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Arloft Toys  Just another artist. Buffalo NY. ๐ŸŽจ Digital / traditional art ๐Ÿ—ฟ Mold maker / resin caster ๐Ÿ’ธ MTG player ๐Ÿ’ฌ Twitter: @arloft ๐Ÿค” Maybe taking commissions

We're doing it all wrong guys. Apparently the big money's in plaster casts of cliche yard trash.

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Quick follow up, mixed and applied the Rebound (pink stuff). It's kinda of thick, called a "brushable" silicone. This is what I mainly use it for, patching. It'll bond to the MoldStar and make a pretty good fix. Will update later (probably tomorrow) once it's fully cured.

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One thing I do differently than many other resin casters is show my failures. It can look easy to make complex molds and casts and never screw up. Mistakes happen, and when they do, it's disheartening, messy, and discouraging. You can't let these screw ups get you down, stop you, or doubt your ability. Try to figure out where you messed up, how you can fix it, and do it better next time. We learn through our mistakes (and a little Googling!). Did a test cast, as you can see, it didn't come out. Had a severe leak out of the mold (bottom, head/neck area). Somehow that specific area has a weird, uneven mold seam, still don't know how it happened. Going to use Rebound 30 and paint it into the gap, the cut it into a new seam. That should fix it, and with bigger molds like this, I'll be wrapping the mold in either plastic wrap or something else to contain any spillage.

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Mold looks good. Will do a test cast today. Carved the pour holes & reservoir into the thick half, between the feet, should be big enough. If not, it's better to cut away at the mold, as you can't really add to it once it's made.

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Little bit of molding progress today. Busted out and cleaned up side 1. Ready to go on making side 2. Tried carving out a couple more alignment keys on flat areas but this MoldStar 15 is way too soft. Should be good the way it is.
This guy is going to be a "blank" base for custom sculpts, saving me time on 6" scale pieces. I'll make them available to purchase for a good price (TBD). #resinart #moldmaker #toyartist #toymaker #art #resincasting #siliconemold #molddesign #blanks #base #prototype #design #planning #customtoy #customfigure #actionfigures #staction #starter #goforthandconquer

It's been a long time since doing mold stuff for myself, as I have on-going commission work with @blughost_productions. So this mold is one that's been sitting, unloved, for a little while. Decided to make some time for it today, as we're now moving into spring. Seems like a good time to set new goals, definitely more welcoming than New Years, when it's still cold, dark, and depressing.

In the last photo, you can see I underestimated the amount of silicone needed to cover the positive half ๐Ÿ˜ซ. I measured around the box (59.5 cm) and the depth from maybe 2 cm above the highest point (the toe, 5 cm). Multiplied and got 260 cm area. I was hesitant this wouldn't be enough, but the measurement claimed it was. Should have gone with my hunch and added another 60% to the total. Oh well, at least with silicone, you can always add more!

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Food in every bowl. String toys for everyone. Peace around the living room. #ZeusFurPresident

President Zeus is on the job! ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Fancy pizza and fancy cocktails, with friends, Dan, @workinglass, and @hannahlouise3. Great early start to the weekend!

Schmamandon (aka @workinglass) and I at Five Points Bakery (toast & coffee cafe?). Seems ok. ๐Ÿž๐Ÿง€๐Ÿณโ˜•๏ธ

I loooove this style of pen & ink shading (go check out @andybrase_art)! It's how I used to do it back in the ol' days of the 90s when I wasn't a lazy bum and drew a lot more than I do these days. Don't see much of this style in digital art, I guess because color is just *there* so why not use it? I need to practice more, and draw more, and, and, just do more of everything! End self-deprecating post.

#art #drawing #sketch #penandink #penandinkdrawing #hatching #crosshatch #crosshatching #micron #micronpens #finedetails #shading

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