Got this little commission finished in record time! As soon as the word “phoenix” was mentioned I had a clear image of what I would like to achieve with it.. and I’m super happy with how it has turned out.
This little cutie has a soft body with hard head, wings and feet that have been cast in resin from wax sculptures. The resin “fire” was sculpted in wax, had a silicone mould made of it, then cast in transparent polyurethane resin with dyes and pearl pigments added. I’ll be making a little tutorial on how I did this soon. The head is acrylic painted poulyurethane resin and the body is minky stuffed with weighting beads and fluff! The neck ruff and tail are dyed boa feathers.
These phoenix chicks are slow growers, staying in the big-headed baby stage for several years. Their hot wings and ears are good for seeing any hungry predators off though, the flames get bigger depending on how angry the little bird is.
Phoenixes are symbolic of the sun and rebirth and so they have pretty cheery dispositions at the younger ages. They can live for over 1400 years though, so taking one on as a pet is a great honour. Your comparatively infinitesimal lifespan means the phoenix is actually taking YOU on as a pet…
Morfeo head SD sized by Rumpelstiltskin on Flickr.
Mini-Machina by @batchixdolls
Coffee by @kayke-knadle
Piccolo by kelseydoll2001 on Flickr
Just finished pouring the transparent silicon into the acrylic boxes where the prototypes had been put in. We will cut these moulds this week and will be able to show the 1st casts in resin next week at least. Thank you so much! 😊
I watched a DIY video on silicone moulding and thought “I can do that, how hard can it be?”
1) create a template out of condensed styrofoam and drywall puddy
2) create a two part silicone mould
3) Mix A & B liquid plastic and pour into the mould
4) paint and clear coat
Well the template alone was like 50 hours of cutting, glueing, and sanding to get the details to be just right. The two part mold was another 20 hours or so of not really knowing what I was doing. The pour only takes 15 minutes along with some prep and clean up. Then you have to cut off the excess (flashing), sand and fill any air bubbles, and finally home stretch. Just 10 more hours of layering paint and some light sanding, apply two layers of clear coat and you’re done. One killer prop for this nerd to fight off a hoard of mindless husks. That really wasn’t hard at all… …yes that was sarcasm.
Finally, after eons of labour, I have finished off a few more prop guns. The newest is the M-77 Paladin paint job. It was surprisingly more difficult to paint but I’m very, very happy with the results. I also started my new Etsy page and will be selling these props. I will dance at your wedding if you spread the word and get my page some traffic.
batchixdolls’ Clever Little cast today in pastel blue. but the 2nd head has some thin parts around the eyes, so we will have to modify the parts of the silicon mould not to show them outside.
The Gideon head sculpted by Edeswiss on Flickr is also cast today in Peach Normal. Actually, we felt difficult pulling out the back head piece from the mould that the inside structure of the back piece was too deep and bigger than the entrance. Even though we have already modified the part, it will be needed to be done once again to make it easily pulled out before the 2nd casting.
Youpla dolls Zopa cast today in pinky normal. We were a little bit worried about cutting the mould of the left hand. but there was nothing in trouble. Good!
Depths dolls’ Deilf and another sculptor Innoteb on Flickr, her Alesea are also cast today in pastel blue without any problem as we excepted.
We so much love our work to always meet these awesome creatures and such kind people as well. Thank you so much!😊
In addition to the zabuton of leaves, Yasuhiro Suzuki presented another concept for the project:paper clay cabbages made with the same silicon molding. Here is a lifeless, empty shell, but its drided paper clay leaf feels just like the real thing.
@dollheimr ’s Annabelle has been first cast in Peach normal. Before making the silicon moulds, we made new channels of the thigh pieces, of course, they made us easy pulling out from the mould by the modification. And such a good channel will make the mould used long. And after casting, we noticed the around of the eye holes are quite thin. So the parts of the mould have been modded thicker than before.
We will cast in real tan tomorrow. AH! Another head also will be ready to be for making its mould as it was waiting for the back cap arrived only one. Thank you so much! 😊
Incredible images from the recently completed Learning Hub at the Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore, designed by Heatherwick Studio and CPG Consultants. The building is formed of 12 concrete towers with curved concrete panels and irregular horizontal stripes that were created using 10 adjustable silicone moulds.
Heatherwick said, ‘The Learning Hub is a collection of handmade concrete towers surrounding a central space that brings everyone together, interspersed with nooks, balconies and gardens for informal collaborative learning,’
We have started to make silicon moulds of the boy Adori. Maybe some parts in resin might be modified a little bit more. And we have decided to make the different hands for girl Adori, more girlish. 😁 As you can see, we have started with the simple jointed body, but we have a plan to make the same sized body Ver.2 and 3.
Hope you would interested in the Adori own body. We are soooooo happy now! 😄
A) Amethysts Gem, from Steven Universe, to be 3D Printed, then sanded, then silicone moulded, then cast in transparent resin.
B) Pressure plate to go between two momentary switches.
C) A lid to the back, holding in the electronics/batteries. D) The door to the lid to the back, probably have the button cell batteries on there. E) A spacer to go into the mould to make room for the electronics.
Functions: Glow with purple light, randomly sparkle or pulse with brighter lights on a loop. Interrupt animation look when buttons on back pressed down to animate build up around the wing to a maximum brightness flash in a corner object, held for a few seconds.