CREATE YOUR OWN BB-8

It’s almost impossible to hate BB-8, the lovable droid that stars in two of the latest additions to the Star Wars franchise, The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Even though his design seems fundamentally flawed (a metal sphere with traction?), he is undeniably cute and is an amazingly loyal companion.

Turns out Poe isn’t the only man in the galaxy lucky enough to have BB-8 as a sidekick. You can have your own mini BB-8 too!

YOU WILL NEED

  • 3D printer, we used this one
  • Wood-infused filament, we used this one
  • Orange and silver permanent markers to colour in designs*
  • Dark brown powder or chalk to scrape
  • Thin black permanent marker to outline panels and draw details
  • Plastic surface to use as a palette, a yoghurt lid works well
  • Small paintbrush for details and medium paintbrush for large spaces
  • White and black acrylic craft paint

We downloaded and printed this design by Deltareactor3D. They did an amazing job modelling a miniature BB-8! I suggest using a wood-infused filament when 3D printing so that the acrylic paint sets properly. We printed two just in case.

I would argue that acrylic craft paint is the best to use. It’s relatively cheap, easy to work with and dries matte pretty fast. I used Craftsmart which can be found at Michael’s Craft Store. Any brand name of acrylic paint will work, some better than others. My favourite affordable paintbrushes are these, which are soft and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

I chose to use permanent markers for part of this project so that BB-8’s details are clean and precise. *You can use orange and silver paint instead if preferred.

PAINTING TIPS

  • Paint the whole droid white first and wait for it to dry completely before adding the details
  • Add the silver aspects before the orange ones to make clean up easier
  • Seal BB-8 with a satin finish for a polished look. Test on a small area first to make sure it doesn’t ruin your hard work
  • For movie accuracy, the photoreceptor can be coated with a glossy finish

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR NEW DROID

Congratulations, you now have your very own droid! Owning a droid is not an easy task– they have feelings too. Once the paint is dry, make sure to treat him well! Give him a name or better yet, sell him for extra food rations.

BB-8 is a loyal friend and accomplice in times of need. Not to mention, he makes the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan!

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May the Force be with you!

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PAINT-A-PORG

Possibly the most controversial part of the newest Star Wars instalment, The Last Jedi, is the porgs that inhabit Ahch-To. Whether or not you’re pro-porg, there’s no denying that they’re the perfect conversation piece for any home in the galaxy. Within hours (10 to be exact), you can have your own porg and paint him too!

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THINGS YOU WILL NEED

  • 3D printer, we used this one
  • Wood-infused filament, we used this one
  • Plastic surface to use as a palette, a yoghurt lid works well
  • Small paintbrush for details and medium paintbrush for large spaces
  • Arrangement of acrylic craft paint including white, black, brown, orange* and red

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We downloaded and printed this design by LadyDretza. She did an amazing job modelling a screaming porg which also functions as a piggy bank! I suggest using a wood-infused filament when 3D printing so that the acrylic paint sets properly. We printed a scaled-down version first as a test run. Not only is it incredibly cute, but it’s also the perfect thing to practice on.

I would argue that acrylic craft paint is the best to use. It’s relatively cheap, easy to work with and dries matte pretty fast. I used Craftsmart which can be found at Michael’s Craft Store. Any brand name of acrylic paint will work, some better than others. My favourite affordable paintbrushes are these, which are soft and come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

*You can mix orange with red and yellow paint. This will give you a wider range of colours, but it is not necessary for this project

PRINTING TIPS

  • Do a couple smaller test prints first
  • Ensure there is no stringing and that the layers are even
  • Adjust the temperature to get the best print possible (190°C worked best for us)

PAINTING PROCESS

  1. I would suggest painting the mouth first. That way, you can clean up the area later when painting around it. Use a small brush and some muted pink (white + red + black) to paint the internal walls of the mouth. While the paint is still wet, add a darker pink to the back of the throat to create a subtle gradient. Don’t worry about the teeth yet. Paint the bottom lip a lighter muted pink, making sure to blend it into the walls of the mouth.mouth2
  2. The eyes, which are the windows into the soul of a porg, are the next plan of action. A small brush and some black paint will do. You can add the irises by mixing a dark brown and lining the inner and outer parts of the eye.
  3. Start painting the tummy white. The tummy stretches from the base of the porg to the top of his head in a pear shape. While it is still wet, paint around the white section with a light grey. Blending the two sections together while wet will create a feathery look. Do this around the whole perimeter. The back of the porg, including his tail, is a dark grey. Paint the rest of the body a combination of light, medium and dark grey. The more variation you have, the more textured the porg will look.
  4. Time for the eyebrows and… sideburns of the porg! Using a small brush, paint an orange colour (orange + a dash of brown) around the eyes, leaving the inner portion white. The orange colour stretches along the top of his wings and comes to a point on the side of his head. Adding in some white will create a more dimensional look.
  5. Next up, the feet. Mix a medium orange and paint away. Don’t worry about the claws yet. Use a small brush to paint a clean line where the white and orange meet at the base of the legs. You can add dark orange lines to the bottom of his feet, stretching from between his toes to his heels.
  6. It’s finally time to add the details. Use some white paint for his toenails and teeth. Paint his eyelids white to create a clean line, and highlight his pupils for good measure.
  7. Finish your new best friend with a clear coat! This step is optional, but it helps to seal in the acrylic paint and gives your porg a matte or glossy finish. I would suggest painting his body with a satin sealant and his eyes with a shiny one. Any waterbased finish should work, or you could try Mod Podge. Make sure to try it on a small portion of your porg first, in case it ruins your work!

PAINTING TIPS

  • Mixing too many colours together will make the porg look muddy. Keep it simple
  • A very little amount of black is needed in any mixture. It will overpower otherwise
  • Do not paint with a wet brush– we want the colours to be opaque and bright
  • The drier the brush, the more feathery your strokes will look
  • It is generally a good tip to work from light to dark
  • Always try paints and sealants on a small portion of your work or a reject first
  • Don’t forget to breathe while painting small details! I will not be held liable for any porg-painting-suffocations

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW PORGLET

Congratulations! You are now a proud parent of the galaxy’s cutest creature. After you have given him plenty of time to rest and dry, feel free to do with him whatever you desire! Give him a name, take him on a walk, devour his friends– the possibilities are endless.

Porgs make great gifts for anyone, and can be personalized too! Try making some of the test runs into quirky pieces. One of mine became a decapitated plant pot.

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May the Force be with you!