Friday, September 30, 2011

Newest Gun

Each individual gun has its own personality. In order to give an accurate representation of each gun, I have to go into detail. So here I go again on the latest and greatest Behemoth Incorporated raygun. I see it to be a space pirate's pistol or something of that sort.
When I go searching for raygun parts, I always search for three main components. There is the body, the barrel, and the handle. I never go into a new project with a structure in mind. If I did, I would be limiting myself to something that I don't have and could easily pass up on a truly remarkable piece. In this gun, the body is made of something like a vegetable strainer/steamer. The barrel was a candle stick holder and the handle was an oil spout. What I really enjoyed, however, was the fuel gauge that I converted over to a Behemoth Inc. gauge. It is a bit similar to the one in my last post. As you can see, safe is "NOTHING TO WORRY ABOUT." Caution is "HOLD YOUR HORSE'S." And danger is "CALL MOM."
I had some trouble with the handle at the beginning. I had to hack saw a few things off in order for it to look nice and slender. Unfortunately, I ended up with a gaping hole at the front of the handle, so I had to cover it up some how. As you can see, I used some sort of plumbing nozzle to cover it up. I had to do some minor tweaking in order for it to fit well, which it did. 

Lastly, the barrel. Like I said, it is from a candle stick holder which I found at a thrift store. The repeating rings give it a nice touch, I think. If you had no barrel, there would be no death! The whole gun is held together by a threaded rod. 
The perforated end of the body has a nice retro touch. I don't have this one for sale yet, but you can still check out my Etsy. Thanks for viewing!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Chuck Norris's BB Gun and Robots

This raygun actually had a lot of small details that most people wouldn't notice. Specifically the gauge. It's easy to think, "Oh look! A small little thermometer thingy." But I actually had to get a ladies wristwatch and take out the face. I then replaced it by a homemade gauge face and ground off the pegs where the leather straps were with an angle grinder. Can't have your trusty sidearm blowing up in your face; you need to know if it is overheating or not!
Another detailed piece that I did was the emitter at the end. While most of it is covered up by the brim on tea candle holder, I wanted to make sure the gun would be very intricate. These pulse emitters are guaranteed to give you the maximum wave frequency you need!

On the left side of the gun, I had something that I think I am going to call "exposed mechanics." I drilled multiple holes and then basically screwed in springs. I don't know how you would go about protecting your home without some good old fashioned electricity running through your emitter.  Also noted, the trigger guard (wall clamp) secured the handle to the body and added a "fuller" look to the actual gun. I really like the way it turned out, needless to say.
And on the opposite side, I just have a few screws tacked on their for some nice, pretty decorations for your deadly intergalactic raygun. A simple, yet industrial touch.

You can find this gun on my Etsy. And now for a separate, smaller project that I am working on right now. A few artists, such as Dan Jones with Tinkerbots and Andy Hill with Electro Artworks, make rayguns and robots. Due to the generosity of Gloria Burson of A Modern Glo, I have some pieces to make a bot of my own. Just a start, but I am excited to see the way it turns out!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

First Post, First Raygun!

1920's introduced us to the retro styled artwork that I have learned to love. Buck Roger's toy raygun sparked the mind of the young and restless to a time in the future of martians and space surfing.

One day whilst looking up Star Wars information on the internet, I happened upon a wonderful site and distributor of what now consumes most of my time. This site was home to a prop company named Weta, from New Zealand. Some of the artists from Weta assumed the alias of Dr. Grordbort and began making rayguns. However beautiful Dr. Grordbort's rayguns are, I cannot afford to spend $700 on each of them. At 18 miles per gallon on my 95' Lincoln Town Car, money runs pretty short here. It didn't really take me too long before I realized how bad I NEEDED if I couldn't buy one, then I had to make my own.
This was my first legitimate build. The body of this one is made from a lamp that I bought at a thrift store, using some of the scrounged up quarters from all the burrito runs to Taco Bell. The barrel of the gun is made out of an old candlestick. I found the CO2 canister on the ground in Memphis which would act as some sort of pressurizer if this raygun was actually functional. To my dismay, that technology is not available to us yet.

As far as the washers that are on the candlestick barrel; these were just leftover parts from previous projects. However, one of my favorite parts of the guns has to be the handle. It was made out of an LED flashlight that I got for my birthday and had no personal use for it. However, adding a filter onto the end and a brass piece over where the switch was, it turned into the perfect handle. I definitely think that the bold "LASER" inscription on it adds to the raygun's futuristic feel.
I am so pleased with the way this one came out! This gun, along with a couple others, are available for purchase on my Etsy account.