Kevin Roche (kproche) wrote,
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One heck of a tail!

Further updates on the WorldCon costume project:





Conrad's tail construction, continued
Endplate for securing the shockcord Endplate for securing the shockcord

The elastic shockcord needs something to pull *against* in the base of the tail; it could simply tear through the foam all by itself. This endplate is made of two pieces of WonderFlex with holes put through for the central chain and the top and bottom cords, and then fused together into a single plate
The assembled tail skeleton The assembled tail skeleton

The angled base piece has been added, and the chain and shockcords pulled through. The cord has been stretched (the top one more, to give the tail the curve I want) and knotted with figure-eight knots right against the end plate.
A view of the WonderFlex basepalate and the knotted shock cords A view of the WonderFlex basepalate and the knotted shock cords

Fabric for the tail's skin Fabric for the tail's skin

pretty simple: three main pieces and the "fins" to run along the dorsal seam
The dorsal fins chain, sitting on a piece of the blue fabric The dorsal fins chain, sitting on a piece of the blue fabric

The dorsal piece all by itself The dorsal piece all by itself

Close up of the dorsal crest construction Close up of the dorsal crest construction

This is very simple: two pieces of the black lizardskin spandex fused together with "Heat'n'Bond Lite", cut to shape and the the top edges serged with a narrow edge (two needles, but with the stitch former pulled out to make the loops narrower)
It's a tail! It's a tail!

here it is in all it's glory, skin pulled over the skeleton.
another view of the assembled tail another view of the assembled tail

I decided not to put batting over the skeleton (as I did in the head) because it would make the tail less flexible. that's why the vertebral segments show as much as they do.
rear view of tail rear view of tail

even though the "vertebra" segments are apparent under the skin, the tail moves as well as I hoped it would, so I think the tradeoff is worth it.



Oh, and the music is mixed already, too! LA Con, here we come... (only feet, remounting the jaw, and jewelling the jumpsuit left)


Yay!
Tags: conrad, conventions, conzilla, costume, la con, lounge lizard, masquerade, worldcon
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