PROP MAKING FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
- This hands-on course covers the fundamentals of prop making skills using plastics, foams, casting, molding, pepakura, and more.
- 11 classes, with 33 hours of instruction in a small group of students.
- 3 Months of Maker Lab Access included.
- Classes are 80% hands-on training. To help build confidence in this subject area.
- These foundational skills are vital for those looking for careers in theater, prototyping, film and movie industries, cosplay, and other related fields.
- Careers in these fields start at $30,000 a year.
- This course is also ideal for those looking to gain practical skills for personal enrichment.
- Upon finishing the classes and test project, students will receive a Vocademy Certificate of Completion.
Using EVA foam to create 3D objects. Different types of foams, thicknesses, proper adhesives, shaping tools, tricks, and professional techniques. Duplicating a pattern, cutting, shaping, and gluing.
Finishing EVA foam to look like other materials. Basic techniques such as: priming, sanding, sealing, and painting your project to look like a real item made from real materials. Finishes such as: rubber, glossy painted metal, composites, battle damaged, and more.
Adding decorative details to EVA foams, using power tools (belt /disc sanders, band saws), custom made tools, and using a rotary tool with attachments. Beveling, shaping, sanding, Plasti-dipping, and more. Laser cut parts will be provided to show the benefits of using a laser.
3D papercraft modelling. Pepakura Viewer software. Basic techniques, tools, and types of folds. Material types: foams, cardstocks, and papers. Potential uses and applications in cosplay, modelling, and more.
Making a duplicate of your body part(s). Working with professional materials, properly mixing and applying Alginate to create a perfect mold of a hand or fist. Safely mixing plaster and creating a copy mold. First steps to creating more complex life casts.
How shape and manipulate Worbla thermoplastic into a unique pieces. How it works, forming techniques, adhesives, and Worbla pros and cons. Basic tools, industry tricks and helpful tips.
How to use an existing item to make a one sided silicone box mold. How to prepare the mold and create a resin copy of an item. All of the steps required for molding, mold prepping, tools, casting, and safety.
How to create two-sided molds. Basic techniques, professional tips, and tools to create the mold and cast of a multi-sided object. More advanced steps required for molding, mold prepping, tools, casting, and safety.
Fundamentals of using an industrial vacuformer (vacuum forming/thermoforming machine). How to operate the machine controls, components, materials, safety, prep work, loading thermoplastics, and working with a buck/mold. Basic methods of creating the vacuforming buck/mold.
Practice previously learned costume and prop making skills under the supervision of, and with the help of, an instructor. Discussion of personal projects and project ideas.