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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Props for Joker Costume on: September 22, 2013 12:06:11 AM

I recently completed a matching set of props for a Joker costume that I'm putting together. They are a *prop* sword cane and something that I don't know the proper name for. I've been calling it "extendopunch", but it's something that I'm sure we all remember from countless looney tunes Smiley

Here's a video of the items in action:
extendopunch: http://youtu.be/PA_oYJlvJZM

cane: http://youtu.be/f6yXlMDzUMk

Starting off, I'll give some info for any crazy folks out there inclined to build a extendopunch gadget. It's a crisscrossed scissors mechanisim with a punching glove on the end. Fairly basic, but there's a couple tricks to building it sturdily and *relatively* safely. Huge disclaimer here. There's aspects to this thing that could hurt your fingers if they get caught between the moving pieces (speaking from personal experience Wink

One of the first things is to create long handles that extend beyond the width of the mechanism when it's closed. This way, when you retract it, it doesn't slam down on your hands.

To make it sturdy, you'll want to alternate between single bars of metal and double bars that sandwich the singles as shown in this closeup. I used 1/8" thick by 3/4" wide aluminum barstock held together by 1/4" bolts with locknuts, all of which can be found at Lowes or other major hardware stores.

Just for fun, and because this is for the Joker, I decided to add a silly face on the business end of the device!

I won't be giving any info on how to build the cane (sorry!) as it's actually something that could, potentially, get you into serious, SERIOUS trouble if you build it outside of compliance with your local laws and then carry it around where you live. Secondly, it could potentially be built in a very dangerous fashion. I have to stress that this is a prop only and is completely blunt with no sharp surfaces whatsoever.

All of that being said, a basic description is that there is a light-weight spring mechanism inside the cane that will lock into the closed position when the tip of the cane is pressed against the ground. Then, by pressing on a button hidden underneath the cloth grip on the handle, it releases the mechanism and reveals the 13 inch fake blade.

And, of course, as this is for the Joker it's all topped off with a splash of color Wink I thought purple worked nicely

the items in the "closed" position
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Backpack-mounted reed organ on: July 09, 2013 12:14:55 AM
So does each keyboard play the same octaves, or is there a treble and a bass?

The answer, strangely enough, is both. The left-hand keyboard has two sound settings and the right-hand keyboard has three. These sound settings make it possible to engage or disengage airflow to different sets of reeds within the keyboards. So, for example, you can set it up so that the bass and treble reeds are both engaged on the left hand, but only the treble reeds are engaged on the right. Or you can set it so that both keyboards are treble. It's nice because it allows the instrument to be a bit adaptable Smiley
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Backpack-mounted reed organ on: July 04, 2013 01:10:11 AM

A long while back I embarked upon a quest to build a very strange instrument that I had imagined. The end result is an acoustic, human powered, portable, wearable reed organ. I've taken to calling it the "Borgan" Cheesy

To make the borgan, I used two old accordions that were in need of repair. Both of their button-boxes were shot, but the keyboard and bellows from both instruments only needed a little bit of TLC. So they were given new life within this strange frame.

The air for the instrument is generated via two foot-pumps which I built from plywood, leather, cabinet hinges and springs:

It flows from the foot pumps and is stored in the bellows, which have been linked together:

When notes are pressed on the keyboard, air flows out of the larger air hoses and into an air intake on the back of the keyboard assembly - where it then flows over the reeds to produce sound:

For a demo, I played a very shortened version of Mozart's Rondo in A Minor  Smiley

My favorite part of this project was the discovery that I'm actually NOT the first person to build an instrument like this. Much to my delight, someone who heard about what I planned to build sent me a link to an instrument built by an Argentinian man in the 1980's. The man's name is Nez Corts and he calls his instrument the Organo De Campanias. It's absolutely beautiful and information on his instrument can be found here (in spanish): http://www.lesluthiers.com/frame_instrumentos.htm
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Ultramarine on: May 28, 2013 10:09:34 PM
This. Is. Amazing!

I just posted something from Warhammer also & didn't notice this thread until afterward. Now that I've seen this, it completely blows my piece out the water.

The detail and paint work is incredible! Cheesy I am going to go and vote for you right away!! Cheesy

Thanks for sharing this incredible work of art.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Warhammer 40K Powerfist on: May 28, 2013 10:04:43 PM

I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time. Recently had the opportunity to Smiley

Each finger can be individually controlled. I don't have much in the way of photos yet, but here's a video of it in action:

The hand is made from an aluminum frame to form the "skeleton" and EVA foam to create the armored exterior. Color was done with spraypaint. At each joint springs are used to return the fingers to a neutral position. Motion of the fingers is achieved via loops worn on the wearer's (or "puppeteer's" if you like) fingers. The skulls are fabricated from white plastic and the domes over the red LED lights are made from a semi-translucent plastic.

Strangest thing is... I've never actually played Warhammer. I've just always loved the artwork and armor from the game Smiley
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Prunesquallor, appreciating on: May 15, 2013 10:29:44 AM
Stunning! I love how much of the character comes through in his expression.

It is, indeed, a hard thing to take time away from paid work to create something just for fun... but that's when some of the best work is accomplished. Thanks for sharing your excellent art Smiley
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Monsters on: May 15, 2013 10:27:41 AM
Simply marvelous! I especially like the drops of blood added for effect Cheesy

Awesome work!
8  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Shoulder armor made from vintage Coca-Cola tray on: May 08, 2013 05:45:28 PM
My awesome wife went to a garage sale the other day, and bought something for me. It was a vintage steel Coca-Cola snack tray. It was a bit banged up and had some dents etc. in it but that made me happy as I therefore wouldnt feel bad about cutting it apart.

It now has a new life as a piece of armor:

For the post apocalyptic lady who thirsts for adventure.

And has a bubbly personality

Only Coca-Cola will do!

.. am I the only one who finds the dead fox draped across the ladys shoulders a tad weird? It looks like its trying to bite her finger. Seek vengeance, Mr. Fox, VENGEANCE!!!
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / A call to arms! (terrible pun warning) on: January 29, 2013 06:42:40 AM
http://thingiverse-production.s3.amazonaws.com/renders/ed/79/be/ac/d9/Liams_Robohand_preview_featured.jpg [Edited to remove broken image insert]

First off, I apologize for the horrendous pun. My buddy Rich and I often can't help ourselves with hand/arm jokes as we create these devices. Rich is a finger amputee, and he often tells me that he's "short handed".

With that taken care of, please let me introduce you folks to our little friend, Liam, and his "Robohand":
Rich and I designed and fabricated Liam's robohand in our garages on opposite sides of the world. His device is part of our open-source prosthetics project and was received by Liam at no cost to his family.

http://thingiverse-production.s3.amazonaws.com/renders/bf/c1/17/29/a0/Liam_with_new_hand_preview_featured.jpg [Edited to remove broken image insert]

I'm coming here to the Crafting For Good board to see if you folks can help us with something? Now that we have a completed device, we need help in making it easier for people like Liam to find us so that we can adapt this technology for use by others in need.

http://thingiverse-production.s3.amazonaws.com/renders/07/18/91/88/b1/Liam_shopping_cart_preview_featured.jpg [Edited to remove broken image insert]

Anyone can help by sharing information about our project on social media sites they are members of. The more the project is shared, the higher the chances become of a person in need of a "helping hand" Wink hearing about us. Moderators, please let me know if this request is in any way out-of-line and I will happily modify or remove it Smiley I didn't come across anything in the policies.

Thank you!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: The Evil Hand of Glory (of DOOM!) on: January 09, 2013 11:21:49 AM
Stunning work! I love that the core of the fingers is marker and string Smiley
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