In this tutorial, you’ll find out how to easily make this Ink tank for a Splatoon 2 costume for cosplay or Halloween. Full tutorial and details on how to make it.
As you may have seen the last few weeks, I was focused on making the Splatoon costume asked by my son for Halloween.
I have a lot of ambition for this costume (as usual, I tend to do overdo it a bit!):
The ink tank
This week, I’m really struggled to make the reservoir. It was a succession of trial and error that resulted in taking way longer than I had planned for this project!
You can see what the ink tank looks like in Splatoon 2 (they are different to those in Splatoon 1! Got to be a geek all the way!)
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You will need
My first idea was to use two Cola bottles inserted into one another to make the tube. But it really was not rigid enough. I thought about my little boy returning from school with an ink tank in pieces!
I finally used one bottle of cola that I cut to keep only the straight part. The second picture shows that I was preparing to paint a portion of the plastic cylinder which is finally not necessary with the solution that I opted for.
I actually used Chipboard to make the bottom of the ink tank. I tried to make it so that the transparent cylinder fit into it very tightly.
To make sure the ink tank is solid, I stapled the chipboard several places and then I painted with the true blue spray paint.
I then attached two nylon straps at each end of the tube, again using staples.
The ink tank cover
- White foam sheet (sold individually at Michael’s)
- A lid of a Ziploc Round container
- 2 clear round container smaller than the Ziploc cover and that can be inserted into one another
- A small battery powered light (kind of the false candles sold à the Dollar Store)
- Foam board
- Black spray paint
- DecoArt multi-surface acrylic paint in red (to make it sticks on the plastic container)
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
I determined the size needed for the white piece using the lids that go above and below. I then draw the two circles on the foam sheet and connected the two circles by a straight strip. I then cut with scissors.
On the left image, you can see the items that I had assembled before painting them. The right image shows the same one, but painted.
I then assembled the items in the following order with hot glue.
Note that the small light inside must remain accessible for turning it on and off. That’s why I used lids that can be unscrewed.
The picture below is the foam board. I used my x-acto knife and made an incision of the exact size of the transparent cylinder without going through.
I inserted the cylinder in the foam board.
You can also see that I added a blue painted cardboard inside the transparent cylinder to give the impression that we see the level of paint.
I inserted the transparent cylinder in the blue ink tank. That’s why it was not necessary to paint the bottle of cola!
The base of the ink tank
I used a corrugated fiberboard because I wanted a certain thickness and wanted to be able to fold it around the cylinder. But, I didn’t want to see the inside of the corrugated fiberboard (you know, the small waves) so I wrapped the corrugated fiberboard with Duck tape. My Duck tape was not the right color, so I painted it with silver spray paint. I also painted a circle of cardboard which will serve as the bottom of the ink tank.
Then I fixed everything with hot glue.
The gradation of the cylinder
- Red paint
- Black Sharpie marker
To avoid making unnecessary marks on the tank, I started by making a draft on paper. This allowed me to transfer the marks on the cylinder like this:
I traced the outline with a ruler and the Sharpie.
And then I simply colored inside.
Finally, I only had to paint the ink level and add a red triangle with the red paint.
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Come back this week to see the weapon I will make to go with this costume. See also other items:
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