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Nerf Maverick Mod by kaikaku Nerf Maverick Mod by kaikaku
My first Nerf mod. Now that I know how to take one of these guns apart and put it back together, without having the springs bounce away to parts unknown, the next attempts will go more smoothly.

Here's what it looked like before painting: [link]
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whathasbeen Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
My little brother and I attempted to color his Nerf gun set...it didn't work out so well (But then we didn't take ours apart :/...). Nicely Done! 
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Aw, what ended up happening? Did some of the moving parts end up sticking together?
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whathasbeen Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're welcome! Yep, they'd stick together, but now some of the paint has peeled off--Making it workable :)
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha, well that's good--but also a bummer depending on how much peeled off!

Which one did you customize?
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whathasbeen Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
The Maverick, just like yours :)
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Adelaidejohn1967 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OMg that's so cool..... You are a clever girl.

I might put my Nerf longshot on display if I feel brave one day
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I copied and pasted this from my comment to someone else who asked, the basic steps are:

1) Roll out wet clay for a background.
2) Roll out additional wet clay to cut shapes out of. If I'm making a leaf, for instance, I'll cut out a leaf shape.
3) Round the edges of the shapes as necessary
4) Etch details into the background or shapes with a needle or wooden clay tool (I used a sewing needle in this case)
5) Rub mica powder or other pigments into each piece until you get the desired color and shine
6) Add cut shapes to the background so that you complete your picture
7) Bake the piece once you're ready.
8) Seal the piece with gloss finishes as necessary.

Most of the etching appearance was drawn on with a needle, it's easier than it looks!
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Adelaidejohn1967 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow thanks for answering.....
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem! I actually responded to the wrong comment, the bits I said about the clay were supposed to go to your comment on Yggdrasil. ^^; Sorry about that, I'm really tired at the moment!
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Adelaidejohn1967 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
BTW how do you get the cogs to stick on?
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Rather, epoxy. :)
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Apoxie. I used it below and then added another clear layer passing over the cogs. If I had it to do over again, I think I might try to drill a hole and attach them with wire, it's tough to say whether that would work or if it would make the moving part catch. In any case, the apoxie seems to work so far, hasn't come loose but I keep thinking I want to try something more solid on the next gun. I definitely intend for mine to be fired regularly. :)
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flameinheaven Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool!
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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MarcWF Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice work!
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Ah the Maverick...loyal and true, my Zombie-slaying companion. <3 VERY nice re-design, especially the Steampunk-look and feel. Those visible cogs deco'd on to it are an especially nice touch. :)
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, good, you have one too. It'll definitely come in handy when the zombies are attacking. XD

I have to get comfortable using a drill, because I definitely wanted to put more little cogs and things on this, but I couldn't figure out how to do it without making holes in the plastic!
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Very true. Though mine has a bad habit of jamming at the worst possible times. lP; X3

Eek. I remember how long it took me to stop being gun-shy around actually using an oven. :hug: Good luck getting through that with drill work.
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't even remember when I started using the oven. Somehow it's one of those things I don't think I was ever really afraid of. Which is odd, because it IS potentially very dangerous. Meanwhile, I was gun-shy around the dishwasher for ages, which is pretty darn safe. XD

I've been using a kiln. It's reminded me of my fear of heat.
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Gojira007 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
I think I started using the oven only, like, three or four years ago, myself. XD; I don't think it's odd others didn't have as long an adjustment period; it's potentially dangerous, sure, but so is a knife, yet most kids quickly learn how to use those for themselves. The dishwasher, meanwhile, is a demonic entity of the worst kind, and you should feel no shame for being shy of it for so long. >w>

Yeah, it's the heat that scared me off of the Oven for so long, as it happens; to feel heat of that kind is to feel potential danger, y'know? Like, "crap, what if I accidentally touch whatever's generating that heat?".
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks futuristic in a way :dance:
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hehe, yeah, it kind of does.
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PictureOnProgress Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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Let the battle begin! :D
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Elisto Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow, that came out nice! I like the colors! Have any plans for it?
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well this one was actually a gift. But I keep thinking I want to make some more, maybe put together an entire steampunk outfit or something. :aww:
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Elisto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that's really nice!

(just one thing to keep in mind, though, if you make any that are going to be used at conventions, some require that the trigger be removed)
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the heads up, I figured I'd need to research what was allowed at conventions! I'd imagine there are some where they're not even allowed at all (New York City). The trigger is actually pretty easy to remove, though.
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Elisto Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well that's good! I'd hate to see you have to try to take something apart after finishing it! But the regulations for conventions have definitely changed since I started going. At first, my friends used to carry real swords, now even obvious props have to have moving parts removed.
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kaikaku Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, well they should still be able to carry real swords 'cause there's no moving parts, right? :aww: Okay, kidding, kidding. XD

On a related tangent, I'm cosplaying Fluttershy to Anime Boston. This is the first time I've done any sort of cosplay and I'm sort of nervous!
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Elisto Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh that's awesome! I know sometimes I feel like I have to be practically pushed out the car to go in to a convention in costume, but once you're there, it gets much easier much faster! I'm sure you'll look great!
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