Opening Chobits Ears with Craft Foam
I'm selling these ears and spools on Storenvy.
- White craft foam in 6mm (looks more like plastic if thick)
- Pink craft foam in 4mm
- Thumb tacs (white) x2
- Mod Podge
- Hot glue
- Hairclips x2 (preferably curved)
- Glossy varnish
1) Print out my Chobits ears pattern (pdf), and cut out the pieces. Trace A over white foam, and B over pink foam.
2) Fold both the white and pink ears in half, and put the pink ear on the inside of the white ear (see photo). Stick the thumb tac through both the pink and white foam on the inside of the ear (see photo and pdf). The end of the thumb tac should be visible on the outside of the ear (we will fix this in the next step).
3) Cut out 4 circles from the 6mm craft foam, and then with a scissor, trim along the edges (see photo). This will give the circle a 3D look.
4) Stick the circle onto the sharp end of the thumb tac. It's okay if there's a dent on the circle (we will fix this later). (Optional: Hold the ear over an automatic stove so that the craft foam can be bent more into shape. This helps the shape hold more, but it's an optional step.)
5) You should be able to open and close the ear now. Try it out!
6) Paint foam glue (or white glue) onto the inner part of the circle in step 3, and press it onto the ear. Paint 4-5 layers of Mod Podge onto the outside of the ears. Paint 2-3 layers onto the inside, careful to avoid the hinge area (if you open and close the ears, you can see contact between the white and pink part. Avoid where they coincide.) I painted a layer of satin varnish on the inside of the white ear, but glossy varnish is fine too. Then paint 2 layers of glossy varnish on the outside (if you don't do this, your ears will stick to all kinds of things). Make sure you paint the edges too. You can use an alternative finish, but this is just what I used.
7) Hot glue the hairclips onto the top of the white foam piece. Make sure to open the clip so that the ends of the clip are not glued on as well.
Your ears are done! I've attached mine to a hairband, but you can also clip it onto a wig.