Axe Handle details- Cast Resin and Leather.
The handle was sculpted to have wood grain texture before molding and a painted faux finished to have the variegated multicolored patterns. Then I weathered the surface of the "wood" as well as the leather wrappings to appear worn, dirty, and well used like any proper viking weapon. 😁
In this post I would like to make known to all my followers @jmprops (Julia Emerald). She is an artist really incredible and she offered to give me a technical/chemical consulting to solve the problems I had with the Degas clay by Prochima. She is specialize in high and quality replicas and she has a Fine Arts degree in Sculpture and Ceramics. Julia is also an amazing prop maker and fx makeup artist. Probably there is nothing she can’t do :)
She takes commission works on her website, in fb page and in her etsy shop:
Julia not only makes beautiful creations but she is also an excellent teacher and very kind. In her website www.jmprops.net you can find all the information about her workshops. If you live in the Atlanta (GA) I advise you to take a look at her page because I have never met someone so expert in silicone rubbers and resin. She also offer to travel to make workshop in other parts of US (min. 4 students). She actually works with a school in Atlanta and San Diego. I hope this post can lead to her many views and success because she really deserves it. I’m very honored to have had the opportunity to receive a so incredible help. Thank you for read this post and as usual so sorry for my imperfect English. I wish you a wonderful day
Finally some good news for all the problems I had in recent weeks about degas clay by Prochima. I have to thank for this first success especially the immense help that I received from @jmprops (Julia Emerald). She was been so kind to spent part of her time to understand the reasons of this problem and to propose some professional solutions to solve it (…not like the Prochima company =,=’). I have never known a person with so much experience with resin and silicone molds. In return I have published an article to help her get the visibility that she deserves. Please go to read my next post.
I made some simply creations just to test if this time resin would exit from the mold. Julia explained to me that the problem was due to contamination on the mold of the clay material. She recommended a few products like a particular type of alcohol and talc to mitigate this problem. The end result is still not perfect because I haven’t yet had the opportunity to apply all her advice. However, it is a great achievement. I had only some small problems in the inner parts of the rose because I haven’t been able to completely clean the mold. There are some tiny silicone glued parts inside rose petals.
TIP: Metallic looking surfaces need to be uber smooth to read correctly, I use filler primer and bondo, sanding (sometimes multiple times) in between each coat and going up to 2500 grit to achieve the necessary finish.
MORE: For 400grit and higher sandpaper I use the wet sanding technique. This keeps the super fine dust from getting in the air, prevents scratches, and gives a smoother finish.
Blackeye and chest laceration I did for the 48-Hour Film Festival folks today on the lovely @atenamy85 at @norcostcoatlantacostume (the wound was sculpted on the model with 3rd Degree, and a blend of cream and alcohol makeups)
Thanks to @syntheonline for having me!
FX makeup to mimic the marks of beginning violinists.. the fingers are red & swollen around the cuticles, with bruised calluses forming on the bottoms and "violinists hickeys" from where the instrument sits on the neck.
Playing around with different layouts.. TIP: Sometimes I find it easier to "sketch" in 3D than on paper, you can make minor adjustments and changes by "blocking out" before settling on the final shape and adding in the details.
Coldcast Brass, Aluminum, Copper, and Bronze from left to right. These guys are about 3/4" long and were pressure cast with Smooth-On Onyx to maintain strength in such a small package.
MORE: After casting these get buffed and polished to reveal the metal, using 000 steel wool and dremel polishing cloths.
I made these #darthVader shin guards for my Sexy Vader costume for @markstercon Bash of the Empire V party, but they weren't done in time. Ive never made this sort of thing before. #jmprops helped me figure out how to make the details from craft foam and how to make the plastic shaping without Worbla. I feel like considering the flaws, this is a 6/10 quality armor replication.
Its a REALLY unique chance and experience to get to transport a professional replica of the #HanSolo frozen in Carbonite prop in your car. I felt like #bobafett the entire time. I've been apprenticing with the excellent Atlanta based #JMProps for the last three weeks making this piece for @markstercon . This piece was awesome to work on from start to finish.