Becoming Mr. Met

by Michael J. Boyle - October 2006

 

Why would you want to be Mr. Met?   He's friends with dignitaries and movie stars.

  

 

Have others tried to be Mr. Met?   Some have, but with limited success, including: 

Distant Cousin

 

Another Distant Cousin

 

Cincinnati's Mr. Red

 

Atlanta's Homer

 

Lexington Legend's Pee Wee

 

Bend Elk's Homer

 

 

Mr. Met Fun Facts

 

Mr. Met Vital Statistics

 

 

Below is a photo timeline of creating Mr. Met from scratch

Start with a 55cm fitness ball.

 

Cover the top half of the ball in aluminum foil.

 

Cover the gaps in the layers of aluminum foil with masking tape.

 

Cover the foil with a layer of Mod Podge and moist newspaper, repeat twice more.

 

Remove from fitness ball, cut hole for head and tape seams and edges.

 

Apply another layer of Mod Podge to both sides of the shell.

 

Paint the entire shell, though the inside doesn't really matter.

 

We're done with the garage and head upstairs.

 

Cut out foam board to fit around "Amish" hat purchased at costume store.

 

Another foam board will slide in perpendicular to this one.

 

Test the top of the shell to ensure the foam board is cut to proper dimensions.

 

Have fun pretending you're a McDonald's Fry Guy.

 

Add a third foam board, this one horizontal across the equator.

 

The inside of Mr. Met's head looks like a gyroscope plus an Amish hat.

 

Inside foam supports into bottom half of shell and secure with white duck tape.

 

Place top half of shell over foam supports, that's his nose off to the right.

 

Tape on printouts of facial features for effect and add cowboy hat.

 

Get a feel for what that finished product might look like.

 

Cut out the opening for the mouth to allow visibility.

 

Prepare patient's head for craniotomy / draw lines for applying felt cover.

 

A surgical plastic tablecloth is draped over his head to create a template.

 

Mr. Met is already smiling, the craniotomy must have been successful.

 

The template is then traced on the white fleece fabric from JoAnn Fabrics.

 

The eyes are traced and then cut out.

 

The eyes are actually made from a soft foam coconut bra turned inside out.

 

The eyebrows were cut from some costume fur and a Sharpie was used to draw on the foam eyes.