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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Hot Glue and Sculpey Problem
« on: July 8, 2009, 05:01 PM »
Hey all
I have created a generic figure torso using sculpey.  I created this piece and then made a 2-piece mold of it using silicone caulk like you buy at walmart.  Next, I injected hot melt glue into the silicone mold, put the mold together and out came my solid, hot melt torso i needed.

Ok, great. NOW, here is the part i need help with.  I want to sculpt new details onto this hot melt casting using super sculpey.  It sculpts onto the stuff great.  The only problem is that when i put the piece into my makeshift oven (cardboard box covered on the inside with tin foil with a hair dryer fed into the side), the sculpey cures, BUT the hot melt glue melts.  The curing temp of sculpey is 275 degrees F.  Hot melt glue is only like 135 deg. F. 

So, therein lies the problem.  Can anyone think of a solution for my problem?  I've thought about using air-drying clay, but i bought some today and it sucks bad.  Well, it is the crayola brand stuff so i wasnt expecting much.  Are there any decent air drying polymer clays out there that are about like super sculpey?  I need fine details.

Please help!  Thanks!

I am also looking for the arms and chest to luke skywalker farmboy from the VOTC

I am in need of the indiana jones ugha warrior, preferably just his crotch and legs.  I have lots of parts for trade

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Need some nakedness
« on: October 21, 2008, 04:08 PM »
Anybody out there (who hasnt already got perverted things in their head) got any clue about what figures may exist in 3 3/4" scale that have naked legs that are jointed at the knees?

I am making myself a template figure and it needs to be pretty much naked. I have the EU Anakin with blue tatoos for the torso. I believe i have the VOTC luke (tatooine) arms at home. A naked crotch is easy to come by. I just need a pair of legs that have no clothing on them.

Then i'm gonna need a naked woman as well, but I am working on the naked man template figure first.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Making Molds Cheap and Easy
« on: August 30, 2007, 01:58 PM »
hey, its me again!  Crazy hot glue man!  :D
Well, I was bound and determined to make something work with the hot glue.  I dumped the idea of the glycerine too.  I actually was in walmart looking around one night and my wife needed cooking spray.  So, I got it and I got the idea to use this as a release.  I sprayed the nasty smelling stuff (it was butter flavored) on my master and poured a thick mold of glue on there.  Sure enough!  Stuck came right off and my mold looked pretty darn good!

Of course, nothing is gonna beat the proven formula of the silicone rubber mold.  Hands down, the best.  But for something that you really dont care if it has a ton of uses to get out of and if the piece doesnt have a crap load of details, this is  a very good substitute. 

Now, to look for some cheap form of liquid plastic to cast with!  :D

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Making Molds Cheap and Easy
« on: August 24, 2007, 11:11 AM »
well, I guess I must have somehow lucked out on my first molds.  My latest ones have been utter crap actually.  I can see this isnt going to be beneficial to me at all and I probably will go back to the silicone molds.  I just thought I'd try something new and perhaps quicker/cheaper.  I will say though that I have had more luck with making a push mold with this stuff though.  Of course, I rarely ever use push molds.  Oh well.  Ya cant blame me for tryin!  :D

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Making Molds Cheap and Easy
« on: August 23, 2007, 09:32 AM »
ok, the lady I've been talking to that does all of her work with hot glue says that the best release agent to use with hot glue is actually glycerine, readily available in walmart's pharmacy.  I'm going to try this i think.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Making Molds Cheap and Easy
« on: August 22, 2007, 02:02 PM »
actually, I'm trying something new as a release agent.  I'm going to get some 'embossing ink'.  Its clear and it works well on hot glue I've heard.  People that make rubber stamps use this.

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Making Molds Cheap and Easy
« on: August 22, 2007, 10:18 AM »
glassman, so far I havent had any problem with it taking any paint off.  If you are unsure, try it on a junk figure like i did to begin with.  I have the corps figure I test on here and there isnt anything missing paint wise. 

The hot glue wont melt the master at all.  I do recommend not touching it though! :D

Customizing Tips and Tricks / Making Molds Cheap and Easy
« on: August 17, 2007, 11:08 AM »
Hey all!

Sorry I've been away so long but I've taken over the duties of Zookeeper/Admin at (yeah, shameless plug, I know). 

Anyways, I just had to let you all in on a new source material I've been using now that allows me to make great molds and it costs almost NOTHING hardly!  What is it you ask!?  None other than Hot Melt Glue!  All you need to do is create a wall around your part you want to cast (your master).  I do this with lego blocks on a lego base.  Now, I use a substance I found at walmart called 'Goo Gone Extreme' (its about 3-4 bucks for a very large container) and I douse the inside of my walls and the flooring with this stuff.  I also put this on my master as well.  What this stuff does is prevents the glue from actually sticking and bonding to the legos and master.  Hot melt glue is VERY potent in terms of sticking, mainly because hot melt glue is really liquid plastic and vinyl. 

You'll need a glue gun for the next step, and these can range from 2 bucks to over 50 bucks for a really good one.  I have an el cheapo $1.97 pink glue gun I grabbed at wm and it works just fine.  I use high temp glue sticks (which I got a bag of these for 1.50 at wm too) and fill the 'box' you just made up.  Now, for bigger boxes, I suggest getting a bigger gun that will take a bigger glue stick.  Mainly because the short ones harden up faster and you have to constantly reload.

Now, you do just like you would in other molding situations and put the master about half way into the hot glue (REMEMBER TO DOUSE YOUR MASTER WITH THE GOO GONE!).  Put some tiny balls or something around the master as well halfway in so you have a locking device.  What I do is I have some of those mardi gras beaded necklaces that people throw in parades.  You can get them ultra cheap too.  I just tear off the beads and they are the perfect size.

Now wait till the glue has hardened back into the semi rubbery plastic form and douse the master, box, and top of the glue again with the goo gone.  Oh, and pull the beads out too.  You are done with them.

Now, shoot more glue on top of the master and glue mold.  Wait till it hardens, then seperate the two halves.  There, you have your mold!  If things are not coming apart, you need to use more goo gone.  Trust me, the hot glue will bond to your items without this stuff!  Its a real b*tch to get off too!

Customs Community and Group Projects / Re: NExt Customiser Challenge
« on: September 14, 2006, 11:08 AM »
old republic era jedi and sith

Watto's Junk Yard / 3D Model for cad???
« on: September 8, 2006, 05:09 PM »
Does anyone know where I could get a 3d model to use with a cad program (autocad actually) of a generic human body??  I have looked and have found lots on google, but they cost lots o' $$$.  Thanks

(yes, I know its an odd request)  :p

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Star Wars: Unlimited
« on: September 6, 2006, 01:49 PM »
Coming soon.....

Star Wars Action Figures / Re: Need your input
« on: September 2, 2006, 11:15 AM »
Thanks for the input, but I'm pretty settled upon Star Wars: Unlimited

great!  I need to round up a few more people then we're set!  :)

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