Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Army of Darkness Chainsaw 4

In today's news: local woman uses newspaper to make chainsaw
I added a few more layers of papier-mâché to the exterior of my Army of Darkness cardboard chainsaw. I’m at the point where I can spend hours working on adding layers of newspaper without seeing a lot of progress. I think my husband is happy I’m working on it because he can play video games without me interrupting him while I’m sculpting!

The handle inside is thicker, but I don’t want to build too much too fast because I want to make sure everything has a chance to dry all the way. I also need to start thinking about how I’m going to make the back of the chainsaw. I didn’t cut any pieces for it yet because I wanted to get the inside done first. I should also start looking for screws and paint, but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Army of Darkness Chainsaw 3

Let the gluing begin!
Cutting out the cardboard pieces for my papier-mâché chainsaw wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I know I’ll need to cut out more parts later, but I wanted to get the pieces I have ready glued together before I got the chance to lose them.

Check out that powerful blade - it might cause a paper cut!
Since I needed to make sure the interior of my chainsaw is hollow and big enough to for me to put my hand inside, I doubled up the cardboard where I could to try to help maintain the shape because watery papier-mâché paste likes to make cardboard distort. I also had to worry about the chainsaw blade part warping since cardboard likes to curl, so I triple layered the thickest cardboard I could find. I also put the outer pieces back-to-back with the hopes that if they try to curl, they’ll cancel out each other.

Thank goodness for tape
... lots, and lots of tape!

I couldn’t just use glue to hold everything together, so I used tape and some straight pins. I also cut up a few wooden popsicle sticks to create the vent thingy on the side. Since I already had the craft sticks out, and I was way too lazy to search for any new supplies, I wedged 2 sticks inside for a handle to grasp. Once I got everything I had ready assembled, I added the first layer of papier-mâché. I know I’m going to have a lot more work to do, but I think I’m off to a good start!

Behold! The first layer of newspaper!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Army of Darkness Chainsaw 2

To begin my homemade chainsaw project, I tried to find as many pictures as I could of the chainsaw from the movie or unaltered chainsaws so I could see what I was getting into. The chainsaws in Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, and Army of Darkness were all different, and I decided I wanted to make an Army of Darkness style one since that’s my favorite movie.

Chainsaw sketches
After my grueling research of looking up pictures of Bruce Campbell on the internet, I made preliminary sketches to see if this was a project I could handle. When I completed the sketches, I wanted to make scale drawings from 4 different angles. Unfortunately, I had a rough time trying to figure out how large to make my chainsaw prop. Perhaps my chainsaw vocabulary was lacking in my searches, so I just decided to estimate by seeing how large the chainsaw was in comparison to Bruce Campbell. Since I’m a bit shorter, I know my prop will be smaller, but that’s okay because it will be to scale for me.
Chainsaw drawings to scale

I then used my life-sized drawing to create patterns, which I traced onto cardboard. When I made the proton pack, I learned that if I had any hollow spaces they would warp and sag due to the moisture in the paste, so I did my best to avoid empty spaces this time. Instead of creating boxes, I cut out many layers to stack so everything will be solid. It took me quite awhile to cut everything out, but I think it was worth it. Gluing everything together should be a challenge!

Parts for the right side of my chainsaw
Pieces for the left side

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Army of Darkness Chainsaw 1

I don’t know what I was thinking, but for some reason I got the idea that I need a chainsaw hand like Bruce Campbell’s in Army of Darkness. Perhaps it was because friends have been asking me what the theme for Halloween will be this year. Maybe I’m a little jealous of my friends who recently went to a zombie festival this summer. It could also very well be that my Army of Darkness is now hung in my living room, and I spend too much time on the sofa.

Anyway, I decided I must have a chainsaw hand. I poked around online to see if I could just buy one, but I could only find Texas Chainsaw Massacre toys at first, which obviously weren’t good enough. Then, I found some people make their own chainsaws out of juice containers. Those looked okay for people who needed to slap together an Ash Halloween costume, but it wasn’t for me. After that, I found that there are people who buy old chainsaws and refit them to make them look screen accurate. While those chainsaw props look awesome, I know that I don’t have the money or resources to make one. I am also pretty scrawny and I don’t think I’d like to haul around a heavy chainsaw. I eventually discovered EvilDeadChainsaws.com, which is pretty amazing. There are handmade prop chainsaws available for sale, and they look great. They also cost over 500 pounds, which I obviously don’t have.

So, I decided to return to my old friend papier-mâché! I thought my husband’s papier-mâché proton pack I made was pretty snazzy, so I decided to make a chainsaw using the same medium. Why did I decide to undertake another big project? Part of it is because I love the Evil Dead movies, and part of it is just to see if can. 

What’s New in the Life of Fanboy Wife?

For the last year, my life has been so busy I just haven’t had enough free time to poke fun at my husband and the things he loves as much as I’d like. After Halloween last year, I pretty much painted nonstop when I wasn’t at work in order to beef up my portfolio so I could apply to graduate school in January.

I was ill most of the winter, which wasn’t a lot of fun. So, I spent a lot of time indoors and feeling sorry for myself. If I wasn’t at work or at the doctor’s office, I was probably at home watching Netflix.

In March, I found out I was accepted into graduate school full time to study painting! I spent a good amount of time jumping for joy considering that I was one of the 12 new students in the entire MFA program! I had to find a new place to live, pack up all of our belongings, and resign from my job.

Ash and I moved to a new town at the end of June, and we’re still not done unpacking. Ash loves the new place because it’s a basement duplex and so the entire home is a dark, dank man-cave. Since we only have 4 windows total and we’re underground, he never has to worry about glare on the TV screen while he plays video games and watches Doctor Who.

This is one of Ash's boxes I packed for him.

Unfortunately, Ash now has a very long drive to work now, so I don’t get to see him as much as I’d like. On a positive note, I now have a lot of time to myself and can once again spend more time playing on the internet!