Han Solo In Carbonite

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morbius206

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I decided I wanted a really iconic image for my GradShow at Uni last year to try and attract people to my display. After a few weeks I decided that Han in carbonite was the way to go - everyone I know at least gets the reference even if they don't know all the details. The build lasted a few months - mainly working late nights in the workshop at Uni "after hours". It was a fairly simple but effective construction method. Clay sculpts for all the body parts except the hands and feet. The sculpts were moulded in various materials, for the face I used RTV Silicone rubber, for the torso & legs I used latex. The casts were then made from fibreglass & resin. The hands were created using alginate moulds taken from a fellow students hands with resin poured inside to create the 'positive' hands. Feet were made out of a pair of old steel toe cap boots I had sitting around - coated in resin. The individual pieces were screwed down onto an MDF baseboard and the carbonite detailing was created by pouring PVA glue & Jesmonite onto the board and letting it settle naturally to create a pooling effect.
 

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morbius206

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Need to get some better images on - this one was taken on my camera phone(which has a good camera - for a phone) but it doesn't show the detailing up very well
 

Skaar

Active Member
Would love to see more pics.

I really like your ingenuity by using other peoples hands and the steel toed boots rather than just buying a cast from someone

Awesome job man
 

morbius206

New Member
Thanks man,

I've seen others made using bought casts - obviously they look that bit better, mainly the face, however, I couldn't bring myself to do it that way. To me it seemed like I would only be making a wooden box and it would be kind of defeating the purpose of it - I wanted to say "I made this" and I just wouldn't have been able to with bought casts.
 

staticweb23

Well-Known Member
Nice work, been looking to do one myself one day, and our right that should bring eyes looking your way.. Who doesn't like Star Wars. :)
 

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morbius206

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Thanks for the feedback. I do actually know plenty of people who still haven't seen a single Star Wars film(don't know how they can live with themselves!) but even they recognise the image of Han in carbonite - it's just become one of those truly iconic movie images. Proved really successful at my Gradshow aswell, a real range of people seemed drawn to it - from kids to pensioners
 

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