After about 10 months of varying degrees of procrastination and working around homework on weekends, I present to you the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device!
A tutorial might be forthcoming, but pretty much all of the basics are covered here-[link]
If you haven't checked Volpin's stuff out, I would highly recommend it. This guy is both amazingly talented and pretty reachable, unless you're asking to buy something.
The white 'shell' pieces are made from green florist's foam (carved with a steak knife) covered in layers of putty and bondo, then a layer of Wonderflex plastic, then several more layers of bondo, paint, sweat, blood, and tears. I used no molds, and the only main pieces I didn't carve completely were the PVC barrel pieces. It runs on a 9V battery, and has a mess of dubious wiring inside. There are
a few details missing, such as the claw cages and an optional few red LEDs, but out of necessity and a deadline I overlooked them.
Through the process of making the Portal Gun, I've learned a ridiculous amount of what not to do, especially in regard to paints and fabricating pieces. It's been hard, and there were points, for example, where a piece I was working on for weeks broke and I had to remake it and I literally almost broke down and cried. I've grown to love and hate working on it, and so I have a pretty strong emotional attachment to the thing. It's probably unhealthy.
Comments are welcome, obviously. Questions encouraged!
I'm afraid that I'm not going to be selling the
Portal Gun at any foreseeable point in the future, nor will I be making molds any time soon (though maybe when I have actual time and money...). I'm not open for commissions (sorry), though suggestions for future projects are welcome.