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Discreet Companion Raygun by porkshanks Discreet Companion Raygun by porkshanks
This is my third build of the Ladies' Discreet Companion Raygun that I created for the wonderful MAKE Magazine.

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The idea was to build something from new and relatively eay to locate parts only, since that makes it a lot easier for people to actually complete the design should they decide to give it a shot *rimshot* sorry about the pun there. I'd fire myself, but I'm self employed!

Anyways, Gareth asked me if I would design a Ray Gun of some sort but that it should be a shorter article since they already had a few big projects in the issue... so I figured it was time to create a Derringer style weapon for ladies to carry in their purses or such. I've also been obsessing over making my work more functional lately, so I also decided to make this Ray Gun a working butane lighter, since that seemed like a logical enough leap.

The prototype became a birthday gift for my friend Befu, and the second one was sold at NorWesCon a couple weekends ago. I made the second one originally for display purposes only to advertise the article, but I had a lot of people asking if it was for sale... so I decided to make a couple more to sell on my Etsy page:

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FYI: the pattern for the metal work is here:

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Sparkus-Clark Featured By Owner May 5, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That is so cool. I'd LOVE to try it for myself (BIG fan of building things). How much is a subscription to MAKE?
-SC
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Ryusukanku Featured By Owner May 1, 2009
That is beautiful work.

The perfect Mother's Day gift!
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clearkid Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Filmographer
That is so genius, and awesome looking to boot!

Now I have to go find a lighter...
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HiddenRelevance Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
Oh very very cool! Love the design, and I can definitely see some Weird West Saloon girl tucking one of these into her garter!
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Faeriedreamer Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Professional General Artist
Awesome. I totally read that article!
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Varulvsnatt Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009
That's really cute. :) Awesome self-defence too.
Job well done, yet again, porkshanks!
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bombkamp Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
for make mag??! very nice - are they gonna have you on the show?
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porkshanks Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Professional General Artist
I don't know... maybe at some point? you'll have to ask them about that :)
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masquerangel Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Stunning!
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harlewood Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009   Artisan Crafter
Great design!!
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