Duct Tape Serenity Carrying Case, and Meeting Jewel Staite!!

    I went to Boston Comicon today while carrying my Duct Tape Serenity on my back.    I met Jewel Staite!!Below you can see some more pictures of the backpack I More »

Master Sword and Sting

So, For the upcoming Somerville Open Studios, I am attempting to make a few pieces that adequately convey the types of swords that I like to make for people.  For this project More »

Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Scythe M?

This piece was a commission.  This contains a 1″x.075″ wooden post and two 8 inch long 3/16″ steel dowels for support of the blade.  The point is constructed of closed cell foam.  More »

Duct Tape Serenity

This model is made of 100% duct tape.   23 pounds of it in fact.   The armature on the inside is duct tape.   Took me 110 hours over six months. More »

Duct Tape F-16

I made this model when an acquaintance of mine told me he didn’t think I could make an F-16 out of duct tape.  I proved him wrong, building this model in less More »

Duct Tape Serenity Carrying Case, and Meeting Jewel Staite!!



I went to Boston Comicon today while carrying my Duct Tape Serenity on my back.    I met Jewel Staite!!BunhwSoCMAA5xOIBelow you can see some more pictures of the backpack I made.  I was given an old external fram backpack that I modified with some wooden hooks to hook around Serenity’s Wings

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Commission/Propmaster Task 1:Design and Produce a Sidearm for Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator

Recently I was asked to design props for the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator.  My first task was to design a Sidearm.  The parameters were “make it look practical, but also like it is in a scifi”.   Here is what I came up with.  The top iteration has been printed (pictures to come soon) and it came out a little small, so I have scaled it up for the next print.  The lower iteration was decided on for the second print.  The shape of the grip is based directly on the Nerf Magnus blaster, mostly because it is extremely comfortable in the hand.  The cooling fins in front of the are a tribute to Han Solo’s DL-44.

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3 4 This is the V4 Design.



Below are the rank pins I was also asked to design.  The ranks in order from right to left are

Grand Admiral, Fleet Admiral, Admiral, Vice Admiral, Commodore, Captain, Commander, Lt. Commander, Lieutenant, Ensign.   I based them on phases of the moon due to the fact that a symbol for Artemis is the moon.  Print pictures to come soon.


Lucidity-3D Model Repair and Print Preparation

As a contract job, I was a little worried that this task would be extremely difficult, but in the end, I learned a TON, had a lot of fun, and have a cool model at the end.   The client sent me an OBJ file of a spaceship that he wanted to 3D print at around 2 feet long.    The model I recieved was HUGE (see dimension line in picture). lucid2

I decided to use Sketchup to repair the model because it was geometrical enough to not have to worry about too many organic curves.  After scaling the model, the original print simulator was terrible.  I downloaded a plugin that let me see the errors, and it was FULL of holes.  A Resurfacing plugin did not do the trick I spent the next week or so repairing all of the holes and then I broke up the model into different parts and hollowed it out so that it would fit on the print bed of a Makerbot Replicator 2.



I did a test print at 30% size, cleaned up the parts and assembled the ship.DSC_0479 DSC_0480 DSC_0483 DSC_0481 DSC_0482DSC_0484DSC_0489DSC_0485DSC_0486DSC_0488DSC_0487

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Once we get the big version printed out I will post more pictures.





My friend and I decided to make a prop for PAX.   We decided on making Thor’s hammer from a few yoga blocks a friend of mine had donated to me specifically for this purpose.  It was a very simple project, involving a little work on the wood lathe, some hot wire foam cutting, a little Wonderflex for the handle and a leather strap.

Borderlands Two Infinity Gun


This gun was commissioned for a Siren cosplay at PAX East.  It is the Burning Infinity gun.  You can see the gun here:http://borderlands.wikia.com/wiki/Infinity/Variant_Chart?file=Burning_Infinity.jpg Originally I used a small gearmotor, but the shaft was not strong enough and it destroyed the bearing.  I had to cut my first version in half and use a large robot gearmotor drive, with an extended shaft and support in order to make the barrels spin reliably. I will upload a video shortly.

Devil May Cry Guns : Ebony and Ivory- Pink foam and Wonderflex


This is a commission I received for some cosplay props.   They are the guns named Ebony and Ivory from Devil May Cry


I was provided with the actual Mesh file of the guns, but I ended up just making a profile in Inkscape so that I could cut them out of pink foam.



The cutter chopped off a bit of the end of one of them, so I had to add a little on.

After a few hours of slicing and trimming with a hot wire cutter and a long bladed exacto…

At this point, I tried several different types of foam covering, all of which did not work to my liking.  Due to the number of restarts I had to do, I failed to continue taking pictures.

I eventually ended up deciding to use Wonderflex, which is a thermoforming plastic that self adheres when hot.

These are what the finished product looked like.  The commissioner wanted to paint them himself.  Had I been paid more, I would have added relief details with the wonderflex to create the flowery detailing on the guns.


I will be working more with wonderflex in some upcoming posts so stay tuned!

Upcoming projects include:

Pedal Car Restoration

Borderlands 2 Infinity Gun

Duct Tape Slave I

Nerf gun motor replacements

Custom Lightsaber

I have been working on this lightsaber for almost a year, and it has finally been completed.  I will post the process pictures as soon as I can find the card that I took the pictures on.  I used Acrylite Endlighten for the blade with a polycarbonate sleeve.   I used a 10W RGBA LED for the blade light, and it needed a MASSIVE heatsink.  The Blue and Red Dies are wired in series. I think it turned out pretty well.  I’m hoping this leads to MANY more lightsaber builds in the future.  DSC_5515 DSC_5516 DSC_5517 DSC_5518 DSC_5520 DSC_5521DSC_5522DSC_5524I have


My mother teaches 2nd grade, and requested that I make her a stoplight that she can use when her class is becoming too loud.  I used finish plywood, 1/2″ staples, and  three screw in medium bases for the fluorescent lights.  The knob is a three position rotary switch.DSC_5536 DSC_5535 DSC_5534 DSC_5533 DSC_5532

Mandalorian Armor

This past weekend, my friend Adam and I set to work on crafting mandalorian armor for him.  First we printed some awesome templates, then we super 77ed them to some luon to make some templates.

Repost for Serenity,


see http://jacobmakesstuff.com/home/2013/02/21/34/ for original


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