Since it was wet and windy on Sunday I thought I might give a little prop building a go. My ideas fell to the teleport bracelets seen aboard the Liberator. Of course, this was fairly ambitious but I think I’ve just about pulled it off.
I didn’t plan to put anything about it on the blog, but I’ve been thinking over and hell, why not, eh? Here’s everything you’ll need to make it:
– 2 sheets of white card
– A moderately sized sheet of tin foil or silver sticky tape
– Brown, gold and red paint
– A glue stick
– A paintbrush
– Corrugated cardboard
Measure 4 sections on the pieces of card, 2 which measure roughly 4cm and the other 2 which measure roughly 2.5cm. Cut them out and trim the length so that when bent into a circular shape the bracelet will slide over your wrist and have an overlap where you can glue.
Double up each piece of card with their same-size partners and make sure they are tightly fixed with glue. You should be left with 2 strips of double thick card. Once you’ve done this, wrap around the 4cm width pieces into a tube-like shape and stick the overlaps. Let this dry. Take the thinner card and cut off a small rectangular section (see finished example image above) so that it will not wrap completely around the base piece. Glue one side of this and wrap it around the base tube so it sits in the centre of its side.
Paint the entire bracelet brown. It may need two coats, so be patient and make sure that there are no white patches visible. Next, take your foil. Cut out a piece that will fit between the raised edges of the thinner width card and stick it in place (this will be the activation buttons base). Once this is done there are several other tin foil shapes you will need. A circle (for the microphone), a small square of silver, a long strip of silver and another strip that at one end has a forked like appearance.
Stick the circular microphone piece on one side of the activation button and the square piece of foil on the other side. Then, leave a moderately sized gap (a few centimetres) for the gold writing which is present on the side of the bracelet. After this should go the plain silver strip, and then after another small gap the smaller silver strip with the forked end. The forked end should point towards the microphone.
In the gap which you left between the silver square and silver strip, begin to paint the alien letters in gold. When painting them, imagine block-capitals with small additions and cutouts. This creates a realistic alien writing effect as seen on the screen-used prop. For mine, I used the letters “U”, “I” and “C”, but feel free to use whichever you want.
Last but not least is the activation button. Cut out 2 rectangles of corrugated cardboard and glue them one on top of the other. Paint the cardboard red, leave to dry and stick in place on the silver foil base.
And that’s it! You now have your very own Blake’s 7 teleport bracelet. Want to see more? Just let me know and I’ll see what I can do.