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parisandtorres

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Report this Apr. 13 2011, 4:17 am

Okay, I was wondering how to make a combadge.  Not with noise or anything.  Just how to make it look sort of real.  Thanks for your willingness to spend the time to tell me!


DocFanFive

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Report this Apr. 13 2011, 1:29 pm

I have made several props (my mobile emitter for one) so I offer my assistance in this matter.


If you want some, that is.


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parisandtorres

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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 12:45 pm

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>Okay, I was wondering how to make a combadge.  Not with noise or anything.  Just how to make it look sort of real.  Thanks for your willingness to spend the time to tell me!

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First I need to know what style of badge you want and how hard you want it to be to make. Thanks for responding!!  


I was thinking about the ones they use on Voyager.  Here...



I am pretty good with art so it can be as hard as you want.  Do you need to know anything else?  Thanks!!!


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 1:47 pm

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Sure, any help is appreciated!!    I am just waiting for a response from parisandtorres on the type of badge they want to make. Also, if you don't mind saying, how did you make your mobile emitter? I have tried and cant figure it out. And have you ever made a padd? If you did, what was it make out of?


To make a mobile emitter:


1) Gather materials. I used three layers of thin foam core, modeling clay, and glue for the basic frame, plus paint and several pins for the back.


2) Find a suitable template. Trace it onto the foam core until you have enough layers to make a reasonably thick frame. Then cut out the peices and layer them and glue them together.


3) Once the glue is dry, spread a layer of modeling clay over the entire piece. This gives it the nice smoothed edges that you see in the series. Once the modeling clay had hardened a bit, use a butter knife to cut out the indentations on the mobile emitter (the three bars on the top and the exposed circutry).


4) Paint the entire thing with a layer of glue. Yes, glue. This provides a layer of protection between the clay and the paint. Certain sealants would probably work too, but i din't have any on hand when i made it.


5) once the glue drys, paint the thing in layers. Do the black for the bars on top and the dark green background for the circutry first. Let dry COMPLETELY.


6) Next, with a very thin brush, use either a yellowey-black or gold paint to create the lines of the circut pathway. LET DRY COMPLETELY!


7) Paint the entire thing either grey or silver, depending on what sort of paint you have. Once the paint dries, attatch the pin(s) to the back.


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There's actally an alternate way to do this that I wanted to do this, but didn't have all the materials that I needed:


Before gluing the layers together in step two, find a suitable magnet that can grip through a layer of clothing, like a SF uniform. You also need a flat piece of magnetically attractive metal to serve as the backing. Cut out a hole in the bottom two layers of foam core and when you glue it, add the magnet in the hole and glue it.


Then, do all the other step the exact same way, except that you won't need to add the pin in the last step.


This way is a bit more correct, because the Doctor always seemed to be able to add and remove his emitter from his sleeve whenever he wanted to without any visible pin. It's also a bit more tricky, because you will need a fairly powerful, but small, magnet.


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The method I used to make this also works for comm-badges and any other small insignia pieces.


It also works on a larger scale, as this is the method I am currently using to make a passible representation of a PADD. 


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DocFanFive

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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 2:53 pm

The modeling clay I use doen't exactly dry persee...


It always remains moldable. that's why i used the glue to keep it hard and to make sure that it doen't melt. On that note, if the sealant that you use makes a hard crust, it should probably work.


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DocFanFive

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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 3:49 pm

no template. just a picture of it, and as for the dimensions, i did it mostly fom memory, sizing it based on my arm.


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 6:42 pm

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>Well I made one awhile back from vinyl siding samples from a building supply center and some spray paint. I looks pretty good, but if you don't have good scissors or knife the plastic is hard to cut. So anyway to make it you just get the plastic, cut out the two pieces, one in the shape of the triangle and the other in the shape of the sideways bar that goes across the center, lay the triangle part over it so it is straight and mark where the notches on the bar are, cut them out with a knife or scissors and possibly sand it, get some silver and some gold spray paint and paint the bar gold and the triangle silver (optional: get a bottle of gold paint and paint the edge of the triangle), get some good plastic glue (not super glue or crazy glue, it wont work, trust me) and stick the together, find a pin backing at a craft store or use one off a old pin, glue it on and there you go. Get ready to get beamed up!!     If I can figure out another way to make it, I will let you know. If you have any questions, just ask. If you check my profile later today, there should be pictures of it.

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Thanks soooooooo much!!!! 'Beam me up Scotty!'


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 7:28 pm

Does anyone know the exact dimensions of a TNG-era Combadge? I wish to make one out of clay for my English teacher, who is a TNG fan. I have the clay, I have the paint... I just need to know the right size.


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___Lucifer___

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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 7:42 pm

Gun cases are awesome for making medkits, engineering toolboxes, etc.


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 8:11 pm

The ones at Roddenberry.com are, AFAIK, the closest to the actual ones on the TV show. Unlike the metal pins most fans sport, these are made from painted cast resin, just like the ones made by the prop department. Unfortunately, there are no listed dimensions.


The ones sold by prop dealers at conventions are also pretty authentic, but you'll pay an arm and a leg for it. Even an unpainted resin cast is pricey, phasers and other crap even more so.


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 8:17 pm

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>Does anyone know the exact dimensions of a TNG-era Combadge? I wish to make one out of clay for my English teacher, who is a TNG fan. I have the clay, I have the paint... I just need to know the right size.

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Trying to get on her good side?

K_tigress

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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 8:37 pm

There's some good ideas in here.


 


http://www.instructables.com/


 


Plus don't forget to check in google for paper toys you guys can make.


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___Lucifer___

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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 8:37 pm

Speaking of clay, you could make a replica of Alexander's goblet he was molding out of clay in TNG "Imaginary Friend." 


You can also make a delta shield shaped ashtray if your teacher smokes.


 


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 8:45 pm

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>Does anyone know the exact dimensions of a TNG-era Combadge? I wish to make one out of clay for my English teacher, who is a TNG fan. I have the clay, I have the paint... I just need to know the right size.

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Trying to get on her good side?


I'm not trying to get on his "good side." No. I'm actually trying to find a way to repay him for that Spock bottle he brought me back from Vulcan. I still feel like I owe him something for that. It was the first Trek item I ever got.


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Report this Apr. 14 2011, 8:46 pm

Spock Bottle? You mean a saurian brandy bottle?? I soooooooo want one of those.


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