Sunday, April 23, 2017

Burnt Offerings

This is why you need to use a thermometer every time you bake Sculpey.

Last night I finished this specimen off and put it in my dedicated polymer clay toaster oven for a final baking.  Unfortunately, I relied on my previous temperature readings and didn't check if there was a hot spot inside the oven.  There was, and this is the result.

The translucent clay teeth actually scorched, not only disfiguring the piece but producing some nasty toxic compounds in the process.  The high heat index also darkened the previously baked main body, making the join between it and the newer upper body painfully obvious. 

It's not a totally disaster, but I wanted to finish this off with some color washes to bring out the details.  Now it's going to need a full paint job. 





Saturday, April 22, 2017

Licensed to Curse

James Pocklington has created an entire suite of props based on the Harry Potter off-shoot "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them". It includes a nicely done set of Agent/Auror credentials, spell components, and magical supplies



Friday, April 21, 2017

Mayan Cthulhu Stelae


Hard Waz didn't take any shortcuts creating this Mayan-themed Cthulhu stelae.   After creating the design he transferred it to a pair of stone slabs and then went at it with a hammer and chisel.  Now that's authenticity.  Browse through the linked gallery and you can see the entire process.

Update:  My apologies for the broken link.  All fixed now.








Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Sapphire Knight

Artist Samuel Lee brings us the armor of the Sapphire Knight.  I've seen a lot of cool LARP armor sets, but he's at a totally different level. 


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It's Coming for You

There aren't many props capable of scaring someone to death, but this may well qualify.  Deiter Barry Creations brings us this insectile head inspired by "The Thing".   It's a nice sculpt, but what makes it absolutely terrifying is the fact it can chase you- the prop is actually a remote controlled vehicle.  Imagine this thing scuttling across the floor at you in the dark. Just click on the embed to play the video clip.



Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Portable Smoke

A few years ago I was browsing a magic shop and came across a nifty little portable smoke machine.  It was about the size of a pack of cigarettes and strapped to the inside of your forearm.  A rubber tube lead from the smoke emitter to the base of your palm.  With a flick of your wrist you could trigger the unit and produce a puff of smoke from your hand.  It was a cool effect, but at $125 it was something only a professional magician could justify buying. 

Now you can get the same basic technology for $10 thanks to the explosion in vaping and e-cigarettes.  High temperature coils and powerful lithium batteries are cheap and readily available, cranked out by the millions in Chinese factories.  Wayne's Workship has posted a detailed tutorial on turning a cheap vape pen into a full blown micro smoke machine for about $25.   Browse his other videos to see how he uses a similar unit to produce exhaust plumes and weapons effects in his amazing Iron Man costume.

Via Eric Hart's Prop Agenda.

Monday, April 17, 2017

The Purge

My apologies for the lack of updates over the weekend. 

The good news is I've found a quick and effective way to lose weight.

The bad news is that it involves food poisoning.  Heh.

To put it delicately, I woke up late Friday night with the classic symptoms of contaminated food and spent the next 48 hours suffering.  I was on the road last week and eating out for every meal, so there are plenty of potential suspects.  That said, despite some dehydration everything seems to be back to normal now.