Nuka Cola, Perk-A-Colas, Bonk!
What You’ll Need:
Soda Bottles (of different shapes and sizes)
Access to a color printer
Download this .zip file containing all the images:
http://borzou99.deviantart.com/ for Bonk Soda designs
http://whatpayne.deviantart.com/ for Nuka Cola designs)
PERK-A-COLAS: CALL OF DUTY
There are a couple of ways to approach these Perk-A-Colas! We decided to model ours on the fake promotional posters made for each – we thought this represented the original artistic intent for the sodas. You can alternatively make all your Perk-A-Colas look the same like how they are represented with the in-game models. If you decide to go this route, the best looking all around bottle is the kind we used for the Juggernog. Most glass bottle sodas will come in a pretty traditional size and format!
If you want to get super authentic, here are the bottles we recommend for each type of cola:
Cheerwine for Quick Revive Cola
Fanta for Double Tap
Regular bottle for Juggernog
Sprite for Sleight of Hand
The Fanta and Sprite are glass bottles and are made with real cane sugar as opposed to high fructose corn syrup. These are a little harder to come by, but a lot of grocery stores and marts have now started to carry them. You might have to search a little harder for Cheerwine, or alternatively buy it in a 12 pack off of an online retailer like Amazon. As always, Google is your friend!
Either print the labels yourself, or go somewhere that can print them for you such as Kinko’s. We just printed them on regular paper in color, but you can always change the paper material if you’d like. Printing on stickers is also a possibility.
After you’ve collected your bottles, you’ll need to remove any original labels that won’t be covered by your new printouts. Some glass bottles are a bit more finicky, but we’ve found that the box cutter or x-acto blade approach works for most glass bottles. Be EXTREMELY careful when handling knives or any sharp objects of any kind, ESPECIALLY when being used in a repetitive motion. It’s really easy to slip up and giving yourself a nasty wound, so please be careful (<3 from Jimmy and Ashley)!
Angle your box cutter or x-acto knife at a 45 degree angle to the bottle and scrape lightly and build in strength until you’re removing just the paint and not catching against the glass. Keep going, and remain diligent and focused til the labels off!
If the paint can’t be removed by an x-acto knife, it’s time to get a little more serious. A dremel will do the trick with the right brush attachments. We followed this guide online: http://www.ehow.com/how_7786876_dremel-glass-polishing.html
If you can’t scratch the paint off and don’t have a dremel handy (it’s ok, not many people do!) then just print out the largest labels and cover it with that! That’s the easy fix
Once the labels are off, go ahead and empty out any bottles that don’t have the correct color liquid in them! We emptied out our Fanta and Sprite and replaced them with a darker soda (as was implied by the original posters).
Replace the bottle caps with a bottle capper. You can get these from a local home brewery store or online at Amazon. (http://www.amazon.com/Bottle-Capper-Red-Baron-Homebrew/dp/B000Q6ARMY) You’ll also need bottle caps (http://www.amazon.com/Gold-Crown-Bottle-Caps-gross/dp/B00023B72U/)
Cut out your newly printed labels and glue them (with a regular stick, a hot glue gun, Elmer’s, etc.) to your bottles. Add one to the top of the bottle cap as well.
You’re all done!
BONK COLAS: TEAM FORTRESS 2:
Print out your labels. You’ll need cans that are the size and shape of a Red Bull can for this cut out. We can’t in good conscience advocate energy drinks, so we found an mandarin orange drink that was in the same sized can!
Cut out your labels and glue them starting on one end. Roll the can over the remainder of the paper and glue the other edge down! Repeat for every can.
NUKA COLA QUANTUM: FALLOUT
We used Coca-Cola glass bottles for these, which are made with real cane sugar and not high fructose corn syrup. Most grocery stores and super markets will have these, if not, look online!
Empty out one of the glass Coke bottles to make your Nuka Cola Quantum. Regular Nuka Cola looks just like regular Coke! Since red bottle caps are a bit harder to come by, you can very carefully remove the bottle caps and place them back on later with the bottle capper. It won’t be as tight of a seal however. Just try not to bend the cap too much when removing!
If you want your Nuka Cola Quantum to be completely blue, use a replacement soda that is similarly colored or sprinkle in some blue food coloring with a clear liquid. We used Jones Berry Lemonade Soda. If you want to use the blacklight effect, just fill your bottle up with Tonic water. Make sure the bottle states that it contains Quinine.
To make your tonic water glow, get a blacklight flashlight. We found ours on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/LEDwholesalers-Ultraviolet-LED-flashlight-7202UV395/dp/B001Q70A0G/
To make your blue Nuka Cola Quantum glow, use a dot light. Sylvania makes all different kinds. We went for a motion sensor light, but you can use a regular on/off dot light as well. Here’s ours: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0017QN2V0/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01
To modify your dot light to give off blue light, open it up and either place a colored light gel on the light or paint the glass area with a blue sharpie. Close the light and you’re done!
Place your awesome drinks on their new pedestal and enjoy the show.
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