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#16 LifeisaGarden

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:14 AM

what about some thin, pliable sheet metal? i know you can get that stuff at home depot or lowe's, but not sure how easy it is to cut. if it's going to be covered in fabric you could easily pad any sharp corners and edges.


That may work. I worry about it being too flexible, I don't want the thing I made to break in half.

I would love to have a 1/4" piece of rigid plastic like what those Little Tykes outdoor toys are made of.



This past weekend we made swords and throwing knives out of wooden yardsticks and paint stirrers. That was fun! I cant wait to paint them. I'll post pics of that when we're done.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 09:17 AM

Is it flexible at all? If so, you could try to rig it between two objects on a curve and run a hot steam vaporizer/humidifier under it, the kind you would use if you were sick.


I wonder if I could get the same result from tying it around a tree and leaving it for a day or so.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:00 AM

Okay, forget the sheet metal idea. Go get some cheap acrylic sheets from Home Depot and use a heat source to bend them. You'd get the perfect curve you want, it'd be sturdy, and you wouldn't have to worry about it bending back.

http://www.homedepot..._REP_PRC_MODE|0

Instructions on how to bend acrylic (or plexiglass) using a heat source:
http://miniatures.ab...-Plexiglass.htm

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:17 AM

Okay, forget the sheet metal idea. Go get some cheap acrylic sheets from Home Depot and use a heat source to bend them. You'd get the perfect curve you want, it'd be sturdy, and you wouldn't have to worry about it bending back.

http://www.homedepot..._REP_PRC_MODE|0

Instructions on how to bend acrylic (or plexiglass) using a heat source:
http://miniatures.ab...-Plexiglass.htm


I could do that. I may even have a piece of it out in the garage.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:19 AM

back the whole thing in plexi... and you can put a strengthener strip in the gap... it's clear, nobody will see it and it'll keep it from flexing. even if it does crack it'll still stay together and it'll look fine.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 11:10 AM

Can I put in my order for a Musketeer costume now, or is there a back log?

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:10 PM

Too easy.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:37 PM

If its only 1/4in plywood, you can probably soak it in water fora few hours then let it dry with the bend in it. They do have a "flexible" kind of plywood, its basically just has many small cuts up & down that allow it to bend around what you need.... Looks great LiaG...

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 01:48 PM

I am damn impressed with this LIAG....very nice.

I am bummed that I will be out of town on Halloween. Always love taking the kids out....youngest is 8 and he is at the age where he really loves it.

But, gotta to to Scotland on business all week.....at least it is on the Corp Jet, so I don't have to hassle with security and boarding at the airport.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 04:07 PM

you know what else you could do? Spray the whole back with "Great stuff" foam and then cut it down to make it flat... that should stiffen it up nicely, conform to your shape, and you can use it (along with a little glue to hold the buckles in place.)

I didn't mention before, it looks freaking great, my mom could never make stuff like that for me.

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Posted 19 October 2012 - 10:06 PM

Eight seconds left in overtime, she's on your mind, she's on your mind.

#27 Ivan The Awesome

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 12:20 AM

Man, I wish my mom made me cool things like this when I was a kid for Halloween. Good job girl. It looks good.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 08:28 AM

try to buy at these sites if you cant make it on your own

VolanteDesign
http://www.volantede....us/?page_id=11

http://www.azcostume.com/0051
http://gamerfront.ne...-you-need/23768

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 05:03 PM

This is what I have done so far. We put this together today. Tomorrow I'll add some details.

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:27 AM

This is her sword, I'm still working on it. Needs detailing, sanding, possibly primed again, and painted silver. We made this out of a wooden lowes yardstick and cold porcelain clay. I told her if she broke it I was going to beat her with what was left of it, she just rolled her eyes at me and smirked. :D
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