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Link-Jun
01-14-2009, 08:18 PM
Soul Eater is getting to be a pretty popular series, and I've seen plenty of awesome Stein cosplayers, so I figured I'd try it out myself! Arguably the hardest part of the costume is the screw (unless you elect to make Spirit in Deathscythe form as well, because that is more of an advanced prop too). Hopefully this tutorial helps! Also, obviously this is my method of making it, so if there are certain parts of it you think that could be done in a more efficient way, by all means do it.

So, for those of you who don't know what it looks like, here is a reference pic: http://img60.imageshack.us/img60/6559/drsteinhz6.png

The basic idea here is to use an arrow-through-head gag prop (which can be found at most costume shops) and a small party noisemaker (the kind that clicks when you spin it). The problem most people have with Stein's screw is that they make it too heavy, which causes each side of the wire frame to sag down. I've seen it often done with plaster, but it just seems to be too much weight for the arrow-through-head prop. What I will be using is a combination of foam cores, and polystyrene sheet plastic. The former you can find at any hardware store, and the latter you can find here (sorry for the long URL): http://www.usplastic.com/catalog/product.asp?catalog%5Fname=USPlastic&category%5Fname=76&product%5Fid=3008&MSCSProfile=95385A1F52DEA1A229D5B3754205446434345B E03107164A9B4AAB3AF89B9F82B9A7F421876C1BE39B4AB028 E6360548992921574C0088EE02E23FD024BEF1DC2F4D43759D B500814B5D7C7F06C534F68797E5906FBAC292EF4560AE174A CB25EE9426D59C94F0C5A9A806CC1DCE90D0D9956A38F32C25 C2B2AB44C9586B38CE879A14863B6EBA00
I usually go with the .040 inch thickness. Using sheet plastic for the exterior will not only reduce the weight, but will also increase the durability and the overall look. Plaster and paper maché will often come out lumpy unless you are really good at it. For the foam core, I used some 3/4" thick polyisocyanurate (for the main circular part of the screw) and 1/4" thick styrofoam (for the slightly raised part of the screw head), but you can use whatever works for you. Here's a picture of the foam materials I used: http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/2877/0108090802hn2.jpg
Also, I primarily used hot glue for adhesion, as it works wonders.

First, measure the length from the middle of the noisemaker's handle to its edge, and cut a circle of that radius (plus maybe a quarter inch or so) out of some tack board, or paper, or whatever. This is your main pattern. Using that circle, trace another circle. Take a ruler, and draw a chord on the circle of appropriate position. This will be the "raised" portion of the screw. Here's a picture of my patterns: http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/1542/0106091810ur8.jpg

Next, trace and cut out TWO of both the circle and the circular segment out of the polystyrene sheeting. In one of the plastic circles, make a small hole in the center, and push the handle of the noisemaker through:
http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/488/0106091811pu5.jpg
http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/9207/0106091811aro4.jpg

Now you want to create some filling between the two plastic circles so that the part of the noisemaker that's on the inside doesn't move. Here's what I did: http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/3090/0106091812ok0.jpg
That's the polyisocyanurate foam you see there, but you can use anything you want really. The idea is to make the raised part of the screw head less thick than the main circular part. Anyway, glue the filler foam onto your circle/noisemaker contraption, and then glue the other plastic circle on top of it. Here's about what it should look like: http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/6830/0106091845aj6.jpg

Using the "chorded" circular segment pattern, cut out two pieces of thinner foam core, like so: http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/6513/0106091912hk2.jpg
Glue the foam pieces onto the assembled screw head, and then glue the plastic circular segments on top of the foam: http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/8317/0106091944am5.jpg

Next, we're going to take care of the styrofoam on the "inside" of the top of the screw head. You'll see what I'm talking about in just a bit. You'll want to measure the length and width that you'll need for the strips, and then either make a pattern for them and then cut them out of the polystyrene, or just measure the strips directly on the plastic sheeting and cut them out.
http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/5272/0106092006kk0.jpg
Glue them on, and you'll end up with this:
http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/2424/0106092018vi0.jpg
http://img164.imageshack.us/img164/8555/0106092018ahp9.jpg
Getting closer!

No one's perfect when it comes to measuring and cutting, so if there are gaps or imperfections in the side of the screw like this http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/5286/0106092027wq2.jpg, just glue on a little strip of craft foam (like the Foamies brand sheets, for example) like so: http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/1791/0106092029wn9.jpg

The only exposed part of the screw left is the perimeter, so let's cover that too! Cut out a strip of plastic that is the screw's circumference in length, and the screw's depth (from the surface where the noisemaker handle is sticking out to the surface of the raised screw head) for the width: http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/8479/0106092047ev6.jpg
Start wherever you'd like and glue it around the entire perimeter. Now, you will have parts where the styrene protrudes to the same height as the raised screw head, even though there is no raised portion here. No worries, just take an X-Acto knife and cut away the excess. You'll be left with something like this: http://img509.imageshack.us/img509/8445/0106092115qz1.jpg
http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/1520/0107090951cs1.jpg
If there are small gaps in the plastic seams, take some hot glue and use it to caulk up the gaps. If there are uneven seams, you can use the X-Acto knife to cut away any excess.

Link-Jun
01-14-2009, 08:18 PM
Pretty good so far right? Now for the smaller, cylindrical parts of the screw. Take a PVC pipe (I used a 3/4" interior diameter, but as always, whatever you deem fit) and cut two small lengths of it: a short, perhaps an inch or so long, length for the part of the screw thread that is adjacent to the screw head itself; and a somewhat longer (2.5 inches perhaps) section for the end of the screw that will implicitly be coming out of the other side of your head. I have the longer section pictured; I forgot to take a picture of the other one: http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/3046/0107090815rn9.jpg
Take a small rectangular strip of the plastic and wrap it around the inside of the PVC pipe, cutting it down to length such that it just barely fits: http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/195/0107090816gx0.jpg
Measure how long that strip is and remember it. Then, cut out a plastic rectangle with the length being that of the PVC section, and the width being that of the strip you just measured. Obviously, do this for both PVC sections: http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/3107/0107090832uv2.jpg

Put the plastic piece on the interior of the pipe: http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/4715/0107090837mr6.jpg
Then, glue strips of craft foam to the interior of the polystyrene cylinder until the interior diameter is small enough so that the handle of the noisemaker (or the rod of the arrow-through-head prop for the opposite, longer side) snugly fits. Note that you are not gluing the polystyrene or craft foam to the PVC pipe itself.
http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/1534/0107090918jh0.jpg
http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/7897/0107091002ig1.jpg
Now push the styrene/foam amalgam out of the PVC pipe, and voilà! Instant cylinders, which look pretty slick, I might add: http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/4465/0107091008mb4.jpg
Here's a picture of how the cylinder fits onto the screw head: http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/3223/0107091010al6.jpg

You might be asking why I didn't simply start with the PVC section itself and add craft foam to the inside of that. Well, the answer is that the PVC adds more weight to the end product than the styrene / craft foam does. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist, so I suppose that can be attributed to it as well. xD

Anyway, on the end of the screw there is a sort of dovetail groove on it. To get this effect, I glued an extra piece of styrene around the screw tail. Here's a picture of the pattern I used: http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6056/0107091051ia0.jpg
And here is the finished product:
http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/7084/0107091107wv9.jpg
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/9043/0107091119fe8.jpg

Almost done now! The next step is to connect the screw head and tail to the arrow-through-head prop. First, I went ahead and cut off the ends of the arrow itself, since we wont be needing it. I also cut the handle of the noisemaker down to size a bit: http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/5586/0107091023vv8.jpg
In my case, the handle and rod diameters were such that when I cut off the end of the handle, the rod could actually slip right into the noisemaker handle and into the head of the screw! I used the short plastic cylinder as a medium between the two. As for the screw tail, remember that I added enough craft foam to the inside of the cylinder so that the rod would fit tightly. Here's a picture: http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/8800/0107091135sd2.jpg

Of course, this should all be glued together with thermal adhesive or something else strong, so that there's no chance of it coming apart. Make sure that when you're gluing the screw head combination that you don't accidentally glue the plastic cylinder to the screw head itself; remember that you still want to be able to turn the screw so that it clicks! Next, measure the diameter of the screw tail, cut out a polystyrene circle of that diameter, and glue it onto the end of the tail, like so: http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/7527/0107091151tn0.jpg

Awesome. Now the only part left is the paint! I used spray paint because it's easy, uniform, and looks great! First, start with a gray or black primer: http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/4060/0107091202eg9.jpg
If you want to know why you should use primer, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_(paint)

For the final coats, I used a mixture of semi-gloss black spray paint, and silver spray paint. First I gave it a couple coats of the black, and then lightly sprayed the silver (i.e. not a full coat). This gives it sort of a dark metal look: not bright silver, and yet not pitch black either. I think it turned out rather nice! Here's a picture (sorry for the blurriness): http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/3466/0111090630eq3.jpg
Here are some pics of the screw on me!
http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/3564/0114091940ri9.jpg
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/2329/0114091942re3.jpg
http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/5290/0114091942auw8.jpg

And there you have it, how to make Stein's screw. Hopefully this will be helpful; if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask! -Nick

Winry
01-14-2009, 09:01 PM
Looks like a good tutorial, and adding how to put in a noise marker so you can make that 'cranking' sound? Brilliant. :D Also I think it looks quite believable in the picture you posted too. :3

You should post this in the prop forum 'Turtorial List (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=84955)' sticky and ask to have it added. :3

Bloody_Stein
01-14-2009, 09:50 PM
You sir might be a god among men!!
Ive been racking my brain trying to figure out the way to set up the "arrow through the head" type screw. Then you came along and posted this. A tear came to my eye at the beauty of this amazingly helpful post.
The only question i have is if you could tell me about how long it took to build?
Other than that question this might be the best costume tutorial ive ever seen.
KUDOS

Link-Jun
01-14-2009, 10:02 PM
Thanks for the kind words guys!

Bloody_Stein, I was working on this project on and off, and I wasn't really paying attention to time, but I estimate that it took about 3-4 hours of work to get up to the point of painting. And part of that probably came from me being a perfectionist when it comes to measuring and such. I did have to go to the store sometime in between due to my running out of glue sticks though. xD

ringoox3
01-16-2009, 05:25 PM
woah~ awesome instructions & photos! it's really detailed.

my friend has been racking his brain over something similar (though not quite the same character), so he is VERY grateful for this tutorial XD

Usagi_Kun45
02-19-2009, 09:07 AM
Thank you so much! I've been thinking about doing Dr. Stein for awhile now, and I just could not figure out what to do for the screw! You are a saviour!

Giedrius
02-19-2009, 02:12 PM
this tutorial is realy great and datayls on screw are ealy nice

i just finished my screw
hera are some pics http://www.cosplay.com/photo/1913197/
just need to repaint it

Satori Veda
02-19-2009, 07:14 PM
Wow! Thank you for the tutorial. I will definitly be giving it a try.

Shigure-chan
02-23-2009, 01:46 PM
Thank you for the tutoriel.
It's going to help me for my cosplay * _ *

DireKitty
02-23-2009, 07:37 PM
Sending this link to my boyfriend who plans on cosplaying as this character =)

Awesome tutorial.

Haven
04-20-2009, 12:32 PM
I've been trying so hard to figure out how to get that cranking noise. Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! ^o^

Acton
06-27-2009, 07:31 PM
Hey, I'm having problems with my cosplay of stein. The bolt is all wrong, I couldn't find a arrow through the head prop at any of my local costume stores save for one that was made out of very weak material similar to that of a Halloween mask. If anyone could find a sturdy prop online with rush shipping as I need this prop for otakon 09 it would be helpful. (17-19th of july).

Also I'm not sure if I should scrap the piece I have made thus far and start anew. I think the head of the bolt may be to big, and I bought a noise maker but I haven't embedded it into the bolt head yet. I don't know how to cut a perfect circle out of modeling Styrofoam so I bought pre existing circular pieces, and I made the cylinder similar to the material described in the walk through, but its paper foam if you will but looks very similar to the material.

Me with the bolt on. I originally wanted to use a copper wire to make the prop, but I don't know how to fashion it into the correct shape without it messing a lot with the wig. As you can see I'm using stretchy string and it messes with the wig to much, and the prop sags, I've done everything I could think to do with the wig. Also I'm going to get a lighter metallic spray paint this paint is to dark.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/miroku186-2/PICT0002.jpg

The prop I made
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/miroku186-2/PICT0010.jpg

Me without the prop.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v677/miroku186-2/PICT0005.jpg

Also I am having trouble finding a large Grey turtleneck sweater to go with the cosplay. I'm debating whether I should buy one or not because I will prob get hot in it.

Also if you have any suggestions for materials online give me the links asap.

NOTE: this is my first cosplay ever and I'm not the artsy type, and I don't have a lot of resources. Keeping it simple is probably better in my case as I will prob screw up anything complicated

MasterXyon
02-14-2010, 04:33 PM
I was only wondering the total cost of this project. I'm going to be Dr. Stein for Sakura-con in April, and I needed to know how much i'm spending so I can pay my dad back for all these supplies. I got the shoes, pants, and the whole shirt done. I need this bolt, wig, glasses, and the lab coat. also, where did you get YOUR lab coat?

Bokimu
02-15-2010, 12:08 AM
I was only wondering the total cost of this project. I'm going to be Dr. Stein for Sakura-con in April, and I needed to know how much i'm spending so I can pay my dad back for all these supplies. I got the shoes, pants, and the whole shirt done. I need this bolt, wig, glasses, and the lab coat. also, where did you get YOUR lab coat?

Best bet would be any school/college bookstore. That's where I got mine. You could also try online, if you can get past the bulk sellers.

alucardanika
07-28-2010, 01:09 PM
Pretty good so far right? Now for the smaller, cylindrical parts of the screw. Take a PVC pipe (I used a 3/4" interior diameter, but as always, whatever you deem fit) and cut two small lengths of it: a short, perhaps an inch or so long, length for the part of the screw thread that is adjacent to the screw head itself; and a somewhat longer (2.5 inches perhaps) section for the end of the screw that will implicitly be coming out of the other side of your head. I have the longer section pictured; I forgot to take a picture of the other one: http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/3046/0107090815rn9.jpg
Take a small rectangular strip of the plastic and wrap it around the inside of the PVC pipe, cutting it down to length such that it just barely fits: http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/195/0107090816gx0.jpg
Measure how long that strip is and remember it. Then, cut out a plastic rectangle with the length being that of the PVC section, and the width being that of the strip you just measured. Obviously, do this for both PVC sections: http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/3107/0107090832uv2.jpg

Put the plastic piece on the interior of the pipe: http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/4715/0107090837mr6.jpg
Then, glue strips of craft foam to the interior of the polystyrene cylinder until the interior diameter is small enough so that the handle of the noisemaker (or the rod of the arrow-through-head prop for the opposite, longer side) snugly fits. Note that you are not gluing the polystyrene or craft foam to the PVC pipe itself.
http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/1534/0107090918jh0.jpg
http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/7897/0107091002ig1.jpg
Now push the styrene/foam amalgam out of the PVC pipe, and voilà! Instant cylinders, which look pretty slick, I might add: http://img398.imageshack.us/img398/4465/0107091008mb4.jpg
Here's a picture of how the cylinder fits onto the screw head: http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/3223/0107091010al6.jpg

You might be asking why I didn't simply start with the PVC section itself and add craft foam to the inside of that. Well, the answer is that the PVC adds more weight to the end product than the styrene / craft foam does. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist, so I suppose that can be attributed to it as well. xD

Anyway, on the end of the screw there is a sort of dovetail groove on it. To get this effect, I glued an extra piece of styrene around the screw tail. Here's a picture of the pattern I used: http://img294.imageshack.us/img294/6056/0107091051ia0.jpg
And here is the finished product:
http://img511.imageshack.us/img511/7084/0107091107wv9.jpg
http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/9043/0107091119fe8.jpg

Almost done now! The next step is to connect the screw head and tail to the arrow-through-head prop. First, I went ahead and cut off the ends of the arrow itself, since we wont be needing it. I also cut the handle of the noisemaker down to size a bit: http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/5586/0107091023vv8.jpg
In my case, the handle and rod diameters were such that when I cut off the end of the handle, the rod could actually slip right into the noisemaker handle and into the head of the screw! I used the short plastic cylinder as a medium between the two. As for the screw tail, remember that I added enough craft foam to the inside of the cylinder so that the rod would fit tightly. Here's a picture: http://img382.imageshack.us/img382/8800/0107091135sd2.jpg

Of course, this should all be glued together with thermal adhesive or something else strong, so that there's no chance of it coming apart. Make sure that when you're gluing the screw head combination that you don't accidentally glue the plastic cylinder to the screw head itself; remember that you still want to be able to turn the screw so that it clicks! Next, measure the diameter of the screw tail, cut out a polystyrene circle of that diameter, and glue it onto the end of the tail, like so: http://img93.imageshack.us/img93/7527/0107091151tn0.jpg

Awesome. Now the only part left is the paint! I used spray paint because it's easy, uniform, and looks great! First, start with a gray or black primer: http://img520.imageshack.us/img520/4060/0107091202eg9.jpg
If you want to know why you should use primer, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primer_(paint)

For the final coats, I used a mixture of semi-gloss black spray paint, and silver spray paint. First I gave it a couple coats of the black, and then lightly sprayed the silver (i.e. not a full coat). This gives it sort of a dark metal look: not bright silver, and yet not pitch black either. I think it turned out rather nice! Here's a picture (sorry for the blurriness): http://img103.imageshack.us/img103/3466/0111090630eq3.jpg
Here are some pics of the screw on me!
http://img83.imageshack.us/img83/3564/0114091940ri9.jpg
http://img353.imageshack.us/img353/2329/0114091942re3.jpg
http://img49.imageshack.us/img49/5290/0114091942auw8.jpg

And there you have it, how to make Stein's screw. Hopefully this will be helpful; if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to ask! -Nick


Wow! Awesome! Is it alright of me to ask if you would consider selling that bolt? :D

ShadowOrpheus
07-28-2010, 06:37 PM
Thanks for the info! Also, can you tell me what specific stores you went to buy the supplies?

LullabyeLaura
09-03-2010, 07:46 PM
Can't wait to make this XD

tsuoi_kaze
09-12-2010, 05:21 PM
I came to the thread out of total curiosity and now may have to add Dr.Stein to next years cosplay list or rope a friend into cosplaying him just so I can make the screw. This tutorial is awesome.

TaintedWings
09-30-2010, 06:06 AM
hey i really want to make this cause it seems so awesome and i've been having trobble with how to make stein's screw but i have 1 problem........ i can't seem to find a noise maker anywhere.... do you know where i could get one?

LovelyDreamer
10-03-2010, 10:54 AM
This tutorial has been extremely helpful. I didn't follow it exactly, but I used the same general concept and many of the step used. Thank you! :)

heaven_firings
11-06-2010, 11:16 PM
Okay, so I finished my screw and it came out rather well if I do say so myself. There is one problem I had that I was hoping someone could help me resolve.

I wore this to a halloween party and I realized that after about an hour and a half to two hours it started to hurt my head and not to long after I started to get a really bad headache. I'm not the only one who noticed this as some other people joked around with it. So could anyone suggest something to pad it, I guess, or otherwise prevent such things from happening. I would suck to have to constantly remove the screw and wig at a con.

Nekosama13
01-03-2011, 03:51 AM
i know this might sound stupid of me asking*duh*..but do you like..take requests/commission for this?....and if so how much would the price be...im willing to pay anything xD since its a master piece...seriously iv never seen anything like this and im positive i wont be able to do it by myself xD

Ninja_In_Bloom
01-03-2011, 01:32 PM
Wonderfully done! Looks great, thanks!

FishyXLiar
01-30-2011, 05:22 PM
Yeah, I love your tutorial and all. But, I'd like it if you explained to me the exact material needed. Cause, when I read it. It confuses me a whole lot D: .


Love, Fishy

Thank You.

gamegirl222
02-09-2011, 07:02 PM
This is amazing~

KnightJeran
02-09-2011, 09:12 PM
I'd like to say that I used the general concept of this tutorial too and it turned out fabulous. Unfortunately, its a bit side-heavy on the left side. Also, the spinny part becomes looser the more I spin it so I'll have to reglue it every once in a while. Also, I have no clue how to wear it without the headband showing!

Death the Kid?
02-13-2011, 02:42 AM
Ok so I have looked around on this site and saw a lot of posts on how to make the Bolt for Dr. Stein. Well, I wanted in explain my way of doing it. Its simple, fast to make, less than $10.00 to make and looks good. I see a lot of people use PVC pipe. Use Wooded Dowels. So here goes:

You need a Spinning Clicker (something you buy from Party City, those things people use during the new year) they are $1.00, 1" dowel, heavy duty WIRE hanger, foam sheet about 8''X11"X1/2", GOOD STRONG LOOKING CARD BOARD, and 1-2 pieces of Sticky Foam sheet of paper from Jo Anne Fabrics. <<<If you dont have a sander buy 80 grit sand paper>>>

****Make sure your 1/2" foam sheet is not breakable foam. Something that you can squeeze and goes back to its regular shape.****

1: Cut out 2 circles out of the card board for the head the bolt, at least two times the size of the clicker.
2: Cut out the 1/2" foam also the same size as the cardboard.
3: Find the center of the foam and one piece of cardboard and cut out a hole big enough for the hadle to the clicker to go through.
4: Next, stick the clicker handle through the hole in the foam and trace with a pen the clicker on the foam to cut out so the clicker can be placed within the foam.
5: Glue the cardboard circles on each side of the foam so you have cardboard, foam, cardboard. (make sure the clicker is set right.)
5a: You now should have the head of the bolt about half done.
5b. If you have a power sander this helps. Sand the edges to have a smooth edge.
6: Now with the Sticky foam paper, trace out about two or three same size circles as before.
7: Now cut out about 1/2" to 3/4" from the center to make the shape of a "D". Now if you understanding me you are making the slit on top of the bolt. The more you cut the thicker the slit will be.

8: Now measure the thickest of you bolt head and cut strips of sticky foam to GO AROUND THE CIRCUMFERANCE of the head. This hides all the pieces you glued and makes it smooth.

9: Take the dowel and cut about 3-4" dending on how long you want it to be and drill out a hole deep enouogh and wide enough to stick the clicker handle into.

10: On the opposite side drill a hole (in the center) 1/64" smaller than the thickness of the heavy duty wire hanger.

11: Paint everything before putting together.

12: For the other side (just the striaght dowel) you do the same thing, drill out a hole 1/64" smaller than the wire hanger.

13: Now if you want to effect of a screw with threads what I did was stuck a little strip of sticky foam around and around the dowel to look like a screw, your choice.

14: When all done making, you bend the wire hanger into an "L" shape and measure your head or whose ever head this is going on, and do the same thing for the other side. you stick the "L" in the hole of the bolts and now it stays on your head. When wearing a wig it stays on even better. This is not a heavy prop. Mine stays perfect across. A lot of people's bends in two directions and is made out of cardboard. You can do this but my advice would be at least use the sticky foam to make things look smooth, and not bumpy like cardboard. PLEASE DON'T USE DUCK TAPE. I MAKES IT LOOK REALLY BAD.

director91
04-24-2011, 08:08 AM
WOW!!!! thank you so much!!!
I am wanting to do this for my First Cosplay and this is gonna help soo much!!!!!

xxkurenaixshixx
04-13-2012, 04:22 AM
Thanks this is really helpful and perfect for Franken Fran cosplay ^_^

Yokoskitsune
10-21-2013, 07:32 PM
I have to ask, but what's the optimal size that the noisemaker should be? I had gotten one at party city, but they only had one kind and the spinner was about the same diameter the screw should be, but it's also diamond shaped.

it makes a great sound, but I'm thinking using it would end up making the screw too big?

Deemer
10-22-2013, 07:57 AM
When I made mine(as seen in my profile), I found a little circular metal noisemaker that I found at a dollar store.

measuring from the white handle of the noisemaker to the furthest edge was about two and a half inches.

here is what mine looked like when I made it a while back.....sorry for the blurry photo, my camera sucks
http://s213.photobucket.com/user/DeemerACG/media/000_0050.jpg.html

Then I just filled in the empty space with craft foam

I dont think the actual shape should matter as long as its not too long. though cutting out and embedding it into the foam might be a little harder with an odd shape.