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More than one way to skin a Jawa

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: More than one way to skin a Jawa  Reply with quote

For those that want to build a Jawa, it's very simple.One of the web sites I came across was a site called"Obi-Wans Jedi Academy - Costume Tips". The site doesn't seem to be up anymore but it's archived to this address:

You can also find info at:      ( at the bottom right of the page )

Here are the instructions we used.



Helpful Hints:
- When you buy your parts, you will save money if you
  go to a mega-hardware store like Lowes, Home Depot, etc.

- Whenever cutting anything, ALWAYS use eye protection.  ALWAYS.

Using a hacksaw, or other appropriate tool,
cut the 1/2 plastic conduit  into the following lengths:

(2)- 2.5"    [hips]
(3)- 4"       [neck ]
(2)- 5"       [shoulders]
(4)- 6"       [upper and lower arms]
(1)- 11"     [torso]
(2)- 15"     [legs]

See picture below

We also added 2" to the legs of one of our Jawas giving them varying heights.

                                          Jawa Boots
One of the keys to having a fantastic Jawa prop is the boots. Flaring the bottom of the robe out over the mannequin doesn't look very natural.

Wal-Mart carries some good rain boots (see pic below) for about $15. You may have luck at flea markets or at Goodwill and find a suitable boot for a little less money. Just make sure the boot you choose has either a flat sole or a low heel.

Pick up some cotton duck cloth, available at any fabric store or in the fabric department at Wal-Mart. Tear several strips of the fabric into 1 to 1 1/2" strips and dye the fabric with RIT Cocoa Brown #20 dye. You'll also want to tear two oversized pieces to cover the toe of the boots.

Once the fabric has dried, begin wrapping the boots in the torn pieces of fabric. You can either spray the boots with 3M Spray Adhesive or use Shoo Goo. Apply the section at the toe first and then apply the longer strips to the rest of the boot. Keep spraying and wrapping until the entire boot is covered with the cloth.

After the boots have been wrapped, weather the boots by misting them with dark colored spray paint, rubbing chalk or simply rubbing dirt over them. The weathering process will darken the color of the wrapped boots considerably.

Once the boots are finished, mix some Plaster of Paris or Quik-rete. Pour the concrete into the boots and slowly drop in the mannequin legs. Take special care that the legs are straight and level because once the concrete hardens, you will not be able to correct any mistakes.

Adding concrete to the boots will add weight to the prop and you won't have to worry about it being easily knocked over.

Add clamps to give the boot a more rounded shape. The boots had a tendency to flex inward, making an unnatural shape.

Note: Be sure your boots are waterproof!! Otherwise, the concrete mixture could soak through the boot and ruin your wraps!! If they are not waterproof, insert a plastic bag into the boot before you pour the concrete.

After the concrete has dried,you might want to add some newspaper inside the boots to help keep their shape.

                                               Jawa Hands
Jawa Tips

For the main part of the hand, a gardening knee pad can be used. These cost about $7 at your local hardware store or Walmart.

With a marker or ball point pen, draw the shape of the back of the hand on the pad and cut it out with scissors. The edges were beveled with the scissors to give them a more natural shape.

To achieve the curved look to the back of the hand, cut a disposable cup in an oval shape and slide it in the glove. You can tape it in place if you like but it really isn't necessary.

To achieve bulk in the fingers, cut some flexible tubing and place it over the finger wires. Fill the tubes with hot glue. Once the glue dries, use a hobby knife and cut the knuckles for added posablility.

This is not show in the image to the right, but use a smaller diameter for the pinky. This finger should be thinner than the rest, like the pinky on your own hand.
                                     Jawa Tips

A wooden dowel was taped to the back of the hand. The PVC connector was hot glued to the dowel.

Make sure you test fit the PVC connector to the forearm before gluing! It's easy to let the sizes of the pipe and connector fool you because the connector fits on top of the pipe.

For the gloves I used a pair of childrens Darth Vader costume gloves.You can pick them up around Halloween. You can also use a pair of black gardening gloves.

                                               Jawa Head

When making a Jawa head, don't use anything that is completely round as it will give an unnatural shape to the head.

A styrofoam wig display head is a great choice for the head. These can be obtained at a variety of places, including: Goodwill, Salvation Army, display stores, department stores, beauty supply stores and stores that sell wigs. If you can't find them locally, you can try eBay or Nu-Era.

One thing to remember is to not buy a full sized male head. A female head will give you the proper scale with the rest of the mannequin.

Getting one made from some sort of foam will be helpfull later when you mount the electronics. You may have to carve a little material out of the foam so the eyes will sit straight.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very nice tutorial Keith!! One day maybe we can finish the 2 you guys started for us  Surprised ) Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 20, 2010 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG! That's so simple! Thanks!

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