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My Chewie WIP
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Papillion (Mike Costello)



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:38 am    Post subject: My Chewie WIP Reply with quote

Hello everyone! I am so excited to get started on this project. I have never built anything like this, so I am looking forward to your feedback and tips.

I started by reading through many of the threads here. I worked my way through the Wookie Builders Club page. I watched countless Youtube videos and read many blog posts.

Then I started to gather materials. Based on the info I had, I went out and got some hair.



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:46 am    Post subject: Hackle Reply with quote

They didn't have a hackle or draw cards at my local store, so I decided to make my own. I started with some plexi.



Then I laid down some guide lines.



I purchased some 4" fasteners.



Then I got out my drill.



When it was all done, I had a hackle.



The draw cards didn't work out so well.....



The cardboard was too thin and ripped. Oh well, back to the drawing board with those.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got some mesh and a pajama pattern.



My wife's aunt helped me sew the bottoms.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I was getting ready to hook, I decided to start working on the feet. I got some 2" insulation and traced around my feet. Then I cut out two sets. I enlarged the pattern and cut out two more.



I have seen a lot of wookie feet where they seem out of proportion. I wanted to make mine look as proportionate as possible, so I stepped them in size.



I am 6' 2". I used four layers of 2" insulation, for 8" of lift. That will make me 6' 10" tall. The mask should give me another two or three inches, making me right around 7' 0".

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Papillion (Mike Costello)



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prepped the hair by blow drying it. Then I blended it in the hackle.



I used a 70/30 ratio of #27 and #6 with highlights of #8.



Then it was time to start hooking.





It took me a little while to get the hang of it.



After about forty minutes I had a few rows done.



I got into a groove.



I decided to start at the bottom and work my way up.



After a few hours I had between four to six inches on both legs.



Hookin ain't easy!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking good man!
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Papillion (Mike Costello)



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Started gluing my feet together.





Right foot all glued together.



Started on left foot.





I will keep you posted on my progress.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good work so far. A few things you might consider:

1. The white mesh is really easy to see if you are planning on wearing black under armor under the suit. Most Wookiee’s go with black mesh over black under armor

2. Some of your latches look like they have too much hair and like they are pulling multiple holes together. You want about 12-15 hairs generally speaking per latch and you don’t want to pull holes together much at all. Your going to want to invest in a hair straightener as well I think to get rid of the poofy look.

Hope this helps.
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Papillion (Mike Costello)



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beckett, thanks for the feedback.

1 - I am going to order the black mesh shirt from another post. I am thinking about dying the pants before going any further.

2 - I will definitely keep an eye on that. Sometimes I get carried away with the hair. I have been blow drying the hair to straighten it, but it’s still pretty wavy. I am reluctant to getting it wet, so I haven’t tried the hot water method of straightening. Can I use an iron on the hair?

Thanks for your help!
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="Papillion"]Beckett, thanks for the feedback.

1 - I am going to order the black mesh shirt from another post. I am thinking about dying the pants before going any further.

2 - I will definitely keep an eye on that. Sometimes I get carried away with the hair. I have been blow drying the hair to straighten it, but it’s still pretty wavy. I am reluctant to getting it wet, so I haven’t tried the hot water method of straightening. Can I use an iron on the hair?

Thanks for your help![/quote]

Yep, flat iron works fine. Just be careful not to get it too hot.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried the boiling water trick, ended up looking like something the cat hacked up.
Start hooking with the store bought mesh shirt last night. Going good so far.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great start! Be careful not to go too dark on you hair blending.
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Papillion (Mike Costello)



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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bacca9 wrote:
Great start! Be careful not to go too dark on you hair blending.


Thanks for the feedback. I was worried that it looked a little dark as well. I am going to change my ratios going forward.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great job man...thats look great. Take care with amount of hair per hole, it seems to be too much hair.
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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2018 3:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One thing I learned from doing my wookiee (just a bit of advice) if you go at an angle it seems to me to go faster. If you go in a straight line like you are it seems to take for ever!!!!! I have a guy in my group building chewie and he said doing it at an angle helped him finish the pants in no time. again just something I used and it helped me.
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