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Wookiee Basics: Some of the main information you need
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Bacca9 (Jamie "Gingersnap")
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:11 am    Post subject: Wookiee Basics: Some of the main information you need Reply with quote

Ok Wookiees, I'm trying to make this process a little easier for prospective members, so I'm compiling a list of basic info and supplies to get folks started. Please feel free to chime in and add on!

RESOURCES

Mesh for Undersuit

http://www.joann.com/utility-fabric-cargo-netting/10173359.html?green=773555D3-F983-53E7-0675-D1C7164347E2

http://www.moodfabrics.com/fashion-fabrics/other-fabrics/mesh/black-polyester-wonder-mesh-111302.html

http://www.joann.com/mesh-white/1948439.html

http://www.seattlefabrics.com/mesh.html#Dive%20Mesh

Kanekalon Synthetic Hair

The Reddish Brown Mix: #27, #4, #6
The Dark Grey/Brown Mix: #44, #4, #6

http://ikickshins.net

http://www.sallybeauty.com/Braiding-hair/SASSY7,default,pd.html

http://www.samsbeauty.com/service/Milky-Way-Synthetic-100-Kanekalon-Briads-Que-Premium-Soft-Jumbo-Braid-g-MWSHQPSJ.html

http://texasbeautysupplies.com/siljumbraidh.html

Or check your local wig shops ☺

Fur Fabric

National Fiber Technology
http://www.nftech.com/custom-products.html
For Chewie, you want about 30 sq. ft. of brown and 15 sq. ft. of grey. These are the most recent numbers:
CF1724D (5-7in) stock item "Grey" $42.00 1sqft
CF1728D (5-7in) stock item "Brown" $42.00 1sqft

CF9614 (5-7in) Custom "Grey" $44.75 1sqft
CF9615 (5-7in) Custom "Brown" $44.75 1sqft


$225.00 per style setup charged. Loose fiber is sold by the ounce or by the pound.

Stilts/Lifts

Bucket Stilts
http://www.steppinupinc.com
(for info on modification go here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Wookiee-Workshop/275044445914376)

DISCONTINUED
Marshalltown Skywalkers: http://www.amazon.com/MARSHALLTOWN-Premier-SKY2118-Skywalker-18-Inch/dp/B007WPC7VQ/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1437952784&sr=8-2&keywords=marshalltown+skywalker+stilts

“Kiss” Boots:
http://www.amazon.com/Morris-Shoes-Monster-Frankenstein-Boots/dp/B00410M9X6/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1437952831&sr=8-13&keywords=kiss+boots

http://www.rivithead.com/catalog/stack-301.html

Ebay also has a lot of options.

Mask and Toe Kits
Ryan Ricks
http://chewiechanga.blogspot.com
Finished Masks, kits, and prequel style toes available

Wookiee Works
Ben Townend
https://www.facebook.com/btownend1?fref=ts
Mask kits and finished suits and masks available from Ben Townend. Ben is one of the only builders who uses National Fiber Technology fur (as seen in Ep III), specializing in original trilogy Chewies.

Wookiee Workshop
Jason Rucci
http://www.thewookieeworkshop.com
Masks and toes available. Kanekalon and mesh suits can also be commissioned. Jason is the "go to guy" for screen accurate bandoliers.

Jamie Arielle
Bacca9 on the RL forums
https://www.facebook.com/Chewie5.2
Youngling masks and toes: Kitwarr, Lumpawaroo, and Gungi.

Evil Chimp/DougieFett
https://www.facebook.com/EvilChimpFx
Commissions available for completed masks. Uses Kanekalon LATrend #27, #8 and #44 and Jazzy #44 when hairing up masks.


Making Your Own Mask

You’ll want to get some friends and do a full head cast. The materials you’ll need are either a dental alginate or Body Double by Smooth-on
http://www.smooth-on.com/Lifecasting/c1240/index.html

For the mother mold, use plaster bandages (available through smooth-on or at your local craft store)

The positive off of which you’ll do your Wookiee sculpt can be made with a variety of materials (i.e. plaster, quick-crete, resin, smooth-on’s Task-15, etc.)

Make sure you use an oil based clay like monster clay or plastilina for your sculpt:
http://www.amazon.com/Monster-Clay-Premium-Grade-Modeling/dp/B008UZHP6Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1437954790&sr=8-1&keywords=monster+clay

Casting materials for the mold vary depending on preference, but many options can be found on smooth-on.com If you call them, they will talk you through all you need. I personally like Rebound Silicone with a Plastipaste mother mold.

Wookiee Skin
Silicone. Ecoflex or Dragon Skin from Smooth-on work well.

Underskull and teeth
Lots of options again and you can use your face cast as the second part of your two part mold so that the underskull fits your face exactly. Use LOTS of mold release!
Again, smooth-on is the place to go. You can use Task-15 and roto-cast, rigid foam (Foam-IT), or fiberglass. Just about any resin will work for the teeth.

Bandolier
You can either make it yourself or buy one from Mel Mattson (cyodarun)
https://cyodarun.shutterfly.com

Or Wookiee Workshop (More expensive, but also more accurate)
http://www.thewookieeworkshop.com

If you'd like to replace your resin boxes with aluminium, the smaller ones are available here:
http://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Hammond-Manufacturing/1590A/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMsrGrAVj6eTva4YHrNVXaiPbM%252bgyQ79%2f%252bE%3d
The part is a Hammond 1590A components box.

Larger boxes are available from Don Forsyth: donsforsyth@gmail.com
He normally charges per two boxes for Imperial Gunners, but discounts for the large quantity required by Wookiees.

Here's a comparison photo of the resin VS aluminium boxes:


Reference:


Eyeblack

Here's the cream based black:
http://www.makeupmania.com/ben-nye-creme-color/

and the setting powder:

http://www.makeupmania.com/ben-nye-face-powder/

You want the Ebony Smile

Sound Systems

McGinni Customs
Brian McGinnis
brian@mcginni.com

Jaw activated switch OR sound glove systems available SOON!

Bowcasters

Wookiee Workshop
(see link above)

AND a "making of" video that has some brief, but good information:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NT4zL9wWxk0
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For hair also add Texas Beauty Supply. http://texasbeautysupplies.com/siljumbraidh.html
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For Hair in Australia - contact is Jo McIntosh
https://www.facebook.com/KiaraJadeSyntheticDreadlockExtensions?fref=ts

For mesh undersuit (aquatic netting) in Australia:
http://www.haverford.com.au

For alternative lifts:
www.steppinup.inc - ship worldwide

Masks for Australian Wookiees - owner/contact is George Bounos
http://iconicstudiocreations.com/default.htm
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 29, 2015 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much for this!!!!! Smile Smile Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2015 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is another supplier for the Bowcaster : Purgeworx
He is from UK. That way the people from Europe can save money with customs, shipments and taxes

https://www.facebook.com/Purgeworx

Thnks Jamie for this post

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 2:53 pm    Post subject: Looking for help! Reply with quote

James,

I've read every single one of your wookie build blogs like 3 times. Thank you for doing that. I just began my wookie costume last week. I got the mesh pants completed and started putting hair on this last weekend. I sent emails to the resources you listed in an effort to buy a bowcaster, monster feet and bandolier but haven't gotten any reply as of yet. What is the best way to get ahold of the people I'd like to purchase these items from? Also, I want to make a custom mask, is buying a kit for a head life cast the best way to get started? I've never done anything like that before so I'm wondering if you have any ideas in terms of finding some help doing the head lifecast. Lastly, how can I get ahold of you and other members that can help me get questions answered more quickly? (I am happy to give my phone number if it means I can text people like yourself it means I can get questions answered.

Anyway, trying to get connected with everyone so I don't make too many mistakes.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 5:40 pm    Post subject: Re: Looking for help! Reply with quote

Beckett wrote:
James,

I've read every single one of your wookie build blogs like 3 times. Thank you for doing that. I just began my wookie costume last week. I got the mesh pants completed and started putting hair on this last weekend. I sent emails to the resources you listed in an effort to buy a bowcaster, monster feet and bandolier but haven't gotten any reply as of yet. What is the best way to get ahold of the people I'd like to purchase these items from? Also, I want to make a custom mask, is buying a kit for a head life cast the best way to get started? I've never done anything like that before so I'm wondering if you have any ideas in terms of finding some help doing the head lifecast. Lastly, how can I get ahold of you and other members that can help me get questions answered more quickly? (I am happy to give my phone number if it means I can text people like yourself it means I can get questions answered.

Anyway, trying to get connected with everyone so I don't make too many mistakes.

Josh
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joshmbeckett@gmail.com


Lots of good questions, brother. Let me start by saying welcome Smile Can you begin a separate build thread for yourself here and I (and the rest of the Wookiees) will be able to help you out? That way all of your info is in one place. To start, emailing people or finding them on Facebook is the best way to contact them. Give people a week or so to get back to you before you send a follow up. For life casting info, head over to smooth-on's website. Lots of video and photo tutorials there! You'll need a friend to help you, alginate or body double for the casting compound and plaster bandages for the outer mold. It's up to you what you use to do the positive of your face. Lots of people use plaster. Start up a build thread and you'll get responses relatively quickly!

Cheers,
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2015 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ginger, I started a thread....will post pictures tonight and throughout.......VERY EXCITED!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2015 4:06 am    Post subject: Re: Looking for help! Reply with quote

Beckett wrote:
James,

I've read every single one of your wookie build blogs like 3 times. Thank you for doing that. I just began my wookie costume last week.


Is this me? If so, you can always catch me on here and message me through the rebel legion. There are lots of really good helpers on here in particular Nick, Jaime, Johnny, Ian, Matt, Sarah, and probably about half a dozen more that aren't coming to mind right now.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 4:43 am    Post subject: Sound systems? Reply with quote

What about sound systems?
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2015 3:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Sound systems? Reply with quote

Beckett wrote:
What about sound systems?


Lots of different options for that. Your mask will have a lot of resonance, so many of us make our own Wookiee calls. I also have a backup sound system that is run off an Arduino chip and Aker amp. Others have taken the "How to Speak Wookiee" book and modified that for their sound system. And still others wire a lever or roller switch in the jaw so that controls when a sound is made. You can also take apart the new Chewbacca sound mask they sell at Target and Toys R Us. It's self contained and quite loud. Would be pretty easy to wire it into your masks jaw.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Sound systems? Reply with quote

Beckett wrote:
What about sound systems?


Not sure whats out there. Im just starting to dig into this for a fun build to do over the winter but check this little guy out that i made
https://youtu.be/kxCQ4eB0ExI
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Thanks for the add to the list! Glad to help wherever I can.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:39 am    Post subject: Where to start on making Reply with quote

Hello fellow wookiees, I plan on making my suit this year. I've seen the list of materials and progress photos. but havent yet found how you start putting it together. Im looking for tutorials, how to videos etc. I appreciate any help thanks
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Chewie wrote:
Hello fellow wookiees, I plan on making my suit this year. I've seen the list of materials and progress photos. but havent yet found how you start putting it together. Im looking for tutorials, how to videos etc. I appreciate any help thanks
Charles


Charles, please do not post on this thread. Create your own on the forums so everyone sees it Smile
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