Star Wars: Rebels – Ezra Bridger Gauntlet and Slingshot – Phase One

Several months ago, a customer asked if I could make Ezra’s slingshot. I immediately jumped at the chance to add to my Star Wars: Rebels collection of goodies. (In case you’ve not heard me say it before, Rebels is my favorite Star Wars. See Kanan posts).

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I’m Mary Poppins, Y’all!

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and seeing this cool design for a promotional pin, I decided I needed to make both it and Yondu’s Ravager badge in real life.

I popped open Fusion 360 and modeled out the badges (including spending a good chunk of time searching for the perfect font). The 3D models can be purchased in my shop to print your own!

I did my initial test prints on my Dremel Idea Builder using Matterhackers PRO PLA. 3D Kits of each badge can be purchased from my shop that are just like these. But I didn’t want to stop there, I also wanted smooth, metallic versions.

 

And here is the mold box and master for the Ravager Badge as well as the finished mold.  I used Mold Star 16 FAST for the silicone molds. The mold box itself is just cut up foam core.

The finished products are made of Smooth Cast 325 resin, mixed with a tiny drop of black SO-Strong tint and brass Powder. The process is very similar to how I made my Voltron Challenge Coins (video below).  Final cold cast versions are now also up in my shop! They come both with and without a pinback depending on how you intend on using them.

For more details, more videos, and more tutorials, you can keep an eye out here or even support me on Patreon. My patrons get early access to my videos and tutorials along with behind the scenes work-in-progress photos, polls to vote on what I’ll do next and, at some levels, special handmade goodies. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel to get notified whenever a new video goes up!

Guardians of the Galaxy Badge Now Available

After seeing Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and seeing this cool design for a promotional pin, I decided I needed to make this into a badge!

I popped open Fusion 360 and modeled out the badge (including spending a good chunk of time searching for the perfect font). The 3D model can be purchased in my shop to print your own!

I did my initial test print on my Dremel Idea Builder using Matterhackers PRO PLA. A 3D Kit can be purchased from my shop that’s just like this one. But I didn’t want to stop there, I also wanted a nicer, metallic version.

As a test, I threw a little Rub n Buff on the test print and thought it look great.

Because I wanted to make a mold, and I wanted to try to conserve time and effort, I paid for a 3D Resin print through 3D Hubs to save myself some sanding and filling time.

Into the mold box it goes! I used Mold Star 16 FAST for the silicone mold. The mold box itself is just cut up foam core.

The finished product is Smooth Cast 325 resin, mixed with a tiny drop of black SO-Strong tint and brass Powder. The process is very similar to how I made my Voltron Challenge Coins. Final cold cast versions are now also up in my shop!

Keith’s Galra Dagger Giveaway

To celebrate Emerald City Comicon and my son’s birthday (both which occur in March and on the same weekend), I’m doing my first big giveaway-Keith’s Galra Dagger!

Use the entry form for a chance to win! The contest will last for the entire month of March which will give me time to actually finish the dagger 🙂

Billythebrick Cosplay Keith’s Galra Dagger

Emerald City Comicon Panels

Emerald City Comicon is next week!! In addition to wandering around the convention and going to some meetups (more details on that coming soon), there are several panels I’ll be on that I’d love to see you all at!

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Unmasking Keith’s Sword

The sword blade is all painted! Now the only thing left is to put in the electronics and finish up the mountable bayard for the handle. I can’t wait to take this to Emerald City Comicon next week!

Enjoy this fun little video I made of the unmasking 🙂

February Polls Week: What’s Coming Soon

Last week was polls week for February over on my Patreon. Depending on the level of support, patrons got to vote on a bunch of different topics. Here are the results and things you can expect to see in the next few weeks. I’ll be doing a similar Polls Week every month, so if you’d like to participate in the future, go check out my Patreon!

  • Next tutorial – Making faux leather straps and belts
  • Next set of Blueprints – Keith’s jacket (yes, technically a pattern is not a blueprint, but close enough!)
  • Video Poll – Most folks prefer Twitch for streaming
  • Next 3D model – Keith’s Galra Sword
  • Next Resin Kit – Keith’s Galra Dagger

‘Voltron: Legendary Defender’ Keith Cosplay Build

Voltron CharactersI was in love with Voltron: Legendary Defender from the first minute. Netflix and DreamWorks Animation have done an absolutely fantastic job of updating a show to make it new and fresh while still making it so nostalgic that it hit all the right buttons. Here is the full build write-up of the entire casual Keith cosplay. I am still in progress on his sword and paladin armor, so that will be a later write-up.

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Best Week Ever!

I’ll start with yesterday because, what an amazing way to end the week.

Yesterday afternoon this popped up in my Instagram feed along with the below caption.

So this is Loooong overdue. But with season two and the holidays now behind us I’d love to give a huge shout out to @billythebrick for making these amazing, super legit Voltron bayards! Cannot tell you how exciting it was to get these in the mail The craftsmanship is top notch! A true artist you are! You guys should go check out his other cosplay work. It’s absolutely insane!

Not only is that a photo of Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomrey, and Tim Hedrick holding my bayards, but Joaquim gave me a glowing review!

I originally met the three of them at SDCC 2016 when I did an interview for GeekDad.com. I hadn’t started my business or making bayards for sale yet, but I promised them that I’d make them some. As soon as I got up and running I sent them a set. I love it and it totally made my day to see them in action.

And as if that weren’t enough to make this a great week, I was also invited over the Punished Props workshop to be on the Q&A livestream. You can watch the recorded version over on their YouTube channel.

While I was visiting, Bill also helped me with part of my Keith Bayard sword. I got some transparent aqua acrylic for the glowy bits, but I just didn’t have the proper tools to cut it well. Thankfully, Bill has every tool you could ever need, plus a ton of great advice. We got the acrylic pieces cut out and glued where appropriately, and everything fit perfectly! Now I just need to finish the sword and bayard, install the electronics, and I’ll have one more prop ready for ECCC.

Speaking of having props ready for ECCC, I also made a ton of progress on Keith’s Galra dagger. In addition to putting the blueprints, 3D printable files, and 3D printed kit up in my Etsy store, I finished assembling my own dagger! Just as an FYI, I started using the PRO PLA from Matterhackers and it is amazing. I cannot recommend their PLA enough. The response has been so overwhelming that I’ve decided to make this the next finished prop I make and sell in my shop.

Minor spoiler alert for those not done with Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 2, I’ve also started on my next prop that will have blueprints, 3D files, and a 3D kit available. That’s all I’ll say about that for now.

And finally, I received my Red Lion kigu from RTS Cosplay! This is my very first (and probably only) kigu, but why would I ever need another? Thank you!!

Voltron and Star Wars Props

Although I’ve been updated a ton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, I realized I’ve been somewhat neglecting updates here on the site. Here are the latest updates from my workshop!

First up are a ton of Voltron: Legendary Defender goodies. If, like me, you’ve been enjoying Season 2, you’ll most likely have seen all kinds of great new things that inspired me to get to work! I finished designing Keith’s bayard sword and am currently working on building it out. I also now have blueprints, 3D files, and 3D printed kits available of Keith’s bayard and sword.
Very similarly, I have done the same with Keith’s dagger. The unveiling of his dagger was amazing, and I had to get to work on it right away. Blueprints, 3D files, and a 3D printed kit are also available.
Just for fun, I decided to cast one of my bayards in all black. I call it the Zarkon edition! I’m going to paint some purple on it and call it done. Maybe Neil Kaplan would like one?

And to celebrate season two of the best show you can watch right now, I’m having a big sale in my shop. Use coupon code VLDS2 to get 15% off your order!

Next up is Kanan from Star Wars: Rebels. This is the main costume I’m trying to get done for ECCC (which is now barely over a month away. I’ve made a lot of progress on the look, including a makeup test. I’m going to be doing another, hopefully final, makeup test as a live stream soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!

I also found a great, cheap pair of boots to use as a base for Kanan’s boots. Hopefully these will allow me to quickly build the boots since I’m not building the entire structure from scratch.

Lastly, I painted all of my Kanan belt pieces. I used this amazing new paint I just got–Alclad 2 Aircraft Aluminum. Oh man is it gorgeous. I can’t wait to get my belt all assembled.

I do have a handful of other things I’m working on, but, for now anyway, they are all secret projects or for my Patreon patrons only! More updates, videos, and tutorials coming soon!