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Xbox Controller Case Mod

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I was watching David Cronenberg's movie eXistenZ the other day and got the itch to make an xbox controller inspired by the game pod in the movie. If you haven't seen it, it's a late '90's film about immersive video games with lots of fab fleshy technology. It's all sticky, bio grossness in that delicious way.

My first attempt was an utter failure in mold making which I documented here. I ended up taking the original polymer clay that I was going to cast and just baked it in order to attach it to the controller. It is heavier, clunkier, and not nearly as refined as I'd hoped, but at least I have a finished product and it actually works. The spine on the D-pad is a bit awkward when playing, but it's really more of a conversation piece than an everyday controller. 



Materials list:
Xbox controller
Polymer Clay
Paint
Filler and clear coat
Superglue
Screw driver

 
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Step 1: Take Apart the Controller

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First things first. I took apart the controller removing the screws on the back. If you're using a regulation Xbox controller, one of the screws will be under a sticker behind the battery pack. The ABXY buttons will come out along with the dpad, bumpers, etc. Get a cup and make sure to keep all the bits and pieces, especially the screws.

I left in the circuit board on the back half and did most of the work solely on the cover. I was trying to minimize the chance of breaking the thing before I even got my sculpt on.

Step 2: Sculpt

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First, put some sort of mold release on the surface of the controller. I just used dish soap which worked ok, but I read that baby powder is better. Sculpt directly onto the face plate of the controller understanding that you'll need to remove it from the controller in pieces before baking. The clay is much to thin in hold it's shape as one piece.

Once you have your sculpt, remove it from the controller face and bake it so it hardens. With sculpey, it's about 10 minutes at 275F.

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Garra235 months ago
freakin amazing....making one as soon as possible....absolutely love it
pjordan10 months ago
That is epic it really reminds me of the game from the movie Existenz
polerix pjordan7 months ago
well... yeah, it's mean to. nifty aint' it?
polerix7 months ago
that's just amazing. i am so doing that.... first thing next weekend.
KittyKissMe9 months ago
I totally agree with jace1127! This looks so real thatl it's creepy. :-P Love it!!!
jace11279 months ago
omfg as soon as I saw the thumbnail I knew where it was from! One of my favorite movies for sure. I want to mod my ps3 controller now. :)
What about the start and select buttons?
leftmusing (author)  Turbocharged Chameleon10 months ago
It's an off brand controller (I wasn't gutsy enough to try it on my regular controller) and the start and select buttons are the two white bone strips at the top.
The Rambler10 months ago
Ha, I had totally forgotten about this movie. It was really good and this is a hilariously perfect reference to it.
Axtklinge10 months ago
Absolutely brilliant.
Congrats!
:)
Grunambulax10 months ago
Awesome. Truly nauseating.
pabsenger10 months ago
looks sooo great!
Advar10 months ago
Eewwwww...
Sweet! :))
Alternativesky10 months ago
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
Is a bio-port necessary for use with this controller?
leftmusing (author)  eXtremeSomething10 months ago
Absolutely. I know a guy at a gas station who can install one for you.
Or he could just visit the fish farm and swing by the mall after words. I hear it's no worse than getting your ears pierced.
nixiadel nixiadel10 months ago
Don't forget to keep it in a ski boot.
ffcabral10 months ago
I love how you pushed the movie's idea one step forward with making the buttons as teeth, mimicking the popular controller mod of bullet-shaped buttons.
gunguru10 months ago
next, you should build a Glock 17 mod that shoots human teeth!?!?!?!?
Disgustingly awsome dude!
HJosh10 months ago
cool monster:) Yeah! amazingly fine creature, good work
HJosh10 months ago
cool monster:) Yeah! amazingly fine creature, good work
Mcyd_21310 months ago
Very cool! Loved this film, so bizarre ^_^ the fleshy grossness makes this controller awesome ;)
MrE10 months ago
First thing I thought of when I saw this was wow that looks like the gun from existenze.
HollyHarken10 months ago
Creepy!!! Really see the HR Giger inspiration in it.
Delirieuse10 months ago
Well done. It really does remind me of eXistenZ, as well as HR Giger's body horror work. You did a great job, particularly with that cable.
rverdi10 months ago
rofl... me too! Second I saw this in the newsletter, I thought 'existenZ'! Guess you hit your target pretty dead on, there! Very snazzy! Gross! But snazzy! lol
nerdtoob10 months ago
I honestly thoughbof existenZ before I even rwad the description! greatvwork!
Crimson-Deity10 months ago
This is so amazing!
The umbilical cord is a particularly gross touch, well done... I think?
Dgarner500510 months ago
That thing is so gross looking. I think that was what you were going for. Really keeps the kids from saying "can I play?" Well done leftmusing.
FightCube10 months ago
eXistenZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As a person who has seen that movie so many times, this makes me smile :) I instantly associated it with the movie. Great job!!
JonnyBGood10 months ago
So this is what happens to a controller when you leave it in the sun..... Great job making your bio controller!
poofrabbit10 months ago
This looks so bad donkey! How do you like using it to play games?
(I should add I read about the spine, just wondering about everything else)
leftmusing (author)  poofrabbit10 months ago
Thanks! It's not too bad. I had to adjust some of the buttons so they didn't stick, but now they are as responsive as before the build out. It's wired and a bit clunky, so I use it more as a novelty and keep a wireless controller for everyday use.
sandkvist10 months ago
Awesomely gross!
Vega7610 months ago
Ow Wow, Fantastic mod abd exelent base of influence.
andrea biffi10 months ago
creepy!
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