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Haha... Same!!! I literally was reading this thread just minutes before watching the video on You Tube. How awesome!!!Yeah I saw that and the little kid in my head went "I was reading that thread!!!!" I really need to add one of these to my collection because I want to get some of the basic Indy props (Grail, whip, diary, fertility idol, etc.)
I knoooww!! The greatest prop-geek honor!I was wondering if that was in reference to this! Quite the feather in the cap!
Soo cool!!!Haha... Same!!! I literally was reading this thread just minutes before watching the video on You Tube. How awesome!!!
This is fantastic manI knoooww!! The greatest prop-geek honor!
And so a quick update: I wasn't 100% satisfied with how things were turning out and kept thinking of how to get rid of the little dime-shaped flecks and get cracks instead.
It may totally backfire as it's still curing... but about 7 minutes and then 15 minutes into the cure I stabbed the ever-loving hell out of it from the inside out with a box-cutter.
I pulled it out of the mold on the 2nd "stabbing" and could see from the inside where the blade was going. It was pretty awesome! It looked similar to when the scientist in Jurassic Park drills into the amber.
The Stone while it is curing is HOT AF so I had to handle it quickly but it did indeed create beautiful planer cracks like the prop pictured here:
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I suspect you can see in these specific stones where the hollow inside it is where they placed the light. Since it was obviously an incandescent bulb It was probably decently sized and (in theory) accounts for the 2nd sort of foggy hollow inside this dome that makes it look scooped-out.
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Will post more pics soon!
Those look gorgeous! Really close to the money in terms of color. I really hoped you opened all your windows on top of wearing PPE, too, while doing all this. Polyester stinks, especially the cheap stuff, and you really don't want to risk your health for some cracked rocks.
Oh, FYI, Smooth-On has some great clear resins that can handle small and larger objects if you want to tackle these again in future. For the same amount of money you spent on these, you could get some better quality materials and can control your casting process a bit more. For larger pieces, you'd probably have to break it up into casting it in thirds so it all doesn't just kick immediately and build it up that way.