@masseffect Nyreen hood, cowl and collar drafting took one and a half Eddie Izzard shows. That is not normal for a hood! It does crazy things and I get to decide where the seams go in the cowl because there are none. Sigh.
No it’s okay. The rest is easy. right? Cry!
But basically the hood and cowl and collar are going to be one piece regardless of what the artist intended 😉 It’ll snap to the harness though. Which will snap to the tunic. Sadly the Obi is not self supporting, that downward curve of the belt piece really does stop it being an effective cincher. So internal trickery shall be needed.
@masseffect Nyreen progress! Again sorry for bathroom photos but this is the best lit mirror in the house at this time of day and I do not fancy setting my tripod out and all the rigmarole it takes to get my camera to focus when taking self portraits (I need to have a stand in or the camera focuses on the background…. I usually use a Christmas tree stand, vacuum tube and wig head, it can be entertaining)
Anyway so this is the first successful cast! I will be using this but I want to make as many sets as I can before the mold loses too much definition. I love the texture I got on the skull but it will eventually go bye bye. The very last set will be a semi rigid urethane which I will also use to cast my Asari pieces from and any other plaster mold looking a bit dodgy.
Also, I will be using various means to hold pieces together. The pins forced curves not present and the underside of the upper lip sticks out but will be glued flat to the inside. I will be using a lot of velcro dots. They stick very well to latex indeed and will allow for fast removal in case of heatstroke. Cough, not that that happened at the Dragon*Con parade at all… cough. ehem.
I may go try and test the hood pattern. It’s crazy with overlaps and stand up collar and all that jazz.
(ETA: I use @XYZ because I cross post to twitter on this account 😉 )
1 @masseffect Nyreen tunic mostly patterned. 2 It is a turian explosion in my workroom! 3 And why you can’t really use more than one mixture of latex in a mold. Twisty twisty mandibles from the latex on the outside shrinking more than the latex on the inside. Also from being pulled from the mold before the inside layer was fully cured.
See that? That is effed up latex that is. I should not be able to scratch the latex like that. The liquid latex can part and as the liquid evaporates I ccould create channels, but a sharp brittle stratch in still white latex? No.
Latex in its natural state is a white liquid that turns a murky clear colour when cured. This in not cured. this has gone really horribly wrong. Eventually it will cure, oh yes. But it does so by going through a jelly like stage. This causes it to crack because there s no stretch when it is like this but it still shrinks as the water evaporates.
I thought it was me. But it is not. I tested all my methods but frankly that above should never happen.
My latex did have a pinkish tint to it, but I’ve had that before and no issue. Now to retro-research what went wrong (I have my suspicions).
I am in misery due to health problems spiraling ever down. Also Nyreen molds work but are super hard to use right now. All in all I am finding the will to complete this project more difficult to summon. But here are the best of the bad pulls test driven. They need interior support but are comfy to wear. These probably need the latex mix fine tuned, also the expensive prethickened latex at that.
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Nyreen @masseffect This was the final test before making the mold. There is no nose on the form and I forgot to put some clay under there to give a better profile, but it shows the pieces still do line up as intended 🙂
The jaw is more heavily layered in the chin as the latex fully cured overnight and I didn’t expect it to- so I hadn’t slushed it around properly. This is a test anyway 🙂 The jaw hinge is feathered out so that it can be clipped to shape once all the pieces are assembled.
About 3kg of clay to create a wall as a guide for the plaster and to support the head. About 6kg of plaster. Maybe more… yeah.. it was about 6L of water.
I managed to make this as a one piece mold after all, thank goodness. I was worried about seam flashing and how to support the full mold once made and in two parts… I used my hand as a guide. So long as I can get my hand in the neck opening I’ll be able to clean the clay out and also slush easily once casting begins.
Spot (hah!) the difference? Shifting those suckers (hah!!) involved scraping the tops off then smooshing the clay back and then retexturing that half of the scalp. Which is textured differently to the warts which is different to the scales…
The bottom photos show the top fin and ear folds. The fins are still there, the folds not. I need to find my test mandibles and pin them in place to make sure they are placed just so.