Last year after Halloween, our family came up with the crazy idea of making an 8-bit looking Centipede Halloween costume inspired by the movie Pixels and the classic arcade game. The costume would be wearable, illuminated from within by RGB LEDs, and even change colors like in the movie and video game.
Over the years I’ve made a few small molds and casts but nothing anywhere near the size and complexity this project would involve. By day, I work as a computer animation artist on films such as The Matrix, Blade II, Kung Fu Panda, etc. so much of this process would be a learning experience. This article is not so much a step-by-step how-to, but more of a story of how I built this large translucent costume! If you’ve tried to custom make something hollow and translucent at home, you know that it’s not an easy task! So let’s get started!