Picture of How to make a Portal Gun
This is how I went about making my own Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device.

Ever wanted to run around a death chamber in an orange jumpsuit but never had the means to think with portals? Well now you can give it a go; perhaps. This is just one of the examples I hope to use to get into the Props and Special Effects industry *wink wink*. Rate it if you like it please.
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Step 1: Starting steps

Picture of Starting steps
To start this, I needed to do some research to get some good views of the Portal Gun other than the POV postion behind the device. These three pictures taken from the internet were the best examples I could find to get an idea of what the whole gun looks like. The first image is an artist's impression which is fairly accurate so I used it as my scale drawing.

Assuming the gun would be approximately 500mm in length, I scaled the first image up in Microsoft Word and then just drew lines to find measurements to get an accurate model. Then using the other screen shots, fill in the details.

Step 2: Tools & materials

This project took the best part of a month and used a variety of tools, skills and materials. The most annoying part is that every aspect of the build is bespoke, apart from the paint so takes a far while to put together. So here's some of the main things:

Drill press
Lots of hand tools
Hot Glue Gun (lots of hot glue!)

Various wood
Exercise mat foam
Folder plastic (like an A3 art folder)
5Litre paint can
Chicken Wire
Clay or plasticine
Wire coathangers
Newspaper & PVA glue
Various paints
Wood filler (this stuff is vital!)
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Rikoj021 month ago


lanewma2 months ago
If it is okay with you Mr. is it okay you give me the portal gun you have right now?
woweee14 years ago
This cakes no lie!
lanewma woweee12 months ago
The cake is a lie!
tomn1 woweee17 months ago

right its not #minecraftFTW

The cake itself isn't a lie. its a lie that GLaDOS will give you the cake
cool as hell i made mine with your desine exept with pvc insted of wood it cam out perfectly

Nice! this must have given you a lot of lemons. but when a project gives you lemons don't make lemonade! burn somebody's house down! WITH THE LEMONS!!!!!!!!!

I agree with ya. When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade, make life take the lemons back, get mad, I don't want your damn lemons what am I supposed to do with these!?!? I demand to see life's manager, make life rue the day and thought it could give Lance Newman lemons, do you know who I am?!? I'm the man that's going to burn your house down, with the lemons, I'm going to invent a combustible lemon that burns your house down!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How much did this cost?
chiok (author)  Im_A_Person1 year ago
£10-ish? A lot of it comes from found materials like the can, paint and foam. The main purchases were the chicken wire for the shell and the tubes for the body. It's really more or a Blue Peter scrap build than a professional prop. Make the best with what you have.
robert22342 years ago
the cake is not a lie but on portal 2 it is
Son, you made a nice Gun! Your use of metal mesh (metal Lathe) was brilliant! I'm thinking you may want to use 'Bondo' instead of paper mache in the future. With a bit of practice and experimentation, you'll find you get a much more durable part and a smoother paint surface using bondo. Also head over to your local DIY Center and check out the ABS and PVC Plumbing pipes and fittings...Study them and mess around with them a bit! Awesome amount of possibilities! All and all. pretty nice!
i want it
can i buy?
This is awesome! Here's mine:
portal gun and stand.JPGportal gun first person.JPG
thank you for making the aperture extra-compact hand-held portal device
At this point i'd recommend putting Bondo on there ,bondo is amazing for this type of work. you can sand it to be incredibly smooth then all you need to do is prime and paint it.
Looks like a camera I'll make this and fit a camera inside.:)
mikeyberman6 years ago
That is sooo amazing. You are the god of nerds.
I'm wondering if that would be an insult or a compliment to him?
That'd be a compliment. A real nerd appreciates his nerdiness.
chiok (author)  mikeyberman6 years ago
I don't even own the game, but thanks for the concern :-).
I own the game but can't play it because i dont have the requirements on my computer, my brother does but he is really protective of his computer and will never let me play. Sad face.
: (
Indeed, thank you for sharing in my sad-faceness.
u have a 360? it may not be the same but its on there.
it's also on ps3
what game is this from?
this is the longest line of replys i have ever seen!
LoLing Hard OwT Woop wooP
"There was even going to be a party for you. A big party that all your friends were invited to. I invited your best friend the companion cube. Of course, he couldn't come because you MURDERED HIM. All your other friends couldn't come either because you don't have any other friends because of how unlikable you are. Unlikable, it says so here in your personnel file: Unlikable. Liked by no one. A bitter, unlikable loner whose passing shall not be mourned. SHALL. NOT. BE. MOURNED. That's exactly what it says. Very formal. Very official. It also says you're adopted, so that's funny too."
Remember when the platform was moving over the fire pit and I was all like "Goodbye!" and you where like "NO WAI!" remember? That was great...
The cake is a lie! (well sort of-you get a picture of a cake at the end of the game)
yup, the cake IS a lie
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