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MyBroFrank
06-06-2010, 07:39 PM
I did a quick search for all other pokeball related threads, but nothing came quite up to what I'm dealing with. Here's what's up.

I've got a bunch of pokéballs for a cosplay I'm working on. To help add a bit of spice to my outfit, I thought I'd make it so rather than having belts of a few standard pokéballs, I'd be packing the specialty balls that I actually USE when playing the game. So I have my balls, I have my paints, done most of my base coats and I'm to the point where I'm going to start doing the special markings. Originally, I figured I'd just use some tape like I have any other flat surface painting project of mine, however, this is on a sphere, so the tape's shape does not hold evenly, and will not give me the lines I desire. Whats more, some of the balls (namely, Dusk) require a perfect circle on one or more faces. I need these to be even with one another, and I cannot rely on myself to just eyeball the shape and hope I've got even a chance in hell of them being even.

What should I do for this? I need clean, even circles that will easily match up with one another, as well as some straight lines and right angles.

KakeraのTsuki
06-06-2010, 08:19 PM
Tape isn't the only masking method. Depending on what your sphere is made of, if you paint a layer of white glue it'll work, too. Just be careful when you're peeling.

But I don't see why tape won't work unless it's a very uneven surface. Have you tried using smaller strips?

MyBroFrank
06-06-2010, 09:05 PM
They're plastic, but I've painted them with enamels. Glue sounds like a good idea, the problem with the tape is that tape is straight and I want to make a circle.

KakeraのTsuki
06-06-2010, 09:08 PM
Oh, in that case, glue will work. =)

If you cut up smaller strips of tape and overlap them you can get a decently round circle, but yes, it'll be annoying and harder than glue, lol.

MyBroFrank
06-06-2010, 09:23 PM
Excellent, I'll get some glue then!

Any tips on making the circles uniform? My current thought is to just run out and buy a standard grade school compass and run with that.

Amaterasu
06-07-2010, 12:08 AM
Try also using Silly Putty (but if the weather is too hot, it runs!) or Sticky Tac. Both are sculpt-able mediums that can wrap around irregular objects. You could also use a thin layer/ sheet of plasticine. Just remember to wash the ball after masking with oil based clays, as no paint will adhere to that surface afterward.

bustercleveland
06-07-2010, 09:11 AM
You can also use what's called fine-line tape. It's a blue vinyl tape about and 1/8" wide that is very easy to twist and turn. Get the base shape with regular masking, and then use the fine-line to make the final edge. Luck!

cachalot
06-07-2010, 03:00 PM
A compass is a good idea, but you can also use any round, hollow tube shape, such as a short length of PVC pipe. Because it's hollow, the pipe center will fit over the spherical shape of the pokeball, and then you can trace the round outer edge.

saberslash
06-07-2010, 03:57 PM
Another method would be to get two pieces of wood and cut out a circle from each of the size you need. You then place one board across some spare wood/saw horses to support the edges. You then place the Pokeball into the hole such that the spot you want to paint is facing up. use scrap wood/items to support the second board such that the hole from it rests on top of the Pokeball, letting the area to be painted stick out. Use clamps to hold it in place. Paint it, let it try, and then repeat with the other 5 circles needed (on the dusk ball). You could take this a step further and cut multiple holes in each board letting you paint 2 or more Dusk Balls at the same time. If this is confusing, I can draw a diagram of it when I get home.

MyBroFrank
06-08-2010, 02:37 AM
I can dig what you're saying saberslash, It'd basically putting the ball in a box with holes to do the painting. I also like cachalot's pipe idea. A pipe'll give me a better circle than I can cut, but the box adds a lot of support and makes sure they're in line with eachother. I'll see what I can rig together.

I really appreciate all the help, everyone! I'll be back to painting this week and I'll take some pictures to show how the ideas came together.

saberslash
06-08-2010, 10:24 AM
I can dig what you're saying saberslash, It'd basically putting the ball in a box with holes to do the painting. I also like cachalot's pipe idea. A pipe'll give me a better circle than I can cut, but the box adds a lot of support and makes sure they're in line with eachother. I'll see what I can rig together.

I really appreciate all the help, everyone! I'll be back to painting this week and I'll take some pictures to show how the ideas came together.

In regards to making the circle, if you have a power drill you can always get a hole saw bit for it in the proper size (or a set in various sizes) for cheap (http://www.harborfreight.com/hole-saw-set-38425.html) and use that to cut the holes. On a side note, a hole saw bit set is rather handy in general for props and such. Also, its not so much a box, as it is a sandwich, which is only there to keep the ball in place and the top plank from moving. This could be done with a single plank if you are willing to paint upside down and are using spray paint/air brush to apply the paint (no brush pressure to counter gravity holding the ball down).

MyBroFrank
07-12-2010, 11:06 PM
Alright, revisiting a post a month old. I got some thing hobby wood and a set of drill bits for cutting holes, Got sizes .5"-3", and I made some cards with holes in them, (1", 1.5", 1.5", and 2") And set to work with them. The 2" was great for my level ball, and the 1.5"s are making great work on my ultras. I plan to use the 1" to make the green on the dusk balls (I don't have a paint color I'm happy with for the green yet.) I'll be picking up some fine line tape in the next few days to make the other markings on the Level and Ultra balls.

Here're some pictures:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3250.jpg
Here's the cards with the holes in them

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3251.jpg
Here's the pokéball I started with (Throw 'n Battle or something)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3252.jpg
After doing the top part yellow (Testors enamals)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3255.jpg
After sizing up where the card should go, It looks like this...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3254.jpg
In the absence of something better, I just use painters tape to hold it to the card.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3254.jpg
Paint in the box

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3256.jpg
Let it sit and dry. I do this two to three times.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3256.jpg
Peeling back, I get a very good circle. Just have to touch up here and there.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3259.jpg
Front shot with both sides done

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v202/Eykrie/Cosplay/DSCN3260.jpg
Top down

Circles aren't perfectly aligned, but that's my own human error, I hope to get better with this as I go. I'd've made the cards more even, but I lack the facilities to really set that up better. I'm going for a War gaming '12" rule' on these.

I don't have the center bar yet, but I'll add that in after I get the fine-line tape.

Thanks for all the help and suggestions, guys! I just wanted to show I was putting it to use.