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Unread 09-13-2017, 01:22 AM   #1
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Tsurugi Hoshichika Shield

I'm new to the world of prop making so I'm not sure how to go about making Tsurugi Hoshichika's shield in his trance state. It's slightly see through in parts but I'm not sure how to go about it. Any advise?

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Unread 09-14-2017, 09:10 AM   #2
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Cardboard**, clear or colored acetate*, a surface smoothing compound like Bondo, paint, and lots of elbow grease.


** The bigger the box you get, the less seams and wrinkles you will have to fight. Michael's stores frame shops get large flat boxes Mondays through Friday, call in the morning and ask them to save you one.
* you can get this at modeling hobby shops like the type that cater to miniature train folks
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Also if you can find tutorials for Rose Quartz' shield from Steven Universe they'd likely be helpful, a lot of people make those clear or add lights.
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The one difference between Rose Quartz's shield and this one is that this looks flat, whereas Rose's has more of a curve to it, so you'll probably have an easier time with this.

Cardboard would be a good and lightweight base for this, as long as you reinforce it. You could also do wood (will definitely be heavy though, and curves are a little harder to cut), or thin foam board.

For the clear parts, the acetate is an option, and so is acrylic (but you'd probably need to go to a place that does laser cut parts to get pieces that are custom). Worbla Transpart is also an option. It might also be worth testing out suncatcher paint too for something that's semi-transparent but can be used to add the texture/patterning/glitter to it.
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The one difference between Rose Quartz's shield and this one is that this looks flat, whereas Rose's has more of a curve to it, so you'll probably have an easier time with this.

Cardboard would be a good and lightweight base for this, as long as you reinforce it. You could also do wood (will definitely be heavy though, and curves are a little harder to cut), or thin foam board.

For the clear parts, the acetate is an option, and so is acrylic (but you'd probably need to go to a place that does laser cut parts to get pieces that are custom). Worbla Transpart is also an option. It might also be worth testing out suncatcher paint too for something that's semi-transparent but can be used to add the texture/patterning/glitter to it.
I didn't even know they made Transpart Worbla. Thank you!
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There are a lot of clear resins and epoxies available, but the fumes are dangerous.
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"Dangerous" is kinda true, but casting resin and most epoxies are materials you can still work with pretty easily/without special equipment. Just do your casting/curing in a well ventilated area, and if you're really concerned, invest in a respirator.
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