Jen and John of EPBOT are constantly coming up with new crafts for cosplay and for the home. They’re wizards with power tools, but Jen specifically poured her energy into developing some cheaper and simpler crafts. One of the results is a lovely steampunk raygun that would complement a variety of costumes. It was inexpensive to make — especially if you already have the glue and necessary paint on hand — and easy. And as you can see from the above photo, it’s beautiful.
Jen started with a plastic pop gun from the local dollar store (it was a Dollar Tree for her) and mini trophies. She also used hot glue, primer, Rub N’ Buff, and sparkly nail polish. She used the mini trophies to extend the shape of the raygun before painting it and applying Rub N’ Buff to make it look metallic. You could probably add to this build with some LEDs. See part of the transformation in the photos below and then enjoy the entire tutorial at EPBOT.
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