When I made my video game Ramona costume, I decided I wanted to try making her hammer as well. I decided only a week before SDCC to make it, and it wound up coming together really well for being rushed and my first-ever prop! I wanted to share how I made it, especially since it’s close to Halloween!
Since I flew out to SDCC, I also had to make the hammer travel-friendly. Because I still wanted an obnoxiously huge hammer, I decided to make the base and the hammer head detachable. I checked the broomstick as my second bag and wrapped the hammer head in bubble wrap carefully to take as my carry-on. It wasn’t easy, but the hammer made it through unscathed both times through 4 different flights!
- Styrofoam blocks (the biggest you can find)
- Glue and caulk
- Gesso (I used 2-3 bottles)
- Textured spray paint (I used 2-3 cans)
- Broomstick and connector
Next, I cut the styrofoam in half and glued it together. With a serrated knife, I slowly started sculpting the hammer into Ramona’s hammer’s shape. It’s got rounded edges and a wider top than bottom. Be sure to use a serrated knife — otherwise it’ll be near impossible and foam will fly everywhere!
I covered the entire hammer in gesso. Gesso is a primer for paint that helps smooth out surfaces. I wasn’t totally pleased with the gesso’s effect on the styrofoam; the layers were still visible. If I had more time, I may have gone back and covered the entire hammer in tape, plaster, or something similar.
While the gesso dried, I painted the base of the hammer pink. I also added the connector piece inside of the hammer head by carving a hole with the knife and securing the piece with glue and caulk.
Just a note: The downside to this method is that the hammer is a little heavier than I was expecting, but it doesn’t require math or difficult-to-find materials. Carrying this hammer for a night or a day is totally fine, but the several days of SDCC wore me out!