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ray gun sculpture

by Scott Nelles $160.00
Handmade
Recycled

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  • the story

Zip! Zap! Wow!

Look out, Captain! The creature is behind you!

It's been a long time since you felt the thrill of those classic sci-fi adventures, whether in a darkened theater or on the Saturday morning TV screen. Your tastes in entertainment may have matured since then, but one blast from this fantastic laser gun replica will bring that old magic flooding back.

Either a grown-up toy or a youthful work of art, this galactic artifact is the creation of Michigan artist, Scott Nelles. Nelles uses a sand mixture to create casts of his original prototype (an exact copy of one given to me by alien beings, he insists), and then pours molten bronze and recycled aluminum into the forms. The resulting sculpture has a rich texture and patina, as if battle-worn from your days in the Galactic Cadets. With the included display stand, it makes a far-out conversation piece for your home or office. Handmade in Michigan.

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  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Item ID
19973
Made from
recycled aluminum, bronze
Measurements
15" L x 6" H
Notes
Display stand included (shown towards the right side of the image; the vertical beam propping up the barrel of the Ray Gun).
  • the maker
Scott Nelles

Scott Nelles

Scott Nelles works with bronze and aluminum using one of the most time-tested processes in existence: sand casting. This process involves building the object's shape from packed sand and then filling the cavity with molten metal. This process produces a subtle texture that adds to the character of each piece, making them seem handmade yet straight from the machine age.

Nelles' fascination with metal casting and clay sculpting began as a young boy. He began his 30-year career by educating himself at Western Michigan University, Oakland Community College and The Center for Creative Studies.

Of metal, he states, "I have created work in many different media, but I have always been led back to the same conclusion. There is nothing so durable, so inherently endowed with wealth of longevity and quality as metal." collection

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RAY GUN SCULPTURE
 
5.0

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Visually pleasing (10)
  • Easy to install (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Display (11)
  • Gifts (7)
  • Ambience (6)
  • Home (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Collector (8), Artist (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (4), Yes (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4), Self (3)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday (4), Other (4)

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5.0

Great gift for my husband

By 

from Tulsa, Oklahoma

About Me Collector

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Visually Pleasing

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Display
    • Gifts

    Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

    My husband loved the Ray gun! He thought it was absolutely perfect.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Husband
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Great art at a reasonable price

    By 

    from Tamarac, FL

    About Me Collector

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Visually Pleasing

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Ambience
    • Display

    Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

    First piece from Scott.
    It's really visually pleasing and the craftsmanship is top notch.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    Beautiful piece of art

    By 

    from TX

    About Me Artist, Collector, Decorator

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Visually Pleasing

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Ambience
      • Display
      • Gifts
      • Home

      Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

      Beautifully crafted

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Birthday

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      A fully functional* raygun with heft!

      By 

      from Cooper Mountain, Oregon

      About Me Collector

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Visually Pleasing

      Cons

      • Visible 2010 Copyright Dt

      Best Uses

      • Ambience
      • Display

      Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

      I was looking for a classic sci fi raygun to complement 2 others for my den shelves. This piece visually fit the bill perfectly. The artist made great use of metal, particularly with the multiple hues. The added bonus of the prop stand saved me the trouble of trying to construct one. The packaging was superb with the use of the little cardboard "peanuts". My only complaint, which is very minor, is that the 2010 copyright date is visable on the lower grip base which kind of takes the mystique out of the scifi. Perhaps moving it to the bottom? Did I mention quite pleasingly hefty? - although I guess that wouldn't matter in zero G...

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Self
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

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      5.0

      Out of this World

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      from Staten Island, NY

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      Pros

      • Visually Pleasing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Display
        • Gifts

        Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

        This was a birthday gift for my fiancee who grew up watching Star Trek and Lost in Space. When he opened it, it brought back wonderful memories of wanting to be Captin Kirk or Don West fighting off the aliens. In addition, my fiancee is not only an artist himself, but also an art collector, and this truly is a piece of art, and it has a prominent place in his collection.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Other
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Birthday

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        5.0

        Everything I ever wanted in a raygun!!

        By 

        from Seattle, Washington

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Fantastic Sculpture
        • Visually Pleasing

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • A Great Ambient Display
          • Ambience
          • Display
          • Great Display

          Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

          Wonderful Sculpture. I love it!! How could anyone not love it, too?

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Self
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          5.0

          perfect!

          By 

          from central Illinois

          About Me Collector

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Visually Pleasing

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Display

            Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

            unique gift

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

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            5.0

            super cool in person!

            By 

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Decorator, Decorator For Sci Fi Fan

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Display
                • Gifts

                Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

                looks very authentic

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                • Other
                • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                • Other

                Comment on this review

                 
                5.0

                The Perfect Gift for SciFi Nerds Like Me

                By 

                from Marble Falls, TX

                About Me Artist, Collector

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Install
                • Visually Pleasing

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Display
                  • Gifts

                  Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

                  We currently have it displayed in our bedroom and it looks great. It was easy to install and he absolutely loved it. I have nothing bad to say about this product.

                  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
                  • Husband
                  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
                  • Birthday

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                  5.0

                  Alien Buster!!!

                  By 

                  from Grand Prairie, TX

                  About Me Artist, Collector, Looking To Fill Space

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install
                  • Unifies Environment
                  • Visually Pleasing

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Ambience
                  • Display
                  • Gifts
                  • Home

                  Comments about RAY GUN SCULPTURE:

                  This thing is crazy realistic guys! Heavy duty metal for the gun and shaft, contrasting brass accents for the grips and barrel tip. Aged and rough like it was recovered from history. It even has a spring loaded working trigger to make you feel like a real space cowboy. It's too large and long to be mistaken for a real gun piece, even from a distance. It screams "walk over here and check me out". Simple support stand cradles the barrel for level display. This is no toy, this is a piece of fine art. If you balked at the price, take the plunge. It's worth every penny for a truly unique art/display piece.

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