Pillow Mace!

Pillow Mace!


I just put the finishing touches on a mace-shaped pillow, fashioned for NYC’s Pillow Fight Flash Mob this Saturday.  It rocks the awesome. Surprisingly it took a good yard of cushion foam and two bags of poly-fill to do this one up right and get it nice and spherical. In other interesting news this may be the first dodecahedron I’ve ever constructed.

Now, I’m not quite sure whether to call it complete and just bop people in my normal casual wear, or put together an entire Little Nemo themed ensemble to accompany it. I’ve looked into adult size footie pajamas, but they’re mad expensive for such a frivolous purpose.

Expect a forthcoming Instructable soon.

I'm Matthew Borgatti. Howdy.I'm Matthew Borgatti. I run a store called Sleek and Destroy, and I love to make stuff.



28 Comments

  1. Pillow Mace | weeklypop
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 02:24:37

    [...] mace by Matthew Borgatti for the upcoming Pillow Fight [...]

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  2. Pillow Mace by Matthew Borgatti for the New York City Pillow Fight Flash Mob!...
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 05:38:59

    [...] with pointy cones of awesomeness! To checkout more from Matthew and his pillow mace visit his blog: har.ms! [...]

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  3. Kevin from Newmindspace
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 07:04:50

    Hahaha this is so amazing. I put a link to this post on our Facebook page. Love it. I have always wanted to build a pillow trebuchet…

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    • Matt
      Apr 01, 2011 @ 07:46:10

      You know I was thinking the exact thing about pillow catapults the other night. It would be really satisfying to launch a few dozen pillows at a crowd.

      Glad you like the project. I’ve been to the SF pillow fight a few times, but never the one in NYC. I’m excited.

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  4. Quatroolho » Travesseiro na cara
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 14:01:41

    [...] outras cidades do país. Realmente é uma pena, por que eu estava prestes a copiar a ideia do Matthew Borgatti, que alias é muito boa, ele fez um travesseiro em formato de maça para a grande luta no dia 2 em [...]

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  5. Weapon Of Choice Of The Day - TDW Geeks
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 16:35:47

    [...] Of Choice Of The Day: Pillow Mace by Matthew Borgatti for Pillow Fight Day NYC this [...]

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  6. Jessica @ One Shiny Star
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 17:36:56

    Target used to have adult footy pajamas for about $20. I don’t know if they still do though – but ya know… you could always rock them again come halloween. :)

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    • Matt
      Apr 01, 2011 @ 18:29:44

      I will hunt for these. Thanks for the advice.

      Reply

  7. This Is The Perfect Weapon For Tomorrow’s Pillow Fight Day
    Apr 01, 2011 @ 18:49:03

    [...] (Har.ms via Super Punch) [...]

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  8. Anabel, weird amiga
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 03:34:41

    Best thing ever!
    I want one, badly… Two, actually; must arm my opponent!

    : )

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  9. Stay Gold [Open Thread] | That Soviet Guy
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 08:32:25

    [...] Meet the Pillow Mace – Fashioned for NYC’s Pillow Fight Flash Mob. [...]

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  10. Pillow mace « WeWasteTime
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 09:08:25

    [...] Mace-shaped pillow made for today’s Pillow Fight Day from Matthew Borgatti [...]

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  11. Sesoron
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 00:11:37

    If that haft is near as rigid as it looks, I’m slightly concerned about what the core is if there’s nothing denser than cushion foam in there. Even that much of a lighter foam can compress to complete uselessness as padding given a solid impact. And yes, I do have some knowledge and experience with constructing foam-padded weapons that will do no lasting harm given a very powerful swing. Long story.

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  12. guy on the street
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 02:31:44

    yo dawg saw you on the streets man
    thought you were so cool

    keep of tue hfantaseticc work

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  13. Lauren
    Apr 03, 2011 @ 07:23:14

    I went to the Pillow Fight and I missed this creation! I’m so disappointed!

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    • Matt
      Apr 03, 2011 @ 08:07:04

      Sorry I missed ya. Amazingly, the moment I entered the fight someone yelled “He’s got a pillow mace… Get him!” and I was instantly swamped. I ended up spending more time outside the ring recovering than inside. People got lots of shots. I really hope they start showing up on Flickr soon.

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  14. Patty Lee
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 02:14:44

    whoa I actually have a picture of you! wish I’d caught the pillow mace in action though, it’s just a photo of you with your pillow over your shoulder and a woman giving you a frightened smile. let me know if you wants

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    • Matt
      Apr 04, 2011 @ 02:58:51

      Fantastic. I love getting pictures with my projects. It’s so often I’m behind the camera I seldom get to see myself with the stuff I make. I’d love the photo. Feel free to send it on to m (the “at” symbol) har (and here you put the “dot”) ms. Or, if you have the Flickr, you can tag the photo “pillow mace” and I’ll add it to my collection.

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  15. Soft, pillowy mace | Sinting Link
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 15:30:55

    [...] Matthew Borgatti’s awesome, intimidating Pillow Mace was created for an upcoming NYC Pillow Fight Flash Mob. He’s promised an Instructable for those wishing to make their own: “Surprisingly it took a good yard of cushion foam and two bags of poly-fill to do this one up right and get it nice and spherical. In other interesting news this may be the first dodecahedron I’ve ever constructed.” Pillow Mace! [...]

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  16. Christina
    Apr 04, 2011 @ 18:11:45

    I absolutly love it and I have to have one. Great choice of fabric by the way. I’ve got my eyes peeled for the instructable.

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  17. Dave
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 12:05:49

    Hah! I walked past you on 13th Street and wondered what the hell that was. I thought it might be related to the pillow fight, but in NYC I’ve learned not assume things! Awesome!

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  18. a.b.
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 18:08:46

    I’ve been having bad luck trying to construct a sphere from fabric. Any tips?

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  19. Medieval Pillow Mace Deployed at New York City Pillow Fight
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 19:17:41

    [...] Borgatti built a pillow mace for the April 2 New York City Pillow Fight. Freelance photographer Tony documented the deployment [...]

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  20. glslo
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 19:49:34

    I love the contrast of the flower pattern to the actual weapon. Its like decorative detailing on a mediaeval piece of weaponry.

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  21. Roger
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 00:48:02

    This is fantastic!

    I wonder if you can do a flail with links of fabric.

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    • Matt
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 02:59:16

      I’d considered that. It’s possible, but getting them to act like a good chain and not stretch would be hard. It would stink if they were more like a spring as it would be hard to have it respond quickly for maximum mid-pillowfight pummeling.

      Reply

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