how to cast resin

another little preview for this week’s update, a glacier flying fox bat skull and the only bat skull in this group

I usually do Friday night, but how about Saturday at 1pm (eastern) this time?

(cast pigmented resin)

Overdue dragon bust update! Still detailing and prepping for moldmaking. Going to come right down to the wire, but I hope to have a few of these guys cast in resin for Monsterpalooza. Gotta give a big shout out to fellow sculptor and friend @emilysculpts for her awesome online moldmaking and casting class; I learned so much from her videos, and was able to apply what I learned to prepping this beast of a bust for silicone molds. It’s a phenomenal course, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any sculptors out there who want to learn how to make silicone rubber molds for resin casting. Emily is a great teacher, and the class will inspire you to create!

Tired of all these anti-artist confessions recently so here is the real truth!
Recasts only have a negative affect on the hobby.
Recasts take money from original artists. From large companies like Fairyland to small indie sculptors like Lillycat. All artists are impacted negatively from recasts. Many sculptors and businesses have come out to say no to recasts. Why wouldn’t they? Most if not all artists would hate to see their art taken from them to be resold without their consent.
Recasting companies are theives that take artists work and give 0 profit back to the artists. Yet recast people beg for new sculpts to be recasted as soon as they are released on the legit source.
It is selfish to take profit away from sculptors who already don’t make a lot of profit from a niche hobby, and even if they do, don’t we all want to succeed in the career of choice? Why should we punish people for developing their skills to create beautiful dolls and sell them as they deem fit?
When you buy a doll you are paying for the time it took for that person to learn how to sculpt, the material costs, customer service, resin casting services, finances, advertising, photographers, ect. Not just a hunk of resin from an assembly line like recasts are.
Please have an ounce of empathy and buy a legit. It’s better for the hobby, the companies, and the sculptors!

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A new video is complete for this month’s $5+ patreon supporters. How to mold, cast and attach a resin horn.

In the last video of this series, I take you through how to make a 2 part silicone mold, cast it with crystal clear, tinted resin, and securely attach it to your plush. Hope you will enjoy.

Videos are sent out on the 5th of next month after payments clear for this month.

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A great video from Norman Chan (Tested) and Frank Ippolito on how to make a simple rubber mold and resin cast. Definitely worth watching if you want to learn how to make molds and cast with resin.

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So… I know some of you are waiting for my store to open. Unfortunately I had my reasons to delay it. Anyway, partially it was frustration from how resin reacts on casting conditions and constant fight with bubbles and such, which was preventing me from takeoff by orders. Today and tomorrow I’m taking a break from doll and spending my time making photos and videos for the store. I’m planning to sell some A and B grade eyes using lower prices :) All items will be sold AS SHOWN, so no returns. Please use your best judgement for all B grade eyes :) Thanks and stay tuned this week for link on the store! Xoxo #store #setup #bjdeyes #bjdeyesforsale

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So uh… I’ve heard people mention that a lot of times in the recasting process, the original doll can get damaged or destroyed. I really wanna sculpt my own doll, but do I have to be worried about my original sculpt getting destroyed? Or is it more of an issue with casting resin itself, rather than other materials like clay? If it is an issue with casting resin, how do people go about sculpting alternate heads (sleeping, elf, etc) then? :(

~Anonymous

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Check out my first-ever resin tutorial! This one just covers the basics of necessary supplies, how to mix, pour, and cast clear resin! Keep an eye out for my next tutorials!

anonymous asked:

Would you do a tutorial on how you did your Thranduil cosplay? Or crown? It's the best ones ive seen UwU

I kind of did for the last coat I made, it’s step by step photos. I’ve been meaning to put together a cohesive post because I get a lot of similar questions.

Part One, Part Two

It covers the process I took to put the coat together, but not the actual sewing techniques used. If you need basics like setting a sleeve/installing a collar/piping seams, youtube sewing tutorials will probably be the swiftest and most helpful means of acquiring that info.

See also: Original coat pattern, Original coat finished

I’ve made all my Thranduil coats out of relatively inexpensive brocades from Joann’s. I have, however, sprayed them all to alter the fabric. Either metallic gold spray dye/silver glitter spray, or just a very light hand and good old Rustoleum spray paint for the mottled silver-gold effect. It’s overlaid with metallic mesh, in either silver or black, from Joann’s, 6.99/yd.

If you know how and have the time, I highly suggest making your own piping. It really does not take that long, and it will look much more cohesive than buying the generic black/grey cotton piping strips from the store.

Sparkle Mesh Fabric Here

Thranduil’s over-robe

Fabric found, Making the robe

The lining is just a cheap costume satin from Joann’s. I used 12 yards of the wide Upholstery fabric, and 16 of the lining. It’s very big.


Making Thranduil’s Staff

One, Two, Three 

It’s not super in-depth as it’s not an easily followable process unless you already know how to resin things. If you’re not casting, I suggest a big dowel rod or PVC pipe, and either Instamorph or Apoxie Sculpt for detailing.

Thranduil’s crown

Convenient Reference photos

Making the original, Finished Original, Making more, More finished, Detail shots

I used a 14 gauge copper wire for a base form of the main branches, sculpt is Instamorph. To achieve the wood-grain effect, I just dragged a sewing needles through the Instamorph as it cooled. It’s painted in BASIC brand acrylics from Michaels, I bought all the browns and mixed multiple tones.

Berries are from Joann’s, and the leaves are as well: Leaves here 
pro-tip: it’s hard to find leaves in red that look right, and most plastic leaves do not hold paint, it all flakes right off. Use Meltonian leather spray paint in dark red/maroon. You can buy it online. Secondary choice; Angelus leather paint. It’s made to bond to leathers and vinyls, so somehow it bonds very nicely to the plastic used for faux plants.

See also, step-by-step crown tutorial by celebrationgeneration We have a different process for making the crowns, I do the whole base first and then sculpt over it instead of individual branches, but both have very similar results Tutorial Here

Edit: Easy BotFA crown step by step photos

Wig I use for Thranduil from Wig Is Fashion (direct link)
Best Thranduil ears from Mad House FX Studio

Hopefully this is helpful to some people and can streamline your process. If you’ve found this in any way helpful and make a Thranduil cosplay, send me an Ask please, I’d love to see it :)

Cherny and Bely - Monster High Catty Noir and Catrine DeMew

After months of on and of working on these two they’re finally done. They’ve challenged me in many new ways, though, which was fun (also hard). I had to learn how to cast resin, how to make high heeled doll shoes, and posable cat tails… also, follow-me eyes are equally awesome and creepy and I love them and I wanna make more of them.
I really tried to edit the photos in a way where Cherny wasn’t just a black blob, but it’s still hard to make out the details about her, I know.  
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Original dolls: Cherny (black) is Mattel Monster High Catty Noir
                       Bely (white) is Mattel Monster High Catrine DeMew

Wigs: (dyed) raw alpaca fiber
Tails: posable wire with cotton fabric and (dyed) alpaca fiber
Body mods: eyes cut open, heads acetone shrunk
Eyes: selfmade follow-me eyes from polymer clay, acrylic paint and epoxy resin
Faces: chalk pastels, colored pencils, acrylic paint, clear gloss, fake lashes
Dresses: hand sewn from cotton fabric, lace and ribbons
Shoes: selfmade from polymer clay, cotton fabric, ribbon, acrylic paint and matte glaze

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