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32: Beaker Costume

October 30, 2010

I made Megan’s Halloween costume.

When I finished it all up, we decided to make a sign and go show it off at the (Seattle location) Rally to Restore Sanity. It was just down the street, so we could walk there — she in costume, and me sort of assisting, because it’s a bit hard to see at times.


Highlights from the rally.

I’ve got plenty more photos where that came from, including some (but not many) build photos. …And here they are.

I got right into this project because I didn’t have any time to waste. It wasn’t until the point pictured below that I remember I was supposed to be taking build photos. Oh well. Here he is, mostly done.

I needed to take a picture of this collar. I have never made actual clothing before, let alone giant menswear, and I just kind of winged it.  I think it turned out awesome.

This is pretty creepy.

Gloves are easy to make. Especially since they only have 4 fingers on each hand.

To open the mouth, you pull the orange loop pictured below. It’s hidden inside the lab coat and can be accessed through a fake pocket. The whole mouth is hinged and built with elastic, so it snaps closed again. And yes, the mouth is where you look out.

Here’s the view from inside with the mouth closed. OK, technically this is the view from a camera that’s held inside. In reality it’s a little easier to see out, but not much.

When the mouth is open though, you can see better. That black sheer mesh covering her face works really well.

Here’s Beaker at the rally.

We met up with our friends Kai and Jami. Kai makes cool cards.

Beaker is a hit with the ladies.

That guy in the background with two cameras is my friend Josh.  He’s a photographer. Here’s his website.

Then it started to rain, so we had to leave. These people were surprised to see a human-scale Muppet in downtown Seattle.

And for now this is where he sits, awaiting the next Halloween party.

After that, who knows? I just might sell him. Interested? Click here to be taken to the listing.

Edit: It’s been sold, and ever since, I’ve had a whole bunch of requests to remake it. I’m flattered, but I’m not going to make it again. I feel like this project is done. My motivation is all about figuring out how to build it the first time, so I’m just not interested in doing the same thing twice.

If you’d like to use this information to build your own, go ahead. It’s fun, pretty easy, and you’ll feel accomplished. The head is made of thick paper, rolled into a cylinder. The eyes are styrofoam, and the nose is stuffed fabric. As for the mechanics, that’s the fun part. Experiment, and figure it out. 🙂

Or, if you have an idea for a different costume, and want to contact me about that, I’d be happy to help.

Thanks for reading.

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25 Comments leave one →
  1. Chris permalink
    October 30, 2010 5:02 pm

    Did you ever find out why that person is holding a sign that says “ear BS” with a picture of a bear in the middle?

    • October 30, 2010 5:23 pm

      Because the ear is just as terrifying as a panda BEAR eating its young:P

  2. October 30, 2010 5:26 pm

    Amazing work, my friend. Beaker is a muppet near and dear to my heart. I’d be honored to wear him sometime…

  3. Doug permalink
    October 30, 2010 5:41 pm

    Sweet! that is cool. btw stumbled

  4. Becky permalink
    October 31, 2010 12:54 am

    Mike, Sam, and I heartily approve of your amazingness, sir. You have possibly single-handedly restored sanity.

  5. October 31, 2010 3:17 am

    Thanks, everybody!

  6. Sep permalink
    October 31, 2010 6:56 pm

    Super duper awesome! I’d be interested in buying…

  7. Marco permalink
    October 31, 2010 9:35 pm

    Thank you, you were awesome!

    My son (4, with a sanity/fairness sign) loved your costume and that you shook his hand 🙂

    • October 31, 2010 10:27 pm

      Very cool. We saw a lot of people that day. I’m glad your son liked it, because a few kids just cried. 🙂

  8. Deborah Hepworth permalink
    November 2, 2010 1:05 pm

    Oh my, this is a fantastic Halloween costume!! I stand in awe of your creation. Megan, you truly are the ultimate Beaker….good job, kiddos!

  9. Mark Hepworth permalink
    November 4, 2010 9:15 am

    Too much talent resides in one mere man.

  10. November 4, 2010 9:32 am

    Alright you two. You need to calm down.

  11. December 11, 2010 4:58 pm

    That costume is the best!!

  12. Patrick permalink
    April 28, 2011 6:49 pm

    I would definitely buy that costume off you!!!

    • April 28, 2011 9:59 pm

      Make me an offer. I’ll also be putting it up on Etsy when it’s closer to Halloween.

  13. Bekah permalink
    August 8, 2011 3:01 pm

    did you already sell your costume? if so, you wouldn’t ever make another one would you? 🙂

    • August 8, 2011 5:04 pm

      I haven’t sold it yet, but I don’t have plans to make a new one. I’ll stick it in my etsy shop soon.

  14. Anton permalink
    October 24, 2011 8:44 pm

    This is the best beaker I’ve ever seen! I’m looking to make one for myself is there any way you could email me how you made the head,nose,mouth Etc?

  15. November 18, 2011 12:57 am

    Sold?! But… But I wanted him. 😦

    Best. Costume. EVER!

    • November 18, 2011 8:00 am

      Yep, all sold. I made enough for this year’s costume, too.

      • Derek permalink
        September 15, 2013 11:02 am

        How did you make the hinged mouth? I really want to have someone make this for me!

  16. John permalink
    October 26, 2013 8:56 am

    How did you keep the head from tilting forward under the weight of the nose and eyes? Is the head secured somehow?

    • October 26, 2013 11:17 am

      It’s just a tight fit for the wearer, so it doesn’t wobble around a bunch. I measured her head and made the cardboard tube the exact size.

  17. January 4, 2014 6:37 pm

    Awesome job! I’m going to make this costume and yours is by far the best. Where did you buy your wig? And how did you get the nose to stick straight out? I would love any hints to make this. I am jumping in a Special Olympics Polar Plunge in about two weeks. Thanks.

  18. February 24, 2014 6:46 am

    This is brilliant!!! I absolutely love it! Meep meep!

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