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  • 3C commented on First Maker Projects

    Aw man I have the gliteriest star trek com badge a 7 year old kid could make at home. I'll root it out and post a photo when I can

  • 3C commented on Purging Stone - Dark Souls [Mini Prop]

    Cheers @KylevT =)

    @MantaBase: So Strong is a type of resin dye by Smooth On. It comes in whats forever like a large bottle of eyedrops, I guess. That tint was made using about 2-3 drops of the dye in about 150 ml of Resin. Obviously more will make a stronger tint, less will make a paler one. I use Smooth On's resins as well so the 150 ml was only part B (I think this is the actual resin and part A is the Catalyst). They say to mix the tint with part B fully BEFORE adding part A.

    The resin I used it also white when cured, so it helps the grey look. (Black and grey resin under a metallic powder like Smooth On's "Silver Bullet" looks wicked cool!) If you want pure black Smooth On do a Smooth Cast Oynx resin. But for Red and other vibrant colours you'd need resin that accepts dye really well, Smooth Cast 325 was designed for that and is called the "Colour Match" resin. It can be used with powder pigments as well but I only have expirence with the So Stong colours. if you're looking for a nice red undercoat to save on paint that's probably the way to go, a little drop of dye goes a long way. (Just remember to use gloves, my fingers are currently black because I forgot mine) It's also great because if any paint gets damaged or chipped (I use sealing spray too), it shows the base colour and not a god awful white or milky white underneath. I THINK you can mix so strong dyes, so if they don't have the colour you want you can mess around with them. Like, wanting a blood red instead of primary red. Just mix a small bit with the right part of your resin and away you go!

    I have also heard of people using glass paints to dye crystal resin, I've never tried this, and you need to make sure the paint isn't water based. Water in resin, as I'm sure everyone has experienced at one point or another is a big no no. Lots of fizzing and bubbles and not nice fumes. (A guy in my college course got ... I think it was cyanide poisoning from mixing by resin in a small shed with no ventilation and standing over it. Remember kids, always open a window *thumbs up* - This wasn't Smooth On resin though, just sayin!)

    Anywho, hope my little regurgitation of info helps, and I am surprisingly not on commission from smooth on, I just really love their stuff and the fact that most items are a 1:1 mix ratio and are fairly idiot proof are a big plus for me (I don't want to be calculating volume ratios at 3am, I'm bad enough at maths as it is)

    Best of luck with dying your resin red, let me know how it turns out, and if you've any questions I'd be more than happy to do my best to answer!

    3C

  • 3C commented on Purging Stone - Dark Souls [Mini Prop]

    Testing out painting effects, the green one is the original milliput sculpt, plain grey is a cast using smooth cast 305 and so strong black dye, and the final one is stone effect paint job.

  • 3C commented on The tools you love to hate....

    @JamesNZ: man look - briliant! I shall have to inform my Dad that that is what he spends most of his time in the shed doing!

  • 3C commented on The tools you love to hate....

    My dad once spent ages looking for his pencil he was using to mark his wood only to later realise he had it in his mouth the whole time.

    My studio too has thieving gremlins taking mixing sticks, pens and scalpels out from under my nose!!

  • 3C commented on I make stuff on a form1+ come have a look!

    Oooo lookin good! Are you finding the form1 good value? I only got to play with one in my last job for a little while (and played with files from thingiverse). Your finishing looking great!

  • 3C commented on The tools you love to hate....

    @oddjobkia: For all the splintering they cause?

    Seems like a lot of people have issues with lighting lol.

  • 3C commented on The tools you love to hate....

    @johndeere97: I think my dad would agree with you on this one, I've heard him cursing his drop lights once or twice. I have a daylight lamp that's great but takes a lot of positioning to get the light where I want it and not in my eyes!

    Current list is...

    Glue gun

    Vice grips

    Soldering Iron (x2 now from @Hold Fast )

    And Drop Lights.

  • 3C commented on The tools you love to hate....

    @JamesNZ: yep, sounds like your soldering iron may have the same issue with fingers as my glue gun lol! Definitely one for the list.

    Glue Gun,

    Vice Grips,

    Soldering Iron.

    I'm sure there's more to come lol! The worst burn I got from my soldering Iron surprisingly didn't hurt. This I'd because it actually cooked a lump of my skin (oh the smell!) And killed any nerves that would complain.

  • 3C commented on The tools you love to hate....

    @TsunamiJuan: I used to have a pair that were so tense it was like firing a gun with insane recoil! Even if I'd been so good to set them up so no damage would occur I could knock something apart trying to take them off. Yep, I have to agree with you there, they're definitely one for the list!

  • 3C commented on The tools you love to hate....

    As I'm sitting here waiting for some glue to cool, after my glue gun has in fact burnt me for the fifth time tonight, I am reminded of all the other times I have cursed hot glue from this gun for trying to occupy the same space as my fingers. Yet its one of the tools I have used a lot over the past few years, be it sticking foam, or sealing the edges of a mold box this guy is faithful. He's technically not even mine to be honest.

    I bought a cheap gun a few years ago and in the middle of a puppet build (Audrey II middle size hand puppet) it blew up. Wasn't even that impressive, it was more of a pop and a small puff of smoke. I nearly didn't notice, @Finstern was in my studio with me at the time, and mutual "Did you see that?" glances were exchanged. In a panic, as a deadline was looming and shopping for a new glue gun was not on the cards I dug out my Dad's solvite s2 gun. This gun technically heats up too much and if you're not careful the glue stick can melt back up the gun and cause a big off awkward clogging. I remember opening the web covered box to find some yellow dead semi mummified glue sticks alongside it.

    We now have a mutual respect this gun and I. If I promise not to let it clog, it will keep the glue the temperature of the surface of the sun long after its shut off and remind me that my fingers shouldn't always try and occupy the space other things want to occupy (especially if that thing can cook my skin).

    So here's to you Solvite S2, you jerk. The tool I love to hate.

    What about you guys? any tools with similar attitudes to your digits? or ones you just love to hate in general?

  • 3C commented on I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    @jojonl: Thank you! Not too much cleaning, the laser I used also had an air assist which helped avoid a lot of the wood staining. A quick sanding with some sandpaper got most of it off. I was a bit concerned because I usually put masking tape on the wood to protect it and couldn't this time because of the engraving, but the air assist really helped =)

    @rcath Thanks =)

  • 3C commented on I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    Thanks @miguelocampo the idea mostly came about because I didn't just want to give Finstern an ocarina in a plain cardboard box.

    @sa-maker my blog is at www.3cCreations.com its been dead for a while because I've been unwell, but I hope to be adding more projects this year.

  • 3C commented on I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    For those who might be curious, this is the other side of the box I forgot to photograph, and the box I made for my Dads Farcry Game...

  • 3C commented on I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    Cheers @oysteroverload It was very well recieved =) I also made a box for my Dad's copy of farcry which went down very well too!

    @sa-maker The laser belongs to a friend who also used to be a teacher of mine, she has the Epilog Zing along with the Epilog Mini and runs a business using them. I gave here a dig out for Christmas in exchange for time on the Laser. This was one of the first items I made, and I'm currently trying to work on more ideas for playing around with the laser. I hope to get my own Epilog Zing this year if I can =)

  • 3C commented on I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    Cheers @undeadmith

  • 3C commented on I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    Thank you much @Nscafe !

  • 3C commented on I made a thing... [Homemade Christmas]

    Thank you very much @TsunamiJuan =)

    I'm hoping that this is the start of me making lots again, its hard to describe, but the past year was like my creativity was switched off for me... as an artist and a modelmaker it was torture, but being able to make something like this, even so simple, gave me such a buzz! I hope to keep going!