July 13, 2009

Molding Vartan

With the figure sculpt complete on the Vartan maquette, it's time to make a mold in order to create resin prototypes for manufacturing. I decided to make the mold myself, but huge thanks to Colin for letting me use his shop and advising me on the process.

With the cape and hand holding the helmet removed, the sculpture is laid down and fixed to the turntable.

A foam core platform is hot glued in place to allow for WED clay to be built up to the parting line.

The WED clay here is to represent the plaster flange along the outside and silicone with registration keys over the figure. I made a few mistakes claying this up, but we'll make it work.

The plaster jacket.

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