DC Animated Brainiac Piñata

Discussion in 'General Modeling' started by Shyaporn, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. Shyaporn

    Shyaporn Active Member

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    Wasn't sure where to put this, but I wanted to share a DC Animated-version Brainiac Piñata I made for my first Superhero/villain birthday party a few years back. Obviously not a super-precise model, as it was doomed from inception, but super fun for the party :)! So here we go:

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    I'd had some idea, albeit vague, about how I wanted to go approach the project, but needed some pointers. Obviously this meant a trip... TO THE INTERNET!

    Pretty quickly I happened upon Brian Anderson's fantastic PinataBoy website, where I found great basic instructions, tips and inspiration. I just wrote to him directly for advice; I had several questions and he answered them all with haste and great detail!

    For example, he gave me a great method for building the tentacles, which I adapted to create a thicker tentacle (I used three long balloons of different lengths, so that it would taper off at the end to one balloon width). Here's his step-by-step for a basic, one-balloon tentacle:

    The other thing he helped me with was the body itself. I originally tried to find a large weather or punch balloon locally but couldn't find anything that worked, and didn't have time to order one before my party. I think thought of making a geodesic framework of straws and laying hexagon card stock over top of it, but shortly into the construction I realized it wasn't going to work. However, Brian came through again with the following punch-balloon shopping lore:

    For figuring out the size of hexagons I'd need, there's a shockingly large number of geodesic dome calculators out there on the web. I don't remember the exact one I used, but here's a few. Find one that lets you adjust the number of sides of your panels.

    After everything was dry, I traced the tentacle ends on the base and cut holes out for them, and cut flower-petal flaps in the ends of the tentacles to fold them out and hot glue them to the body. I was able to skip the second-layer and papier-mache smoothing steps as I just wrapped the tentacles with purple-crepe paper streamers. I then hot-glued the blue cardstock hexagons I had cut out around the surface, cutting a few custom ones to fit around the tentacles.

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    The face was made from a single piece of filing box cardboard, cut to the shape of Brainiac's DC animated face and decorated with Sharpie. I glued piece of white paper behind the eyes and a black construction paper/blue cardstock Brainiac forehead-symbol on the top. The candy hole was behind the face plate.

    I inserted a wire hanger from the inside through the top, which also served to stabilize the body, twisted close the hoop up top for hanging, filled him with candy, sealed it all up and done! All that remained was to break two green glow-sticks and tape (shoulda used glue) them on the eye shelves to complete the look!

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    We used a light saber to hit the thing :) Candy and toys for all!

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  2. Yellowjacket

    Yellowjacket Well-Known Member

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    hee-hee. That's awesome.
     

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