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Prop :: Ye Old Badge for Play

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It's that time of year again, the High School Play where my wife, the English Teacher, handles costumes, props, hair and makeup. 

 

This year's play is an amusing comedy called ...

 

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And I was tasked with creating the badge.  It started out as an oval of light weight wood from AC Moore or similar store; approximately, 4.5 in by 2.25 in. 

 

I printed a Star out on my computer to size and poked holes into the wood where I wanted the star on the oval.  Then I marked the cuts I wanted on the edges to get the "shield" shape for the badge.

 

Then I added cork pieces in the shape of the 5 points of the star from the middle to build the star. 

 

After hot gluing the pieces down I sanded a bevel into the shape.  Then I skimmed the whole thing with DAS air-dry clay to bulk up the background and smooth the star over.

 

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Then sanded it down smooth and sealed it once it had cured.

 

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Then sanded down the seal with some fine grit and primed it white.

 

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From there I painted the background of the badge Reaper Scorched Metal and the star Reaper Honed Steel.  Then to set off the star a bit, I pained just the inset top of the star with Vallejo Silver.

 

Voila!

 

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I think it came out nice and should show well from the stage.  The back just got a nice coating of a craft paint ... specifically Wrought Iron Black like I used to Prime the Marvel Golems.

 

Of course, it got a heavy coat of Testors Dullcote to seal it all up.

 

Seeing the play this Friday.  The prop will likely get all of 10 seconds of visibility.  LOL

 

But it's all good practice.

 

Enjoy!

 

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I was also thinking that this would make a great flight base or a stand base for a Captain America type miniature.  I might get it back long enough to do a cast of it.  :blues:

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Saw the play last night, and yeah, it was out for just about 10 seconds.  But the lights they had set made that shiny badge into a mini spotlight.

 

#ProudCrafter

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