Here's some of my stuff. Let me know what you think.
I've been fascinated with this pendant ever since I saw Hercules on tv for the first time as a kid.
It only took me 16 years to figure out what it was. lol. And it was THE reason I discovered greenstone carving, specifically Maori carvings.
I made mine from Greenstone as well, like the original one was. It is a bit smaller than Iolaus one still I think. Mine is 2.3 by 1.4 inches (7 by 3,5cm) and roughly 5/16” (8mm) thick at its thickest point.
The Jade is entirely translucent so it looks different in different lighting constantly. (Which is kinda cool. ) I have a slight obsession with this pendant, I made four different versions in various materials prior to this one and it's definitely not the last...
Here a few pics of how I made it:
I am currently working on a season 1 version of his pendant as well. Which is a bit different that the one he mostly wore throughout the series.
Iolaus sword & sword sheath:
Very charming pic of Xena. Lol. Sorry.
For some reason the handle wrapping of his sword changes constantly. I went for how his sword looked in "Warrior Princess".
My Iolaus sword:
Work in progress pic: http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Grotefoto-HIN4SKVC.jpg
I used the blade of a gladius and cut it to give it a different shape. (and I ground it down to give it a 1mm edge overall for safety since I take it with me to events) It’s carbon steel, cross guard and pommel parts I made from scratch; thick aluminum which I hammered to give an aged look. The handle is hickory wrapped with rope and linen. I based my version on the early seasons version of his sword. I had a lot of fun dinging and scratching up the blade with hammers and files to make it look battle worn. (which you can’t see on this pic though, I need to make a good close up of it some time) On the right how it looks now in its sheath with the belts attached. I left the blade on my sword a little wider. I did that because I found it looking more convincing. On screen Iolaus sword looks dangerously thin at times. The only downside was I had to make the sheath wider as well which is a bit funny looking. I might change it to an all leather sheath in the future. This one is cherry wood covered in leather with metal decorations.
The bracers I made:
I made the left and right one the same since I don’t have a broken arm to conceal. Haha. Made of scrap leather, my brother-in-law’s leather coat (which he kindly donated for my crazy projects ) and a dog belt for the straps.. The brass buckles on the back I had to make myself because I couldn’t find any that even came close to the ones on screen.
Over the years I made more leather bracers for costumes but these are by far my favorites.
This is my favorite prop, I doubt many people noticed how beautiful it actually is. It only got one close up shot in the entire episode which is a shame given the amount of detail it has. The one I made is a lot duller because it’s just gold paint. I suspect the original was either bronze or brass and hollow cast. (when it rolls on the floor it definitely sounds like brass) I hope I can make a bronze one or do a gold leaf version some time.
My "Dite's" Apple:
Photo by my friend Gyan.
How I made it: http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Grotefoto-FZM4NFA7.jpg
It took me endlessly staring at blurry screepcaps to figure out all the symbols but I’m 99.1% sure I got them right. I sculpted the apple in sculpey, made a mold and cast it in solid resin. Some raw casts of the apple(s): http://www.mijnalbum.nl/Grotefoto-644CEO8P.jpg
If anyone is interested I have a few spares. lol.
I took it with me to Bethells Beach (Te Henga), where the episode The Apple (and many others) were filmed, for some fun.. Mostly it was a bit too foggy to see any goddesses of love windsurfing on a giant clam shell.
That was all for now.
Thanks for looking!