Splatoon 2 costume / Making the Ink Tank

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.

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I then attached two nylon straps at each end of the tube, again using staples.

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The ink tank cover

Materials:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I inserted the transparent cylinder in the blue ink tank. That’s why it was not necessary to paint the bottle of cola!

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The base of the ink tank

Materials:

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

Required materials

  • Red paint
  • Paintbrush
  • 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:

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I traced the outline with a ruler and the Sharpie.

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And then I simply colored inside.

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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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7 thoughts on “Splatoon 2 costume / Making the Ink Tank

  1. I don’t have little ones at home anymore but so don’t know the movie character. I enjoyed reading your post and thinking of how lucky your son is that you take this much time and effort into creating him a one of a kind costume. I am certain he is going to have a really great time.

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