Rob Emery Costumes & Props


This section contains props and costumes of my own design. Sorry, I don't do commissions/sales.

Alumiwear poptabians

The 2 piece female fantasy armour was made exclusively from recycled beer, juice and pop cans, mostly the pull tabs. It's 100% Aluminum (no thread, tape, velcro, buckles, etc.) - 100% Recycled and Recyclable. For the male armour suit and the 1 piece female suit, I started using string & wire to make them more robust and faster for models to get into. For all, I eventually added a silicone coat and sometimes felt inside to make them more robust and comfortable. The Alumiwear line was showcased in the Deadly Sins 2 fashion / lingerie show & at Polaris 2011 (Workmanship winner, Journeyman division). (Digital Art: Joe Diamond, Rob Emery, Michelle Renee. Models: Stephanie, Alissa, Alii, Rob Emery, Lovina & Jenessa)

Steampunk steampunk teletype

I created a Steampunk Journalist's aether teletype and compact camera case (to fit around my digital camera. Photo by Convoke). I also created a set of steampunk weapons (tasifier, gatling gun and vampire rifle) and some MIB-inspired gear.

Fan Art

This section is for items from favourite shows/movies created just for fun. Items are not for sale or commission, and copyrights belong to their respective owners.

Marvel duct tape wolverine

Black Widow was made with fabric painted SHIELD badges on a stretch fabric costume. The belt buckle and bracelets were hand-carved, the rest of the buckles, the gun and the holsters were 3D printed. The duct tape Wolverine X-Men Uniform is around 90% tape (all duct / duck tape) - silver inside, black outside and clear to hold the orange string. The other 10% is foam, velcro, string, buckles, leather gloves/boots and cast resin claws. Wolverine was the winner of the Polaris 2010 novice division and workmanship awards, and also showcased at Fan Expo 2010 & 2011 & Dragon Con 2012. Iron Man (pic by Convoke) is bristol board and red/gold duct tape over a red body suit and ski boots. The Arc Reactor is custom made with LEDs, cast arc ring and optional battery compartment.

  • duct tape wolverine
  • the making of Wolverine costume
  • duct tape iron man
  • Iron Man arc reactor
DC Comics

the making of Batman costume

duct tape batman

Batman's mask, gauntlet and armour are mostly made using black duct tape (over foam, leather gloves & a baseball cap).

Dr. Who - pt.1 cyberman and miss hartigan

The Cyberman costume is duct tape over bristol board, with foam for depth/shaping. A sound sensitive circuit was linked to LED's in the mouth and a keychain based voice circuit to deliver the "Delete" and "You will be upgraded" lines. Pic with J.Wood who made Mercy Hartigan. I also made assorted props: Shakri Cube, Judoon Scanner, custom (Godzilla sound + laser + mechanical) screwdriver, Jackson Lake's screwdriver, Osterhagen (USB) Keys, Chameleon Arch and some Time Lord cufflinks. The sonic screwdriver is a conversion of the Wand Company's 11th doctor remote control to allow it to extend. I designed a Tardis to make it portable (it fits entirely in a sedan when disassembled), indoor-compatible (it fits under an 8' ceiling when assembled) but is still large enough to look full size (it's about 90% of the height of the 1980 Tom Yardley-Jones Tardis).

  • cybergun
  • the making of Cybergun
  • Shakri cube - power of three
  • assorted doctor who props
  • remote control sonic screwdriver that extends
  • the making of Sonic Screwdriver remote control extension
  • Doctor Who Tardis
  • the making of a Tardis
Dr. Who - pt.2 amy pond in uniform

Amy Pond was made with fabric paint and 3D printed radio & baton on a real police vest, a costume hat & a regular belt. I made a Dalek out of cardboard and duct tape. The head was a salad bowl, and the eye stalk was made from pvc tube and a spherical Coke bottle. Then it was merged with the Cyberman and The Hybrid (below) was born (pic by Christine Mak). It was later upgraded (left) to a more screen accurate Emperor's Guard Dalek using 3d printing, mdf skirt, styrene body and aluminum tape over most of it.

  • metal and duct tape emperor's guard dalek
  • the making of a Dalek costume
  • duct tape cyber-dalek / cyberdalek: dalek head but cyber body & antenna
  • duct tape cyber-dalek - version 2: dalek body/head but cyber antenna
Star Trek the borg, TNG

The Borg was my first costume. It remains one of my heaviest, even with 15 lbs already removed (Photos by Wandering Dana & FanExpo). I made the Geordi visor for a friend from aluminum sheet and brass screen. The Borg was showcased at Fan Expo 2011, Comicon 2013 and Polaris 2011 (People's Choice award w. Deanna Troi, Edith Chartier) & 2012.

Georgi & Hugh

Star Wars boba fett and princess leia the making of the carbonite mancave door

For Boba Fett, I experimented with reinforced plaster (heavy) and air-dry foam (light) only to find out how brittle they both are. Goop (silicone glue) to the rescue! An outer layer on everything makes it fairly resilient despite the brittle core. Eventually I replaced a few parts with 3D printed ones for more realism, lighter weight and more durability. Slave Leia's bra and boot trim were made with air dry foam over formed metal wire (with Goop again). The bracelet and skirt plates were 3D printed. The staff and hairpiece were assembled from a shower pole and other scrap. The carbonite "Han Solo"-like door was made for my man cave. It has a thermal detonator for the door handle. For the Jedi Knight, I made a lightsaber with a detachable blade and the belt & overcoat/cloth for the Judogi - showcased at Fan Expo 2012.

  • jedi
  • lightsaber with detachable blade
  • the making of a detachable lightsaber
Predator predator

The Predator (pic by ASPhotography) was made by painting in latex over a Mr.Incredible suit, plus airfoam sculpted armour, car mats and a very heavy plaster helmet. To lighten it, some pieces were replaced with Worlba molded pieces. The Predator was showcased at FanExpo 2013 and MCC 2014.

Firefly / Serenity captain tightpants & inara

I created the gun, holster and suspenders for Malcolm Reynolds. Later the gun was replaced with one a little more screen accurate (the original was designed to fit around a TV remote control). Pic is with E. Chartier who made the Inara but I made the Inara laser pistol and a boltcaster, mostly out of dollar store parts. Jayne's (Firefly) shirt and gloves I painted with fabric paint. The Jayne hat and wrist cuff were purchases. The guns modified toys. The holster is a quick conversion from a bag and the ankle cuffs were made from pleather & nylon.

  • Firefly, Mal's gun and holster
  • Firefly, Inara's laser gun
  • Firefly, Inara's boltcaster
  • Jayne Cobb with River Tam
Lara Croft lara croft

I made the guns and holster for a Lara Croft costume (Digital Art: Joe Diamond, Model: Djulz).

Dragonball Z picollo

For Piccolo, I started with a commissioned costume but modified it by adding latex and thermal glue to the arms, and more fabric to the hat, belt & boots. The pouch and gloves were made from scratch. The gloves were made with air dry foam nails, dollar store gloves and latex, with some LEDs for the special beam cannon attack. Piccolo (Pics by ASPhotography and Greg Payne) was showcased at Anime North 2013-2017.

Battlestar Galactica BSG viper mark1

When my folks radio antenna got knocked down, I welded it into a 2/3 scale Viper ( Battlestar Galactica ). I added wings, skin and engines (water barrels) from Craigslist free stuff. The canopy, wheels & cowlings were made with new materials. I also turned my welding jacket into a pilot's uniform jacket by adding trim, buckles and shoulder patches. For DragonCon 2018 I made a War Of The Gods version, using another jacket/pants, 3D printing a new gun & buckles and putting white duct tape over the boots & holster.

Game Of Thrones Jon Snow

My Jon Snow ( Game of Thrones ) was mostly sewn together (thumbnail by Very Frank Pictures) - link picture with Tina (Melisandre) and Nicole (Daenerys). Ygritte was made with fur additions added to a fur coat. Two versions of Longclaw were made with air dry foam over metal and foam LARP swords.

Ghostbusters Ghostbuster

For Pete Venkman (photo by Merle Robillard), I modified the Mattel neutrino wand to sync up with the lights on a homemade proton pack. The pack was made of foam over beaverboard, with a baking tin, floppy disc case, Pringles tube, PVC pipe, wood trim, etc.

Lord Of The Rings / The Hobbit Bofur

Bofur was put together from a sweater and jacket, and other clothing I already had. A hammer/axe (not in the picture) was created out of a foam one that was coated in silicone and repainted. The mustache/goatee was made from a wig. The costume, along with a cardboard barrel was used on tour in Middle Earth

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