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Nexus6

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"TO CRUSH YOUR ENEMIES,
SEE THEM DRIVEN BEFORE YOU,
AND TO HEAR THE LAMENTATION OF THEIR WOMEN!"

It took me about 2 weeks to finish (an hour here, an hour there):



The wood pieces are actually cedar twigs that I cut from the tree outside my office building. I stained the wood walnut color & gave it a light acrylic brown wash. The leather came from an old belt I haven't worn in years. This project initially turned out to be way more difficult than I'd hoped. I must've broken a dozen branches before I got one to bend into a nice, even, flat circle.



 
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Darth Detroit

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Agreed. This IS a great prop. Nice work. Allot of sweat, and focus, and hard work required:thumbsup

And its 'Lamentation of DA women.' ;)
 

hansicle

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What type of pretzil sticks did you use, and were they unsalted, or did you have to pic off the salt :p Just kidding, it looks great :D
 

temponaut

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Great idea for an unusual replica, very well executed. :thumbsup

Good work on the beard and chest hairs, too. :p
 

DARKSIDE72

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To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of the women.

:lol

Cool prop.
 

SurferGeek

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Dude... I remember doing stuff like that in the '70s but we used colored yarn. :lol
















I keed, I keed...


Very cool, I love inexpensive, simple props. Very nicely done.
 

Nexus6

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(shuktuki @ Apr 22 2006, 07:43 AM) [snapback]1231059[/snapback]</div>
i gotta make one of them
any chance of tutorial ?
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Hmmm, there's actually not too much to tutorialize.

1. Find some "green" twigs.

On the advice of a buddy of mine (who is of Native American descent) I used cedar. The branches from every other tree I tried just broke when I attempted to bend them). I just tried to eyeball the size of the circle, comparing it to other objects in the screencaps to determine scale. My circle ended up being 2 3/8" in diameter. Cut the 4 straight pieces slightly longer than that (they can be trimmed later).

2. The RED marks signify where the pieces have to be “opposingly” notched, so they can be “lincoln-logged” to lie flat when crossed. (Note that the horizontal crossbar is shorter, as it fits INSIDE the circle)

3. I wanted the piece to be as authentic as possible, which is why I used twigs (as opposed to dowels) & leather (as opposed to <insert name of fake leather here>). But I took the liberty of applying a super-glue to each contact point so it wouldnÂ’t move around while I wrapped it.

4. The GREEN marks signify where contact is made with NO notching. The ‘Circle/Cross’ assembly sits on top of the ‘X’ (to reiterate, the ‘X’ sits behind the circle/cross).

5. The leather I used was actually too thick once I had cut it into strips, so I had to take my Dremel tool (with a sanding wheel) & thin out the strips (HUGE pain, worth it). Wrap each contact point; the pattern is up to you. I couldn’t begin to “knit-1-pearl-2” a diagram for the wrapping. Just try to make it symmetrical. Also, I soaked the leather in water before wrapping it. My friend (from Step 1 above) told me that it would make the leather more pliable AND that it would shrink up slightly when it dried, making my wraps tighter.

6. I drilled a hole (front-to-back) to install a ring (visible in screencap #5, in my original post) for the necklace cord. I wanted the ring to be strong, so I used a single coil from a small extension spring (painted black).



ThatÂ’s it.


<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(FETTCLONE @ Apr 22 2006, 11:33 AM) [snapback]1231133[/snapback]</div>
Ymir's beard.

Nice work. Going to start on the wheel of pain next? :p
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You want to know what the really crazy (& maybe even pathetic) thing is?

While I was watching it, I CAUGHT myself making mental notes on how the Wheel of Pain was built, & thinking "I could actually BUILD this in my huge backyard..1" Then I thought about all the guys in the white van with the straightjackets, & put that idea "in the vault". :$
 
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SmilingOtter

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"This amulet will protect you from evil..."
"I AM evil."

A most nifty prop. Did you try soaking the twig used for the circle? My guess is that it would bend easier that way.
 

Nexus6

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(SmilingOtter @ Apr 22 2006, 03:39 PM) [snapback]1231276[/snapback]</div>
"This amulet will protect you from evil..."
"I AM evil."

A most nifty prop. Did you try soaking the twig used for the circle? My guess is that it would bend easier that way.
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No need. Once I found a twig that was suitably "green", it bent no problem. I just had to tie it & let it dry...
 

FETTCLONE

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While I was watching it, I CAUGHT myself making mental notes on how the Wheel of Pain was built, & thinking "I could actually BUILD this in my huge backyard..1" Then I thought about all the guys in the white van with the straightjackets, & put that idea "in the vault".[/b]
:lol

Aren't all the big prop/set pieces like that? You start looking at it and think about how cool it is. Then you start wondering how it was made, and begin to think "well, I could make that without too much difficulty". Before you know it you're getting one of those looks from a buddy that either turns you back (or worse, eggs you on).

My wife already knows the look I get when I'm figuring something out, but she's pretty cool with stuff like this. :D
 

Nexus6

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Darth Detroit @ Apr 22 2006, 03:21 AM) [snapback]1230997[/snapback]</div>
Agreed. This IS a great prop. Nice work. Allot of sweat, and focus, and hard work required:thumbsup

And its 'Lamentation of DA women.' ;)
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Heh, I had originally written it out phonetically: "Crush you enemies, see dem driven befwa you, and to heah da lamentation of deah women."

I wasn't sure if people would've thought it was as funny as I did.

<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(temponaut @ Apr 22 2006, 06:41 AM) [snapback]1231053[/snapback]</div>
Great idea for an unusual replica, very well executed. :thumbsup

Good work on the beard and chest hairs, too. :p
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Yeah, the beard and chest hairs were the hardest part. Been working on those for almost 37 years. :lol

The yarn & pretzel comments bring the LOL, & thanks for all the compliments. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I'm really pleased.

On a related note, I'm trying to figure out a way to attach it together in the back. The screencaps show the necklace as a "choker", so pulling it over the head isn't an option (the last screencap has a longer necklace, but that's the scene where he snatches it off of his neck, so it doesn't count). I need an option that would be true to the piece (since it's supposed to be thousands of years old). The pendant will just be hanging on a display, but if someone can come up with something that is better than just tying a knot in the back, that would be great. :thumbsup
 
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