Step by step process of what my business partner and I made one day. Nothing like having your very own NES as Zeldafied as this.
Step 1: Hot Knifing the Triforce
So I started out by drawing on the Triforce, then slowly and patiently started to etch the design with a soldering iron fitted with an X-Acto knife. It is a very slow going process, so if you are looking to recreate something like this, BE PATIENT! This is what my partner and I do with our business, (modifying consoles for customers) and let me tell ya, this whole process would be so much easier and more satisfying with a state of the art, professional Epilog Zing Laser Cutting System. :P Darn equilateral triangles!
Step 2: SANDING!
Now begins the even LONGER process of sanding down the edges of the Triforce. Have you ever tried to sand a triangle with a square sanding block? Let me tell ya, it's not easy! My business partner and I strive ourselves on doing the best we can so that the customer can get the highest quality job for their money. That is one huge reason why we think that we deserve a shot at winning the Epilog Zing Laser Cutting System. It wouldn't only make our jobs easier, it would make the end product that much better for the customer.
Step 3: Painting Time!
Decided to go with a metallic gold paint, as it was one of the most satisfying looking paint jobs we saw when looking at other NES consoles that people had modified for guidelines and inspiration. Just a regular spray can of Krylon metallic gold paint is what we used, and we were both really happy with how the final coats came out looking.
Step 4: LEDs and Finished Product
The final steps involved were attaching the plexiglass under the triforce, wiring LEDs and doing some final touches on the NES controller. The plexiglass was held in place with a standard 2 part epoxy mixture. We found that this was the best option, because some glues that we tried out dried a yellowing opaque colour, and some even expanded! This is clear, sandable, and quick drying (although it doesn't smell the best :P). The obvious choice for LEDs was yellow of course, and I apologize for the dark LED picture, my camera doesn't understand darkness. Then finally, the controller was painted (after removing the cover sticker) and I cut out a stencil for the back of the controller to add a little icing on the cake. Hope you enjoyed this instructable, and wish us luck in winning the Epilog Zing Laser Cutting System.
Take care everyone!