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!
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
just finished making my first necklace (and earrings!) and couldn’t be more stoked on how they turned out. used a lace applique, resin casts of crow skulls, and electroplated quartz, along with other materials.
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? :(
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.
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.
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.
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
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. _______________
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
Scribe’s stackable whale from drawing to resin casts. You can see how the rough sculpt is laid out initially and then rebuilt to be super-crispy. It’s that second crispy sculpt that gets rapid-prototyped. Then silicone molds are made and, in this case, a bunch of test colors produced in resin.
These are the first gems for Peridot to come out of the mold. They’re resin cast with green food coloring. How fancy. These are a little too green and translucent, so the next batch has a bit more green and I added yellow to the mix.