Jul 5, 2012, 11:45 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
That cold casting came out so great, I'm really impressed. If I can get a decent mold made of my longcolt, I want to try this !
Jul 6, 2012, 12:20 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
such a amazing job, looking forward for more updates. But do you mind me asking what type of silver paint you used?
Jul 6, 2012, 3:40 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Volpin...that is absolutely insane!!!
I am in awe how guys like you, morganthirteen or matsuo set up the molds perfectly and get even more perfect casts
A few questions if you allow, since Iīm also using SmoothOnīs products...
- What clay are you using ?
- Do you degas your silicone?
- Judging by the pics, you always (?) brush on a detail coat first and pour the rest then, right?
- Did you have any problems with MoldMax 40īs? (I found it to be too high viscos (sp?) sometimes) and switched to MoldMax 25 some time ago...
- How much metal powder do you add to the resin when coldcasting? Does it affect viscosity/ self-dagassing abilities much???
Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!
Again, GREAT work!!!
Jul 6, 2012, 12:45 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
No paint on these yet, they're just cold cast aluminum powder that's been buffed and polished. The handles have a little rustoleum brown satin on them though.
Clay is just cheap modeling junk I got from a local Samflax art supply store. Cheapest and softest I could find that's non-sulfur. I actually need to buy more soon, as my old stuff had a bunch of debris in it that makes claying up molds a bit like archeology.
I don't degas my silicone. I don't own a vac chamber, though it's on my list of things to make.
I always do a print coat brushed on first, yes. With a lot of detail like on this axe, it gives me peace of mind to know that the first micron of silicone will at least be bubble free.
The mold max 40 has worked great so far, though admittedly I've only used it twice. For block molds, I like the rigidity.
Metal powder is added to the mold actually. I dust the surface with it, similar to how people add baby powder to molds to help the resin flow better. Sometimes I add powder to the resin for a pour, depending on the shape of the mold. For these castings, I didn't - just dusted the molds and added dyed resin.
EDIT: I can't take credit for my moldmaking abilities. This post in the PKD Snub build thread is solid gold, and the reason my axe head turned out as well as it did.
Jul 17, 2012, 1:54 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
This prop is so cool.
Do you have any completed pictures of it with the Handle?
Do you have any plans to do a run of them for the junkyard?
Jul 22, 2012, 6:30 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Jul 27, 2012, 2:14 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Jul 27, 2012, 2:31 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Ha, you just had to have a red handle, didn't you Harrison?
Jul 27, 2012, 2:56 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
I like red! (especially if it's non-canon!)
Jul 27, 2012, 3:16 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
That rifle is sweet. This axe looks great too! I can't wait to see the weathering, you never disappoint.
Jul 28, 2012, 8:20 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Are you god damn sh**ting me!! AMAZING! JUST AMAZING! That's all I kept saying to myself while I looked at each picture in this thread. Truly inspiring! I mean it!
Jul 28, 2012, 8:40 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Jul 28, 2012, 9:51 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
The first pic of the polished cold cast head made me swear out loud!
An absolutely astonishing achievement, such clean precise work!
Jul 28, 2012, 10:37 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Totally agree. Truly amazing work.
Jul 29, 2012, 7:15 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
quick question... what happened to the little bits that go by the pommel. did you just decide not to add them?
Jul 29, 2012, 9:06 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Wow thats really awesome and especially since Ive been a big fan of both skyrim and your work. Not to questions anything, but is there a reason that you chose to go with the twine instead of the leather strips that were used in the game?
Anyways, I really love the prop and look foward to seeing your progess with it!
Jul 29, 2012, 11:31 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Oh man, that's absolutely beautiful. Your work never ceases to impress.
Jul 29, 2012, 12:24 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
I've got them, they're just not added on yet. They go on top of the leather, since cutting those sections out around the leather wrap would have been a bigger headache. These aren't finished by a longshot; still need a fair bit of weathering to go as well.
The problem with those big leather straps is they would have to be threaded under the leather handle wrap and make the backside really lumpy and irregular. The hemp was a sort of compromise there between aesthetics and comfort when holding the axe handle.
Jul 30, 2012, 3:44 AM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Jul 30, 2012, 12:20 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
I wish I my work didn't block your site. You have some great stuff.
Jul 30, 2012, 3:06 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Those are simply amazing!
Aug 14, 2012, 1:47 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Ab-so-lute-ly STUNNING Work!! I'm very interested in your raw castings when they are available!
Aug 22, 2012, 2:56 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Hi Volpin, this is amazing stuff! I've got a question about this mold making technique... where you use a wooden reinforced frame. I couldn't figure out how you went from the cardboard base (with mold stuff and nubs)...to the wooden frame(s) and overcoat of more mold stuff. Can you describe this technique and the different mold materials you use and show some more pics?
This is very interesting!
Aug 22, 2012, 3:17 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
Aug 22, 2012, 4:02 PM - Re: Skyrim: Steel Axe
My god thats amazing work, really superb job there!!!
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