> From: "Carl" <cyberborg4000@...><SNIP>
> Subject: Need Help with Wolf Costume sections for a
> Convention that I like to go to
> Hi everyone I need to make a Partial Wolf Costume.
> However I do want to have aYears ago, when my college did Into the Woods, the wolf
> Wolf Head that atleast passes on looks for a Wolf Head
> with somewhat of a snout , ears (wide apart enough for
> the Top Hat) , and a mouth with some kind of teeth in the
> jaws that would have atleast partial movement to be able
> to talk and eat & drink if possible.
costume arrived without a head. I had to make one. I used
a face cast of the actor, built up a wolf face over it in
modelling clay, and then used fiberglass matting and resin
to make a shell. Coated everything with latex to prevent
chafing, attached straps, covered the outside with
appropriately colored fur, trimmed it down very short over
the muzzle and around the eyes. The teeth were made from
Sculpey and glued into the mask...if I was doing it over
again, I'd find a better method of attaching them, although
they did last a good long time (well through the run of the
I made the lower jaw a separate piece and glued it to the
actor like a regular prosthethic. I then used some extra
fur to cover the seam between the two...in that way, the
lower jaw moved as the actor spoke or sang (the sound
designer also hid the actor's mic inside the lower jaw).
Then we used another couple of pieces to make a coif to
match, complete with ears (just a couple of triangles of
fun sewn back to back and stitched to the top of the
coif...one triangle was trimmed so the fur was slmost
completely gone to make them look like the inside of the
ear...that's another one I'd probably do differently if I
was doing it over again.)
I liked the results so much that I made one for myself, and
used it for several years for haunted house work. I think
it's still kicking around here somewhere (the strap came
loose in my old apartment, so I couldn't hang it on the
wall, and I've just never gotten around to fixing it). If
you're interested, I'll see if I can find it and get a
> Then Glove type Hands covered with Fur that could haveI've had my best luck doing such things using batting
> (small) claws , but I would need to be able to picj up
> and use things. Like Drinking Glass or a Throw Away
> Camera and things like that.
gloves or golf gloves (batting gloves are cheaper, golf
gloves are available year-round in this area--remarkable,
considering the amount of snow and ice that typically gets
built up on a golf course in these parts. Batting gloves
are also typically available in black...golf gloves are
usually white). I used a pair of these to make hands for
the Mummy in our Halloween shows, and he loved it...they
are light-weight, so it's easy to stitch material onto it,
and you have excellent sensitivity for grasping items (the
sound guys were very insistent that he not be dropping his
> Is there any way that this could be done with (real) WolFAs far as real fur, I'd say it's highly impractical. First
> or Coyote Fur and how Large or Long do the Tails for
> these animals get. Do they reach say 26 to 30 inches in
> length and get Really Bushy.
off, you have to find someone who sells it (considering
wolves are an endangered species, I'd be suspicious of the
source if you do happen to find that). Also, based on my
experience with costume conventions and the like, there's a
very good chance that using real fur could upset some of
the people attending. I won't go into the possible
problems of real fur triggering allergies in people around
you. And if it's real fur, and you happen to get anything
on it (where you're talking about picking up a drinking
glass or eating in the mask, that's a definite
possibility), it will cost you a small fortune to get it
cleaned (leather cleaners are not cheap...and if you want
them to actually be careful with your stuff, that can
become another problem altogether).
Besides, the fur that would be available on a pelt would
have the wrong texture for the parts of the body you're
trying to do...faces and paws are covered with short, stiff
hairs, not the long fur that would be on the pelt.
A little patience and some paint can create a very
effective fake fur (I made a fake wolf pelt for a costume I
did a couple of years ago, people thought it was a very
good addition to the costume).
How soon do you need this costume finished? If it's not
too soon, I would be willing to do some of the work for
you. Let me know...I never got really good portfolio pics
of the Into the Woods mask, so an opportunity to try it
again is intriguing.
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