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!).

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DIY K-2SO “May the Fourth be with You Party” Shirt

An excellent idea!!!

May the Fourth be with You Party

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HAPPY MAY THE FOURTH EVERYONE!!

I need to start by apologizing for the lack of posts the past few months.  Things got busy, and time got away.  But we are still here!  I PROMISE!  To prove it, we are celebrating our favorite “holiday” by sharing another of our exclusive “May the Fourth be with You Party Character Patterns.”

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Posted in Built, Papa

DIY: glue pot

I’ve started to play a bit with making foam armor (a complete video about this soon), but my first experience was a bit messy!

The contact cement (THE glue of choice for craft foam) I bought was in tubes. So I poured a bit on a paper plate and started gluing. By the time I had finished one edge, the cement in the plate had completely dried up and was impossible to use. Even with all the care in the world, this called for a lot of waste.

I therefore decided to make my own glue pot!


Material:

  • A screw-Top jar (I used a small vitamin container, but I Guess this would work with  a mason jar, or any other container)
  • An old brush
  • A glue gun
  • Optional: a can of spray paint, Color of your choice!


Start by piercing the lid in the center.


Place the brush. Make sure the bristles almost reach the bottom, but that they don’t touch it.


With the glue gun, secure the brush in place, inside and outside.


You can paint the glue pot in any Color you want! I chose black so it would look like an accessories from an old workshop.


Your contact cement is now safe!

Posted in Alex, Built, doctor who, Papa, Reggie

DIY : TARDIS charging station

as a modern Whovian family, we have 5 phones to charge, often at the same time… to replace the unsightly power cord on the floor and its topping of mismatched chargers and cables (it honestly looked like somebody threw a plate of electronic spaghetti under the table), we have decided to build a TARDIS charging station!


with a few wooden accessories from a local dollar store and a USB multi-charger, a bit of blue paint, and Allons-y!

Posted in Alex, Built, Cosplay, Papa, Star Wars

Costuming : Jedi Robes

Jedi robes! How exciting!!

And you can use them for other characters too!!! An old wizard, the high priest of an obscure sect or even a grim reaper!

And you can complete your jedi look with the outer tunic tutorial, found here.

As mentioned in the video, you can find the complete tutorial from Sithrog at this address:
http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=36267

For the rest, sorry if we didn’t post anything in a long time… but we have been busy lately!

We now have a Youtube Channel :
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC25d-SQ1UARAm2G5yuPsldg
And our Etsy shop here:
https://www.etsy.com/sg-en/shop/MyGeekFamily?ref=s2-header-shopname

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Faux taxidermy: Rhino and Dear

Let’s touch the dangerous topic of “faux” taxidermy… who would want the head of an animal (real or fake) in their living room?  Without the shadow of a doubt, this project gave Geek Mommy the creeps, but… well, it is interesting to put together, not very complicated (the kids will be happy to help), and it calls for a lot of different skills,… so there!

The first thing you want to do, is a research for “faux taxidermy pattern” on Google (or whatever search engine you prefer), look for images, or PDF. You should be able to find an array of animals (both existing and mythological) like: rhino, dear, bear, unicorn, moose, dragon, etc…

The structure of these patterns is usually broken down by layers, that you will pile up to form the whole head. Print your pattern on paper, at basically any size you want, but I would advise to be careful about the thickness of the construction material you want to use later on: the different “layers” are placed at regular intervals on the whole shape. If the thickness of your material is wider than these intervals, you risk to have an elongated model (like my rhino, I suspect), if it is thinner, you risk a smashed face (imagine the love child of whatever animal you want to make and a bulldog). Be careful, maybe double a thinner material, or try to experiment with a different thickness…

Anyway, when your pattern is done on paper, you need to report all pieces on your building material, and cut all the pieces.


Marking all your pieces with numbers can be a good idea (especially if there is a bunch of them). You don’t want the neck to be in the middle of the snout due to a wrong order in your pieces…

When everything is sorted, you can start glueing everything together.


For this one, I used corrugated plastic, which is Super light, but still maintains a good shape whatever happens. All pieces are glued with a bit of hot glue, in between the layers.

If you see that some details are not exactly what you want, now is a good time to “sculpt” these with a pen-knife. Some layers might have been cut a bit rough, or they don’t align very well with the rest: fix them now or keep your peace forever, because we are about to go to the next step! Paper-mâché !!!


For this step, take thin strips of an old newspaper, soak them in PBA glue and layer them on the structure. The idea is to cover everything, with at least 3 to 4 layers, while following the shape as close as possible. This is also a good time to add some details: the wrinkles in the skin of the rhino, for example, were achieved by symply crumpling the paper.


Let it dry well before painting. We chose a realistic finish here, but you can obviously let your imagination run wild: a purple Rhino, a unicorn with glitters or a storm trooper bear (note to self: have to try this one!) are also fun to do!


We did a Rhino and a Dear, with basically the same technique. 


And you can now hang these trophies on your wall, with the satisfaction that no animal was harmed in the process, but with a weird question at the back of your head: “do I really want to look at this while I am on the sofa?”…