Monday, September 10, 2007

Starting the feet....

Was naughty and took the night off to work on werewolf feets.

AS USUAL PLEASE CLICK TO SEE THE WHOLE PHOTO! Blogger cuts off photos that are too big and im too lazy to make thumbnails. Sorry. It will just link you to my flickr account!

First get some goofy shoes. I got platform types shoes because platforms i used with the demon costume work really well to enhance the digitigrade illusion. Plus they make me taller and scarier! I made sure to buy tennis shoe versions, not mangle-your-foot-dance-club-strappy-highheeled-hoochie versions like last time.
foot shoe

I added velcro around the top to hold 'em on...then some around the sides for the end of the fur legs to velcro on to...
foot shoe velcro 3

I riveted AND glued the velcro on...dont' want it going anywhere! Some velcro from the demon is starting to rip off after two years of this needs to stay put. Plus rivets are fun to install...
feet shoe velcro 2

Toes! Basic block of foam, carve with scissors to round them out a little:
feet foam block
fet toes 3

In this photo, the toes are longer than I'd like but that was fixed easily. I dont want these too big since I want to look like im up on my toes and therefore the foot should short. Too long and it might look like a flat foot or too cartoony or just dumb. I dunno.

feet toes2

I ended up shaping these a little better. Didnt bother too much with making it super's going to be covered with fur anyway :)
feet toes

Best part! Adding scary claws! I used Tandy plastic claws, which I will repaint to look a little more real. I used glue to get these on and sandwiched them in the foam.
feet claw
feet claws 2

Hahaha, the coolest part is that they make a fantastic scratching noise when I walk on the hardwood floor. Spooky! The foam bends nicely with each step without falling off or tearing. I added alot of support underneath to make sure they last. I'm also going to add an extra sole with good traction over the toes and foot bottom.

They arent too pretty now but fur and a claw paint job will fix that! They are really comfortable. If I can walk for 5 hours in that hot, painful demon costume I bet I can go for a long time in this werewolf. Too bad I can't drink beer in it though( Probably for the best...)

Oh man and they are putting out Halloween decorations in stores now. It just makes me want to work on this even more. Argh, I love halloween!

feet claw2

Next up: adding feet fur! I also asked for some samples from National Fiber Technologies to see what they might have for the longer hackle/neck/back of the head excited to see it! They do awesome stuff:

More soon!


dirk said...

Awesome work, Melly. Brigid linked to the blog from Spike's forums. We're all really excited to see how this costume turns out. We'll have to throw a party so you'll have a reason to show off or something.

missmonstermel said...

Thanks, dirk! That's awesome someone linked me in Spike's forum :D Keep watching, much much more is coming....