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Persona 3 Evoker Tutorial

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Evoker (Persona 3 gun)

I was in charge of making the evokers for our Persona 3 group last year and the method I used ended up being quite simple and inexpensive so why not share it? This isn’t a perfect method, the biggest flaw is that the paint easily cracks if you drop it on a hard surface, but if you value inexpensiveness like me, $15 evokers are hard to beat (even cheaper if you make a batch)!

Start by printing the pattern pieces at 100 % size (no shrink or stretch by printer). The completed evoker will have the following dimensions:

Thickness: 2.5 cm
Length: 18 cm
Height: 13.5 cm

It fits my hands (I’m female), but you may want to adjust the size if you wish.

You will need:

  • Craft foam (4 sheets)
  • White glue
  • Paper scraps for paper mache
  • Spackling paste or gesso
  • Paint scraper
  • Oven-bake or air hardening clay (Sculpey, Paperclay, Fimo, etc.)
  • Sandpaper (220 grit)
  • Spray primer
  • Silver spray paint
  • Acrylic paint (blue, black, silver, bronze)
  • Painter’s tape
  • Clear adhesive labels for printers
  • Transparent protective spray

Invader-gir on deviantArt posted a very nice vector trace of an evoker, so I used it to make pattern pieces. Print all the pieces on construction paper or any thick paper and cut them out.

Piece 1
Piece 2
Piece 3
Piece 4
Piece 5
Piece 6
Piece 7
Piece 8

Cut craft foam pieces

Cut craft foam pieces


On your craft foam sheets, trace and cut:

Six of piece 1
Two of piece 2
Four of piece 3
Two of piece 4
Two of piece 5
Two of piece 6
Two of piece 7

Step 2: Glue all pieces 1 together

Step 2: Glue all pieces 1 together


Take all your pieces 1 and glue them together with white glue and wait for it to dry completely.

Step 3: Add pieces 2 on both sides of previously glued foam pieces

Step 3: Add pieces 2 on both sides of previously glued foam pieces


Glue one piece 2 on top of your previously glued pieces and the remaining piece 2 on the other side. You can use pins to keep the pieces from moving before it dries.

Step 4: Add one of pieces 3 and one of 4 on both sides

Step 4: Add one of pieces 3 and one of 4 on both sides


Just like in the previous step, glue one of piece 3 and one of piece 4 on top and do the same on the other side. Wait to dry.

Step 5: Add one of piece 3 and one of piece 5 on both sides

Step 5: Add one of piece 3 and one of piece 5 on both sides


Once again, glue one of piece 3 and one of piece 5 on top and do the same on the other side. Once it’s dry, glue pieces 6 and 7 on both sides.

Top:covered in paper maché. Bottom: covered in spackling paste

Top: covered in paper maché. Bottom: covered in spackling paste


When the core of your evoker is dry, cover it in paper mache (top of image). This step is necessary in order to solidify the prop and also to make sure you won’t accidentally sand the foam when you’re sanding the first few layers of spackling paste in the next step.

Now we need to make everything smooth. Add thin coats of the spackling paste on the evoker with the paint scraper and let dry (note that you might not be able to coat ALL the evoker at once). The paint scraper helps you make even and thin coats. When it’s dry you can sand it smooth. Repeat this step until you get a finish you’re happy with (bottom of image).

Remove all dust from your evoker with compressed air or a damp towel.

Primer, spray paint and acrylic paint

Primer, spray paint and acrylic paint


Next, spray 2 or 3 thin coats of the primer on all sides, waiting until it’s dry between each coat. Don’t spray too much at once or it will create drips.

Once that’s done, spray a thin coat of the silver paint on all sides and wait for it to dry. Repeat this step as many times as necessary to get an even silver finish.

Paint the remaining details with your acrylic paint. You can use painter’s tape around the areas that need to be painted.

Use your clay to make the screws and other details you want to add. Paint them and glue them on the evoker. I used Instant Krazy Glue.

Print two of piece 8 on a sheet of the clear adhesive labels. Cut each letter, period and line and put them on both sides of the evoker.

I dipped a tooth pick in black paint for the tiny writing under the S.E.E.S. letters.

Finally, add a few thin coats of the transparent protective spray and you’re done!

Close up of the final product:

Finished Evoker

 
  • Decoy

    I have two questions.

    1.) I have printable address labels….are those what I am suppose to use and
    2.) How were you able to get the shapes so good with the clay?

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      Are your printable address labels clear? If so I’m pretty sure that’ll be fine.
      Lots of hand sanding on the clay, that’s how you get the result so smooth.

  • Decoy

    I love this!! So far I am working on the spray paint part and it is working out perfectly!! I needed a quick way to get an evoker (and fun) without having to shell out $87 for a watergun that wouldn’t even get to my apartment until after the convention. I showed the pics I have taken so far to my friends and they are very impressed with the outcome of it. I also got Chrome silver spray paint to make it SHINY!!!

    I love it! Thanks SO SO SOOOOOO Much for this!!

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  • Zoraia

    It’s not about the Evoker, but the S.E.E.S. armband. What material did you use to make it, and how did you get the letters on it? Thanks!

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      The armband is made of red cotton fabric. For the letters we used inkjet heat transfer paper. I hope that helps!

  • xEnsisx

    Uh do you know what the dimensions your foam sheets were?
    I’m not sure which kind to buy so…

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      I just bought a pack of 8,5″ x 11″ foamies.

  • birdgirl789

    Hello! I was wondering what kind of clear adhesive labels you used?

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      I don’t remember the brand, but I bought it at Staples in the printing section.

  • Logan

    How in the blue hell did you get paint that smooth looking with acrylic?

    Also, added suggestion, perhaps making the black part of the butt, along with the stuff on top, out of clay too. I lost the shape a lot after the spackling and thought it might be a good thing to try next time if I don’t just do a mold next time.

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      Cheap acrylic paint (craft grade) is very thin so it applies smooth without any problems.

  • N

    Hello! I have a question on the evokers and the templates. When printing them out is it better to print the whole gun and then cut out the desired pieces or do I print the gun and then the tiny pieces? Thanks for the tutorial

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      You’re welcome. Please check the new pattern pieces, maybe that will answer your question. If not, I’m afraid I don’t really understand what you mean.

      • N

        Oh thanks, I just printed them out and I used the vector and traced each individual piece from that since my printer had issues.

  • Abilaine

    Hi! All the images in the beginning of the tutorial are broken, is there any way you could reupload them?

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      The images work for me, maybe it was a temporary problem. Does it work for you now?

      • aislin_mhoireach

        I’m in the same boat as Abilaine – I can’t seem to see the first several images.
        Do you have another link we could try?

        • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

          I updated the links, you can check again if you wish.

          • aislin_mhoireach

            Thanks so much!

    • http://www.teamblasecosplay.com/ Gen

      I updated the links, you can check again if you wish.

  • Colour

    I’m having trouble deciding that. My friends all want me to do Aigis but she doesn’t even use an evoker. D: That, and…she has no feet. Very difficult, but it’s either her or Yukari.

  • Colour

    Ah, that’s that I was thinking! Except I was gonna bake then sand, because my sculpey keeps sticking to the exacto knife I was using. Haha. I just need some patience. >o<

    Thank you for all your help. :3

    • http://genkimami.deviantart.com Gen

      My Sculpey pieces didn’t look so good before baking + sanding either ^^; What character are you cosplaying as, by the way?

  • Colour

    There was no space to begin with. They just pushed together so easily. I think I finally figured it out though; my stencils are probably a bit off.

    Now I just need to get those clay symbols next to the SEES logo right. They’re rather frustrating to do by hand. ._. How did you make yours so perfect? (The leaf looking things)

    • http://genkimami.deviantart.com Gen

      Yeah, they were really annoying to make. I flattened some Sculpey to the thickness I wanted, traced the symbol on it and cut it with a knife. Then lots of sanding after they were baked. It took quite a while!

  • Colour

    Alright, this is just the practice evoker, which is why it looks so poorly made. This is how it turned out for me. Pieces 3 and 5 just kinda formed together when I glued them on. It’s just flat with no line or anything in between like it should have. I’m following the stencil so I’m not sure what happened there.

    http://i1016.photobucket.com/albums/af288/alicevorallem/IMG_20130202_102814_zpsb1589871.jpg

    • http://genkimami.deviantart.com Gen

      I’m not sure, but it could be that when you put the paper maché, you covered the space between piece 3 and 5, so when you put the spackling paste and paint over it, the line is completely gone.

  • Colour

    Thanks for your previous help; I figured out the sizing, and I’m pretty much done except for the clay and the SEES part, but I noticed that step 5 says to add one of piece 3 and 5 in the directions, but under the picture description it says one of piece 4 and 5. I followed the one that said 3 and 5 in the directions and my evoker doesn’t have that lifted look for the SEES logo like yours does.

    I’m not quite sure where I went wrong with that one. o_o Was it supposed to be 4 cutouts of piece 4 instead of piece 3?

    Cause when I glued it all together before adding pieces 6 and 7, the evoker was pretty much flat.

    Sorry for all the questions. OTL

    • http://genkimami.deviantart.com Gen

      Oh yeah, I made a mistake in the tutorial, thanks for pointing it out I corrected it. You got it right, step 5 is adding one of piece 3 and one of piece 5.

      Are you using craft foam for all those evoker pieces? Can you post a photo of your progress so far? It would help me see what you’re explaining.

  • Colour

    Hi,

    I’m having trouble getting the sizing for the evoker on paper. Every time I try to print, the printer stretches everything, and printing it from the size it is makes it too small. How did you set your settings to print it properly?

    Thanks,

    Colour

    • http://genkimami.deviantart.com Gen

      I always printed my files with Photoshop. There’s an option in the Print menu to indicate the scale of the printed image; I would always make sure it was 100 %. There are so many different programs to print images that I can’t provide support for them, but the only thing I can suggest if you don’t use Photoshop is to check the different options and see what would work.

  • bluemoonjag

    Hello Gen,
    Can I ask you where you find this picture please? Did you take it yourself? I’d like to use it and possibly make it fit for the cover of an online short story but I would need the permission of whoever owns this picture. The name of the artist/photograph would appear in the cover.
    Kind regards
    Thanks
    bluemoonjag

    • http://genkimami.deviantart.com Gen

      Hello bluemoonjag,
      Which picture are you talking about? Since there are many in this post, I can’t tell which one you mean.

  • http://theheartlessbeing.tumblr.com ERI:KI

    Pretty awesome that tutorial!!!
    I have planned to do a Shinjiro Aragaki for this next event here. The evoker I made using your tutorial isn’t thaaat good first because I suck a lot in arts, so cutting, pasting and etcs aren’t exactly my top qualities…
    And because I am kind short of time, I didn’t used paper marche and the spackling paste. If I screwd up I would not be able to make another in time. But I intend to use it soon.
    Anyways, thanks to YOUR idea, I have an awesome evoker in hands! Thank you very much!
    I have posted some photos on my “cosplay” album on facebook, Erick Ciqueira.
    It’s public so please, check it out! =D
    It’s not so good like yours but… I guess you can call it a Third World Evoker… (I’m Brazilian) XD

    Once again, thanks and wish you the best of luck!!!

    • http://genkimami.deviantart.com Gen

      I’m glad that you like this tutorial! I saw your Evoker picture on Facebook and I think it turned out very nicely. It’s very hard to make things look so smooth without the spackling paste so I think you did really well. Nice Shinji cosplay by the way, Persona 3 is awesome :D