Having spent most of my life in New Mexico, I love the show Breaking Bad. While it was still on air I found myself thinking of cool Breaking Bad memorabilia I wanted. When I couldn’t find it, I made it myself.
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From parties with methylamine kegs to finding the exact same ricin-stash outlet for a Reddit gift exchange, I’ve made a lot of breaking Bad stuff, but the two projects I’ll be talking about today were particularly cool to have around.
The Pink Bear
At the time I decided I wanted a replica of the pink Teddy bear that ends up in the White’s pool, you couldn’t just go buy onelike you can now. I couldn’t even find one of a close enough style or color that it could just be modified a little. The more I looked, the more I wanted one. Finally, I decided I was going to make one, no matter what it took. I started with a plain white bear. I think it was a build-a-bear I found on Ebay.
White was a good color to start with because I could dye that. I tried to get it a nice fuchsia pink with normal RIT dye, but I found out the fibers were synthetic and didn’t take the color very well. It
It wasn’t far off, but it was a dull pink. I added a purple mix of acrylic, which I knew would stain polyester more effectively. It sort of clumped a bit, but could be combed out when dry. Most importantly, it got the color closer to where it should be.
I had cut out and saved some of the fur for the face and stomach.
The ears, legs, arms, and head all got moved, shortened or reshaped so that they matched the Pink Bear’s proportions. I sewed on the white spots in the ears, arms and legs, then added the tongue.
The last addition would be the characteristic eye.
I couldn’t find one of the right color and diameter, so I poured an epoxy lens using 2-part glue. I found a marble of about the right size and pressed it into modeling clay, then mixed the glue and dripped it into the mold.
The back of the lens got painted with an iris design. Outlines and highlights in front, then the background color.
The rest of the eye was just a sphere of polymer clay with a slice out of it to make room for the lens.
Then it was time to make this bear worse for wear. I figured the easiest way to make it look burnt was to just burn it. Because the fibers were synthetic I knew it wouldn’t rub soot off onto anything it touched afterwords.
Walter White Snow Globe
At some point I thought it would be really cool to have a Walter White snow globe inside a beaker. I had this tiny beaker laying around and found a plastic container (from a cheap finger paint kit) that fit right into the base. I wanted Walt to be standing between spikes of blue crystals, so I roughly sculpted some polymer clay to fit on the base. Once cured, it could be shaved down into more precise, crystalline edges.
Heisenberg’s product was known for it’s clarity, so these crystals had to be more translucent. I cast the polymer in sodium alginate (dental casting material) and filled it with a clear silicone that had been mixed with blue dye.
Now I needed a tiny Walter White. I sculpted him out of polymer clay too with glasses made from a single strand of copper electrical wire.
This was supposed to be a snow globe, but snow didn’t feel very fitting. Instead I wanted more blue crystals and some cash floating around with Walt.
For the cash I pained some green acrylic onto a plate and let it dry. After carefully scraping it up, I drew on it with a green Sharpie and cut out little rectangles.
The crystals were just translucent blue craft beads that I smashed with a hammer.
I wanted the crystals to glow, so I put an LED and a switch in the base beneath the crystals.
I slopped enough silicone onto the sides of the base that it sealed up the bottom. I used a syringe to inject the water through the silicone base, and to suck any air bubbles.
Now I’ve got a half drug lord, half badass teacher in a little 100 mL glass beaker.
And it looks even cooler in the dark!
Thanks for reading!