A Beginner’s Guide to Making Mind Blowing Props!

Bill Doran of Punished Props has a very detailed beginner’s guide for getting started in prop making available to download for free! This is a comprehensive guide that covers Saftey, tips, materials, tools and more! 

Bill Doran is a prop and costume maker, owner of Punished Props, and the author of Foamsmith: How to Create Foam Armor Costumes. He’s been building replica props and costumes since his friends convinced him to cosplay with them back in 2009. This opened up an entirely new world of creativity and soon Bill carved out a tidy little career as a prop maker.

Bill founded Punished Props in 2012 and took his passion for prop making full time, quitting his job in corporate America. Since then, he’s built amazing prop replicas for clients all around the world! Along with building incredible things, he also shares his knowledge in detailed blog writeups and full video tutorials. That passion for instruction led him to write several books on the subject including A Beginner’s Guide to Making Mind Blowing Props and this Foamsmith series!

Nowadays, you can see Bill all around the world at costume and pop culture conventions, spreading his knowledge to those who wish to expand their skills.


The book goes on to cover:

  • Saftey
  • Getting Started & Beginner’s Tips
  • budget your cost
  • budget your time
  • gather reference images
  • design and scale your pieces
  • materials
  • tools of the trade
  • building Techniques
  • finishing and painting
  • show off

Go download A Beginner’s guide to making mind blowing props for free here!