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Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby JemPowered » Tue May 23, 2017 3:27 pm

I assembled an old leather jacket. I am planning to distress it to look like it has bullet holes and heat damage from a laser or plasma handgun.

Anyone have experience doing something like this ?
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Re: Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby Dave » Tue May 23, 2017 4:36 pm

JemPowered wrote:I assembled an old leather jacket. I am planning to distress it to look like it has bullet holes and heat damage from a laser or plasma handgun.

Anyone have experience doing something like this ?

Just a suggestion, but... if you know anybody who has a membership at a local shooting range, you might be able to sweet-talk him/her into providing some real bullet holes in it.

Failing that... set it on a log, get the biggest-diameter nail you can find, grind off the pointed tip, and then hammer it through the leather. After removing the nail, drizzle the hole with some sort of staining liquid to give the appearance of a bloodstain around the hole (unless your cosplay character is invulnerable, or has Monica's trick of poiting bullets away just before they touch her skin).

A propane torch with a narrow-flame head might be able to provide some scorching. Doing a convincing LASER burn might be tricky, as you'd want the burns to have a sharp-edged appearance (at the "edge of the beam") but not show any signs of physical pressure as you might get by dragging a red-hot poker across the leather. You might simulate a burn-through LASER slash by cutting the leather with a very sharp blade, and then scorching the cut edges with red-hot metal.
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Re: Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby Hansontoons » Thu May 25, 2017 12:13 pm

Check out Dmitri Zaitsev/Nuclear Snail Studios for ideas and how-to's. He's a post-apo LARP person with YouTube videos on how to create and distress clothing. I cannot recall him with bullet holes or laser scarring on his items, but worth a look. He's also on Facebook.
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Re: Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby TazManiac » Sun May 28, 2017 3:14 pm

Following the Apocalypses I don't think there will be much in the way of clothing. Just go in your Birthday Suit...
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Re: Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby Dave » Sun May 28, 2017 4:41 pm

Initially, it's bare skins.

Once the weather gets colder, it's bear skins.

As to the Birthday Suit: there were a bunch of them in stock for a while, but they turned out to be shoddily made and none of them actually sold.
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Re: Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby TazManiac » Sun May 28, 2017 6:55 pm

*slow-golf-clap*
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Re: Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby DinkyInky » Sat Jun 03, 2017 10:59 pm

Yes, Dave's idea. Best way for authenticity.
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Re: Post Apocalypse clothing

Postby GlytchMeister » Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:31 pm

Or... Y'know... Find a local mad scientist/engineer who can use maybe parts from backyard telescopes and big binoculars and cameras to focus the laser beams from several blue writing lasers in computer disc writer/readers into a single beam powerful enough to put a hole in a thing in a real damn hurry.

They might even let you keep it... for home defense.
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