Month: February 2017

What am I doing with my life? Monthly Report and Summary


Here is just a list of things I am working on. Hopefully I can get all of these projects done to share with you guys.


 

Still waiting for my Robo R2 and Glowforge. These two products have been delayed multiple times by the company. And I have several things queued up for printing.

image from their webpage: https://robo3d.com/robor2/

Printer

Image form their website: https://glowforge.com

Female Alarak 3D model

  • Still working on this guy. I am still research how armor is made and how most people wear it.
  • modifying the design to be wearable by all
  • and working on making printer friendly.
  • working on a youtube video to share my progress

Tali’s Mask

Blue tooth controlled motors

  • Using one motor to control a slide rail for photography and crap
    • can never find a rail so I just ordered a new one on amazon. they’re pretty expensive
  • tested a motor H bridge and it works! working on the code to add a BT module
  • found an old RC car that is BT controlled. I am going try and see if I can use that too.
  • So far I have 6 motors and 3 bluetooth controllable modules. hmmm MAybe I can build something to automate my room!
  • Possible projects:
    • a table turner
    • door closer
    • Shirt putter on – er
    • I will most likely create something stupid and useless and make a video about it.

My Diablo 3 Armor

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  • yea….. I am currently working on the mask….. lets just say I am making more progress.
  • I think by the end of march I will start painting my armor
  • Also I am running out of worbla!

Photography

  • Got to play with my A7R2 camera for the first time and loved it
  • I am also currently working on another photo to photoshop. I am kinda thinking doing something surreal but the cosplayer is dressed up as bat girl. I’ll figure something out I guess.
  • currently looking for cosplayers in the Sacramento Area to do photoshoots with.
  • Shoot me an email @ pandariot779@gmail.com

Thanks for reading. If you enjoy my work please shoot me a follow!

 

and I need to make more better posts. . . . I feel like I’m not putting much effort in my posts and need to put more time in making more satisfactory posts.

soooo from now on, not more crappy posts

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Still waiting for that Glowforge

I kick started this bad boy last year and still waiting for a confirmed release date. I made a video giving my impression upon initial glace of their webpage www.Glowforge.com. I personally can not wait till I get my hands on it because I have a ton of ideas on how to use it. For example, wallets with my logo on it or clothing.

What really sold me was the ability to design items free hand or via photoshop with the glowforge and if you know me, I love designing things.

When I first ordered it, the prospected release was early 2017 but due to some hiccups the company had to push their release date to the end of 2017. I am a tad disappointed but at the same time I am glad because it shows the company cares about releasing a quality product. Like most products and projects, perfection takes time and patience and I guess I will have to wait longer than anticipated for this marvelous machine.

 

ThermoPlastics is great for cosplay. But….

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Just a picture of myself wearing a work in progress helmet of mine. It is a mix of thermoplastics given to me by friends.


Thermoplastics are great for cosplay and you can make almost anything with them. Thermoplastics are expensive and im quite poor so I normally use scraps from friends. My scrap box is full of a mixture of all the different thermoplastics you can by so I can give you my take on using each kind.

I love using thermoplastics and if you have experience sculpting in clay, you pretty much already a master. You can easily create almost any you set your mind to.

Unfortunately, I will not be using it much less because there is EVA foam and I have a 3D printer.

You can make the same cosplays with the same details using EVA foam. you may not have the same sculpting and sturdiness of plastics but you are only limited by your imagination. I have seen spectacular cosplays created using just EVA. (Worbla use worbla to laminate their eva projects for durability)

I normally order my EVA foam from TNT Cosplay Supplies or order
Darice 2mm Foamie Roll, 36-Inch by 60-Inch, Black ,Bulk Buy: Darice Foamies Foam Sheet Red 3mm thick 12 x 18 inches (10-Pack) 1184-52 from amazon.


Here is a list of different thermoplastics I have used:

Worbla is actually my favorite thermoplastic to use since you can do anything with it and is great for people who are thrown into the world of armor making. You only require a heat gun and is quite malleable. It has a rough surface and a smooth side and has the ability to stretch over things you try to laminate. You can also combine scraps and mold details and it behaves a lot like clay.

Black worbla is the finer and smoother version of regular worbla and is great for creating filligree and details. it requires less sanding than normal worbla and I mostly use it to mold and sculpt detail. when heated the plastic becomes rather soft and fragile. You can easily scratch the surface of black worbla while laminating your EVA form. This is the reason I perfer Worbla over black and just use Black worbla for details.

Transparent worbla: I didnt really making something that was intended by transparent worbla. I used it as filler for part of my current armor project. I do see potential for using it for creating face shields and plan on buying a sheet when I finally get round to building Tali’s mask (Link to Tali’s Mask Project). I will have to do further investigation but I do know the plastic is similar to PETG. A plastic orthotist use to create test molds for people.

Thibra is an interesting alternative to worbla. Its like a smooth plane of plastic that can readily take the form of anything. Heated up thibra is quite delicate, the slightiest touch or scatch will leave a mark on it. So work carefully if you want your project to be smooth as possible. In my opinion, I normally save my thibra pieces for filligree design or intricate detail for my armor. It can also combine with worbla if you like using scraps like I do.

Kydex – same plastic used for gun holsters and boots. its very rigid and will not mix with worbla. I do not recommend it for armor making since it is soo rigid. But you can make really awesome props with it. If I were to describe the consistency of the plastic I would compare it to the cutting board seamstress you. (Im talking about these: Fiskars 3 Piece Rotary Cutting Set)

Sintra is another popular thermal plastic but is quite toxic when heated. Its cheaper than worbla but you need to use it in a well ventilated area. It is not mixiable with worbla and shaping is permanent. when you heat it and shape it, it can not be reshapen. I normally stay away from sintra due to the toxins it emits.

Terraflex – Tandy Leather Factory’s own thermoplastic that is similar to worbla. it has a maple syrup smell and can bind with worbla. also the material use to make it seems to be much more durable that worbla. I noticed terraflex holds its structure alot more studier than worbla after it cools.

Polly plastic sheets  and friendly plastics are low temperated plastics and are highly moldable but are difficult to control. I have a hard time creating perfect diamonds even with the tools I use. The sheets are useful for laminating eva foam or just melting down for sculpting. I like using it for creating fake diamonds on my armor.


Some additional things I use with all the thermal plastics:


Epoxy Sculpt: a 2 part resin you can us to quickly mold designs on your projects. I like using this stuff to create smooth surfaces and bind 2 3d prints together. I also like using it to quickly smooth out divets in my armor or fill seams. I also plan on creating template 3d models of armor so people can print them and add designs with Epoxy Sculpt. I believe its a cheap way to create precise armor pieces.

Heat gun – everyone uses it……. he burnt me a lot

Leather tools – tools used to cut into leather and create imprints. can also be used on thermal plastics for intricate designs or punch holes for attachment.

Sculpting tools – I use sculpt tools to create fine detail or smooth out the project. I use to be a ceramic artist and it helps me loads when designing details on armor.

Water – to immediately cool a thermoplastic and make it retain a shape I am statisfied with before I mess it up. It helps when you are creating curves with thermo plastics and do not want to hold its shape while it cools off.

Dremel – to smooth out seams, cut, and play with.

Printer – to print out 2d paper designs of my project…. I use 3d printers to help create attachment pieces or designs on my projects.

Photoshop or inkscape – to create vector blueprints of my project.


Here are some photos:

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My pile of thermoplastic scraps I  gather over the years, from cosplay friends, from trash, from old cosplays… etc. It has gotten thinner lately since I have been working more on my armor lately.


Before It was a wild mess and completely unmanageable…. I had 2 used sheets in my closet and a tubby full of assorted thermoplastics. :/

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My armor I am working on. I am quite stingy with money and do not like wasting it! That is way my armor has so many different materials used to create it.

Thanks for reading brohs, GG

Got to play with my new camera at Central Valley Cosplay Gathering Winter 2017.

After school finals and immediately after a 5K underpants run (in 50 degree weather) I got the opportunity to play with my A7R2 and Batis 85mm  f/1.8 lens and I am going to admit…… I am in love.

The camera creates creamy bokeh and beautifully sharp images. I set everything on manual and the photos were taken at 41 megapixels. The pictures are huge and I am afraid they might fill up my data storage before a slug can say “BOKEH” 4 times fast.

I can not wait till the next convention! I believe I will be going to Wizardworld  Sacramento Link: http://wizardworld.com in June 16-18

Here is a link to my Album: Central Valley Cosplay Gathering Winter 2017

Thanks for reading and thank you for the support.

I need to get back to work on my arduino projects.

“Until next time, sweet dreams, my little camera.”

[Insert image of me tucking in my camera in its crib here]

Teemo’s Shroom Tealight holder

Sometimes I really wonder what I am making and have an existential crisis. do I really need a tea light candle holder?

Will this even be practical?

Will it burn down my house?

I’ll test this out once I get that 3d printer from ROBO 3D.


YouTube Video



Download 3D Model Here:


http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1990661

-Hey it’s upside down! whoops!


Buy Tealight Candles here!


Tahoe Pine Tealight Candles Highly Scented – Made With Essential & Natural Oils – Green Tea-Light Candles 6-Pack – Clean Tea Lights Collection

Introducing my Tali’s Mask from Mass Effect Project. Prototype voice reactive led light

Hey Guys whats up! I just want to introduce one of my many projects. Below you will find my youtube video showing the prototype of the voice reactive LED light. I will get started 3D modeling the mouth piece soon. Also it is nice to find great references of Tali’s mask previously created by cosplayers. You can check out their mask here marugitto cosplay’s Mask.


Youtube Video



List of Components


Adafruit (PID 659) FLORA – Wearable electronic platform: Arduino-compatible – v3

Adafruit (PID 1260) Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel version 2 – Pack of 4

Adafruit Electret Microphone Amplifier with Adjustable Gain

uxcell Black 2 x AAA Batteries Battery Holder Case Container w On/Off Switch

Battery Packs Lithium Ion Battery 3.7v 2000mAh


Code


#include
#include
#ifdef __AVR__
#include <avr/power.h>
#endif

#define PIN 6
#define NUMPIXELS 1

//==============Defining variables for fix_fft=======================
int x = 0;
char im[128], data[128];
char data_avgs[14];
int i = 0, val, steady;
int l = 0;

Adafruit_NeoPixel pixel = Adafruit_NeoPixel(NUMPIXELS, PIN, NEO_GRB + NEO_KHZ800);

void setup() {
Serial.begin(9600);
pixel.begin();
pixel.show();
}

void loop()
{
//===================FFT algorithm=======================
for (i = 0; i < 128; i++)
{
val = analogRead(A9);
steady = val;
data[i] = val;
im[i] = 0;
}

fix_fft(data, im, 7, 0);

for (i = 0; i < 64; i++)
{
data[i] = sqrt(data[i] * data[i] + im[i] * im[i]);
}

for (i = 0; i < 14; i++)
{
data_avgs[i] = data[i * 4] + data[i * 4 + 1] + data[i * 4 + 2] + data[i * 4 + 3];
data_avgs[i] = map(data_avgs[i], 0, 30, 0, 9);
}
int value = data_avgs[0];
Serial.print(“Time domain: “);
Serial.println(steady);
Serial.print(“Frequency domain: “);
Serial.println(value);
delay(100);
pixel.setPixelColor(0, 75, 0, 130); //change color here by changing RGB values. In this case R=150, G=150, B=150
int bValue = map(value, 0, 30, 0, 255);
pixel.setBrightness(bValue);
pixel.show();
}

Unboxing my New Sony A7R2 and Zeiss Batis 85 mm f/1.8 lens

Just unboxing my new Sony A7R2 Camera and my Zeiss Batis 85 mm f/1.8 lens

Here is the video of myself showing off 7 year supply of in-n-out burgers.

Link to Amazon purchase:

Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera, Body Only (Black) (ILCE7RM2/B)

Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Lens for Sony E Mount

Box contents:

  • 1 x Camera: Sony A7R-2
  • 1 x Neck Strap
  • 1 x USB Cable
  • 2 x Batteries
  • 1 x Wall Charger
  • Warranty and user manual

  • Lens
  • Lens hood
  • Warranty and user Manual

 

I am pretty excited to start using this beast of a camera and I look forward to taking this to a comic convention and taking beautiful pictures. I am also looking forward to writing reviews of all the capabilities and features this camera has.

Thanks for visiting my page.

 

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