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19 July 2016

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29 February 2016

How To Make A MULTIPASS From Fifth Element.

I was browsing one of my favorite places for inspiration and research for props www.propstore.com.
they were selling a multipass and they had posted some really good close up photos of the multi-pass used in the film Fifth Element. 
So i decided i wanted to use those photos to make some Multipasses for my self and my wife. 

I screen grabbed the photos from the www.propstore.com

Using these pictures makes it very easy to replicate the prop myself.

Drawing up the plans. 

Using the photos from the prop store and Adobe illustrator i traced around them to make some plans for a laser cutter.

To get the scale and size correct i used some screen grabs from the movie.

Cutting Parts and Assembling

Using the plans i made i cut out all the parts on the laser cutter.

The white backed parts are 1mm thick perspex and the green backed is 2mm thick . 

Assembling the Multipass. 

I glued all the front parts together and left the rear half of the frame as i need to insert some of the fine detail in-between the front and back later on and don't fancy masking it off when it comes to painting.

Little details discovered.

When i was looking through the Prop store photos i saw a code on one of the parts, so i searched on my favorite internet search engine and discovered its a little diode readout think so i ordered some and that also helped with the scaling of the whole multipass.

Under coating all the parts. 

Keeping all the parts face up i gave them a coat of undercoat paint. 

Once the face up coat had dried i turned all the parts over and undercoated the rear side.

Art work.

While the paint was drying  i worked on the artwork for the multipass

Using photoshop and the screen grabs from the propstore i made the front and back for the cards. the fronts will all be different due to the difference in the people on the cards.  
I made one for leeloo from the movie and one for me and one for my wife.

i printed them on thick paper and cut them to fit the multipass frame, both front and back. 

Adding the details. 

i got some translucent acrylic rods for the fine details and cut them to size.

i cut the red rod to the same length as the hole for the diode and i cut the green/yellow rod to the length of the gap between the button on the chain hole. These parts will need further work before being attached to the final prop.

Final paint and final details.

I gave all the parts a coat of dark metallic paint. 

The green/yellow rod had to have a notch taken off the end to trim it down to the thickness of the middle layer of plastic (2mm) so the rear face frame can fit correctly. 

 The small red rod had one side of it sanded to a flat surface so it would be easier to glue it to the main prop.
The diode is just inserted into the hole cut for it.

To make the Yellow button i got some 25.4mm domes and sanded them down to fit inside the hole in the multipass.

I made many more than i needed as i scratched some and its always good to have some redundancy when making things.

Once i had filed the domes down i printed some yellow off and cut it into circles and glued them to the rear of the filed domes.
These will then be put in the hole for the yellow button (or whatever it is in the film) 

I glued the yellow button in so it would not move as i am using the back panel as the activation for the lights.

All three of the mulitpasses without the diode or the art work.

I used spray adhesive to mount the artwork. 
Front                                                            Back.

here are the passes with all the parts in place.

Connecting the diode.

I bent all the wires on the diodes towards the yellow button, this allows for the back to fit and the battery to be connected.

There was very limited space in the back for the battery and a switch so i just bent the wires that i soldiered onto the top LED of the diode (that was more than enough to light it up) the bottome wire was bent so it would always be in contact with the battery, the second wire was bend and taped so it doesnt actually make contact with the coin battery.
This is so when the rear of the battery compartment is only glued along one edge it acts as the switch for the battery to light up the diode. 

This is only the top LED of the diode lit up so it is more than enough to light the whole thing up. :)

once you have done all of the above you will have a cool looking MULTIPASS.

The final touch will be adding a Ball Bearing Chain through the chain Hole, then you will have an awesome looking prop from the movie :)

Thank you for looking and if you have any questions please ask and i will do my best to answer them. 

3 November 2015

Harley Quinn's Hammer

 This halloween my wife wanted to dress as Harley Quinn. She worked out the costume side and i said that i would make the hammer for her. 

This post will go into how i made the hammer out of what we had around the house. 

 The hammer we wanted to make was the wooden style. There are many types found all over the internet and this was they style my wife wanted so i set about making it for her. 

Starting the hammer with the head of the hammer. 

 I had a section of large cardboard tube. this tube is 159mm diameter. we had a tube that was over 300mm across but we decided we didn't want it to be too huge. 
I cut the tube in two and one side was around 300mm and the other section was 400mm. I chose the 400mm part as it looked a better length in scale to the diameter of the tube.  

Using Some 10mm EVA foam i cut two circles the size of the ends of the tubes. These will be the ends of the hammer. 
I didn't glue these parts in just yet as i would still need access to the inside of the tube. 

Cutting the hole for the handle.

I measured 200mm to find the middle of the large tube. at this point i marked out a circle slightly smaller than the diameter of the Broom handle that i am using as a handle, it is smaller so it is a tight fit. 
I divided the circumference of the tube in two and then measured that around the center line and then i drew another circle for the handle. 
To cut the holes for the handle i drew 4 lines through the circle and cut these spokes and then carefully cut around the circle and pushed the slices into the tube.

Attaching the handle to the head.
 Using a smaller diameter tube, i cut the smaller tube to the diameter of the larger tube. This tube will go into the large one where the handle goes through the large tube.

I cut some 5mm dowel to slightly longer than diameter of the small tube. 
Marked four spots along the side of the tube and drilled a 6mm hole through the tube and the broom handle the wooden dowel will go through the tube and the handle to secure it inside the main tube. 

   I test fitted the handle into the small tube and when everything lined up it was time to put it in the main tube.

I put the small tube in the large one over the holes, then inserted the handle into the main tube and lined up the four holes and pushed the pegs through all the holes. Adding a little glue to the pegs before to get glue through the holes to secure the pegs to the tube. 

This Setup stopped the tube moving up or down the handle and also stops it from tipping forward or backwards. It doesn't stop the head spinning on the handle, to stop this i poured glue into the gap at the bottom of the small tube and let it set. when it had set it secured all the hammer insides in place and stopped all movement of the hammer head. 

When i had done this i glued the thick EVA foam ends into the tubes.  

Adding the detail to the hammer head.

Using some thin EVA (yoga mat) 
i cut some 30mm strips i cut some space out between each strip as sometimes when cutting EVA this thin and long it can creep and move as you cut so to make sure i cut a 5mm spacer between each strip.

I glued these 30mm strips around each end, around 40mm from the edge. 
This strip will be painted to look like its a metal band around the wooden hammer. 

Using the same thin EVA foam i cut 4 Hexagons, i glued two of them together to make it thicker, (i didnt use the 10mm EVA as it is textured on one side and this wouldn't have made for a good surface to glue to the curve tube) when the glue had dried i cut a hole in the middle to go over the handle and the hole to make it look like it had been bolted on.

To make the band around the hammer look like a metal band that has been hammered and nailed on to the wooden hammer i cut some card discs out of 1.2 mm card stock and glued two together and glued them around the band at intervals of somewhere between 35mm and 40mm, this was to make it look like they had been nailed into the hammer slightly randomly by Harley Quinn.

To make the Harley Quinn logo i did a similar thing to the discs, i cut out 8 diamonds and glued two together and then glued them onto one of the hammer ends. 

Painting the hammer head. 

 Before painting the hammer head i gave the whole thing a few coats of a PVA and water mix to seal all the foam sections and give the card a nice sealed surface to paint on it. 
When the glue had dried i painted the whole thing with a couple of coats of a white primer. 
To make the hammer look more like wood i started the paint technique at the base coat level.( the earlier you start the paint technique the better) 
I Painted the sides of the sides of the hammer front to back along the length of the hammer head and the two ends were painted in a circular pattern to mimic the grain of a log. 
I painted the whole thing white to give it a good blank canvas to start with.

 At this point i remembered that i hadn't decorated the other end of the hammer.

 So i marked out the words 'your face here' on the blank end of the hammer and carved it out with a sharp scalpel. 
I then had to paint layers of PVA and then a layer of paint over the carved words, as i had exposed the foam again.

I painted the hammer head in a mid brown. again in the direction of the grain. I painted it quite thick to leave the brush stroke indentations in the paint. 

I lightened half the paint and darkened the other half of the mid brown. 
I painted the ends of the hammer head with the light brown ( i didn't paint it too well i left some of the mid brown showing through to give depth to the paint work) 
I painted the dark brown on the sides of the hammer (again leaving a little of the dark showing through) 
Again all of this in the directions of the grains.
After all the brown paints had dried i painted the bands a dark grey. 

Details on the hammer.
I thinned down some black acrylic paint and painted it into the valleys of the words i carved out of one end. 
I then painted the diamonds a bright red to make it stand out.

Weathering the hammer head. 

I made wash out of the dark brown paint, i made it darker and watered it down to be just a little thicker than water.
This was then painted onto the hammer and then rubbed/wiped off to leave just the dark wash in the grain marks from the paint.
I also used some silver paint and dry brushed it onto the edges of the parts painted dark grey to make them look like metal.

After the weathering i gave the whole hammer a coat of clear coat spray to seal it all in and give the paint a layer of protection.

Now you can go out and clobber the batman.