SWNZ Forums

Ideas, tutorials, questions relating to armour, costumes and replica props from the Star Wars universe
 #24429  by oota goota
 Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:33 pm
amazing work blax! Hey is that a wood working lathe you're using? Looks like it turns up ali nicely. well done make very tasty
 #24430  by Blaxmyth
 Tue Nov 07, 2017 11:03 pm
Thanks Oot!

Yep, wood lathe, although a very heavy duty one. Just using some old wood chisels plus a few custom gouges. Aluminium turns nicely so long as you don't force the cut. Plus making stuff by hand is so much fun and super cheap.
 #24433  by badges2nz
 Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:38 pm
Wow, very nice work there blaxmyth, i like your finishing techniques :)
 #24450  by Blaxmyth
 Wed Nov 15, 2017 12:45 am
Today was very satisfying.

I cast a large piece for the snout, using extra metal so that its weight would cause it to fill the mould cavity properly. Then a rough sanding on the linisher, cutting the teeth with the bandsaw and polishing on the buffing wheel. Next step is to cut the snout to length and tap a couple of holes for mounting to the mask.

I was reluctant to use the bandsaw, but the blade is very blunt and needs replacing anyway. It worked well enough that I might be able to cut the slots in the eye stalks with it.
IMG_0822.JPG (2.67 MiB) Viewed 6809 times
IMG_0823.JPG (2.57 MiB) Viewed 6809 times
 #24454  by Blaxmyth
 Thu Nov 16, 2017 5:54 am
Thanks for those kind words, Matt. The photography is just the iPad and the kitchen bench!

Well, the bandsaw proved to be a real cracker today. I made a jig to hold the eye stalks and was able to cut the slots and file them clean with no trouble at all. Really pleased with the results.

Next step is to fibreglass the mask and screw the metal parts onto it before covering it with the strips of cloth, etc.
IMG_0825.JPG (3.2 MiB) Viewed 6794 times
 #24469  by badges2nz
 Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:35 am
Wow, that is coming along very nicely, might have to put an order in for one
 #24470  by Blaxmyth
 Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:01 am
Cheers, badges, thanks for that.

Test fitting of the spikes, etc. The eyes are just held in place with zip ties, but will probably wire them in place when I've flattened the face plate to prevent that cross-eyed appearance.

Next step is to beg some leather from Evan so I can wrap the mouth part, and then some thicker leather for wrapping the snout.
IMG_0826.JPG (736.3 KiB) Viewed 6766 times
IMG_0827.JPG (724.58 KiB) Viewed 6766 times
IMG_0828.JPG (544.71 KiB) Viewed 6766 times
 #24525  by Blaxmyth
 Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:12 am
Update on recent work.

I had some leather in a drawer, sourced from an op shop, probably. It was very thin, possibly goat skin. I glued a few darts in to bunch it up to get the proper bunching up in the mouth.
IMG_0845.JPG (2.71 MiB) Viewed 6697 times
Glued the leather around the outside of the snout, leaving enough to tuck inside.
IMG_0847.JPG (2.14 MiB) Viewed 6697 times
Not sure what's going on - keep getting asked to log in. Must be Friday gremlins. More to come.
IMG_0849.jpg (1.35 MiB) Viewed 6697 times
 #24526  by Blaxmyth
 Fri Dec 15, 2017 5:19 am
The string was added to allow me to pull the leather into the mouth opening and adjust the various wrinkles and bulges.
IMG_0849.jpg (1.35 MiB) Viewed 6695 times
Pulling the strings tight prior to clamping them while the glue sets.
IMG_0850.jpg (1.12 MiB) Viewed 6695 times
Teeth (?) attached with a cable tie through a hole drilled diagonally. Some more goat skin added around the eyes and tusks.
IMG_0854.jpg (643 KiB) Viewed 6695 times