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Unread 10-24-2012, 10:51 AM   #1
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I need to make a huge durable hammer for my Steampunk Harley Quinn costume.... what would be the best materials to use?
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Unread 10-24-2012, 01:45 PM   #2
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Important factor, do you wish to be able to whack people with it, without injuring them?
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Unread 10-29-2012, 10:34 AM   #3
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The way we have been doing large pieces of geometry is foam sculpting. We use the white insulation foam from Home Depot/Lowe's (the pink / blue stuff is good too, we just don't have access to it) layer it up to the appropriate thickness and height then carve at it with a knife.

In order to harden it you can use a variety of methods. The most durable is sealing foam with masking tape, covering in fiberglass matte, then filling in with bondo. It's time intensive and some people are intimidated by fibgerglass.
You can always use plastidip, paper mache, or just straight bondo but so far I have found that none of those are nearly as strong as doing fiberglass.

But case in point the girl in our Monster Hunter gorup on the left with her giant fist hammer is a foam sculpt.

Edit: The hammer is foam sculpt, the girl is actually a girl haha

This one is just foam coated in plastidip. Not very strong but it covers the foam texture quite nicely.

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Unread 10-30-2012, 09:30 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by StabbityBlkMage View Post
Edit: The hammer is foam sculpt, the girl is actually a girl haha
nice clarification.

By the way, I've greatly enjoyed your Johnny & Junkers blog. As soon as my Halloween busy season is wrapped up, I'll be undertaking some new projects - some random props to practice my skills with foam and paper mache and gesso and eventually fiberglass, then an original cosplay for MegaCon.

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