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Unread 11-25-2012, 12:18 PM   #1
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Would clay work best?

I'm making Lala's "heart" from D.Gray-man.

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I was thinking the finished thing could be somewhere around the size of a football. Days ago I found a glass jar that's the perfect shape and size, but I'm not sure what to make the metal toppers out of. I've never used any type of clay, at least not for cosplay purposes, so I have no idea what kind to use or even if clay would work for this type of thing.

I hope to resin cast the square in the middle and stick an LED in there which, to my knowledge, would mean hiding the battery pack in one of the toppers. So what I ever I end up using it needs to be able to be glued to glass and be adjustable so I can replace the batteries inside. Does anyone more knowledgeable than me have any ideas?
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Unread 11-25-2012, 01:32 PM   #2
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If you're going to cast the inside piece, why not cast the toppers as well?

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Unread 11-28-2012, 08:06 PM   #3
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Personally I'm a bit on the fence about how to go about this. If you have your heart set on clay I would go about cutting out a guide for the circles. Luckily you can buy wooden circles at Michael's or you can cut your own out using my super duper high tech circle cutting jig.

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In any case you can use apoxie sculpt to sculpt the majority of it over foam, or a cheaper waste clay of some kind. I did model magic (it was on hand, I hate the stuff) then a thin layer of apoxie sculpt for my sculpts typically.



Then again the bevels would be interesting to sculpt in. I've done that with bondo (or apoxie sculpt, they're kind of interchangeable in applications) for my Xiba bangles.

I'll just link the 2 articles I've written that are sculpt heavy and you can pick and choose what to use. This will for sure be a fun project and I hope to see it done! Loved D-Gray Man sooo much you have no idea!!!

http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2...sdcc-2012.html
http://junkerscosplay.blogspot.com/2...mcom-2012.html


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Unread 12-01-2012, 09:15 AM   #4
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I don't think I have enough skill or tools to resin cast the entire thing. A small square shouldn't be terrible, but I'm just not sure about doing all of it.

I perfectly fine not doing clay. Carving it out of insulation foam appeals to me, but since I've never actually done it I'm unsure if it can take that much detail.
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Unread 12-11-2012, 04:30 PM   #5
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I've been doing more reasearch. So, would a cardboard base work? Coating in some sort of hardener and doing details with craft foam/paper clay? Or should I use insulation foam or a thermoplastic...?

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Unread 12-11-2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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The only thing about cardboard is that it is normally corrugated on the sides and it takes extra work to cover that up with clay when you can just avoid that work by using wood (and some sanding), plastic or foam.

If you don't want to get a lot of tools I'd suggest doing a foam carve. There isn't really a lot of detail in it so it would be a good first project for a carve.
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