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Sunday, December 14, 2014

I'm a green stuffin' fool

More of an update than any real pearls of wisdom.


After several tries I got a decent mold with the Instant Mold. As you can see I still have a bit of flash and I bent the cast trying to pop it out too early. This was only my second time ever using green stuff and I'm not sure if my yellow to blue mix ratio was off. The axe is a tad bendy, I thought it would be harder.

I also did a bunch of gap filling and repair of a void in a miscast figure. I can't show them to you yet, as they are for the challenge, but I'll reveal them shortly. I had meant to show them before base coating, as I was really proud of my work.  Of course I got carried away and sprayed them before taking pictures. I learned my lessons from my first experience and kept a little bowl of water to wet tools and fingers. I just used my craft store Sculpey sculpting tools and they worked great. I did see some fancy sculpting tools on sale for $9 on Amazon, so I splurged.

I usually focus on what went wrong, but I had a really positive experience this go round. It really made me want to work on sculpting more.

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    1. Thanks Ray. The proof will be if I can use it for its intended purpose.

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  2. It looks very good for a first effor, I've never been brave enough to try anything like this.

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    1. Thanks Joe, I'm not sure whether it's brave or fool hardy. There are some minor problems with the cast, but it cleaned up ok. I'm going to use it just to learn how.

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  3. I find green stuff very difficult to work with - I tend to use Milliput for filling gaps instead. I'm sure that your "bendy" axe will harden over time, though.

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    1. Hi Hugh, I've been meaning to try Milliput. As long as you keep some wetting agent to hand it's not so bad. The first time I used it the stuff was sticking to everything but the figure. Also having a variety of tools to push it around makes a big difference.

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  4. I love Instant Mold. The number of things I've managed to repair and rebuild with it...

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    1. Hi Millsy, do you leave it for 2 minutes or 3 minutes in the hot water. One half of the mold seemed to resist the heat a little.

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  5. I must bear this in mind for those annoying breakages, great tips Sean.

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  6. Hey, your stuff is looking good have u tried placing a paperclip in the mold once you've filled 1 side? It's worked well for me. I had to cast some chaos termies trophy racks and it was the only thing which kept them erect (heh) good luck in the future

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    1. Hey 24 Cigs, sorry I forgot to reply to this. I have not tried any armature, good tip. It doesn't droop, but it is flexible. More so than I thought it would be. I have an alumalite casting set, but haven't broke it out yet.

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