A new Chewe in Germany

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Nostradamus

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It starts. I start with a costume. Chewe. Limited by my poor knowledge of English, I moved through many reports and videos. With the help of mom :), I already have a mesh suit.
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Yesterday the ordered hair arrived, as did the needles.
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So, I can actually get started.
At the beginning I thought about how to do it with my feet. I'm 181cm tall and Chewe is supposed to be 228cm. Minus the head, I would have to grow a good 35cm. Well, I've watched Adam Savage's video a lot and will probably use that as a guide. Since I don't have a heating wire cutter, I had to build one - it actually works.
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The plan is to tie your hair in bad weather and in the evening, to work on your feet in the workshop when the weather is good. Thus the following points arise which I now have to examine more closely.

1. The hair is there, what exactly do I have to do to process it? Some say something about showering, others dipping into hot water, then just brushing with a hair dryer.

2. The length of the hair is apparently different. Basically it should be 60cm. If you split it, it's 30cm. Except for the forearms and hands - better 70cm, and only 45cm on the thighs. I have to find out more about that too.

Nevertheless, it starts soon.

My previous project (the Grinch) is over and I'm looking forward to this challenge. Maybe someone from Germany is here who is willing to help me a little

Oh yes, sorry for my bad english. Google translator
 

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Nostradamus

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So it goes on. I need something to brush my hair. With you it's called Hackel, nobody here in Germany knows that and buying is too expensive. Hence, self-built quickly. There is a lot to do before the actual work starts.
Yesterday I was in contact with my cobbler and told him about my project. He offers me to make the shoes. With the necessary increase. Sounds good already.

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ID10T

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This is a massive project, as I'm sure you already know!

If you haven't already, I would check out www.forum.rebelelegion.com and look for other wookies (they have a costume standard and tutorials for the build), and perhaps connect with someone local to you!

Good luck!
 

Nostradamus

Member
Oh, yeah, that's why I've been reading and watching videos on this topic for weeks. I'm already in contact with the rebellion, i have also found nice people on facebook. but unfortunately no one near me, that's unfortunate. i know the guidelines and hope to be able to implement them, but if not, i'm satisfied when i build a good wookie.
 

Nostradamus

Member
Today started preparing the hair. First divided into lengths and then into the self-made hackle. Some hair was already lost. Danbach a slightly finer brush, that was really exhausting - I wouldn't have thought. But you can see a good difference. I'm a little nervous before knotting, but it'll be fine.
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Nostradamus

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So, I started. At the bottom of the legs, where mistakes are not so tragic. Not as easy as I thought. In any case, I have to think of something to fix it. That’s how it slips.
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Nostradamus

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Tadaa, we are moving forward. Thanks to Netflix and the Once Upon a Time series. After 5 episodes of the series, 6 rows are ready. The distances are about 1.5 cm to the side and about 1.2-1.5 cm upwards. Always shifted. Then a drop of glue on the knot. What do the pros say? Can this continue? Or increase the distances?

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Nostradamus

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How about the knots? When you tie your hair, you can't pull it as tightly as you would with a rope. they relax again and are then relaxed. now you should use a drop of glue. when is the best? when you are done and then turn the suit inside out, but the knots are not tight or row by row when tying?
 

ID10T

Sr Member
I have no answers for your questions but admire the work.

I was just thinking how tedious it was waxing a jacket last night... I'll keep my comments on that to myself! This is epic!
 

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Nostradamus

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So, after a total of 35 hours of work, the left leg is almost finished. but i'm somehow not sure about the distances. especially the distance upwards. I don't want to have any holes later.
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Nostradamus

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I don't find the hair so beautiful, somehow too shaggy. Although I brush them well and long, they are wavy. That's why I doused a bush with hot water. after drying, they are nice and smooth. Unfortunately, this is annoying because I've just finished my left leg and now don't know what to do. Everything from the beginning would be really cruel. But I can't go on with the straight strands either, it doesn't look good then. Does somebody has any idea?

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Nostradamus

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Good question. I also think about what is possible. The suit - well, immerse the leg completely in water, brush it wet or rinse it, or with hot steam. Maybe someone has already done something like that?
 

Nostradamus

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So, finally done a stage. The left leg is almost finished, from now on a little gray and then it can go on with the right leg. Maybe I should have done both legs at the same time. Well, that's the way it is. I had started at the bottom because I thought something like that would cover up my shoes. So in retrospect I don't know if the consideration was that good. The shoes are masked anyway.

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Nostradamus

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Yeah, my package arrived from the states today. Thanks to Grenex for the great mask. And even some hair with it.

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Since the hair of the mask is a bit different from mine, I'll mix mine with the new for the top. And more and more, the further I get up. So the color should match again.
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Now I have to find the best solution to fix my head. It's heavier than I thought and of course my head is a bit smaller. How did the others solve that? Helmet, foam pad? Let's see. In any case, I'm super happy and it motivates me even more to finally finish.

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Nostradamus

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It's really hot today. Too hot for the workshop, so just a test. My feet. Actually, I have to grow a good 35cm. I have foam sheets that are 3cm thick. So I need 11 of those per foot. Therefore measured first. I can get 7 pieces out of one plate. So today I tested my self-made hot wire cutter. So, these sheets cut harder and slower than normal styrofoam. It took me 8 minutes for this one foot. and not even properly. But, I already know what to expect.

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