I was commissioned to create Paracelsus, an ancient relic in the form of a key in the game Guilty Gear.

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After scaling the plans, I selected a 4″ ABS pipe to use as the shaft. Since the prop will be large, I’ll be making it to disassemble for transportation.

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I cut sections of pipe to use as connectors for the parts.

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I cut out a section of the pipe so it will fit inside the shaft sections.

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I heated the connector to narrow the diameter of the ABS.

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The collar is 6″ in diameter so I cut off a section of a 4-way ABS connector.

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I cut end caps out of styrene leaving a hole to fit the shaft.

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I glued on the base and inserted a thin styrene sheet to form the interior wall.

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I drilled a hole for a u-bolt, inserting brass tubes to protect the threads.

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I filled the interior with urethane expanding foam.

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I glued on the top end cap and painted a coat of primer.

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The final painted collar on the neck portion of the shaft.

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A smaller collar is located at the top of the lower shaft. I cut a section of the shaft pipe and heated it to expand it. I cut out another section to fill the gap.

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I wanted the eyes to be hemispheres so I cut a template of the proper diameter and marked off a section on a plastic light globe.

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I was able to cut 3 domes from the globe…two for the eyes, one in case I messed up.

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To make the eyes rotate, I cut discs from styrene and attached them in the center with a screw post. They would eventually be glued into a styrene base attached to the head.

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The eyes test fit to the color plans.

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I cut a section of pipe to be embedded in the head. I flattened two sides to glue to the front and back.

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I glued styrene sides to the head styrene disc.

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I cut out the nostrils and used putty to create depressions.

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I filled the interior of the head with expanding foam and glued the head disc closed.

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For the bit (the business end of any key) I cut profiles out of 1″ blue insulation foam.

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I spilt each piece in half in preparation to be glued.

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I cut a piece of masonite and attached it to the pipe with threaded rods. This will support the foam and allow it to be secured to the pipe.

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I glued all the pieces for one half together.

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Once both sides were done, I glued them to the masonite.

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I cut out the hole in the bit, leaving a section at the edge for support.

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I covered the foam with 1/8″ thick ABS plastic. This plastic is thin enough to be light but thick enough so that any undulation in the foam doesn’t show through.

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The cleaned up bit attached and glued to the pipe.

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I cut thin styrene for the face pattern.

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I painted the head and attached the face pattern to it.

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The eyes glued in place.

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I used 1/2″ thick upholstery edging for the stitches. To keep them from unraveling, I taped the edges and applied hot glue to the ends. The ends were then tucked into 3/8″ hole.

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The final assembled Paracelsus. The movable eyes are fun to play with!

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Detail of the finished bit. I’m using a plastic chain from a parrot cage supplier.

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The u-bolt can slide out to remove the chain. It can be secured inside the neck with nuts but the threads keep it in place just fine.

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Detail of the finished head.The assembled key is over 7 feet tall and only weighs 25 lbs.

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The client Bunnie-Fu with Paracelsus at MegaCon 2010 in Orlando. She’s 5’11” and is still dwarfed by this giant!

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