I loved the movie 'Finding Nemo' and came up with the idea to make an Homemade Angler Fish Costume this year.
I started with a chickwire frame. As you can see, it came out better than I expected. Over the wire I put duct tape to help keep the shape. I then put paper mache over the tape. For the fins and tail, I decided to use foam so I wouldn't injure anyone I could not see who was walking behind me.
I put masking tape over the foam so that, when I painted it with Hammered spray paint, the texture would match.(I didn't realize the spray paint would dry out the masking tape, causing it to lift off the foam in some areas, which was a bummer).
I then used different size zip ties to make the teeth look scary but flexible enough for me to put my arms in and out the mouth. I used punching balloons for the eyes and put a glow stick inside a balloon at the end of a dangly strap to make it light up.It was a lot of fun and easy to move around. A happy time was had by all!
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My Homemade Angler Fish Halloween Costume was a real party pleaser!
I used some foam from a couch cushion and carved it out to make the body of the Angler. I then made the additional pieces like the eyes, the fins, the esca (or lure-like antenna), and the lower jaw. The teeth are styled from felted fabric that I wired in. I gave it a base coat with black and army green spray paint, and filled the rest in with acrylics. Just for fun, the eyes had little red plastic jewels in them.
I honestly didn't know what I was doing when I began, but the foam practically molded itself once I got started. It took several worthwhile hours to complete.
Note: the pictures were taken by a friend at a party, so I used the best ones I could find to show off the costume. My vicious faces were an attempt to take on the role of the foreboding Angler.
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I enjoy making masks, so when my friend asked me to make her a tropical fish mask, I thought "wouldn't an angler fish be cooler?" so while I used bright shinny fabric for hers, I used stretched deer leather over a wire frame for mine.
The teeth on the angler fish costume are made from translucent sculpty and the end of the lure lights up as well. My favorite thing about this costume is that I'm a girl and a lot of people are surprised to here my voice coming out of this big scary thing. I love it.
This costume is homemade and is of an angler fish. Many people don't know what that is so I often reference the movie Finding Nemo where the scary fish with the dangling light comes into play.
This Homemade Angler Fish Costume has a working LED light on one of the top spikes. I was very happy it turned out as good as it did. It took me about 4 days to make it, but it was worth it. I received many compliments from parents and even kids at the Under the Sea event at the local aquarium.