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It was my grandmother's funeral today. While cleaning out her apartment, I found lots of things that I had made for her as a child. Some amazing things there. If you click the LJ cut then I'll give explanations for each item.

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I was busy today - can anyone already see what this will become? ;)
I started out with glueing and nailing several pieces of styrofoam together to get a base. Then I coated it with cardboard as that will be easier to paint. Styrofoam will melt if spray painted with the wrong paint (that is not acid-free). So be careful if you want to attempt that too!

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I was busy today - can anyone already see what this will become? ;)
I started out with glueing and nailing several pieces of styrofoam together to get a base. Then I coated it with cardboard as that will be easier to paint. Styrofoam will melt if spray painted with the wrong paint (that is not acid-free). So be careful if you want to attempt that too!

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Today's customizing project: An apron for Alfred! In the "Butchery" story you saw this apron from a Wrestling figure named Bray Wyatt, but it was too wide for thin Alfred. So I cut out a bit from the ties and made it tighter. I also painted it. He looks so great! It can be opened and closed at the backside even. Real cool apron.

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Today's customizing project: An apron for Alfred! In the "Butchery" story you saw this apron from a Wrestling figure, but it was too wide for thin Alfred. So I cut out a bit from the ties and made it tighter. I also painted it. He looks so great! It can be opened and closed at the backside even. Real cool apron.

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"Gee, if only I had something to make pipes from..." - but wait, I do! These are leftovers (sprue) from the science table model kit where you had to break the pieces off. I thought I might need it again one day, didn't think it would be so soon! The green things are plastic beads from my childhood, cut in half. The red wheel is a leftover from the inside of a Kinder surprise egg, the white wheel used to be the steering wheel of a toy tractor I had as a child.

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"Gee, if only I had something to make pipes from..." - but wait, I do! These are leftovers (sprue) from the science table model kit where you had to break the pieces off. I thought I might need it again one day, didn't think it would be so soon! The green things are plastic beads from my childhood, cut in half. The red wheel is a leftover from the inside of a Kinder surprise egg, the white wheel used to be the steering wheel of a toy tractor I had as a child.

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Guys! Guys! I am very excited to introduce my new project! An old warehouse. Ever since this blogpost a while back I have been collecting all kind of things with interesting shapes.

Here we have a round cardboard box that once held cheese. I cut a hole into the bottom and added some wire mesh. Then we have a milk can shaped tin that once held sweets. I took the top off and turned it bottom up. Because of the existing labels that cannot be removed due to glue, I just added danger warning labels on it. First step of many, more to come!

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Guys! Guys! I am very excited to introduce my new project! An old warehouse. Ever since this blogpost a while back I have been collecting all kind of things with interesting shapes.

Here we have a round cardboard box that once held cheese. I cut a hole into the bottom and added some wire mesh. Then we have a milk can shaped tin that once held sweets. I took the top off and turned it bottom up. Because of the existing labels that cannot be removed due to glue, I just added danger warning labels on it. First step of many, more to come!

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I've never watched "Buffy" or "Angel" (aside of that famous musical episode) but I have bought quite a few of their figures over the years, as fodder for customs, or as stand-ins.

- Wesley became Jack O'Neill in blue Air Force uniform

- Willow became Carole Barrowman

- Hawaiian Spike and Angel became Jack and Daniel from "Stargate"

- Wesley and Tara were used as stand-ins for Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen
(I actually have three Wesley-Malcolms - in suit, in tux and in leather jacket with stubble)

Today I used Angel from "The Ring" to make a Jim Gordon in wifebeater shirt, which he quite often sports in the "Gotham" TV series. Easiest custom ever, just a simple headswap. To learn how to do it and see more detailed pictures, please click the cut!

More pictures and explanations behind the cut )

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I've never watched "Buffy" or "Angel" (aside of that famous musical episode) but I have bought quite a few of their figures over the years, as fodder for customs, or as stand-ins.

- Wesley became Jack O'Neill in blue Air Force uniform

- Willow became Carole Barrowman

- Hawaiian Spike and Angel became Jack and Daniel from "Stargate"

- Wesley and Tara were used as stand-ins for Malcolm Merlyn and Moira Queen
(I actually have three Wesley-Malcolms - in suit, in tux and in leather jacket with stubble)

Today I used Angel from "The Ring" to make a Jim Gordon in wifebeater shirt, which he quite often sports in the "Gotham" TV series. Easiest custom ever, just a simple headswap. To learn how to do it and see more detailed pictures, please click the cut!

More pictures and explanations behind the cut )

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It's destiny, I tell ya! Many decades ago, my mother had gotten this lion statue. No idea where, I need to ask. And some less decades ago I asked if I could have it, for no particular reason. I never did do anything with it, other than marvel at it. And what do I see right now while watching "Gotham" episode 3x02? Do you see it, there in front of the fireplace? Isn't that karma? The original seems to be white (marble?) while mine is golden but close enough!

I'm not even sure if I can file that under "customizing" as I didn't do anything. The funny thing is that a few days ago I was going through my boxes, and thinking "this would make a good accessory for Wayne Manor".

Now I need to also find an elephant statue in the show, as that is the other thing I have from that set... LOL

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It's destiny, I tell ya! Many decades ago, my mother had gotten this lion statue. No idea where, I need to ask. And some less decades ago I asked if I could have it, for no particular reason. I never did do anything with it, other than marvel at it. And what do I see right now while watching "Gotham" episode 3x02? Do you see it, there in front of the fireplace? Isn't that karma? The original seems to be white (marble?) while mine is golden but close enough!

I'm not even sure if I can file that under "customizing" as I didn't do anything. The funny thing is that a few days ago I was going through my boxes, and thinking "this would make a good accessory for Wayne Manor".

Now I need to also find an elephant statue in the show, as that is the other thing I have from that set... LOL

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Finally I can show you what I have worked on during the past days! I made beams to match the look of the "Gotham" police precinct. It's all done from scratch. I am very happy about how they came out! Please check the step-by-step pictures behind the cut where I explain it all how I did it.

Detailed pictures about how to make the pillars behind the cut )

And here is a complete scene with desk, pillars and files:

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Finally I can show you what I have worked on during the past days! I made beams to match the look of the "Gotham" police precinct. It's all done from scratch. I am very happy about how they came out! Please check the step-by-step pictures behind the cut where I explain it all how I did it.

Detailed pictures about how to make the pillars behind the cut )

And here is a complete scene with desk, pillars and files:

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I really enjoy reading this prequel to the "Gotham" series. It's called "Dawn of Darkness" by Jason Starr. Very well written and you can really hear the character voices.

So here's how to do a really quick, easy and lazy book ;)

I scanned and printed the cover from the real book. And figured why not use pages that are already glued together? From an old notepad for example? Just take off as many pages however thick you want your book to be, be careful to not destroy the glued part at the edge, then glue the cover around the edge and cut it. Voilá. Book done.

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I really enjoy reading this prequel to the "Gotham" series. It's called "Dawn of Darkness" by Jason Starr. Very well written and you can really hear the character voices.

So here's how to do a really quick, easy and lazy book ;)

I scanned and printed the cover from the real book. And figured why not use pages that are already glued together? From an old notepad for example? Just take off as many pages however thick you want your book to be, be careful to not destroy the glued part at the edge, then glue the cover around the edge and cut it. Voilá. Book done.

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Yesterday I showed the beginning, today he got finished! I really love this look of Alfred with rolled up sleeves. He somehow looks more badass than in full formal suit. I also noticed that his tie is a bit more loose and the top button not closed ;)

Although looking at these pictures now, I guess I'll have to sand down the arms a bit more. They look quite lumpy, with the creases of the original suit sleeves still visible. Thing is, I can't make them too thin as the joints for the elbows and wrists need enough "meat" to not break.

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The original hair was really awful. Too white at the bottom and too brown at the top, also thick brown eyebrows. I gave him his salt & pepper hair. Much better, innit? (<-- oh dear, now I even start to SOUND like Alfred...)

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Yesterday I showed the beginning, today he got finished! I really love this look of Alfred with rolled up sleeves. He somehow looks more badass than in full formal suit. I also noticed that his tie is a bit more loose and the top button not closed ;)

Although looking at these pictures now, I guess I'll have to sand down the arms a bit more. They look quite lumpy, with the creases of the original suit sleeves still visible. Thing is, I can't make them too thin as the joints for the elbows and wrists need enough "meat" to not break.

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The original hair was really awful. Too white at the bottom and too brown at the top, also thick brown eyebrows. I gave him his salt & pepper hair. Much better, innit? (<-- oh dear, now I even start to SOUND like Alfred...)

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I guess I'll have to buy a new Alfred, as I cut up this one - oops ;) He comes in a full suit but I want to make him in just his vest and rolled up sleeves, which he is often wearing in "Gotham". This is what he looked like before: Alfred Pennyworth

Taking off the jacket was easy, as it is made extra from gum.

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Then I cut down the shirt and jacket sleeves, which will become the naked arms. You have to be careful because the peg in the wrist needs still to work. But this is not the first time, remember David Tennant as Hamlet and in his Much Ado About Nothing uniform?

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With Milliput I added the rolled up sleeves and also the strap and buckle of the vest at the back, which leaves some creases. And I filled some of the wrinkles of the forearms. Tomorrow I'm going to paint him.

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