View Full Version : Wheatley props

09-14-2011, 04:11 PM
Hello nice prop folks, I'm in dire need of suggestions.

Some might remember I posted a thread awhile back asking for LED advice, but now I've run into another snag. I'm working on props for my Human!Wheatley costume and I'm not sure how I should go about crafting the handlebars. I'm moreso at a loss of figuring out what materials I should use to make it.

Reference: (left side) http://forte-girl7.deviantart.com/art/Portal-Wheatley-Reference-210372140

E: Should probably mention I have quite a bit of the back piece crafted(probably shouldn't have till I figured out the handlebars..) and it's made of expanding foam, layers of paper mache/masking tape, and a small layer of paper clay.

09-14-2011, 08:23 PM
Heat formed pvc piping is probably how I'd go about it. Filling the pipe with sand is a nice trick to get even bends without the pipe collapsing at the bend point.

Creating a simple jig based on the bends of the first side set would help you about getting equal angles for shaping the opposite side.

09-15-2011, 03:54 PM
Dang I've never worked with something like that. Is there any specific pvc piping I should be looking for? Do I need to invest in a heat gun?

09-15-2011, 06:18 PM
Heat forming pvc bars isn't that hard. You fill them with sand and then use a heat device. Here is a fabulous tutorial. http://www.pvcworkshop.com/bendpipe.htm