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Vote in the "Wicked Lasers Contest" & "MakerBot Challenge" Charlie says WINNER

New videos added, still kinda dark though!

*** Just so every one knows, this is not an attack on Charlie Sheen in particular.  This would have been based on any celebrity du jour.  Charlie fit the bill at the time.  Yes it is true, he does need medical, psychological and perhaps spiritual help.  I have many people in my life that suffer from similar issues, and they all celebrate the Charlie Sheen below.  Its meant to be a lighthearted take of Charlies self proclamations.  Remember imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.  Charlie, this is my ode to you! with the truest form of sincerity.***


Welcome to my instructable on how to build a Charlie Sheen bust equipped with Warlock Laser eyes. Now of course you can use this technique to make anyone you so choose, Charlie was merely my inspiration at the time. As I’m sure every one is aware, Charlie has been in the news, CNN and on tour with his warlock shenanigans. Right around the same time, the “Wicked Lasers Contest” on Instructables was announced. With Charlie’s self proclamation that he was a Warlock and myself trying to come up with something truly inspirational for the contest, In a flash of laser light I realized the perfect project would be “Charlie Sheen's Warlock Laser Eyes”

When ever I do a project like this I find it hard to stop, there is always one more thing I think I should add. Normally I take a step back, re-assess and say OK, don’t mess with perfection. Not this time, we all agreed that it would be awesome if the mouth moved, by simply adding a walkie-talkie  or amplified speaker into the heads cavity you could truly bring Charlie Sheen to life – WINNER!!!

This would make a great Halloween prop, Conversation starter, Party gag or even as a fund raiser. With a little modification you could build it into a booth and have it dispense fortunes like the Zoltan character from the movie “Big” with Tom Hanks. This instructable can be built with a variety of options which will be broken down in the following steps.

 

  • The first major option for you to decide is if you want to add the R/C animatronic jaw. This was really an after thought; I had completed Charlie with the intent of just lighting up his eyes with lasers to compete in the “Wicked Lasers Contest” featured here on Instructables. Initially this build was custom tailored to the contest as I wanted to do something with lasers never done before. I really want something unique to enter into the contest, don’t get me wrong there are some amazing entries into the contest, its just I have seen them all before in slightly different variations. Plus Charlie sports the kind of campy silliness I love to add to a project. Getting on to the animatronic jaw, it can be added after, but I recommend planning it in to the build. All though not terribly hard to add after, it would have been so much easier to incorporate it from the beginning. In life it really is a lot harder then it sounds to learn from other mistakes, but in builds like this a little for thought is essential.

 

  • The mould you spread your papier-mâché on will also have to be decided on first. I used a positive silicone mould that I built for one of other Instructables. http://www.instructables.com/id/Spooky-Polyester-Resin-Ghost-prop/ All though this would be an extra step, its surprising how often I have used this face for other projects. Its durability, heat proof to almost 500 degrees and slightly flexible nature make it ideal for a variety of projects. Being composed of silicone, things molded or pored over it just slip off when set. A good second choice would be a bald mannequin head. You could always shave one with hair, but the little holes will need to be filled. In addition most mannequin heads are quite rigid so care will be needed in the removal of your papier-mâché. Lastly a Halloween mask, due to its overly flexible nature will need to be supported quite firmly in order to spread the papier-mâché. I think the last option is actually more work then just building the silicone face.

 

  • The Hair – oooh so much trickier then it sounds. Throw a wig on it? Sure, if you can find a realistic one. Dollar store wigs really don’t cut it. I used aluminum foil and hot glue. The bust was built with the intent of it looking kinda like folk art meets Mardi-Gras.  If you are going for ultra realism, perhaps source out a higher quality wig on eBay. Woman’s hair naturally looks better in wig format, men's hair though most of the time just looks like a bad toupee.

 

  • The skin – getting the color right for your skin is very tricky, its one of the hardest thing to paint, especially on a rough surface such as papier-mâché. If your want a more realistic skin, you should skim coat the mask in either fine clay or I would suggest sanded bondo. Then seal it, so the corresponding layers of paint can’t soak in. By laying down many thin layers of a light colored translucent paint, you will build up the naturally translucent nature of skin. Or, I keep using the excuse that I was going for the folk-art look! Hey, it works for me.

 

  • Clothes – To resin or not to resin. I’m torn on this subject, as I really wanted to coat his clothing in polyester resin after dressing him. Not only does it help make the structure that much stronger, it makes that section water proof. In theory, you could polyester resin the whole thing, aluminum foil hair and all. But… I wanted the option of reusing this bust for a variety of things. Thought it would be awesome to take off his glasses, and slip on a classic Star Trek red shirt, then lay him out in the grass with guts coming out of where his body should be. Classic red shirt death scenario, but wait he’s not quite dead yet. That’s when you activate the eyes and mouth, uttering something scary to the trick or treaters. Basically I’m just dressing him like a mannequin, changing the look as needed.

Read this instructable thoroughly and try to plan ahead.

If you look at all the pictures at the top, click back and forth between the last 4 pictures - now you too can make charlie blink or talk!

 
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ilpug3 years ago
amazing. keep the tiger's blood flowing my friend.
Amazing. I too am tired of pretending I'm not special =)
Godess #4
mrworf1 year ago
WHY?
iminthebathroom (author)  mrworf1 year ago
Cause. Sorry, that sounds offending. Why, the project? the subject?
BalintRules2 years ago
this isn't plastic surgery.... it's plaster surgery!
Wow! Nicee!

If you wanted to disguise the mouth seam you can use condom latex, it flexes but doesn't have too much tension, that's what the Supermarionation guys used on Thunderbirds, Stingray and such.
tinker2343 years ago
thanks you know i think that your right but evrything hey why is the skin have thouse bumps on it just wondering
iminthebathroom (author)  tinker2343 years ago
Used paper mache clay, was going for a mardigras festival look. People who are adept can make it butter smooth, similar to antique composition dolls
ok thanks
tinker2343 years ago
you know you could canblie them from toys i got some from a ferrbie then i hit it with a butcher knife my sister wasn't happy or http://www.amazon.com/Hitec-RCD-Inc-31055-HS-55/dp/B0006O3WNW
iminthebathroom (author)  tinker2343 years ago
yup, for sure. I had the controller, servos, receiver ready to go and limited time frame. Other wise I would have used something else
tinker2343 years ago
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iminthebathroom (author)  tinker2343 years ago
yup, just gotta practice doing it is all, was rather simple really
tinker2343 years ago
looks rough nice color hey could you use silcone insted to give it that human look and quiter motors thanks tinker
iminthebathroom (author)  tinker2343 years ago
of course! look for oogoo on this site. Thin it and tint to human flesh color, and brush it on layers, you will get a more natural slight translucency like real skin. Ah yes, the motors... These servos are over 20 years old, and newer ones are not as loud for sure. One option that I should have done though since being too cheap to buy modern servos would have been to enclose the servos in 1" closed cell foam all around. The pink or blue kind used for insulation. The tiniest hole for the push rod is all that would have been needed. This does an amazing job at reducing sound levels, I've done it before
thanks sorry late but you are right hey what about using this in the next model ww.wowwee.com/en/products/toys/robots/robotics/femisapien
tinker2343 years ago
ww.wowwee.com/en/products/toys/robots/robotics/femisapien sorry here is a link
tinker2343 years ago
hey just quick qusten can you reverse engerier the fembot legs from wowwe to work with this and make Charlie autonomous just a thought
nothinglabs3 years ago
awesome!

looking forward to the next version - with upgraded lasers that burn the flesh of his enemies!

iminthebathroom (author)  nothinglabs3 years ago
ouch! thanks!
verbatin013 years ago
A lot of comments, steps, and... end product pretty boring. Looked like an amateur loop to me. Appologies if this was an actual effort.
iminthebathroom (author)  verbatin013 years ago
wow, ok
chicopluma3 years ago
hahahahahahaha, just like in real life
aje1273 years ago
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THAT WAS GREAT!!!!!!!!
iminthebathroom (author)  aje1273 years ago
Thank you very much! I just wish I had a better video camera at the time of filming. Even using my daughters hi-def cam, the lasers in the eyes seem to interfere with the cameras light sensor. I think it was perceiving the room as being brighter then it was. Really should edit the videos to make them lighter and not so dark. Oh well
pacwoods3 years ago
uh. great structable, but, uh, don't the lasers present a danger to mere mortal eyes?
signed,
concerned loser mortal
iminthebathroom (author)  pacwoods3 years ago
no, they are just low rated laser pointers you buy at a dollar stores and the like. This was a concern of mine as I do have many friends with children who come over, and would not want to put them in danger. So I researched it to death! All though not recommended to ever stare into lasers, the ones used pose no significant risk to your eyes, other then perhaps getting a headache for repeated long term staring at the lasers focal point. In addition these are in theory being filtered through an opaque white laser of plastic, and an additional layer of paper. Paper used was thick 60lb bond photo paper. In all honesty an LED could have been a better choice to light it up, and would be much brighter. Though you wouldn't get that interesting scattered particle look so recognizable as being from a laser. Something to chew on, its still up in the air as to the safety of LED's on the human eye, long term studies just haven't been around long enough to study.
Probably LEDs pose a similar risk to incandescents, it's all about the brightness.
iminthebathroom (author)  willrandship3 years ago
hard to say, not sure if its the brightness per-say or the wavelength. As into the ultra-violet and infra-red spectrum's where the damage isn't yet apparent, long term is yet unknown
EToft3 years ago
Give him a Goatee to hide the wonky jaw a bit. Charlie has often been seen sporting a goat on his chin...

If you have more paper mache...square up his jaw a bit too...Charlie has a wide square jaw.
iminthebathroom (author)  EToft3 years ago
Goatee is a good idea! And the jaw, oh yeah... It can always be added later. I freeze the paper mache pulp, its amazing how so little fliers produce so much. Right now it looks way to jowly! To be honest though, we may end up using him as a Halloween prop rather then as charlie sheen. Thanks for the input, always awesome!
ry259203 years ago
I have to subtract 5 stars from my original 10 out of 5... Only because you made it Charlie Sheen. However, This is a well written, well designed ible. 5 Stars. +fav
iminthebathroom (author)  ry259203 years ago
Thanks, soon it will be re-done as a dead star trek red shirt, make a great theme prop for Halloween this year
dyly3 years ago
You really shouldn't be making fun of such a confused and sick man. Its sad that he isn't strong enough to ask for help.
iminthebathroom (author)  dyly3 years ago
True, though many I have talked to before publishing this, all agreed it was fine. And these were people dealing from similar situations. I added a note at the top, perhaps this will help.
neuropol dyly3 years ago
Unless it's an act to generate publicity. That's the direction I'm leaning.
dyly3 years ago
I feel sorry for Sheen. He clearly needs mental health care and drug rehab, desperately.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
[Mr.Sheen's response when asked: are you on drugs?]
"I'm on drugs...It's called, Charlie Sheen!"
its a terrible drug if you take it once, you will die a gruesome death, and your family will all die too.
Biggsy3 years ago

I only have one thing to say about this I'ble Winning!
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