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Daft Punk: FINAL!

21 Jul 2010 / in Blog

Its been a long road. Seventeen months, countless hours, multiple dead ends, hundreds of lessons learned, and one helmet made. In the past two installments I’ve discussed sculpting, resin casting, chroming and vacuum forming. This is where the magic happens though… Illumination. Build Archive: Part 1 – Part 2 – Helmet Q&A If you want […]

Budget Build Mini Vacuum-Former

13 Jun 2010 / in Blog

I have long wanted a vacuum-forming machine of my own, and after scouring tons of resources online, I finally decided to try my hand at it. My former is a little bit different from others I’ve run across. My wife and I recently received a new toaster oven for our wedding (Thanks Cindy, Susan and […]

Light Staff (Final Fantasy XI)

09 May 2010 / in Blog

I was commissioned to make the Light Staff (Apollo’s Staff to those who only want the +1!) from Final Fantasy XI. FFXI came out in 2004, and the graphics aren’t exactly up to par with more modern games. As such, some artistic liberties had to be taken with the design of the ornamentation. I traced […]

TF2: Force-a-Nature

02 Apr 2010 / in Blog

Any outdoorsman will tell you the most frustrating part of hunting is when a deer simply falls down when shot, and doesn’t fly backward into the forest. Those days are over. Anything this baby hits better pack a lunch, ’cause it is going for a ride! This is a very cool and ridiculously proportioned weapon. […]

AER9: Once more, with feeling

04 Mar 2010 / in Blog

If you’re familiar with my last AER9, you’ll recall that the project was completed in only 4 days. I recently had a chance to take another whack at it with a much more lenient deadline, and I’m very, very happy with the results. The basic steps at the beginning were the same as my last […]

Aquarium Photoshoot!

23 Nov 2009 / in Blog

We did it! After two months of back-and-forth with the PR reps at the Georgia Aquarium, we were allowed to bring Big Daddy in for a photoshoot! This was a colossal effort, and just like the original display of the piece, several hands went into making it happen. Much thanks to my friend Kim and […]

Daft Punk helmet, part 2

10 Oct 2009 / in Blog

EDIT: For information regarding replicas of this prop, please see THIS POST In the last post I had about this build, I ended with the finished master, ready for molding: Silicone, silicone, silicone. Layered in stages, with registration keys and marks for the mother mold. The mother mold was made with Plasti-paste. In retrospect, this […]

Fallout 3 AER9 Laser Rifle

15 Sep 2009 / in Blog

EDIT: I’m currently working on a bit of a redesign here. Apologies of the site looks like crap for a little while. A commission came to me very, very last minute for a good friend of mine. He was planning on doing a Vault Dweller costume from Fallout 3, and needed a weapon in a […]

Big Daddy (Bioshock)

08 Sep 2009 / in Blog

I finally lost my mind enough to try to tackle one of these big guys. For those unfamiliar, Big Daddys are the protectors of the Little Sisters in Rapture, an underwater city devoid of morality which has degenerated into chaos and insanity. They are huge, fast, strong, and as it turns out, a solid pain […]

Daft Punk helmet, part 1

07 Aug 2009 / in Blog

EDIT: For information regarding replicas of this prop, please see THIS POST Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo is one-half of the french techno group Daft Punk. I was commissioned to make a replica of his iconic gold helmet: Based off a lot of research images I put together a rendering of the helmet in portrait and profile […]