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Marceline's Bass Guitar by margo98 Marceline's Bass Guitar by margo98
Finally finished with Marceline's axe bass guitar! I started it on Monday (6/6) and finished this morning. I made it out of insulation foam, sanded it, gorilla glued it, painted it, and detailed it all by myself. This is the first prop I've ever made for a cosplay and I'm very happy with how it turned out. Stay tuned later this weekend for pictures of my complete Marceline cosplay!

EDIT: A quick summary of how this was made-
I used the pink insulation foam from home depot, shaped it with a saw, glued it together with Gorilla Glue, let it dry. I painted it with Mod Podge (gesso), let it dry, paint it with acrylic. The strings are just silver elastic that you can buy at any craft store. The nobs are painted bottle caps. The tuner prongs on the top are just little wooden nobs that I bought at a craft store too.
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:iconthomasway0320:
thomasway0320 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2015
Can you really play with this bass?
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner May 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha no not at all
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:iconthomasway0320:
thomasway0320 Featured By Owner May 14, 2015
would be cool though XD
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CassandraMalfoy Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent work. I'm planning to make my own bass guitar battle axe for displaying in my art room studio, and for a future Marceline cosplay. :D
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Consty-T Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool!:) (Smile) :D (Big Grin) Purple parade 
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TeamSonic015 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Would you mind telling almost step by step? I'm being her for Halloween and I'd like to know how to make it as beautiful as this.~ 
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Steps are listed in the description! 
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:iconskullkitty56:
SkullKitty56 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist
wow lucky :c
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:iconsoranotenshii:
SoranoTenshii Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
woow! perfect guitar! *ww*
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:icongoldenlotus99:
GoldenLotus99 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Can you tell me how long and thick it is?
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:iconalexleeengels:
AlexLeeEngels Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2014
Could i have the dimensions for the guitar?
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:iconkathythegoth:
KathytheGoth Featured By Owner Edited Jun 25, 2014  Student General Artist
Was mod podge supposed to be to seal it?
Because when I did it I don't think it worked right,the paint melted and sunk into the foam still....my axe bass came out a little weird because of the texture
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What kind of foam did you use? I used pink insulation housing foam. Yes, the pod podge did act as a sealant and primer for my acrylic paint. I waited for it to completely dry before using the paint.
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KathytheGoth Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
I used blue insulation foam,its about the same right?
However I did find out why it didn't work %100,because I didn't put enough coatings,and I didn't have enough mod podge :iconderpyderpplz:
But I solved the problem ^^
But I will be sure to keep that in mind next time
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:icongezjenk:
gezjenk Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014
how did you attach the handle to the head or did you just make the entire thing out of a single piece of foam?
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Technically it was made from 6 separate pieces of foam. two pieces stacked on top of each other for the head, two for the neck, and two for the axe part. I cut a sort of puzzle piece wedge to interlock the pieces together. I glued it all together with Gorilla Glue. Hope this helps!
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:icongezjenk:
gezjenk Featured By Owner May 1, 2014
that helps a lot. thanks
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:iconkagome-245:
Kagome-245 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014
OMG im going as Marceline for a CT con i really wish u were selling it i would totally buy it about how much did it cost to make?
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Not for sale, sorry. I probably spent about $40 for the materials
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:iconkagome-245:
Kagome-245 Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
alright thanks :3 i will probably make my own
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:iconcreenation:
creenation Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014
so you covered it in mod podge  before you painted it with acrylic paint? sorry i just want to be extra clear because im using this as a ref to make my own :)
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep! I let it dry before painting the acrylic on. Good luck!
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:iconnneriamux4ever:
Nneriamux4ever Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Holy- 

This is amazing. :iconohmyglobplz:
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:iconkhfan12:
khfan12 Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   General Artist
First off, I want to saw that you've done an awesome job cosplaying as Marceline.
Second, I wanted to ask a question: For someone who has a reeeaallly low budget, what would you suggest for them making their own Bass Guitar for a Marceline cosplay? **has a really low budget**
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Welll the materials I used were for my low budget. I think for like $40 it was pretty cheap. I honestly don't recommend using much cheaper materials, or else your guitar will look... well.. cheap. Good luck!
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:iconkhfan12:
khfan12 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013   General Artist
Okay, thank you! ^^ I'll see what all I can get together.
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sacossaboon Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013  Student General Artist
AWESOME!!! How did you do that???
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! It's explained in the description.
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:iconarinuchi:
Arinuchi Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for posting this its a really good ref i'm using for mine!
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks! good luck
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:iconcezahn:
Cezahn Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Fantastic! I need to get started fabricating mine.
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obeymarceline Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
But what is that peice called that u place the strings in

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:iconobeymarceline:
obeymarceline Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Lol never mind that I fell really stupid I just read the summary sorry
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:iconobeymarceline:
obeymarceline Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
And what is that thing called u place th strings in
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:iconobeymarceline:
obeymarceline Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
What Did u use to make this I would like to make one for the anime Milwaukee convention. Plz help
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beautifulwafflepanda Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome I might try making one too !!! ^_^
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's super easy!!
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:iconsnowflower-princess:
snowflower-princess Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
the wires are real guitar wires?!
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner May 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No just silver elastic strings :)
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snowflower-princess Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
ahhh cool thanks. XD
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:iconmarcy116:
marcy116 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
where do you get the foam i cant find any I would really love if you sent me a link. Please
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lowes is where I got mine! Here's a good article about it [link]
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soratarata Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
You really did an excellent prop. *O* I love it. Would you tell me its dimensions? I always try to find the perfect dimensions for my props but yours are so perfect :D
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Sorry I don't have the dimensions. I kind of just guessed!
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serenityaesis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Student Interface Designer
Are you like selling these? :O
I hope you do! Cuz it's really awesome! :)
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No sorry, I'm not. But thanks!!
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:iconinsatiabledragonfly:
InsatiableDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013
is this a functioning guitar?
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:iconmargo98:
margo98 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nope, I wish!
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:iconinsatiabledragonfly:
InsatiableDragonfly Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013
Well it still looks great!
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lildillpickle Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013
Hey, I'm making an Axe Bass of my own, and I just had a question.

So I made mine of out pink insulation foam too, and I'm just ready to prime. I'm just worried about the foam; it doesn't seem very study and I'm afraid it may snap in half. How study was your completed Axe Bass? How many coats did you use to make it study?


Thanks for your help!
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