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    Mar 17, 2016, 7:35 PM - Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #1

    Hi All! I wanted to make a quick prop for an upcoming photoshoot and decided on a barbed baseball bat from Fallout 4. The tutorials I found online mostly used twine or string, and I didn't like how it looked. I didn't like the fake ones I saw online or in stores, either. I wanted the barbed wire to be more realistic so I came up with my own method and decided to make a tutorial to share with others!

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    If you'd like to see more of my work, I am most active on my Facebook page, Viverra Cosplay, so feel free to follow me there! Thanks! <3

    Things you will need:
    1. 2mm Brown Round Leather Lace (cording): To determine how much you will need, use the formula 2x+(4(x/5)); Where x=the desired finished length in INCHES. It is 2 times the amount needed plus the amount for the barbs which are every 5 inches and 4 inches in length.(Example: if you need 20 inches of finished barb wire, you'd plug that into x so it would be 2*20+(4(20/5) -> Order of operations -> 2*20+(4*4) -> 2*20+(16) ->40+16 = 56 inches of cording needed for 20 inches of finished barbed wire. I HOPE THAT MADE SENSE I LIKE MATH SORRY LOL (Side note, if you want shiny new barbed wire you may be able to find silver cording!)
    2. Loctite super glue
    3. Something to pull the cord taut while you attach the barbs. I used clamps onto two desks.
    4. Small clamps
    5. Brown acrylic paint
    6. Rust colored acrylic paint
    7. Small paint brush
    8. A paper towel


    Here is the cord I used. I got it from Hobby Lobby.
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    First, we are going to cut out our barbs. Take the end of the formula from above to determine how much you need to put aside for the barbs; 4(x/5). In my example, it was 16 inches for the barbs if I wanted 20 inches in finished length. So take that amount and cut it into 4 inch strips. Make sure to cut at an angle to give it the look of a point.
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    Now go back to the remaining amount of cording. Super glue the ends together and then clamp the end to a desk.
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    Start twisting the cords together by moving them around each other - try not to roll the cording. You want to be able to let it go and it doesn't uncurl.
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    Once it's all twisted, attach the other end to a solid object like another desk with another clamp to keep it taught.
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    Now we will start to attach the barbs. For this, dab a small amount of super glue on where you want your barb to be (every 5 inches). Take the 4 inch barb you cut and wrap it around several times so that it looks like a barb. (I don't have a picture of the wrapping process because it is tricky to wrap it around the super glue without getting it on your hands!) Be very careful not to get super glue on your fingers because you can easily glue your fingers together! You might need to add more super glue to hold it on place. Once you get it wrapped, place a small clamp over the barb to keep it in place while it dries.
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    Measure out 5 inches and repeat this process all the way down the twisted cord.
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    Once all the barbs are on, the inside of the leather cording shows which is tan in color and throws things off a bit. To remedy this, dab a small about of brown acrylic paint onto the point.
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    Now all that's left is to add the rust effect! Take a rust colored acrylic pant and dab it on the wire. Take a paper towel and dab the paint off to the desired amount of rust.
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    AND THAT'S IT! It's a pretty simple process!
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    On the baseball bat which I will weather separately!
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    I hope this helps you all make fake, cheap, and con safe barbed wire!
  2. Sluis Van Shipyards's Avatar
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    Mar 17, 2016, 7:42 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #2

    Very cool! That looks so good for a simple solution. I was looking at that in the game thinking "Now where would I get barb wire?"
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    Mar 17, 2016, 8:26 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #3

    It looks great. At first I was like, why not just buy real barb wire, but the diameter of the wire would probably be too big.
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    Mar 17, 2016, 10:32 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #4

    zapwizard said: View Post
    It looks great. At first I was like, why not just buy real barb wire, but the diameter of the wire would probably be too big.
    He mentioned that he wants it to be con safe as in safe to take to conventions.
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    Mar 18, 2016, 5:05 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #5

    Very nicely done! I've got a Louiseville Slugger that I'd set aside for a Lucille conversion - may take a crack at it using this technique.
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    Mar 19, 2016, 1:57 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #6

    Youre very, very close to how its done in the industry except swap out the cord for rubber and the glue for a shot with a heat gun. Then just dust with silver rattle cap paint and give it a quick wash with rust color. Ive had to make thousands of feet of the stuff at a time. One of the worst items to make however is razor wire, never accept a job making rubber razor wire.
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    Mar 19, 2016, 2:43 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #7

    looks awesome!

    nice jobviverra!!!
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    Mar 19, 2016, 8:06 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #8

    ARKM said: View Post
    He mentioned that he wants it to be con safe as in safe to take to conventions.
    I'm a she, but yes! I am also accident prone, so real barbed wire around me is not a good idea xD I figured there are a lot of people that could use fake barbed wire for various things, too.
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    Mar 19, 2016, 8:24 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #9

    Great tuto! I was trying to keep my neighbour off my property with a cheap fence, but now I'll put your work into good use
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    Mar 19, 2016, 10:11 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #10

    That's brilliant, thanks for sharing!

    I'm now trying to think of a project that I can use barbed wire in
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    Mar 19, 2016, 11:14 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #11

    Excellent work on the fake barbed wires, they look incredibly real and its pretty awesome that they're convention safe. Love following your work on here and instagram!!
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    Mar 19, 2016, 11:30 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #12

    Wish I'd seen this when I still wrestled!
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    Mar 19, 2016, 2:31 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #13

    Viverra said: View Post
    I'm a she, but yes! I am also accident prone, so real barbed wire around me is not a good idea xD I figured there are a lot of people that could use fake barbed wire for various things, too.
    Doh! My apologies.
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    Mar 19, 2016, 2:51 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #14

    That looks great. I think the bat could use a few more wraps of wire, but the effect is very convincing.
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    Mar 19, 2016, 6:07 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #15

    Grey said: View Post
    That looks great. I think the bat could use a few more wraps of wire, but the effect is very convincing.
    I agree, but I ran out of time.
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    Mar 20, 2016, 7:48 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #16

    well written and executed.
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    Mar 20, 2016, 9:51 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #17

    Great thread. Things like this should get pinned.
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    Mar 21, 2016, 2:13 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #18

    cavx said: View Post
    Great thread. Things like this should get pinned.
    Agreed. I'll bring the "Tutorials" issue up with other staff members. Let's see what we can do.


    Nice tutorial, @Viverra
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    Mar 21, 2016, 3:45 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #19

    This is a great and very handy tutorial
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    Mar 21, 2016, 7:07 PM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #20

    Thanks everyone!!
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    Apr 5, 2016, 12:02 AM - Re: Fake Prop Rusty Barbed Wire Tutorial (Cheap and Simple!) #21

    bumping this for all the people that will be making the "lucille" bat from walking dead.
    given the season finally this thread will diffidently get more traffic.
    so i'll save lots of rpf members the head ache of tracking it down.


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