Things to Do if You're Impatient like me

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Uratz

Sr Member
If you're as impatient about molding, casting, and the entire process of creating suits, bios, weapons and what not, here are some tips.

Often in our craft and our busy daily lives we don't usually get enough time to spend on sculpting, molding and casting things so we tend to spend most of our time
on the important things. So what happens? Our molds get dirtier, our tools get all sort of gunk on it, table tops get layers of dried and uncured greasy silicone on it, our gloves
got more cured resin than our casts. There are even time when you're done pouring the silicone into the mold but ya gotta wait 6 hours for it to cure and you pounce around like a
caged animal with nothing to do. Or you're simply waiting for that overseas package with raw cast bio from China that takes millennia’s to come and the post office is tired of you calling on them.

SO what can you do with that pent up excess energy?
We sure ain't got no cleaning maid or some lovely assistant that clean up our workplace or our tools, molds, casts etc!

Time for Cleaning!

Dremel tools that get dried up plaster or any other sort of resin dust well clean it up, use rubbing alcohol and old tooth brush and give them a good scrubbing.
After you're done put them back in the handy organizer tray!

Sculpting tools
If you're like me, you'll have oily greasy clay with dried up plaster stuck on them and yeah some of that concrete strength epoxy putty stuck on it.
Just use other spatula or utility knife to give them a good scraping to clean of the gunk, clean the handles whether they be wooden, metallic or wrapped with sticky electrical tape.
After these tools are clean Use alcohol to wipe them clean of grease and dust and next time you sculpt your model will be free of non-clay stuff that’ll mess with your molding.


Painting tools - Airbrush - spray canisters
FOr airbrushes cleaning the needle after each use is important always spray first with clean water then use alcohol to spray it clean. Water left over in the airbrush may cause tiny parts to rust if not dried right away. Clean the exterior vents of your compressor and make sure there is no dust left over to clog the air vents. This may cause it to overheat and burn out.
For air canisters spray cans, u can turn it upside down to clean as instructed but this will make you run out of pressure quicker instead, spray upside down for less than 2 seconds, then take of the spray nozzle and guess what? Alcohol time! Give it a good rubbing and put it back carefully.

Get Organisized!

Your tools, supplies and everything else need some sort of place. The things you'll need to use often should be closer to you. Things you don't need all the time need long term storage, dry, away from sun & well ventilated.
For large batches of unused resin containers its good to keep them in big plastic storage bins that have a sealable lockable top that'll keep fumes from leaking into your home.
Every once in a while its good to take them outside for a good vent off and unleash the fumes from these containers so as to prevent explosions. If you don't have a well ventilated storage place
its good to do this. Keep all of these harmful stuff away from your kids, animals and sleeping areas. Vent out your working area as much as possible. Keep electrical fans on high on window sill and vent out dust
and harmful gases while working - after working vent out overnight if the room is small.

Table tops.
Well I got a sculpting area and a separate molding area. Its good to keep both of the places free of dust & animal hair (cat hair is the worse, they're small and almost invisible except after you cast something then you realize it was in the clay). Scrap off dried plaster, dust and excess resin that fell on the surface table. I use those flat knives/ spatulas that u get from Home Depot or any hardware store. They come in various widths, some in stainless steel which is good for water based clay and scraping smoothing wet plaster. I buy a bunch in different sizes and put them in various locations for scraping, slicing, flattening, sculpting and whatnot. When you're done use each of them to scrape them clean and wipe with rubbing alcohol.

For sculpting area:
Sculpting tools got different sizes and some are more fragile than others. Like small loop tools, needle tools and small ball tip tools all need those Chinese food take out plastic containers. Its best to store them flat rather than standing them up since some tools may have both ends as tools. Bigger tools need bigger containers. You can look for boxes from 8 pack yogurts or anything similar that’s flat and long. No need to spend your life savings at IKEA if you already have a bunch of containers you can use from left over from supermarket grocery stuff.

Big Gallon water containers are good for spray containment for airbrush. With the top cut off a little bit you can stick old newspapers and paper towels inside and spray clean for airbrush.

Be creative! We’re not big budget studios that have all the money we can spend on space and equipment and storage supplies so you gotta use what ever you can find to store your stuff. The rest of the money goes to Silicone, Latex, Casting resin, Ultracal, and etc.

So I hope these tips help. If after doing all these things you still feel restless, start sharing your knowledge about suit making and type huntorial guides like this and I’ll bet in no time your silicone will be dried and your packages will have arrived and your resin casts has finished curing!

Good Luck!
:)
 

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