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Bunnie-Fu
05-03-2006, 03:50 PM
Hello everyone! ^_^ I've made a Bridget costume and am in the works of starting May. Only problem is the props. Brigdet's giant handcuff and May's HUGE anchor. I'm seriously stuck at this point. I was wondering what would be a good way in making them? I'm a serious newbie when it comes to props so this will be my first time constructing one..expecially something of this sort.

I've asked some of my friends and they said foam would work. I would just like to know exactly what type of foam and where can I get it? Would it be easy to cut/carve? How would I go about cutting shapes for them and/or would I need any other extra layer for finishing? I know paint of course but anything else to give it a nice look in the end?

Another question, excuse me for asking so many o_o, is about how much would I need for the handcuff and a 5 foot anchor? And once everything is said and done...will the prop be heavy? Because after all the handcuff is going to be going around my waist and I'm goign to be carrying around the anchor everywhere :toothy:

Here are some pictures!
May and the anchor:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v375/IchigoChan/may.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v375/IchigoChan/anchor.jpg

Bridget and the handcuff:
http://www.guiltygear.ru/images/charsets/ggxxr_cs_br.jpg

Edit!
While looking at some Guilty Gear reference pictures I came across another trouble for my soon to be costumes....ABA who is also a Guilty Gear character...this time the prop is a key....a GIANT Key...

Pictures:
http://ggxlol.highervoltage.net/aba/index.html

yea...gonna need help with that one too..I promise that's the Last GG BIG prop character!! :)



Thanks for any and all help!

George duel
05-03-2006, 05:46 PM
I'm working on a small tutorial for you...
Wait a minute...

DalaiLiam
05-03-2006, 06:38 PM
I made a bridget Handcuff a while back. Not to interrupt george's tutorial, but it was relitivly easy. all it took was a sheet of insulation froam ($8) a foam cutter ($6) a sharpie ($1) and a variety pack of sandpaper 150 - 600 grit($6) Old house paint(Free) FLAT Back spray primer (2 bucks) Silver spraypaint/fake chrome (2 bucks) You should have enough left over to do the anchor too. The anchor might need a piece of Posterboard sandwiched in there to keep it stiff.

George duel
05-03-2006, 06:50 PM
Ok, this is the tut, you need pink insulation foam (it can be carved with a file or a knife, then you can cover the structure with duct tape and a primer (gesso? I don't know...)
http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/8510/tut12mh.jpg
Good luck!:D

Bunnie-Fu
05-03-2006, 07:36 PM
Ok, this is the tut, you need pink insulation foam (it can be carved with a file or a knife, then you can cover the structure with duct tape and a primer (gesso? I don't know...)
http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/8510/tut12mh.jpg
Good luck!:D

O...M....G...thank you...so much.....you so totally rock my socks!!!!~ XD That is just so totally COOL! Your awesome....*hugs* :bigtu:

Im goign to start on this soon~ But while looking at soem pictures I came across another trouble for my soon to be costumes....Aba who is also a Guilty Gear character...this time the prop is a key....a GIANT Key...

Pictures:
http://ggxlol.highervoltage.net/aba/index.html

DalaiLiam
05-04-2006, 08:00 AM
Wow Awsome George. I wasn't expecting a well done Tutorial like that. I figgured it wopuld be a 5 minute sketch.I think the only diffrence I had when I made mine was I made it like a real handcuff(two layers on one side and 1 on the other.) But I had to glye a bit of posterboard on the bottoms of all 3 pieces to give it some strength. Mine didn't open either you had to step into it, and I just had a bent paperclup that hooked onto a belt under the dress on the back that held it up.

Crimson Firefly
05-04-2006, 11:29 AM
George duel: Awesome idea for the handcuff! And here I was thinking of some way to make a hinge it could open on... velcro is so easy too!

Captin Kyo
05-04-2006, 04:20 PM
Wow thats an amazing Tut.

George duel
05-04-2006, 08:49 PM
Oh, well, thanks...
But, this is another tut for Rikku Monkie, I think you can use the same technique of the previous post for this one (glue, duct tape and a primer)...
Link: http://img307.imageshack.us/img307/1384/tut22ia.jpg

Bunnie-Fu
05-04-2006, 10:13 PM
You are just too cool for words.....thank you so much! your a complete life saver! :toothy:

Oh, well, thanks...
But, this is another tut for Rikku Monkie, I think you can use the same technique of the previous post for this one (glue, duct tape and a primer)...
Link: http://img307.imageshack.us/img307/1384/tut22ia.jpg

George duel
05-04-2006, 10:38 PM
If I can help...:D

otakuapprentice
05-05-2006, 01:48 AM
how about a thunderseal tutorial? right now im trying to make one out of cardboard for Ky.

Captin Kyo
05-05-2006, 10:31 AM
Do you think you could make a tutorial for April's Steering Wheel?

Trajedy
05-05-2006, 12:38 PM
I don't know -what- it is with Guilty Gear and their insanely huge accesories. They do catch a LOT of attention at the cons, though. A friend of mine did ABA for Katsucon '06 and we had groups of people behind us shouting 'follow the girl with the giant key!!'

For her key, she used a big piece of thick foam she got at JoAnn's fabric store for the bottom 'unlocking' part of the key. She used some kind of foam from Home Depot for the top head part, built cardboard around it so that it was smooth, and painted the face on. The long part was a PVC pipe that screwed apart at the head. (so that it could be taken apart to fit into cars, elevators, etc.) The whole thing was about 7 1/2 feet tall, I think. It was nuts.

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a356/concosplay/Katsucon%202006/katsu8.jpg
ze key

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a356/concosplay/Katsucon%202006/katsu9.jpg
key detached.

I'd cover the bottom part with cardboard or something though, so when you paint it, it'll look the same texture as the rest of the key.

George duel
05-05-2006, 12:39 PM
@both otakuapprentice & Captin Kyo: If you have something to show me...
I'm not a guilty gear fan, so I have no idea of what you are talking about:D

Bunnie-Fu
05-05-2006, 02:53 PM
THis is APril and her steering wheel, for Kyo ^_^ its a basic looking ship wheel thingie


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v375/IchigoChan/april.jpg

otakuapprentice
05-05-2006, 04:49 PM
well, the thunderseal(basically it's a sword) looks like this:
http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c170/otakuapprentice/kycoolintro1.gif

it looks pretty simple but im not so sure...

Captin Kyo
05-05-2006, 07:18 PM
Ah yes, thanks Angie. Thats her steering wheel ^^; And i was hoping also for a way i could strap it to my back when im not holding it.

George duel
05-05-2006, 07:50 PM
For the wheel you can use foam and pvc tubes (if you need a 3d tut, like the one I've done for the key, let me know).
About the sword, you can try something like this: http://img235.imageshack.us/img235/9013/spad13ur.jpg
If you want something durable, you should choose the "wood" version, otherwise you can go with the foam version...
If you can find a product like this http://www.demandhotwire.com/coatings02.html you should be able to protect (and harden) the foam surface...

Seriphina
05-05-2006, 10:52 PM
damn, george... your title should be "official macgyver" o.O;;

Hart
05-05-2006, 11:03 PM
@both otakuapprentice & Captin Kyo: If you have something to show me...
I'm not a guilty gear fan, so I have no idea of what you are talking about:D

Wow man...for not being a fan and jsut throwing this idea together. You sure did put it together very nicely. Im gunna save this jsut for future refences if i ever need something similar XD

otakuapprentice
05-06-2006, 12:25 AM
damn george, thanks. wow, thats a heck of lot of more help than i was expecting. wow....just wow. you freaking rock man. thanks again

*is simply flabberghasted by the awesome tutorial. just flabberghasted...*

Captin Kyo
05-06-2006, 05:29 AM
Oo thanks. Mm i think i get it. :D

Mm how would i attach it all together though? super glue or something?

DalaiLiam
05-06-2006, 06:50 AM
Oo thanks. Mm i think i get it. :D

Mm how would i attach it all together though? super glue or something?

Gorilla glue. You can't use a glue with a solvent in it. So check to make sure that the glue your using is "Solvent free". It usually says on the lable. You can also use Wood glue or elemers white glue although they don't say so. If it's something really large, I recomment using silicon calk.

George duel
05-06-2006, 08:45 AM
^ What DalaiLiam says ^

Oh, and thank you all...

Arden T. Spider
05-06-2006, 10:06 AM
I've got a question, do you have any suggestions or tutorials for Sol's Fireseal? I have a reference here (http://www.guiltygear.ru/images/charsets/ggxxr_cs1_so.jpg) as well as here (http://morlockenterprises.com/photos/ggsword.jpg).

George duel
05-06-2006, 11:13 AM
Well you can work with a sheet of wood and some sheets of styrene, you can cut the shapes with an exacto knife and glue the pieces over the main wood blade (like a sandwich) and then fill the gaps with epoxy putty...
The real problem (since the blade shape is quite simple) will be the handle, but you can do it in two ways: sculpting over a tube or well sanded wood...
This tut (found on the web, not mine) can help you and everyone who want to make a prop (read also the other articles in the "archive"): http://mydumbprojects.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_mydumbprojects_archive.html
If you need a 3d "blueprint" let me know...

Arden T. Spider
05-06-2006, 07:29 PM
A 3D 'blueprint' would be really helpful if it's not too much trouble. Thank you very much.

fightstar
05-06-2006, 07:46 PM
Well you can work with a sheet of wood and some sheets of styrene, you can cut the shapes with an exacto knife and glue the pieces over the main wood blade (like a sandwich) and then fill the gaps with epoxy putty...
The real problem (since the blade shape is quite simple) will be the handle, but you can do it in two ways: sculpting over a tube or well sanded wood...
This tut (found on the web, not mine) can help you and everyone who want to make a prop (read also the other articles in the "archive"): http://mydumbprojects.blogspot.com/2005_05_01_mydumbprojects_archive.html
If you need a 3d "blueprint" let me know...


Thanks for the post pointing to that blog. VERY informative stuff. Many thanks!!!

George duel
05-06-2006, 09:00 PM
A 3D 'blueprint' would be really helpful if it's not too much trouble. Thank you very much.
No problem:D
http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/9756/composite4wj.jpg
Enjoy

DalaiLiam
05-06-2006, 09:36 PM
Something I've found you can do that I haven't seen george comment torwards is that usually for super light weight props (IE: all Foam) a sheet of posterboard sandwiched in teh middle and coated with glue is usually enough to make the prop rigid.

George duel
05-06-2006, 10:12 PM
Well these are just general indications...
But you're right, usually I plan to make durable props (lifelasting if possible:D )
so my mind is "setted" on this target...
And since English is not my first language it's also hard to find the right "translation" between the Italian word used for a material and the respetive English word...
So any help is appreciated:D