PROJECT ONE: The Weird-Oh
The Weird-Oh is pretty far into Smith's book, but we decded we would start with it, as we like it. Smith based the design on a series of plastic models inspired by the cartoons of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, who was famous for illustrations of oversized, bug eyed monsters riding souped up hot rods.
Here's what Dick Smith's Weird-Oh looks like:
STEP ONE: Paint the face
We started out with Courtney painting Max's face green, but for his mouth, which she painted a large black smile onto:
STEP 2: Apply the mouth
The mouth was simply cut out of paper and glued to a smile-shaped cut-out of white netting, which was then colored black (in retrospect, we probably should have used some black nylon). It was then glued to Max's mouth with spirit gum.
STEP THREE: Add the eyeballs
The eyeballs are made from a large white rubber ball that we cut in half and drew on with magic market, cutting small holes in the front so that Max could (sort-of) see through them. They were heavy, so we glued them over the eyes with liquid latex, which worked quite well. Courtney then painted around the eyes with black makeup, and also added eyesbrows and smile lines.
STEP FOUR: Add the nose
The nose was carved out of a tube of foam and glued on with spirit gum. It was also painted green. The costume was a helmet and a jump-suit, all bought for under $30 at an odds and ends store. And there you have it: The completed Weird-Oh.
Now watch the Weird-Oh in action!