Discussion in 'Mixed Medium' started by dubious, Jun 13, 2014.

  1. dubious

    dubious New Member

    My son wanted a "Gilgamesh Wulfenbach shmott guy!' hat from the Girl Genius webcomic for crazy hat day at school, how could I refuse.

    materials used:
    • baseball cap
    • poster board
    • foam board
    • paper mache
    • polyester batting
    • fabric
    • felt
    • spray paint
    • titebond wood glue
    • more mini glue sticks than you would think possible
    • wires, a switch,LEDs,a small DC motor, and an 18650 cell from an old laptop battery

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    The base

    the spiky things on the side before painting. they are paper mache formed in parts over aluminum foil molds

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    the mid section before covering it with polyester batting and fabric, this is all foam board

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    the top section built on a foamboard cone, you can see the score marks on the back side that helped it be formed into shape

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    and the finished hat

    I thought I had some pictures of the blower assembly for the "flame" but I can't seem to find them
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  2. Rusty Machete

    Rusty Machete New Member

    Girl Genius is an oustanding comic. That hat is totally awesome! You must post another with the flames running!
  3. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    Excellent new addition to the Mixed Medium section! Great work! I'm sure the hat was THE hit of the day! :)
  4. dubious

    dubious New Member

    Thanks for the compliments!

    Here is a short clip of the flame running

    the blower assembly is all papercraft (except for the motor and LEDs;))
    the body is rolled poster board with foamboard rings. The the fan is all 110lb cardstock. The blades were 2 laminations of cardstock taped to the side of a cylinder to dry (to give them some curve)
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  5. Revell-Fan

    Revell-Fan Co-Administrator Administrator

    This is HOT ... erh, COOL!!! ;)
  6. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    That is really cool, excellent, all of the above! The best part is, you can wear it and use it! :)
  7. dubious

    dubious New Member

    So I built a "lightning stick" and sewed a vest to complete the ensemble
    here is the lightning stick, the body is paper mache around a craftpaper core, the finial and the collet at the top are fimo and some epoxy putty, the "crystal" is a 1/2 liter fizzy water bottle that the shape was modified with a gas burner and the oven. inside the body is hidden a flashlight to illuminate the "crystal". I should have wired up some high intensity leds, but the flashlight was easy
    and a few pics of the whole thing (taken at Arisia www.arisia.org)

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  8. zathros

    zathros -----SENIOR---- Administrator

    That is awesome!! Not enough words to describe the sentiment of the request, you building it, and him wearing it. That is wonderful! :)

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