Like many of my prop and cosplay builds, the seed for the Skyrim Elven Dagger prop build was planted with a moment of idle thought. “That Orcish Dagger looks a bit lonely” my notoriously troublesome internal monologue concluded. It was but a matter of moments before I...read more
I’m perfectly willing to accept that I have a predilection to sci-fi gun props. The downside of this vice however is that my prop collection can look a bit like a shady armoury from a cyber-punk b-movie. So when I made the Orcish dagger a few weeks ago it became...read more
Like many so many of history’s greatest stories, our journey today begins in tragedy. Ok, tragedy is a bit of an exaggeration. But if you want to know how I build this ray gun prop from a £1 shop toy you’re going to have to put up with my bullshit. After ham-fistedly...read more
When the opportunity arises to earn ‘husband points’ I am usually smart enough to heed the call. Over the weekend I was offered one of those opportunities, and unlike the usual DIY, or housework related requests, this one was fun! My Wife runs a Brownie unit (Girl...read more
This Summer I have made the same mistake on two different builds. Yes, on two separate occasions, I’ve glued a piece on upside down. This is what we in the industry call radically moronic. We’ve all been there. You’re a long way into a project. You’ve overcome all the...read more
When I started incorporating 3D printed parts into my prop builds I wasn’t expecting unpleasant side effects. Like many, I saw my new 3D printer as a liberating machine. 3D printing would break the ties that had bound me to the old ways and allow me to overcome the...read more
Honesty time. I made a massive mistake while I was building this Skyrim Orcish Dagger. What’s worse is that I didn’t realise until I was 80% of the way though the build. So keep reading if you’d like to know how I built my Skyrim Orcish Dagger, how I made a rookie...read more
When we are talking about rivets for cosplay and prop-making we are generally looking at them from two perspectives. In the first case we are using rivets to join two or more pieces together, this is their utilitarian value. The second case however is probably more...read more
Bethesda have a lot to answer for. Between The Eldar Scrolls and Fallout titles they have taken thousands of hours of my life and a reasonable chunk of change to boot. That being said, in exchange for all of those hours I could have spent doing something waaaay more...read more
In our living room, we have what has become affectionately known as a “nerd cabinet”. This is in fact 3 Ikea glass cabinets stuffed to the brim with my prop making exploits and Charlottes Pop Vinyl collection. The state of our wizarding shelf dictated that we needed a...read more
Prop Up Shop is a DIY prop blog brought to you by Dogless. Scattered among these pages you will find prop building articles, hints and tips about cosplay props and any other assorted crap that gets dumped in here. Dogless has been a maker for around 20 years, being active in the Wargaming, Model Railroad and Plastic Kit Communitites. Now he spends most of his time making fun movie props like ray guns and axes – pretty much anything that goes ‘pew pew’ or needs adult supervision to use. Dogless is not on the no-fly list.
The purpose of this site is to curate a collection of build logs, how to’s and other such instructional do-dads – basically to teach you guys how to make props, cool ones, big ones, safe ones.