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31  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Post Apocalypse/Zombie Slaying Family!!! (PIC-HEAVY) on: September 11, 2011 02:15:40 PM
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My wife only asked for one thing for her birthday this year. She wanted to do a Post-Apocalypse/Zombie Slaying family photo shoot! To that end, I created armor for all of us.

(all photos by Bakan Photography: http://www.bakanphotography.com/)

There's a bunch of pieces here, so rather than going through one-by-one, here's a list of the materials used to make the costumes:

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- Hubcaps
- Railroad crossing sign
- Soda tabs
- Strips of stainless steel
- Various bits of sports equipment
- Jump rings
- Aluminum from duct parts

And here are some pics of our adventures!

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She's gonna get 'im

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Do you hear that?

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Even bears need armor

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In the chaos, they turned against each other

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On the lookout

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The mighty Chevrolet Sword!

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The hole he crawled out of

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Mother and Daughter

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You know what they say.... The family that slays together, stays together.

Special thanks to the super talented Langley West for coming along to play Zombie for us!
32  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: !!Post-Apocalyptic Street Sign Armor!! on: August 22, 2011 06:30:56 AM
Great idea!
I would love to see even more along this theme!
Thank you! I'm in the process of completing post-apocalypse style armor for my entire family this week and we'll be doing a photo-shoot on Friday. After it's done, I'll share images on here.

I love the armor, but I have to ask...is that a real gun? Grin
Indeed it is. It's an old 20-gauge side-by-side shotgun. For safety reasons it was left unloaded for the shoot, of course Wink

The shotgun shells on the armor harness are also real, but have been completely disarmed (primers, powder and shot have all been removed).
33  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: !!Post-Apocalyptic Street Sign Armor!! on: August 04, 2011 12:47:12 PM
I've had a very similiar idea rattling in my brain for a while and you have just given me the gusto to (or at least attempt to) execute this myself. How did you get them so round? This is AMAZING, by the way. Definitely the cream of the crop

That's the tricky part Wink

There's many ways to go about it. I'll detail two of them for you. One requires less setup, but is a more difficult technique to execute. The other requires more setup, but is a far easier technique to execute.

For the first method, youll need:
-   a ball-peen hammer
-   Some sort of sturdy padding. The best is a 6x6 leather bag filled with lead shot, but you can get away with two layers of yoga pads or several layers of carpet padding etc.

For the second method, youll need:
-   A stump or a large chunk of heavy wood
-   Some scrap pieces of plywood
-   Some high durability 1/8 thick plastic (you can usually get awesome high-strength plastic barrels from your local car-wash for cheap or free)

With the plywood, plastic and stump, youll want to make one of these:

Its an Armoring Stump!!!
More pictures of my armor stump can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=260087104002998&set=a.256111591067216.73507.176049985740044&type=1&theater#!/media/set/?set=a.256111591067216.73507.176049985740044&type=1

Once youve built your hammering form, use the technique shown in this video to from your plates: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=260087104002998&set=a.256111591067216.73507.176049985740044&type=1&theater#!/video/video.php?v=247507378601363&oid=176049985740044&comments
(ignore the second half of the video as it shows a technique for rounding the edges)

This hammering technique is the same one that youll need if youre using the padding or leather bag method. The main difference is that using an armoring stump, the hammering form guides the metal into a curve for you, whereas with the bag method you have to carefully place and gauge the strength of your strikes to keep the curve uniform.

I built the sign armor before I had my armoring stump, so its definitely possible to make decent plates with the bag method. If you have the ability, however, I would highly recommend the stump method as it is way easier and faster!
34  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: !!Post-Apocalyptic Street Sign Armor!! on: July 28, 2011 04:56:46 PM
Amazing armor...and the model is not hard to look at either....lol

Indeed! His name is Eric and he's a very pretty man Cheesy
35  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: !!Post-Apocalyptic Street Sign Armor!! on: July 23, 2011 08:32:37 PM
Brilliant!   Great job, this looks awesome!  You need a lady warrior version to pose with!

YEAH! That would be excellent! In two days time, however, the armor will no longer be in my possession (which doesn't leave enough time to make some female armor). I'm shipping it out to the client who commissioned the piece on Monday.

On the other hand.... My wife had the idea to do a whole-family post apocalypse shoot for our family photos this year. So, when that happens, she and I will be decked out in wasteland gear as well as our kids. We're already in the process of making the various pieces of armor and I'll share it when it's done.
36  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / !!Post-Apocalyptic Street Sign Armor!! on: July 23, 2011 12:16:17 PM

This armor was one of my most fun projects to date. Inspired by the wholesome goodness of post apocalypse films, medieval armor and the Fallout games, I had the privilege of working with a nice fellow who found me via Etsy to bring his ideas to life.



As you could probably guess from the pictures, the armor plates were made from a stop and a dead end sign (obtained through legal means, of course). These are affixed via arming points to a harness made from belts that features ammo loops and two straps to hold equipment. The plates were formed, in the spirit of the end of the world theme, the old fashioned way; with a ball peen hammer and an anvil.


To top it all off, the extremely tallented Jen Owen of Jen Martin Studios (http://www.jenmartinstudios.blogspot.com/) captured images of the armor at an abandoned mental institution in Washington State. This created the perfect setting and really brought everything together. Now that's what I call a road warrior!


!Behind the scenes look! Here are a few images that show the progression from signs to armor:






Special thanks to Eric L. for modeling the armor!
More images of the armor can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.254780294533679.73230.176049985740044&type=1
37  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Angry Birds Table-Top Edition! on: July 16, 2011 07:32:54 PM
That looks like a lot of fun Smiley
Angry birds is one of my favourite mobile games and your version is even better^^

Thankya! Although I can't take credit for the idea. My kids actually thought of it initially Cheesy
38  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / !!!How to sled in the July heat!!!! on: July 06, 2011 11:05:28 PM
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Do you love to sled so much that you don't want to wait until it's winter again? Build yourself an ice-block sled and then slide down grass hills any time of year!!

A video of the sled in action!

This project takes the concept of "Ice Blocking" a step further by creating a platform that can hold the ice in place underneath you... making it much easier to ride!

Things you'll need:
- an electric drill
- a small sheet of plywood (any shape is fine, but we went with a round one)
- a few scrap pieces of 2x4
- Screws!
- 2 blocks of ice from your local grocery store

Place your ice blocks where you want them to be on the bottom of your plywood. Then, use the 2x4's to create a frame for them to rest in. This will prevent the ice from slipping out from underneath your sled. Secure the 2x4's with a few screws and then you're good to go!!

The sled works best on soft green grass! (dry, brown grass slows it down substantially)

The best thing about this project... if you happen to have scrap wood lying around, it will only cost you the $3 or $5 needed to purchase two blocks of Ice!!!

Have fun on the slopes!
39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Headbanger doll made with real hair! on: June 27, 2011 11:10:28 AM
What a perfect use for a pre-loved mowhawk  Grin

Yeah Smiley Unfortunately, the constant dying, blow-drying and insufficient length made it a no-go for donating it to locks of love.
40  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Headbanger doll made with real hair! on: June 26, 2011 07:45:24 PM

Someone asked me if I would shave their mohawk off for them. I asked if I could keep the hair afterward, and they said, "Sure.....?" The end result, a little death-metal loving plastic person with genuine multicolored HUMAN hair! Huzahh!

This is what the little fellow looked like at the beginning.

To start the process, I drilled holes in his head for the hair!

Then, I cut a slit in the back of his head so I could reach in to pull the hair through (when I couldn't get the right angle through the other holes). I added holes on either side of the slit so that I could stitch it back together later.

I fashioned a hook out of a paper clip and used it to pull the tufts of hair through the holes.

Next, I used some left over scraps from armor projects to make a shirt and my wife made some tiny red pants for him!

Finally, I used some yarn to stitch the slit shut on the back of his head.

I was pretty happy with his head-banging abilities. I  posted a video on my blog of the creepy little guy rocking out Cheesy
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