View Full Version : Astrid--how to train your dragon--help?

07-08-2010, 02:35 PM
Hey guys! My friend wants me to help mer make a kind of last minute costume for Comic-con. She wants to be Astrid from How to Train your Dragon, and I'm pretty sure I've figured out what materials to use for all of it, except for the little metal spikes on her skirt. I don't want to use something soft, like foam, because the metalic paint I'll have to use will flake and chip off whenever it's touched wrong, but I don't want to use clay because if she ever sits or bumps into someone they will break off. Any suggestions for materials? I'm just at a total loss here.

reference image:

Thanks in advance your help!

07-09-2010, 10:45 AM
I am still trying to figure out what to make mine out of. I may try model magic because it is lightweight.

07-09-2010, 03:59 PM
If you don't mind making them smaller than the reference image, you can check your local leather shop for dull metal spikes. They're fairly easy to apply and you wouldn't have to deal with painting them.

07-09-2010, 04:00 PM
Do you HAVE to use this metallic paint? I've used metallic acrylic paint on foam before and it's worked a treat.

07-09-2010, 05:20 PM
I could metalic acrylic--but what kind of foam did you do it on? the kind I'm thinking of is so spongey that the paitn would seep through really badly and it wouldn't look metalic

07-11-2010, 01:50 PM
The type of foam I used was that craft foam sheet stuff. I probably wouldn't advise cutting out something 3D out of thicker, spongy stuff because you won't get a nice smooth edge to it and it'll be pretty difficult considering how many you'd need to make. If you really wanted to use it, you could try covering it in a coat of PVA glue first to seal it so the paint has a good surface to adhere to and not soak in.

Having said that though, using sheet foam, there will be a seam where the two edges of the foam meet if you made them out of that, but you could hide it by having all the seams point downwards so you don't really see it.

The only way I can see of making the edges nice and smooth is to use clay. I wouldn't be overly worried about them breaking as long as the ends are rounded so the tips don't snap off, but that many spikes would probably result in the skirt weighing quite a bit.

Have you considered making them out of thin card? Might work, but she'd have to be careful of not sitting on them.

07-11-2010, 03:52 PM
I used craft foam for my Wonder Woman armor and painted it with rub n buff which is nice and metallic. I used this tutorial to prep the foam: http://entropyhouse.com/penwiper/costumes/helmsdeep.html

Or perhaps wonderflex?