Customising your Firestrike
COSPLAYER Jason Koh of Neo Tokyo Project shows how to customise a Nerf Firestrike into a marvel of steampunk technology.
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Assorted gear (from old clocks, watches and/or model kits)
A test tube with screw cap (available from Art Friend)
Some leather straps
Some felt cloth
2 light bulbs used in torches/bicycle lamps
Some 24-gauge copper wire
Black spray paint
Rub-on gold-leaf paint
Some wooden skewers
Lightly spray the Nerf blaster with a coat of black paint.
Spray one side first, leave it to dry for about 15 to 20 minutes, and then spray the other side.
Take special care to avoid spraying down the muzzle or onto any mechanism.
It will take several coats to create a uniform look.
Paint the gear, leather straps, felt cloth and anything you might want to use as decorative pieces with rub-on gold-leaf paint.
Use copper wire to create wire bindings around the larger items, such as the test tubes, gear shafts and mechanisms.
Paste gear onto the top of the screw cap with contact glue to create the targeting mechanism.
Next, wrap leather straps around the test tube, securing the straps to the test tube with contact glue.
You can also cut the tips off Nerf bullets, and slot light bulbs into the foam tubes to create customised Steampunk ammunition.
Your black base coat should be dry by now and you can begin to add additional embellishments to the blaster.
Cut the felt cloth into the approximate shape of your blaster grip, and paste it onto your blaster with contact glue.
Next, add accents and highlights to your blaster with rub-on gold-leaf paint. Using varying amounts on selected places will give it a more-antiquated and weathered look.
Affix gear and embellishments to your blaster with contact glue. Mount the targeting mechanism, and affix any additional leather straps and wire bindings you wish to the blaster.
Once these decorative pieces are secured, leave the glue to set and cure.
Finally, seal the entire blaster with a layer of lacquer spray, let dry, and you're done!
Note: You can fill the test tube to give your blaster more visual appeal. In our case, we decided to use grape soda to simulate a purple fluid.