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Valka (How to Train Your Dragon) Costume

by Darcy
(Palm City, FL USA)

Valka the Dragon Protector

Valka the Dragon Protector

Valka the Dragon Protector
Showing Off My Homemade Valka Costume
Making Valka's Headpiece
Making the Body Armor for Valka's Costume

Valka Costume: How To Train Your Dragon

In an effort to keep cost down and try to reduce the vast amounts of supplies I already own, I decided to make this costume entirely from painted fabric and foam. It was a very inexpensive costume to make even if you had to buy the fabric.

The base of the pants section of Valka's costume is a pair of loose fitting pants that I already owned. I stuffed the pants tightly.

Over the pants I wrapped the lower leg (below the knee) with quilt batting. Then I made strips of fabric that were about 3-inches wide and wrapped the legs of the pants in the fabric strips.

I had several yards of a light weight cotton fabric that I used to make 3-inch wide strips from. There are about 15-yards of fabric strips in this costume overall.

The pants are wrapped all over except at the knee and the top of the waist. I wanted those areas free of excess bulk.

To keep the layers of fabric strips in place I painted the entire surface area of the wraps with a 50/50 mix of white glue and water.

After letting the glue dry thoroughly, I painted on stripes of brown, orange and burgundy craft paints. I loosely followed the lines of the fabric strips. The stripes are thinner than the wrap lines so there are more than one color on most of the fabric strips.

For the spikes that go on the sides of the calf section, I used a foam exercise mat. There are 5 spikes about 3 inches long on the sides of each calf area.

The spikes are covered in masking tape to round the edges and then covered with a caulking material. They were then painted with brown craft paint. The spikes are very light and flexible.

The spikes are glued to the calf area using a silicon adhesive. I like GOOP. It is strong, waterproof and remains flexible.

The bodice of Valka's costume is made of strips of fabric that were cut into 3-inch strips. There are about 3 different fabrics used on the body section. As long as the fabrics are similar the final look will be good.

Once the fabric is painted, the differences in the fabric are no longer noticeable. I have a body form in my size that I used to keep the right size and shape as I was forming this section.

Starting at the bottom, I zigzagged back-and-forth working my way up to the neck area. There is a slit down from the neck at the back to allow the bodice to be stepped into.

The arm holes are a couple of inches larger than a vest would normally have to allow for ease of movement.

While wrapping the body section, I folded the wrap fabric in half as I went along. The folded section of the strips are faced down with the raw edges of the strips faced toward the neck.

As the body was wrapped upward only the folded side of the strips show. To keep the fabric strips in place I used pins.

The body was then painted with a 50/50 mixture of white glue and water. When the glue was dry the entire bodice was base-coated with a burgundy paint. Once dry, a top coat of burnt orange was applied.

There are little armor accents on the top of the costume. These pieces were all made from craft foam.

The circular pieces go on the shoulders and the little triangles go on the elbows. After I was done with all the painting, I glued these on to the costume.

The shoulder armor has 5 layers that I gently curved and - using duct tape on the underside - taped together. The shoulder armor is made from a red craft foam that I painted with brown and orange paints.

The turquoise paint was applied after all the top parts were completed and glued in place.

For the arm gauntlets, I started with a pair of knee socks that I cut the feet off of. The socks were slipped over a cardboard tube and wrapped with quilt batting. The batting was then covered with strips of fabric and then painted with a 50/50 mixture of white glue and water. The glue was allowed to dry and then the gauntlets were painted in the same fashion as the legs of the costume.

I made similar spikes to the ones on the legs. These spikes were about 1.5 inches long. GOOP glue was used to apply these to the sides of the gauntlets.

There is a claw-like hand that sticks out from the wrist. Foam from half an exercise mat was used. The foam hand was covered with masking tape, a layer of caulking, then a top coat of brown paint.

The claw was glued to the wrist with GOOP glue. At the elbow area a triangular piece of armor was glued on.

This costume has 7 flaps of varying length that hang from the front of the costume. The flaps are made from a coarse grey fabric that I streaked with brown and grey paints. There is a dark brown belt. The belt is about 12 inches wide.

I cinched it down by creating a couple of pleats. The belt is glued to the center back. The front flaps are slipped under the belt In the front of the bodice. The flaps are glued in place with GOOP glue.

There is a top loin cloth that was made from 2 crudely cut triangles of dark red fabric that were topped with streaks of orange paint. These loin clothes were glued under the belt on top of the grey flaps.

The large belt buckle is a foam circle painted with craft paint and glued to the front of the belt.

Grommets were added to the back opening and a shoe lace was used to tie the top closed at the neck.

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Dec 02, 2014
by: Anonymous

My favorite costume!

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