A new short and sweet shop tip from Frank Ippolito! Here's a simple way to keep your digital scales clean when you use it to measure out batches of resin.
We go behind the scenes at Weta Workshop to learn how their costume fabricators made the unique silicone "Thermoptic" suit that Scarlett Johansson wears in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell. With Tested's own Danica wearing the costume, Adam Savage chats with costume technician Flo Foxworthy about the design and challenge of making this skin-toned practical suit!
Reddit is special to Simone Giertz (aka "simsalapim"); it marks the start of her journey into robot-building and the reason she now has this "very weird job." So her first AMA was a very big deal for her. We gathered some of our own favorite questions and answers below; to read the full AMA, go here!
sharkuppercut: What do you do with the purposely shitty robots you make after you've done a video with them? Do they get hung in a hall of fame or do they just get tossed in the trashbin?
simsalapim: I keep them! Some of them are packed up and some of them are hanging on the wall in my workshop. I try to not slaughter them for parts because I often bring them to events, TV shows etc.
hush_shush: Can you actually make a better functioning robots or are they really a reflection of your current skill?
simsalapim: To be honest, building shitty robots is surprisingly difficult. I want them to be shitty in a really specific way, so they are not just a shot in the dark. But sure, I'm no Adam Savage...
The Tested office and shop hosts artist Jen Schachter, who's in town from Baltimore to collaborate with Adam on an upcoming secret project. For this project, Jen will be using the laser cutter, vectorizing images using Adobe Illustrator. Jen walks us through her process to give some tips as she begins prototyping!
Adam Savage visits Weta Workshop to get up close with some of the practical props the effects studio made for the upcoming film Ghost in the Shell. Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor shows Adam the mechanical geisha masks and animatronic puppets his team created, and how Weta Workshop used new fabrication and design technologies to make these props possible.
Look what's arrived at the Tested office from New Zealand! Our friends at Weta Workshop sent us a prototype of their upcoming GKR: Heavy Hitters tabletop game, featuring awesome miniature robots designed at Weta's collectibles workshop. We check out the pieces and give an overview of the game, which is being launched as a Kickstarter campaign.
Time for some Star Wars prop building--Adam Savage makes an upgrade to one of his favorite costumes! Adam's never been satisfied with the original bandolier strap and satchel he made for his Chewbacca cosplay, so today he fabricates new ones from scratch with metal and leather. And of course Adam hides an easter egg into this Wookiee prop!
Our very own Frank Ippolito shows you how to make simple silicone molds to cast and paint foam replicas of props like shop tools! We go over the moldmaking process and show how self-skinning expanding foam can make great-looking stunt props for your projects.
With the help of a super capacitor and the LED lights he loves so much, Adam Savage shows how GE scientists were able to capture lightning and harness its energy in order to start a car! (Watch more here!)
This week's tip from Frank Ippolito is about actual tips--for spray cans, that is. Frank shows Norm how he uses different nozzle caps for different effects when spray painting props and signage in his shop. Whether you run a large workshop or just work out of your garage, we want to hear your shop tips that you rely on in your projects. Post them in the comments below!
This past holiday, Adam took part in Imgur's secret santa gift exchange, surprising a fan with a custom modded and painted Nerf rifle! For today's One Day Build, Adam shows how he took the Nerf toy apart and put it back together with his functional and aesthetic improvements.
In September 2016, Adam Savage visited the Toronto set of Syfy's The Expanse, and spent some time with their talented prop master, Jim Murray, and Jason Ehl from Backbone Engineering. Here are some photos from that meeting.