PROPS and SUCH
Fun stuff inspired by the coolest films and shows
Besides the "major" category of lighsabers, one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of design for me is designing and making custom movie and television props and prop replicas. Working on these projects has taught me everything from leathercraft to sewing to metalwork to electronics to carpentry and everything in between.
Included here are just a few of my favorite pieces. More to come!
First up are the vambraces worn by the titular hero of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. These are completely handcrafted from start to finish, and feature custom leatherwork, metal ornamentation using steel, brass, and aluminum. The vambraces were part of a handmade costume that featured a two-piece tunic as well as a handcrafted leather belt, greaves (shin armor), and pouches. Also featured was a replica of the staff carried by Gabrielle in Xena: Warrior Princess, crafted out of wood, leather, jute, and fur.
Second is a completely handcrafted journal inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. Titled The Chronicle of the Rohirrim, it includes a poplar slipcase and covers, French-folded pages of handmade parchment (featuring quill-and-ink artwork), and hand-script writing in the Elvish Tengwar alphabet.
A fun area of prop replica-making is the so-called "paper prop" category. Here I have a replica of private investigator Thomas Magnum's wallet from the '80s television show Magnum, P.I. The driver's license, private investigator's license, and military ID card were all recreated using screencaps from the show as templates, as were the tickets to the "North Shore Surf-Out" and the Army/Navy football game. Also included are business cards from The King Kamehameha Club, Island Hoppers helicopter service, and the $2 bill featuring Magnum's birth date as the serial number. Rounding out the prop collection is a screen-accurate nylon "Diver Down" wallet, Magnum's dog tags from Vietnam, and the Cross of Lorraine team ring.
Departmental insignia inspired by the original Star Trek series-- command, sciences, and engineering divisions. Constructed of laser-cut acrylic, the two-layer badges feature a gold hammered-metal finish.
Inspired by the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Inner Light" is a replica Ressikan Flute. The box is handcrafted out of poplar, covered with sculpted plaster. The flute itself, starting as a simple tinwhistle, features an antiqued finish, metal embellishments, and a handmade tassel. The last photo shows some of the materials and tools used in construction.