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    Oct 4, 2017, 8:38 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #26

    thank you guys

    yes, size can be a problem. a 1:1 alien head would never fit in my flat.. so I guess I will stay with the scaled one.

    @ daredevil665: a crouching one would be nice

    have done the rips now, so I the body should be ready for the first mold soon (need to add the nails though)

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    Oct 12, 2017, 3:57 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #27

    bought some silicone for the mould and resin for a master cast. made the first half of the mould for the body today and used nearly most of the silicone for it. did not made many massive cast molds though but I am a little surprised of the volume. had to order another 2 liters for the head and the other half of the body.. thought 2 liters would reach for this all and the arms too.

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    Oct 12, 2017, 4:33 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #28

    Wow, it's magic!
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    Oct 13, 2017, 4:43 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #29

    daredevil665 said: View Post
    Wow, it's magic!
    not really, but thank you for me all these 3d modeling and printing is magical. for props there are so many new possibilities today.

    well, here s the first half of the mould. hopefully the new silicone arrives tomorrow so I can make the second one.

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    Oct 14, 2017, 2:57 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #30

    Looking really good but no key's in the mould half??
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    Oct 14, 2017, 5:19 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #31

    Leigh said: View Post
    Looking really good but no key's in the mould half??
    exactly... just the moment I filled in the last drip of silicone it came to my mind!!! AW! FORGOT TE KEYS! guess it could work with the uneven cutting line too, but I will cut some key marks into the first half too. not really how to do moulds..

    I m also not sure if I ll use a massive mould for the body next time too. too much silicone is needed and i m exited, if the results will be much better than a mould with mother shell. for the other parts of the figure I am planning to make massive cut open- moulds..
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    Oct 18, 2017, 5:14 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #32

    new silicone arrived so I was able to go on with the second half of the mould. maybe I will do a first resin cast tomorrow.

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    Oct 19, 2017, 5:16 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #33

    What material does it use for casting?
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    Oct 19, 2017, 5:57 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #34

    daredevil665 said: View Post
    What material does it use for casting?
    I will just use some polyurethane resin (PUR) for the first cast, so I have a more stabile alien body to work on with the arms tubes ...

    my plan is also to sand/ resculpt some areas on the body in resin and maybe make another mould of that one. I will see how things come out. at least I want to cast some aliens in bronze next year..
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    Oct 20, 2017, 3:20 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #35

    put out the resin cast today. looks nice in some ways (reminds me on the original latex costume when its unpainted) but I think there are too much air bubbles and failures in it. but the mould works nice, so I think I will just use it further for the wax castings. the only thing that needed to be sanded for a smooth surface are the dome of the head and the shoulders??? of the body and I can do this at the finished bronze figure too. there will be bubbles in the wax casts too, but its much easier to repair there. anyway I can use the resin cast to fit the other parts now...

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    Oct 22, 2017, 2:34 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #36

    Looks like a clean cast to me Very nice!
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    Oct 23, 2017, 4:54 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #37

    I am not sure what is normal in resin casings, but actually there are really some air bubbles. especially the fine tubes at the belly and the legs are problematic. too much bubbles for my taste though and maybe I could prevent some of them by brushing out the mould more intensively next time. I uses a resin with much longer cure time this time so it would be possible. The resin I used before cured in 3-5 minutes so I hurried up with the brushing this time.

    another thing I saw is, that the head might look a little bit better with a changed throat. maybe I will change that in some of the wax castings even though there are some scenes in the movie, where it appears like it is now I think... made some quick photoshop here:

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    also resculpted the "nose" of the dome a little bit. maybe it matches better now...

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    Oct 24, 2017, 11:03 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #38

    Do you dust your moulds with talc before casting?

    The revised neck works better with the upright pose you have him in

    That face looks Awesome!
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    Oct 24, 2017, 5:06 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #39

    Leigh said: View Post
    Do you dust your moulds with talc before casting?

    The revised neck works better with the upright pose you have him in

    That face looks Awesome!
    no, I did not. I heard this would give the cast a matt appearance so I thought it wont be necessary. do the dusting prevent bubbles too?

    I think I will make the mold with the actual neck anyway (its also a lot of work to change the wired stuff now), but change it later in the wax castings depending on the pose I will chose for each figure. You are right, for the upright pose the changed will be better. change it in wax should be easy anyway and I guess I want to do some crouching posed figures again too. the body actually was also a good pose for moulding and gives me much abilities for changes in wax later on.

    and thanks for the face compliment. I am already exited how it will look with a polished dome and maybe steel teeth in some versions.
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    Oct 25, 2017, 10:20 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #40

    Dusting the mould with talc before you cast (in polyurethane) should reduce the bubbles, it'll also help draw the resin into the detail. HTH
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    Oct 29, 2017, 2:49 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #41

    Leigh said: View Post
    Dusting the mould with talc before you cast (in polyurethane) should reduce the bubbles, it'll also help draw the resin into the detail. HTH
    I will try this out next time than. Thanks
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    Nov 1, 2017, 10:55 PM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #42

    This is absolutely wonderful! HR Giger would be proud.
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    3 Weeks Ago  Nov 18, 2017, 7:01 AM - Re: 1979 Alien Figure in Bronze #2 #43

    Thank you.

    At the moment I have to do some other work so I had no time to go on with this, but I think I will have more time in December.

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