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1  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / I wish ... 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.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Fake ECT Machine 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.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Not a botch just yet 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.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Anonymous Grave Marker 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.

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Skin Prop 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.

6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Blinking Insect-Like Alien Prop 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.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Hand Rotocasting Advice on: February 04, 2014 01:40:44 PM
Has anybody tried to rotocast without a machine? In yet another larp prop project, I want to create a hollow bodied alien to stick blinking lights in it. But I am having a hard time getting even coverage. Problem is, when I get close to my pour holes (which are big because they were the support pillars for the sculpture when I was making it (I didn't want to bake it in order to be able to recuperate my clay), I can't get the urethane to go in the right place without things pouring out.

Here you can see the results of my first test for the body (legs, wings and paint job will come later). As a concept, I think it has the potential to works but my technique was obviously flawed. The tail ended up with way too much resin, I had pooling problem on one side and the middle section had missing coverage.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mr9blSeanLc

I know now that I should have done several layers instead of just one. But I'm wondering if it's ok to plug the pour holes? If it matters, I'm using Task 16, cast in a rubber mold supported by plasti paste mother mold. I'm a bit afraid that gasses might build up (or it could just be me being paranoid). Maybe plastic wrap with tiny holes in it?

Also, has anybody tried to stick two pieces of fully cured urethane together. I know there are some specialized products out there, but I'd rather not pay $30 to end up with a gallon of glue. Would run of the mill polyurethane glue (from the home hardware store) also work? This way I could create "patches" and glue the critter shut once I've put my electronics inside.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dissectable Alien Larvae (somewhat gory) 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.

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mummified Hand 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.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Finger Pen 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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