In the 2000-2005 animated series "The Jackie Chan Adventures", the Talisman Detector is a device used to track down the twelve Chinese zodiac talismans which grant the possessor with magical super powers.
One of my favorite TV shows is the cartoon Jackie Chan Adventures. I watch the entire run every year and love it more with every viewing. Besides great stories, comedy and action, the show has beautifully designed props that I covet greatly. As to not deny myself any longer, I decided to build the Talisman Detector.
After drawing out the plans in illustrator, I cut the handle parts from basswood. I used small wooden dowels to strengthen the glue joint.
A bit of wood glue and pressure from a clamp completes the base.
My friend Fev was nice enough to laser cut the decorative bits from thin hobby plywood. Since I needed 4 sets, this saved me tons of time hand cutting and they are perfect beyond what I could do by hand.
The assembled handle! Now the easy part is done.
After a less than stellar attempt to sculpt the dragon head master in epoxy putty, I decided to model them in Strata and have them 3D printed.
Working from my blueprints, I slowly worked the detail into the dragon. Fortunately, Strata allows you to work on half of an object and it mirrors the geometry for a perfectly symmetrical sculpt.
To save on printing costs, I made the dragon 2mm thick. This will be plenty strong but will also allow for the thin spots to meet minimum printing requirements.
A few weeks later, I got the master back from Shapeways. I printed it in their “White, Strong and Flexible” material. With the polished option, there was very little to clean up.
The 2mm wall thickness was crazy strong!
I made a silicone mold of the master so that I could make four resin copies.
I made a silicone mold for the handle using MoldMax 40. The resin will pour in through the base.
Even with a 1″ core of foam, the cast resin handle has some nice heft!
A simple base coat of green, a wash of dark green to bring out detail and a matte finish completes the Talisman Detector.