Sunday, July 1, 2018

Custom Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet

Welcome to my tutorial on how to make a custom Star Wars Stormtrooper Helmet! One of my best friends approached me about making a gift for his mother who is a Breast Cancer Survivor and I knew I had to make something truly special. The entire family are huge Star Wars fans and so he found a " DIY " vinyl toy helmet and ask me to come up with something.
I thought about it for a while and played around with color schemes but nothing panned out, I did not like the ideas I was coming up with so I let the Helmet sit for a while. After some time had past and many commissions later, it hit me!
I asked my friend, what if we did something with the Cancer Ribbon? Basically this is your mom's helmet that is damaged from fighting Cancer and she survived so in turn the exposed "ribbon" is proof of her strength during the fight. The damage to the helmet will serve as the "scares" Cancer leaves behind, and with that I was inspired to create this helmet!
Material List
  1. DIY Helmet
  2. Original Sculpy
  3. Sculpting Tools
  4. Spray Paint ( Pink and Grey Primer )
  5. Testers Gold Paint
  6. Acrylic Paint
  7. Rust-Oleum Matte Clear Coat

I used Original Sculpy for this project. I also used various sculpting tools to work out the detail of the cracks and deformation of the helmet. I then placed the helmet in the oven for 15 minutes at 270 degrees. I had to keep an eye on it because the plastic is ABS plastic and the helmet began to deform a bit.
Once it had cooled down I used my heat gun and a bowl of iced water to correct the deformation of the helmet. I was cracking up because it looked like a Stormtrooper balloon!

At this point there is nothing too crazy to cover, I sprayed the helmet with primer and allowed it to cure for 48 hours before I applied the pink spray paint.








Once the primer was cured I began painting the helmet it intended colors. I used a pink spray paint and then then applied the acrylic paint for the darker mauve detail. I made sure to add a clear coat between each layer so that the tape would not damage my work. Once complete I added the gold detail using the Testers paint, one last coat of the clear matte and I was ready to move on to weathering.



For this step I used a combination of yellow, red, brown, and black acrylic paints to make a " grime " color which was applied to the helmet in thin watered down passes and with a dry rag I rubbed the paint off. This process was repeated several times until I reached the desired look.







At this point I allowed all the paints to cure and then applied a final layer of Matte Clear Coat. Allowed that to cure and just like that I was done.
This was a real treat to work on and I loved working on the DIY helmet, since then I purchased 3 new helmets for projects of my own!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and find it easy to follow. This kind of project is perfect for everyone to attempt since it provides so much fun! Thank you so much for reading and following along, have a great day! And may the FORCE BE WITH YOU, ALWAYS!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil

Welcome to my Star Vs. The Forces Of Evil wand build! If you are interested in building your own then feel free to follow along.

Materials


  • Bondo
  • Craft Wood
  • 4" Floral Foam Ball
  • PLA 3D filament
  • Smooth-On Oomoo25
  • Amazing Resin
  • Crylon Clear Coat
  • Crylon Paint
  • BASIC Acrylic paint
  • 400 grit Sandpaper
  • 1200 grit Sandpaper



STEP 01

I purchased a 4" floral foam ball, a wooden dowel rod, and some scrap pieces of wood.

I shaped the ball and applied Bondo that I had in the shop. Once the Bondo cured I attached the rod and once that was cured I began to sand the pieces.





STEP 02

Once the prop was sanded using wet / dry sandpaper from 400 to 1200, I primed the piece and began to add the pieces that accompany the prop.

I used crafting wood to make the wings for the prop. The cut was not so precise so I filled in the gaps using more Bondo.





STEP 03

Once the wings were sanded smooth I then printed out 3D parts using my Anet A8 printer.
I sanded and primed the pieces and then attached them to the prop.

I then used Original Sculpey to model the butterflies that go on the front and back of the wand. I made a mold of the butterfly using Smooth-On Oomoo25 and Amazing Resin, then gave the wand another coat of Primer.


STEP 04

Once all the pieces were painted and ready, I assembled the pieces and painted the wand.










STEP 05

Lastly I painted the fine details and the wand was done!











Watch the video to learn how to make your own!


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Skyrim Shield Cup Coaster Project




Welcome everyone to my Skyrim Shield Cup Coaster tutorial!

I have been playing a lot of Skyrim in between projects and was inspired to create a 5" Windhelm cup coaster for my desk. Below is the material list and everything you need to know to make your very own. After you follow the steps feel free to watch the video from my weekly live-stream where I cover the entire process!

Materials
  • Original Sculpey
  • Smooth-On Oomoo25
  • Amazing Casting Resin
  • Acrylic paints & Testers paint
  • Art brushes
  • Clear Tape and Paper
  • Xacto Knife
  • One piece of sheet cork
  • Clear coat and Flat Grey spray paint

Modeling With Original Sculpey



Start with some Original Sculpey, I made the shield 5" in diameter so that it can hold my Nalgene water bottle. You can make yours any size you want as the design can be adjusted.
I used my metal sculpting tools to create the wood and metal textures, I wanted the shield to have a rough look as if it was created quickly and has seen a decent amount of battle.
Once complete I baked the clay in the oven for 30 minutes at 270 degree. I allowed to cool on a cold surface and the model was ready for molding.

Making A Mold

For the molding I followed the instructions on the Smooth-On Oomoo25 box. It is a simple 1:1 mix that is easy to work with.
I used a small bowl to create the mold, I glued the shield to the bottom of the bowl, mixed up my Oomoo25 and poured it into the bowl on top of the model.
Once it had cured I removed the piece form the mold and it was ready for casting.

Casting And Priming

At this point I used the Amazing Resin kit and again followed the 1:1 mixing instructions on the box.
After 15 minutes the copy was ready to come out and be primed for paint.
I primed the piece using a flat spray paint and allow it to cure for about 8 hours.


Painting

Now I used my acrylic paints to create the wood texture and Testers paint for the metal rim.
I then used clear coat to protect the paint job and moved on to the stencil.







Cutting The Stencil

I printed out the Windhelm symbol on my printer, and then applied clear packing tape on the paper.
I used my Xacto knife to cut out the design.










Painting The Windhelm Symbol


At this point I used my light blue acrylic paint and applied the paint to the shield leaving some of the wood exposed.











Final Touches


I applied the stencil and traced the pattern onto the shield with paint. Once I removed the stencil I used my acrylic paint to finish the symbol with the pattern the stencil created.









All Done!

Once it was dry I applied a final clear coat to the shield, glued the cork on the bottom and called it done!
To follow along in more detail, make sure to view the two videos below. Thank you for watching and I hope you all have just as much fun as I did making these!