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mo721
09-27-2009, 11:51 PM
I plan on making Tomoe Gozen from Persona 4 for Ohayocon 2010 and of course I had a few questions about the prop she carries around as well as the helmet she wears.
I know my plans for the basic rod, but I wanted to know what was the best way to create the glowing blades at the ends. I would love for them to glow like they do in the picture.
http://www.creativeuncut.com/gallery-08/p4-persona-tomoe-gozen.html

And as for the helmet. I have worked with bondo once, but wasnt my favorite experience and with a helmet like that it would weigh a ton. So is there possibly a easier, if not lighter weight idea I could use in creating the helmet.

KingSpeget
09-28-2009, 02:03 PM
for the helmet, one thing you could do would be this:

cut up some foam insulation board into layers then glue them together.

Similar to this tutorial, but ignore all the stuff about 3D Modeling, you can just estimate, or use poster board to make a template.
http://www.instructables.com/id/Model-complex-solid-shapes-with-cardboard/

Then cut down and further shape the glued together piece into the helmet.
I suggest using a Hot Wire Cutter or a Hot knife for this. any well stoked hobby shop has them

When you get it the shape you want it, coat it with epoxy resin to harden it. Then you can paint, dye it, whatever.


Refer to these posts as well
for the foam
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=95725
For the Resin
http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=95725


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For the blades, im thinking cut some plexiglass in the general shape of the blades, then etch the glass at the edges (and any other wanted designs and use LEDs or a Cathode Light (The lights people use to light up the insides of their computer) to light up the blade.

Check out these links
http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-etch-into-plexi-glass/
http://www.instructables.com/id/etched-neon-light/

mo721
09-29-2009, 07:05 PM
Thanks a lot, I will have to give it a try, and I do think I have some left over styrofoam lying around somewhere.
As for plexiglass where can you buy it and I was also had a thought of using that imitation stainglass plastic (if anyone knows at all of what I am talking about)

Of course if anyone has anything else to add or an easier method please post

mo721
10-02-2009, 01:12 AM
Ive been doing more research and found something called aqua resin, has anyone used this before? It says its safe for foam and wont eat away, but I want to know will it give the foam a nice hard surface, would I need to sand it and how many layers would you suggest?

KingSpeget
10-05-2009, 01:46 PM
You can find Plexiglas at just about all home improvement stores (Home Depot and Lowes have it for sure) and most places will even cut it (as long as its nothing complicated) for a very small fee. Beyond that, a dremel can cut Plexiglas too (remember to wear eye protection, i know its usualy understood but i had a bad experience with Plexiglas)

From what i know, there are 2 main types of Resin, and epoxy resin is the kind that wonít eat away at foam. From what i read on their website, Aqua Resin looks to be a type of epoxy resin, and the THX-6 and Aqua-Veil products they have look to defiantly be foam safe.

All resin dries hard and you can treat it like plastic or wood, painting it with a glossy white paint or even lacquering it.

As far as how many layers, that depends on the thickness of the foam and the size of your head. I suggest making a center-vertical layer out of poster board (to use as a template) first because thatís going to be the tallest piece, then marking on the next smaller layer on either side, and the next smaller, etc until you get the width you want. This is the part I may be having trouble getting across, is it making sense? If not I can draw up a diagram of what Iím talking about.

mo721
10-06-2009, 12:19 AM
A picture would be greatly appreciated, lol. When it comes to explaining things in words, It takes me a while to figure out exactly what you are trying to get at.

Also another question about the plexiglass is it easy to form and shape without it warping or breaking?

Thank you so much for the help and info, I cant wait to start this project.