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Jedi Utility Box Tutorial, by EeanLedgor

 
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:59 pm    Post subject: Jedi Utility Box Tutorial, by EeanLedgor Reply with quote

Disclaimer regarding the fiasco with Photobucket:


Sooo....Photobucket?

Yeah, with the new policy of charging for 3rd party hosting (meaning photobucket is now charging it's members for their images to appear on 3rd party sites like costuming forums (501st, Rebel Legion, StarWarsAlabama, etc.) many, if not all, images in my tutorials are no longer available. I will likely switch to another photo sharing site, but I've got hundreds of images and this will take time. With my current schedule and costume queue. I doubt I will get around to moving images this year (2017).

In the meantime, you may visit my photobucket account where all of my tutorial pictures are currently housed. I've got it fairly well organized, so you should be able to find what you're looking for. Here's the link:

http://s33.photobucket.com/user/lakrog/library/?sort=3&page=1

As always, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me.



Jedi Utility Box Tutorial

The following is mostly a picture tutorial of how I developed a new sculpt for Jedi Utility Boxes. I won't bother showing every detail, but will offer basic ideas for how I developed these utility boxes.

I used many reference photos of the four main Jedi utility boxes seen in Episodes I, II and III. From the reference pictures (and from help from others) I developed scale drawings of each of the four designs. The overall process you see took me several months from start to finish.

First, I made boxes from foam boards to closely approximate the scale drawings.


Next, I layered sculpting wax on each of the boxes. The sculpts were roughed in after which I drew the box design on the wax to use as guide to finish the initial sculpts.

Although many different mediums can be used for sculpting, in this instance I used dental sculpting wax. Yes, I'm a dentist...and I had some very brittle wax that I didn't like for use at my office, so I brought it home to use for these boxes. It worked rather well. However, the next time I sculpt something like this, I'll likely use a medium to hard sculpting clay.

Here you see the final wax sculpts of each of the boxes.


Molds were made using silicone mold material and FoamIt in foam board boxes. Inserts were also made in order to cast hollow resin boxes (to make the boxes lighter (in weight) and to reduce the cost of the resin used).


Here you see the polyurethane castings.

Once in this form, I could see a number of blemishes that were not apparent in the wax stage. I decided to "resculpt" the resin boxes (by sanding, carving, add bondo, etc.) to get the surfaces and details to my liking. These were painted (with basic white glossy paint) to achieve a smooth surface. Once this was accomplished, I made new silicone molds (with silicone and FoamIt) in wooden boxes. These became my final molds (not pictured) from which many sets of Jedi Utility Boxes can be cast. The first casting from these final molds was cleaned and put safely away to be used as my master props from which new molds can be made in the future (when the existing molds become worn out and useless).

For the sets that I'm now making, I decided to dye the resin dark brown so that, if someone bumps the boxes and scrapes off some paint, the underlying material will be dark brown and not so easily noticeable (as oppose to casting them in the non-dyed and very white resin).

The boxes were sanded and painted with primer (from a rattle can) followed by airbrushing with layers of red (opaque), brown (transparent) and black (transparent) paint to simulate leather.


I modified high quality belt clips and then riveted them to black ABS backs (trimmed to the respective box) which were then glued (with Automotive Amazing Goop) to the back of each box.


One last picture of the Jedi Utility Boxes. The three boxes on the left (the small, tall and wide with gold button) belong to Obi-wan Kenobi. The three boxes on the right (the tall and both wide boxes) belong to Anakin (please correct me if I'm wrong).


Finally, these boxes are non-functional (as they apparently were in the movies). I will consider making the wide boxes function in the future. I have many other costuming projects to start and finish before I consider making some functional Jedi Utility Boxes. For now, the boxes I offer are non-functional.

Here is an alternate paint scheme for the Jedi Belt Utility Boxes. I used the same dark gray primer as with the original paint scheme. The visible layers include pearl, gray and black. I think these should be good for any generic New Republic Jedi costume. I hope you enjoy these "different" utility boxes Wink


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 11, 2015 6:35 am    Post subject: applications Reply with quote

I send yesterday my pictures, do you recived?
ciao Paul
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any chance of a 2016 run?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 12:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

teraxis wrote:
Any chance of a 2016 run?


There's a chance. It would be into the summer. I have costumes I must finish before taking time out for pouch making. But it will happen, eventually.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 04, 2016 4:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

100% will want in on this run for my obi-wan submission hence the post for reply notifications thank you!
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 9:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would be interested in a 2016 run. Did this already happen or are there still pouches available?
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The truth of the matter is I'm just not interested in making these pouches for sell at this time, since I'm on probation through 2018. For now I'm only making them for local folks in my base. In addition, supplying these for sell might even violate the probation, since it would be supporting the RL, which isn't allowed. I'm not totally sure about that, because it seems since the rules or (at least) the interpretation of the charter changes to suit those who are in charge...and I don't want to be banned for not dotting an "i" or crossing a "t".

There are a couple others who are supplying similar accessories.

So, for now, I'm not planning on supplying these pouches. I'm sorry about that. If I do resume making these for sell, you'll see a new "for sale" post in the "for sale" forums. Until then, please enjoy the tutorials.

If anyone has any questions about anything in the tutorials I've made, please feel free to contact me. MTFBWY
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

woodman makes resin jedi pouches from his own 3D models.

very accurate AND inexpensive. (a set of ALL FOUR will cost $110)

http://www.forum.rebellegion.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=74250&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, we talked about design, and I passed along some measurements for the pouches/boxes. Seems KyleD makes these and then there's also civilizedgalacticgear.com

So...there are several folks who make these now.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: hey Reply with quote

so how much do you charge for a set of jedi utility boxes,

I know this is an old post but I wanted to know

if you have a et price please feel free to message me thanks.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 05, 2017 11:19 pm    Post subject: Re: hey Reply with quote

CodySkywalker wrote:
so how much do you charge for a set of jedi utility boxes,

I know this is an old post but I wanted to know

if you have a et price please feel free to message me thanks.


I am no longer making these to sell to the general RL membership. I only make them for myself and local Base members and friends. Maybe one day I will make them to sell...but if and when I do, there will be a post in the appropriate thread.
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