New Shop, New Tables!

New Shop, New Tables!

As many of you know, I’ve moved into a new shop space in LA.  Over the pas several weeks, my shop mate( Steve Winsett of Janus Concepts) and I have been upgrading our space, adding tables, wiring, and soon adding lights and drywall.  Rather than buy existing...
How to get a shiny metal finish

How to get a shiny metal finish

Everyone loves shiny things! But how do get that shiny chrome metal finish on your props?  It’s actually pretty simple, and here’s how…. First off you’ll need to do a little prep work on what ever you want to make shiny. Now as far as the...
Necromancer Mask Build

Necromancer Mask Build

I recently attended a masquerade ball in LA called the Labyrinth of Jareth. I needed a mask for the even, so I slapped some clay on my life cast and started creating with out any prior concept or idea, and this mask is what came of that.  Check out these 5 videos...
Adding Knurling to a Handle

Adding Knurling to a Handle

Knurling, what’s that? A slang word from the 80’s? Knurling, dude! …..not quite. Knurling is a criss-cross pattern commonly added to handles.  But how do you do that? Well there’s a special tool and method…but you don’t need all...
Tools and Materials of the Trade!

Tools and Materials of the Trade!

I post a lot of how to articles and tips and tricks. In each I’m always talking about the tools I’m using and I always try and place an Amazon link on there so that you can get the same tools that I’m using.  Since the 15th is Amazon prime day and...
Making Foam Spikes

Making Foam Spikes

In one of my recent builds I made a set of fantasy armor inspired by the game Dragon Age: Inquisition.  Attached to the armor was a whole mess of spikes!  The questions quickly came in, asking what they were made of and how I made them.  To answer those questions,...
Painting Fantasy Armor

Painting Fantasy Armor

My latest commission was for a custom set of armor, heavily inspired by the popular video game series, Dragon Age: Inquisition.  The entire build was out of EVA foam floor mats, with a few plastic and metal bits for details.  I used the techniques I learned from Evil...
Creating real paint chipping and weathering!

Creating real paint chipping and weathering!

You can always paint on your scratches and weathering, but nothing looks better than the real thing!  But how to you do that without destroying your work?  It’s actually pretty easy and cheap to do!  This is one of the many techniques from my painting ebook...