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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1675 on: January 27, 2014, 09:18:00 AM »
Going to try to make a mould or two today in amongst also packing orders. One or the other will suffer for it.

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1676 on: January 27, 2014, 09:09:14 PM »
Good luck. I hope this one works out for you.

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1677 on: January 28, 2014, 06:27:26 AM »
Fingers crossed for you.

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1678 on: January 31, 2014, 09:21:57 AM »
Bad news - the chap I'm meeting is too busy re-organising his workshop to fit his new machinery into to come up this week.

Good news - the first half of the re-re-re-remodelled torso has cast perfectly on the first 'pull'!  :boing: I took it out early so the spines were still bendy and didn't snap. Let's hope the mould lasts a good long while before it needs replacing - normally one would apparently expect 30 casts from a single mould, although the slilicon I'm using boasts that it lasts 3 times as long, so here's hoping... (mind, that's probably meant for simpler shapes, not ones with a lot of undercuts like this piece)

I've been posting pics as I go along on Facebook and Twitter as it's a lot easier than uploading them to my server and renaming them and stuff, I just pic them on my ipod and send them with a tweet, but here's the latest for those not on FB etc




Second one is the second half of the torso in the mould, with the base of the tail now attached as in previous casting attempts last year I found it changed size for some reason and didn't make a good fit with the body. It's not a 'Dragon Glory Hole' as someone suggested on FB...

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1679 on: January 31, 2014, 10:11:51 AM »
Cool. Great to see you are getting a grip on it now :)

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1680 on: January 31, 2014, 10:17:34 AM »
I'll be very glad when I don't have to spend half an hour emailing individual replies to customers who don't read this thread, follow me on twitter or facebook, or subscribe to the Product Notification updates on the site. I could have cast a dragon torso in the time it takes...

Any resin stuff I sell in future will be sold on a 'I have this many actually in stock' basis and thus in batches not pre-orders...

With Salute coming up in ten weeks I am going to have to start casting up the metal stock for the show, so Dragon work will suffer. I have to spend the next few days catching up on the backlog of regular orders but hoping to get a mould or two made along the way in the next couple of weeks. Got 8 or 9 more to go before production casting can commence, but the above piece was the one that was worrying me most...

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1681 on: January 31, 2014, 12:06:41 PM »
Really glad to see it's finally working out, mate.  :applause:
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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1682 on: January 31, 2014, 01:07:25 PM »
Keep plugging away Andy - it will all be worth it in the end
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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1683 on: January 31, 2014, 06:18:15 PM »
 :applause:  good news to hear Andy,  you fully deserve some success with this now..
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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1684 on: January 31, 2014, 07:59:48 PM »
Quick vid to show you the test fit of the two torso parts. unfortunately, not in HD so you can't really see much, but take it from me, it's a bloody good fit.
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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1685 on: January 31, 2014, 08:24:14 PM »
and a pic of that other torso part. I really wish I didn't have to spend th enext few days catching up on orders so I could race on with this dragon...

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1686 on: January 31, 2014, 08:24:40 PM »
Note the immaculate organisation of the workspace.

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1687 on: January 31, 2014, 08:31:01 PM »
Strategically placed paper towels help the work go quicker? So those are the resin pieces? Did you add a colour to the resin?

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1688 on: January 31, 2014, 08:34:23 PM »
I added 2 tiny squirts of black resin dye to a 25kg drum. I was hoping for a very light grey, it's incredibly powerful stuff!

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1689 on: January 31, 2014, 08:39:47 PM »
Jeepers, I thought of getting dye for the little resin bits I do but thought it wouldn't go very far, I guess I was wrong!

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1690 on: January 31, 2014, 08:41:32 PM »
BTW the paper towels are so essential - this process is one of the messiest things I've ever done and you have to wipe yourself and the worktops down every few minutes to mop up silicon that drips off the containers, or resin that missed the hole. I'm going through disposable gloves at a crazy rate, too.

Yes, the black dye  - I bought a 1kg tub. It will last me the rest of my life I think.  :shock:

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1691 on: January 31, 2014, 08:42:10 PM »
Also you can't do anything to it, like adding red to go brown etc. Once you put black in there, you've got black and that's just how it is now.

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1692 on: January 31, 2014, 11:03:43 PM »
Good to see something going your way for once, mate.  :thumbup:

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1693 on: February 01, 2014, 12:02:57 AM »
Good news - the first half of the re-re-re-remodelled torso has cast perfectly on the first 'pull'!  :boing:

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Thats great news. Best of luck with the rest of the casting process.
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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1694 on: February 01, 2014, 04:43:58 AM »
BTW the paper towels are so essential - this process is one of the messiest things I've ever done and you have to wipe yourself and the worktops down every few minutes to mop up silicon that drips off the containers, or resin that missed the hole. I'm going through disposable gloves at a crazy rate, too.

The resin stuff I did I did on top of a ceramic tile that was ultra glossy. I guess a tabletop surface that was ultra glossy would work the same, after the resin had dried I'd just use a paint scraper (the type use for glass surfaces) to take the resin off, it leaves a bit of a mess for a while but comes off really easy. The silicone is a pain though, even after that has dried it has that static electricity stickiness to it as well as it's natural stickiness.

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1695 on: February 01, 2014, 07:45:19 AM »
I splashed out on custom cut stainless steel sheets to cover the top of my workdesks which are made from adjustable shelving (and an actual workdesk) bought from machine mart. Doesn't stop me ending up covered in silicon etc but does mean it's easy to get off the tabletop...

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1696 on: February 05, 2014, 10:19:34 PM »
Note the immaculate organisation of the workspace.

Actually that is pretty tidy in comparison to my own.
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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1697 on: February 06, 2014, 05:14:51 PM »
I splashed out on custom cut stainless steel sheets to cover the top of my workdesks which are made from adjustable shelving (and an actual workdesk) bought from machine mart. Doesn't stop me ending up covered in silicon etc but does mean it's easy to get off the tabletop...

Black bin bags, cut open with scissors, taped over your resin worksurfaces. Replace as needed ;)
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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1698 on: February 06, 2014, 08:50:26 PM »
Black bin bags, cut open with scissors, taped over your resin worksurfaces. Replace as needed ;)

Hmmm...  :thinks:

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Re: Heresy Dragon Big Thread Of Doom
« Reply #1699 on: February 09, 2014, 09:50:58 AM »
Made 6 more moulds over the last couple of days, still got to mould three sections of wings (tricky as they're so big and won't balance easily on the vertical or fit easily into my vac chamber) four bits of tail (probably do-able as one moulded sprue) possibly two hands (currently in metal, which I might keep them as for speed - i can spin up dozens of hands in metal in the time it takes to do one set in resin and the spincasting moulds last longer vs ripping) and the left arm, whihc rather annoyingly seems to have been misplaced in the last couple of months of moving dragon parts between sites. I've got metal masters of it that will do the job but I'd prefer the original sculpt.

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