Saturday, August 8, 2015

DIY Black Widow Buckle and Batons

Sorry it's been so long guys!  I have some amazing tutorials coming your way, but first, I'm going to walk you through how I made my Black Widow belt buckle and batons.






Let's start with the buckle!  I decided how big I wanted my buckle to be, and cut out two squares that size.  On one, I sketched out her curve, and cut.  Then I folded it in half and transferred the design.  Then cut out.





Use the cut one to trace and cut out the second one.  Then, trace a thin border on one, measuring where possible.




Cut off the border, and place the smaller one on the bigger.





Glue in place.  Trace out the design on worbla and cut out, slightly bigger.  Make a second copy.  I decided to use the sandwich method for this project.



Heat up one piece of worbla.  Place your foam on it, large side down (bottom).  Heat up the other piece, and place on top.  Using your fingers, or any tools that might work, press the worbla into the details, reheating as necessary.






Trim up the edges.  Cut a piece of elastic (large enough to fit over the belt buckle you have, but small enough to stretch over the buckle and hold it in place).  Sew the ends, then use worbla to attach it to the back.







Paint, and you're done!


Next up: batons!  Now, this is how I did my batons.  There has to be a better way, because this didn't work as well as I would have liked.  I got some 1 1/2 in diameter, 12 in long plastic mailing tubes.





I decided to do a simple design of black on top and on bottom.  Since the ends were already black, I used the sealed end as the top, and the one that opened as the bottom, and simply extended the black bottom using craft foam.






Now, to plan out your LED's.  I sketched up a circuit, then taped my wire on top of it, and soldered LEDs along the length.  Make sure your solders are nice and tight and good.  Mine weren't, and one baton drop later, most of my lights went out (only on one baton, thankfully).  Make sure to attach a resistor to each positive side of your LED.




Use tape over the resistor.  Connect your LEDs.





Make sure you tape your entire positive side.  It's not necessary to tape the negative side, but you can if you think it might help reinforce your solders.  Connect to a battery pack of some sort.  I used a 9V.  Test.

Stuff some tulle into the top of your tube.  I only used white because it's what I had on hand, a light blue might have been better.





Wrap tulle loosely around your LED circuit.  Carefully put inside your tube.  Connect to battery.





And done!  These aren't the best, definitely didn't work out how I had imagined, but they worked.


Until next time, keep cosplaying!  Any questions, comments, or requests, leave them below!
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