Saturday, June 15, 2019

June 2019 UFO Sightings in the Workshop

As usual, I'm running behind on bloggage.  As usual, I've been overwhelmed with works in progress and failing to take the time to properly document builds when they're done.  So to hopefully keep your interest while I get around to actually writing something interesting, here's a shotgun blast of photos of UnFinished Objects scattered around the workshop lately.

A while back I acquired a vinyl cutter (finally) and after dragging the box around the shop for a few months, we finally decided to assemble it.  The main problem is that it was just a bit too big to keep it from being in the way wherever it went.  To solve this, we cleared out space under one of the benches:
Bench Clearing
Nobody thought to actually check the assembled dimensions of the new machine though.

In the end, I went ahead and removed the last four feet of work bench, cut it down on the table saw to make it narrower, and reinstalled it a bit higher so the vinyl cutter could fit underneath.  The newly narrow section of the bench makes an ideal shelf for three of the 3D printers and their high-tech, custom-fitted dust covers (which look strikingly similar to cardboard boxes):
13 June Progress 0007

Now I can make all the stickers I could ever need.

Since a bunch of stuff had been wedged under that forgotten corner of the bench over the past few years, it means that much of the shop has become unusually cluttered for a moment.  In the midst of all that are scenes like this:
13 June Progress 0008

And an array of nearly-finished things;
13 June Progress 0005

One highlight is my Sidon Ithano helmet:
13 June Progress 0004

This guy was a minor character who appears briefly in a scene in Star Wars Episode 7.  It's a silly project for me to take on, but for some reason I really want to make the rest of his costume.  The helmet and coveralls combo just isn't cutting it:
Sidon Helmet Fitting 2

On the subject of frivolous builds, the other day I got this helmet kit from a fellow maker:
Grrrrr....

Here it is all painted and weathered and awaiting eye lenses:
13 June Progress 0003

I've also set up a spray booth again, so I've been finalizing the prep work on everything that's been sitting around waiting to get shiny:
Blasters Assembled and Filled

That'll include this lady:
Rigging Test 1

In other news, I'm about ready to mold this beauty:
Morita Gloss Coat

And I've been printing out the pieces of the Widowmaker's rifle from Overwatch:
Widowmaker Rifle Parts Printed

Fully-extended it becomes somewhat huge:
Rifle Test Fit 1
If you need to print your own for some reason, you can download it here: LINK.

Somewhere on the backburner there's still this beast:
Minigun In Need of Barrels
I just need to make the ammo belt carrier and come up with a lightweight, speedy plan to mkae the barrels.

Then there's the ever-present Warhammer 40k thing in progress:
Auspex Parts Printed

I've also got a few other silly things we're tinkering with.  This will make more sense soon:
Wonder Womandalorian Parts in Progress

So will this:
Batmando Belt

In the meantime, we're grinding through the prep work on a whole platoon of Combat Garden Gnomes in progress:
Gnome Prep

Which you can currently order at thorssoli.etsy.com.


So that's a whole bunch of work in progress.  Stay tuned for the eventual blog article about finished things...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Bay Area Maker Faire, Coming Up Fast

So it looks like I'll once again be putting on a massive display of props and costumes at the Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo from May 17th to 19th.

If you weren't there last year, or you somehow didn't manage to see my display, here's just some of what you missed:
Booth Crew

Two Big New Things

ED Wide Angle

That was last year.

This year we'll be bringing back many of the old standbys as well as a few new things.  Here's a quick teaser of one of the current works in progress:
Test fitting

More details to follow on this particular quick and dirty project.

On top of that, on Sunday I'll be one of the judges for the The Second Annual Maker Faire Prop Contest.  You can read more about the contest here: LINK

Need some ideas to help you get ready, the best thing you can possibly have on your workbench is a copy of my how-to book, Make: Props and Costume Armor.  Get yours here: LINK.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Building Captain Phasma Part 3: Rigging

If you're just now tuning in, you may not know that ever since her first appearance in a trailer for Star Wars, Episode VII, I've been slowly tinkering with a Captain Phasma costume.  You can read about the first two parts of the build here:

Part 1: the Helmet
Part 2: the Armor

That pretty much covers the making of all of the hard parts.  But now it's time to make all of the pieces that hold it all together and make it wearable like so:


For more information on how it all goes together, read on...


Monday, February 18, 2019

Building Captain Phasma Part 2: the Armor

So a couple or three years ago I made a replica of Captain Phasma's helmet.  Here's how it came out:
Finished Phasma Helm Front Right

Finished Phasma Helm Closeup

Now I'm almost done with the rest of the armor.  At this point I've completed everything but the painting and rigging.  It looks like so:
Phasma Rigging progress

To see how it was made, read on...

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Desktop Statuette for Fundemonium

A while back I made a series of lighted signs to point out the various departments inside a local toy and hobby store called Fundemonium.  It seems as though things have been going well for them and now they're relocating the entire store to a larger facility a little further up the road.

Along the way, the owners asked me to build a smallish statue of their mascot character, the Funbot, that could be given out to folks who stood out while helping with the move.  The end result: I made them five of these little guys:
Finished Funbot 001

Here's one outside the store itself:
Finished Funbot 003


To see how they were made, read on...