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1  I wish ... in CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES by RKEM on: January 09, 2015 01:42:01 AM
I live in Ottawa and it feels like the arctic right now. This is pretty much were I wish I could be instead ... on a warm balmy beach, sipping a drink, roasting a fish on a fire. And of course the edible environment is a plus. This was my first attempt at a gingerbread something as part of a get together with friends. Suffice to say many catastrophes were to be had.



The hut as well as the firewood are made of gingerbread and the island is made of hazelnut shortbread.  The palm tree is a cinnamon stick with hazelnuts for coconuts and mint tummies for leaves and the vegetation / leaves and weird snake are made out of gum paste.

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2  Fake ECT Machine in Completed Projects by RKEM on: December 25, 2014 08:16:28 AM
Much to my surprise it didn't fail entirely. It is intended for a larp that we will run in the spring. When the "Initiate Treatment" button is pressed, it makes the helmet portion vibrate in addition to a buzzer sound.



A small motor inside starts to work when the on-off switch is flipped, you can light the various LEDS to adjust the intensity of the "shock" and then the show is administered, numbers appear on the little display ... which is in fact just a cheap voltmeter.
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3  Not a botch just yet in Stitch And BOTCH by RKEM on: December 20, 2014 09:24:51 PM
The prop works so far but the wiring has gotten a bit out of control I think. I never realized that hooking up 11 switches, 9 LEDS, 5 motors and a buzzer and some batteries would turn into such a rat's nest if you want certain things to only work when certain other things are happening.



I am actually dreading soldering the last connections ... some of which involve something like 12 wires together. I sense disaster looming.
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4  Anonymous Grave Marker in Completed Projects by RKEM on: November 30, 2014 07:47:59 AM
We are working on yet another one shot larp which takes place in a modern institution where lots of weevil things happen. Anyhow, in order to scare the bejesus out of the patients during their morning walk, we want to create a mini graveyard where the deceased are only identified by their number (in the same way that the patients players will). We're looking at having 15+ markers, hence the need for something simple.

So I whipped this prototype. The top is birch plywood and the bottom is pink insulation foam and some screws and nuts i had laying around. Everything is covered in drylock for texture and to be weather proof and on the day of, I'll probably treat it with hydrofuge spray.



I made the top part float over the bottom part so we can run hidden fishing lines to anchor them to the ground. It would be a shame if the wind took away our graveyard.

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5  Skin Prop in Completed Projects by RKEM on: July 07, 2014 07:15:05 PM
A quick prop made for a werewolf larp. It's supposed to be a piece of animal skin, freshly removed, by someone who doesn't really know what they are doing. The reverse is a brown suede-like fabric. Made with tinted latex on fabric.

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6  Blinking Insect-Like Alien Prop in Completed Projects by RKEM on: February 09, 2014 01:21:44 PM
And yet another larp prop. It is about 2 feet long and made of urethane rubber and wire and fusible plastic for the wings. The body is hollow and holds the wiring.




It will be used in the woods at night, hence the need for a very bright prop that can be seen from far away.
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7  Dissectable Alien Larvae (somewhat gory) in Completed Projects by RKEM on: January 26, 2014 09:33:52 AM
A test run for yet another larp prop concept. It's a larvae from where the players must extract a small pocket filled with something that is to be used as an ingredient in a chemistry experiment.

The larvae is made by roto-casting Task 16 inside a mold made with Rebound 25 and Plasti-Paste II. Task 16 stays fairly flexible after curing.



The body cavity is hollow and filled with blood (coloured gel)



And "organs" can be pulled out from there, which is where the players will find the little pouch they need.

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8  Mummified Hand in Completed Projects by RKEM on: January 03, 2014 05:29:06 PM
Inspired by Delta Green's D-Stacks Artefacts: "Purchased by an expedition in the T'aasii N'aajer in North Africa from a local Berber tribe leader, this odd mummified hand belongs to a creature known to the tribe as a "Selaama" or Son of the Desert. It is a dried sinewy piece of a forearm and hand whose fingers end in long bone talons. One finger is missing all musculature and skin. Apparently the natural heat and dryness of the desert mummified the hand."



Corpsing done entirely in paper mch and acrylics with a good layer of clay dust. The box is a cheap dollar store purchase with wood dye and foam and fabric inserts and I also used rusting chemicals to age the hardware.
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9  Finger Pen in Completed Projects by RKEM on: January 03, 2014 01:19:12 PM
Cast replicas of finger bones, pen nib, wire, epoxy, fabric hot clue and some dye. It is a gift from my character to another in a larp I play in. I was inspired by the fact that the last phalange on fingers and toes actually does resemble a nib.

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10  Crown of Teeth in Completed Projects by RKEM on: October 06, 2013 05:39:36 AM
Because really, is your life complete without one?
Seriously though, it will be part of an upcoming LARP, as an accessory to one of the costume. I'm anxious to see if players will dare to put it on. It is made entirely of hot glue (the fabric kind) and coloured with wood stain. The stain gives great uneven and nasty shades but it takes a couple of days to dry completely.



The basic idea behind the techniques can be found here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HtpoCzC5qRY

But once yous start, why limit yourself to human sized teeth or just a small plate? It leads to a very flexible and solid product and frankly, I'd recommend fabric glue all around. It stays more flexible and isn't that hard to colour.
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