Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Look what came in the mail today!

Technically it was delivered by DHL (Canada Post is still on strike).

Papertoy Monsters and an Instructables Robot

A couple months ago, our buddy Buck the jackalope won the Instructables Monster Contest so they've sent us a custom papertoy robot that says I heart ModMischief and a signed copy of the book Papertoy Monsters. I can't wait to start covering my desk with a menagerie of monsters!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Two steps forward, one step back - Krang's progress

Trying new techniques for the first time is always challenging.

Using plaster of paris, I cast a mold of my plasticine Krang. I'm glad I bought the big bucket of plaster because I ended up needing way more than I was expecting.

clearly I could have done a better job wrapping up the electronics

Getting Krang out of the mold was rather challenging. The little plasticine appendages remained trapped in the mold, and while I tried melting them out, in the end I had to spend several frustrating hours fishing out all the little plasticine bits with Q-tips and various skewers.

finally free of plasticine!

I really wish I would have paid more attention to n1cod3mus's and PenfoldPlant's instructables. I didn't really know what I was doing with the liquid latex and I ruined a couple cheap paintbrushes before catching on to the dish soap trick.

latex Krang

When I first pulled latex Krang out of the mold, I was really excited. Even though the mold wasn't perfect, he looked just like my plasticine model.

But when I started to cut off the unnecessary latex and fit in the Furby guts, I ran into a problem.

Either the latex is too thick or the design itself is flawed because the animatronics won't work inside the puppet.

Naturally, I busted out my dremel to try to sand down the latex in some of the thicker areas that I thought were causing problems, and then I promptly blew a hole through the side of Krang's face.

Oh, and I cut off his arms because it seemed like a good idea at the time. So now I just have a latex Krang with a hole in the side of his head and severed arms.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Tux T-shirts

Thursday, we went to a 2 months post-prom committee potluck. In addition to deviled eggs and artichoke dip, I made t-shirts for everyone.

The design is my best attempt to capture the "community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing" spirit of PromDemonium. 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Only in Canada

Skates spotted on Lewis street.