how to cast 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!

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.

anonymous asked:

Idk how many of your followers are interested in casting their own silicone chew toys, but if it's something you think they would be interested in, I know how to cast resin and silicone and would be happy to put together a masterpost of sorts about it

Anon, I don’t know either, but I know that I would love to see a master post on this! (Even if I never try it out, although that’s unlikely. I just really love learning about new crafts and how to make things.) I’ve got a few videos saved in the mess of bookmarks on my browser, but I would seriously love to see a master post on the topic, so I’d be delighted if you put one together.

Truly, I think this would be interesting for those of us who don’t do well with standard bead shapes. Those of us who need soft small chews, or firm small chews - anything not well encompassed by commercially-available bead and pendant sizes and thicknesses. Even just learning more information about the equipment needed and how accessible getting started is would be useful, I suspect.

So please, if and when you can, do submit or link us to a good master post! I know I’d love to feature one here!

ETA: Based on the likes and reblogs, anon, I’m not the only person who’d love to see your master post!

- Mod K.A.

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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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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!

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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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 :)