Prop-replicas

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Kingdom Hearts

Y'know I was gonna write a story of how I got to this point, but sometimes it’s nice to just look at the pictures and remember the past, look to the future.

Oathkeeper - Sleeping Lion

Star Seeker - Bond of Flame

Hero’s crest - Way to Dawn

Hidden Dragon - Brightcrest

Pumpkinhead - Kingdom Key

Skull Noise - Kingdom Key D

Axel’s Chakrams - Young Xehanort’s Key

X-blade

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Young Xehanort’s keyblade v3 primed!

As promised, here are the pictures of the keyblade primed with carving finished. There are one or two spots that I’ll go over with high grit sandpaper once it completely dries. I’ll put on the white primer tomorrow before I go to work so I can spraypaint it without the gray showing through.

What do you think?

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And finally for my dearest Lavellan, to whom I promised something special. A proposal. Will you marry me?

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How to make Daft Punk Gloves: A 9 Step Guide by Kevin Skiera of 9336’s Workshop

Daft Punk’s iconic costumes are known around the world. Donning shiny face hiding robot helmets, they have wowed millions with their anonymity. Their costumes are incomplete without of course their robot gloves. These have evolved through the years starting with intricate rubber gloves with chromed plates on top, to simple plain black elbow length gloves for ease of using musical equipment. Their gloves were first made by Alterian Inc, and since TRON: Legacy costume production has shifted to Ironhead Studios. The hard costumes are still done by Ironhead Studios, and Yves Saint Laurent tailors their soft costumes as seen in RAM.

I have finished other peoples glove kits, like FIRE-WIRE’s Human After All set for my own HAA Guy-Man, to Volpin’s for a friend of mine (HAA, too.) Yet what I needed was Random Access Memories gloves for my hyper accurate RAM costumes. However, they didn’t exist!

Partnering up with my 501st comrades Jen Loomis and Anthony Day we recreated the circuit pattern seen on Daft’s gloves. It took a bit of trial and error to get it just right. A compromise being made pushing the limits of silk screening, and printing the ink clearly. The end result was canon accurate to Daft. The gloves were printed and sewn to fit only my hands, and Anthony (6'2") donated his hands to make a Thomas pair. I didn’t attach any pictures of the process, the focus are the plates. Here’s a how to guide on making your own Daft Punk glove plates.

  • Step 1: Lifecast your hands. I used Smooth-On products to achieve this, using their alginate and SmoothCast 300Q. You get a bucket to fit your entire hand up to the bump at the wrist. Make sure you use COLD water to mix your alginate, otherwise it will cure as your mixing! The SmoothCast 300Q is a plastic, and cures very quickly. Mix quickly and the mixing cup will start to get warm, pour your liquid like you would pour a beer: at a tilt.
  • Step 2: Trace your design onto your hand. I added this step for myself, and it worked out great! Instead of guessing where you are going to sculpt, you have a guide to follow. I spent 4 hours tracing my hand off 4 different reference pictures of Guy-Man’s gloves. Perfection.
  • Step 3: Sculpt your pieces. This was my first time ever sculpting, and it takes a few attempts to get used to the process. Have a small amount of water out for smoothing, and knife and smoothing tools. MIX THOROUGHLY! I used Apoxie Sculpt.
  • Step 4: After your sculpt has cured for 24 hours, cut the segments apart. Then sand them going up from 240-400-600-1000. The step I skipped is adding foam or clay beveled bases to them to keep from being sucked under the ABS sheet while vacuum forming. Ideally, you take all pieces, now with bases, and make a silicone cast of this. This way, you can pull both HIPS (styrene as small as .030 thick) and not fear of it cracking as you pull the plastic sheet off. I used ABS for mine for its durability and due to my tiny time window to produce a set I just lay the sculpt on the vac former. I will be making a silicone block cast of the pieces so I can do a bunch of pulls to fund other projects.
  • Step 5: After you have successfully pulled your plates, you need to trim them out. LABEL THEM! Seriously, it’s easy to forget which is which and you don’t want to play that game AFTER THEY’RE CHROMED!
  • Step 6: After all the pieces are labeled, and cut out…sand them. Make the sides nice and smooth.
  • Step 7: Mount all your pieces to be chromed. I used hot and cut up hangers making a sprue tree in which the pieces can be chromed and not touching anything else.
  • Step 8: After you get your pieces back from chroming you will add craft foam to the inside. I used super glue. This will give a even surface for the plates to be glued to the glove. Label them as you do so.
  • Step 9: Attach your plates to your gloves using 3M Weatherstrip Adhesive. Wear rubber gloves underneath the gloves!!! WARNING: Once glued, it won’t be going anywhere. The most common issue I’ve had is the super glue separating from the plate, before the foam will EVER come off the glove. Mess up? Getting the foam off is a bitch and a half. If you have printed gloves like mine, it will take the ink off…it’s that strong. I’ve done 4 pairs of these stupid things already so…practice makes perfect. If you do get some on the plates, use goo-gone to take it right off! That’s RIGHT! It won’t damage the chrome finish. It is a lifesaver.

Now go wear them with everything you do! Just don’t high five people, shake hands, or get them wet. ALL those things will destroy and scratch your finish. I’ve been costuming Daft for a little over 2 years now (building them for 3 years) and learned the hard way what ruins your expensive hard work. The best way to calm down a excited person is the Buddhist bow. Simple, and it won’t ruin your gloves!

For those wondering the cost of making the gloves you see here:

Fabric: $50; Ink: $7; Lifecasting: $100; Apoxie Sculpt: $15; ABS plastic: $90 (I got multiple sheets knowing I would and did screw up); Plating: $158.75 (not counting the $40 I paid to overnight them, deadlines suck! Get your work done ASAP);  I already owned a dremel, 3M weatherstrip, plastic gloves, and the file was done in house. I got to borrow a prop shop’s vac former, that would be the hardest part of this tutorial to find. My best estimate is that making your own Daft Punk gloves be around $500.

Good luck!

Get your hands on a real life Thornthe exotic hand-cannon from Bungie’s latest game: Destiny! The gun assembles with a glue free locking system and features a ‘firing mechanism’. 

The gun comes unassembled and ready to paint so you can add your own flair and customise it just as you like!

Got your own 3D printer? Download the file for FREE! If not, you can get it printed for you by My Mini Factory!