So, my daughter is probably the biggest Loki fan ever, so I wanted to
make her a Cosmic Cube or Tesseract like the one in the Avengers
movie and Thor.
Who can blame her? Cool? yes!
I found this cool video on Youtube DIY Avengers Cosmic Cube/Tesseract Tutorial! - YouTube
and decided to have a go at this for a quick rainy afternoon project as it is too too humid to stand in my garage and fiberglass and resin
my IM MK3 and War Machine costume parts!
The cosmic cube is very simple and relatively inexpensive. I went to eBay and bought 2 softball display cases for 15$ (shipped) a can of
Vaspar window frosting spray and a box of 4
Ashland Submersible blue LED light, I had a box of
waxed paper already so zero cost. Total investment
for 2 cubes 25$ plus or minus a buck and some change.
I started with my supplies!
Got the softball case
I saw the video and since I have sprayed my garage window
with this spray I knew it scratches very easy so I wet sanded the
box with 800 git sand paper. It really did a good job of hazing the
ultra crystal clear plastic!
I hope it will help the frost spray stick better!
I washed it with hot soapy water to remove skin oils, papertoweled
dry and blow dryer just to be safe. From here on out handle
only at the edges to avoid skin oils on plastic and
Spray on in even coats that overlap well, but try to avoid pooling and runs. You can (and will) put more coats on! 3 -5 minutes apart as the stuff dries pretty fast! If you get the start of a run you can turn the box flat to let the run self level itself if you do it quickly.
Coat 2 paint inside and outside of the box. Avoid coating the inside edges of the box as they slide in together to form the cube!
Note to self! let everything dry before you slide the box together to show it off! If the spray is wet it will dry the seams together sticking the whole thing shut!!! (please don't ask how I know this)
Here is a good time to frost the Blue LED balls so that they defuse the light as well.
Window frost dries in like 5 minutes and around 30 min for full dry.
I added a coat of clear enamel to the outside to hopefully toughen it up as
it will certainly be handled!
After it died I gathered all the parts for a test run!!
Take about 2-3 feet of waxed paper and wad it up into a ball.
Let it relax and insert 2 of the Blue LEDs turned on. Try to have them facing opposite eachother so the light goes everywhere..
I used 2 instead of one as I wanted the light faning out evenly on multiple sides of the cube! test run one had one ball and wasnt very uniform with the brightness.
It would be cool to find a light source that rotates and wobbles to creat the swimming effect of the boxes heart in the movie!
After the LEDs are lit and wrapped in the wax paper simply stuff all of that into one side of the cube. The trick to remember is the cube halves are slightly angled in on themselves to help lock together, so
you may need to spread them back out to get them
to go back together!
Now comes the fun, here are some pictures of the finished cube!
All in all a very relaxing (and rewarding) project that was done quickly and gave satisfaction near instantly! Not at all like a pepakura IM build!!!
Have fun and build someone a Tesseract and have a good game of Loki Vs The Avengers with the kids or have it ready for Halloween!!