Posted in Built, diorama, Papa, Reggie, Star Wars

Diorama : Mos-Eisley Cantina

One of my first memories of Star Wars must have been the Cantina scene. This wretched hive of scum and villainy is without a doubt the kind of establishment where I would be happy to have a drink, even if only once in my life! This diorama was not easy: just like its real life counterpart (or at least the idea we have of it), it is full of nooks and crannies, and understanding what piece to put first was a bit of a challenge. It is also the first time I put lights in a diorama (a simple battery-powered fairy light/Christmas light). But I am happy with the result! Enjoy!

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Posted in Built, Harry Potter, Papa, Reggie, Uncategorized

DIY : Harry Potter’s Magic Wand Rack

Hey guys! For our first video of the year 2018, we will please all the Potterheads like us by showing you how we did a magic wand rack!! Don’t hesitate to change the design, the number of hooks and anything you want to suit your needs!!! And it is so simple to make that the kiddos will be happy to help!

basically, all you will need is:

  • a wooden plaque/flat piece of wood (can be as elegant or as raw as you want)
  • a bunch of little hooks (2 per wand, make sure the wand can fit!)
  • a D-ring for the back
  • optional 1: wood stain and varnish
  • optional 2: decoration for the top

Hope you enjoy!

Posted in Built, doctor who, Papa

Happy Halloween! : Audrey II from Little Shop of Horrors!

Just in time for Halloween!!! For my favorite time of the year (which is also my birthday, go figure!) I have decided to re-create the strange and interesting looking plant every florist would like to put in their window! Audrey II, from The Little Shop of Horrors, may be a mean green Mother from outer-space, but it is sure to make for a good conversation piece, especially if you display it among your other plants! To make this sneaky carnivorous plant, you’ll need : a styrofoam egg, some epoxy putty, pva glue, acrylic paint, an empty tin can, some foam, a few fake flowers and moss! (Of course, the usual marker, cutter, scissors, glue gun…) Hope you enjoy!

 

Posted in Built, doctor who, Papa

DIY: 10th Doctor custom doll

We are trying to recreate the iconic look of the 10th Doctor.

I have seen videos from Myfroggystuff, who gives plenty of tips to personalize and customize barbie dolls, and more. Go and see them!

you will need :

  • fabric (I used some leftover I had from my cosplays)
  • a Ken Friend Fashionista doll. I chose this doll because 1/his glasses are very close to the ones the 10th Doctor wears. 2/his shoes are black Converse (just need to paint them) and 3/his hairstyle reminded me of the 10th Doctor in "The Idiot's Lantern" (one of my favorite episodes).
  • acrylic paints

Start by adding some details to the face : sideburns and eyebrows.

Paint the shoes in red and white.

For the clothes, you have to make a T pattern, by measuring your doll and tracing a big "T" on a folded piece of fabric. for the front opening, sew a piece of fabric that will cover the front and the collar. Sew along the opening and around the neck line (leave around 1mm between the 2 lines). Cut between the lines and the hole of the neck. Dont forget to cut some slids around the curve of the collar and in the corners to ease the fabric tension. Fold this piece of fabric inside the mini-garment (you can use something to push the corners out, I used a pair of scissors). Make sure everything is flat (you can iron it). Sew the Tshape around and cut the extra fabric (once again, cut in the corners for the tension). Turn it inside out. For the collar, make a small rectangle that you will sew on the inside of the neck, right on the seam (to make the seam invisible).

It is the same idea for the trench coat, except it is longer in in a A line.

Add as much details as you want to make it more realistic.

Decorate the necktie (a simple ribbon tied around the neck) with a pattern made from markers.

Finally, use a small rivet to make a sonic screwdriver than you will glue inside the hand of the doll.

And… Allons-y!!!

Posted in Built, Papa, Reviews, Star Wars

Review : Bandai Yoda 1:6 and 1:12

As usual, this model is a great project to do and you will be amazed at how simple and detailed the final result is.

I have only 2 littles issues with this kit:

  • first of all, the shoulders of the 1:6 Yoda are a bit weird. I know it is difficult to do this kind of articulated figures (we can only see how many action figures look funny when you try to lift their arms or fold their legs, but…
  • the 1:12 version is so great, I would have liked it to be 1:6 too!!!

The kit itself is very fast to make, and painting/weathering gives it a great realistic feeling.

The result is a nice display piece that is sure to amaze!

you can get the kit here : Amazon.com

Posted in Alex, Built, Mommy, Papa, Reggie

DIY : Hawaiian Frames for Party Photobooth

No party is complete nowadays without a good photobooth to remember your guests’ antics.

It was GeekMommy’s birthday a few weeks ago, and we celebrated in the Hawaiian style!

We decided to make some quick and easy frames to help set the ambiance…

shopping list:

 

Posted in Built, Cosplay, Star Wars

Costuming: Tie Fighter Pilot chest piece (foam armor)

May the 4th was the opportunity to upgrade a few of our costumes. Among others was Reggie’s Tie fighter pilot. So far, his chest piece was only made of soft fake leather, and it had none of the rigidity nor the shine of a real piece of Armour.

We have watched Evil Ted fantastic work with craft foam, and had the idea of doing a new chest piece with EVA foam. With simple tools (we don’t have a workshop and do most of our props in the dining room), but with dedication, we crafted this prop, and I dare say it is not too bad for a first foam armour.

You can find Evil Ted’s channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/evilted40

How we made the helmet here.

And finally, how we made our glue pot here (after a while, it became obvious that we couldn’t continue with a plastic plate: too much wastage!).