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mekka
06-19-2011, 08:14 PM
The construction of the frog hat.


http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/551/mukuroflan.png

There will be no use of fabric in the construction of this, no matter what. Unless I am using it to stuff something. But, I would like to avoid that too.

I like the seamless, unitized look of it. I plan to stay true to that.

The best idea for a base I have come up with, would be a modified baseball batting helmet. ( black of course!)

http://img834.imageshack.us/img834/3994/1447j.jpg

Other than that, I have to many ideas. Doing research and small tests to see what works. As money allows right now. Unemployment sure is fun!

If you have any ideas I'm open to them. ( except fabric :miffed: )

GCNgamer128
06-19-2011, 08:46 PM
oh lawd.

What if you get an M1 Helmet Liner:
http://www.joesarmynavyonline.com/servlet/Detail?no=7082

Buy some foam sheets from Joanns:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd14653

^^Ignore that price, you can get like 2'x2'x3" sheets for $5 in store.


Use an x-acto knife and cut the foam and glue it to the dome, then cover it with felt.

mekka
06-19-2011, 09:34 PM
oh lawd.

What if you get an M1 Helmet Liner:
http://www.joesarmynavyonline.com/servlet/Detail?no=7082

Buy some foam sheets from Joanns:
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?pageName=search&flag=true&PRODID=prd14653

^^Ignore that price, you can get like 2'x2'x3" sheets for $5 in store.


Use an x-acto knife and cut the foam and glue it to the dome, then cover it with felt.


The foam will leave to many sharp edges every time I change direction with it. I may use some sort of foam more then likely as a plug for making a mould. or doing something then use Mat & Resin. Could use Peperkura. Or a paper mache over the baseball helmet with a ton of different materials to get it round. not really concerned about weight as much as getting the shape. i can worry about weight after. I have no problem cutting it back open to change how i reinforce it. Or just using it to make a mould.

GCNgamer128
06-20-2011, 12:03 AM
I was leaning more towards foam, because that's basically what most mascots are made out of. Just shaped foam, glued together, and covered with material.

mekka
06-20-2011, 12:41 AM
I was leaning more towards foam, because that's basically what most mascots are made out of. Just shaped foam, glued together, and covered with material.

after watching some videos I can see how the foam would work. could probably avoid using a helmet or a liner and just find something cheap at lowes or home depot to work.

I just dont know what chemicals will melt the foam. Maybe insulation foam board? At least I could sand that. then maybe a thin fabric over it. with plasti dip or similar product on fabric.


I'm more of a metal worker than anything :[


Now that I think about it, I do have a large supply of black craft foam sheets, but they are so thin :/

mekka
06-20-2011, 03:24 PM
So here is what I have discovered so far using craft foam.

You can sew it easily.

It will curve to shape if heat is applied.


Now to figure out how to make the head of the frog. Not worried about the eyes or the part that covers the ears. Those are MUCH easier. I already tried a mockup and I was fairly pleased.

Would try cardboard, but I don't think it will do all that well with heat. But, I might try it anyways.

OtakuDesu
07-20-2011, 04:53 PM
o.o i've heard people saying u could usebeach ball or balloon and paper mache it...then smooth it down then paint it.

Mangos_Limes
07-25-2011, 07:45 PM
This may be a very...odd method, but it worked okay.
I got a bowl that roughly fit my head, and then balled up pieces of news paper and taped them on till it formed a large hat-ish shape.
Then I put layers of paper mache over it to smooth out the lumps, and waited for it to dry. After it dried I folded pleather on it, and hot glued down some of the edges so it would stay. I did the same thing with the eyes(paper lumps then paper-mache). After they were dry I covered them in pleather as well and hand-sewed fabric to make the eye color/pupils. Then I hand-sewed them onto the hat.
I covered the inside with a softer black cloth and added paper so it would fit my head.
It's less complicated than it sounds I swear!