Foam Mog headpiece?

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Madeye

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Hello All,
I am thinking of making Barf of the movie "Spaceballs" costume. I want to make the head piece out of foam. I am new to this, am I barking up the wrong tree? Should I try to use something else like wire. If using foam an tips for cutting and shaping. Anyone have a tutorial on forming foam?
Cheers!
Will
 

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elro

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BARF..... BARRRRRRFFFFFFFFFF!!!! xD Good times, great movie!

In the costuming world you can never actually bark up the wrong tree, some trees are more bark-up-able than others is all ;)

If you have plan in place, and have done your research then 99% of time your idea will achieve realisation.


Personally, I would start with a headband - A flat one prerrably with a metal rod in the centre, not vital though. From there, adding a strip of styrene which follows the curve of the head around the back (more or less ear to ear, much like a respirator holder. From there, at strips going from the back piece up to the headband to give little platforms.

After that, make the basic shapes of the ears from anything you can attach to the headband (I would leave a lip at the bottom of the ear, so i could put 2 tiny bolts up through it (2 bolts per ear to ensure it stays in position) to hold the ears in shape.

After that, attach pieces of a cut up wig on the platforms and blend them together neatly, and use hair spray to get the partial combed look he has going on.
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THats just what I would ;) Your way would work just as well! :p

In terms of foam, all you need are welding gloves(for safety if you want to prevent burning yourself) , a heat gun, and solid non flammable shapes to press the armor into whilst heating.
This video should take care of it : Heatgun Foam Armor Tutorial - YouTube
 

Madeye

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Elro,

No this great advice. I am sitting in a hospital and thinking about how I would go about it. I have access to a socially awkward elec/mech eng and would love to try to animate the ears. I was thinking originally of getting the the skull shape down (your advice is a great idea). His head piece actually sits 5-6 inches and not right down on the top of the head so I am imagining a build of upholstery foam maybe then glue faux fur over it. Carving an area to hold an Arduino if need be and feasible. Just curious, can you tell me the material the gent in the video is using?
Cheers!
Will
 

elro

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The foam in the Video is a camping mat. You can get these are hardware stores / craft stores / camping stores. Also craft foam is much thinner but does take heat forming just as well.

In terms of animating the ears then yeah, have a base attached to the head band would work very well, and having the rest of the base essentially solid would help a hell of lot with the overall stability of the piece :p

In the movie, I was reading that John Candy controlled the tail by a button in his 'paw', and two other guys controlled the two ears - all was hooked up to (i read this... not sure if a typo) a 30 (3???) pound battery on his back. = Thank god for arduino's and smaller batterys!!!


And finally, sorry to hear you're in hospital! Hope all is well!!!!!!
 

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