Quartz Raiders Idol

Discussion in 'Replica Props' started by Ozymandius, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Just playing around in the shop and whipped this up.

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    The quartz effect came through much better from the rear. Hopefully the front will be more prominent with a good clear coat.

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  2. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    That's crazy!

    And by "crazy", I mean "awesome". :eek
     
  3. MFP 2020

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    Make it light up! :)

    Very cool.
     
  4. Contec

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    how do you achieve the quartz effect? It would be cool to see a idol in Amber like the Sankara Stone
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  5. Fair Play

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    That's a cool idea.
    Kinda connects with Indy 4 ...

    And yes, make it light up!

    How is the quartz effect achieved? That is something I always wondered about while looking at all the sankara-stones ...
     
  6. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    I always saw it as more closely akin to the whole spooky crystal skull scam that was supposed to have come from the Amazon. And yeah, I gotta build a light box for it to sit on.

    It all becomes much more dramatic once it's got a proper clear coat on, as it removes the surface haze and makes the splintering effect pop. For these pics I just wetted it down with some mineral spirits so that the details would temporarily show (it's an old wood worker's trick).

    As for the quartz effect itself, it's a special technique I developed when I was building the Tri Wizard Cup for Harry Potter. You have to do about 6 seperate pours of clear resin into sheets and then cut them up.

    Sounds pretty simple and straight forward, but it's actually quite tricky to pull off correctly. Even the guys that worked with me side by side on the Tri Wizard couldn't duplicate it.
     
  7. KramStaar

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    Absolutely brilliant mate.

    Personally I'd prefer to see it weathered and worn (grime in the cracks and recesses) rather have it looking like the Sankara stones.

    This one is totally unique!

    Bravo!

    Highest regards

    MARK
     
  8. Ozymandius

    Ozymandius Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Ideally, I agree that some sublte washes and aging would help to bring out the features. But first is does need the clear coat to complete the quartz illusion and give it the proper depth.
     
  9. Feraud

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    It's beautiful!
     

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