Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The results are in! Experiments in water putty part 2.

So two months in and I have already broke my resolution....but I have had a crazy month! Birthdays and moving stuff and getting stuff have eaten up my time. But on to the topic at hand!As a glaze or small spot filler the water putty is useless. It just chips off,but when used in thicker amounts, more like bondo,it has performed very well. They were not kidding when they said it was rock hard though, and next time I will make my application smoother so i have less sanding to do. Now the only thing left to try with this stuff is to see how it works with fiberglass mat. And as a fun announcement I will be splitting a booth with my artist friend Meredith httwww.iniquitousfish.blogspot.com/ at phoenix comic con this year, so please come by and see us!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Experiments! With water putty part 1.

As some of you may know, resin, bondo, fiberglass, spot putty, silicone, urethane, etc is not cheap. Like a lot of us I don't just have money to throw around. I am always looking for inexpensive substitutes, and I think I may have found one. Not saying that this is breaking news, this product has been around a while. But it is news to me, and I am here to share it with you. A while back my father got me a great book, "The Prop Builder's Molding & Casting Handbook" by Thurston James.

 If you are at all interested in how to do the kind of things I do in this blog, this book is a great place to start.  Some of the references are a bit dated, and its more geared for theatrical prop making,but it still is a wealth of knowledge.  It has a whole chapter dedicated to working with hardware store products, which is where I came across Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty.  Its a water based wood filler that does not shrink, and can be sanded, cut, drilled and when dry has many of the same characteristics of wood. The book details how to use it for casting, but I wanted to try it as a spot putty and for reinforcement. I worked 2 batches, one the pancake batter thickness that the book described best for casting and the other the peanut butter thick paste the instructions on the can told me to do.  Now I am doing something that I would never tell anyone else to do, testing an unknown product on works in progress. But what the hell, I  like to live a little.

I got to work on things late tonight so all I got done was prep and application. The book says that the putty can set in as little as a half an hour, but my shop is pretty chilly right now, and that's making it take longer. All of these will get some more progress posts in the coming days. Thursday is my birthday! Doesn't really apply to the post but I am excited anyways. You should be too!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

quorra dress mk2

Sadly I didn't get many pics of this build. This was made for a local customer. The Quorra light design had to be changed a bit because light tape as very little flexibly side to side. I think for the most part we got the look down. This piece runs off of 3 9volt's. It was also a successful test of my vac formed disk mount/hub.