Archive for Costumes and Props

Some stuff I made Part 1: Zydrate Gun

Part of a series of things I made and just sort of sat on the pictures and didn’t tell anyone.

So a friend needed a prop for a costume from the gloriously weird and unique Repo The Genetic Opera for a burlesque performance. With near zero budget and no time I made her one. It was the Zydrate gun used to administer the corpse-bug derived drug central to the story and much needed to sell the costume.

It didn’t have to look like the original prop, just remind people of it so into the bit box!

I found a glue gun that didn’t properly heat, and that’s like 3/4 of the way there out of the gate!

I gutted it and tossed all the electricals into recycling.

The hot-head was needed to form the tip so I just drilled it out to accept a nail which I ground the tip of a bit to make it a bit more syringe and a bit less nail.

Then drove it through to form the slightly less than safe front of the prop.

I wanted the trigger to work, but didn’t need all the glue driving mechanism so I just chopped everything away that wasn’t needed to keep the trigger springy.

Then I cut away everything from the body that wasn’t needed.

The tip fit back in perfectly so I put it and the trigger back in and closed up the gun.

Nearly there… but it’s missing the actual Zydrate!

A tube from some dollar store bubbles and some 5 minute epoxy fixed that problem.

After the epoxy cured I hit it with some silver acrylic and called it done!

An hour or two of work and she had a zydrate gun that would be immediately recognizable as such (assuming you were likely to recognize such a thing) from stage. I was going to paint it black then metal it up…but it looked nice and medical as is so she and I agreed it was ready to go.

Well it was bound to happen sooner or later…

This morning I woke up to this…

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I had been told some snow would be likely, but so many people were saying it would be light and not settle that this was a bit of a surprise but it has been such a warm and lovely winter so I really can’t complain.

I hopped on my scooter to go to work and discovered that the snow hid a layer of hard ice from last nights rain. Rather than die mangled and bent in a ditch I opted to call in. I spent all day cleaning and fiddling with my solar panels (which were not really getting a lot of power covered in ice and snow).

Once the sun had made the roads less lethal, I headed off to the hacker space where I plan to hang out so I don’t have to try to drive through this muck at 5AM, which is what I would have to do to make it to work by 7 carefully creeping through the dark at 10mph…

So far I have worked on my Sekrit Projekt and made these.

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I had a pair of broken goggles and some perforated metal from inside an old Mac monitor and they seemed to call out for one another.

For the record… Riding Rocinante through freezing snow DOES take a little of the joy out of the ride… But it did not kill me!

Making No-Face.

GenCon is happening this weekend.

I will talk another time about what I like and dislike about GenCon, but for now it suffices to say that I am not going this year (and that’s fine).

Some of my work is going though!

My sweetie is working the D20 Burlesque show doing kittening/stage management/general awesomeness and decided on doing No-Face from Spirited Away for her costume.

As all costume events seem to go this meant we were scrambling at midnight to finish the mask and solve other problems. I made the mask for her out of “fun foam” which did not quite behave as I expected it to. The whole project was, in fact, a wonderful illustration in the difference between Knowing and Doing. It was frustrating and stressful but I learned a lot and am rather happy with he way it came out given the timing and the fact that most of the techniques were being learned/invented as I went.

One of these days I will start taking better step by step shots of projects… But here is the finished mask.


Shot with an ipad under nasty kitchen fluorescent lighting, but you get the idea.