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Hello there foamsmiths! Have you made something super rad using the techniques you learned in the Foamsmith Trilogy? How would you like the chance to show off your amazing prop and armor creations right here in our Foamsmith Gallery?

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Prop Gun Scale Reference Images

Scaling your handheld props correctly can be a huge pain. Many times, there’s no context in your reference images to help you realize how big or small that prop should be. I run into this problem all the time when designing and re-making space guns from video games, so I’ve come up with a fool proof way to scale prop guns. First, you’ll need a real gun, your hand, and a ruler to take a reference image. Don’t have a real gun? An appropriately sized airsoft gun should do the trick! Don’t have one of those? I’ve got you covered. You can download these shots of my hand along with an airsoft Glock to use for your project. I have an average sized hand, so it should work for most people! This image can be dropped into your image editing software of choice. I like to use Inkscape. I uniformly scale the image to be about 18″ wide in the drawing area. This way, I know any measurements I make in Inkscape will be scaled to this pistol’s real world dimensions. I’ll then drop in a side view reference image of the prop I will be using and drop it’s opacity to 75%. This way I can see the reference gun and hand through the prop gun. Then I can re-scale this top image so that the video game gun handle fits my hand. Once I can be sure the video game gun is accurately scaled to my hand, I can use the measurement tool in Inkscape to figure out the dimensions of the gun. I’ll usually take a general measurement,...

How to Become a Professional Prop & Costume Maker

You want to make props and costumes for a living, do ya? Every single day I get a message from one of you wonderful fans, asking how to turn your prop or costume making hobby into a career. Enough of you desire to know the secret to turning your crafting hobby into a job, so I’ve decided to put it all down on paper. Er… on the internet. Here is the roadmap to turning your creative passion into a full time career. Step 1: Get really good at prop or costume making You really can’t skip this step. No matter what, if you want to turn your hobby into a career, you’re going to have to convince people that you’re technically proficient at creating things. This means being among 99th percentile of other hobbyists. It also means it might take you years to develop the maker skills necessary to climb to the top of the pile. I started making props and costumes in 2009 and I didn’t quit my day job until 2012. That was even with years of formal art training and lots of practice doing other creative things (I was a 3D modeler for about 7 years). Also, when I quit my day job I was 30, so I had more than a decade of other job experience under my belt. I also get a lot of messages from you guys who are still in school and want to know what classes you should take. Traditional crafting and art skills are necessary, but you don’t really need college to learn those skills. You’d be better off apprenticing or interning...