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Tools & Materials

Now I've finished I'm in a position to compile a list of the tools and materials I used. During the build it was a case of hunting around for suitable things I had lying around or buying things I knew I would need. Fortunately, unlike most of my household DIY projects, I didn't have to buy any extra tools. In fact, I used surprisingly few.


  • Hot Melt Glue Gun (the single most important one - I used it constantly)
  • Junior Hacksaw
  • Hobby Drill (Dremmel)
  • Craft Knife
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors


  • Paper/Cardboard
  • 2 Plastic Bottles
  • 4 Felt Pens
  • Florist's Oasis Block (0.40)
  • 1 Instant Noodle Pot
  • 1 Dustbin (Trash Can) Liner
  • 3m Calico (6.60)
  • 1m Brown Leatherette (in fact I needed considerably less) (4.99)
  • Hook & Loop Fastener (Velcro) (0.69)
  • Elastic (0.49)
  • 2 Aerosol Lids
  • Drinking Straws
  • Black & Silver Spray Paint (5.58)
  • Poster Paint
  • 1.5m Length 15mm Plastic Pipe (1.39)
  • 1 Small Plastic Food Container (0.33)
  • 1 Novelty Plastic Trident (0.24)

As you can see, the materials set me back a little over 20 (about $40). Anything that doesn't have a price was lying around the house. How long did it take? I dread to think. I worked on it on and off, an hour or two here and there, over a period of about two months. However, there was a fair bit of trial and error. I guess to follow through the exact procedure would probably take 12-18 hours. This is a theory I may test out, as the finished product is so cool I wish it fit me! Plus, there's a few things I think I would do slightly differently with hindsight.

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