Some cold cast bio pics

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hez1

New Member
I got a light box built today, which has allowed me to finally take some decent shots of my cold cast bios. There's a lot of pics below, so if you're on dial up, you might want to go and make a cup of tea or something.

P1, cold cast bronze

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P2, cold cast copper

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Gort, cold cast aluminum

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hez1

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Thanks guys! Bryan, I have several shots of the original P2 stunt bio, the HCG matches it pretty well, although it's a little too matte. I tried to match it as closely as I could, it's a lot more subtle than people seem to think.
 

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JehdinThwei

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Too cool, man. Very sick look. I'm a metallurgist wannabe (I work a lot with metals) and I love what you have done here.
 

Elkman

New Member
These really look good. I think if I put one on, I'd actually feel like I had a metal biohelmet on my head.

I've read about the process of cold casting metals on the Smooth-On web site. What kind of resin did you use for these? And did you use just one straight metallic powder, or did you mix and match them? I'm trying to figure out how you got variations in color, like where some parts are shinier than others or where there are darker spots in the pits. Is it just a matter of polishing the cold cast and underlying metal afterward, or did you use Rub n' Buff, or are there more variations to the process?
 

hez1

New Member
I used the smooth on 325 resin for them, pigmented black. They're all just single metals, although I might try mixing them at some point. The process was different for all of them. For the P2, I polished it up pretty good, and then used colored waxes that were brushed on and left to dry. Before they dry totally, they're given a rub to bring up a shine. The wax build up in the recesses is what gives the definition on the P2. The Gort was polished, burned with a blowtorch, and then brushed with alumablack. Then scrubbed with steel wool.

The P1 just had a ton of patinas thrown at it. Some went on hot, some went on cold, it was kind of a crapshoot. I've tried to replicate the look on another bio, and failed miserably. That one is one of a kind.
 

hez1

New Member
Got some black velvet for a background. This stuff is freaking expensive, but it makes stuff look like it's just floating in space. Took some more of the P2, and this is probably the best set of pics I've ever taken of it.

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strigoi

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minus the white in the corners the pictures came out great...I always liked using a dark background because it makes the highlight and lowlights of the object pop...like we see in your pics
 

hez1

New Member
minus the white in the corners the pictures came out great...I always liked using a dark background because it makes the highlight and lowlights of the object pop...like we see in your pics
Heh...I meant to do some clean up in photoshop, but forgot about it. I'll fix them up and re-upload.
 

TehEl1te

Member
hezzy wezzy can I have one? Had to bro sorry!

Pardon my ignorance... but how exactly do you go about making these "cold cast" bios. I have heard the term before with Jango helmets and was still unclear as to what it meant... How does that work?
 

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Usurper

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sweet pics, on some sweet bios Paul.

i only just found out about plain backgrounds, im currently using the dogs blanket which has a black reverse lol ( yeah im cheap )
 

hez1

New Member
B, you started channeling Nikki?

I did a brief huntorial on the cold casting ages ago, here it is: http://www.thehunterslair.com/index.php?sh...340&hl=cold You can also find a few tuts at smooth ons website. I try and slush it as much as possible now rather than brushing it, as brushing introduces air bubbles. I think I have some more recent pics that I can add to that thread.
 

Eaglewood

Sr Member
Hez, are you dusting the molds with the metal powder before you pour? I have done this with a few of my pieces and it makes a big diifference in the polishing
 

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