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Unread 03-29-2013, 01:35 PM   #1
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Totoro body form

So our happy little group has had several new additions over the last week. 0_o I swear I did not know that so many people who worked with me attended cons or even knew what anime was. ^^ It's a bonding experience nonetheless.

So I'm the designated 'asker of the questions pertaining to cosplay' since I'm the only one with a cosplay.com account so bear with me if I seem to be bomboarding this forum with a plethora of questions.

So one of our happy bunch, Ann, has decided to go as Totoro. I'll include a ref pic but I seriously doubt anyone needs it (who hasn't heard of totoro?). He's the big creature all the way on the left with the big grin.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-R4xqBNQJqL...otoro-tree.jpg

Thing is, she's not going for the normal cute and fluffy totoro. She, just like everyone else in our group, just loves trying new things. So she's going for a 'Steampunk Totoro' as she so dubbed it.

Now she was thinking, for the body form, that she'd just go about it ala Volpin Props way (the way he did Big Daddy cosplay) with insulation foam, cardboard, and expanding foam. Then carve out the features, hollow it, etc etc. But she wants him to look like he's basically all made of metal. Very statue like, smooth, like in this picture: http://thelittletravelers.typepad.co...09ba970b-320pi

Only with more bronze, gold, rust colors, naturally.

Volpin mentions using stretch fabric to smooth over the expanding foam, then Ureshell, then resin. And while she's up for that method, she'd just like to see if there were any other ideas anyone else had.

BTW-She's not in any way shape or form good with metal so any metal work is out of the question.
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Unread 03-30-2013, 12:33 PM   #2
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Hi Mr.StarkRed26,

I woudl say the foam method is a good idea. Foam will be nice and light compared to actual metal.
You might want to check out Lilithy Cosplay. She made a Gyodai costume from cardboard and paper mache that might help you out in some ways, far as the frame and body form.

http://translate.googleusercontent.c...yxkKsrGHQtKZYg

It sounds like a cool idea she's got. Hope to see her at future cons. Good luck!
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Unread 03-31-2013, 11:37 PM   #3
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Hey there, I actually recently built a 3/4 scale totoro. We went in a very different direction, not having anything to base it off.

Our form is basically a giant hoop skirt. The first picture in our build diary can give you an idea of the basic structure:
http://imgur.com/a/yJHcF#7nLY8

I discuss some of the build in a reddit thread we posted right after getting the Totoro 1.0 done (we have a lot of plans for revisions and additions)
http://www.reddit.com/r/cosplay/comm...roject_totoro/

Our debut was at DragonCon last year:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lW6NgDzTBg

Since then we've gotten the arms to work, and dropped by sakuraCon last weekend with the big guy.

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Unread 04-02-2013, 11:58 AM   #4
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Macavite I love your idea!! I found one just like it but with irrigation pipe here http://www.instructables.com/id/Yout...tume/?ALLSTEPS

I'm not making a Totoro but I'm trying to use these ideas to make a Bearsy from one piece.
How did you see through it? and is it easy to store?
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Unread 04-03-2013, 02:59 PM   #5
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I see through the mouth. It's made of Buckram, and quite easy to see through. so long as the inside of the costume is dark, and I'm not actually pressing anything against the mouth, no one can see me. The biggest challenge here is that buckram crinkles very easily, so for storage, you need to take special care to roll the mouth, not fold it.

As for storage, it stores extremely well. The hoops, can come out and all fit in a gallon ziplock, which makes the bulk of the costume the hard laundry-basket 'skull' and all the fleece. 15 yards of fleece takes up significant room. In all we can pack this costume away in a suitcase and a half for shipping. Off season he lives in a couple of storage bins, with all our raw materials for new projects. It does mean that assembling the costume takes significant time however; for a single person, about 3 hours.
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The hoops come out? How did you do that? Is it like you just slip the fabric over top? but wouldn't it slide around that way?

Also how did you get the twill tape to stay in a perfect circle? I see in your video that you can squish it in, but it looks like it just bounces back.

Sorry for the questions but I am very curious and want to make sure I make this right!
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The hoops come out? How did you do that? Is it like you just slip the fabric over top? but wouldn't it slide around that way?
Yeah, the hoops come out. The twill-tape was used to make a 'frame' for the hoops to sit inside, but there's a connector for each hoop that we can unclip and slide the hoop out. So the actual hooping can be carried separately. The twill tape frame, without all the hoops to give it structure, is actually quite small and fits into it's own gallon ziplock. So when we assemble it, we slide all the hoops in and connect them, then suspend the frame off of the laundry basket 'skull' and slide the fleece 'skin' over top. The very beginning of the dragoncon video you can see us sliding the skin on.

The fleece skin is lined with quilting batting so that the hoops don't show. If you look at the build diary you'll notice there is a before and after picture when we put in the batting ("Padding out the skin"). the skin doesn't move around very much on the hoops, quilting batting is not slick or smooth. We actually wish it would move a little more because it's a pain to get him 'settled' when we first get the skin on.

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Also how did you get the twill tape to stay in a perfect circle? I see in your video that you can squish it in, but it looks like it just bounces back.
The twill tape stays in a perfect circle because the skirt-hooping inside it is designed to do exactly that. So long as the connector doesn't snap the hoop will always bounce back to be a circle. this has proven to be very valuable because people can get aggressively affectionate to Totoro.

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Sorry for the questions but I am very curious and want to make sure I make this right!
No problem with the questions. We worked all this out by trial and error, and if i can save someone else that grief I'm happy to help.
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Thanks, this answers a lot of questions!!
I have a few more (sorry!)

How did you figure out the measurements? I made a rough drawing https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=3&theater and took my boyfriends measurements but I'm not too sure how I should work with it to make it proportionate. Like I said his costume isn't Totoro, its Bearsy from One piece so the measurements will be different. But talking to you has helped a lot with figuring everything out.The differences are the shape, the the size (It will be to his knees), and making the hands to sleeves so he use his arms.

Also I looked up a hoop skirt tutorial and see you need hoop boning? Is this what you used? If so where exactly do you purchase it? Currently I have Irrigation pipe but I think It might be too thick. (Got it originally thinking of a hoola hoop)

Thanks again!
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