View Full Version : Wire, wire mesh, chicken wire? o_o?

07-22-2010, 10:39 PM
Hello, I recently decided for sure that I want to do a Totoro cosplay. But I need help with what to use to make him fat. I bought the fabric and I have cotton and stuff if that matters at all. xD But when I looked to see how people made Kirby circular they used some sort of frame.

I don't know what to use for Totoro's frame. Someone told me wire mesh would be good, but how would I connect that? Glue it? o-o' Actually, I just have no experience in working with wire period. >o<
Any help and advice would be greatly appreciated~!

07-22-2010, 11:27 PM
You can buy "poultry netting" at any Home Depot or Lowes. You also want to get some wire snips and THICK GLOVES. I have worked extensively with chicken wire and on more than one occasion cut my self to the bone in my fingers when the damn stuff sprang back on me so BE CAREFUL. It is simple to attach to itself, just using the long cut ends from the squares to wrap around any other part of itself. You should make a big paper template first, and use that to figure out the shapes you need to cut and attach. If you leave it rolled-side-in it will hold its puffy round shape well - or just squash it your self.

Good luck and I LOVE TOTORO!!!!!!!! Hey lets go, hey lets go, watashi wa genkiiiiii!!!!

07-23-2010, 10:48 AM
Yup. Faded_Illusions has the best method I've found. And when you're done, I'd suggest covering any pokey areas with duck tape. It'll stay stuck and help protect you from getting cut up while wearing the costume.

12-01-2010, 09:36 AM
I think Faded has the right idea but I still cannot get over how difficult chicken wire would be to mold. I would think paper mache would be easier and a lot less painful...unless you manage to get a papercut.

01-23-2011, 05:33 PM
For my Totoro cosplay, I built a rounded skeleton out of fence-gauge wire taped together (I would have soldered it, had I known how at the time), and I mostly covered it over in chicken wire. There's a shot of it in progress here - http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1368877/ .

After that, I covered the outside in a layer of sheet foam(http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1368878/). The feet I did separately as boots (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1368873/) and the head sits atop the whole thing freely (http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1368876/)

Here's the finished project: http://images.cosplay.com/photos/14/1440597.jpg

If you have any questions I might be able to help with, just message me.