This was...quite a while ago.
These are my arm stilts for my Amaterasu Okami quadsuit, that i wore at NDK 2012.
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I purposely made the arm stilts two inches shorter than most would regularly have them in order to try to keep the costume look smaller, even though I have to bend my legs more. The stilts are double jointed, four inch PVC pipe at the top, jointed to three inch PVC in the middle. A five inch carriage bolt for a sturdy joint. The paw is made of a closed cell foam, so when I step it sets down nicely. Elastic pulls the paw back making another joint, duct tape and hot glue hold it in places, duct tape and fur secure it on the front of the ankle. Fur covering the elastic is easily removed in case it becomes too old and lax and needs to be replaced. Individual pieces of foam were carved for the pieces of the paw, which were covered in brown vinyl, a piece of plastic in between the foam and vinyl on the large pad to keep the paw a little sturdier. Short fur was glued around the paw. Claws were sculpted from black clay. I cut holes in the fur fabric, textured the clay then glued the claws to the inside foam and fabric.
Ankle design pieces were cut foam, indents were cut into the design for authenticity, and colored with fabric marker. Short fur on the front, long on the back, glued and hand sewn together.