Post by artdecovampire on Mar 22, 2014 2:52:13 GMT -5
Because I have no Rhino for my otherwise complete tar pit I have been building a Brontotherium to go in it instead. Whilst browsing the local craft emporium for supplies I picked up some Siligum moulding paste. I've never used it before and intend to use it to re-cast some small items such as skulls, bones and foliage parts from various PS kits to use on the bases of others. Any advice or tips before I waste what is in the UK an expensive product. Especially lubricating the mould before pouring the resin. For instance can you make press moulds out of it for skin textures and push clay in to it without deforming it in the process?
Post by artdecovampire on Sept 7, 2014 10:16:49 GMT -5
I've talked about making a copy of the Airfix Coelacanth elsewhere on the boards. I intend to use it with my flying reptile. I have made a two part mold using the casting putty. I used beads to produce location dimples in the first half of the mold and removed them when I did the second. The two halves fit extremely well. The putty cures very rapidly once the two halves of the paste are mixed. This is great if you are impatient like me and cant wait to dig out the original part. I made sure there was a runner for the resin by putting a plastic rod in the mold whilst it dried. The fast cure means you need to get it right quickly. Next time I shall press the putty in to a small box so the mold will be neat and tidy and easy to use when pouring. This one is an odd shape and will need a bigt of plasticene to to make it stable and stand up in the correct position for pouring. Still waiting for my resin to arrive.
Post by artdecovampire on Sept 13, 2014 2:24:13 GMT -5
As you can see from the pic I have made four fish casts and some plants. The fish is lying on a rock and I will probaobaly be using it on at least one of my Aurora reissue kits and in a couple of other dioramas using the Airfix Pteranodon. It sits nicely on the ledge included in the flying reptile kit, so if you re-positioned the flying reptile it could be held in its claw with a bit of heat treatment. The tips of the fins in some cases are a bit under developed but it just looks like they've been nibbled. The plants are for some work I'm doing with some spare Lindberg kits. I have noticed if you take the plant out of the mould just before the very tips are set rigid you can bend and shape the plant tips to give you some variation.
Post by artdecovampire on Sept 21, 2014 3:07:15 GMT -5
Here is the bigger fish I have been working on as an attachment to my developed flying reptile renovation. It fits on the flying base but doesn't get in the way of the other bases when assembled. I've made a large-ish Silligum mold so I can make a copy for a couple of friends. Its almost as big as the Lindberg triceratops base I cast last year but a little bit more detailed.
Post by artdecovampire on Oct 3, 2014 0:23:31 GMT -5
I didn't intend to, its a labour of love and a bit of an experiment. Well I made nine casts. One to keep and one to make for myself. Three to give away to my PS local builders and four spare. If you'd like a spare one, you can have one for the cost of postage. I'm writing off the cost of the resin as a hobby loss in my head. I'm in the UK, but I can look up the cost of posting (shipping) it to the USA. I'm still waiting for the box before I hand any over. Its a standard white box but I have printed out a colour lable. My OCD won't let them go until the project is totally complete! LOL! I'm such a sad completist. Just message me on the boards with your e mail and I'll tell you when its good to go. You can paypal me the postage charge.
Post by artdecovampire on Oct 5, 2014 4:29:12 GMT -5
Well here is the boxart. I adapted the existing graphic for this as I have spent way too much time on this project. I'd loved to have sat and done a really careful gouache of the sculpt but its not going to happen with other commitments. Anyone who is due one will be getting it next week or so. Its been fun and I might decide to do a proper multi-part kit next time with two part moulds. I know how hard it is so I need a big piece of time to do it but like the rest of us we have other stuff to do!
Post by artdecovampire on Oct 6, 2014 0:18:12 GMT -5
Hi SgtFubar, I replied to your message. Check your message board in box, the Icon should have a little mark on it, its hard to see. I've been working on an alternative to the tarpit rhino for ages. Thats my next job, to finish it and make a mould,
Post by artdecovampire on Oct 7, 2014 17:24:41 GMT -5
Hi to SgtFubar and Scooke123, I have messaged you to say that the kits are boxed and labelled, complete with instructions and await 'shipping' or as we say in the UK postage. I will get a quote as soon as I can and let you know how much it is. I'm not sure I'm using the messaging system on the boards correctly! LOL.
Post by artdecovampire on Oct 8, 2014 12:35:28 GMT -5
Here are the spares, boxed up and ready. I thought I'd be a proud dad and show my works boxed. The boxes are bigger athn the base but its full of expanded polystyrene lambs tails for packaging. The resin is ever so slightly brittle so if I wan them to survive the journey across the Atlantic they'll need a buffer. Also I already had supply of these and its keep the packaging cost down to a few pence as a reult.
Post by artdecovampire on Oct 9, 2014 0:28:09 GMT -5
Thanks TAY, its been a small but very time consuming labour of love. As if I didn't have enough going on I have decided its time to take the plunge and start a multi-part kit. I have wanted to do it since I stumbled on to the add on sections of your site a few years ago. I'm off to think long and hard about the idea but I know what my guts telling me........ Go for it!
I hear you. I've been wanting to do a project too, just no time. Wanted to do an allosaurus set. Tongue with no saliva (and possibly some replacement teeth for that section of the mouth. Along with some replacement hands. After I saw how good smaller hands looked, I've been wanting to make a set for myself. (can't remember who here did it, but really made a big difference in the look of the allo)