December 6

A Droid in a Droid

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This paper mache BB-8 was actually made to function as an almost life size gift box, by karmaforme, who recently posted it to Imgur, to showcase the wrapping job he did for his brother-in-law. He took a regular square U-Haul box, added side pieces to make it round, filled in the spaces with wadded up newspaper and tape, and covered it in paper mache. BB8’s head was a separate piece, complete with chop stick antennae. He left the bottom of the box with its original flat side, so his friend could access the gift inside: a smaller BB-8.

His brother-in-law teaches robotics, so his students will no doubt enjoy this as a decoration in his classroom.

September 5

Homemade Batman Bedframe

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DroppedDaSoap posted a series of photos over at Imgur of the bedframe his stepdad just made.

His stepdad is a handyman, and he designs props and costumes. DroppedDaSoap posted those photos because not only do they show a small amount of his total skill and work, but in the hopes people might be interested as he does take orders and can deliver or ship. If you’re an Imgur user, you can PM DroppedDaSoap there.

August 29

Sweetums from “The Muppets” as a Messenger Bag

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NH822, a poster from Michigan, posted this messenger bag she made of Sweetums from “The Muppets,” in a Jim Henson-themed swap in 2012.

The eyes are Teesha Moore style patches and the strap is a result of weaving some fuzzy yarn. The eyebrow was crocheted and then sewn on, the teeth are felt cones and the nose and lip are stuffed fleece.

Sweetums is a very large, imposing and hairy Muppet ogre about nine feet tall. Despite appearing menacing, he is often depicted as friendly and harmless.

August 23

Using a 3D Printer for Cosplay Props

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At each MakerFaire I’ve attended, 3D printers always have a large presence. So I was intrigued when I saw Jade Falcon’s post about using a 3D printer to create cosplay props. The photo above features her prop of San’s dagger from Princess Mononoke.

In her post, she talks about finding free 3D printing source files on Thingiverse. I also recently took advantage of their file archive to create a Father’s Day gift for my husband.

It was a cool group effort. My son came up with the idea of 3D printing a small dagger for him, but couldn’t find a cheap way to handle it in New York. Our local library in Kansas City offers free 3D printing, so I found a Thingiverse file for Bilbo’s Sting blade. My brother coordinated with the library to print the dagger via email and I went and picked it up. Bonus: the library offered to print two blade options – one black and one GLOW-IN-THE-DARK. Very cool.

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Have you done any 3D printing, for cosplay or otherwise? Share your experience in the comments!

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August 2

Soda Can DeLorean

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Dave Hax made a DeLorean out of Pepsi cans. Pepsi sponsored the “Back To The Future” films and the cans are made from steel, perfect for a Delorean!

In reality, the DeLorean DMC-12 (commonly referred to simply as the DeLorean as it was the only model ever produced by the company) was an American sports car manufactured by John DeLorean’s DeLorean Motor Company for the American market from 1981–83. The car featured gull-wing doors and an innovative fiberglass chassis and underbody structure, along with that iconic brushed stainless steel body. Daves’s car also features the thrusters and Mr. Fusion, but unfortunately no flux capacitor!

If you’re interested in making your own car, templates to make the Delorean are featured in the video, linked above.