Working in Adobe Illustrator, I adapted the design to work with laser-cut acrylic and to fit our button. I chose to use common fasteners rather than glue…maybe not canon, but fast and easy. Acrylic cement has a way of seeping everywhere and ruining paint jobs. If you can’t get access to a laser cutter, you might still adapt this file (or Amadeus’ original) to your medium of choice.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE GRAPHICS FILES HERE (ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR 10 FORMAT)
You’ll need to paint both sides of these pieces, and the edges as well. Spray at a 45° angle to reach both the face and edge. Allow to dry completely, then flip over and paint the other side.
In hindsight, I might cut these pieces out of clear acrylic; it seems less prone to this sort of warping, and it’s all getting painted anyway.
- Black acrylic is available with a matte finish on one side, if you don’t mind buying an extra bit of special material for this one part.
- Matte black spray paint can be used to kill the shine. Awful fingerprint magnet though.
- If you did the black contact paper thing around the eye, same material could be applied here.
- The front faceplate could be cut from 1/8" birch plywood and stained/painted black.
- We can rough up the acrylic to vaguely approximate a wood grain or brushed metal appearance…
The acrylic piece was dragged back and forth for a few minutes, being exceedingly careful never to move it perpendicular to the “grain.” Occasionally the piece was turned around or the sandpaper was repositioned so there wouldn’t be just one set of grooves.
When finished, the piece is quite pale and dusty, but washing it with dish soap and water restores most of the dark appearance. Be sure to let it dry completely before proceeding.
Or save a step and simply use inkjet sticker paper, if you have it.
I mentioned earlier the value in producing multiple copies of parts when the material allows; that’s why there’s four name tags here. The first two were trimmed a little off-center. The other two are usable, but the last I felt was the cleanest of the bunch and is what will go on the finished prop.