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A Prop Makers New Toy

As there are hardly any prop making courses out there except London I have been doing a little research on line. Looking at new ways of making things and new effects that can be created with simple methods. It has really helped me to discover new ideas and just see how incredibly simple it is to get a scratched effect on fake metal.

One video should how the got a Predator helmet to look narrated a warn. They used an air brush to get the colours sprayed into the helmet and then took a simple nail file, put a little silver paint on it and used it across the parts of the helmet the wanted to get the battered effect on. It was just so simple. So I am going to be using these techniques on my Iron Throne.

I was told yesterday that my Iron Throne from Game of Thrones is going to be sitting in pride of place on the stair case in Margam Castle for the Heroes and Legends Autograph Show. I am so so so excited about this 😀


17 hours till my next studio shift :-D

I love my job. Tomorrow for me is a fresh new start to a potentially awesome week. I’m really hoping that my meeting will finally happen this week and the first few sword hilts are going to be fitted to our Iron Throne.

We have decided if wer able to, to get Julian Glover (Game of Thrones) to sign our throne at the Heroes and Legends Autograph Show in Margam in August. I am so very excited but so nervous that it won’t look amazing. I am my own worst critic with my own work so I don’t want to let any one down.

Il be in the studio from about 4pm onwards tomorrow and it will be hours well spent. I will be there on my own because Monica has to revise for her GCSEs in May. To be fair, she is gutted to be missing her studio shifts.

Last night my night time reading was the Game of Thrones book, all about the series. They have some fantastic pictures of the Iron Throne in there. Wow what an amazing piece of art work. It said that even though the throne was meant to be really uncomfortable but for the sake of the actors, they made it a bit more comfy. I was saying to Mon last week that I would have to change this throne, because it is a bit to nice to sit on lol. Oh well I have plenty of ideas up my overalls sleeve 😉

Keep checking back to see how wer getting on

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“These Hilts are made for playing”

Sat in my studio in Swansea, and I’ve just finished making the first of 50 hand made hilts for these swords. I have to say, I really enjoyed that!!! Now the pain staking task of letting it dry. As anyone who knows me, knows I have no patience what so ever!!!

I still have so much to do here, so much around me unfinished. What can I say except I love it 🙂

Off home now after our 6 hour shift. Not back now until Tuesday but my brain will still be ticking away as it does 😀

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Game of Thrones?

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Who’s a fan of GoT? Well I have started to watch it and I have to say, is it just me or is it soft porn? I tried to watch it but after watching the episodes with the man who married all his daughters and got them all pregnant, then the episode where they killed all those children, that was enough for me. It’s been a fantastic place for inspiration for my work, and because of this, I am now making a replica of The Iron Throne, but that’s as far as it goes.

I have managed to build the chair and it is now ready to decorate with the swords, going to take me a few months, but I’m loving the challenge so far. I’m really hoping that it will be show cased at Margam Castle on the 9th and 10th of August for the Heroes and Legends Autograph show. Julian Glover is attending, so wouldn’t it be incredible if I could get a picture of him sat in it? I tell you something though, it hasn’t been easy so far.

Last week I decided to use expanding foam for the first time, Great, yes? Well when that stuff touches your skin, it’s not so great because it is almost impossible to get off. Of course I didn’t know this when I picked some up that had exploded onto the cardbored. I loved the feel of it. it was like spongy silk until I tried to wash it off. I tried everything, Bleach, floor cleaner, washing powder, suger, expanding foam gun cleaner, nail varnish remover, wd40, you name it, I probably tried it. Nothing worked. It’s been 5 days and it’s still on my hands. I ended up using a nail file in the end, but it still have it across the backs of my hands lol. Oh well, if you don’t laugh, you cry!!!

After a while I thought it was funny, till I realised I would have to drive home!!! Adam to the rescue lol

God, after reading this back, it sounds so bloody boring lol

“When your self employed, your working, even when your not” they weren’t wrong!! Thats what I was told when I started my self employment course last month. Don’t get me wrong I bloomin love my job, and I mean LOVE my job, but it never leaves my mind, morning, noon or night. I guess that’s the curse for being creative.

I thought writing a blog would be easy, but writing this while watching The Originals at 4.45 in the morning, was not the best idea, on the plus side, watching shows such as this, is fantastic for ‘Prop’ ideas. I also love watching program’s like Da Vincis Demons, which is filmed just down the road in Swansea, or films such as Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit or even my personal favourite Harry Potter. They all have something to inspire.

So, why have I decided to start writing a blog? The truth is, I’ve been watching Sherlock, and they are always talking about Johns blog, so I thought “what the hell, how hard can it be?” But I really didn’t think you could get writers block while writing a bloody blog lol. Oh well it’s all a learning curve.

Going to keep this one short and sweet though, so I don’t bore you all to death. So welcome to my blog, I will try not to become addicted as much as some of my friends are (Sam) but I do love reading them 🙂

Mwah x