Introduction: Fortnite Zoey Lollipopper Harvesting Tool Prop
My daughter wanted to be Zoey from Fortnite for the local ComicCon, so I went to work to create this. I somehow managed to delete part of the photos I took to document the process. It's pretty easy, so I think it will get the job done.
- Variable heat hot glue gun - a normal heat was too hot and would melt the pool noodles. There is probably another adhesive that would work, but I used what was on hand.
- Scissors and other cutting tools
- Empty tin can for melting glue
- PVC Pipe or Wooden Dowel. The size will depend upon the person you're building it for. I used 1" with as thick wall I could find.
- 2 x PVC Pipe caps
- 2 x Pool Noodles
- Spray paint colors of your choice
- White paint
- Spray Flex-Seal
- A lot of hot melt glue
- Brown Crayons
- Bamboo skewers or something similar
- Acetone- fingernail polish remover. It has to be the acetone kind.
Step 1: Make the Handle
- I cut the pipe to a length that would be proportional to my daughter. After her carrying it around in groups of people, I would have cut it shorter. A child (and even a grown up) carrying a long stick is pretty unwieldy and ended up with us apologizing to a lot more people than I would have liked.
- PVC pipe will likely have lettering on it. Use the acetone and a rag to wipe the lettering off. Do so in a well ventilated area. Depending upon the pipe you get, this may take a couple of cleaning steps. Some of the inks used will smear and leave the pipe with a nice colored glaze requiring a couple of passes to get it all removed.
- Attachthe caps to the PVC. If you have PVC glue on hand, you could use it, but I didn't bother with it.
Step 2: Prepare Attachment Points
- Cut 4 short pieces of pvc pipe about a 1" long. It doesn't have to be exact.
- Slide one in each end of the pool noodles. These will be used as attachment points to the handle.
Step 3: Coil the Noodles Into Discs
Coiling the noodles was the most in depth part of the build.
- Begin twisting the noodle into the coil. They will tend to wand to pop out like a spring and will not want to stay coils.
- Run wooden skewers or other similar material into the noodle. I found it was easiest to put the skewer into the the noodle, then as you wrap the noodle, you can just pierce it through that piece as you progress. This will keep everything in place while applying adhesive.
- Apply a liberal amount of low temperature melt hot glue around the internal seams. I'm sure clear construction adhesive or something would work, but this is the fastest way.
Tip: If you need to, you can use canned air keyboard cleaner to cool the hot glue as you go.
Step 4: Prepare and Paint.
At this point, you should have 2 nicely coiled and glued pool noodle discs.
- Coat with CLEAR Flex-Seal: I found that even with a coat of primer, spray paint would quickly start peeling from the noodle material. I experimented and the best solution I came up with, was to coat them with something flexible. The flex seal seemed to sink into the pores of the noodle and keep it adhered and stay flexible.
- Paint base color: I used cheap spray paint to color each noodle the red and green colors. Apply several coats to both sides.
- Add Candy Stripes: To add the candy stripes used spray paint and a brush. If you spray the paint onto a surface or container, you can use a brush to put the stripes on. I tried using masking tape and spraying the paint on to create the stripes, but this caused peeling of the other layers of paint when trying to remove the masking tape.
- Flexi-seal one more time to keep everything from peeling.
Step 5: Attach the Handle:
- Trim a slot in the back side of each disc. This allows the back surfaces of the discs to lay flat together without a gap caused by the handle. It takes a little trial and error to decide how big the gap should be, but it's not that critical.
- Attach Use a wood screw through the 1" pipes you inserted in the pipe ends earlier to hold the discs to the handle. To add more structural strength, I put glue between the two discs and ran a bead of glue around the outside edge where the two discs meet.
Step 6: Add the Chocolate Drip!
This is where I had to get creative and experiment quite a bit. You may have a better idea of what to use, but I had been using so much hot glue, this was all I could think of. Brown paint could be used if you want to do this quickly. I was trying to get a 3D effect, so I wanted something that could be layered and build up the surface.
- I used an cleaned, empty tin can on a hot plate to melt a number of hot glue sticks. I started with the lowest setting and slowly increased temperature until the glue melted and was able to be stirred.
- Start with a small portion of crayon and add it to the melted glue. Stir it in and keep adding small bits of brown crayon until you get to the desired chocolate brown.
- I lowered the temperature on the hot plate until the glue was just warm enough to pour. If it is too hot, it will dissolve the noodle material, so you want it as cool as possible. I placed some masking tape down on the surface of the noodle where the glue would go to try to insulate it.
- Start the glue on at the tip of the handle, and let it run down. This gives the glue a little more chance to cool before it hits the noodle. Brush or let a thin coat of glue coat the top off the noodle and let cool completely. This is another area that using canned air for cooling helps out.
- You will need to add more glue your desired taste. Thin coats work better to avoid melting noodles.
- Repeat at the bottom of the discs.
Step 7: Touch Up
At this point, the Lollipopper is complete. Now is the time to go around and do any touch ups with paint or glue that may be needed.
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