Figure 1: Image of Koffing and what final design should resemble.
I have decided to try and make a life size pokemon out of old used paper, flour, water, a volleyball, curved plastic, paint, and duck tape. I picked Koffing as seen in figure 1.
Need: To make a Koffing.
Problem: A full size version is very large (2ft dia) and it has semi complex shapes (the extrusions from its body).
Design iteration 1: Take old used paper and constantly wrap it up until it reaches a decent size. Then soak the next few layers in a flour/water mix, add them to the ball, let them dry. Use a knife to cut out a mouth hole and remove the old paper stuffing. Cut clear see-through plastic in shape of the eyes and mouth (cut out the eyes with a knife). Paint the eyes and mouth and tape them in. On the side use old paper to create a ring shape and apply more soaked paper to make extrusions similar to the ones on Koffing. One the extrusions have dried, tape them onto Koffing and apply another layer of soaked paper. Next cover the eyes and mouth, begin to paint the body and wait for it to dry. Remove the covers for they eyes and mouth.
Prototype 1: Quickly discovered that the paper could not reach a diameter of 2 ft without forcing me to tape the paper together, as seen in figure 2. This development would require lots of tape and would make extracting the excess paper stuffing difficult.
Figure 2: Prototype 1, it reached slightly less than 1ft before it became too large for more paper to completely envelope it.
Design iteration 2: Same idea as design iteration 1, but use a volleyball instead of paper to fill out the frame and immediately start applying soaked paper. Probably add a few extra layers of paper since the volleyball must be popped before extraction.
Prototype 2: Will be created by Sunday.
Hopefully I can find a volleyball before the weekend begins and use that as a base. Once I can get the general frame in order, the rest should be easy and just require time.