The mask is a combination of foam and apoxie sculpt.
The horns are made from pool noodles. The noodles are carved and shaped, then backerrod is added for the ridges of the horns. I then shrink wrap the horns and heat the wrap to cling to the horns and add texture. I then plastidip the horns and airbrush them. The face is also airbrushed. The hair is synthetic hair that's added on with shoe goo. The hands are made of latex and airbrushed. The robe is made of christmas throws that are liquid stitched together. I then added fur from an old rug to the robe. My hooves are 7 inch platform boots. I added furniture foam and used a hot knife to shape the hooves. I then gorilla taped them to keep the shape. Then I latexed the hooves really thick. Then I airbrushed them and sealed them with flex seal. The severed heads are $15 dollar masks that I repainted and filled the with great stuff foam. I added pvc pipe for the handles and painted the pipe like steel. Then resined the pipe. I added bed sheet and latex for the neck meat. There ya have it! My version of Krampus!
“GOLD GANJA GODDESS”
Be mindful of your thoughts… this labyrinth of the human mind can trap you in a vicious cycle. Golden energy the Will or Spirit is wrapped in primal bondage chained down and locked up in illusions, fears of our own creation within our own mind. How to find the strength to rise up and fight for your truth breaking barriers and conscious fears that hold us back. Honesty and serenity are balanced and the esteem to surrendering and admitting your own mindfulness to yourself. The celebration of growth and the golden will in all of us can overcome fear.
*Multifaceted technique: Visual Design & Set Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design, & jewelry design, Bodypainting, makeup artistry, nail, and hair design. Painting, Theatrical Prop design, and Procurement.
Set Design: Goddess wings, large fans hand made out of peacock feathers, Green leaf showgirl fans, hand-dyed and made from Pompass Grass leaves. Black aurora borealis feather demonic wings are the last layered of flight under the Gold arms. Golden Painted mannequin arms all displayed as large goddess wings. Hand-painted Elkhorns to complete these flying goddess antennas.
Set Backdrop: White chiffon drapes sewn with gold and silver sequins increasing in size and grouping density fading from one edge to the other. Chains and Antique locks ranging from years 1750-1950 all acquired for this scene.
Antique-Locks & Chains & Bones: Loaned for this photo-shoot from an antique collector.
Costume: Hand made and custom designed and hand-sewn “gold cannabis leaf sequins” belly dance bustier top and shimmer belt, embroidered with gold lamè lace and golden trinkets and charms with layers of gold chains. A long fabric Sequin flowing skirt and netting sheer modesty skirt.
Headdress: Glitter vinyl intricately cut out in a large maple and cannabis leaf design with 3D accessorized floral appliquè earpieces. Each Cannabis leaf has Gold Shiny veins that are heat transfer applied to the glitter vinyl leaves. Chains trinkets and bells were intricately decorated across the points of leaves weaving a jingling web above her crowed head.
Jewelry: Gold chain necklace with antique and rare lock and lockets. Large Swarovski crystal earring and necklace with topaz and Colorado accented Swarovski crystals. Custom cuffs designed and die cut faux leather Vinyl; lace cannabis leaf cuffs with jingle gold bells.
Makeup: Custom made Peacock eyelashes and eyebrows, hand glued and curled, and cut to fit the animalistic look of the goddess. Gold and Black Smokey- eye makeup and neon purple and pink lips to accent hair.
Hair and Nails: Long curved Gold antiqued and crystal nails with ombre Green moss painted tones with wrapped wire attachment. Neon Purple wavy locks with bangs the tresses were teased and maximized fullness.
Body painting- Legs, Arms, and Body all painted with Gold luster body paint. The leaf and veins design had shimmer green leaf edges dusted the entire body of the goddess-like a glistening GOLD plant skeleton.
I sculpted and ran these pieces in foam latex. This was a self application for one of my Halloween costumes.
This changed my life, my career. When I saw Thor arrive in Wakanda I was speechless. My heart took a turn and I decided that I wanted to make the coolest Stormbreaker ever. And so began my journey, where I have and am reflecting everything I know about myself. I have made this costume 100% myself. If I didn't know how to do something, I learned it first. Well, I had to learn everything. I started at 0. Sewing, 3D modeling, painting, foam, silicone and mold making...except programming: that came from my Computer Engineering Degree.
The Stormbreaker took 4 versions: eva foam, two 3D printed, one with a mold of the second 3D printed version, and the final one, 3D printed, totally disassemblable, with LED effects with multiple animations, and a Smoke Machine.
Just to show that I am basically a mad man, I didn't want to just put a smoke machine and LED strips in a stick and call it a day. I wanted to delve deep into the craft and passion. I wanted to make something that represented me as a person. I wish I could explain everything here. I wrote a thesis about the build, filmed video tutorials (editing and uploading at the moment). I am basically containing my tears as I write this lol. It's a big thing for me personally. If i could look back now and tell myself that it was all going to be possible, I would lose my sh*t.
The growth I have experienced with this project is unlike anything I have ever done.
As you can see, I left pieces of me, of my philosophy, embeded into the three organs of the axe: the heart (battery), the lungs (smoke machine), and the brain (arduino). I can twist and extract the stump to reveal the heart and charge it comfortably, as well as the upper part of the handle, to reveal the lungs and refill the fluid tank of the smoke machine. Same area as the Hasbro one (hmmmmm, cough, they even made the red mode, like mine, cough). Everything had to be clean, as professional as I could. Easy to take apart partially for easy transport, while still remaining beautiful.
I recently had a 2 minute video chat with the legend Adam Savage, and here is his reaction! And it's actually a really cool elevator pitch for the Stombreaker hahahahaha.
Here is the trailer for the upcoming tutorials on my YouTube channel about the Stormbreaker LED · SMOKE:
And here is the painting tutorial for the Head of the Stormbreaker. I had to come up with my own twist when painting with Alclad airbrush paints. Having studied 3D art for Videogames, I have learned a lot about realistic material properties, and I apply that in every project I work on.
I could really talk about this prop for days, but I don't want to bore you with more details. I uploaded some of the thesis to my Artstation, where you can see a few of the sketches I did, more pictures, etc.
As a fun fact, I studied the logistics for a year, while I was practicing with other 3D models and previous versions of the axe. I knew it was going to take time since I had to work alone. I remember the sleepless nights and all the prototyping, and I enjoyed it.
Moving on to the rest of the costume. I recently finished my first version of the scale armor (sleeves) he wears. I posted about them on a different thread, but I'm just going to say that it was also one of the reasons why I wanted to make this costume. I was captivated for 10 years on how to make the sleeves. I came up with an idea that would only take my two hands, platinum silicone, my 3D printer and the wonderful platinum silicone painting courses here at Stan Winston School (thank you so much Jamie Grove!)
I 3D modeled a printable mold. A positive pair of arms with inverted scales. This was the great idea. I only had to brush the silicone on, turn it rightside out and that would become the opposite arm's sleeve. I took care of the look of the scales in Zbrush. I love the sleeves from Dark World / Age of Ultron, so they were the first ones I tackled.
They bend just right because I modeled them at the middle flexing position. I will add a muscle suit but you can see on the first picture above how cool they look even without it.
This is a little bit of the story behind the idea. I'm so amazed that I could make them so professionally, with no help whatsoever. No need to make two part molds or use fiberglass shells, which I have done in the past for the resin cast version of one of the Stormbreakers.
The rest of the costume I built in 2018 and 2019. I learned how to sew with the machine. Those trousers were crazy complicated for my poor skill, but I am very proud of them, with their zipper and fly shield and everything so I could take my bathroom breaks at conventions. They also have 4 hidden pockets, for my wallet and business card lol.
Here is a video of what that process entailed. I also added 180 LEDs to the six power discs on the vest, as a proof of concept of what was coming (Stormbreaker). I enjoyed programming those LEDs, since my Engineering Degree provided with all that knowledge (not Arduino specifically, but a lot of programming in different languages). You can also see the first iteration of the cape and sleeves (in fabric):
Speaking about the cape, the second version I designed in Photoshop, the exact same pattern of the actual cape in the movie and then had it printed in fabric so I could sew that inner side for the new one, which also had the perfect draping and those epic red folds you can see in the movie. The shape goes around the shoulders perfectly. I just designed and printed a rig that I inserted in the cape between the two layers.
Here is an old picture (old sleeves and old Stormbreaker) with those red folds I am talking about.
I am going to leave you with the cover of my thesis. I am also working on a 3D trailer showcasing the assembly process with a cool animation hehe.
Anyway, I hope I didn't bore you too much. If you want to know more about any of it, please feel free to comment and I will post more pictures of the process!