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