Mascot Build Process
Aris Mascots begins the construction of your custom costume by taking the design you approved and creating detailed pattern pieces. These pattern paper pieces are carefully maintained, logged and stored in the event you need new or additional mascots made from your design in the future. It is from these pattern pieces that we can produce not only a single mascot costume but hundreds or even thousands as you need for your events, marketing or photo shoots. From these pattern pieces, we begin working with the construction materials to bring your custom character to life.
2. Build up mascot head
The first piece we focus on is the head of your character or mascot which is constructed of lightweight, industrial foam; sculpted and formed into the shape required. For the EVA foam structure mascot, we will cut foam into pieces by design and glued pieces together to shape form, for EPS foam mascot, will manually and/or digial foam engraving maching on the full piece.
In utilizing our methods, we are able to produce extremely large yet durable character heads while minimizing the weight and strain on the actor inside. In the event the head of the mascot is accidentally crushed, our techniques and methods allow them to usually spring back into shape as if nothing happened holding their shape for years to come. Internally we provide adjustable head harnesses and helmets for the actors for maximum stability, control and comfort.
3.Add faicial features
After the head is formed we focus on the facial features and aspects, adding them according to the design and artwork provided and approved by you. Typically this will include vision and ventilation through color screened areas of the eyes and/or mouth so as not to detract from the creation. There are times however in which a screened panel may be utilized for design purposes. After the mascot’s head is completed, we apply the various fabrics and imitation furs as applicable to complete the costume and move on to the body work.
4.Build up mascot body
Depending on the design, additional shaping and sculpting may be performed for the body to meet your needs and the needs of the actor. This can entail lightweight sculpted foam for the inner body worn under the costume or by sewing in polyester fiber fill material into the costume itself. For one-piece body and head mascots, we utilize lightweight sculpted foam for the entire shape, with the various fabrics on the outer shell using sublimation to replicate logos and designs. Once the body and head are completed, it’s time to move on to the mobility of the mascot because a complete mascot should be able to move freely and comfortably without detracting from the character.
Normally, we utilize the same fabric of the mascot body to create the arms and legs of the costume to ensure the creation is completely in character with the design. After all, imagine having an awesome mascot for your sports team and the actor is wearing normal everyday jeans and walking around as a tiger. It wouldn’t be right!
5.Make mascot gloves and feet
The same can be said for hands and feet, our approach is a four fingered hand with padding to accentuate the shape to allow the actor to grasp items, shake hands and even sign autographs. The feet are constructed of sculpted, lightweight but durable foam and covered with fabrics with internal slippers and a completed with long-life rubber soles to ensure safety and comfort while having mobility. For cleaning, the slippers are easily removed and can be replaced as needed.
Finally, we will add helmet and cooling fan to the inside of mascots,the fan is powered by 4 pieces of 1.5v dry batteries
Aris Mascots takes pride in making a mascot or costume and we take actor comfort and safety into consideration in our process every step of the way.Only the finest quality, most durable mascot material is used in mascot production at Custom Mascot! We offer mascot costumes that are performer friendly, safe and comfortable! Mascot costumes all include: body/head venting, wide visibility screens in the head form's design, weatherproof soles and safety treads.
At Aris Mascots we understand that your mascot is a representative of your team. A mascot must sell what you are selling because your mascot leaves clients with that lasting first impression. Why leave such a vital part of your branding to just anyone, At Aris Mascots we will create a mascot that that is unique and attention grabbing, but most of all, complimentary to your brand message.
During the whole process, we ensure you are kept up-to-date with information, pictures and details as to how the construction is going and time frames on completion of the various stages.