kill bill: sword push pins
March 2, 2011 § 30 Comments
This week on Iron Craft — Challenge #9: …and the Oscar goes to…. The challenge is to create something reflecting any movie that is special to you, not necessarily one from this year’s Academy Awards.
Now, Kill Bill was never nominated for the Academy Awards (it did, however, get best actress and best supporting actor nominations for the Golden Globes). But it was the first movie that popped up in my head after reading the challenge description, perhaps for various reasons. First, I truly enjoyed the Kill Bill movies, lauded for their visually graphic, push-the-envelope, cheeky, not-take-itself-too-seriously approach. Second, I had already crafted a Kill Bill papier maché project many years ago, back in 2003 when Vol. 1 came out and my group of friends decided to dress up as Kill Bill characters for Halloween.
I was Gogo and I devoted a few hours into making a ball and chain weapon using a balloon, newspaper, glue, metallic paint, and a few feet of metal chain from the hardware store. I don’t ever know what happened to that craft and I only have these pictures to remember it. There I am in my cheap black wig, almost eight years ago, flailing my papier maché ball and chain.
Well, I didn’t want to remake the ball and chain from Vol. 1. I feel its duplication would rob me of the experience of creating something entirely new. And sometimes, I really don’t know what overcomes me to come up with some very random crafts. But after googling Kill Bill for this challenge, I wanted to make use of the graphic conveyed in the poster for Vol. 2, and the thought process transpired as follows: death list — grocery list — sword — push pins. Just like that, this one idea came within seconds, which does not happen nearly often enough in my culling of ideas.
The thought process of how-to came rather quickly, too. I had a paperclip right beside my keyboard, and I knew instantly that a miniature sword push pin could be constructed by the simple bending of a paper clip, some 1-1/2″ square paper scraps, glue, black electrical tape, and faux-metal Con-Tact paper (which I’ve recently used to make a faux metal bib necklace and faux metal flowers).
To create your own sword push pins:
1. Stretch a paperclip and bend in half, ensuring that the sides are straight, parallel, and 1/4″ apart. Apply glue on one 1-1/2″ square scrap of paper. Place the paperclip along the edge of the paper and roll, making sure the bend is covered and the two paperclip ends are exposed.
2. Cut a 1-1/2″ x 3/4″ piece of Con-Tact metallic paper.
3. Wrap the Con-Tact paper around the paper-covered paperclip.
4. Cut a 1″ strip of electrical tape. Fold 1/8″ from the edge, sticky sides facing away from each other. Snip 3 little triangles. Unfold and you’ll have 3 diamonds.
5. Affix electrical tape on the top end of the paper-covered paperclip. Again, snip 3 little triangles to appear on the back side.
6. Wrap electrical tape around and trim any excess. This makes the handle.
7. Cut a 1-1/2″ strip of electrical tape. Fold in half, sticky sides facing each other, to make a double-sided square of electrical tape.
8. Cut electrical tape square into a circle. Cut a 1/4″ slit along the center.
9. Slide the paper-covered paperclip through the slit until the circle reaches the bottom of the handle. Trim the circle and round the corners of the handle.
Now, tack onto your cork board to help you attack your lists of to-do’s!
I love swords in any shape, but these are TOO CUTE!!
J, I so admire your creativity. Please keep sharing with us less gifted people!
P.S. We are all gifted in different ways! My gift is just coming up with random ideas that people may not necessarily want to recreate but like to look at. Hahaha. 😀
Great idea! The swords turnout awesome!
Wow, I am in awe. I so love these!!
Hi Whitney, thanks for stopping by!
Ha! Great idea, and you and your ball and chain made for a fierce Gogo!
Thanks, Ann! I miss that paper ball and chain…
Hey, thats my arm (arms)! I especially like this project Jer, but not because my limbs now belong to the Bride, but because you finally finished off Skim Milk…it so deserved its fate.
Oh, poor Skim Milk. Hahaha. Thanks for the cameo, Steve.
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You come up with the most creative things to make- I’m so impressed and inspired! And your Gogo is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your process with us, I’ll be spreading the word.
Thanks so much for all the link love, Rachel!!! I ♥ One Pretty Thing. Thanks for all that you do on that wonderful site. 😀
Another fabulous project: such talent!!
I featured you as one of my fav picks http://ginghamskies.blogspot.com/2011/03/iron-craft-challenge-love.html
Thanks for sharing it with your readers, Jaime! 😀
I love these! So quirky and fun
Thanks so much! This kicks tail. You rock. Great idea
This is crazy awesome! I love it!
So creative. Thanks for sharing your process with us.I can see that this will be a great project to do with my nieces soon.
Glad you like it, Susan! Let me know how the project goes with your nieces! 😀
Hey, I posted this on my crafts blog on tumblr, hope you don’t mind (I cited and linked to you, of course!).
Thanks for the cool idea. 🙂
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Recreated this on my crafting site too. 🙂 It was too awesome not too. I linked you. You can see it here.
cool and scary idea, thanks
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