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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Assassin Costume for my 12 year old! on: December 27, 2011 04:42:07 PM

I made this outfit for one my 12 year old's christmas presents this year. When he moves his thumb in just the right direction, it triggers a spring release and daggers shoot out of the sleeves! Then, when he wants to retract the blades, he raises his arms and cables hidden inside his sleeves attached to a belt pull the blades back into their "loaded" position.

Since I didn't think it would be a very good idea to give sharpened, spring loaded, concealed daggers to a 12 year old... I made the blades out of aluminum and was sure to leave them completely dull Wink

Here's a video of the blades in action:

Now I'll need to be careful to check every dark corner when I walk around our house at night......
22  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / Lord Bearington, Duke of Grizzlyshire on: December 04, 2011 09:51:07 PM

Some of you may remember this little guy. Back in September, he was strapped to my daughter's torso while she was fighting zombies:
http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/293695_280803155264726_176049985740044_1225082_726371457_n.jpg [Edited to remove broken image insert]

And at the time I had made him a little helmet. My daughter loved the helmet so much that for Christmas this year I thought I'd go a step further and create an entire suit of armor for her favorite teddy bear. She's had the Bear since she was born and it's one of her most cherished possessions. To create the armor, I had to sneak into her room at night and borrow the bear. To put on the finishing touches tonight, I said I had to borrow him to wash him (now I have to actually wash him otherwise she'll know something's up).

And so, I present to you, Lord Bearington:

His chainmaile is made from 16 gauge, 5/16" Stainless Steel rings woven in a European 4-1 pattern. It includes flaps for the shoulders to support the spaulders(Shoulderplates).

Like the chainmaile, his Spaulders are also made from stainless steel. These are a scale model of a modified style of medieval spaulder and include tiny straps and rivets on the inside for articulation. They are attached to the chainmaile shirt via 2 rings. [after forming the plates, I carefully rounded all of the edges with a fine metal file for safety's sake Wink ]

The trim of his shirt is made from stamped, nickle-plated mild steel scales.

His simple, warrior's circlet(crown) is made from the same material as the spaulders; a strip of stainless steel.

His greaves(shin guards) are made from chunks of a leather belt held together with rivets. (I put my hands in this picture so that you could get a sense of the scale of the bear Smiley )

Finally, when his Lordship grows tired of the burden of his armor, he can remove it and stow it for future use! Cheesy

*a special note* the bear's real name, as given by my daughter, is actually Jinx (formerly just "Bear"). Lord Bearington just felt like a more appropriate thing to call him as I pieced together his armor.
23  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Madman With Mechanical Hands on: November 10, 2011 12:01:23 PM
The one with you in the bathroom is a hoot!  Too cool:)

The hands aren't too well suited to single-ply Wink
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Madman With Mechanical Hands on: November 04, 2011 05:45:50 AM
Fantastic. Hilarious. Awesome. Rocks.

I hope you walk like that all the time. If not, you should. At the very least you should keep the evil guffaw Smiley

I don't walk around like this specifically all the time... but I am known to roam around in various silly costumes at many times of the year other than Halloween Smiley
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Madman With Mechanical Hands on: November 03, 2011 09:04:53 AM

*note* [the photos in this post were taken by a professional photographer, Jen Owen of Jen Martin Studios, and have been used with her explicit permission]

For Halloween this year I got to wear a set of Mechanical hands that I made from scratch! (horrible pun intended) I wore them to work, downtown, a bakery & even to a restaurant. Luckily I had someone with me to take photos and lend me a hand with tasks that required fine motor skills.

Here are some images of our adventures:

Then, as a grand conclusion to the day, we went to a park and made a video of me terrorizing my daughter and her friends:

Monstrous Mechanical Mits and a park full of children... they go together like cake and icecream
[No children were genuinely terrified in the making of this video... except perhaps my nephew who is now questioning his uncle's sanity]
26  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Fun with License Plates!! on: October 15, 2011 10:56:51 PM

I've been slowly amassing a collection of license plates.... I now have enough to start playing with them.....

and making..... [bad pun warning]....... Plate-Armor!

I have all sorts of armor projects planned with these things Smiley
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Mad Max Costume on: October 11, 2011 06:16:05 AM

My most recent custom project for one of my clients was to create some items from Mad Max's outfit in "The Road Warrior" for them to wear on Halloween. The project is now complete! I've created his shoulder armor, leg-brace and knee pad. I've been wanting to do a project like this for a long time and It's been a ton of fun!

For all of the pieces I first made them all shiny and new... and then attempted to subject them to months worth of abuse in just a few minutes to make it look like the outfit's been through the wastes and back. My client found the jacket and sent it to me to be modified. It's an awesome coat and was already perfectly worn and beat up!

My client was kind enough to send me some extra belts to work with, which certainly were handy!

After experimenting with various pre-fabricated bits of sports equipment, I ended up deciding to create the entire knee-pad from scratch. I started with closed cell foam padding, leather and rivets and ended up with this.

This was one of those projects that a part of me wishes I could keep. I'll have to make another one in the future. Before I sent this out to my client, however, I couldn't resist providing a "WTF???" moment to a bunch of people during their morning commute:

"Disabled MFP Officer. Family killed by bandits. Dog killed by Raider with crossbow. Need petrol to get to Bartertown."

Bartertown or Bust!
28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY Armor on: September 28, 2011 02:20:55 PM
Oh, and I forgot to add: If you have to go the cardboard route, brads make an excellent substitute for rivets!
29  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY Armor on: September 28, 2011 02:16:44 PM
Go here:


Click on "Basic Armouring- A Practical Introduction to Armour Making by Paul Blackwell"

Then click on "Basic Armouring, complete volume" then read pages 61 to 64.

Even if you don't have the tools to make it out of metal, you can use the patterns to create cardboard armor and paint it (I've made armor from both cardboard and metal with reasonable results).

Hope it helps!
30  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Post Apocalypse/Zombie Slaying Family!!! (PIC-HEAVY) on: September 14, 2011 11:35:10 AM
THIS IS AWESOME! I also want to be adopted by your family and I am currently trying to convince my other half that we NEED family photos like this. He doesn't think it would go over well with the holiday cards but zombies and the holidays always go hand in hand in my opinion.  Grin

Especially if they're very rotten zombies. Red and Green are Christmas colors, right? Wink
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