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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Sweeney Todd Razors on: November 06, 2012 08:33:41 AM
My effects were way more low tech than that, but still incredibly impressive. And I didn't use any ketchup . . . I can't stand the stuff. My blood was a mix of food dye, corn syrup, water, and laundry detergent.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Sweeney Todd Razors on: November 06, 2012 05:19:52 AM
 Hello, kids! I haven't been around a while, but here's the latest thing I worked on . . .



I recently had the opportunity to (at the last minute) create gore effects and razorblade props for a production of Sweeney Todd. I made 4 Sweeney razors in total, and also a razor for Pirelli, Sweeney's 'competition'.

Sweeney's razors are all over a foot long when they're open (and read beautifully from the stage, I might add.). All razors were made out of wood with two machine screws through them to hold the pieces together. After that stage was complete, hot glue was added for decoration, and then I painted the razors using a sort of dry-brush technique. The handle design is a kind of classic straight razor handle, but I modeled the blades after a meat cleaver.



This one above is called Vengeance. The blade flips in and out easily with one hand, and it has an angel wing on one side of the handle and a demon wing on the other. There was also a partner to this one called Salvation, which had a bird in flight on one side and the name "Johanna" etched on the other side.



this is the only WIP shot I have. These are the Sweeney blades all lined up and ready for sanding.



This is Pirelli's razor. It's actually NORMAL razor size (about 8-10 inches when opened all the way), and was based off of an actual razor that I found a picture of and quite liked. The razor is made of wood, the handle stained a dark cherry-ish. The flat-back pearls were actually made by taking plastic faux pearls and heating up the backs of them with a lighter, then smooshing them on to wax paper. A very high-tech process. This razor is much smaller because I didn't want it to overshadow or compete with Sweeney's razors which are a character in themselves.
 
I also did the blood effects for the show . . . but a magician never reveals those secrets. Wink
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Airship Jacket - First Mate - Bleached w/Stencils on: June 23, 2010 04:47:45 PM
Woah! I love this! I like the fading cog, too. Fantastic!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Boo! (From Mario Brothers) on: January 07, 2010 05:33:04 PM
this mad me chuckle! A friend and I play the "boo" game all the time, where one person is "Mario" and the other person is a "Boo", and we chase eachother in the familiar style. Usually looker's on chime in by singing the haunted castle theme song.
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Romero Trio Etched Glasses (bit pic-heavy) on: January 06, 2010 08:51:16 AM


Late Christmas gift, three glasses etched with the logos for the first three Romero ". . . of the Dead" films. I used Armour etch and contact paper. Contact paper is hard to cut detail into! I had to redesign the "Night of the Living Dead" logo a bit to make 'of the' bigger so I could actually cut out readable letters. But, I think they came out pretty nice. Sorry that it's kinda hard to see the images well . . . The last picture is the three glasses all wrapped up for gifting, complete with little home-made shrink plastic (salvaged from plastic packaging) brain, heart, and chainsaw.







Thanks for lookin'!
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bonecycle! Finished! on: October 04, 2009 05:13:45 PM
Good lord.  That's the most awesome vehicle since the Bonewagon in Grim Fandango.  Grin

 . .  . what on EARTH is that? It sounds fantastic!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bonecycle! Finished! on: October 04, 2009 07:30:59 AM
Cool! I was wondering how you were getting along with this. I can't believe I forgot about paperclay! I hope it was sturdy enough. It looks awesome! Techie Power!  Grin

The show opened Friday, and sadly I got a text message last night from one of the set designer saying: "The actors broke the shoulder blade. Bonecycle needs Rotator Cuff surgery."

8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Bonecycle! Finished! on: October 03, 2009 02:54:56 PM
that's awesome, though my first thought was Soul Music
a novel by Sir Terry Pratchett, it's an awesome book, and death ends up riding round on a bike like that wearing a leather jacket

Oh, that Terry Pratchett! Wink

We were going for kind of a "Knight on a White Steed" type feel, but the whole scene takes place in a nightmare, so it's kind of a twisted Knight in Shining Armor type thing.
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Bonecycle! Finished! on: October 03, 2009 02:41:19 PM
 

This was made for a production of a musical called Lady in the Dark. I made this for about $15. The motorcycle was a "parts bike" from one of the cast members. The costume designer's brother is a mechanic and he came in and removed the engine for me. The rib cage was made by stringing wire and covering it in tinfoil and paperclay. The skull and rest of the bones were made of paperclay. The bike was originally black, so I covered it in painters tape to get a 'boney' texture, and painted it with white latex paint left over from the set. Cheesy
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Bone Motorcycle -- Ideas? on: July 25, 2009 03:58:08 PM
 I was thinking about polysterene . . . I've worked with it before, so I'm not unfamiliar with how to work it. It could be an option, but that's such a pain in the booty! You get foam beads up your nose, and little foam beads follow you around for weeks. But it is a really good suggestion. I have several huge blocks of foam and a great recipe for foam coat amongst my stash of goodies. I'll keep that in mind. ^_^
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