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Lame Lemongrab tutorial

Alright, so I was getting some questions about the construction of this mask... and I know this is really lame and not very well explained, but I've been really busy and this was the best I could do at the moment... Hopefully you can use it and it's helpful.

And again, if you DO use it.. then I'd love to see how your costume turns out! Link me to the pictures or something!

(Also.. just because I didn't make it clear in the picture.. the spray adhesive went in between the fabric and the foam.. )
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Theresa-Maria-Falcon's avatar
Ponchies's avatar
What type of glue did you use for glueing the foam?
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
Oh gosh.... I'm so sorry...I can't remember.. 
I think it was maybe a fabric glue? it could have been super glue...
:icononionfailplz: I'm so sorry... My best advise would be to try different glues on some scrap pieces to see what holds because I don't remember at all... :'<
Ponchies's avatar
That's okay :>
Do you think a hot glue gun would help?
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
I think that would work well... but test it first to make sure it doesn't melt the foam... (I know some glues don't react well with foam.. actually now that i think about it I think it's super glue that messes up foam so yes hot glue sounds like a better idea)
DefiantTeemo's avatar
Did you use a stretchy fabric or was it just normal fabric?
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
The yellow fabric didn't have much of a stretch to it... I think that could be why it got a bit wrinkly. 
DefiantTeemo's avatar
Ah last minute question, what can I do to make more breathing room? I'm doing the last second of his facial expression…
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
Sorry... I can't really help you there... I had a lot of trouble breathing myself.. :( It's a very stifling costume.. 
I decided to cut out the shape of lemongrab's head in addition to side strips by the jaw. I used the strips to glue to the other non-strip-lemongrab head which provided me space to breathe. 

I found that the spray adhesive I purchased to bind the fabric and foam together was not long lasting (also bubbled) . Either I did not put an event amount or the bonding agent needed to be stronger. I'm a beginner when it comes to cosplay. Also I was not able to make a sleeve with my cotton fabric so sticking the edges of the fabric down was a little complicated. The glues I've used were gorilla glue, rubber cement and the spray adhesive. They were all good with fabric and foam but I think I should specifically buy fabric glue next time. 

Overall if I planned this better the cosplay could have came out better. Thank you for putting your tutorial out there :D 

Picture is on my profile. 
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
Your costume is brilliant! The expression turned out so well! XD I'm glad you were able to improve upon the design by adding additional breathing holes. 
I must confess that the spray adhesive on mine has not lasted over the years.. It was ok for the first, but it did not stand up well to wear and time, so the fabric is a bit wrinkled. :\ 
where did you purchase your foam? I went to hobby lobby, michaels, home depot and office depot with no luck. 
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
I got it at a store called JoAnn. I think this was the product I bought:…
DefiantTeemo's avatar
Btw, is there any place else where I could get foam for a cheaper price?
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
Not that I know of... Maybe somewhere online? I hope you have good luck finding some and send me a photo when you're done! I'd love to see how it turns out. 
ValiantParadox's avatar
thank you so much for this tutorial, it made my life 1234567890% easier!… the only changes i made were I used a much stiffer foam and a wire circle to help it keep its shape (and not smother me)
ChadVanHalen's avatar
Do you mind elaborating on the wire circle?
ValiantParadox's avatar
i just made a circle of wire (wrapping the ends around one another) slightly larger than the circumference of my head, and just shoved it up into the lemonhead so that when you put the mask on the wire sits around forehead level. I secured it with hotglue and i think some masking tape and it still works after 7 months. I'm bad at explaining things so if you need me to elaborate more just ask!
ChadVanHalen's avatar
Alright, what is it that I have to pick up at Michael's/Joanns? Whenever I go there I just look lost and confused by trying to describe what I'm looking for haha
ValiantParadox's avatar
literally buy a coathanger and some hotglue + gun
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
Whoa! That looks so great! I like the changes... they really help it stay the right shape... It turned out really good. :D 
maikirah's avatar

My sister and I made these as fast as we could.
StarkRavingMaddie's avatar
Oh my goodness!! You even did the bite out of his head! These are incredible! XD 
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