Me learning how to swing Pitch’s huge scythe around once I found a big enough clear area. :P (These are only sped up a teeny bit and mostly cause gifs do that as it is. I made this baby to be played with!)
Rebloggin cause saw it was one away from 1,000, woah! :D I hope to get some good video of me fighting other guardians with this thing soon too, heh! Tho this one from our skit is good too [x] :
OKAY so…as not mint as he is I didn’t want to permanently alter my beloved McFarlene Daredevil (aka the Headless Horseman’s Sleepy Hollow horse) as a temporary ‘pretty little nightmare’ prop…
BUT I did find out I could easily pop off his bridal and saddle, and a little masking tape and yellow paint later, ta-da! Honorary nightmare.
I hope to find a good horse action figure at an upcoming rummage sale I can actually heavily alter (and cover in black glitter), but for NYC this weekend this baby will do!
Working on my Arrietty cosplay. Nearly finished with the hair piece. Credit for the way the hair clip was constructed goes to lithefider.
HEY LOOK people who credited me for my tutorials! :) This is the clip they are reproducing:
Frau Medic! #cosplay #zenkaikon
Vihtalaini rocking her Medic Wife with my Medigun and pack!
Your welcome then! ouo That’s great! Yea that is part of why I post progress pics, to show how basic making some of these props is at their core and with the right steps / materials you can make strong, awesome stuff! Getting messages like this is part of why I keep doing it <3 Cha!
I don’t mind a few pokes on advice, I’ll answer what I can / time I have. I can’t hold people’s hands or do it for them, but yea! Also some name drops (credit) if people ask about your prop would be apprechiated if you feel my help / tutorials were instrumental in making your piece. :)
I made Baby Tooth from ROTG :) Our Jack cosplayer can carry her around!
She’s 4 inches tall (about life size). She has a wire skeleton so she can be posed. Her hands/face/feet are clay and her body is needle felted wool with feathers. Her wings are paper mache`d tissue paper over wire.
And yes that is one of my old teeth she is holding!
ROTG - WHEN IN DOUBT, ADD MORE GLITTER.
Patched my baby for next con. :) Keep your props in good order!
The tendrils (as expected) cracked where they got banged on stuff. Though as it is uni-body constructed with wire mesh under, they retain all their structural stability/shape and will never just break off. I still continue to be amazed I kept the weight of this to only 4.3 pounds.
Cosplay prop porn - in progress closeups of the Jack Frost Staff.
I used brown tissue papers on the main part so all it’ll need is the frost / blue highlighting, instead of having to paint brown around all the EL wire swirls. THOUGH serendipitously it ended up being a lovely supple texture too, and semi translucent. (was easier to mush into small texture then the newspaper).
I also utilized it’s see through nature to cover the EL wire a little near the base and top, as in the pics only the MIDDLE of the staff is brightest where he holds it! :) You can see the glow through the tissue paper still, it looks great. I wanted to make the EL wire feel like it was PART of the staff, not just stuck on top.
I used newspaper on the crook for extra texture, getting that proper angled swirl dense / neat was a harder task then I figured. I will paint it then see if I can color match the tissue paper, that or just put a layer of tissue paper over it too.
The bottom picture shows how we hid the battery pack for the EL wire in the actual form of the staff. We attached a slightly mushed plastic pipe onto the end with Gorilla glue, and cut a hole in the side so you can get to the button. The bottom will have a foam cap put in to keep it inside, you can still slide the pack out to change batteries. :)
That crook part on the top is not going anywhereee. Also the EL wire came already YEEE. Perfect color, will look swank when the texture is all paper mache`d around it keeping it in place.
Jack staff, in progress!
We used a fresh Autumn Olive branch. It is the straightest we could find in this diameter and with a crooked off stick at the end at the right angle. Though I think the curve adds to the fact that IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE A DAMN STICK. :P
I was gonna use pieced together sticks for the crook too…but I decided it was stronger to just make it a single unit and construct it from scratch, it would have been paper mache`d over anyway for the swirly texture. So I made it out of stiff aluminum as a core (bent it with a vise). It’ll be covered in tinfoil for roundness. To attach the flat metal I’m gonna screw it on / glue it / might putty it.
I put the lights in my pitch scythe! I explain what I did in the video. I wanted the eyes to glow a little for an eerie effect, man the LED’s are bright tho!
What I do not mention is I padded around the battery box with foam so it won’t move or get jostled, and while I am sealing it in there I made it so if I had to cut it open to change the batteries it is easy to do that. (I expect those batteries to last through all my times wearing this though).
Both of us got some, super light and simple (also cheap) 3 AA’s, 20 LED’s. Vanessa is putting them in her Sandman whip props. Mine are for making the eyes on my scythe glow. I got cool white.
BUT APPARENTLY THERE IS NOT A SINGLE FRESH AA BATTERY IN THE WHOLE DAMN HOUSE. I’m not sealing those in there unless they are fresh. So I gotta go into town just to get batteries. >T
I added one more layer of foam to the beak width, I took this pic to show you - this is how you deal with Gorilla glue for those of you who don’t know it. You clamp it snug and leave it for least 2 hours. It expands and gets into the cracks so it holds firm. It’s not for rush jobs, it’s for planned out, strong props.
I sadly can’t clamp the curved bits so I very scientifically duct taped them (and used a very scientific hatchet) to hold them down. XD They are not going to be support major weight anyway. I’ll bolster them if they seem weakly connected…but I slathered so much glue in there it’ll expand all out the sides anyway. :P
So now it i left to dry as I go do other things.
Prop making 101 - Make a lifesize sketch! Then use it to keep your proportions good.
This is my progress so far of my Pitch Scythe prop’s head. The ‘ribs’ are just taped atm, I was getting scale right before I glued them. I am using Gorilla glue which is an expanding urethane glue and the strongest shit ever for gluing foam. After I get the shape right, everything but the beak is getting covered in lightweight mesh wire, then paper mache`d.