Dublin Comic Con Update!

 

ComicCon

For those of you that follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. You may have heard me mention that I will be attending Dublin Comic Con this year. But not as a visitor, oh no, this year I shall have my own stall! This is both terrifying and exciting as I have never done this before. I shall give you a run down of the types of things I’ll be including and if you’re not in Ireland for the Con, fear not, excess left over stock will be put up on my etsy shop which I shall reopen when the Con is over.

The stall I will be (wo)manning over the weekend will be called The Orcward Shoppe,  Continue reading

A Christmas of Making!

As explaining in my previous post I have been battling depression over the past while, and as a result my creativity became almost null and void. But by a bit of Christmas luck, I got a sudden making rush, and boy did I take advantage of it! -> This was also handy as after leaving my job a handmade Christmas sorted a lot of stuff out.

I made a few small things over the Christmas, but my favourite was the Legend of Zelda gift box I made for Shane’s Ocarina. The Ocarina arrived in a super plain cardboardy box and I figured it deserved much more. Because I had temporary access to a Epilog Zing I decided to laser etch and cut the gift box out of 3mm ply.

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Patreon Poll #1!

Hi guys!

I had a bit of a hickup with my site and lost all of my posts from 2013…boo… which of course I didn’t have backed up anywhere. I shall have to find the time to rewrite and repost but now it’s time for my first Patreon Poll!

For those of you who don’t know, Patreon is a great way to help Artists and Creators do what they love, kinda like Kickstarter except people opt to fund you per project rather than aiming for one massive lump sum at the end. For my Patreon, I’m going to hold a poll at the start of each project so people can vote for what they’d like to see. You don’t have to be a patron of mine to vote either, but if you like what I do, please considering becoming one =)

Here’s a short run down of the options:

Chocobo Keeper Mask (FFXIV)
Chocobo Mask
I fell in love with this mask when I first saw it and I would love to make the costume that goes with it someday too. This project would be a good way to experiment with Worbla’s Finest Art material too which I haven’t had a chance to try out yet.

Haunter PatternHaunter Puppet (Pokemon)
One of the posts lost from the 2013 archives was one that showed the start of a Haunter hand puppet I was making. He unfortunately fell to the sidelines and I do really think it would be good to finish him. For those who didn’t see the original post (or forget it). The plan was to have his eyes glowing using a potentiometer. Good electronics and LED practice. (The image on the left shows part of his complicated skinning pattern)

Songbird Plush (Bioshock Infinite)Songbird Plush
I had planned to make this guy before the official one was released (I have all the materials for him too) and to be honest I wasn’t overly mad about the finish on the official one, so I’d still like to try make my own version. 80% of this project would be figuring out the pattern which I’m not used to but should be fun to do!

Mini Gift Boxes (Christmas Themed)
This one wont feature any game references and would be mostly design based and Christmasy themed, given the time of year. Each design would be drawn up and scalable for cutting on a Laser cutter (our just simply printing out a template). I would do a few different boxes and I would make the files available to my Patrons, you could also adapt these files yourself and switch them to any theme you like. Unfortunately I don’t have an image for these guys as there are yet to be designed, but they’d be large enough to hold a cupcake, or a few sweets at least.

Please cast your vote below and if you have any suggestions for future polls, please leave a comment!

Patreon Poll #1: The first project should be...

101 Uses for an Adjustable Box #1

Hey there, this post was made for some people on Reddit who were asking me to explain what my new adjustable box was for. Basically the box is made out of four L shaped pieces of veneered chip board that myself and my Dad put together as a bit of an evening project. When lined up like shown above, they can be adjusted and moved until you have a box the right size for the piece you want to mold. I snagged the idea from Smooth-On’s official video tutorials. They use expensive clear acrylic ones, but, not having that kind of money, scrap chipboard does me just fine.

Anywho, I attempted to explain on Reddit how to go about the molding process, but sans pictures I can understand for people who haven’t the foggiest as to what I’m talking about, it can get so much more confusing. So to test the box works,  I decided to mold a piece I needed for next week, and document the process over the next 48 hours for people who’re wondering what the hell I’m up to.

So, #1 use for an Adjustible Box is to make a 2 part block mold. To start you need to decide where you want the seam on your piece to be because there will be flash on the edge to deal with. I’m molding a flexible waste pipe which is even all the way around, so a seam halfway down the middle is fine for this. You start by packing the sides with clay and build up and even base all around and right up to the piece as show in the photo. Normally for this type of item a 2 part thixo mold (which uses a lot less silicone but requires a hard shell) would be better, but like I said, this is for demonstrating purposes, and I needed something large so you could actually see into the box. Because it’s a tube I blocked off both ends neatly with clay so silicone doesn’t seep in there, and once I had the clay base done I added in keys along the side so when I have 2 sides of the mold, there’ll be a locking system to keep them aligned. Because the tubing itself is also made out of silicone, to stop the molding silicone fusing to it I coated it in some One Step which is a sealant and a release agent which will create a barrier between the tube and the mold silicone.

So after draining my tubs of Oomoo 30 (I used what’s in the pic + 1 full cup for this) which is a 1:1 molding silicone made by Smooth-On, I mixed it together until it became a uniform purple colour. This was then poured into the mold and allowed to even out. Oomoo 30 is super viscous  silicone, so it doesn’t require degassing in a vacuum chamber which is handy for me because I don’t have one at home. All the bubbes rise to the surface and you can give it a little extra tap to encourage the bubbles to rise too. Oomoo 30 takes 6 hours to cure, so I’ll update when it’s time to remove the clay and flip it over.

UPDATE 1: I was supposed to update this with the second half today, but in the hectic day I had I stupidly left my camera in the studio, so it shall have to wait until tomorrow! Sorry!`

UPDATE 2: Sorry for the delay, so the next step with the mold, once the silicone had cured was to remove the L shapes and take the mold out.  I flipped the mold over so the clay was on top and removed the clay from the mold. Clean the silicone from around the piece, careful not to remove the piece from the silicone which will break the seal it has on this. I made this mistake when trying to get all the clay out, breaking this seal allows the silicone to slip under an destroy your mold so it’s vital you keep that seal.

Once all the clay is removed make sure you use a sealant again to stop the silicone sides sticking to each other then you add a new batch. Replace the L shaped sides again tight, but without warping the bottom layer of silicone. The second batch of Oomoo 30 was mixed again and poured. Ideally when this silicone was cured I would separate the two sides, remove the tube, and use the mold to slosh cast the shape I needed. But due to my breaking of the seal between the first side of silicone and the tubing, silicone got under the tube, and pushed the tube up out of the way so the mold needs to be remade. The best way to learn is by making mistakes, so this mold will be made again, but hey, at least my adjustable box works!