Brady Gage of Monkey 5 Studios is seriously into costuming. His website lists his many projects, and they include everything from Bumblebee to a Batmobile to Muppets. Warning: it’s easy to lose a lot of time looking through all of his work. I was especially fascinated by the Muppet costumes he’s built because he’s made Animal, Miss Piggy, the Swedish Chef, Beaker, and Bunsen. The costumes all appear to be top notch. He uses materials such as foam, felt, bargain clothes, craft foam, and craft fur. He’s clearly resourceful.
The heads seem to all be built the same way: foam. He stacks and glues sheets of foam together to make a block and then carves out the head shapes by hand. He hollows the insides out and carves the face and adds details. For example, the Swedish Chef’s lips are pipe insulation. The foam is ultimately covered with felt.
Here are some more finished costume and work in progress photos:
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.