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Angler Fish Adult Fancy Dress Costume

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Be sure to cut the jaw large enough to both get a head through to put the costume on and to make a big mouth for the large teeth. If you follow this instructable, perhaps you can skip the design phase and move straight to building.

Set up a fan and use an appropriate vapor mask- I'm confident that burning polystyrene is bad to breath.A single bulb is placed into the end of each tube and connected to a 3V AA power source using speaker wire (I highly recommend using red and black colored wire to keep things organized). The poly foam body was glued on the inside of the head and I left a small section in the back unglued to make it easier to get in and out of. You can also use spray foam adhesive- it's faster and very strong but it's expensive and I found it difficult to work cleanly with. After I had tested all of the circuits and connected them to batteries it was time to wire everything into a switch panel.

When the basic form was closed around the armature i added sections to form the belly paneling and made marks where i would cut leg holes. I then bent two pieces of 1/2" electrical conduit piping into the shape of the interior profile of the head. I started with a few sketches to work out the design and figure out what this thing was going to look like. I figured i couldn't sculpt the whole fish out of paper mache, so I cut some cardboard pieces to mold to the shape of the fish that I wanted. By this point I have also covered part of the lower jaw with grey poly foam to give textural continuity with the belly instead of with the head.Also, you're going to be making cuts to the mache, so you'll inherently weaken the overall integrity.

The body section has been removed from its foam armature and is hanging from the head and tacked together using nails. While bunching them, be aware of how much strain you put on the cables- the super glue holds them well but they can still be torn out if accidentally if your not careful. Sorry about that, it’s just that this anglerfish hat looks like something straight out of one of our nightmares. I cut strips of poly foam about 3 inches wide and backed each seam from the inside, adhering the strips with spray adhesive. When was satisfied with the positioning of the body, the 2 pieces were glued together using spray foam adhesive.

Use the needle to puncture the EVA foam, then push the bunch of cables into the skin and remove the needle without removing the cables.

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