I’ve been slowly chipping away at these. I know a lot of you have been asking about these and waiting to see casts. I am getting really close now! The photos above are the first pulls from the molds so they aren’t perfect. I use these first pulls to determine where I need better vents in my molds so that air can properly flow and allow resin to fill all cavities. I mostly had issues with the tips of the ears, but all is easily remedied!
I’ve been upgrading my molding and casting process. I just bought a vacuum pump and chamber to remove air bubbles from my silicone molds. I am also using methods described in the book, Pop Sculpture, which has streamlined my process so much. I have switched to Mold Max 25 silicone on the recommendation of many of my established toy/collectible industry friends. It is fantastic! Very strong and measuring by weight is SO much easier than by volume.
I also finally put together my own pressure pot, with the help of this Instructables article. This is for removing air bubbles from the casts. Holy COW, I can’t believe the difference. As you can see in the photos about, the casts are flawless (aside from some venting issues I need to fix on the ears). I am blown away and so so so happy! This is going to cut down on my clean up time so much.
Smooth-On recently release Glow Worm additive powders, including a glow-in-the-dark blue. I will be using this stuff on the two angry busts; it should look super cool!
To those interested in purchasing these busts, I will have full information available once I have a final sample to show. These will ONLY be available as full sets of 5. They will be fully painted, mounted, and signed/numbered. Right now, I am planning on a limited edition of 10 sets. I will NOT be selling these as single busts nor will I be selling paint-your-own. This is a fan-art piece and I will not be producing these in a large amount for that very reason. Thank you so much for your understanding on this.