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PROP MAKING - Skull Shooter by 47ness PROP MAKING - Skull Shooter by 47ness
Hillo...! I thought I'd go ahead and post a step-by-step of how I turned this into the real deal. ;D

I did as much photo-documentation as I could, but rrrgh, I still missed a lot of key steps along the way. >_0

One thing I didn't show was how I packed on the sculpey gradually, in clumps. Here's another tip: RUB VASELINE ON THE BUCK first; sculpey likes to stick to that. Also, I waxed the pipes so they could be removed without warping the sculpey (pre-baking).

Here's basically what a miter looks like (though the ones I use are made mostly of cheap, expendable MDF wood so you can run 'em through the saw without worrying about sparks ^~ )

Also, I should have mentioned the "spinal column" went on a lathe for a bit to get those slight ridges, before I cut slots out of them.

Also-also, I didn't show how the "jaw" was made; THAT took a lot of time and heavy machine-work to press it down, then bend the angles and trim the excess. I ultimately needed a real pro working at the model construction shop to finagle it and, um... it didn't feel right to snap photos of him as he worked on it (as a favor no less). P;;;

Fff yeah, and I never did finish the grappling line + harpoon. Guh, gotta move on to other stufff.

And I definitely wanted to stress the importance of orthographics + building a buck for the sculpey; IT'S ALL ABOUT MAINTAINING SYMMETRY. Just packing clay together and hoping you can eyeball symmetry is one of those things only one in a million people can do (and chances are you ain't that one. >

EDIT: fixed a stupid little typo that I finally caught... |P

And of course, thanks for checking this out. :aww:
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mauxer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I love it!! XD
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47ness Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! Hope it helps. :)
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mauxer Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
yes, it helps!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
This tutorial has been featured in my journal: [link]
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roget Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous tutorial, sirrah! I use a very similar technique to make solid props that don't weigh a ton, only I add green planter's foam to all the spaces between my buck, then sand them down with a sanding sponge. Once you're done, you just add a layer of fiberglass and paint with epoxy, and then you have an incredibly strong, super light prop that you can add fishing sinkers to if you want realistic weight for dress photos, then remove for walking around the con. ^_^

(also, you still have a typo on MDF..."density")
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Heeey, not a bad idea...! My only impressions of green planter's foam is that it crumbles almost instantaneously ::prefers lots of control over his media::

NEXT TIME. I can tolerate fiberglass long enough if it means taking my prop-making to a more production-grade level.

(Hahaha, awesome; now I have to reference Back to the Future...)

George: "Lorraine... my density has popped me to you."
Lorraine: "...what?"
George: "I am your density ...I mean, your destiny."
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roget Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
If you need any help at all (or a prop made with a follow-along tutorial, so you can BOTH have awesomeness AND learn how to duplicate it) just let me know. Did you see the light daggers I designed and built for my Cloak and Dagger cosplay with ~tacklethebear?
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47ness Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'll look into it~ ♫
My cosplay-mania for this year is pretty much over, though. Gotta devote the rest of the year to producing more 2-D stuff.. P
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roget Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, your 2D stuff is pretty awesome, so I guess that's ok.
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47ness Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
plus my 2-D stuff is what pays the bills *cough* XD

Btw, sorry we didn't touch base again at AX. :< It was pretty nutty all weekend.
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wraith11 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
You know... I didn't pick the skull thing till I got to the orthographic ^^;

Cool stuff though mate... seriously: how good is sculpey?
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:XD: Yeah it's not super obvious; I tried to make it sensible as a weapon first and foremost.

Sculpey comes in many flavors. Harder sculpey usually means finer details, but the downside is getting a shape out of it. You could wind up with blisters on your hands.

But it's still one of the choice options to getting lots of organic surfaces taken care of. It's additive, vs. subtractive (like carving out of foam), so there's more leeway. :nod:
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waterpower26 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Awesome, you make a prop from your comic book. Nice instructional prop pictures.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I *hope* it helps. ^^; There's a lot of crazy, hard to access tools involved...
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waterpower26 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Ok I understand, thanks.
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kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   Writer
xD Random Korean newspaper.

But seriously. XD It looks awesome.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Chinese. ^^ I admit it's not readily easy to distinguish the two, but one thing to note is Korean has a lot fewer diagonals; most of their printed text is right angles.
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kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   Writer
*facepalm* Oh man. Fail on my part.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I-it's okay...! ^^;
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kittykittyhunter Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011   Writer
Aah. Thanks. ^^; I just hate those moments when I come across as ignorant. =.=;;
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Yukiko168 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Hobbyist
Holy crow. Next you're going to say you make every single part of your cosplays by hand.

...and if you actually do, I don't want to know it. /fails at sewing
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
N-no, I always need assistance when it comes to sewing. ^^; Solid objects are my strong suit. IF YOU EVER NEED A NAGINATA OR ANYTHING, MAYBE I CAN HALP. 8D;
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Yukiko168 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Hobbyist
Lyaik ohmigosh, rly? I've always wanted a lacross stick! OuO
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011
That was amazing! It's a pretty awesome design, and of course I love the color scheme. Awesome work :)
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~ y'know, I found out for the first time via this project that there were mottled copper and steel colors you could get in spray paint form... :XD:;
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011
I'm definitely going to attempt something when it gets warmer out! You can get almost anything in aerosol form!
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Just remember to wear proper breathing protection...! װ
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Desiree-Joy Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
That face suggests experience hehe, Will do!
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
And worry for the people I know... ^^;
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natsumi456 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Student Writer
that is soooooooooooooo cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooolllllllll!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
:meow:
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brilliant work something like this will come in handy for any budding prop gun maker. Thank you :D
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I want to think I'm still a novice. :iconurhappyplz:

Anyone else with advice for me is always welcome. <3
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kakashi-no-ai Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
niiiiiice, dude! man, people are gonna get SO CREEPED OUT by that! XD
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :w00t: I hope so~
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HeroicHeart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist
Awesome!
Oh man, I am jellin' all over this.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Mmm... peach blueberry jelly...
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Nuclearkoi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Does this mean you'll be dressing up as a character from your comic? Please say you're gonna go as Sally.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
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Nuclearkoi Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
HOLY COW
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keight Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
Nicely done.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks~! (too bad I can't carry it wherever i go...) ;
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keight Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
But you can ship it to shows.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
That part I can do. :nod: Just not the casual "oh hey, here's my portfolio" (and then some) XD
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ChristyMoss Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
it's HUGE
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
It's meant of MANRY HANDS. :iconthumbsupplz:
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King-Robert-XII Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
I'll take this to *heavy space* where I can have a *party*.
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
>{:v:}<
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Urby Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Orz guns have the *GO! GO!*. Do you know?
*GO! GO!* can going fastest to enter bodies of the *other*.
Then it is *happy time*. 8)
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47ness Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
*squishy* bodies...


In hindsight, that SMILE~ face alllmost reminds me of :iconnonowaplz:
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