I often get excited about Halloween. Nothing is cooler than dressing up in your favorite outlandish style (creepy or not) and collecting a bag full of free candy!
This Halloween, the coolest ideas for costumes are anything Steampunk. And if that Steampunk costume has this gun as part of it, your coolness level will be boosted by +4, Lightning Element.
The following is my journey through crafting this beast.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
For this project, you will need a host of materials. One of the main parts about Steampunk I like best is its versatility. “Junk” becomes “structure and design,” and “Victorian” becomes “GQ.” Now go, and gather:
- PVC pipe – some your arm can fit into (around two feet long), and then some you can comfortably grasp (around 12 feet of it).
- Spray paint -- lack, gold, and silver. Copper would work as well.
- Spray paint drop-cloth or guard (to avoid tagging your driveway with the outline of your pieces)
- Junk, A.K.A. Vital Functional Parts.
- A Hose, preferably with ribbing for effect
- A spare gauge
- Momentary switch
- Wire, paired, approximately 6 feet (12 feet total wire if single-stranded)
- 3 AA Batteries and 3x-battery holder
- Several LEDs (as many as you will have barrels in the gun. I had 16).
- Hacksaw, bandsaw, or your preferred PVC-cutting tool (I used an angle grinder, which is quite ill-advised).
- Super glue, putty epoxy, or even silicon caulk (which is what I had readily available)
- Hot glue and gun
- Drill and many assorted bits, hopefully with one close to the same diameter as the thinner PVC
- Rotary file, in case you don't have the huge drill bit
- Measuring tape
- Solder and soldering iron
If you want to skip the electronics part, it will make this piece much more simple. You can omit the switch, wire, batteries and holder, LEDs, and the solder.