Quartz-like effect in resin?

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by RelicMaker, May 1, 2006.

  1. RelicMaker

    RelicMaker Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Hey guys,
    I need resin experts to help me out with something.
    How do you get a quartz-like effect in resin?

    Such as this for example:

  2. allosaur176

    allosaur176 Sr Member

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    I actually bought a quartz ball, just about correct size, and used the amber glass tint for mine, then painted all the dots on it, not as accurate as I wanted, but does the job :)
  3. DrStranglove

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    Thats pretty cool.
  4. RelicMaker

    RelicMaker Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(allosaur176 @ May 1 2006, 03:44 PM) [snapback]1236368[/snapback]</div>
    I thought about doing that, but I was wanting to do the Pandora's Box as well, which was made using the same resin effect.
  5. LeMarchand

    LeMarchand Sr Member

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    that quartz ball must have been expensive :) what diameter should be used?


  6. allosaur176

    allosaur176 Sr Member

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    <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(LeMarchand @ May 1 2006, 02:25 PM) [snapback]1236459[/snapback]</div>

    I won it from a seller over in singapore I believe, I paid around $110 total with shipping
  7. moviebuff5

    moviebuff5 Well-Known Member

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    I would guess you could get a similar look by making a cast, smashing it with a hammer, puting most of the pieces back in the mold and adding more resin. If you wanted the multiple shades embedded in the piece, make a few different casts with various degrees of tinting and combine the pieces for the final cast.
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  8. hydin

    hydin Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    man... a pandoras box is gonna be hellaspensive for the resin going into it.

    best ideas i have (and i have made a quartzy effect, by accident :lol) is going to be several layers of clear resin, sand with 300 or 600 grit in a direction, then pour and let cure. add more clear and sand again in the same direction, and repeat.

    itll be hell to do, but thats about all i can imagine.

    sometimes... SOMETIMES you can cause resin or plexi to have a faulty reaction to superglue kicker. itll crack/crackle. might be worth giving that a shot then doing multiple layers.

    best options i can think of for it... plexiglass. itll be thick, and a royal @#$%. pain to do, but varying sheets of 1/8" to 1/16" alternating the sanding, then glueing together.

    theres a few ways to do it, but they are all PITAs. guess thats why prop guys make the big bucks :)

    beautiful sphere though.

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