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Weapon Smithing


  At some point, it was decided that a life sized weapon prop was needed for PAX East. We thought about making the Pain Killer syringe weapon but decided on the Violence Hammer, a piece of steel girder on a pole, wrapped in barbed wire and covered in sharp objects. I’m not a professional prop builder by any means but I do have a number of years of cosplay and costume making under my belt (I’ve even made faux armor!) so I was pretty confident I could make something halfway cool. After traveling to various craft supply, hardware and online Halloween supply stores, we gathered what we thought were the necessary ingredients. But of course, if Mr. Murphy had anything to say about it, things would inevitably blow up along the way. And I mean things slightly bigger than the need that cats feel to sit on paper that has freshly been placed on the floor despite your pleas for them to move because you need it to paint on.
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Project: Plushie


  A few months ago I embarked on a mission that would test the limits of my sanity. I called this mission, Project: Plushie. A plushie or a plush toy is a soft and huggable stuffed animal and normally The Dishwasher would not be associated with these adjectives. It was my quest to prove otherwise and so I went about researching how to make plushies and came across this awesome tutorial. I’ve sewn and made small things before but never completed something like this. At first I created a small prototype entirely by hand, without the aid of a sewing machine, following the tutorial almost to the letter with only a few of my own alterations. The other members of Ska Studios saw it and loved it. Pretty soon, I was tasked to create 11 larger Dishwasher plushies to use as promotional press items.
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How did I get here?
  By plane! The better question might be “how did I get to be here?” I’ll take this question as how did I get to know Ska Studios and how did I come to be a part of it. This is a somewhat long story but, hey, maybe it will be mildly entertaining.
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