Star Trek Phaser Tutorial

Anna Stasia shared her Star Trek TNG phaser tutorial with us.
 

Since I decided to cosplay a Fem Data, I needed a STNG phaser. First, get yourself a reference image. I used this one.

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Next, figure out the size you want it to be. I kind of measured my palm as if I was holding the phaser, then doubled that. Ended up being 8 inches. On a the fold of a piece of paper, sketch out your design, sticking to the measurements. I made the handle 4 inches and the phaser 4 inches.

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Use this template to cut out your design in EVA foam. Use two pieces. Hot glue the rough surfaces together.

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Next, use regular craft foam to cover. I did my cuts badly, so I had gaps that I had to fill with hot glue.

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Use your phaser to measure out how much worbla you will need. Cut.

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Heat and mold the worbla to your phaser, cutting notches as needed.

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Sand all the rough edges. Cover the entire phaser in multiple glue coats (I used wood glue. Most tutorials recommend gesso, I just haven’t gotten around to purchasing any). Then, cut out the buttons from regular craft foam and glue in place.

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Prime. I used black because black makes silver pop.

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Next, paint the design. I started with silver. Do multiple coats. Then, I added a touch of gold (for some of the buttons). Then I did the green button.

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And that’s it! All done! I didn’t seal mine. It’s not tacky and it’s not leaving fingerprints, so I think I’m going to leave it be. I’m always afraid that sealing it will dull the silver.

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Thanks again to Ana Stasia for sharing her tutorial with us! You can find her work online below!