2) paper mache dries more evenly, and (3) it helped to remind me to keep the weight distributed as evenly as possible. You could skip this step, but you might end up with flat spots. I started with a chain, but it was sort of rusty and I kept running into it, so I switched to rope.
The rope is attached to four lock-ties. When you take the dragon down, don’t cut these! They’ll be used to attach the straps later. (They’ll be under all of the layers of paper and fabric.)
3. Wrap and secure chicken-wire
Lock ties are key here. They help secure the chicken wire to the PVC without cutting the wire in too many places. This is faster than twisting wire around itself and helps avoid creating sharp pointy edges.
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